Saratonin:art:blog


There is no end to more
February 2, 2010, 5:59 am
Filed under: Art, Collaborative, Performance, Video

Jeremy Wade
EMPAC, Troy, NY

In a style simultaneously reminiscent of Frank Zappa and Nintendo, Jeremy Wade explores the constant onslaught of media and consumer culture in our daily lives through the persona of a child. (review)



Choose your friends wisely.
January 19, 2010, 5:29 pm
Filed under: Books

an interesting study of the ‘intelligence’ of crowds, peer pressure, and how independence and individuality might not be what you think it is.



Merry Christmas
December 25, 2009, 11:07 pm
Filed under: Books, Collaborative, Design, Installation

My brother knows me well. This morning he gave me two interesting nuggets.

The first covers a topic that has been running useless circles around my head since I first started working with advertisers: the relationship (and potential relationship) between true creativity and commercial agenda (perhaps they can can be symbiotic, after all?) Interesting so far. I hope it’s enlightening.

I also received this one.

The former is a commentary on how to salvage creativity and convey a message while working as a commercial artist. The latter suggests bypassing commercial agenda and conveying a message any way you wish. Hmm…



Expanding my Horizons
December 25, 2009, 9:55 pm
Filed under: BlogTalk

This blog will now cover anything I find interesting. Life is art, art is life, nothing is irrelevant. Anything is fair game.



Mark Bradford & Kara Walker
October 28, 2009, 4:53 pm
Filed under: Collaborative, Installation, Painting/Drawing, Sculpture, Video

Sept. 10 – Oct. 17 2009
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
530 W. 22nd Street New York, NY

I was impressed with these two artists ability to use shape and negative space to create vivid portrayals of misogyny, racism, and violence. Mini-narratives lay everywhere, in text, in image, and sometimes in texture, hidden under a monochrome layer of paint. These paintings and objects were beautifully tied together with videos by Walker using silhouette puppets, paper sculptures, and other media. This exhibit was aesthetically and conceptually intricate and provocative.



High Altitude
October 28, 2009, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Photography

Michael Najjar
Sept. 8 – Oct. 24, 2009
Bitforms Gallery NYC
529 West 20th Street, 2nd floor

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“Exploring vocabulary of the romantic sublime, including paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, and informed by the artist’s own climb up to the 22,800 foot summit of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, high altitude features breathtaking panoramas. Picturing spaces in society driven by networked financial data, these virtual landscapes are a meditation on the global market structure, its sophistication, and vulnerability.” (from press release)



Atomic Dreams
June 13, 2009, 5:53 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Daniel Borlandelli
Carter Hodgkin
Terry Rose

May 14th – June 20th
Platform
529 W. 20th St., New York, NY

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Daniel Borlandelli creates beautiful, colorful organic, abstractions informed by plant life. Carter Hodgkin uses computer generated collision simulations to create beautifully crafted geometric pieces. Carter Hodgin creates organic abstractions that luminate like the inside of an oyster shell and bring to mind satellite veiws of earth and sky. Each peice aproaches the depiction of the natural world in interesting, emotive ways. More info here.