After a lifetime of studying these matters, I think the idea is to cook up the intoxication without imbibing or inhaling substances. Fresh air is okay. A few quick charges around the driveway often does it. You feel heady–kind of aired out. Fact is, unless your work thrives on negativism, misery and error, artists need to be drunk on life–and cardiovascular exercise helps. Then there’s that wonderful return to the creative distillery–the studio. Many emails that come my way tell of euphoria in the home studio. For many among us, every studio hour is happy hour.
via Drunk painting.
I tried drinking and painting once. I tried absinthe, reasoning that it had to be the most artistic and inspiring of all drinks. after all, so many of the artists I love and
respect appreciate drank oodles of absinthe – right?
I never have, and never will show the results of that experiment. it was a waste of perfectly good absinthe, and a ton of paint; some of which may still not be dry. here’s an artist’s note for you, more paint does not necessarily equal better!
but I am a big believer in going for a walk to loosen me up for the studio, or to loosen up a creative block or just to stretch my muscles and my mind. I walk everywhere, armed with my trusty iPhone I take photos or set reminders for myself. I take notes as they occur to me and I listen to music. people look at me oddly as I wander around in my paint stained slogs and purple hair, randomly mouthing the lyrics to my music and sometimes sketching in the air with my hands. I usually have a half smile on my face and a far away look as I examine the light through the leaves or the reflections on the cars. I may look like a crazy person, but walking centers me. it helps me think of all my best ideas and work through my feelings and blockages. I feel the sun on my skin and the warmth enters my bones, I feel the music in my step and enjoy looking at the people. when it is raining I have a treadmill next to my studio. I will sometimes hop on it to work out an immediate problem.
I completely agree with Robert Genn in this, there is nothing like a walk to help the creative juices get moving. it’s better than any drug.
Sorry i’ve been off the radar this week, i’ve tried and failed to write several times. I seem to have terminal writers block ATM. Hopefully it will be gone soon! This is just some silliness till then.
In a friendly but also serious wager, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art are each putting an Impressionist work of art on the line for their favored Super Bowl team.
How lovely would it be not only to see the Packers win but also to have a nice little Renoir to gloat over, sent by the losing Pittsburgh-based museum to MAM.
“I’m confident that we will be enjoying the Renoir from the Carnegie Museum of Art very soon,” said MAM director Daniel T. Keegan in a statement that barely concealed his ardor for the dappled painting of lounging, fleshy females. “I look forward to displaying it where the public can enjoy it and be reminded of the superiority of the Green Bay Packers.”
Keegan, incidentally, is a Green Bay native.
Of course, should the Packers lose to the Steelers, MAM will have to pack up one of its very best artworks, “Boating on the Yerres” by Gustav Caillebotte, and send it off to the Carnegie. It is one of the finest examples of Impressionism in the permanent collection at MAM, a museum that is not rich on Impressionists in the first place.
It’s that time of year, the frenzy, the colors, the joy …of the superbowl. this year it’s particularly exciting with two historical enemies sharing the field of battle. the Greenbay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. the excitement has been running high since the championship doubleheader last week and has just been sweetened, in my opinion, by this latest public wager.
The museums have agreed to loan the paintings to the winning museum as a treat for the curators and the public. It isn’t the first bet of it’s kind, Last year New Orleans Art Museum and Indianapolis Art Museum had a similar bet and a Turner was regretfully handed over.
I love the fact that this is bringing the permanent collections of these museums into the minds of the public, it’s raising awareness for the arts and bringing it into the now and into an area where it doesn’t necessarily receive much coverage.
These comments in Press releases don’t count as trash talking apparently…
MAM and CMOA were quick to express interest in the bet once MAN suggested it on Sunday night. MAM director Daniel Keegan is a Green Bay native and I’m told he was particularly eager to fly the Packers flag. “I’m confident that we will be enjoying the Renoir from Carnegie Museum of Art very soon. I look forward to displaying it where the public can enjoy it and be reminded of the superiority of the Green Bay Packers,” Keegan said in a press release.
CMOA director Lynn Zelevansky shot back at Keegan, also in the kind of press release that art museums only issue when they’re having fun. “In Pittsburgh, we believe trash talk is bad form,” she said. “We let the excellence of our football team, and our collection, speak for itself. It will be my great pleasure to see the Caillebotte from the Milwaukee Art Museum hang in our galleries.”
but we shall see as the countdown begins to game time next week.
