ART AT BAY…the Magazine.

The cover of the upcoming ART AT BAY Issue 1.1 Artwork: Anthony Record, Similar Scars, 2013

Cover of the upcoming ART AT BAY Issue 1.1
Artwork: Anthony Record, Similar Scars, 2013

For about the past three months we here at ART AT BAY, joined by new contributors, have been working hard on a new project.  This January ART AT BAY the blog will be joined by ART AT BAY magazine – a print quarterly.

The magazine is really a natural progression of our original mission: we want ART AT BAY to be a catalyst to conversation  and ultimately encourage serious thought on art in Tampa Bay.  A magazine format seems to suit that goal well.  We wanted a format you could get comfortable with and take your time enjoying.  We wanted a format that befits the serious thought and attention we know our readers already give contemporary art.  This magazine was made with you in mind and I hope you feel that way when you read it.

We’re very excited.  Personally, I’m crazy excited.  The talented contributors, the fascinating subjects of their articles, and everyone’s hard work has given ART AT BAY magazine the beginning I hoped for and an awesome foundation for a promising year. However, it’s really your help that has made ART AT BAY possible and the main reason I’m so excited.

ART AT BAY Issue 1.1 is just about done and ready to print!  There will be many more details through the next week, so please stick with us as we get ready to kick off this exciting project.

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NOMADstudio: Compelled to make a difference in local art education

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ST.PETE-We are lucky to say that the bay area has come a long way when regarding art and visual culture. We have many wonderful locally based institutions that make Tampa and its surrounding areas, very unique. While the latter makes us hopeful about the state of art and culture in our city, the past few years have shown extreme deterioration in public school’s art education programs. Art classes are simply not cutting it as the FCAT is overriding all, if not most, open slots for electives and extracurriculars.

Upon her return to Tampa Bay, local artist and art educator Carrie Boucher saw a disconnect between how the community prided itself on its status as an arts destination, and how our students’ exposure to the arts was ultimately lacking substance.

“Art, music, theater, dance – their importance can’t be quantified, they’re just a part of who we are as humans, they allow us to share our experience, but we have to teach the value of the arts if we want them to continue to be appreciated and supported.”

Compelled to make a difference, Boucher envisioned the NOMADstudio (Neighborhood-Oriented Mobile Art & Design Studio), a project that would potentially be a large Arlington Transit bus transformed into a mobile art classroom.

Rendering of Initial ConceptNOMADartbus Back Ext

Boucher says that by being part of the NOMAD art bus, residents would be provided with an alternative art education; whomever participates will not only be attending an art class, but they will also be learning how to speak and think about art whilst becoming familiar with local artists. The bus will also serve as an even space, and a reliable resource of quality art supplies.

NOMADart Bus Front

NOMAD_Art_Bus_Photo_by_NOMADstudio

The project is not completely finished yet. They are still working towards generating the sufficient funds which will support the necessary renovations the bus needs in order to be fully functional.

NOMADartbus Interior Before

For now, the NOMAD Art Bus project has been approved by KIND to compete for their November KIND Projects prize, a competition that awards $10,000 in funding to the project that gets the most votes on their website (projects.kindsnacks.com). Voting opened November 10th and will be closing on November 30th. With your help, this funding would allow Boucher to complete the remaining repairs and renovations for the vehicle, and buy the necessary art supplies to completely outfit the NOMADbus.

If you would like to vote for this project go to projects.kindsnacks.com and look for the NOMAD Art Bus project.

For more information on the NOMAD Bus you can contact Carrie Boucher at nomadartbus@gmail.com

Sarasota Art Events: 2013 – 2014 Season

SRQThere’s a lot to look forward to in the Sarasota art scene these next few months – here are a few notable exhibitions and spaces to consider visiting for your viewing pleasure:

Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota has a lot of new and compelling exhibitions in store for the community this season – from public sound installation art, to international art from their sister city: Tel Mond, Israel.

CUBEMUSIC and Sun Boxes are ongoing projects created by the artist and musician, Craig Colorusso. As you enter each space (either indoors or out) you are transported to a realm that heightens your senses and awareness of your surroundings, through Colorusso’s exhilarating use of space, time, light, and sound.

Pulp Culture is an exhibition curated by Emma Thurgood that highlights art pieces that are created out of paper in a non-traditional fashion. It’s a light and playful exhibition that is sure to delight each of its viewers, and offer new perspectives on how to utilize paper as an art form.

