Seize the day and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.
Try to do unto others as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better that they should fail than you should.
— Charles Dickens
There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time.
— Coco Chanel
Nothing is too wonderful to be true.
— Michael Faraday
Wow, for the first time in a while, I wish I had cable.....
It's got nothing to do with art—except perhaps in one's effort to discern the narrative and extract the meaning— and, in a big picture way, it could hardly be called surprising. Which doesn't mean it wasn't shocking. First woman to run a modern Muslin nation, Bhutto was twice elected prime minister and twice deposed, finally exiled under charges of corruption. Upon her return to Pakistan a few months ago, her motorcade was attacked by a suicide bomber and 150 people were killed. Bhutto repeatedly called on the government of Musharref-Magoo to investigate the assassination attempt, particularly by using independent/ international investigators, like Scotland Yard. That was never done. Her repeated requests for additional security during the election campaign were denied. Bhutto had publicly and emphatically stated her belief that elements within the government were colluding to kill her and went so far as to name names in a letter to President Musharref-Magoo.
Some witnesses to the event claimed that the gunman and bomber were the same individual. some witnesses suggested there was a sniper firing from a nearby rooftop. The story quickly reeks of conspiratorial aroma, but it's a complicated mess. Musharref-Magoo, hardly an inspirational or popular political figure, has himself survived several assassination attempts by Islamic extremists. So, it's possible that he's just the unlucky stumblebum joe in power while certain military elites makes moves to destabilize the country and firm up their own power—stacking the deck with fear cards, as it were.
The compelling aspects of the story are far too numerous to itemize within the effluvia of an art-blog, but one thing I found utterly striking was the statement by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. I couldn't find a longer clip, which shows him coming out to the podium and dramatically underscoring the gravitas of the moment. It doesn't quite come through in this clip, but it's the only one I could find.
NY Times Obit
Only slightly less shocking....
For the past few years, The Buffalo News has had a bit of an ADD-relationship with the visual art culture of our region. Seems there was just never enough space to squeeze in any art coverage between the restaurant reviews, dvd releases, and throwaway pieces on the worst Hollywood shitpic. But some kind of tide might be turning, thanks in part to the smart, engaged visual art coverage of Colin Dabkowski. Let's not plan the parade of put the champagne on ice just yet. We're not nearly up to the two-reviews-a-week coverage that the activity in our region merits. Today's Dabkowski piece is not a review per se, but rather a thoughtful piece on the situation of the Burchfield-Penney's first-ever members' exhibition, in which Dabkowski makes the salient observation:
In the popular consciousness, the “regional art” descriptor has always carried a slight tinge of the secondrate. But with shows like “Beyond/ In Western New York” and the BPAC’s much-touted expansion and ascendant profile, the term is starting to lose that connotation and draw new, young audiences to shows of talented local artists.
Last week, Dabkowski took the time to remind readers of the success of the 2nd edition of Beyond/In Western New York.
Think he's not working hard enough? Well, he also has a blog .
What's Happening In Kafka/Kurtz World?
Artvoice Dorothea Braemer
NEXT Hallwalls Exhibition Opening
Kelly Richardson: The Edge of Everything
Megan Greene: Rappaccini's Daughter
Saturday, January 12, 8-11pm
Artists Talks @ 8pm
• Jeff Sherven at Betty's opening Monday, Jan 7, 6-9pm (thru March 2)
Big Orbit Members Exhibition
Deadline: Jan 19/08
Big Orbit Gallery is seeking submissions for its annual Members' Exhibition to be held January 26 – March 1, 2008. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 26 from 8:00-11:00 PM.
We will take work between January 5 and January 19 during regular gallery hours Thursday-Sunday 12 - 5.
All current, new, and renewing members of Big Orbit are invited to participate.
All members’ may submit up to 2 artworks for inclusion.
All work should be ready to hang, meaning matted and/or framed. All work should be labeled with artist’s name, title, process, date, and sales price.
Video and Film work is acceptable, but please contact the Gallery prior to submitting to make arrangements
Select work will be exhibited on Big Orbit’s website – www.bigorbitgallery.org
Best in Show winner receives a SOLO EXHIBITION in the 2008/2009 exhibition season! Past winners have had major solo exhibitions that have propelled their careers. Past winners include: Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Andrew Hershey, Michael Bosworth, Barbara Rowe, Robert Hirsch, Jena Cumbo, Lara Odell, Andrew Johnson, Joshua Marks, Nancy Parisi, Reed Anderson, Martin Kruck, Al Volo, Kurt Von Voetsch, Patrick Robideau.
We are very proud of our Best in Show winners. Their resulting exhibitions have been of the highest quality and perfectly reflect the strength of the Western New York arts community
CEPA Members Exhibition
Deadline: Jan 28/08
CEPA Gallery is seeking submissions for its annual Members’ Exhibition to be held February 2 to March 15, 2008. An opening reception will be held at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade Complex, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, on Saturday, February 9 from 7:00-10:00 pm. We are proud to announce that this year’s juror is Holly Hughes, Associate Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
All work can be dropped off at CEPA (M-F 10-5 and Saturday 12-4) or mailed to CEPA between January 7 and January 28, 2008. For Artists who wish to have their work sent back to them, returns will only be made via US Postal Service or FedEx. Please provide postage, FedEx account number or a check to cover the amount for the return.
