Monthly Archives: March 2008

beautiful losers


Event: Tonight AIGA screening of Beautiful Losers

Director: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard

Cast: Barry McGee, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Margaret Kilgallen, Geoff McFetridge, Jo Jackson, Chris Johansson, Harmony Korine, Shepard Fairey, Cheryl Dunn

Beautiful Losers is a feature documentary film celebrating the independent and D.I.Y. spirit that unified a loose-knit group of American artists who emerged from the underground youth subcultures of skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock and hip-hop. Over the last decade these artists and the subcultures they sprang from have become not only popular, but have sparked the most influential cultural movement of our generation. BEAUTIFUL LOSERS is a theatrical documentary film that explores the creative ethos behind this growing movement through a collective portrait of ten of these artists.


little bit of heaven

heaven no.3 -by shelton walsmith

last year rob and i did a website for shelton walsmith, an amazing painter and photographer living in brooklyn. we agreed to do a trade – a website for a piece of art. this afternoon we stopped by shelton’s studio to pick up our painting, heaven no. 3.

now i feel like we have a little bit of heaven hanging in our living room. thanks shelton for an amazing piece.

Color and Conceptualism MOMA lecture 03.13.08


Speakers: John Baldessari, Daniel Buren and Bernard Marcadé
Topic: Color and Conceptualism
Sponsor: MOMA
A conversation to explore the ways in which artists use color, whether by chance, through systems, or in the context of everyday life. With artists John Baldessari and Daniel Buren, andBernard Marcadé, art critic, freelance curator, and professor of art history and aesthetics at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts of Paris-Cergy. Moderated by Ann Temkin, curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture. In conjunction with the exhibit Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today

Rating: This event posed more questions then it provided answers. Good thing, but it fell short of defining color and conceptualism within art. It allowed these two great artists to present their work and discuss how they use color but it did not address or expand on the evening’s topic.

“In the past if you were using black, white and grey you were considered a serious painter but in using color you were considered a decorative painter.” -JB

“We had to escape our own good taste” -JB

“If you make up rules before you paint then that is conceptual- If you make up rules after you paint then that is aesthetic” -JB

“You can not describe color. The words fail and are meaningless. Color is pure thought. No words or description can replace color. There are very few things this world like that.” -DB

“I have a tendency towards color so I find an artificial way to choose and associate colors. For example using the color wheel will dictate a sequence of colors within a piece.” -DB

I’m curious how the idea of color conceptualism relates to my process as a web designer. In web design there is a practice of “grey boxing” when you create a layout that is absent of color – just black white and grey. The thought is that you do not want, as a designer or a client, to be persuaded by color. The main objective is to communicate the content/message/brand in
the most efficient and effective way and you want to avoid color “getting in
the way”. This process seems more akin to a reductive/minimalist movement then a conceptual approach to color within design. So should web designers think of color in a conceptual way or does our medium prohibit this kind of exploration?
I can only think of shaun inman approaching color within web design in a conceptual manner.

Any others?

nice contemporary work relating to color:
finch and yuskavage

Guggenheim Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit

-Head On (photo credit: unknown)

Exhibit:I WANT TO BELIEVE : Cai Guo-Qiang
Location: Guggenheim Museum / FEB 22 – MAY 28
Rating: It was well worth the wait in the rain.

I’m sure all of you know each Friday beginning at 5:45 the Guggenheim Museum hosts Pay What You Wish, in which admission is by donation. Don’t be late – the last tickets are issued at 7:15. I think I embarrassed Rob when I paid 50 cents to see the show. Oh well.

So Rob and I took advantage of the discounted price and waited in the rain to see the Cai Guo-Qiang: I WANT TO BELIEVE exhibit. Favorite pieces – Head On (2006) and Inopportune: Stage One (2004).