Tuesday, September 27, 2005

War is Not the Answer

If the government thinks all the Americans support them then it our duty to say no. I haven't been to an anti war rally in thirty six years but I still feel the same way. Stop the war!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Katrina divides US

I watched with horror the pain and suffering of those trapped by the floods of Katrina. Dependent on the reporting of the TV news teams who flooded into the storm waters it seemed detached from any normal reality. The TV concerts were remote and distant. The pain and suffering filtered by the quick edits of the news footage.

The blame for the mess those first few days is the way we live as a country. We are a country of two worlds, urban and the rest. The rest don't go to the cities except to see the "sites", the safe zones. Fear is the result that lingers with the old refrain of race and poverty.

Will "W" bridge that gulf in our national culture or will he demand that those who lost the most be suburbanites? Will the big money force those displaced to find new enclaves to hide their poverty and will new workers be brought in to replace those forced out?

W sounded like a missionary bringing all the hope for a new life. Will he be able to listen to the voices not heard on TV?

Monday, September 12, 2005

You've Got To Be Kidding!

Thanks AJ:

"He plans a radical unseating of painting and sculpture from their positions as the "king and queen" of art. In addition, he aims to create a Tate that "does not appear monocultural" but reflects a "broader British society, in all its richness". His ambition also includes representing the full depth of contemporary life, such as club culture."

If art museums stop showing art I won't go.

Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans art

Xavier de Callatay- Symphony for Christine

Xavier was a kind teacher who took the time to explain the way to paint. I hope his art was not lost in the storm.

Hess Oil

Hess Oil
Here is the question.... Why is Hess oil $3.19 today when they seem to have no conection to the gulf states?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Prolific artist (link)

"You don't want to be a "diarrhea artist" do you? You must chant - quality over quantity..." wrote Caryn Coleman in abLA.

I love the image of art spewing out ready to be flushed down some toilet.

What then is quality? Our art culture won't touch that question. Anything goes! There are no aesthetic standards in a democratic society. Even President Bush can only speak in three word sentences. Are paintings visual sound bites where if you paint enough of them one might look good?