Monday, November 22, 2010

Merry Xmas 2010

Now, as I approach my 62d year year there is one thing I have learned over the decades; confidence in myself, in what I think and in my judgements. At this anxious Holiday time of gift giving; I have through with careful and studied help from my significant other overcome my nervousness of shopping in the woman's store and in particular the lingerie section. The engineering, the fine lacework and the wonder of it all; not so much a voyeur as a voyager.
Good I becoming the Jack Nicholson character on the Paris bridge lamenting (cue the snowfall) the the idea that he has become the woman in the play? Well, something always has got to give. Merry Xmas to you all!
I am off to the bar to watch some hockey and get some serious senior discounts on my cocktails.


and by the way... Happy New Year and a Merry Winter Solstice to you pagans out there and throw in a Lunar Eclipse too!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Brand My Ass...plueeeze

"Santa Fe #2" vscilla 2010

Brand this, brand that and while you're at it...
brand my cat.

Branding it's not for cattle anymore.
How readily the people ooze up to this phony world of self worth and gratification is toxic.
No content inside the box ... no clothes on the king.
Sometimes America asks itself... "why do they hate us?"
Anyone listening?

Now to the branding of our national
Contrary to what to what MLB thinks ... baseball does not belong to them... it's not their property.
It is the property of generations of Americans dating back nearly 200 years; it's our mythology and legends... I don't need Mastercard telling me that.
Thank you San Francisco for humbling the mighty state of Nolan Ryan.

Enough gasbagging for now...

And now for that video... ArtBurn

The artist is in charge of controlling their production... periodically I assess what I have created and if the work does not pass the test of "would I want to exhibit this work?"... then I burn it. This is not a hasty judgement often one that requires decades.
I leave a few relics to mark the path that has lead me to today (as for the one's out there already... call me and I'll tell you to burn them or not).

"Typewriter" vscilla 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

October 2010

"32 At 75" an exhibition of thirty-two artists' visual tributes to Sandy Koufax on the occasion of his 75th birthday will open on October 4, 2010 at the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Commack, New York. Yours truly will have two pieces in the show as seen on this page.

What else is News?

Go to YouTube and view the Robert Hughes' "The Mona Lisa Curse".
An excellent refresher course for all you art buffs.
The man is an exceptional voice rising above today's mediocrity in art discussion.
If you want to gain understanding of the elusive thing called art then watch this.

Returning to mediocrity... go to the NY Times most any Friday and look at the pictures and read the uninspired commentary that accompanies them.

This 9-10-10 we have an angry white Japaneses dog; a painting made of chewed bubble gum (perhaps better positioned on the underside of a restaurant table) and flighty Gerhard Richter going from one style to another. Oh, and let me not forget the truly ugly painting "Seder" on
page C26. There is art brut that is wonderful but this painting is just brut.

Can we have some AUTHENTICITY here or as the Indian said to Ringo ( I believe) in the film
"Help!"..." be yourself cookie".

We'll meet again in a couple of months until then have fun.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

If it's Not Fun Don't do it

"Sugar Sugar... Honey Honey"
"Fine Day for Baseball" oil on paper ... Time to turn on the Radio and listen to the sound of the game.

"WHY" (photo montage)@POD gallery ... picture created 1977

"Sugar Sugar" by the Archies a radio pop classic with a sugar shaking rhythm rift that conjures sounds of Jamaican steel drums. What was so trivial in the early 1970's seems by today's pop musicality to be almost classical.

March 15, 2010 The Ides of March... Bloomington, NY ... 30 turkeys were sited walking in a line thru the woods in no particular hurry.

Posted Warning to all creative types....

IF IT IS NOT FUN DON"T DO IT... if what you're doing starts to feel like work...don't do it

The Picasso show at the Met NYC comes with sign before you enter warning of sexually explicit content ... proceed with caution? The power of art and the screwed up American attitude toward the naked body is still with us even in this time of rampant Internet porn and our profane media. Well done Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nonetheless, a good time was had by all.

One more note and I promise to shut up...

Tom Hanks to Meg Ryan in "You Got Mail" says he cannot understand Joni Mitchell's "it's clouds illusions I recall... I really don't know clouds at all." Well, Joni is obviously looking at a painting with clouds. You've got Art... Tom.

I will have five pieces in what promises to be an excellent exhibition of Baseball Art at the Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois from 6-25-10 t0 8-21-10. Noted artists such as Benjamin Blackburn, John Haney, Margaret Wharton and a number of artists from the Jean Albano gallery in Chicago will be included. A catalogue is available.

And now a little summer video...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Early in the film Goodfellas all the boys are gathered at the local bar (which to me is very
reminiscent of the Golden Rule formerly of Kemare street back in the old neighborhood
Little Italy NYC )and this song is playing in the background. It must have been the third time I viewed this picture before I realized it was Mina my favorite Italian songtress. I wouldn't expect to hear it here but there you go Marty.
Nonetheless, a very popular love song for this lovers holiday.

Now for some art...

New work on paper for the spring blog...see you then.
Enjoy the Winter Olympics.