• All current, new, and renewing members of CEPA are invited to participate.
• All members may submit only 1 piece of photo-related art for inclusion.
• All work should be ready to hang, meaning matted and/or framed with appropriate hanging hardware. All work should be labeled with artist’s name, title, process, date, and sales price.
• Video and Film work is acceptable, but please contact the CEPA prior to submitting to make arrangements.
• Select work will be exhibited on CEPA’s website – www.cepagallery.org
• Visit CEPA’s website or call 716-856-2717 for membership information and exhibition guidelines.
• Exhibition Dates: February 2 – March 15, 2008. Submission deadline at CEPA is Monday, January 28, 2008.
This year CEPA will continue its new tradition of awarding 2 EXHIBITION AWARDS. EXHIBITION AWARDS recognize those artists who demonstrate an elevated level of artistic maturity and skill in their work. The winner will receive a solo exhibit of their work in the 2008/09 exhibition year. To be considered for an EXHIBITION AWARD artists must submit 10 slides or images on CD, a slide script, an artist statement, and an artist resume with their Members’ Show artwork submission. This facet of the Members’ Exhibition is open to all artists. It is an option and does not affect regular submissions to the exhibit. Other awards including “Best In Show” will also be awarded.
(winding down/see em now)
• Shelly Niro at Ub Art Gallery thru Jan 27
• Buffalo Arts Studio Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale thru Dec 29
• The Panza Collection at the Albright thru Feb 24
• Maxi Boyd, Craig Centrie, Terresa Ford, Kenneth Locke, Eric McIntire, Salagram Sila, Holly Szfranski, Jack Walsh, Tammy Wetzel at El Museo thru Jan 5
• Mary Begley at College Street Gallery thru Jan 6
• Thomas Annear at Olean Public Library thru Dec 29
• Sharon Kalstek at Buffalo Big Print thru Dec 31
• AJ Fries, Jay Carrier, Kurt Von Voetsch at the Castellani thru Feb 17
• Moses and Pals at Cosmopolitan Gallery thru Jan 5
• Art Dialogue Annual Artful Gifts thru Dec 29
• Impact Gallery Artful Gifts thru Jan 9
• Art Dialogue Annual Artful Gifts thru Dec 29
• Starlight Studio Small Works and Gift Sale thru Jan 4
• Sherwin Greenberg at the Burchfield thru Jan 6
• Julian Montague's Stray Shopping Carts at The Light Factory, North Carolina thru Feb 22
• Dorothy Fitzgerald at the Castellani thru Jan 13
• Diane Baker at The Mansion on Delaware (indefinitely)
Don't Bogart That Egg Nog...
NY Times Roberta Smith
I usually quite like Roberta Smith but this piece from Dec 23 makes me think that she had a bit too much nog or snog or grog at the Times xmas party, went back to her desk and decided to tear a strip off the use of the word "practice" when referring to what contemporary artists do. The result is a weirdly "inside the Beltway" perception of that word, its usage, and its meaning. She draws three distinct implications about the word and I think each of the three is incorrect. Freakishly so.
The impetus behind practice may be to demystify the stereotype of the visionary or emotion-driven artist, and indeed it does. It turns the artist into an utterly conventional authority figure. First off, there’s the implication that artists, like lawyers, doctors and dentists, need a license to practice. There is no implication that one needs a "license" aka MFA to practice art. However, the acquisition of a so-called license might indicate a level of seriousness and dedication that someone who didn't pursue a higher degree might not share. Which certainly doesn't prevent anyone from being a crazy, unschooled genius.
Second is the implication that an artist, like a doctor, lawyer or dentist, is trained to fix some external problem. I don't know what the hell she's talking about. IF ONLY artists could fix our external problems, they could rule this two-bit world.
Finally, practice sanitizes a very messy process. It suggests that art making is a kind of white-collar activity whose practitioners don’t get their hands dirty, either physically or emotionally. ?!? Please see previous "what the hell..." remark.
I have never in twenty years presumed ANY of these things when thinking of an artistic practice. Crazy me, I always presumed "practice" referred to:
1) something you had committed to in an ongoing, serious and persistent fashion...as opposed to say the painter-as-enthused-hobbyist, and
2) something you, uh, practiced—that is, applied your talents to with some rigor over an extended duration—because this is the only way to get better at the thing, be the thing artmaking, dentistry, kama sutra, animal husbandry, woodworking....
Oscar Peterson 1925—2007
The Globe and Mail
Stephen Radich 1922—2007
Something I listened to this week...
I wasn't even intending to listen to it, I just started playing it, then sat right through to the end. Among the bands I have enjoyed the most over the past five years. Always a splendid blend of swirling guitars, top flight drumming, and terrific vocals. They can swing quickly from a kind of luscious despair to a genuinely uplifting aura—which they do often. When they veer off into a jam-band tangent—which they also do often—they never lose the melody at the heart of the song. If you think The Flaming Lips are the feelgood band of our current decade, Built To Spill gives them a good run for their money. Highly satisfying. Even better on repeated listenings.
If You Never Watch Embedded Videos...watch THIS...very cool...
via Edward Winkleman
There is no use trying, said Alice; one can't believe impossible things. I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
— Lewis Carroll