"For his gallery exhibition at Hallwalls, Kevin returns to Buffalo with what has become an Award-Winning film, Erie, and an exhibition of objects and materials from his films. Central to the exhibition is the billboard, installed for three weeks south of Buffalo along Route 20, depicting an African-American auto worker and advertising jobs in the industry. Both a work of public art and an intervention into our Rust Belt landscape, the installation in an unsettling and uncanny way shed light on the history of our community and the sense of loss and anxiety felt by Americans and Auto Workers last summer. An aspect of his HARP residency, he will continue his work with students from the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts to realize the creation and exhibition of materials that reflect the themes of Erie, AMC, and Costars—the process of filmmaking, and the role of visual culture on the migration of African-Americans and thus the shaping of American communities." — Carolyn Tennant, Media Arts Curator, Hallwalls
As Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” pumped out over the sound system at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis twirled in blissful circles, demanding that the man in the booth turn up the volume.
Colin Dabkowski's interview with Karen Finley
Thomas Dooney's cover story in Artvoice Joyce Kryszak interview Karen on WBFO
Buffalo Rising asks John Massier, "What's with this year's theme?"
Tanya Zabinski: Twenty Five Simple Ways To Be A Peace Activist
"People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) is teaming up with The Urban Soccer Initiative (USI) to raise money in order to help further rehab at the Massachusetts Avenue Park. The fundraising event, An Evening of Art for the Park, will take place on August 20th and include a silent art auction. The funds raised will be used to build a multi-purpose playing field at the Massachusetts Avenue property. Could you possibly include something about this in your blog and/or pass this information along to other artists who may still be interested? I am still looking for art donations. To thank artists for their donation, they will receive two complimentary tickets to the event which will include beer, wine, music, snacks, and an overall good time :). Any artists interested should contact me directly- email@example.com, 716-604-6183."
"MiA Seeks Artists: Music is Art is seeking artists in all mediums to exhibit their work at the 2010 Music is Art Festival on September 11 at the Albright Knox Art Gallery grounds. Art must be original. Installation and live art proposals are also welcome. Send 2 low resolution (72dpi) images of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Please include your telephone number in the email. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to reach thousands of festival goers with your work while supporting an organization that makes a difference in the lives of thousands of young people."
"We see an artist increasingly interested in making clear not just his painting process, but also a kind of emotional concentration that, while hardly Expressionist, did not exactly exemplify the Olympian detachment habitually attributed to him."
"Gesturing with large, meaty hands in the manner of a football coach, Lowry describes the history of MoMA as one of 'instability,' in which the museum had to tear itself down and rebuild itself every ten years in order to accommodate new kinds of art, a process which Lowry describes as 'madness.'"
“It dawned on me that comics were not an intrinsically limited medium. There was a tremendous amount of things you could do in comics that you couldn’t do in other art forms — but no one was doing it. I figured if I’d make a try at it, I’d at least be a footnote in history.”
Shit. Fuck. Goddamn. Is there any solace to be found in the extremely sad news of Harvey Pekar's passing? Well, I did get to meet him in Buffalo in 2009, so there's that. But consider: fame aside, money aside, Pekar was a serious contemporary artist working in what, even in the best of times, was (and is) a fringe art form and he persisted in it, creating art for decades until a deeply serious body of work had accumulated. Over the many years and multiple stories, I always found Pekar's material to belie his persistent reputation as some kind of cranky middle-aged man—more often than not, there was an underlying optimism that blossomed forth from almost every story told, no matter how apparently desultory or banal. Pekar's contribution to contemporary American art and literature was something more than significant. It was exemplary. Crushingly sad and unfair that he only made it to 70, but I'm eternally grateful for all the splendor.
NY Times obit
"With his bushy beard and wild hair, Mr. Kupferberg embodied the hippie aesthetic. But the term he preferred was bohemian, which to him signified a commitment to art as well as a rejection of restrictive bourgeois values..."
For your Netflix queue...NOT
(2008, dir. M. Night Shyamalan) THE HAPPENING
I'm not even sure I can express just how fucking awful this film was. Near the end, Zooey Dechanel asks Mark Wahlberg "It's over, isn't it?" Well, I checked the time at that point and there was still 15 excruciating minutes to go. This film was so bad, I actually found myself speaking out loud to myself: "God, this is fucking awful." I have generally found M. Knight to be the most singularly over-rated director working today. With the exception of the unerringly brilliant film Unbreakable, he's largely been a style over substance kind of filmmaker and that style is slowly revealing itself to be more and more shallow. There are elements of this film that actually seem promising and at least a couple scenes that might otherwise have worked, but it moves like fucking molasses and somewhere in the middle, he unbelievably kills off two child characters for no good plot reason that I could discern. Oh, and I didn't say "spoiler alert" there because it's not possible to spoil something already so putrified. If I can say anthing positive, it's that it's such a terrible, terrible film, I'm almost impressed by its awfulness. Almost.
Something I listened to this week...
(1975) ROY AYERS • A TEAR TO A SMILE
Jazz vibraphonists are not exactly high on my list of must-listen music, but I've had this one on the iPod for several months and it's kind of a great album. Smooth and slinky, funky and skillful, great great vocalists and superb musicians. It's an album I'd never head of before by an artist I only knew by name and I'm super-pleased to have happened upon it. It's remaining in iPod rotation.
You're searching, Joe, for things that don't exist; I mean beginnings. Ends and beginnings—there are no such things. There are only middles.
— Robert Frost