studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

AAAAARRRRGGGGHH!

Well shiver me timbers, it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. You landlubbers be sure to annoy all your mateys by talking like Red Beard. Aaarrrggghhh!




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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Blog Wackyness

I’ve noticed some issues with the blog not formatting properly the past few days. I reinstalled and tweaked the code, so hopefully the problem’s taken care of — If the formatting still appears screwy to you, send me an email and let me know.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

California Design Biennial


If you’re a design lover, and will be in the Los Angeles area before September 30, you may want to scope out the California Design Biennial 2007. The Biennial is a showcase of California design comprised of fashion, furniture, transportation, consumer products, and graphic design. The exhibition is currently on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

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    Speaking of NC-17...

    You know, it’s because of campaigns like the newest for Tom Ford cologne that I miss being a college professor. Not because I want to encourage my students to experiment with naughty subject matter, but because of the discussion / debate that such a campaign can ignite.

    Since I no longer have a classroom, and this blog is the closest thing to it, I just wondered what you thought about this campaign. Love it, hate it, disgusted by it, intrigued by it, moderately aroused, absolutely not aroused, they are all fair reactions. I realize that no one ever wants to post a comment here, and I’ve reluctantly become accustomed to it, but for this entry, I would like to encourage blogger participation.

    One other thing to think about, does knowing that Ford is openly gay, change the way you view the ads?




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    An Assorted Update

    Although my exhibition at the DAI had been open for three weeks, the opening reception was the first time I saw the work installed in the space. I thought the arrangement and scale of the work looked good for the gallery, although it was slightly disappointing that a few of the pieces had to be cut to keep the show from looking over-hung. Two of my newer paintings were withheld from the show, so since you can’t see them at the museum, I’ll post them for you here.



    My work and website have been popping-up on random art sites and blogs lately, but one I’d like to mention by name is artistaday.com. It’s a blog site run by a really nice guy named Geoff, who featured me as artist of the day on Monday. He even dug my work so much, he bought a print from my shop — so for that alone, I need to give him props. Check out his site, browse through the artists, vote on my work (and everyone else’s) and if you’re an artist, send him a link to your site so he can check you out.

  • Tom Davie at artistaday.com


  • I recently added ten paintings and five drawings from the Parishioner Series to the studiotwentysix2 shop. I’ve wanted to add the work for a while now, but had to wait until the final work was selected for the exhibition. The work can be purchased through either the Parishioner Series site or the studiotwentysix2 shop. Speaking of the Parishioner Series site, I have added several new paintings to it, including the two shown above.


    Here’s an article about my current exhibition from the Dayton City Paper:


    One final tidbit, last week, I recorded a segment with Dayton NPR talking about religion and my current work. The segment is supposed to air either next week or the week after — so I will post a link to the mp3 file once it is up on their site. I’ll write about this experience in detail because there’s a good story behind it, but I’ll wait until you are able to hear the finished segment.

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    Thursday, September 6, 2007

    No One Belongs Here...


    The site for No one belongs here more than you. Stories by Miranda July, is so bare bones minimal that I just can’t not like it. It’s actually more like an anti-site than a traditional personal site.

    Each page consists of a single full-frame image and forward and back arrows, that’s it. The images are scaled to fit the window, so depending on your browser window size, the image is going to distort and stretch to your current configuration. The images are usually blurry, the camera flash will on occasion blowout image areas and the photo cropping seems somewhat random. While all that might seem negative, it actually adds to the site’s charm. The overall narrative is clever, funny and interesting, and it does a nice job of keeping the viewer motivated to see what the next image will reveal. It’s certainly not your typical good site, but I’m convinced it’s good nonetheless.

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    iPhone


    Apple has just announced a $200 price reduction for the iPhone, making the current retail price $399. That’s still some serious coin for a phone, but certainly more manageable than the previous cost of $599. Apple has also unveiled the new iPod touch and nano.

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    Reception Today

    As a loyal blog reader, you are welcome to attend the opening reception of my current exhibition at The Dayton Art Institute. Hope to see you there.

    Thursday, September 6, from 6:00 – 8:00pm
    Opening remarks at 6:30pm

    456 Belmonte Park North
    Dayton, OH 45405

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    NC-17

    It’s been a long time coming, but I feel the need to rant. Simply stated, the MPAA rating of NC-17 is an absolute joke.

    Before I get full-on into my hissy fit, let’s have a quick look at the NC-17 rating explanation, per the MPAA:
    “An NC-17 rated motion picture is one that, in the view of the Rating Board, most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. No children will be admitted. NC-17 does not mean “obscene” or “pornographic” in the common or legal meaning of those words, and should not be construed as a negative judgment in any sense. The rating simply signals that the content is appropriate only for an adult audience. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children.”


    The reason that I even bring up this topic is because of the soon-to-be-released Ang Lee film Lust, Caution. It is rumored that the movie will receive an NC-17 rating (per CNN), because a “source said too many of the film’s sex scenes violated the ratings board’s unwritten rules (like the number of allowable pelvic thrusts, for example) to make an appeal possible.”

    Seriously, what the hell. Can a committee of adults honestly deliberate with straight faces, while arguing over a specific number of pelvic thrusts? I mean really, what do these meetings sound like? “You know Jim, I was okay with the first five thrusts, but numbers six through nine just seemed excessive.” “I agree with your point about the thrusts Sally, and I would like to add that I can live with the three seconds of bouncing breasts and brief glimpse of female pubic hair, but the close-up scrotum shot is simply too much.”

    I will admit, as stupid as I think the NC-17 rating is, I would actually approve of the rating if it were used thoughtfully and consistently across the board. Right now, however, the use of the rating is absurd. You will note that excessive violence is a reason for the NC-17 rating, yet looking through the list of movies that have received the NC-17 rating, a two year-old has the ability to count the number of violent movies listed. The hypocrisy, in my humble opinion, is staggering. What this tells me, is that film’s governing body is more concerned about a 16 year-old seeing nine pelvic thrusts in Lust, Caution, than witnessing Private Pyle kill his Drill Sergeant and commit suicide in Full Metal Jacket, or seeing a police officer being methodically tortured to death in Reservoir Dogs.

    I find the discrepancy between sex and violence in this society, way out of whack. It is mind-boggling to me that violence and killing are so readily available on TV and in movies — that these acts have saturated our entertainment so thoroughly, we rarely even give it a second thought. Sex however, is so frowned upon and morally corrupt, that when an event like Janet Jackson’s exposed nipple occurs, you’d have thought someone actually had committed an act of violence. The reality is that 99% of people have sex, and 1% commit violent acts, yet film and entertainment (and politicians and society in general) would have you believe those numbers are actually inversed. I am certainly not advocating further government oversight or restrictions on entertainment, just some good old-fashioned common sense.

    Okay, I’m going to get off my soapbox now, but just for fun, try to pick out which one of the following ten movies received the infamous NC-17 rating:

    Saving Private Ryan
    Full Metal Jacket
    Reservoir Dogs
    Pulp Fiction
    Natural Born Killers
    Passion of the Christ
    Showgirls
    Ichi the Killer
    Schindler’s List
    Sin City

    Just in case you were unsure, here’s a subtle hint:


    If you’re curious, here’s the complete NC-17 list

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