The Artists' Soap Box Derby

A great video about the a soap box derby with cars from various artists in San Francisco run in 1975, it looks like it was a great event, why aren’t we doing more stuff like this now?

video by Mike Haeg.

via Kottke


Missing Flickr Features

I wouldn’t say I’m an amateur photographer, I have a couple of cameras, one of which is comfortably above your typical point-and-shoot and I think about my pictures a bit more than most, so I seem to get some praise for them, but I don’t avidly go out looking for shots. Anyway, recently it was my brother’s wedding, so obviously I had both cameras with me (and a video camera) and uploaded the results to my Flickr account. That’s when the problems started.

I generally mark photos of family events for friends/family viewing only, I’m not keen on showing the world snaps of our events. The problem with this is that someone has to login to view the images. I have done this before, so friends and family do have accounts, but six months down the line they’ve forgotten their usernames and passwords (and now they have to setup a Yahoo! account too). In the end we setup a single account and emailed out details.
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My Kid Could Paint That

On Apple trailers I stumbled across an upcoming documentary called My Kid Could Paint That, about Marla Olmstead, who started selling her work at the age of four. Marla makes modern art not unlike Jackson Pollack (better in some of the works I’ve seen). The documentary looks at the reception of Marla. Some people praise her as a prodigy, some claim it shows what crap modern art is if a four-year-old can make it.

I don’t think this is the only case of someone very young producing abstract art that sold, indeed, there are various animals that have. My views on modern art have been mentioned before on this site. Having said that, I quite like Marla, from what I’ve seen, and some of her art is nice, I like it, but then, some of it is crap. The question I would like answered is, if you gave an ordinary kid access of oil paints and canvass would they produce great works to? Most are limited to primary colour poster paints, which they knock out in a short space of time.
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Presenting Eric Joyner

I don’t remember how I came across Eric Joyner’s art, only that I did. You’ll know if you’ve seen his work because a lot of it (certainly the stuff I think he’s most famous for) features images of old school robots coming to life in a variety of situations (oh, and donuts). I find it really evocative, and strangely nostalgic too (and look similar to Norman Rockwell in style). He’s even got some Dali-esque ones if that’s your bag.

Anyway, the reason I mention is because at some point I emailed Eric (about getting a print from somewhere in the UK/Europe, no could do) and I got put on his mailing list. Today I got an email from the Corey Helford Gallery because they have an exhibition of Eric’s work, called Forbidden Adventures, on 2nd December (there are some more shows in San Francisco). I like a few of them (not enough to buy the originals), especially Cantina Blues.
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My Views on Modern Art

On my recent trip to the Peak District, I visited Chatsworth House, where the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who are fans of modern art, were hosting numerous sculptures in their gardens.

I have to confess to disliking the bulk of modern art. I can attribute this to a trip to the local art gallery on a school trip and being told things like “Black with a Blue Border” (literally a black canvas with a 1-inch blue border around it), an huge ink stamp, which consisted of a piece of stainless steel attached to a black canvas with a ‘hinge’ and something else which involved a black canvas with a solitary orange circle on it.
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