You can view more information about Art Center Sarasota and its current exhibitions HERE.

Two Columns Gallery and Crossley Gallery

Two Columns Gallery and Crossley Gallery primarily consist of artworks created by students from the Ringling College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department. Viewers should attend each show with an open mind, and not expect to see “art” in a traditional sense. Instead you will find “art” redefined and expanded upon. There is a lot of young creative energy within each show and you’ll experience insight into the direction artists are headed. Also, be sure to keep an extra close eye on these galleries because many of their shows are short-lived. Recently Two Columns Gallery had a one night only show, titled Mapping a Site: In and Out of Context consisting of artwork created by faculty, Ringling students, and exchange students from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland and Sint Lucas and Royal Academy, Antwerp, Belgium as a collaborative effort. The show was phenomenal and I am so glad I got the chance to see it! So again, keep a really, really close eye on these galleries.

Ice House

I haven’t been to this space, as I believe it’s not open yet, but it looks to be an interesting endeavor. Ice House’s first show will be November 14th and it promises contemporary 3-D art… we shall wait and see what kind of impact the Ice House will have on Sarasota’s art scene – Looks promising.

Sarasota Museum of Art

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Lisa Hoke

Lisa Hoke installation (detail)

Lisa Hoke installation (detail)

Installation artist, Lisa Hoke, will be coming to Sarasota to install a large-scale installation made of a variety of recycled packaging materials. The installation will be created from January 15th – February 4th and the community is invited to visit SMOA to watch Lisa’s creative process!

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 

The Ringling is a huge asset to the Sarasota community and there is indeed something for everyone to enjoy:

Josephs Coat, by artist James Turrell, is one of my personal favorites. Viewers can walk into the space, lie down (or sit), and view the sky through a square shape in the ceiling. At night LED lights illuminate the space, altering our perceptions of colors that are present in the night sky.

Art of Our Time – nowHERE is filled with exciting events to look forward to! It’s sure to keep us all stimulated for the next couple of months!

Ringling Underground is an art and music event that takes place in the evening, once a month. Several bands entertain visitors as they view contemporary art displayed in the courtyard. Exhibitions within the Museum are also open for visitors to peruse. The next Ringling Underground takes place February 6th, 2014.

Are there any other events or exhibition spaces I’ve missed that you feel should be brought to my, and readers, attention? Please let us know in the comments below!

#TwitterCrit: On the Many Deaths of Painting

This week we’re introducing #TwitterCrit – a new series on ART AT BAY.  From time to time, we’ll let you know of a time and date, and we’ll discuss various art ideas/quotes/news on Twitter via the hash tag #TwitterCrit.  We’ll then publish highlights of the conversation as an article on the blog.

Art at Bay writers Victoria Casal-Data and Danny Olda gave the idea a test-run.  We spoke about the March 2003 Artforum article “The Mourning After“, the many times painting has been declared dead, and trends in painting locally.   Check out our conversation below, and join us the next time we get together for #TwitterCrit.

Danny Olda: So, the article, The Mourning After, was published in Artforum in 2003 and they were talking about the death of painting, right?

Victoria Casal-Data: Well, yeah primarily during the 80’s, in the rise of post-modernism— many thought that painting was dead. This goes back to the idea of Greenberg and modernism; pointing out that the abstract expressionists were the last ones to effectively use (in terms of critical thought) the medium of painting. The AbEx movement was thought to be the pinnacle of painting.

Danny Olda: In a way I guess it does, though to be honest, they also mentioned the first proclamation of the death of painting with the advent of photography.

Victoria Casal-Data: That’s true.

Danny Olda: Something I thought was interesting was that a few suggested that this proclamation of “painting’s death” wasn’t so much a sincere observation as much as a hope that it would indeed die or a goal set out, in a way, ‘kill’ painting. Do you think you’d agree with that?

Victoria Casal-Data: Well, yes and no. I think that many were just making the observation that ‘painting was dying’- depending on the type of post-modern thinking they were in tune with. For instance, I think that Danto makes the observation of art’s ‘failure’ to continue being the kind of art that the public and critics, were used to. Actually, many of the critics’ writing had a distinguished tone- one of sadness and surrender. The age of art as they knew it- was about to end, hence the mourning.

Danny Olda: You think so?

Victoria Casal-Data: Yeah, I think this may be right. Basing this on some of the writings I’ve read, including text by Hal Foster and Howard Singerman– I can say that there is an overall tone of surrender in their writing- both curatorial writing, and critical writing.

