Sometime in the last couple of weeks the participant list was released for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Wouldn’t you know it a couple of great Chicago oriented Artists are on the list!!! Our heart felt congratulations go out to Melanie Schiff and Amanda Ross-Ho!!! Please see the full list here.
Walking on San Francisco’s Market Street yesterday, I noticed that the public kiosks that regularly show the work of local artists had been changed. This most recent project is by Oakland-based artists Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings. As many of you may know, Jennings was a BAS interviewee during his residency at Chicago’s Threewalls last Spring.
For the project, Jennings and Lambert worked with a handful of architects, city planners, and transportation engineers to develop radical ideas that would improve the city. The result is a series of humorous 6′ x 4′ posters. One illustrates how the MUNI subway cars might be used to host a farmer’s market, spin class, a bar, or a dog park. I actually saw a few people laughing at them. There’s another poster that suggests that all city traffic be put underground, and one that proposes a roller-coaster-styled cable car.
The project is part of the ongoing Market Street Program, funded by San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. All of the posters can be viewed here:
Just in case you thought the Performance/ Body modification thing was over, Stelios Arcadious is back with a third ear implanted on his arm. Soon “viewers” will be able to blue tooth to his arm and literally hear what his arm is hearing. Delightful.
We have received this a couple of times this week and the more we think about it the more evil it seems. What is up Rod? That seven million is not going to save your sinking popularity and taking funding from artists and arts organizations is just going to alienate another (mostly Chicago) constituency. (As if this crap with th El wasn’t enough Read here) We know who were voting against. And hey why not we are getting our pens out and letting our government know what we think. So should you.
Dear Friend in the Arts,
Governor Rod Blagojevich wants to cut over $7 million (30%) from the 2008 Illinois Art Council (IAC) budget. A chorus of voices is needed to restore state’s investment in the arts and arts education! We must act now to send a powerful message to Governor Rod Blagojevich, Senate President Emil Jones, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and other state lawmakers that the arts are not pork!
The Governor’s FY08 spending plan will significantly reduce the funds available for IAC grant programs, with a devastating impact on the arts statewide. Furthermore, the Governor completely eliminated the Arts and Foreign Language grant program through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Please tell Governor Blagojevich, senate and house leadership, and your state lawmakers TODAY how essential the arts are to you and your community. The Illinois Arts Alliance has made it extremely easy for you to effectively advocate for the arts. Here is what you can do: [Read more]
Email from Chris from Zeke’s Gallery
Subject: Ridiculousness in Montreal
I hope all is well in your neck of the woods, and that you are enjoying the summer.
I am writing to let you know about the latest step in this increasingly bizarre story, I am being charged with contempt of court. The hearing is on June 21 at 9 AM. This is on top of the permanent injunction against my blog, along with a request for $25,000 in damages
If you aren’t certain what it is exactly all about, there is this article from the Montreal Gazette Article about it http://tinyurl.com/2pqfa4
As an attempt to show my guilt they are using Google’s cache of my blog post, http://tinyurl.com/2lvs8o and they are also saying that the article in the Hour about this case is more proof of my guilt http://tinyurl.com/3asn3fand the Metroblogging Montreal post that I wrote about the case http://tinyurl.com/3dkt3e is something like the final nail in the coffin. All of which is patently absurd.
If you choose to write about this, please be careful in choosing your words so that you do not get sued yourself, but if you would like to show people what I am being sued for try these:
If you would like the detailed background start here: http://zekesgallery.blogspot.com/2007/05/things-escalate-request-for-injunction.html
and then click here:
If you would like to read what I can’t post, these are the articles that
I linked to in my blog:
And this is the response so far from the blogosphere.
Thanks tons in advance, and I hope all is MUCH better with you than it
Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand