Red Dot Fair panel discussions

March 23, 2008 at 9:40 am (art, blog, blogging, culture, personal, thoughts)

There’s two panel discussions at the Red Dot Fair next week that I thought I’d bring your attention to…

One: Bloggers and Their Impact on the Art World
Quote from their site:

Sunday, March 30th
11:00 AM
Bloggers and Their Impact on the Art World.
There’s now more art coverage in the blogosphere than in conventional publications. Do we handle this responsibility with conventional journalistic standards or something that’s faster and looser as befits an instantaneous medium? How do we manage the formidable network that has developed around and because of us? Where do we go from here?

Moderator: Joanne Mattera, painter, Joanne Mattera Art Blog. Panelists: Edward Winkleman, Winkleman Gallery and Edward_Winkleman blog; Carol Diehl, painter and critic, Artvent; Paddy Johnson, blogger, Art Fag City; C-Monster, freelance writer whose identity will be revealed at the event; Sharon Butler, artist/writer/professor, Two Coats of Paint.

And two: Art Fairs: Practical Considerations and Strategies for the Future
(starring MEEE!!!!)

Sunday, March 30th
3:30 PM
Art Fairs: Practical Considerations and Strategies for the Future.
Representatives from all sectors – artist, dealer, curator, consultant, collector, the media – will discuss such questions as: Are we all still benefitting? Can the experience be improved? Are there too many fairs? Is the vetting process effective? Is the proliferation of art fairs putting too much pressure on artists, dealers, collectors and the market in general? How is the market affected?

Moderator: Margaret Mathews-Berenson. Independent Curator/Art Advisor. Panelists: Brooke Mason, The Art Newspaper; Douglas Maxwell, Collector; Amy Wilson, Artist; Sique Spence, Director, Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

Directions, details, etc on the Red Dot site linked above. Stop by and say hi if you see me!


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Blogger show

November 4, 2007 at 11:35 pm (art, blog, blogging, culture, drawing, interesting, life)

I was invited to be a part of this blogger art show and of course, I happily sent off some work. It’s a really cool idea for a show! Around here, we’ve been talking a lot about the relationship of blogging to the tradition of artist’s writings. Personally, I think few things could be better than if the show inspired more artists to open up their process to the public (or the public-such-as-it-is in the blogging world).

So blog! And see the show! And I swear to god, those oil paintings are forthcoming, just you wait.

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Getting back to normal…

July 30, 2007 at 10:29 pm (art, blog, blogging, culture, interesting)

…slowly but surely. I’m trying to get back into a groove after a grueling July spent teaching way too many classes. I should have some new stuff to post by the end of the week.

Until then, you should really check out Edward Winkleman’s blog. It makes me happy to see a dealer with a blog, just on principle. And it makes me happy to see a dealer with a blog link to Drudge and Wonkette. And his article entitled “Sleazebag Dealers Open Thread” is quite lovely, I’m just saying.

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A quiz (sort of)

June 30, 2007 at 10:10 am (art, blogging, culture, interesting, life, personal, thoughts)

I’m pretty obsessed with myspace quizzes. Have you seen these things? Someone somewhere comes up with twenty or thirty questions generally on the topic of things like “what’s your favorite day of the year” or “who did you last send a text message to.” These quizzes circulate amongst friends who take turns filling them out and posting them to their myspace blogs (or as bulletins) when they’re drunk, bored, or avoiding doing something else. I’m as guilty as the next person; I fill them out all the time. They are meaningless, empty entertainment in which you get to reveal just the tiniest bit of yourself… but not really.

However, I’ve been wondering about the potential of these things. If this quiz can take on a life of its own and wander around the web, drawing confessions out of strangers, couldn’t it also be adjusted so that it’s actually a form of either written or performance art or a conceptual art piece (depending, I suppose, on how you look at it)?

So, here’s my first stab at doing just that. Take a look, let me know what you think. And of course, by all means, feel free to fill it out.

