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upon receiving an open call for this year's tarfest, i noticed one of the categories is now 'low brow.' weird, considering i never really understood this hipper than hip california craze until reading this article just a few short days ago, per coagula's request. call me old fashioned, but doesn't 'low brow' suggest negative connotations?

whatever. i just make god damned art things. i'm tired of being lumped into this or that category. the whole L.A. 'hipper than thou' attitude just makes me feel like ugly becky back in 7th grade...full of pimples and void of self confidence. *sigh*

i propose a new category...

'just wanna speak from my gut, not follow trends, and lay my soul on the line'

too wordy, huh?


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Jun. 10th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
The term lowbrow does have negative connotations. The definition is: without culture or intellectual interests.

So these people are misusing it.

Why they need categories anyway is beyond me.
Jun. 10th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
in my estimation, the whole 'lowbrow' thing is an attempt to re-invent something, buck the system or just plain piss on your turf. it means very little to me...it's very graphic, yes. and in most cases presented with great craftsmanship. but, do i get my rocks off?

i'm as limp as microwaved bacon strip.

i can't like something JUST because it's popular. never have, never will. don't care if i'm destined to be little miss 'unpopular' the rest of my days..

f'wuh....i need a drink.

Jun. 10th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
A true artist follows her own drummer/must/instinct.

Very truly yours,

A Fan
Jun. 10th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
good grief, I said must. I meant muse.
Jun. 10th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
yah yah, but....
i liked 'MUST.'
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Jun. 10th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
sniff sniff.
no way jose...
but, d' check's in d'mail, m..k?
Jun. 10th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
Low Brauhaus
it's a silly term. there is a lot of great art that is considered "low brow". robert williams always comes to mind, after his book "the lowbrow art of robert williams". i think it has come to mean art that is colorful, cartooney of humorous. but then they describe the kincaid's audience as being middle brow. huh?
low brow in life means nascar, beer and republicans, but in art it means something else.
but you're right, catagories are just a way for our instantaneous minded society to sum something up in one word, look smart and move on.
Jun. 10th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
Re: Low Brauhaus
o.k. then...
how 'bout
'no brow art?'


'uni brow art?

THAT i could do.

i'm just in a 'brow' funk, it'll pass..
thanks for your calming words..
Jun. 10th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Low Brauhaus
no brow works
Jun. 10th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Low Brauhaus
art which contains only trace amounts of brow..
it's leaner, healthier and mm mm good.
(9 out of 10 art critics recommend it. do not take on a full stomach, with alcohol, or if you are faint of heart. results may vary.)

the new trend..
Jun. 10th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
your category is perfect!!!!!
Jun. 10th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
heh heh...
you meant...
puuuuuuuuurfect, yah?

Jun. 10th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
cheese louise!
i'm with you- pluck and call it nobrow. (yeh, i thought low brow was when you couldn't see outchyour eyes cuz o' da weight or sumthin')

nope. never been one for a quick label. sometimes my students ask me what kind of tap i do. of course, this is after i have talked to them about all the different kinds of tap that exist! haha! most folks are only familiar with one or two styles of tap, so i bring in an article that lists a good couple handfuls of styles to let them know there's more than shirley temple, or g. hines, or the rockettes, or fred or gene or whatever their limited references may be... but a tap artist can do many different styles. they don't have to be chained to just one thing. "I do archival tap and that's all!" or whatevah.

anyway, i stopped looking for personal labels a while back. very good feeling from stopping! remember antmusic? same problem. so you do babysmithart, or b.s. art! haha! like the tap b.s. chorus! and i do kimtap. or k.m. tap. only my initials don't have a kewl double meaning.


