Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
— Lionel Trilling
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
— Charles Baudelaire
There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "underedited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.
— Anna Quindlen
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
— Albert Einstein
Julio César Morales The Year of the Diamond Dogs
a Hallwalls Artist in Residence Project
continuing through December 15
gallery hours: Tues to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 1 to 4pm
Susie Ibarra : solo percussion
TONIGHT * 8pm @ HW
Susie Ibarra Homepage
Read an interview with Susie in today's Buffalo News here.
You Want Candy
Orkan Telhan presents: Vendmaster 4000
Sat, Dec 1, 6pm @ HW
"Please join us for the public inauguration of Vendmaster 4000, a special model candy dispenser designed as a language game between machines and people. Come and deposit your 25 cents and choose one of our very special flavors ("Korean Skittles", "German Mike and Ike" and "Indian Hot Tamales")... Now, all you need to do is to convince the machine that you can speak well to get your candy. Didn't work? Here is your money back... Play it again please! "...While we are in the midst of developing new intelligences in the form of companion agents, military robots, smart housekeepers or kitchen utensils, we are often not aware of the fact that a new kind of 'other', a stranger is emerging from this machine culture. This is a mute other, a stranger that does not speak, look or behave like the rest of us, but someone who gains more and more presence every day. While most machines embody their prescribed roles in the labor economy, some alter form and function and become alien subjects that remind us the lives and conditions of human others, the immigrants, in their encounter and struggle with their others- the locals, or residents of native cultures..." — Carolyn Tennant, HW Media Arts Curator
Orkan Telhan Website
• Angela McCormack at College St Gallery opening Fri, Nov 30, 7-9pm (thru Dec)
• Moses and Pals at Cosmolpolitan Gallery opening Sat Dec 1, 8pm (thru Jan 5)
• Image of the Beholder CLOSING RECEPTION Fri, Nov 30, 8pm
• Coni Minneci at Mary & Ralph Wilson Jr. Counseling Center (Cheektowaga) opening Fri, Nov 30,
• Alida Fish, Jeannie Pierce, Start Rome at Nina Freudenheim opening Sat Dec 1, 6-8pm (thru Jan 15)
• Shelly Niro at UB Art Gallery opening Thurs Nov 29 5-7pm (thru jan 27)
• Fall National Exhibition juried by Chris Stangler at Impact Artists Gallery opening Sat Nov 17, 1-4pm
Starlight Studio Small Works & Gift Sale
Squeaky Channels @ MAFAC • FREE
Sat, Dec1, at 12 noon at the Market Arcade, 639 MAIN STREET • FREE
CHANNELS—STORIES FROM THE NIAGARA FRONTIER is Squeaky Wheel’s new production program which matches documentary filmmakers with grass roots initiatives and groups to collaboratively create documentary films about issues that are vital to this community.
Andrew Hershey at Big Orbit
Insatiable or The Wearing Out of the World
opening Sat Dec 1, 8—11pm (thru Jan 19)
Artspace Open Studios
Nov 30, 5-9pm • Dec 1, 11am-6pm
Dec 21, 1am-6pm
2nd Floor: #209: Kate Bae 5th Floor: Brian A. Kavanaugh • Lukia Costello • DNA Jewelry Designs • Thomas Stender Design • Kristin Renee Brandt
Holiday Open Studios and Galleries
Fri, Nov 30, 5—9pm
Sat, Dec 1, 11am—6pm
Sun, Dec 2, 11am—6pm
For map and artists' lists, go here.
