September 8, 2009
September 4, 2009
Internationally acclaimed artist Antony Micallef appeared on the art scene in 2000, winning second prize in the BP National Portrait Award. Since then his mix of political imagery fused with contemporary expressionism has won him world wide acclaim. Recent exhibitions include group shows at the Royal Academy and the Tate Britain. It’s reported that collectors of his work include Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Damien Hirst among others.
September 3, 2009
Décollage, in art, is the opposite of collage; instead of an image being built up of all or parts of existing images, it is created by cutting, tearing away or otherwise removing, pieces of an original image. Examples include inimage or etrécissements and excavations. A similar technique is thelacerated poster, a poster in which one has been placed over another or others, and the top poster or posters have been ripped, revealing to a greater or lesser degree the poster or posters underneath.
Mayer Hawthorne (born Andrew Mayer Cohen in 1978 or 1979) is a singer,producer, songwriter, arranger, audio engineer,DJ, rapper and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California, USA. The stage name "Mayer Hawthorne" is a combination of Cohen's real middle name (Mayer) and the name of the street he grew up on in Michigan (Hawthorne Rd). "Mayer Hawthorne and The County" is a name Cohen often uses when performing or recording as Mayer Hawthorne with other artists. In Cohen's words, "The County" is basically anyone who plays an instrument or sings on his album. It’s also his band when he performs live. Cohen also performs and records Hip Hop music under the stage name "Haircut", sometimes as part of the groups "Now On" & Athletic Mic League.
Mayer Hawthorne draws influence from the music of Curtis Mayfield , Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson,Mike Terry, Barry White, Smokey Robinson and the legendary songwriting and production trio ofLamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Edward Holland, Jr. (known collectively as Holland–Dozier–Holland).
His debut single, Just Ain't Gonna Work Out/When I Said Goodbye, was released on a red heart-shaped 7" record on Stones Throw Records on November 4, 2008. His second single Maybe So, Maybe No/I Wish It Would Rain was released on a 12" record on Stones Throw Records on April 19,2009. His debut album, A Strange Arrangement was released on CD and LP on Stones Throw Records on September 1, 2009.
that can paralyze the air if your
breathing becomes numb.
While in flight I try to feather step
around heavy clouds; rain skipping
across the sky like pebbles.
Inevitably, I'll come down because
it's not wings that are needed,
it's a mind that can rape gravity
and puncture solid substances
to abuse mass as science tames
the masses with airplanes.
Take a seat, we'll be on our way.
Pass the pipe if you want to see your
tarot cards thrown out the window.
We're parrots, soon to breed elephants
who wait for crackers and peanuts.
Attendants to our grass cage addiction
are saying "I'm sorry for the weight."
I'll use the sun to light my cigarette.
If the captain sees us exhibit fear then
clearly we're affiliated with terrorists.
Security checked my shoes and
made me tap dance over trip-wires.
While everyones alarmed I pull fires
towards the door for kids ordering
tickets to travel in smoke circles.
Radius hates circumference
So set your sights to deep purple.
As the squares go round about
faces radiate but retain doubt.
Oxygen remains our anesthetic.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in 1964, after which he continued his studies at France's Ecole de Fontainebleau and received hisMaster of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1966. In the 1960's, Mr. Borofsky's art sought to interconnectminimalism and pop art.
Play Me, I'm Yours
Artist Luke Jerram has put together street pianos instalations in various cities. The initiative comes as a reaction of a creative individual to the general rule, prohibiting anyone to play music in public places without special arrangement - no matter how skilful you are at playing your piano or how popular your music is with the audience. Any musician would have been stopped immediately by security outside the City of London and Sing London festival.
In 2007 artist Luke Jerram installed 15 streetpianos across Birmingham,UK for the public to play. In just 3 weeks 140,000 people across the city played, listened and connected with one another.
Jerram said "Questioning the rules and ownership of public space 'Play Me I'm yours' is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment."
30 Street pianos were set up across Sydney for the Sydney Festival 2009. A website (www.streetpianos.com) was set up for the public to upload and share their films, photos and stories of the pianos being played.
In June - July 2009 30 Play Me, I'm Yours painted pianos by Luke Jerram were installed across London "like a creative blank canvas" for members of the public to play. The painting on each paino was chosen to suit it's location. The project was produced by Sing London and City of London Festival at a cost of £14,000. A music license had to be obtained for the location of each piano.
The Street Piano in Sheffield
In Sheffield The Street Piano was a piano on the pavement on Sharrow Vale Road in Sheffield, UK. It was originally left outside temporarily because the owner could not get it up the steps into his new house. As a social experiment the owner and a friend then attached a sign inviting passers by to play the piano for free. This offer was taken up by a great many people and the piano became a part of the local community. It has so far survived for over a year, including being stolen and subsequently replaced by a newer model (having 4/5 separate volunteers willing to provide a new one).
It became the center of a local campaign once the council decided it constituted an abandoned item, and the campaign to save it spread quickly to local news outlets, and several articles on Indymedia. As of July 2006 a spokesman said in an interview for the National BBC Radio 4 that the piano was no longer under threat of removal.
The project is composed of local artists, who go by their first namesonly (Christian, Jacques, Greg, Mike and Andy) for fear ofprosecution. James Canning, communications coordinator for the Mayor's office of Detroit, views the artists' actions as unlawful andvandalism, stating that any demolitions which took place following the project's painting expeditions have been coincidental.
September 2, 2009
i want you to dress
in my lecture
pretend you grew-down between the mating calls
of dueling chain-saws
and saw the sirens song so whole heartedly
that their notes played in techincolor strobe
run so far into the tree line
that pebbles on the path crack the outline
and the dash marks dance in your peripherial
of where you actually are
at the top of your lungs
tipping toes spill into sprinting strides
and your tears taste like self-assurance
as you try as hard as you can
to be found
but just find
an even better place to hide
get lost in my stanzas
and maybe you can find me on your way
let me fill your quotations
until they throw up words
that drip down the love notes you've put them in
and pour into breakup letters
at the footnote to your bed
i want every man to pitch my lines
like used car salesmen
for every beard-bearing photographer
to spin my art through the thatch of his plaid shi(r)t
roll up his sleeve of tattoos
and wear the cursive heart he can't even read,
i want to be in your top list with:
i want you to love me
for all the wrong reasons
and acknowledge me for the ones i should be
because you're too stupid to comprehend
what i'm really trying to convey
i want to be a narcissist
through your eyes
so i can by own greatest fan
in third person
and never have to
admit to it.