Danny Olda: I felt like it may have been dominated by a bunch of American critics finding post-structuralism 20 years late and claiming painting obsolete before artists were indeed through with it.

Victoria Casal-Data: This may be true, but it was a truth of the time that the artist persona was becoming less and less essential- as pastiche- a signification of culture was becoming the focal point of many artists and art. It wasn’t about individuality, or progress anymore.

Danny Olda: Do you think predicting paintings general death was on some level just a reaction to neo-expressionism?

An example of neo-expressionism: Anselm Kiefer, Seraphim, 1983–84

An example of neo-expressionism: Anselm Kiefer, Seraphim, 1983–84

Victoria Casal-Data: Yeah could be. Though I think that ‘the death of painting’ was expected from the very beginning of modernism in mid-late 19th century. Most likely though, the neo-expressionism and trans-vanguard movements were generated because of an economic interest. Perhaps for the sole reason of going back to something that was FAMILIAR in the sense of history, reference, and medium, of course.

Danny Olda: Yeah, I think a lot of people agree w/ you – also maybe a product of Charles Saatchi trying to influence the market?

Victoria Casal-Data: Yeah, could be.

Danny Olda: So, painting is not dead…what did these cultural theorists get wrong?

Victoria Casal-Data: I think that part of it was a reaction- the present art world, at that time, subjected painting to be uninteresting and uncritical. That might be different today. That, I don’t know.

Danny Olda: I feel like maybe with big parts of neo-expressionism seeming like a sort of regression in political discourse prompted people to call painting dead when maybe they should’ve said “less relevant.” One of the contributors mentioned in the article that photography didn’t kill painting, in fact, it immortalized painting. It makes me think that painting won’t die at the hands of obsolescence, or an old fashioned discourse, or even at the hands of Julien Schnabel, but maybe just from people getting bored with it.

Victoria Casal-Data: Photography perfected representation- representations of objects in the real words-which, from the beginning of time, was painting’s goal. It is then that painting had to take a different role by staying away from representation.  

Sooner or later, abstraction had to come forth, essentially, giving painting, theoretically, a death wish.

I think that the term ‘death of’ in terms of modernist ideas in art- comes down to Greenberg- he set a guide for what modernist work should be like- especially in terms of painting. The idea was that painting should be abstracted to its very core- the struggle of painters to work critically towards this exact goal- it can be said- ended withe AbEx painters- maybe with Stella.

Danny Olda: Well, I don’t know if we can say it ended with AbEX – I feel like Ad Reinhardt and Robert Ryman both tried “killing painting” in their own way.

Victoria Casal-Data: Well yeah and so did Stella, they all worked critically.

Danny Olda: That isn’t to say they operated within some AbEx discourse, though.

Victoria Casal-Data: Not necessarily, but they were referencing it. I think that the most important thing to understand here is that- the progression of painting- the way it was- in a critical sense was doomed.

Danny Olda: Or thought to have been doomed.

Victoria Casal-Data: Yeah.

Danny Olda: So, talking about the current state of painting today is sorta big…but what about locally in Tampa Bay?

Victoria Casal-Data: I’ve been more familiar with installation, multimedia, and photography works here in Tampa. I don’t see much painting.

Danny Olda: And that makes me think that it might be my personal taste, but most of my favorite local artists are painters.

Victoria Casal-Data: Ah, that’s great. Can you give examples?

Franklin Evans, Installation view of paintthinks, 2013 via http://www.franklinevans.com/

Danny Olda: Well, when you sent the article over to me, and I was trying to connect it locally, I thought of Christina Humphrey’s latest show at Centre Gallery, a lot of those pieces resembled jpg glitches or botched scans. For her (and a lot of painters I suspect) discourse sort of opens up around painting and technology.

Victoria Casal-Data: Right, but how about the medium itself, is there any alterations to the medium of painting?

Danny Olda: Not locally so much. But nationally maybe artists seem eager to get paintings off the canvas, and perhaps call a painting what would traditionally be considered a sculpture.

Victoria Casal-Data: Yeah, there’s this artist- I can’s recall her name but she did that.  It was sort of like a Pollock, but instead of paint in canvas, it was on the floor, and all over the gallery space.  

