Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
What boggles me is the arbitrary smattering of texture on clearly printed surfaces. It seems that "overseas" somewhere "they" can reproduce images on canvas that are then dressed up with painterly globs and glitches.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I spent 1 minute documenting the stack of 20 with a photograph.
I started cleaning up the mess and lost track of the time because my daughter was brushing her teeth when the bathroom hand-towel rack crashed to the floor. A minor distraction became major.
I am going to say that it took me 20 minutes to set-up and clean-up the backyard.
This is how I apply the first coat of primer to laminate:
I spent 60 minutes priming the 20 surfaces.
Another 30 minutes was spent making this blogpost.
The running total for 20 images is= 108 minutes, or roughly FIVE MINUTES per surface. Or, if my time is valued at $50 per hour, each surface is now valued at 4 dollars.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
"There was a time when the people of this country would not have thought that the inheritance of art belonged to them or that they had responsibilities to guard it. A few generations ago, the people of this country were taught by their writers and by their critics and by their teachers to believe that art was something foreign to America and to themselves - something imported from another continent and from an age which was not theirs - something they had no part in, save to go to see it in a guarded room on holidays or Sundays.
But recently, within the last few years, they have discovered that they have a part. They have seen in their own towns, in their own villages, in schoolhouses, in post offices, in the back rooms of shops and stores, pictures painted by their sons, their neighbors - people they have known and lived beside and talked to. They have seen, across these last few years, rooms full of paintings by Americans, walls covered with the paintings of Americans - some of it good, some of it no good, but all of it native, human, eager and alive - all of it painted by their own kind in their own country, and painted about things they know and look at often and have touched and loved.
The people of this country know now, whatever they were taught or thought they knew before, that art is not something just to be owned, but something to be made; that it is the act of making and not the act of owning which is art. And knowing this they know also that art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another country, but part of the present life of all the living and creating peoples - all who make and build; and, most of all, the young and vigorous peoples who have made an built our present wide country."
Friday, January 16, 2009
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An art blog is a common type of blog that comments on art.
Art bloggers cover a wide range of topics, from art reviews and commentary to insider art world gossip, auction results, museum news, personal essays, interviews, and artists’ journals. Participants from all areas of the art world maintain art blogs: artists, critics, dealers, students, journalists, art historians, and collectors.
In the January 2005 issue of Art in America, Raphael Rubinstein mentioned several blogs in the magazine's "Front Page" section. Rubinstein stated that the section was a brief, annotated survey of art blogs that he found interesting. . In the "Front Page" section Rubinstein suggested that art blogs or “art-related blogs” have not reached the point of being a viable forum for criticism and contemporary art commentary.
In the November 2007 issue of Art in America, Peter Plagens contributed "Report from the Blogosphere: The New Grass Roots." Plagens convened a round table of veteran art bloggers. The discussion took place online by email. Plagens makes it clear that he is not an art blog authority. He has stated that he views two or three art blogs semi-regularly. Plagens stated, "When I wrote "Contemporary Art, Uncovered," about the decline in visual arts coverage in the popular press [see A.i.A., Feb. '07], I made an offhand remark about blogs that said, "mere people in the audience for contemporary art would rather read Tyler Green snark somebody in his blog, Modern Art Notes, than ponder the considered judgment of Michael Kimmelman [in the New York Times] on a MOMA retrospective. "Although it wasn't my intent to diss Mr Green (indeed, I share the preference for sharking over considered judgment), I was roasted in the art blogosphere. Which got me to thinking: how much do I--who merely peeks semi-regularly at two or three art blogs--really know about them?"
In The Village Voice, noted art critic Martha Schwendener suggests that art blogs have helped shape a more laissez-faire climate for art writing. "Art blogs have created a new, largely unedited, admirably 'unprofessional'—hence, democratic—venue for people to speak their minds, gossip, or theorize about art."
 Examples of art blogs
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Absent Without Leave
Absent Without Leave is an artist's blog by Ivan Pope, artist and internet evangelist. AWoL covers art practice, other artists work and the wider art world. Pope is a 1990 graduate of Goldsmiths' College, University of London fine art BA. He has written extensively on art, technology and the internet. Absent Without Leave was one of the first personal artist blogs, started in January 1994.
Art Fag City
AFC is a blog of New York art news, reviews and gossip maintained by Paddy Johnson. Johnson, a 2001 graduate of Rutgers University MFA program,also writes for Art Review, Frieze, Time Out, and the The L Magazine.
Artblog.net has been produced since 2003 by Franklin Einspruch, an artist and writer in Boston. Einspruch is also the editor of an online archive of the writings of Walter Darby Bannard.
Bad at Sports
Created by Duncan MacKenzie, Bad at Sports is a weekly podcast produced in Chicago that features artists talking about art and the community that makes, reviews and critiques it. Bad at Sports also features a series of video interviews with artists, gallerists, and other involved in the art world.
