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CARBONI ACCESI Poema visuale dedicato a G. A. Cavellini  
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9/7/14 Posted 9/11/14

“Carboni accesi” (Poema visuale dedicato a Guglielmo Achille Cavellini in occasione del Centenario del 2014) Muri caduti, arie sottili aleggiano vivide nel buio cupo della notte, inseguono curiose primavere andate prima di svanire all’improvviso. Ho attraversato labirinti oscuri che non mi fanno più dormire. Solo i ricordi non hanno peso. Camminare a passi stretti, cerco invano tracce di senso da dare alla mia esistenza, mi trascino i m... [more]

An Exerpt  
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9/6/14 Posted 9/6/14

Here are two poems from my poetry chapbook on Van Gogh (enjoy!): SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BANDAGED EARAND PIPE When the ear he had laid to resrefused to go back on, the hand caught holding the brush continued to paint all afternoon:to give the best it could its full attentionto what might come next. If I had to give it a name, the portrait's particular shade of red, I'd say it was diminishing-- that is to sa less of the manthan of the canvas beneath him; which is only to say much moreo... [more]

AOK takes on the world!  
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9/5/14 Posted 9/5/14

Hello Everyone! I'm really glad to be joining the ArtSlant community after being a long time follower of their site and the many great artists that are represented here! The last month has been pretty awesome considering I've seen a ton of great things develop in my little art world all in a short period of time. First of all, I started a new job at an arts university and have signed up to take a few extra classes. Needless to say, being able to pay the bills and rent on time in SF is a hu... [more]

123: A Public Transportation Vehicle and a Sociological Experiment  
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9/5/14 Posted 9/5/14

“123 Kartal-Beşiktaş” is the name for the bus line which ended its 30-year adventure upon being cancelled in 2005. As a result of its route, it was a bus line frequented by middle class Istanbulites such as students, workers, bankers, teachers. According to the theories of the sociologist Jürgen Habermas, IETT bus corresponds to the “Sociability” model. Intercommunication within the bus is both existent and non-existent. Travellers establish a dialogue or make an eye... [more]

From the Outside, Looking In: Voyeurism in Graffiti & Street Art Culture  
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9/5/14 Posted 9/5/14

Growing up in an urban metropolis such as New York City, street art and graffiti had always been an inescapable part of everyday life. Catching a glimpse of Chinatown’s rooftops during a morning commute over the Manhattan bridge, driving along the narrow streets of the city’s Lower East Side, passing by 5Pointz in its glory — it was never difficult to find traces of the local artists’ reclamation of public space once one opened their eyes to it. The distance, both literally and figurati... [more]

My Favorite Sculptures at Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz  
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9/5/14 Posted 9/13/14

As I reported shortly after my trip to Graz in 2012, I was delighted by my visit to Institut für Klassische Archäologie at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, for its collections of many classical Roman and Greek marble sculptures and reliefs. According to the university, "the Institute is home to significant archaeological collections of ancient vases of Greece, objects from local sites as well as casts of ancient sculptures." There were many beautiful sculptures to admire, many... [more]

bazallen@wordpress  
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9/4/14 Posted 9/4/14

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Gorgeous Fetish at the Asian Art Museum  
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9/4/14 Posted 9/4/14

The other night I went to an event that combines a few of my favorite things: floral design, performance art, dance, and sex. The SF Asian Art Museum showcased the event, Evoco, performed by artists Midori, Lady Samar, and Three. This is what happened – oh yeah, and it’s all going on with intense trance music, spun by DJ Rock in the background: -Three and Lady Samar are positioned on a low stage, which is covered in flowers, in the center of a pretty big room with high ceiling... [more]

Does an Event Photographer in London Work within a Set of Rules?  
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9/3/14 Posted 9/3/14

Most of us think that event photography is quite an easy job and is done with a specific set of restrictions. It is true that an event photographer London works within a set of predefined rules. This is predicted because almost all the photographers click a predictable set of photographs. But to click the predicted set of photographs in the event, you have to be very much skilled to carve out lively meaning from the photographs. There is lots of reason for hiring an event photographer, but there is... [more]

Interview by Miyuki Inoue, Bushwick Daily  
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9/2/14 Posted 9/2/14

Japanese Artists Who Call Bushwick Home Appreciate its Freedom Posted By : Miyuki Inoue Posted Date : 8.08.14 Sophia Chizuco in her studio (All photos by Miyuki Inoue for Bushwick Daily) If you were born amongst the blossoming cherry trees of Japan where sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy traditions go all the way back to 10th millennium BC, would you ever consider moving to …Bushwick? Well, several Japanese artists did, and we spoke with three of them about their Bushwick beginni... [more]

森达达:“当代艺术”的生成与国际文化战争主战场的东倾  
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9/2/14 Posted 9/2/14