What is your first memory of swimming?
What is your first memory of being lost?
What is your first memory of being in a forest?

Do fish have feelings?
Do plants have feelings?
Do bugs have feelings?

What was the last lie you told?
Are there lies you believe in even though you know they’re lies?
Were you lied to as a child?
If yes, do you forgive the person who lied to you?

Have you ever punched someone?
Have you ever wanted to be punched?

Do you have an imaginary friend?
Have you ever felt that there is an exact replica of you, somewhere on earth?
Do you still play “pretend”?

Have you ever had a profound spiritual experience?
Have you ever experienced incredible, transcendent beauty?
Have you ever had either experience as a result of viewing a work of art?
How do you feel when you stand in front of a famous painting?
How do you feel when you stand in front of a work of art that you love?
Which is more beautiful – the most beautiful painting in the world or the most beautiful garden in the world?
Do you have a deep, spiritual connection to very specific works of art?

Is there an object in your home you believe is endowed with special powers?
Do you know that this isn’t true and yet you believe it anyway?

Do you believe there are ideas that are worth physically fighting for to protect?
Do you think you will ever be called upon to fight for your beliefs?
Have you ever stood up for someone or something because you felt utterly compelled to?
Have you ever made sacrifices because it was the morally right thing to do?
Do you believe in the existence of any moral absolutes?
Have you ever wanted to take on the suffering of another person to spare them the pain?

What was the last news story to deeply affect you?
How did you react?
When you hear about the war in Iraq, how do you feel?
Have you ever turned away from news coverage of a story you found too unpleasant to deal with?
Do you trust the American political system?
Have you ever wanted to travel to a war-torn country?
Do you know anyone who has ever fought in a war?
Have you ever seen extreme poverty?
Have you ever seen someone gravely ill?
Do you know someone who is sick now, but can’t afford treatment?
Have you ever been on welfare, food stamps or lived in public housing?
If abortion becomes illegal, what will you do?
Do you ever wonder what’s going on in Afghanistan? Or New Orleans?

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New drawing (6/25)

June 25, 2007 at 12:35 pm (blogging, culture, drawing, interesting, life, painting, personal)

Actually, I lie. This drawing was done a couple of weeks ago…


I know, it’s taken me forever to update this thing. I think, in general, that it will be slow around here til September, with sporadic updating if that. Not that I’m taking the summer off, oh no. I’ve actually just been working on some things that are just taking longer than my work normally does and, because it is summer, I will admit to working at a slightly slower pace than usual. The work is taking longer, I am moving slower, and that equals the blog not being updated. So it goes.

I’m playing around with artist’s books (including popups), stop-motion animation, and building somewhat complex objects. I’ll keep you updated when there’s actually more to report. But yes, I’m alive! 🙂

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delicious links

April 26, 2007 at 8:57 am (blog, blogging, culture, personal, teaching, thoughts)

I had a few people from Kitsch class ask me for my page, since I referred to it a few times in class. It’s funny to have a page that I’ve compiled full of things that I’m interested in, but that I’ve put it together not really thinking that anyone would want to look at it. What I’m trying to say in a roundabout way is that it’s strangely personal – not hugely so, but I can’t help but notice the vegan/gardening/music links mixed in with some that I specifically saved for school. is kinda like a curatorial project – you can’t actually share exactly what’s on your mind in a very specific sort of way (because to do so, you’d really have to make your own art), but you start with a pre-existing group of things and pick out what interests you and then show them to everyone else, hoping there will be some sort of connection there.

The other thing I’m getting at in a roundabout way is how forces its users in a really weird way to take a stand. Flat out: Do you like a particular website or not? There’s no irony, no speaking with quotes around things; it’s just a simple and straightforward decision: Do you like a site and do you like it enough to go on record as having that opinion? As soon as the kids from my Kitsch class started asking for the link, I rushed over to the page to see if there was anything embaressing posted there. A link to a corny band, pics of ugly shoes, anything? And while there are a few things that I could see the argument for pulling off the list, I’m actually going to leave it because I think it’s a nice record of how I was feeling at, say, 2am on a certain Tuesday.