The true identity of C-Monster is unknown, and the bibiographic record of this Brooklyn-based art blog appears to be in jest: "Raised by a clan of gypsies throughout the Andean puna, C-Monster speaks five languages and was taught to read palms and recite epic poems at the tender age of three. She fled to the U.S. during the Great Border War of 1941, and after her arrival, worked for many years at a Luby’s Cafeteria in Lubbock." The blog is best known for its "Digest," which appears most weekdays.
Art historian and critic Catherine Spaeth teaches the history of contemporary art at Purchase College and provides art tours of museums and galleries in the New York Area. Her blog is known for essays that place work in a critical and art historical context.
Lee Rosenbaum covers museums, auctions, and art law news. Rosenbaum, a cultural journalist, writes frequently for the 'Wall Street Journal,and is a regular cultural contributor on New York Public Radio (WNYC). She has also published several Op-Ed pieces in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
New York dealer Edward Winkleman's blog features discussions about art, politics, and culture. Winkleman is noted for offering advice to emerging artists. Winkleman Gallery is located in the Chelsea arts district in New York City.
Founded in Jan. 2003, Eyeteeth: A Journal of Incisive Ideas focuses on the interstices of art, media, activism and politics. It is written by Paul Schmelzer, founding editor of the Walker Art Center blogs and contributor to the Royal Society of Arts' book "Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook." He has written on art for Adbusters, Cabinet magazine, the Minnesota Independent, Raw Vision, The Outsider, Thing.net, Version magazine and others.
fallon & rosof's artblog
Maintained by artists/writers Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, "fallon & rosof's artblog", founded in April, 2003, is based in Philadelphia but also covers art from around the world. Like many art bloggers, Fallon and Rosof are collaborating artists; Fallon also writes about art for Philadelphia Weekly and both write for print publications and lecture about contemporary art.
A contemporary online flaneur explores the New York art world. Hrag Vartanian was born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Toronto, Canada, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a writer, critic and designer who regularly contributes to AGBU News Magazine, Ararat Quarterly, Boldtype, The Brooklyn Rail and other publications. He is currently Director of Communications at AGBU, the world's largest Armenian non-profit organization.
New York-based James Wagner writes about art and politics. He is the editor, along with Barry Hoggard, of the New York weekly arts calendar ArtCal.
Joanne Mattera Art Blog
Although her blog description reads "Guaranteed Biased, Myopic, Incomplete and Journalistically Suspect," Joanne Mattera maintains a site that reports responsibly and in some depth on art shown in New York City and elsewhere, including the Miami art fairs. Mattera is a painter who divides her time between Manhattan and Massachusetts.
Modern Art Notes
Modern Art Notes, maintained by Tyler Green covers modern and contemporary art issues and criticism. Green attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism. He is a member of the United States section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and lives in Washington, DC. Forbes magazine once named MAN a "Best of the Web" site, and publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, the Detroit Free Press, the Boston Globe, the Denver Post, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Slate, and Art in America have all featured MAN.
Modern Art Obsession
MAO is maintained by a young modern-art-obsessed collector who is a member of the Guggenheim Photography Acquisition Committee.
Is an art blog maintained by art critic and writer Brian Sherwin for the artist social networking site Myartspace. The blog focuses on art news, advice for emerging artists, and is home to an ongoing interview series involving artists, gallerists, and art critics from throughout the world. Notable interviewees include Vito Acconci, James Rosenquist, and Michael Craig-Martin. Several of Sherwin's interviews have been featured on the Juxtapoz website.
NEWSgrist, maintained by artist Joy Garnett, began in March 2000 as an e-zine devoted to the politics of art and culture in the digital age. For four years it was distributed entirely by email subscription. Garnett currently serves as Arts Editor at Cultural Politics, a contemporary culture, politics and media journal.
New England Journal of Aesthetic Research
Greg Cook's Journal focuses on New England art news, reviews, and artists.Greg Cook is part of the new wave of "underground" cartoonists pushing the boundaries of contemporary comic books by experimenting with styles and subject matter that go beyond traditional newspaper gag strips and superhero pamphlets. His subjects range from history to comedy to fictional dramas about day-to-day life. He has published his comics in Nickelodeon Magazine, Tower Records' Pulse magazine, The Believer, New Art Examiner, Arthur, Non, L'Association's Comix 2000 and other publications.
Co-founded in 2005 by Jennifer Armbrust and Jeff Jahn (who still maintains the site) PORT focuses on critical content related to the Portland art scene. PORT describes itself as "dedicated to catalyzing critical discussion and disseminating information about art as lensed through Portland, Oregon." In the November 2007 Art in America roundtable Plagens described PORT as, "the closest thing to the virtues (paid critics, office help, etc.) of a print art magazine on the Internet...." In 2007 Tyler Green described PORT as, "The undisputed champ of the regional art blogs." on Off Center, the Walker Art Center's blog.
Two Coats of Paint
Maintained by artist/writer Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint is a daily digest of reviews, commentary, and background information about painting and related subjects. Butler, an art professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, also writes for The Brooklyn Rail and The American Prospect.
rebel:art is an art blog about art and activism, founded as a print magazine in 2004 by Alain Bieber. Today it´s one of the biggest art blogs in Germany and covering all kind of subversive artworks from the field of Culture Jamming, Adbusting, Hacktivism, Net.Art, Street Art etc.