Danny Olda: No, but I particularly had in mind the “Painter Painter” exhibit at the Walker Art Center 

Well, you know there is Anthony Record – I just spoke with him-I don’t want to spoil it since he hasn’t exhibited the pieces yet, but he is working on nearly monochromatic pieces that actually utilize 3D aspects perhaps more than color or even paint. I think he’d call them paintings, though many people would likely feel uneasy calling them that. Here is one of those A. Record pieces I was referring to this.

Victoria Casal-Data: Nice! I was thinking of something like this, where the painting goes out of its space. Although this is not exactly what I was referring to.

Danny Olda: I see what you mean, and that would make an interesting discussion/question in itself:  “What is painting and what can it be?”

Victoria Casal-Data: Well that’s an interesting question that I think has been proposed many, many times. I’m not really sure, I personally think of it in terms of progression. Painting progresses in the way its being used.

Danny Olda: Yeah, pretty exciting to explore, especially as an artist.

Victoria Casal-Data: Certainly, as I would see it, a painter- with a critical mindset- should see him/herself as a problem solver. And I think that this makes painters interesting and forthcoming.

Danny Olda: I think I’d agree with you – they often seem to be the most critically minded. And maybe it has to do with the medium’s long history and heritage- sheesh I hate using either of those words

Victoria Casal-Data: which?

Danny Olda: history and heritage

Victoria Casal-Data: haha

Danny Olda: inherited legacy maybe?

Victoria Casal-Data: I wouldn’t say heritage, history sure.

Danny Olda: lol

Victoria Casal-Data: But really, there wouldn’t be any kind of post-modernism if it weren’t for history. Ahistoricism comes as an opposite of history.

Two Artist Opportunities – Get to Work!

I just found out about two (2!) great opportunities for artists.  If you are an artist and one or both of the calls below fit, get to work!  Also, if you know anyone that can benefit from either of these pass it on.

Ringling Underground Call to Artists

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-5700

david-undergroundThe Ringling Museum is seeking emerging contemporary artists currently working in Florida to participate in the Spring 2013 season of Ringling Underground, a series of events combining live music and art in a block-party atmosphere.  Artists are invited to exhibit sculpture, installation, interventions, video, performance and other works in the courtyard of the art museum.  Artists are encouraged to consider the context of the Ringling, its history, collections and exhibitions when producing their works, but are not limited to these as themes. The next events will take place on February 7th, March 7th, and April 4th.

Open to artists working in any discipline. Current students, groups, and collaborations are also welcome. Artists must be able to attend the event as all works must be installed and de-installed on the same day.  Creative professionals do not necessarily need to identify as visual artists.  Past Ringling Underground events have welcomed engineers, jewelry makers, and actors to create installations, interactive objects, and performances.

Proposal Guidelines:

Detailed description of your piece including images, drawings, dimensions and technical needs

(Note: This is an outdoor event in the courtyard of the art museum.  Power outlets are available but limited.)

Artist statement and/or statement about the proposed work

Artist bio and/or resume

Link to website (if applicable)

Contact information

Email submission to: ringlingunderground@gmail.com

Subject line should include: Ringling_Month_Your Name

Include your name on all attachments

 

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Opens Call for Emerging Artists for 43rd Annual Event

Artists Nationwide Invited to Apply to Showcase Works at the 2013 Festival

logoTAMPA, Fla. (December 3, 2012) ― The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, one of the nation’s top-rated outdoor fine art shows, is now accepting applications from emerging artists interested in participating in the festival, which will return to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa on March 2 – 3, 2013. The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Emerging Artist Program will provide up-and-coming artists who are interested in pursuing a professional career in visual arts with the opportunity to showcase their work to the more than 100,000 art enthusiasts who are expected to attend.

Artists who are selected for the Emerging Artist Program will exhibit free of charge, and will be provided with an individual display tent as well as a $250 expense allowance. Emerging artists will not compete for prize money against artists in the main show. However, their artwork will be juried by a festival juror of national prominence, and each artist will be eligible to receive the $1,000 Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez Emerging Artist Award.

The winner of the 2013 Emerging Artist Program will also be exempt from the jury selection process for the 2014 festival and will receive an automatic invite to participate in the main show.

An artist who has previously exhibited their art in museums or major galleries, or earned a substantial portion of their income through the sale of their work, will not qualify as an applicant for the Emerging Artist Program. The application deadline is January 2, 2013. For more information / rules and to submit an application, please visit www.gasparilla-arts.com/emerging.htm.