So Remember, Go Renoir! I mean.. Go Packers!
the key in project management is to start with a mission statement then break down your goals into bite sized tasks. you allocate time for them, assess the risks and concerns involved, address them, set a due date and a timeline, milestones to help you track achievements and then – you do it! (well, your team does it, but as artists, lets face it – we are our team)
so, I mentioned that I had a number of goals for this year, getting back on track after taking a bit of maternity leave (I didn’t take much time off, but I always feel behind)
so I’m going to break down my plan for each of my goals in turn in a project management new years series. this is so that I can
a) get it all down in an accountable way, and
b) show a little on how classic project management techniques can be used for artists.
Goal #1 on my list: My New Studio
Mission Statement: I want to get my new studio up and running, have it functional as well as beautiful and spend time in it! It’s a garage workshop so it will take a lot of work but the beauty is that when it’s done it will be all mine.
In Project Management, often the risk assessment is used to determine critical risks to the timeline or to achieving the mission statement and requirements from the shareholders. I don’t have a hard deadline, but the sooner it is done the happier I will be. the right setting is crucial to the right feeling while painting. this risk assessment is more about risks to the goal itself and getting it done in a timely way. a number of these risks are reoccurring for a lot of my goals.
The funny thing about risk assessment is that you have to try to think of everything. no matter how small – because sometimes it’s the little things that will trip you up the most. if you spend time brainstorming anything and everything that can happen and plan for the worst – it’s amazing how well it all works out.
Risk: I have a baby! while her nap times are more predictable, and I can do work then, she’s still a handful!
mitigation: Liam can take care of her while I’m painting and getting things ready, she can come with us to buy stuff and when dad and Liam are doing the manual labor I can take care of her. we will pass her around.
risk: I have an unpredictable chronic pain disability: this changes day by day and determines how much I can or cannot do.
mitigation: pushing it is good for me! also, see #1 if I can play handball with some of the tasks we can get it all done.
Risk: crumbling mortar on the unsealed brick
Mitigation: I’ve tried painting on it already and it soaked it up. I need to talk to a specialist about sealing the brick properly so that I can get a really nice glossy finish. this is a budgetary risk as well as a sanity one.
Risk: Light Levels
Mitigation: get a new fluro tube for the empty array. consider reflectors. use a glossy paint on the bricks to bounce the light, get more halogens. Cost – $50-100
Risk: It’s a garage workshop
Mitigation: not when I’m through! it has a window, it has great light fittings and power. lots of space. it’s a great space- it just needs work! and a wall.
Risk: Spiders (don’t laugh! if one drops on me I won’t be able to work in there for weeks!)
Mitigation: Bomb the place and keep bombing. seal up any holes – (will need to anyway)
Risk: going crazy through lack of painting
Mitigation: well you better get moving then woman!
yes, my risk assessments get silly after a while. silly is good. 9 times out of 10 it will be the silly that trips you up. I have more but I won’t bore you with all of them.
Deadline: I’m going to give it a month. The wall is dependant on others so I can’t necessarily control that, but I need to have my parts done and it workable in a month.
Now, artists are visual people so I know this makes sense – why just say it in task form when you can say it in…Chart form!! This is the timeline, task list and chart for my studio.
I will probably go into the joys of Gantt Charts at another stage…
Of course there also needs to be a celebration at the end of a successful project. something to celebrate and prepare for the next big thing. so, when I am done with my studio, and it looks smashing I will have a huge open studio event!
“I had a customer here who was laughing, saying, ‘You can see his peepee is a different color because people are always touching it,’ ” recalled a store manager who requested not to be identified.
A building worker, who also asked that his name not be used, said, “Legend would have it that when they put him in here, he wasn’t smiling.”
Justin Kugel, 28, a student who was shopping last night, said, “I’ve seen people rubbing it and having their picture taken. That’s kind of gross.”
There’s a Botero statue of Eve nearby — and some people pat her bountiful booty, another shop owner said.
David Benrimon, who owns a Manhattan art gallery with “one of the largest collections of Botero in the world,” said the artist was not aware of the personal attention “Adam” was getting.
“I was with him. I didn’t mention it,” Benrimon said. “It’s interaction in art. People like to touch.”
