Michael Kimmelman on Art

A 2007 interview with The New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman on modern art. It was originally included in the special features of the DVD “My Kid Could Paint That,” a documentary film by Amir Bar-Lev.

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Color Studies

Artist Sara Cwynar on her process:

Lately, I am really obsessed with this Don Delillo quote where he says, “We see only what the others see. We’ve agreed to be part of a collective perception. It literally colors our visions.” I think this ties nicely into the color studies, and not just because he uses the verb colors. He means that the way we see has been largely shaped by the set of images that surrounds us and not by actual reality. I think the most exciting thing about art is the possibility to break free from this, or to present images for what they really are. When he says that collective perception and our idea of what we are looking at “colors our vision,” he means that we can’t see images for what they really are anymore, Through the Color Studies project, I am exploring this notion by presenting a surreal version of a very familiar image that is traditionally used to invoke desire, trying to reveal this trope imagery as the constructions that they are.

Her work.

Clocks, a poem about time by Ana Martins Marques

Photographs by Lucas Blalock

Remixing and Collaborative Value

As I sat down to work on the WordPress theme that I hope to release soon, I came across a relevant comment that I made on an old Rhizome thread back in February ’06 in response to the question, …[Should Artists be] required to expose their code in order to receive financial support? The question was originally posted by new-media artist Jason Van Anden. I thought my comment was a nice to dig back up and re-post since it makes relevant points about the nature of creation, and collaborative value. (more…)

The Secret Lives of Invisible Magnetic Fields

Possibly one of the most amazing works I have ever seen. This is bound to spawn a whole world of creativity online and film. I love it!

“The secret lives of invisible magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries . All action takes place around NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratories, UC Berkeley, to recordings of space scientists describing their discoveries . Actual VLF audio recordings control the evolution of the fields as they delve into our inaudible surroundings, revealing recurrent ‘whistlers’ produced by fleeting electrons . Are we observing a series of scientific experiments, the universe in flux, or a documentary of a fictional world?”