Climbing Up The Walls

Some things recently finished.

April 19, 2017 at 2:29 am

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New Band

official live debut tonight

more to come

April 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

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Burning Buildings

All of the people I know who are artists right now feel invigorated, terrified, liberated, endangered. Full of life and energy. Everybody else is having a panic attack.

I feel like for most of my lifetime artists have been warning about the dangers of Western capitalist imperialism growing out of control. Now they are in full bloom and every institution, from the art world to the Oval Office, seems to be under public review. They maintain control only because a viable alternative has not yet been discovered.

Anxiety is a drive to create something, and I feel the collective panic of the West is a general understanding We Need To Build A New Thing but it has to be completely new and at an unprecedented scale of public accomplishment. (It must not be Silicon Valley neoliberalism.)

It’s a strange time; the world is waiting for a Phoenix, and meanwhile seems content with watching everything burn.

March 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

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Fall The Fearless Girl

Marshall McLuhan called advertising corporate art. While he’s not wrong, I think his early views of advertising were based in an era where the ad remained a promotion of a product. Products in most ads these days are at least second to brand narrative.1 Enter the Fearless Girl, an abhorrent piece of corporate propaganda which has taken the concept of advertising to an entirely new level of cynicism.

Cara Sheffler did a great job pointing out why the work is an insult to feminism, not a promotion of it. Things being equal between the sexes and all, it’s also pretty bad at a societal level.

What the statue represents is submission to the idea the fight against power exists only within the confines the powerful approve of. This idea originated in a board room and was approved in one. ‘Fearless Girl’ has a presumed acceptance of capitalism; that we may stand up to the market so long as we remain in sight of it.

With ‘Fearless Girl’ now set to remain in the Financial District, we’re witnessing what the next generation of billboards will look like: corporate art in the public space, promoting a subtle dialogue of complicity not to any inspired place of imagination, but rather financial allegiance.2

      Footnotes
  • This isn’t surprising, especially as millennials start coming in to money. The way Urban Outfitters went from selling t-shirts to an entire lifestyle, advertising will continue that tradition of the projected idea behind a brand—and how that will improve your life—put the work of a social media influencer in front of it, and reap the benefits.
  • I believe McLuhan is wrong when he calls advertising an art, even a corporate art, at this level. Allegiance to an idea is never the goal of a piece of art; generally that is the opposite of what artists work for. Constructing a narrative in order to control the outcome is not art, even if a few pieces of that process along the way are aesthetically appealing.

March 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

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On The “Open Casket” Controversy

The controversial discussion on art and race going on with Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmitt Till is fascinating and intense and has no good solution. While the painting may fail because of the many valid criticisms Hannah Black offers, a call to censorship in art sets a dangerous precedent.

There’s not a ton I have to say on the subject that is not better expressed here.

March 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

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Come One Come All

First Friday

I have been putting a schedule together for some summertime solo shows, which these FF jams will serve as limited previews for. Also it’s a party come out and play some music with us.

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Shauna, 3 Hours

Shauna

March 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm

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Sketchbook Page, March 20

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These images are from 1964

Obviously if they were from 2017 they’d have Instagram filters and those cops would have automatic rifles

March 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm

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Automatic Security

Security

March 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm

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Cityscape

Cityscape

Somewhere other than here

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What The NSA Sees

Taped

Covering device cameras can produce wonderful results

March 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm

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Meanwhile The Art Market Is Nuts

The fact this dipshit President slashed the NEA funding in the new budget proposal should not be surprising to anyone. I feel like the conversation is still constrained to a very insular view of the world—that of not paying attention to governance outside America—and is hurting the very notion of art in this country.1

Existential threats to art aside, let’s just be real about state spending in the arts.2 This is only comparing the US and France, because it’s late and dedicating too much energy to pointing out the systemic issues with capitalism is exhausting.

Seeing politicians line up to defend this pittance of funding is remarkable, like how these idiots all voted to Make America Great Again don’t realize what that means economically.3 What bullshit.

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  • I could go on for days about how capitalism has ruined the entire concept of art in America, and how the underlying notion of marketability has driven art and the forces around it for most of the contemporary era.
  • Liberals will probably be outraged by the fact the NEA is getting funding cut, when anyone with sense on the left would be fucking furious that the spending was this low to begin with. Tax the rich, put it into theater, fuck your tanks.
  • Sources on chart information were Wikipedia for the population data and Alternet / Hyperallergic (which sources to French news / articles). Sources on the political right being idiots is reality.

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The Haight ’bout Five Years Back

Sketch

Sketching out one in a new series of planned illustrations

March 17, 2017 at 1:50 am

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Seeing Red

Red

March 10, 2017 at 12:50 am

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I Thought Hurricane Season Was Over

On Paper

Acrylic, pencil, marker, crayon, paper on Stonehenge
22″x30″

March 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

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