~GHOSTS and STARS . . . !!
forget of mice and men … that’s so over. that’s so yesterday.
I guess some people might think talk of ghosts and stars – is ‘mad’ crazy, though maybe not so much, on an ‘art’ site.
I mean artist means shaman, doesn’t it.
artist begins with cavemen. cavemen, in turn looked to the heavens . . . to figure out a way to survive & evolve down here, while they stuck pigment colored palm prints & fleeing bison on walls, and began to weave and bead. to record & communicate through graphics.
creativity begat civilization. and separates us from the animal tribes.
artist means branding, at base: doesn’t it. creating myths, or at least giving them form & flight. power to the people from the ground-up, or, by divine decree. your pick.
you tell me.
artist means … thinking outside the box of ‘reality’. giving form & history .. to magic.
artist means: sharing the magic bus ride, of the mind and soul.
catching the knowledge and clues … and – literally – connecting the dots.
the deal with the internet is just the way information, image-dominated bye the way, & thinking is now put out, i.e. dispersed … and the really far-out way – it is received.
instant web, search, the social network. free to connect is the biggest deal you could think of today. and yeah, I’m still thinking AARON SWARTZ. what a tragedy. what a loss.
it was like chasing down a founding father. we come from a line of rebels – what gives ? has the (American) world forgotten how precious the spark of leadership is ?
today knowledge is like an infinite aggregate, a consciousness greater than we even know. that hopefully anybody can plug into.
you write – it travels, it lands. someone hears it.
you seek info – you find it.
the platform of instant randomness. like they say in all the great philosophies, if you seek, you will find. for all the change, nothing ever really changes. like they say, nothing is really new – under the sun !!
so while it’s funny/interesting to see these topics; stars and ghosts – so in play in the art world over the past year, most recently in the DAN CASSARO FIFTY and FIFTY – THE STATE MOTTOS PROJECT – (!!) – history (ghosts) and a few shooting stars – thrown in for good measure, more on that, to follow . . .
when they, ghosts and stars . . . simultaneously pop up on the WALL STREET JOURNAL – that bastion of the ‘suits’ – you really got to sit up, and wonder.
New Age or what.
ghosts … popping up as our more cynical/straight-shooting (/) Western businessmen are having to understand and interface with the beliefs of global culture.
is there a way to say: ghosts .. in Chinglish ?
or file under:
“Nobody taught me. It’s not my fate or luckiness, but my boldness.” ~ NG GOON LAU
Hong Kong’s “Haunted-House King, NG GOON LAU has bought more than 20 properties with spooky histories … IMAGE: WALL STREET JOURNAL
of course the art world has already taken note that, ironically with the rise of state-of the-art web, esp wireless technology has come an unexpected onslaught of the cult of the ghost, in prtty much all forms, but esp as in G.Host/hacker and ghost/plasm & history. undead websites, etc etc.
THE STARS bit is even weirder. and reflects on the ghost part above, vis a vie … the power of random knowledge, aka keywords & buzz.
just as I struggle, not to lose all art world credibility, to contain my inner thoughts and fierce intuitions – regarding the burning questions of the universe, including random vs greater design/’celestial’ architect … the awesome & enduring ‘branding’ of skies by the early astronomers & astrologers – mathematician and shamans, you name it.
as opposed to the ‘sterile’ effect of our contemporary hi-tech orbital photography !!
I open the WALL STREET JOURNAL this weekend . . .
go, JOE !!
JOE QUEENAN, MOVING TARGETS – IMAGE: WALL STREET JOURNAL
and for sure, if nothing else – check out his concluding parapgragh – it’s a keeper !!
bye the light of the silvery moon – indeed !!
though I beg to differ re naming new planets and constellations, Oprah, or KKKKardashian, … kinda lame. Joe. they are heavenly, they are inspiring, they are above and beyond our fully comprehending – as of now anyways – JOE: they should be – ‘mythic’ they should cause pause for thought.
my proposal ?
somebody get a great street crew, or even Dan Cassaro’s crew, damn just get CHUCK CLOSE !! – to make an aggregate constellation/portrait – of all those 461 brand new planets – and call it:
AARON SWARTZ – THE LOST FUTURE – IF OUR GOV’T & ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS – DON’T FRIGGIN’ WAKE UP !!
‘AMERICAN’ STARS / GRAPHIC DESIGN/ART . . . and GHOSTS / HISTORY.
FIFTY and FIFTY LOGO – BY DAN CASSARO.
FIFTY and FIFTY / THE STATE MOTTOS PROJECT – A CURATED PROJECT BY DAN CASSARO.
SETH NEILSON – EQUAL RIGHTS – WYOMING / IMAGE: 50 and 50
YEAH, BABY !! … THAT’S WHAT I’M … aTALKIN’ – ABOUT !!
PLUS, THIS – JUST IN, FROM:
1. ANNA KUSTERA – ‘MATTIA BIAGI’ – SEE: EXHIBIT INFO
ARTWORK BY MATTIA BIAGI – up thru JAN 26, 2013 – at ANNA KUSTERA . . .
2. SPERONE WESTWATER – WOLFGANG LAIB PRESENTS: ‘WITHOUT BEGINNING and WITHOUT END’ / MARCH 1-30, 2013
ARTWORK BY – WOLFGANG LAIB / IMAGE: SPERONE WESTWATER
“For the artist’s seventh solo show at the gallery, LAIB continues to employ natural materials, such as beeswax and rice, organic elements selected for their purity and symbolic meaning . . . juxtaposed will be 104 brass ships, some mounted on the wall and some posed in mounds of rice on the floor. These ships suggest a journey to another world …” ~ press release