The sculptures of Adam and Eve by Botero are receiving some close attention at the Time Warner center, so much so that the repeated rubbing has changed the color of the bronze patina on Adam’s penis to a gold that helps it really stand out.
I can’t decide if I’m thrilled or horrified by all this.. on one hand people are interacting with art, they’re enjoying it and it’s making an impact in a positive way – so that’s all good. but on the other, they’re all seeing everything in the most puerile light! I guess it’s to be expected that the lowest common denominator will prevail, but must it always be so low? or should we be glad that nudes are being celebrated, that nobody seems to care that they’re nudes and in the public eye (and hands)?
What do you think? is this ultimately a victory or a setback? what would Botero think?
Oops.. this is a really interesting concept, and it probably says a lot about the way people interact. it’s nice to see people caring and reporting their concerns for others, but one also has to wonder if this project was that well thought out. the artist Anthony Gormley intended to play with the city and people’s perceptions, but I wonder if he anticipated this sort of issue. I know if I were him I would have been prepared for the usual controversies, but to create a mass suicide scare, well, it certainly drew attention to his art!
This statue is a replica of something famous (I can’t remember which one and art history isn’t my strong suit) but while it doesn’t have arms, it had quite the package.
Apparently, if people see a statue’s package on television, Baby Jesus kills a kitten, so the art department painted leaves and used them to cover up the offending hangy-down bits.
I thought it was hilarious that they had to do this, even though the statues were just in the background, and any sane person would be looking at Chris Kane or Noa Tishby.
I couldn’t resist posting this when I discovered it on flickr. I’ve been following @wilw on twitter for some time and was leafing through his photostream on flickr when I found this treasure in an album for the recent Leverage episode The Two Live Crew Job. I’ve seen this episode but completely missed the statue and the clearly improvised oak leaf cover up. talk about unnecessary censorship!
In reality, these hand-knit people suits–made from angora–are the work of artist Anna Maltz. She makes them in the aforementioned “natural” version, but also in muppet-esque blue, mermaid, and Superman styles. Then she takes photos of people wearing the suits.[From Art is People! It's People! - Boing Boing]
Who says nudity has to be a serious issue all the time? I love the whimsy in this artist’s work. the reality and the humor involved. her other works are fantastic as well (I love the superman), although she is probably getting best known for her nudity series.
The video on BoingBoing is worth watching, it follows Anna on a family shoot. the awkwardness of the mother is an interesting contrast to the complete relaxed nature of the children. and the fine line at which the pixelization has to occur is priceless. The article also gets props from me for seamlessly meshing soylent green and urinetown references.
Introspection – pencil and watercolors on paper A3 by Jennie Rosenbaum
every day we are faced with new information about the slowing economy, belt tightening news and now, the economic stimulus packages. these bonus’ are given out to taxpayers so that they can be put back into our consumer driven economy and help keep it afloat. the problem with that is that usually the money goes straight to a heartless corporation to buy a meaningless valueless product. will it make us happier? probably not.
and what if you don’t agree with the government’s stance on numerous issues? the cleanfeed? censoring artists? why not take their money and use it to buy yourself a lasting treasure, an investment and help out people in need all at the same time? and why not send a message while you’re at it?
feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing that you’ve helped out an artist (many of whom live below the poverty line), and if you live in australia you can feel happy knowing that you are using your money to help out an artist who will not be getting any help from their government because of their subject matter.
oh look! here’s some nude art!
and if you don’t like mine, Hazel Dooney has recently started a new blog showcasing her more affordable works.
Ecstasy – 21×36 Mixed Media on canvas by Jennie Rosenbaum
It has been occurring to me lately that there are many correlations between two of my favorite activities. and because I am going to try to write down the thoughts that come to me, instead of screening them based on some introverted fear I have decided to write this list. It’s been churning around in my brain for a while and was finally kicked out of there and onto my blog by Problogger’s 31DBBB project.
- The more you do, the more you want to do
- Thoughts about doing it invade your mind all the time, distracting you from your every day activities
- Gunk gets in places you wouldn’t believe
- You get really grumpy when interrupted
- If it isn’t going well you feel frustrated, inept and close to tears
- If it is going well you feel like a treat such as cigarette or a drink afterwards
- It provides a natural high
- There is a big sense of release at the end of a productive session