- On September 18, Toronto became home to North America’s first Islamic art museum. [Al Jazeera]
- Here’s what happens when you, an artist, decide to include a watermelon-chopping executioner on a float in a small-town parade. [Vdrome]
- “Podcasts are in vogue.” Yes, that statement was made in 2014. [Washington Post]
- Mayor de Blasio killed the groundhog day groundhog. A week after de Blasio dropped the groundhog, it died of internal injuries. The post claims a coverup. [The New York Post]
- Quinn Norton on the net’s newest social site, Ello: “Social networks are like languages — they are only worthwhile when they are broadly adopted.”[Medium]
- The European Union is considering a ban on cadmium pigment due to its high toxicity. [The Art Newspaper]
- After 16,000 applications, Amtrak announces the 24 winners for their inaugural writer-on-a-train residency. No surprise, many of the winners are already well-known in the writer-verse. Like Saul Williams. [Amtrak]
- Watch out for the lines! Tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 is free museum day. Over 1,000 museums nationwide are participating, and you’ll need to print out your digital ticket beforehand. Regardless of that extra step, thank you. [Smithsonian]
- What’s it like to write obituaries full-time for the New York Times. “We like to say it’s the jolliest department in the paper,” [The Paris Review]
The game developer who goes by the moniker Cedric has created a few GIFs of procedurally generated architecture. Cedric is a self-described “indie game dev focused on social AI, emergent narrative and procedural worlds.” Via: BLDGBLOG
What’s the distance between where your art career is and where you want it to be? Can you visualize getting there? Would access to over 200 hour-long webinars with art experts sharing what worked for them and offering their advice make a significant difference?
Klein Artist Works puts the experts right in the room with you. Besides the archive of over 200 webinars, the live, online course connects working artists with the authorities who have advice to give and stories to tell.
Vince Mckelvie isn’t a GIF maker, but he gets featured on this page today regardless thanks to the GIF screengrabs by Prosthetic Knowledge. The GIFs come from Electric Pulse, Mckelvie’s single-serving website (a phenomenon I’ve written about on Artnet) are a collaboration with Chuck Anderson and music by Juno Akasawa.
This particular work takes a viewer on a tour of what exploding rocks and meteors, Tron-like imagined computer space, and rotating balls of goo. The more you move your cursor, the more responsive the piece appears to be. It’s pretty great, but the bit of genius here is the dash cam footage near the beginning of the tour. It’s the only bit of found material, it situates the user in the driving seat of car. It reminds me of abstract painters who decide to render one small part of their painting realistically. In those cases, it’s often a flourish used to indicate rendering skill, but the real trick is integrating two disparate elements seamlessly. Mckelvie has unified these two types of images perfectly.
Good abstract visual poetry exists. Take Erica Baum’s, “The Paper Nautilus”, at Bureau. In square photographic prints, Baum zooms in on the dog-ears on illustrated book pages– cropping the frame so that the square photograph is split diagonally from bottom left to top right corner, by the page crease. The dog ears, and the corner of the page beneath them, retain only triangular corners of illustrations and photographs. There’s no linear meaning to be drawn from these works, and yet, the mismatched pairings of triangles form a stable visual rhythm. The abstract squares resemble Josef Albers’s color studies, only in grayscale, and printed out on a dot matrix printer.
A peculiar 1986 protest involving a nest of bees and parade of sheep prompted filmmaker Woody Morris to investigate a lost turf war between a working class community and international banks on Canary Wharf. The result, “Hardworking People”, is a Jeremy Deller-esque documentary about the radicalization of a blue collar community, and conservative rhetoric, which seems more relevant than ever.