Artists Unite Issue

May 2, 2007

…later that same day.

Filed under: WebLog — Noddy Turnell @ 2:51 pm

I decided to fulfill the request of Social Contract that Sky mentioned. What could I do which met the requirements.

CREATE / make a social comment in your medium
PRODUCE / a hard copy
PLACE
/ where it can be seen…
RECORD
/ photograph it in-situ
UPLOAD
/ images to the website and show you have an opinion to voice!

Here’s what i did:

I made the sign and asked folk to hold it while I photographed them. This image I used for the site gave me the opportunity to talk to someone i would never have talked to and i’d like to say it made me feel better but it didn’t. Sure i feel good i talked to her and i feel good about the image but, well i never felt that bad in the first place.

This is Edie. She told me there is no such thing as homeless we all live with God.

Now:Here:This Exhibit, Mar30+Apr13

Filed under: WebLog — Peter Ferko @ 9:58 am

Check out the special, double-header exhibit now online. Got a comment? Make it below.

Wanna join in the next Art Spark? Make work on May 18. Details and Exhibit here.

feminism again (please!)

Filed under: WebLog — Peter Ferko @ 9:51 am

I have the pleasure of interacting with many talented women artists. And while it’s easy to miss if you have a Y chromosome, these women are far more attuned to the fact that women are playing an unexplainable second fiddle in the art world. Groups like Guerilla Girls, bloggers like anonymous female artist (and us) and the now the Brooklyn Museum are screaming out the fair and balanced view. They are joined at the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art by the Brainstormers, a collective that has been highlighting the topic for the past several years. From their press release:

The Brainstormers announces its new interactive performance, which will be held at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum this Saturday, May 5th at 8pm.

In addition to the performance, participants will receive our new publication, Scene & Herd.

Funding for this project was made possible by the Puffin Foundation and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The Brooklyn Museum’s first Saturday Program is free to the Public. Please join us!

Also, The Brainstormers video, Brainstormer’s Weather Report, will have its world premiere screening at the 41st BAC International Film & Video Festival at 2pm in the Cantor Auditorium in the Brooklyn Museum. This is a free event.
www.brooklynartscouncil.org

Brainstormers is a performance art collective that has committed to bring gender politics into the public dialogue and to challenge the current power structure to change its ways. The Brainstormers are: Elaine Kaufmann, Maria Dumlao, Danielle Mysliwiec and Anne Polashenski.
www.brainstormersreport.net

Fleshsuit and Crippling Backstory

Filed under: WebLog — Noddy Turnell @ 7:31 am

I woke up this morning with a flesh suit and a crippling back story. I know you can identify because you have a flesh suit too but a crippling backstory? It may not be real but it looks like all the evidence is in place. If the CIA set it up they did a great job. Who was I yesterday? The same guy I am today.

It’s all here the wife, the dog, the worn shoes and toiletries. In the street people nod, the phone rings and the caller asks for me. I log on to the computer and email has my name in the header.

Slowly the facts of this elaborate back story become apparent. Limitations and laments, failures and dissapointments, dashed dreams and physical deterioration. It seems I have set up little reminders in my environment to try and offset some of the crushing truth of my situation. Photographs of happy times in temporary environments I payed through the nose for. Post its with affirmations of hope and wealth. Old lottery tickets and pants that don’t fit. I’v'e also cleverly situated drug dispensers throughout the apartment. Just to help me make it through the day. I’ve got a nesspreso machine which heats water and forces it through brightly colored pods of ground coffee coded for different levels of despair. I have two televisons standing by to transport me in to another environment with its own simpler cleaner backstory and the knowledge that I can turn it off at any time. A large white box maintains my ice cream, cakes, eggs, and butter in case I need the comfort provided by these foodstuffs.

You might say I don’t have it so bad. After all 35% of the worlds population lives on less than a dollar a day. (from the internet) I seem to have been supplied with a lot of support to cope with the crippling back story. The one that reminds me I will grow old , deterorate physically and then die and rot leaving those who love me to mourn. The story of how at any minute I could be crippled, blinded, maimed, or thrust in to abject poverty begging on the streets without a shower.

This is the point in the story where I tell you how I’ve found God and hope and donned a new pair of glasses to see the my story through a magic filter. Or how I’ve learned to live in the moment and forget the back story and it’s supporting evidence.

Except I haven’t and the evidence here suggests I won’t (theres a ton of self help and spiritual books lying around) So where’s the happy ending, the moral of the story? After all this is America. It’s probably unpatriotic to face the truth. I know I should at least blame someone. It can’t be my own fault. My parents come to mind then the government and the schools. Organized religion (if your disorganized your OK) X-rays and fluoride and transfat and the media. Oh I’m starting to feel better already. What am I doing here I could be drinking coffee and watching TV instead of wallowing in self pity. All those other bastards are worse than me. I’m not so bad. There’s a ton of evidence to support the theory that I am totally helpless and most importantly blameless in this situation. sure i’ll accept the backstory and the flesh suit but it’s not my fault. I didn’t choose it and i continue to be powerless to change it. Thank god i was getting tired of typing.

Normans solution

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