Archive for March, 2009
I came across the video “Dancers” by the band Circlesquare and immediately thought of Robert Longo’s large-scale drawings from his early eighties series of corporate types twist into contorted poses representing some sort of frozen moment of being within the corporate workplace. Read more »
Now showing at SFMOMA, a total dystopian love fest. With the current crop of awful science fiction movies over the past few years. It’s time to revisit the good old days of tomorrow. And not that I’m suggesting taking mind altering substances for viewing of these films, but one has to wander what was in the water back then and where can I get some now, and does it come bottled? There are some fantastic worlds of despair that have a viscerally visual pleasure that seduces you into watching a grim forecast of the future today. Read more »
“Designer Gas Masks is an attempt to visualize this state of mind. Because it is only by first acknowledging and then challenging fear that we will all be able to breathe a little easier.”
This brilliant photo by Gainsbury & Whiting for designer Alexander McQueen humorously references Damien Hirst’s fetishized dead animals suspendend in formaldehyde filled vitrines. There’s a subtle irony with the deer gazing at a posthumous floating Hirst and and yet the indirect irony of this photo lies in the fact that although the artist has made a fortune off the dead, he would be even wealthier if he himself were dead. Hirst is a master a self-marketing and understands the value of the Damien Hirst brand. He was recently able to circumvent his galleries and go directly to auction with his work and the payoff was huge even with a global economy in dire straits.
I don’t need to tell you that the Bay Area is expensive. But just to make sure you are getting some culture with your daily diet of ramen noodles and PBR, here is a list of the free days at San Francisco Area museums.