(winding down/see em now)
• Jax Deluca, John Drummer, Carianne Hendrickson, Paul Nicholson at the Burchfield thru Dec 2
• Carnegie Art Center Members Exhibition thru Dec 8
• Thomas Annear at Olean Public Library thru Dec 29
• Jay Carrier, AJ Fries, Kurt Von Voetsch at the Castellani thru Feb 24
• Art Dialogue Annual Artful Gifts thru Dec 29
• Sherwin Greenberg at the Burchfield thru Jan 6
• Rumsey Winner Exhibition at UB thru Dec 7
• Geraldine Liquidano at 21 Elm St. (E. Aurora)
• Diane Baker at Peter and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery/Canisius College thru Dec 7
• Tammy Renee Brackett, Hans Gindlesberger, Wilka Roig at CEPA thru Dec 21
• Matthew Palmo at redFish (E. Aurora) thru Dec 1
• Julian Montague's Stray Shopping Carts at The Light Factory, North Carolina thru Feb 22
• Dave Derner at the Center for Inquiry, Amherst thru Dec 8
• Dorothy Fitzgerald at the Castellani thru Jan 13
• Bob Schulman at Globe Market, Chateau Buffalo, Brodo Buffalo Rising
• Diane Baker at The Mansion on Delaware (indefinitely)
"How does one become an official sports artist? As in the commercial gallery world, sending in your slides is unlikely to lead to success."
I don't think it's me, I think this is actually pretty funny...
"Frank said I could carve in his studio when he wasn't there. But he told me that if he found me painting in his studio, he would cut off my hands..."
"In a business hungry for the larger than life, this extraordinary pianist, space-cadet musicologist, fluent philosopher, prized eccentric and subtle self-promoter remains catnip of considerable potency."
"...anticipation has been building. Writers have compared it to Stonehenge and the Mexican pyramids; in Interview magazine Ingrid Sischy once predicted that someday the work “could have more fans than Star Wars.”
You can still get your local dose of Turrell at the Albright Knox Art Gallery.
"By my count, there are 400 works of art on these floors, 14 by women. That’s rock-steady at 3.5 percent, and includes the Bridget Riley again. Even if you give MoMA the benefit of the doubt and count only the number of artists on these floors, there are 137—11 of them women. That’s 8 percent."
artnet Jerry Saltz
Mel Tolkin 1913—2007
APPLY APPLY APPLY • DEADLINE DEC 1
MARK is the New York Foundation for the Arts’ new six month professional growth program for 80-100 visual artists throughout NY State. The MARK program focuses on providing artists the opportunity to expand their visibility through learning and then applying concrete professional practice skills. Through MARK, artists can expect the opportunity to strengthen their skills in presenting and packaging their art as well as create concrete goals and a personalized plan of action. • MARK is a program for visual artists who want a unique opportunity for individualized focus on the business side of their practice. • MARK runs from January to June 2008. • Four monthly seminars at partnering regional arts organizations across NY State. • MARK culminates in a weekend retreat for all artists in New York City. • Classes focus on strategies for expanding your visibility as an artist. • Curriculum emphasizes goal setting and includes portfolio presentation, grant and project applications and public speaking. • Between seminars, artists will be required to complete assignments related to their goals including email exchanges with MARK artists statewide. • Individual feedback given to all participants. Application deadline: December 1st, 2007. All materials due at NYFA by 5pm Program Participation Fee: $150 per person There is a one-time fee of $150 per artist selected to participate. THIS IS NOT AN APPLICATION FEE; THERE IS NO APPLICATION FEE; APPLICATION IS FREE. The fee (payable only if you are accepted into the program) covers all seminars, as well as housing during the New York City retreat weekend. It does not cover the cost of travel to New York City for June retreat. MARK Partnering Art Organization Statewide: Please note there is not a New York City site for MARK. The program's focus is on artists who do not live in the 5 boroughs. Each of the four monthly seminars will be scheduled at the following locations. CAPITAL DISTRICT: Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy ROCHESTER: Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, Rochester CENTRAL NY: Central New York Community Arts Council, Utica CENTRAL NY: Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich HUDSON: Columbia County Council on the Arts, Hudson FINGER LAKES: Council Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Ithaca WNY: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo; WNY ARTISTS CALL 716-854-1694 FOR INFO LONG ISLAND: Huntington Arts Council, Huntington Questions: Please contact Christa Blatchford at 212 366 6900 x 338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something I listened to this week...
The coolest, hippest, baddest mac daddy of them all.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight...
— e.e. cummings