- Mean spirited artists, your day has come. Gawker is looking for creative folk to design art work where you usually see ads. Awesome. Now artists finally have a chance to sell their soul to the Internet equivelent of Us Weekly. The World Wide Web brings great tidings indeed.
- Blogger and artist extraordinaire Joy Garnett has work in a show that opened this Wednesday at Sara Meltzer Gallery. Prevailing Climate examines “the conscequences of mans action on nature and society”, and would appear to back Tyler Green’s theory that degeneration is a dominent concern amongst artists. The press release has this to say about Garnett: Based on documentary photographs culled from the Internet, Joy Garnett‘s apocalyptic paintings evoke romantic landscapes that explore the conflict of culture, technology and politics through a decontextualized media lens.
- What goes on at The Dallas Morning News doesn’t usually pique our interest around here, but the Dallas Observer reported yesterday that they are cutting their critics (namely for movie and television), which of course makes us wonder about the job stability of our good friend Jerome Weeks, who complained in May on Critical Edge about the lack of artists who could speak articulately about their work. Weeks is a literary critic, so it would appear as though his job is safe for now, but it looks like the survival of art in Dallas is going to be tough if there’s no one around to talk about it.
- Make It Work. I’m already sick of hearing mentor Tim Gunn say this every two seconds on BRAVO’s Project Runway, but I have to say, if this kind of self awareness is the only negative that has arisen from a third round of this show, I think I can handle another season. For those of you who haven’t watched the show but like art, you may wonder what reality TV about fashion designers has to do with our programming here at AFC. The answer to this question is quite a bit. It’s a show about how artists work in their studios, and what makes their work successful. Basic principles of design and fabrication are discussed every week, Gunn providing the majority of the content in this regard (even relative to the judges). Notably, the mentor also maintains an excellent and candid blog which lets viewers know what he thinks of the designers work, often covering points that don’t get aired in the show. I know it sounds unlikely, but I think we may finally have a model that successfully bridges the gap between art and the public. Now if we could only apply these principles to the world of fine art. Speaking of which, look forward to next weeks interview with Mame McCutchin, co-host of VOOM: HD’s ArtLand: USA, a new TV series which seeks to do just this.