Dutch indie rocker Tim Knol’s song “When I Am King” Â has beenÂ painstakinglyÂ turned into a stop motion pyrograph (the art of burning designs into wood or leather) averaging 5 hours of work per second shown. The dificulty is is unimportant though compared to the impact of the visualÂ narrative that imedeitly brings you back to your childhood and remebering reading the works of Maurice Sendak, A. A. Milne & others.
Alexandra Seno takes a good look at theÂ comingÂ third year of Magnus Renfrew’sÂ Art Hong Kong (art HK 10) which opens this week (May 27 to 30) and tries to push the idea that Hong Kong not Singapore & it’s Art Singapore sets the beat for Art Culture in Asia by showcasing 150 from 29 countries (out ofÂ allegedlyÂ 300 applications).
With artists that includeÂ FilmmakerÂ Baz Luhrmann,Â British sculptor and Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley, Guggenheim Museum curator Alexandra Munroe, Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami and Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art curator Yuko Hasegawa.
Atendance is expected to be high considering there was a 30% jump last year to 28,000 visitors. Still small by international standards London’s Frieze Art Fair for instance, draws over 50,000 visitors but a interesting fair to keep an eye out for. More can be read here
In Mini News: The Museum of London reopens it’s modern galleries after a Â£20.5m refurbishment
Last month artist Shepard Fairey who is single handedly putting a team of lawyers children through college erected a mural at the Elizabeth Houston Associates construction barriers on the corner of East Houston Street and the Bowery. This happened to be in advance of Fairey’s Mayday exhibition at Deitch Projects and the City of New York has decided that the work is in fact anÂ advertisementÂ that violated zoning laws prohibiting advertising and that Elizabeth Houston did not have theÂ permit to erect a structure in the area. The city has issued a stop work order on the building being constructed behind the barriers until this has been resolved.
It would be interesting to have someone up to speed with public art zoning laws in New York City hash out the fine differences between the two. A hearing is in the process of being set for the violation. If found guilty of violating zoning laws, Elizabeth Houston AssociatesÂ will be issued a fine and ordered to remove the mural.
As soon as Logorama won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Short Film, Animated multiple attempts were made toÂ publicizeÂ it online in it’sÂ entirety. Each one was quickly brought down with DMCA requests in short order. Now it seems either enough time has passed and no one cares or composer Marc Altshuler has clearance where others didnt but for the time being Logorama is availiable online in it’s full 16 minute length on his Vimeo account, so enjoy.
If you haven’t heard of Logorama it is basically the film Quentin TarantinoÂ & Roland Emmerich would co-direct in the nightmares of a TrademarkÂ Attorney. A crude, violent, self aware, disasterÂ Â film that relishes using any and everyÂ CorporateÂ Brand possible to make farce. Enjoy while it lasts.
In Mini News: The 2010 Turner Prize short list has beenÂ announced almost all of the artists nominated who are suposed to be “promoting public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art” are oddly just a few years shy of the 49 year old age cutoff? Weird choices this year it seems. Time to start the Culture World’s Office Pools.
This week: The third in the lecture series that was in conjunction with the Bad at Sports organized exhibition â€œDon’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Rainingâ€. Tom and Amanda talk to Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts.
Founded by two letterpress printers, Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA). ILSSA is a membership organization for those who make conceptual or experimental work with obsolete technology. Consisting of a Union and a Research Institute, ILSSA seeks to build community and create resources, promoting the creative re-use of discarded innovations and the values embedded within them. Since its inception in 2008, ILSSA has grown to over 100 members, including a social sculpture weaver, a clip art librarian, a blogger who posts in needlepoint, a designer/builder of vacuum tube electronics, and an heirloom farmer.
On this evening with the use of an overhead projector and a portable anachronistic sound system, the ILSSA co-operators will provide an overview of the organization, its activities and members, and the philosophy behind their collective interests.