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trashin' the place

so, this rainy weather has kept me at my 'puter retooling these trashed photos. yes, yes, it's keeping me away from the studio and the real task at hand. i MUST prepare for this TV thing on monday..

yet another photo retrieved from the art center trash:

before:



after:



had somewhat of an otherworldly experience at the norton simon last night. after michael duncan presented a lecture on the california beat assemblage art movement, the audience was treated to a live theatre performance by artist george herms. as he banged on gongs, waved a giant mylar flag and arbitrarily recited poetry and crumpled up paper and threw it skyward, most were amused, some confused, others bored and a few embarrassed. i admit i felt all of these emotions at some point during the course of the evening. but, you have to respect the pure abandon he projected. this man was not afraid of making a fool of himself. he was completely comfortable in his own skin and fully confident that life and his art would just have a way of working things out.

my favorite quote of the night:
when speaking of his good friend artist robert rauschenberg (who recently suffered a stroke and is now wheel chair bound) george said,

"bob said he wants to do 3 things with the rest of his life..
make art every day, eat great food, because he loooooves to eat, and sleep...because he loves his dreams."

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angiereedgarner
Mar. 19th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for writing about your evening! That is a great quote.
artworkslive
Mar. 19th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
yeah, that quote was worth the $8 admission..
;-)
aviator
Mar. 19th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
Pirates gold
You must be in heaven with the find of these pictures. Sure would be interesting to know the original owner of these pieces of art wha why they were considered fit for recycling.

That is one interesting picture. and the fact you are able to pull the life out of them. Very cool.
artworkslive
Mar. 19th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Pirates gold
oh thanks!
i'm seriously considering making the art center one of my pit stops on a regular basis..
just like the 'free' box at the libAry. there's SO much stuff out there destined for land fills, and i WANT IT ALL! GIMME GIMME GIMMIE!
rickysaccount
Mar. 19th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Pirates gold
That is one interesting picture. and the fact you are able to pull the life out of them. Very cool.

I've *got* to agree... that is, indeed, very cool and I love seeing the transformations from utter blackness to suddenly revealing, as Chuck said, the shroud-like images hidden within!

Btw, that quote was incredible... I'm going to add it to my quotes archive but I'm not sure who you meant by the "he said" in there but this is how I'm listing it so far:


"Bob said he wants to do 3 things with the rest of his life: make art
every day; eat great food, because he loves to eat; and
sleep... because he loves his dreams."
-- Michael Duncan, artist, at a lecture on the California Beat
Assemblage Art Movement on March 18, 2005, speaking about his good friend
artist Robert Rauschenberg, who recently suffered a stroke and is now
wheelchair bound.


Just to solidify my utter ignorance, is Michael Duncan an artist or a professor or...? Yes, I am, indeed, the designated troglodyte... :o)
artworkslive
Mar. 19th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Pirates gold
OH!
you are so sweet!

thanks for your kind words. this is my twisted way of doodling, i guess.

and the quote from last night is from george herms, not michael duncan. sorry for the confusion. michael's actually an independent curator and writer for 'art in america' magazine and was speaking about a number of artists. george herms (who is an assemblage artist) was the '2nd act' of the night and he started by talking about some of his artist friends, one of which is robert/bob rauschenberg. i thought that quote was so inspirational..i whipped out my notebook as fast as i could to jot it down..
ganatronic
Mar. 19th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
nice picture
My monitor at work sucks and so the first picture pretty much looks completely black. Of course, for a moment I forgot about the monitor sucking so much, and I was quite amazed when I saw the "after:"
artworkslive
Mar. 19th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: nice picture
your monitor probably isn't too far off, cuz that first photo is almost jet black. i remember looking at it the first time and thinking..'oh, this IS trash.' but, it just had a way of slowly unraveling the more my eyes adjusted. this one was particularly fun, cuz a lot of fine details came out in the tweaking process. i liked the 'mondrian-esque' pattern on the wall, myself. but, a lot of people are focusing on how creepy the overall image is. i didn't think that at all really, so that's where feedback comes in handy sometimes. or not.. ;-)
coffeebean
Mar. 20th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
I really love that quote.
If only we could all do that with our lives! :)

And that picture is really striking too, I love it!
artworkslive
Mar. 20th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
oh, i know..those are definitely words to live by. i just love robert rauschenberg..and was lucky enough to see him speak in person during his retrospective exhibition a few years back in houston..

the funny thing is, i don't remember a word he said. i was so awe struck to be in the same room as him and breathe the same air. it was truly a magical moment in my life.
coffeebean
Mar. 20th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
I love those moments too... when you can barely grasp the reality of them being right *there*!
artworkslive
Mar. 20th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
true!
if i were only SLiGHTLY less mature, i would've stormed the stage, screeching and sobbing like one of those beatles fans. lucky for him, i had the strength to compose myself ;-)
coffeebean
Mar. 20th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
Oh god, being mature is just no fun, huh!? :)
noncatfiction
Mar. 21st, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
i think that's what i want to do too. sounds thrilling.
i love this picture, but really the darkness of the original. i start to see a bald man's head in the one you fixed up. then it gives me a whole different feeling.
great find.
urgent_alchemy
Apr. 2nd, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
"my favorite quote of the night:
when speaking of his good friend artist robert rauschenberg (who recently suffered a stroke and is now wheel chair bound) he said,

"bob said he wants to do 3 things with the rest of his life..
make art every day, eat great food, because he loooooves to eat, and sleep...because he loves his dreams."



This is amazing, thank you for sharing it.
artworkslive
Apr. 3rd, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
you are so welcome..

that quote struck me as so fundamentally simple and true.
much like the art behind the man.
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