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I'm an artist, an educator and I write. I also will gamble on just about anything. And I love my wife. This blog is observations from a funny old man who gets pissed off every once in a while.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

PUBLIC ART: A TUTORIAL


When I was teaching young children, each year there were boys who would draw this over and over and over again.
When I asked why they repeatedly did this I was told it was because they were good at it.

Now to the news that got me thinking that the world might need a tutorial on public art...


For the moment let's table the discussion of whether the white wash actually improved the building and instead look at the emotion that the erasure elicited....
It became evident that many people liked it and was sorry to see it go.
But let's take a look at a close-up of part of it...
Is that what you want to look at every day of your life? That is what you are forced to do if you live in the neighborhood. 
I can imagine that the sneaking around in the dead of night and painting your "special" design might be exciting, but what right do you have to force me to view some childish bullshit?
Well, let's take a look at some real graffiti "art". 
Now scroll up and down between the last two images and tell me if you can see the difference in the basic design.
Plus, just like those children who drew that "S" design over and over, most graffiti artists do the same old thing with little or no modification.
We have a word for that...
It's like the clever stuff on the internet...
Somebody does it first and it makes everyone smile, then it's done to fucking death and beyond.
What ever happened to the love of originality? What do you suppose creativity means? It sure doesn't mean following a formula laid down by others.

And we haven't even addressed the right of a building owner to do what the hell he wants with his property...



I don't even know if this is pro-graffiti or anti-graffiti...

Of course art is not a crime.
So let's take a look at what art is...
 And lastly some childish bullshit that untrained and undisciplined people like to call art...
The question of why bad graffiti artists don't do more sophisticated art begs to be answered. I would suggest that they simply have no clue how. They are untrained and too lazy to self-train.


Yes, but nobody is forcing you to go into an Art Gallery.
Many years ago I was interviewed for a national TV show about my work. They asked if I felt like I, as a public artist, had a responsibility to the community. I answered this way:
"I force people I don't know to look at my work every morning on the way to work. It's like being in control of giant speakers that play music that all can hear. It behooves me to ask the people what kind of music they would prefer. For the same reason, I judge the taste of the community and work within their ethos to come up with something in which they will take pride."
Some of the bad public art you have seen is like a group of people who have never been taught how to play their musical instruments standing around on street corners playing really bad music really loudly, then have the nerve to call themselves musicians.


Friday, December 13, 2013

FAT JOCOSE FRIDAY #1840






If I didn't drink, how would my friends know I loved them at 2am?


My whole life is a lie...

When you don't understand the rules...

Don't drink and drive. Take acid and teleport.

Fascinating...

Give this one a minute...

Ignorance might be bliss for the ignorant, but for the rest of us it's a fucking pain in the ass.


Selfies: A ridiculous practice of narcissism...


"Oh, what a cute ladybug."
"Let's see if it burns!"
Guess which kid I was.


More than ever, voting just doesn't matter...
If somebody with Obama's track record could fuck us, then the battle is over and you and I, my friends, are not victorious.

I bought a penis enlarger on line. The bastards sent me a magnifying glass.
The only instructions said, "DO NOT USE IN SUNLIGHT."


Think about it...

OOMVO...

Plateaus...the highest form of flattery.
(read that again)

OOMVO...

Have you noticed how every white person in the country looks both ways before telling a racist joke?
So, you think I'm a racist for telling racist jokes? Fuck you! I will stop telling racist jokes when every other race stops telling racist jokes.

Bummer...

Boiling water thrown at -41 degrees...

I remember the exact day I stopped biting my nails to improve my nose picking.


CELEBRATE ORIGINALITY.
Yes, I think it that important.


Moms...they're like dads only smarter.

 But there's more...

Homemade just means that somebody licked the spoon and kept using it.

You ought to shoot a large caliber revolver in the dark at least once...

Got this email from a woman I know:
"Sometimes when I'm bored I bounce my boobs on the skdbsksndbdudndkjsk."

???????




Watched this clip of a plane trying to land (but aborted), and it looks like the wheels are pointed down the runway even as the plane is askew. Anybody know anything about that?


Have you ever planted a tree?
Why the fuck not?


I want to believe. I want to believe so badly...

The only exercise I get is beer runs?



Thank you, Captain Obvious...

The 5 second rule for food dropped on the flood doesn't work if you have a 2 second dog.


It's so weird being my own role model.



THIS IS A LIPOGRAM. CAN YOU THINK OF WHY?
If not, then look it up.


Korean artist JeeYoung Lee constructs elaborate, dream-like worlds that serve as sets for her imaginative self-portrait photos. Lee builds the environments in a 10-by-20-foot studio in a process that can take months.... 
 You can tell by the space I gave her work that I like it very much.

Here is a painting I also like...


Medieval Russian schoolchildren’s birch-bark doodles...


Oldie but goodie...

And not a single fuck was given...
 Living in a college town, I have seen hundreds of students walk across the middle of a block without so much as a glance at traffic.

That physical pain when you see someone type "http://www." into the url.




They are discussing whether clevage is distracting...
Yes. Yes it is.


THERE WILL BE A POST TOMORROW DEDICATED TO GRAFFITI ART IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.



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