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to producing an annual, premier juried outdoor art festival for the enjoyment and education of patrons, artists and guests as well as for the enhancement of the Tampa Bay area’s cultural arts. The non-profit organization relies on support from sponsorships, on-site retail sales and corporate and individual gifts to fund its programs and events. The Tampa-based organization is staffed entirely by volunteers.  For more information, visit www.gasparilla-arts.com, send email to emergingartists@gasparillaarts.com or call (813) 876-1747.

The Starving Artist’s Guide to Collecting Art

Art Collector by Geza Szontagh

If the art world were school would you have free or reduced lunch?  Being of less means may not provoke “J.J. Give Away” insults now that you’re all grown up and a serious art-liker.  However, the exclusion due to a meager income when it comes to collecting art can still sting a bit.  Take heart, though: a few opportunities have popped up around the bay allowing those in our modest tax bracket to be a patron of the arts.

Free Art Friday – St. Petersburg    Fri 5/04  all day

This one requires absolutely no budget, only an alert eye.  St. Pete’s Free Art Friday is part of a larger international idea allowing the production and collection of art to happen independent of the market.  While roaming the 600 Block of downtown St. Pete tomorrow, you may spot clandestine art.  Artists are hiding work through out the neighborhood to be picked up by anyone discovering it.  Much of the work should include the artists email address.  If you find a piece, reach out to its creator – it’s part of being a good arts patron.  Call it networking if you like.  While your hanging out on the 600 Block make sure to stop by our next destination.  Check out a Tampa Bay Times article on the event here.

Morean Arts Center – Blow Out Sale    Fri 5/04 – Sun 5/06

Morean Arts Center

St. Petersburg’s growing reputation as a glass arts destination already draws a number of collectors with a particular interest in this medium.  Morean Arts Center is featuring art at a price point that should allow you to join the party.  Work from Douglas Taylor Jr., Pauli Maiville and David Spurgeon will be sold for 50% off its normal price and all other glass art will be 10% off.  You should find the 600 Block pretty generous this weekend.  Check out the Facebook event page here.  Now we’ll head across the Bay

Tempus Projects – Spring Back: Art and Cocktails Community Drive    Wed 5/16  6pm-8:30pm

A patron of the arts and a philanthropist for a worthy cause – this event will probably give you the most feel-good for your dollar.  If you missed the related event at the CL Space, Tempus for The Spring, this is a sign!  There, art from some of Tampa Bay’s most exciting artists were starting at bids hundreds and at times thousands of dollars less than usual.  Spring Back is a second and scant opportunity to pick up art from some of our areas most potential laden artists at a working-class price.  Don’t forget the added impetus of lending a hand to The Spring of Hillsborough.  Check out the Facebook event page here.  Those are our opportunities for art buying on the cheap.  But you want to be an honest-to-goodness philanthropist?  I’ve got it covered.

Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay

Someday this generation of young people may be known as the Kickstarters.  With the 2008 economic downturn and perpetually sorry government funding of the arts, crowdsourcing may become the hallmark of modern philanthropy.  According to their site, PYT ” is a group dedicated to fostering cultural philanthropic involvement among the young professionals of Tampa Bay.”  Really, PYT realizes great ideas collectively.  You could have been involved with donating video art to the TMoA, or sponsor a Florida Orchestra Concert allowing everyone under 40 in for free.  You only have to shell out $50 to be a member – that’s about how much you pay for cable…every month!  Check out their site here.

Regardless of our income level, we each bear a measure of responsibility to promoting arts and culture in our communities.  Those of us with less only need to plan more – a well thought out plan can stretch a budget far enough to not only start an art collection but do everyone some good.

For tips on getting into area museums for free check out The Starving Artist’s Guide to Bay Area Museums

The Starving Artist’s Guide to Bay Area Museums

Change for the new Biggers' exhibit, sir?

For all the vulgar excess and catering to the 1%, art love can be relatively friendly for the cash strapped (though being cash strapped in itself isn’t all that friendly).  Gallery receptions and exhibit openings are generally classy yet free affairs – something that can’t exactly be said regarding film or music.  The museum visits may require prying the wallet open.  If well-timed, however, you can stroll several local museums with your wallet pleasantly tucked away.  With that said, here is a quick museum guide for the frugal art nerd.

Tampa Museum of Art – every Friday evening – This is the first program I learned about and perhaps my favorite.  Every Friday TMoA presents Art on the House – free admission between 4pm and 8pm.  I should give a mention to Hill Ward Henderson for making the program possible.

Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburgfirst Saturday and Sunday of each month…sort of – I should start by saying that this deal also applies to the MFA as well as the TMoA and the Florida Holocaust Museum (which has respectable art exhibits of its own from time to time).  You can get free admission to the museums on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month by presenting your Bank of America debit or credit card (or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card) and a photo ID.  If the Saturday or Sunday falls on the last day of the month, the deal will apply the following weekend.

Ringling Museum of Art – every Monday – $25!  That’s how much you don’t have to pay if you visit the Ringling on a monday.  This includes free admission to their permanent collection as well as the special exhibition galleries which currently houses Sanford Biggers’ new installation.  Call in sick to work, bring two dollars for the Skyway, and how about some falafel for lunch – sounds like a rad Monday.

Polk Museum of Art – every Saturday morning –  Not to be left out is the runt of the museum bunch.  You can save your five bucks if you stop by on Saturdays from 10am to noon.  Interestingly, local favorites Theo Wujcik and Krik Ke Wang will be exhibiting at the PMoA in a couple of months.

I’m obligated to mention that visiting the museums at these times is free of charge but not free of cost to the museum.  I’m sure any of these venues would appreciate a donation if you find yourself less poor than usual.  Regardless, whether you plan on making your way to a gallery or museum, it can be done on the cheap.  Being sans-cash shouldn’t be an obstacle to enjoying art in and around the Bay.

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading Guide 4/01

Adrienne Rich

I hate to be a downer.  On the other hand, I really hate glossing over bad news.  With the constant coverage of Trayvon Martin, here are a few other sad stories of death that feel like they’ve been unfairly lost in the 24/7 infotainment shuffle.

 

  • As severely underreported as it is sad is the murder of a mother of five, Shaima Alawadi.  Alawadi was found beaten in her San Diego home with a xenophobic note left next to her.  She died three days later.  The Daily Beast reports on the hate crime, here.
  • Poet Adrienne Rich died March 27.  I think I carried an anthology of her poems around with me my entire senior year of highschool.  This New Yorker article discusses how relevant, to the point of prognostication, Rich’s verse has been.
  • Art critic, Hilton Kramer also recently passed away.  Known to be a fierce defender of modernism (for example, calling conceptualism “scrapbook art”)  he’s enjoyable to read  though easy to disagree with.  The New York Times remembers him here.

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading Guide 3/24 – 3/25

fig. 1.1 - Similarities in physiognomy

Among this week’s big stories that I can’t avoid mentioning: turns out Geraldo Rivera’s a big jerk.  Well, I’m about to break this sucker wide open: Geraldo Rivera sort of looks like Teddy Roosevelt (see fig. 1.1)  Rivera has lost control of his mustache.  He’s been needing to reel that thing in for about four years now.  Now that I’ve laid that breaking news on you and we’ve got the headlines out of the way, enjoy these links.

  • HuffPost lists some unsolved art world mysteries including Van Gogh’s murder (say what?!) and the real identity of Banksy.  Check out the list here.
  • New studies regarding creativity shed some light on where good ideas come from.  It so happens those methamphetamines and brainstorming sessions won’t help so much.  Read the article at Salon here.
  • Have you ever noticed that car commercials look awfully like Tom Cruise’s dream sequence in Vanilla Sky?  Where are all the people and other cars (and the driver for that matter)?  Here is an interesting structuralist reading of car commercials.
  • This is a great essay from Triple Canopy about physical movement, a very old cartoon, capitalism, and a great video art piece.  It walks that great line of making perfect sense and making no sense.  See it here.

Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading Guide – 3/18

I’m sick.  It may be SARS or Ebola or maybe a cold – I’m not sure.  That means toast and sleeping to Saved by the Bell reruns on Netflix for me.  If you’re of sound health, though, perhaps you’d like some Sunday brunch reading.  I hope you enjoy the links.

  • Ira Glass and the gang at This American Life made a mistake.  For some reason its the biggest thing since Ira’s sex tape.  You can read more about the goof here.
  • What’s being hailed as the best Art Fair in NYC this year is sounding like the most surreal to me.  Sculptures on beds and paintings over bathroom sinks?!  The Dependent Fair is freaking me out but I would’ve loved to have seen it.  You can see what I mean in this AFC article here.
  • I understand with all the heaps of hype (well deserved) you may have reached your Christian Marclay saturation point.  However, if you haven’t read this great New Yorker article about his move to England and the creation ot The Clock I’m sure you’ve got a smidgen left for good ol’ Marclay.  Check out the piece here.