森达达:“当代艺术”的生成与国际文化战争主战场的东倾 二十世纪初的西方的“现代主义”及“后现代主义”艺术是在蒸气机的工业革命的背景下生成的,所解决的问题是暂时的局部国家的问题。其指涉流派为“达达主义”,是以艺术家杜尚、波依斯为符号的精神指征的。 跨入二十一世纪,随着摧枯拉朽的席卷全球的计算机的信息革命时代浪潮的到来,促使全球经济一体化格局在一夜之间形成。“扁平的”、“地球村”时代的到来,使得国家之间的藩篱轰然倒塌。任何一个个体生命在网络节点上都是平等的,国家和集体机器不再享有特权。 新的时代的到来,也促使了人类文明向前演进的文化战略的历史嬗变;文化战争主战场由西方移向东方。这是因为西方国家的既有文明所遭遇的威胁,不是民主国家的自身,而是来自东方的专制国家的极权机器。因此,东方的极权专制国家的公民的民主诉求,就不再是他们自身的事业;而是我们全人类的共同的也是最迫切的追求目标。这就是要将人类的“普世价值”观落到实处。 中国,作为世界最后一个也是最大的专制极权国家,经历了五千年的封建极权专制;中国人所承受的苦难和悲哀,是世界上任何民族都望尘莫及的。公元2008年,随着互联网自媒体时代的到来,十三亿中国人也迎来了“中国第三次新文化运动”;这就为“当代艺术”的生成提供了历史性的契机。所指涉流派为“普世主义”。 由于西方国家拥有健全的民主法制体系,这本身就消解了人性最压抑能指。因此,在西方国家经历了“现代主义”、“后现代主义”,而进入当下的“当代艺术”时期,整体艺术能指已不具精神指向,而是流于商业娱乐表征。与此同时,在东方的中国,这种人性压抑的能指,却积压了五千多年,就在二十一世纪信息革命到来之际,终于火山爆发了! 所以我时常自嘲说,与西方“当代艺术” 的艺术家相比,中国“当代艺术 ”的艺术家是“因祸得福” 了。纵使你是一位优秀拳击手,在西方,你却拳无对手,只能打在空中的云朵上;而在中国的当代艺术家,每出一记重拳,都是生效的,就是要将人类社会这具五千年封建极权专制的僵尸击倒在地。这也就是说,跨入二十一世纪,在中国崛起的一批世界级艺术大师,是历史的契机。 森达达作品《我在场2014-6-3,10:30》,完成于“6·肆屠城”25周年祭日。由当年那场举世震惊的民主诉求运动核心成员联合发起的祭日的“天下围土成”运动,结果到场的只有艺术家一人,因此现场也就被艺术家演绎成了“一个人的战争”。 森达达《我在场2014-6-3,10:30》2014 艾未未的作品《铁棺材》完成于2013年,是其2011年八十一天的“被动行为艺术”《失踪》的延伸作品;六只大铁箱,观众可以透过顶部的开口处俯瞰箱内。里面的雕塑是艺术家被关押期间的情景再现。观者可以看到画面并感同身受,同时亦被置入亲身实施了监控。 艾未未《铁棺材》2013 圣君的看似“极不严谨”的却有真理在的疯狂的跟帖文章,成为一景,其本身就构成了行为艺术;成为了网络的反封闭反删帖的楷模。而这真理就是艺术家特有的歇斯底里的直面极权的抗争精神。 圣君《自画像》2000 高氏兄弟《预言预演2019年回顾展》2013,说的是愿望达成之日并不遥远,就在眼前的事。 高氏兄弟:《預言預演2019——高氏兄弟藝術回顧展開幕時間:2019年6月4日, 地點:北京國家博物館》2013 片山作品《你强权,我吃屎》2009,说的是中国五千年极权专制历史根本就是吃屎的历史。 片山《你强权,我吃屎》2009 森达达2... [more]

Objects of Beauty at CK Contemporary Gallery  
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9/2/14 Posted 9/2/14

Space Pilot, 30 x 40, oil on linen I'm excited to be participating in Objects of Beauty show at CK Contemporary Gallery in San Francisco, CA. I have 5 paintings in the show. The opening reception is September 6th, 6pm to 9pm at 357 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 Can't make it to the show? See the show online! http://www.ckcontemporary.com/news/catalog-objects-of-beauty-contemporary-still-life-painting [more]

White Walls Project Space hosts Meryl Pataky: ‘The Golden Hour’  
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9/2/14 Posted 9/2/14

First of all, let me just say that White Walls/Shooting Gallery is one of my all time favorite galleries in San Francisco. I love the unfinished quality of the space… concrete floors and exposed electric outlets reek of potentiality… and typical millennial haste. There are high ceilings and different exhibits happening in different areas (White Walls shares the space with Shooting Gallery and they also have a ‘Project Space’ gallery). When you walk in, you see some gra... [more]

this should have been my letter of intent  
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9/2/14 Posted 9/2/14

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In God's Eyes: A Match Made In Heaven  
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9/1/14 Posted 9/1/14

In God’s Eyes: A Match Made In Heaven Your wife likes puppets. She likes bow ties. Her teeth never clang a fork. She's French bourgeois, but likable. She's a gentle sadist. She makes homemade popsicles. She plays guitar, and really well. She lets you borrow her socks, and she wears thong underwear. You go commando. You also refuse to shower after sex, sometimes for days. You nearly killed a girl, in Berlin, sharing your deodorant optional philosophy. L... [more]

An Ode To Schreber  
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9/1/14 Posted 9/1/14

AN ODE TO SCHREBER I'm thinking (again? enacting? already?) a new (new? forgotten? forsaken?) experience (again? experiment? always?) DO NOT mis... [more]


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