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Monday, June 30, 2008

Dimitri The Greek


***Completely Random Post Alert***

I can’t recall a 5-minute period where I have been simultaneously intrigued and repulsed, all while psychoanalyzing and laughing my ass off — it is quite unprecedented. What you are about to hear, is exceptional.

Ladies, this will give you the creeps, and will probably trigger instant flashbacks to every “that guy” who has ever approached you. Guys, as long as you’re not “that guy”, you will take much pleasure in the failings of a man who so utterly deserves it. The Internet was invented for things such as this — enjoy.

How Not to Get a Date

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Copyright Law


Recently, I’ve been painting and drawing on found, discarded and copyrighted objects, so I decided to do a bit of research into Copyright Law. Overall, it appears that copyright laws are pretty lenient when it comes to artist use. As long as an object is being commented on, or it’s meaning or visual appearance is altered by the artist, using copyrighted material is not against the law, and is protected by Fair Use.

It appears the primary reason an artist is likely to be prosecuted, is having copied the work of another artist, and is trying to pass it off as a new original work, or is claiming it was created by the artist who’s work is being emulated.

I thought this was a nice concise article dealing with law pertaining to art, Legal Tips for Artists.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Animaniacs


There are some filthy animations being produced by the folks at Superfad — and by filthy, I mean tight...and by tight, I mean good.

Several of their ads utilize some of the most complex, richly layered compositions being produced for the commercial market. Be sure to view the Playstation 3, Universe of Entertainment and Target, Art Connects reels.

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    1937 – 2008


    I realize I’m a few days late on this, but nevertheless, the world has lost an intellectual and verbal pioneer — comedian George Carlin died at the age of 71. Any major news web site will have a much better biography of Carlin than I could write, but it’s not a biography I’m interested in.

    There are two specific occasions I can recall in my childhood, where I understood that what I was hearing was naughty, seemed to piss-off adults, and was completely socially relevant.

    Now I can’t claim that I knew what social relevance was when I was a lad of ten, but I knew that there was truth involved, and that it made some people uncomfortable — which, in my mind, made it important. I was not alive for suffrage, the height of the Civil Rights movement, or the protest against the Vietnam War. In a lot of ways, I’m from a generation without a cause, identity or historical relevance — although the environment may become our lasting legacy.

    One of the only movements I can look back on, and feel as if I saw it evolve, was the free speech of artists and performers. While Carlin was not of my generation, he helped establish the legal groundwork, which artists of my generation greatly benefited from. You will be missed, and thank you Mr. Carlin for being an inspiration and provocateur.

    What were my awakening moments, you ask? George Carlin’s monologue, Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television, and EAZY-E’s album, Eazy-Duz-It. Some things, you can never forget.


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    Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Dynamic Architecture

    Wow.



    An architectural structure with a rotating platform or restaurant is unique, but not an entirely new idea. A skyscraper in motion, however, seems closer to science fiction, than reality. Architect David Fisher is proposing an 80-story high-rise that has the ability to rotate each level independently. This would allow for an entire building’s movements to be choreographed, and would bring a sense of motion to an otherwise static skyline.



    It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to know that my very own, highly-progressive state of Ohio should be breaking ground on their very first rotating skyscraper roughly around 2065 — give or take 30 years. Really, I kid because I care.



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    Monday, June 16, 2008

    Say Cheese!

    Let me state for the record that I’m neither a sadist, nor an advocate of violence.

    However...

    If this unfortunate woman must endure a kangaroo punch to the chin, in order for this glorious photograph to exist, then I say punch away Mr. Kangaroo, punch away.

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    Friday, June 13, 2008

    FRIDAY XIII


    You know, after I’m finished taking this long-drawn-out shower, I think I might leave the safety of my cabin and investigate some strange noises I heard coming from the pitch-black woods — I’ll be back in a minute.

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    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    Number one, or two?



    Immature, juvenile, sophomoric and unsophisticated...absolutely, but there is an unmistakable hint of brilliance. Who knew rope could function as informational signage?

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    Kung Fu

    The ability to embed a 1985 video game, such as Kung Fu Master, into a blog, has to be one of the greatest inventions ever — the wheel, fire, air conditioning, grills and adult beverages notwithstanding.

    If only there was a mute button...

    EDIT: Okay, the music to Kung Fu Master was driving me moderately insane, and rendering the other videos on the blog useless — so if you would like to continue to play the game, go here.

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    Tuesday, June 10, 2008

    Henry Darger


    I first viewed Henry Darger’s work several years ago, at which time I knew he was an outsider artist who had a tendency to illustrate little girls with male genitalia. I thought the work was interesting and memorable, but never gave it much thought beyond that.

    As it so happens, I recently came across an article discussing Darger’s life, art and writing — and as an entire package, his story is really a fascinating one. I have linked to his artist page at Hammer Gallery, which offers the best combination of information and large work samples. You will appreciate the art significantly more, if you read Darger’s history and life chronology at the bottom of the page first.

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