Happens, That Everything.
Thrilling news from Creative Time double-alum David Byrne. He's been collaborating with Brian Eno again, and a release, Everything That Happens
, will be coming at us in August. Oh. My. God. Wait. Let me say that again . . . He's been collaborating with Brian Eno again. Thankfully you're pinching me. See the announcement, listen to the gorgeousness floating in the background, and sign up for your own free song now!
Dove into the Shallow
again. Hit my head. Couldn't have been happier.
I love how much this sliver of RGB in the intro reminds me of that superfun participatory Creative Time project by Gunther Selichar, Who’s Afraid of Blue, Red and Green
from back in 2004. That shit was dope.
This is just a nice split between artist and title.
This has nothing to do with the art, but check out the dude jumping onto the top of the tour bus. They mean it when they say, "Hop On. Hop off."
How great does the safety barrier frame the bottom of this shot? Kind of excellent how they reflect the deadness of the subject's eyes on the screen above."I don't wanna talk. I just wanna go back to blue."
I wonder if McLaren planned to match the the background in Shallow #3 with the blue of the dead sign just above the screen. Who cares. This is beautiful.
Heh-heh. Sometimes, grapes are just awesome.
Like, A MILLION Times Better Than Murals.
Seriously. Do You?
We all know that one of my favorite Creative Time alums is Marilyn Minter so I was well chuffed when I saw that she was all over this week's TimeOutNY
. Lots of visuals and a nice bit of time traveling back through Minter's body of work with Howard Halle. Sweet.
Blog Inside A Blog.
When I stopped at Smack Mellon
in D.U.M.B.O. the other weekend I came across a sculpture that had a familiar style. I wasn't quite sure why at first, but then I remembered an artist I'd seen when Creative Council took a field trip to Williamsburg
last spring. When I went to check the artists' book to see if my instinct was correct I came across my blog post (See crappy image below.). Voila. I was right. It was the artist Petra Kralickova whose work we saw at Black & White. What a kick. We're everywhere.
One of my favorite pieces from The Dreamland Artist Club
was the backdrop that art collective Dearraindrop
did for THE SPIDER. Dearraindrop has a show up in Philly right now and it (Surprise surprise.) looks like quite the knockout. Roberta Fallon was smitten.
I was envious. Of both her AND Philadelphia.
And, um, if you're at all interested in art world tomfoolery you should check out PIFA's
website. Heh-heh. Industrial strength.Photos by Roberta Fallon
Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil.
"They've finally figured out how to get people to watch commercials for 24 hours a day."
--Robyn Hitchcock, regarding MTV in SPIN magazine, 1985
In 1984 Brian Eno released the video Thursday Afternoon
. The slooooooooow editing of the piece was a reaction to the growing trend of quick cuts brought to us courtesy of the nascent MTV network. It was difficult not to think of the work when I went to see Malcolm McLaren's Shallow
, the inaugural film for Creative Time's new video series in Times Square, 44 1/2
When MTV moved their studios to Times Square in 1997 they added more action and flash to an already frenetic environment. So here, in the heart of darkness and light McLaren resists the flash by slowing things down. It's not always the speed though. With a nod to the area's history the images have a vaguely filthy B-movie feel to them. The grainy textures of the film stand in stark contrast to the speed of lights. Righteous.
Note that you can download the McLaren's soundtrack on the project site. The music is like an updated version of Duck Rock
reimagined by the late Esquivel
. It skims along the surface like the images that it was made to accompany, like the hordes moving past it. No depth.
And one last thing. I just gotta say . . . HELL YEAH! Creative Time is back in Times Square.
Public Art On Public Television.
DO NOT MISS tonight's 9PM rebroadcast of WNET's excellent documentary, The Waterfalls: Making Public Art
. The title is a little misleading in that it's scope is way wider than it implies. While the Public Art Fund's NYC Waterfalls
is the centerpiece of the doc (sort of), our beloved Creative Time's Playing the Building
also takes a prominent role. Better yet, the show's secondary focus is on the twin histories of both public art organizations. If you do have the misfortune to miss the rebroadcast here's the link
to watch it online.
Here's something great and goofy that happens when you photograph your TV: You catch the fades between shots. Here's our hero Anne superimposed with two Creative Time projects. I learned this bit of fun when I shot Andy Warhol
and Zoe Strauss