Colorful artspace breaks from moorings, kills two

February 15, 2008 · Print This Article

Dreamspace by Agis
“Dreamspace” the explorable artspace with connected cells of color and shape broke away from it’s moorings in July of 2006 and the company that made it [Brouhaha International] and it’s Artist Maurice Agis, 76, are being charged with gross negligence manslaughter by Durham [British] police.

After slipping it’s moorings and rearing up vertically visitors Claire Furmedge, 38, from Chester-le-Street, and Elizabeth Collings, 38, from Seaham were killed, another 13 injured.

Both parties will all appear at Peterlee magistrates’ court on February 26. Read more here

Happy Valentines Day to our readers

February 14, 2008 · Print This Article

Yea we’re late and the virtual equivalent of knocking on your door late at night to remind you that we care and haven’t forgotten this special holiday.

Thats why you love us, we’re goofy that way. Well in the spirit of St. Valentines Day and the preoccupation art has with science since the 90’s here are some cards telling you how much we all care for you.

From everyone at BaS we wish you all a happy Valentines day and promise not to drunk dial you anymore.
Loving it beagle style
Our love never SaganFalling for you is easy cause your beautiful
I glow with love for youI dont play dice with our love
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Two artworks alike in dignity, but are they too alike?

February 14, 2008 · Print This Article

THE ARTWORKS Details from The Internal Slipping Out into the World at Large by Mariele Neudecker and Arrival at 2AM by Lead Pencil Studio (top left, top right); Lequita Faye Melvin by Roy McMakin and Without Room by Lead Pencil Studio (bottom left, bottom right).

The short of it (and trust me this is hard to boil down) is that a art duo out of Seattle by the name Lead Pencil Studio had been accused of “copycatting” other Seattle and International artist’s work.

As can be seen in the photos two of their pieces have similar themes and executions. Does this imply intelectual theft, plagiarism, imitation, adaptation, or pastiche. How far can a work go in copying, what is original thought and more importantly (albeit I am sure more inflammatory in art circles to ask) which executed the concept better?

There is an ever increasing news article and discussion on the topic that can be found here what do you think?

Mind the gap, not the breasts… London Underground museaum ad causes stir

February 14, 2008 · Print This Article

16th Century Nude Art Painting

A 16th century nude painting of the Roman goddess Venus has been banned from being part of the ad campaign for London’s Royal Academy of Arts upcoming exhibition on 16th century German painter and printmaker Lucas Cranach the Elder. Officials are banning it for fear it’s “exhibitionist” qualities could cause offense.

The promotional poster which was set to be displayed in the London Underground train system had transportation officials concerned since:

“Millions of people travel on the London Underground each day, and they have no choice but to view whatever adverts are posted there,”

“We have to take into account the full range of travellers [sic British] and endeavour [sic more British] not to cause offence [sic my god can’t the British spell in English….. yes I know it’s an off colour joke] in the adverts we display.”

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Episode 128: Philip von Zweck on New Orleans

February 10, 2008 · Print This Article

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New Orleans

Ok, so you have listened to our BS for 127 episodes or so, so this week we introduce an exciting new program for BAS. We will from time to time invite guest curators on to put together an episode of Bad at Sports. This week, Artist, Curator, Musician, Gallerist, Radio Host and recipient of the 2007 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grant, Philip von Zweck does a show focused on the area from whence he came, New Orleans.

Philip von Zweck grew up in Slidell Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans that was also devastated by Katrina. In January he made his first trip back since the storm and took along a recorder for Bad at Sports to find out what’s going on in New Orleans Art and what’s up with Prospect.1, the first New Orleans Biennial coming this fall. Along the way he spoke with Chris Deris, a high school friend (BFA, Atlanta College of Art; MFA, RISD) who now teaches Sculpture at Loyola University; New Orleans artist Blake Boyd; Odgen Museum of Southern Art Curator David Houston; and Cynthia Scott, an MFA student at Tulane and one of the organizers of forthcoming artist initiatives responding to Prospect.1.
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