Jun. 10th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
god damn girl...how is it that you can make my brain think AND laugh simultaneously????

you are so right, right as rain (portland rain) as always. i don't really think about labels much, until they're slapped in my lap, thrown in my face and shoved down my throat. so, yah....it's just a brain burp, momentary loss of muscular mobility...i'm still beating the 'bull shit' drum...er...um...'baby smith' drum, as it were..not to worry!

p.s. k.m. tap rocks my world!
p.s.s. when ya gonna get yo' self a website soze i can yelp to the world, girl?!
(pix, video, audio, the works....yo!!! i need kimmyweb. NEEEEYOW!)
Jun. 10th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)

maybe after i move to portland...

hee hee.

ok, so, here's the deal, you know what you just said, welllllll, how is it
that you can make my brain switch into high gear and give me fricken goosebumps while i'm driving in my car???? hmmmmmMMMMM?!

just the other day- did i call and leave a message on your cell? i don't think i actually followed through on that... BUT... what i was going to say is that i was driving in my car, in my flow brain zone, and i just thought about what a priveyledge it is to know you and to follow you as a friend, a human, and as an artist.

i love the choices you've made, the decisions you've gone ahead with, and the whole process of your thinking. and as my mind pondered the details of this in the car, i got mega goosebumps and was determined to run home, dash inside, pick up the phone and call you while the thoughts were still fresh and perculating... but i think i didn't make it as far as actually dialing.


it was a beautiful baby/becky moment none the less!

Jun. 10th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
no no no...
the privilege has been ALL mine, you.
from our first days in sophomore science class until this very moment as i type.

you've been a complete inspiration to me...i can't tell you how proud i am of you...following your dreams, not settling for 2nd best, speaking from your own heart and not following the beaten path. kimmy, you've invented a new language in DANCE. no small feat (or feet, should i say????)

and shy girl?!?!?!...phhhht.
i'm still disputing THAT!

i'm the shyest of them all, and look....i've been live and in the raw for a billion years.
you're a true STAH baby....and i'll be the first to say 'i knew you when..'

huggy hug.
plus one.

k....i've got something in my eye....best go take care of it..
Jun. 10th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
i don't even know what to say.

love you!!!
Jun. 10th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
OH!!! here's what else i was going to email or call you about-

do you know the band the yeah yeah yeahs? i'm really loving them now and may tap to one of their songs in my friend, wendy's upcoming maybe tap thing, BUT! here's what's important (imho!) remember that awesome documentary on pbs that focused on high school kids? remember kt or whatevah her name was? ("Girls with guitars, don't make rock stars, girls with guitars, don't make rock..... stars.")?

well, the singer for the y.y.y.s reminds me of kt and what she might sound like after a year or two of college life and electricity. like, if she went electric, that is.

was wondering if you thought so too.

Jun. 10th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
ooo, yeah yeah yeah!!!, i can hear a tinge of kt in the lead singer...

BUT, i also think it could be siouxsie and adam ant's love child!!!!!
Jun. 10th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)

i think you're onto something there! for sure can hear some of that ant guitar in the music...

going to bed now. really. must log off. must remove fingers from keyboard.

night, baby!
Jun. 10th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
in the newspaper I was called a printmaker....
when I called to complain... because I'm not a painter... they asked what I was and I said a multi-media artist.... the man replied... "well that isn't anything"
*stabs self in face*
Jun. 10th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: grrr
printmaker... painter... whatever... it is annoying... people always want to either make up a place for art to go or try to shove it into a place it doesn't fit in to.

your stuff is great...
Jun. 10th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: grrr
oh how frustrating..
i'm betting 89% of all newspaper people color within the lines...and the other 11% think art is just a waste of time...naturally, it gets in the way of their deadlines. poopie heads.

if i were really couragious, i'd consider taking video of a painting on paper of my eyebrow (placed low on the screen, of course) pile a bunch of TV's on top of one another, nam june paik style and submit it under assemblage, sculpture, work on paper, painting, installation AND low brow categories.

Jun. 11th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: grrr
how duchamp!

so sad nam june paik is dead now

when I read poopie heads... at first I thought it said people heads.
both fit
Jun. 18th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
the real deal
I so agree. The last word you want describing you would be low-brow, regardless of materials used.
What people are looking for is something authentic. The real deal is hard to find; everything is hyped and marketed. So they think if they call it Low Brow, maybe that plugs some authenticity into it, like it's beyond certain factors. But not that's necessarily so.
E. Lake
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