if you could have only one medium, which one would you choose: art, film, literature, music.

“If you could have only one medium, which one would you choose: art, film, literature, music.”

Another tough question chosen by Kitty. This is a tough question because so many things I enjoy aren’t clearly delineated between mediums.

This is clearly (visual art) which I enjoy:

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And this is literature I enjoy:

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This is (probably) (still) my favourite film:

and this is one of my favourite songs (at the moment):

But what about this music clip for Beyonce’s Hold Up?

That’s brilliant. But is that music? Or is it a short film? Or is it art? I’d say all of the above.

So if I had to choose just one medium I’d definitely choose art. Why? Because it’s all encompassing; art is life. Choose art.


 

New question for Kitty (not from the box; I’m free-styling on this one)

“What’s more important to you: lyrics or beats?”

does the price of a work of art ever reflect how good it is?

I love Kitty’s blog, but I feel that, like most people, she doesn’t blog enough!

Since we both agree that blogging is therapy I recently came up with an idea that will get us both blogging more.

I bought a box of ‘100 Questions’ from The School of Life and my idea is that on alternating days we select a card from the box for each other and they answer that question (and finish the post with the question for the next day). So we’ll be each blogging every second day.

I’ll start today with the first question for myself:

“Does the price of a work of art ever reflect how good it is?”

This is an interesting question that I believe that I can best answer with some examples.

As you may know, Junior Pixels loves drawing ducks, and there’s something wondrous about his duck art. Whilst the price of one of these ducks is practically zero (the cost of some paper and some pencils); there’s not many pieces of art I consider better than one of these, so in my opinion the price doesn’t reflect how good it is at all.

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Kitty loves making Ojo de Dios artwork and again the price of each one is marginal (much less than one dollar in parts) but in no way reflects how good they are: they are personally way more valuable than the some of their parts.

On the other extreme if you think of the most expensive painting in the world the Mona Lisa which is insured for $780 million dollars and you ask is that single piece of art worth that amount of money? Is the Mona Lisa 780 million better than an original duck by Junior Pixels? It’s a nice painting and I like it but in my opinion no it’s not worth that much.

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Finally, street art adds an interesting dimension to this question. Most street art is ephemeral: it could disappear overnight by being painted over accidentally or deliberately (there’s an entire wikipedia article of Banky artworks that have been destroyed). So some would say that street art doesn’t have any price since it can so easily be destroyed or damaged, and can’t be bought, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t good: I’ve seen countless street art pieces that I personally think are much better than some ‘expensive’ art pieces I have seen in galleries.

So, no, I don’t believe that the price of a work of art ever reflect how good it is. Not at all.


Question for Kitty tomorrow:

“If you could own any one piece of art, what would it be?”

can’t touch this

As the parent of three small children, what really bothers me is art that looks like it has been designed to be touched/climbed/played upon, but is covered in “do not touch/climb” signs. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for being careful and caring for things, but blatantly banning touching/climbing on something that is clearly designed that way is just plain cruel to kids.

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apt6 @ goma

We took Junior for a walk in the pram to GOMA this afternoon to check out the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6). He only gave us enough time asleep to view one floor, but from what we saw it was an excellent collection. Luckily it’s on until 5 April next year, so we have plenty of time to go back and check it out again. Here are some of the cool things we saw today.

fritz scholder

We saw a Fritz Scholder exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City this morning.

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A couple of his quotes were quite neat:

“You must walk that tightrope between accident and discipline. Accident by itself…so what? Discipline by itself is boring. By walking that tightrope and putting down something on a canvas…coming from your guts, you have a chance of making marks that … will live longer than you.”

“I give thanks every day that I’ve been able to take my craziness and make it work for me.”

the biennale of sydney on cockatoo island

We were lucky enough to visit the Biennale of Sydney on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour yesterday.

The island was amazing. Neither of us had been there before so it was a real treat for us both. The art installations were great and so were the buildings; some looked like they had just been abadoned.

All photos are by snap happy Kitty.

my china doll

We were walking home along Melbourne St in South Brisbane the other night when Kitty spotted some cool photos in the windows of the building (Raw space galleries) just West of the Fox Hotel. They were amazing so I googled them today.

The collection of self portraits is called My China doll by Beijing photographer Qui Zhen. There’s some more background information and the original images here. But if you’re in Brisbane then walk past and have a look, because, like most photos, they’re better in real life.

rearranging our apartment

We went shopping last Saturday and bought ourselves a pure latex mattress from ZenTai. We went for latex as it is a natural product and it doesn’t attract dust. Installing the new mattress inspired us to do a quick rearrange/redesign of our apartment. We are aiming for a more minimal/streamlined look incorporating succulent plants, neutral tones and some bright highlights such as the red ‘Love’ sign.

Apartment Rearrange One

Apartment Rearrange Two

Apartment Rearrange Three

transforming an op-shop painting

I picked up this framed acrylic painting at a local lifeline op shop. It’s weird but something about it that made me want to buy it. Besides, it was only twenty bucks. It’s about two meters wide.

I’m thinking of transforming it into something fresh using some street art techniques. I am trying to decide between traditional graffiti, stencil, sticker and poster art. I’ll be sure to post some photos of the finished product when I do get around to actually deciding and doing.

buffalo tiger op shop painting

giant can of tomato soup @ south bank

I was pleasantly surprised on my walk home from work to see a giant can of tomato soup sitting in the middle of the  Gray Street roundabout at South Bank.  It’s part of the promotion for the Andy Warhol exhibit. I think my photos look slightly fake, they don’t seem to capture the depth of the cylinder.

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andy warhol @ goma, brisbane

I went to see the Andy Warhol collection last Sunday at GOMA; it was impressive. I liked the variety for an artist who I personally consider to be not that varied. The queues and general amount of people attending were massive. It is pop(ular) art after all.

I’m a bigger fan of the art than the person, I find the personal side of things a bit too weird for my liking.

Andy Warhol GOMA