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4th April 2014

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A decade ago, in his book No Collar, sociologist Andrew Ross described how tech start-ups borrowed art’s cocktail of work, play and personal life to create a new corporate culture around “self-actualization.” When young incorporated artists borrow this mix back—along with a toolbox of networking strategies—the result is a feedback loop. Business is branded by art and vice versa. What appears to be art is basically business. Nothing else feels possible.
— Brian Droitcour, “Young Incorporated Artists

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19th March 2014

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It sounds absurd now, but most artists I know, no matter their medium, go through depressions, ups and downs, serious self-doubt. I definitely questioned my abilities. I don’t have a degree in composition that helps me start at A and get to B and then C. I don’t have training—that’s why I took voice and drum lessons. I went and took dance lessons, too. But you can only take so many lessons, you know?

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17th March 2014

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hyperkitsch:

fes water fountain

Art by my friend Sofie Engstrom von Alten

hyperkitsch:

fes water fountain

Art by my friend Sofie Engstrom von Alten

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16th March 2014

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Money: I Ramble Like An Idiot About Things You Think I'm Stupid For Thinking →

mercurialblonde:

Once they started cutting holes in the walls of buildings to get at Banksy art, you should’ve known something was wrong with this viewpoint. Yeah that’s right. Should have.

There was an interesting discussion today on twitter that I mostly caught the Ales Kot end of, where he was talking…

I can tell this is a sincere and well intentioned piece, but I also feel like it’s one of those things that feels good to reblog without actually considering its truth. The commodification of art and artists today is obviously a problem, and the way that advertising and art are blending into each other is concerning, though not necessarily “bad.” But the idea that “art existed before money” and therefore that’s the way it should remain is really flawed. I know I’m quoting someone here, I forget who, but rich people are what created the Renaissance. Without extremely rich “1%” patrons there would be far fewer of the classic paintings, plays, books and music that the world now reveres. Many of these patrons had total artistic control over the artists they supported. Yet you don’t see many people calling Shakespeare a sell out. How is that model different from an artist today making something brand-sponsored? I’m not sure, but to put it in such black and white terms is misleading.

"Money isn’t real" feels nice to say (and is certainly true in some ways), but ignores the fact that before very very recently, if you wanted to see, hear or experience art, you HAD to pay for it (unless it was like your uncle playing the mandolin or something). The choice for the public to think of art as separate from money is a very recent one. (Yes, before the industrialized era there was a lot more "communal" art, and that was cool, and I do think a return to that would be great.)

Secondly, I really don’t see many critics telling you to “go out and buy” something. Any urging I have noticed on the part of a critic to pay for art is usually in the name of supporting the artist, which is also not something addressed in this piece. 

Finally, if anyone knows how to harness the power of branding and money, it’s fucking Banksy. 

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5th February 2014

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Embracing Darkness: Dilek Baykara - Mass Appeal →

I interviewed my very talented friend Dilek who has done posters for Swans, Eyehategod, etc. for Mass Appeal. You probably want to read about her meeting Michael Gira. 

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18th December 2013

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Artifacts Of Another Me

Last night, during a bout of unfortunately severe insomnia, I decided to make something. It was an altar to my demons, something I was inspired to do while reading an acupuncturist’s essay on insomnia and Buddhism. It was very late and I didn’t really know what I was looking for, so I opened a box that was in the corner of the room I’ve only lived in for a few months, thinking it’d contain a few photos but not much else. I can’t tell if it was Pandora’s Box or a treasure chest, but what I found in there was much more than I expected.

This has, it appears, not been a great year for me. It started with a sudden emotional slide to the bottom which continued to descend into the summer. It has only been in the last few months that I’ve picked myself up and began the work of making myself a functional human again. I’ve gotten on anti-depressants again, I’ve got a few jobs, I’ve even tried making some art. This all feels like a huge accomplishment in the face of how I had been feeling. But it also doesn’t feel great. For me (and I suspect for many people), depression is something that I’m constantly second guessing. I’m either not depressed “enough” for it to be real or it would go away if I just did x, y or z. It’s so hard to have any perspective when you’re in the midst of it, as I have been for a long time now. I’ve spent so much time in the last few months doubting myself, that I have any talent or should have any ambitions creatively. It’s easy to feel like any success in the past was a fluke that’s now over.

What I found when I opened the box last night was who I was before this happened. I have not always been like this. There was a time when I was vibrant, inspired, excited about so many things. Reading my notebook from a few years ago, almost every page is a list of Things I Want To Do, some of which I’ve even accomplished. And there’s creativity everywhere - so many snippets of song lyrics, stray thoughts written like poetry, essays, even drawings! It felt, as cliched as this sounds, like meeting a friend I had lost touch with and remembering why we had been so close. I am sad that I’ve been so grey for most of this year and so doubtful of the person I now remember I can be, but I am so grateful to have rediscovered her. My goal in 2014 is to ressurrect that girl, to the greatest extent that I can. I want to make big, stupid plans that seem impossible and then accomplish them. I want to sprint towards the things I want, even if it means I might fall. There was a reason I got my tattoo this year, the meaning of which had become obscure even to me. Scrape your knee, it’s only skin. I can do this. 

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16th December 2013

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Babycastles Gallery Benefit: Party on the19th
BENEFIT “GIGANTIC HORS D’OEUVRES” DINNER w/ THU TRAN6PM–8PMHelp support the creation of Babycastles Gallery by attending our benefit dinner fundraiser, starring Gigantic Nachos with funny faces, toppings scaled to match, and cheese fountain with Babycastles collaborator and celebrated chef Thu Tran (of IFC’s Food Party)! Come enjoy huge food and an early peek at the exhibition. "GIGANTIC HORS D’OEUVRES" TICKETS ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ PARTY ON THE 19TH!8PM–1AMGames by Michael Brough, Bennett Foddy, Increpare, and 3D Pacman by Dr. Clement Shimizu.Performances by Shark?, DJ Big Black Poodle :) , tba.Starring arcade cabinets by John Mejias, Nick Kuszyk, and debuting a beautiful new video games cabinet by Kate Kosek.

Yo support Babycastles!

eyebodega:

Babycastles Gallery Benefit: Party on the19th

BENEFIT “GIGANTIC HORS D’OEUVRES” DINNER w/ THU TRAN
6PM–8PM

Help support the creation of Babycastles Gallery by attending our benefit dinner fundraiser, starring Gigantic Nachos with funny faces, toppings scaled to match, and cheese fountain with Babycastles collaborator and celebrated chef Thu Tran (of IFC’s Food Party)! Come enjoy huge food and an early peek at the exhibition. 

"GIGANTIC HORS D’OEUVRES" TICKETS 

⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ ⑅ 

PARTY ON THE 19TH!
8PM1AM

Games by Michael Brough, Bennett Foddy, Increpare, and 3D Pacman by Dr. Clement Shimizu.

Performances by Shark?, DJ Big Black Poodle :) , tba.

Starring arcade cabinets by John Mejias, Nick Kuszyk, and debuting a beautiful new video games cabinet by Kate Kosek.

Yo support Babycastles!

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9th December 2013

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coming to you soon: my *real* reaction to meeting some dumb-ass dudes who live in my building at the bar tonight!! 

coming to you soon: my *real* reaction to meeting some dumb-ass dudes who live in my building at the bar tonight!! 

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8th December 2013

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went to the moma on friday

went to the moma on friday

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7th December 2013

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The Human Condition, Magritte

The Human Condition, Magritte

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