The Wooster Collective was founded in 2001. This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.Updated by Marc and Sara Schiller, the site also offers podcasting with music and interviews featuring street artists.
 Notes and references
- ^ Rubinstein, Rafael, "Art in the Blogoshere." Art in America, "Front Page," January 2005. 
- ^ Plagens, Peter, "Report from the Blogosphere: The New Grass Roots." Art in America, November 2007. 
- ^ Absent Without Leave 
- ^ Art Fag City 
- ^ Artblog.net 
- ^ Walter Darby Bannard Archive 
- ^ Bad at Sports 
- ^ C-Monster 
- ^ Catherine Spaeth 
- ^ CultureGrrl 
- ^ Edward Winkleman 
- ^ Winkleman Gallery 
- ^ Eyeteeth: A Journal of Incisive Ideas 
- ^ Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook 
- ^ fallon & rosof's artblog 
- ^ Hrag Vartanian 
- ^ jameswagner.com 
- ^ ArtCal 
- ^ Joanne Mattera Art Blog 
- ^ Modern Art Notes 
- ^ Modern Art Obsession 
- ^ Myartspace 
- ^ NEWSgrist 
- ^ Cultural Politics journal 
- ^ New England Journal of Aesthetic Research 
- ^ PORT 
- ^ Two Coats of Paint 
- ^ rebel:art 
- ^ The Wooster Collective 
 External links
Monday, January 12, 2009
Beginning on 10/28/05 and reaching all the way to today's 1,212th post, I have always felt compelled to post
It could be the Third Year Dip we've heard so much about
I want to
actually read Ulysses
instill habits that will lead to a long and healthy life
These archives are enough already
I will likely keep Flickr as a landfill or transfer station
Facebook will fulfill my virtual social needs (but I intend to learn the color of my neighbor's eyes)
The blog I recently started to sell drawings works OK, but it is cumbersome and inefficient. It will end when the last of the Ebay auctions end. Now I am trying the Etsy platform. I just opened up shop there. I haven't told anyone, and yet, already I've had more views per hour than eBay was giving me. . . and cheaper too. I will be posting more things there. I should test the link: www.StevenLaRose.etsy.com
I haven't bought new music in a year
We eat local food
Enjoy the blog-fizzle
Friday, January 09, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Strange things have been landing in my email box. I think because I joined the Facebook CGU Alumni group I received this announcement:I could be mistaken but I don't think I actually know Lisa Adams but there was a painting that really caught my eye when I went to visit her web site: Chris Rywalt, who as you may know is the mercurial Blogger/Painter/Facecracker, has tipped me off to two painters. Carolanna Parlato and Kathryn Nova Williams, respectively:
I am totally making connections now.
I've been drawing whenever I can get a chance. For me, that is not a quick and easy space to land in. Needless to say, I have found the time to fester and percolate and make some more six inch square drawings that I've posted to my Flickr set Pencilove. From that set, I have been occasionally shuffling jpgs over to eBay and trying to sell them from my nascent blog Seeing is Forgetting the Name of Thing One Sees (a title which I appropriated from Lawrence Weschler). Since I started Seeing, I've received two interesting emails that I can't trace as easily as a Facebook connection. The first came from Gino Orlandi who actually offered me money for advertising space! He is pitching an e-book titled "Fuel for Art." One of the tag lines reads: “Fuel for Art Has All of the Inside Secrets About How to Sell Art Online That the Successful Artists Don’t Want You to Know.” I'm not sure what to do. I just linked his shit for free. Should I send him an invoice? Do I want to start accepting advertising? Money is money, no? I definitely would like to read his book. . . if it works.
Then there is the email from Wayne Roberts who has developed Artmo. "An invitation-only collective, Artmo was created to connect collectors and art enthusiasts to the best contemporary art from galleries around the world. By inviting only notable art dealers featuring established and emerging artists, Artmo ensures collectors easy access to fine art of exceptional quality."
Sounds great. That is, if you receive an invitation. I wrote to Wayne and expressed my concerns and suggested that he get in contact with The Kristi Engle Gallery and Gallery Moda so that I could benefit from his online Art market.
I left this comment on Jacques blog:
I will cherish what I have.
I will try to be strong.
I can't make anything of this.
I am instantly sober and foolish.
Friday, January 02, 2009
As a messed up side story: I planned to finish this painting while visiting my parents for the holidays. I packed all my paints, mediums, solvents, rags, and brushes with meticulous care. It was two hours into our drive up the I-5 slush-fest when I realized that I had left the painting itself on the wall in my studio. Needless to say, it wasn't the first time my daughter heard me use the Lord's name in vain, but it was certainly the most passionate.
I can hardly wait to dive back into Abstraction. Here is a detail of a work in progress (which is taking 100 times more time, and yet it is queerly more rewarding):