Anyway. Point is, I don’t want it to be a permalink forever and ever, but if you want to see it, here it is in all its geeky glory:

It’s rambling and horribly disorganized, just like me.

And that was just a lovely timewaster during which I probably didn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before about I need to get back to grading papers. Sigh. I miss Kitsch class already.

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Are those four horsemen I see? (Updated)

April 24, 2007 at 11:46 am (blog, blogging, culture)

I can’t help but think that the blog I Can Has Cheezburger?somehow sounds the death knell of all of Western Civilization with every new uploaded picture of a cute animal with a text-speak caption. And yet, somehow, it has inspired my final lecture for kitsch class tomorrow, and for that I am grateful. And plus, I will admit that it has made me spit tea through my nose on several occasions and I only discovered it a few days ago.

One more kitsch class to go, and then one more drawing class. I can’t believe the semester’s almost over.

UPDATED (May 2nd):
One of the things I’ve been thinking and writing about constantly (not publicly doing either, but for my own sake I mean) is this whole idea of whether or not freedom of expression, protest, etc., can exist in cyberspace at all… which is of course an old idea to ruminate about, but made slightly more interesting with all this web 2.0 crap which supposedly lets *you* decide what you want your content to be – as long as it gels ok with whatever corporation you’re having to collaborate with just to get access to the technology. So one of the things I’ve been thinking about is how new forms of protest are going to have to emerge in order to meet this new challenge, but that so far I have had no idea as to what that new form would look like.

And then, this morning, I saw this:

(Read the comments if you don’t get it right away – I know I sure as hell didn’t.)

Holy shit. That’s it. The site that offers silly pictures of cats with sillier sayings underneath articulated something incredibly subversive – possibly the most subversive thing I’ve seen on the web in a really long time.

I’m doing an informal presentation at the National Coalition Against Censorship about censorshop issues and the web, and I think I know what image I’m closing with. I look at this little picture of the cat behind a railing and to me, it looks an awful lot like what protest is going to look like in the future (or, I hope). For the first time in quite a while, I feel optimistic about our brave new world.

I love you, icanhascheezburger!

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a total sidenote (aka, music dressed like monkey!)

April 22, 2007 at 9:27 am (blog, blogging, interesting, life, personal, thoughts)

One of the cool things about WordPress is that you can track (to a certain extent) who is looking at your blog and how they got here. Well, not really – it would never tell me that, for instance, Jeff was looking at my blog from work, but it does let me know that two people clicked over from my website to here, which is interesting enough to keep me constantly checking the stats but uninformative enough to really tell me anything.

But my favorite thing: it tells you what search terms led someone to your blog. So I get to see that three people who searched for Amy Wilson wound up here. (Again, this tells me nothing, but it fascinates me to no end.) My neurotic and self-loathing side always pipes in and tells me that those searchers were probably looking for one of the many other Amy Wilsons out there and wound up here by mistake, so I’m especially thrilled when search terms like Amy Wilson Bellwether or Amy Wilson kitsch class or Amy Wilson drawing come up. I can officially take those as some sort of sign that the universe loves me and everything is okay.

But then, every once in a while, there are truly bizarre search terms which I think I love most of all. This morning, it was: music dressed like monkey. That’s fantastic. I have no idea what it means. But for now and forever, I want all of the googlers out there who are searching for music dressed like monkey to be led directly to this blog, period.

And so, for all that is good and googlerific in the world:
Music dressed like monkey!
Music dressed like monkey!
Music dressed like monkey!

Page hits on this thing are gonna go through the roof, I promise you.

More art later today. Just as soon as I can stop thinking of music dressed like monkey.

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