“The U.S. has no enemies except those that the U.S. creates by bombing and invading other countries and by overthrowing foreign leaders and installing American puppets in their place.”—Paul Craig Roberts (via azspot)
You're very welcome, I've seen that one floating around forever so I figured I'd actually post it with some credits for once. Very true about tumblr churning out art, there have been so many times that I've seen something that really peaked my interest but no way to find out anything about the piece. Is there an official tumblr page for MCA by chance?
No, there isn’t. There’s just that page for the Mark Bradford Project. We do have a twitter page though, but I think that would only be interesting if you live here in the city.
“Fiction needs intellect, but it can’t survive on intellect alone,” she said. “It has to arrive at the other embarrassing things, things that seem too banal to talk about in like the appreciation of small details of things that other people leave at home because they’re not worth discussing…Questions that intelligent people would find too dumb to ask like, ‘Am I really alive?’ or ‘What does it mean to be good?’”
“The evening got off to a cracking start with Chinese superstar Ai Weiwei’s “Kui Hua Zi (Sunflower Seeds),” comprised of 100,000 handmade porcelain seeds — about 220 pounds — from an edition of ten (est. £100-120,000). It sold to a telephone bidder for $559,394 (£349,250). The work is related to Ai’s installation at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall that launched last year, and supposedly references the late Chinese dictator Mao Zedong’s penchant for advocating the nutritious seeds as a way for peasants to stave off starvation.”—Ugh.
Again, I completely agree with you. I was thinking about it today in the context of what Banksy has done with his stencils and how its moved from provocative one-liners and graphic designs spray painted on the side of a building to pieces that can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. I feel as though all previous meaning of his work is instantly lost the second it sells anywhere, it completely ignores the original intent of civil disobedience and literally sells out.
That's actually the exact field of work I'm trying to get into, how do you like it?
Well, seeing as how I work at a nonprofit you can probably guess that my pay is disproportionate to all of the work I do. But I truly love my job. I couldn’t ask for a better a boss and I am working towards all of my professional and career goals in an amazing environment. I feel very, very lucky to be living my dream.
On Feb. 11, CBS reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten in the crush of a Tahrir Square mob. She was subsequently rescued by a group of women and Egyptian soldiers, flew home the next day, and is currently recovering in a hospital. All of which is a horrendous, sickening crime. And when the news of the attack broke Tuesday afternoon, it took all of minutes before somebody decided to hinge the story on the blond reporter’s looks.
In a stunningly offensive blog post titled “Lara Logan, CBS Reporter and Warzone ‘It Girl,’ Raped Repeatedly Amid Egypt Celebration” for LA Weekly, writer Simone Wilson managed to mention Logan’s “shocking good looks and ballsy knack for pushing her way to the heart of the action” before getting to the assault itself. She then went on to imagine how it happened: “In a rush of frenzied excitement, some Egyptian protestors apparently consummated their newfound independence by sexually assaulting the blonde reporter.” Well, sure, what other motive for an assault could there be, given that Logan is, in Wilson’s words, a “gutsy stunner” with “Hollywood good looks”? And how else do Egyptians celebrate anyway but with a gang assault? It’s not like she deserved it, but well, she is hot, right?
Perhaps Wilson was going for some postmodern commentary on the media’s obsession with attractive reporters. She did cite in her post how Mofo Politics commented, when Logan was detained in Egypt earlier this month, that "I would totally rape her,” and she noted the New York Post’s chronicling of Logan’s robust sex life. That’s the kindest explanation for a hideously twisted bit of commentary on an assault victim, one that repulsively mingles the woman’s attractiveness and sexual history with a violent crime, and ends with the brutally off-key observation that “nobody’s invincible.”….
And the ever-heinous Debbie Schlussel was quick to jump on her regular line of racism, noting how the assault happened in a "country of savages,” because that never ever happens anywhere else, and it’s never committed by light-skinned people! She then twisted the knife by going after Logan herself, saying, “So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows… How fitting that Lara Logan was ‘liberated’ by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the ‘liberation.’” Debbie Schlussel, what’s it like to be so liberated from the burden of having either a mind or a soul?
And people wonder why we need feminism. And people wonder why people of color get infuriated when anyone speaks of how we’re living in a “post-racial” society.
I agree with you on that, do you think it should transition though? Is it just another phase of the art work like pop art?
also, I noticed you said you work for MCA, if you dont mind me asking, what do you do there?
I think it depends on the goals of the artist. I think that there is already a glut of individuals trying to “make it” in the art world, but little do they know that “making it” involves a lot of glad-handing and sucking up to people who will buy your work. Personally, I think street art transitioning into fine art is really only worth it if the work transforms the way that we look at the white cube (that is, the space itself and the aesthetic/physical properties of the space) and art as a monolithic institution mostly supported by the very wealthy. If you are merely using spray paint on stretched canvas and hanging it on the white walls of a gallery, you aren’t doing anything subversive and or even worthwhile, in my opinion. The whole point of street art is to call attention to the urban environment and how that environment is used a means of generating capital and controlling the community.
I work in the curatorial office at the MCA as one of the assistants.