August 9, 2011

Gulp! Stop-motion animation shot on a Nokia N8.

Filed under: art, pictures and videos — Tags: , — skeptisys @ 12:20 pm

This stop-action short film was made entirely using a smartphone.  Created by SumoScience.

When I was a kid, we used our phones to open walnuts.

January 5, 2011

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art censures and destroys beautiful mural

Filed under: art, politics — skeptisys @ 11:56 am

Jeffrey Deitch is Director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and giant Douche-tard.  Deitch, whose art collection includes an MBA from Harvard and many years as VP at CitiBank, is attempting to Disneyfy all fine art – reducing it to a simple financial profit/loss statement cleansed of all artistic or intellectual message so it will appeal to the largest number of people.  One manner in which Deitch ensures his art is similar to the crappy bland predictable Disney movies is by direct censorship.

Below is the powerful mural by artist Blu.  Beneath that is the mural being painted over in white paint under instructions from Herr Deitch-tard.

censored mural by artist Blu



censorship in action

What possible excuse could there be for such ugly censorship?  In MOCA’s own PR words:

For his work on the museum’s exterior wall, Blu created a massive panorama of coffins draped in one dollar bills — a provocative image considering that the wall faces an L.A. Veterans’ Affairs Hospital, as well as the so-called Go For Broke monument, which honors Japanese-American soldiers who fought in the Pacific during World War II.  According to a statement issued by MOCA, “The museum’s director explained to Blu that in this context, where MOCA is a guest among this historic Japanese American community, the work was inappropriate.”

Wait WTF?  This art has nothing to do with Japan or WWII.  Nor is it an attack on American soldiers.  (even if it were about Japanese soldiers, such censorship would still be despicable)    Does Deitch actually believe that all people who once served in a military must necessarily believe that all wars are just, to the point that any other suggestion would be such an horrible offense that censorship is needed?  What a giant Douche-tard!

As an aside: multiple news articles written at the time Deitch took over at MOCA early in 2010 discuss the issues with his potential financial conflicts, including the New York Times and LA Times.  Here is another from culturegrrl.

More photos of the mural here.

February 2, 2009

Roundhay Garden Scene: The Director’s Cut

Filed under: art, Cool other, humor, pictures and videos — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 2:59 pm

Filmed in 1888 by Louis Le Prince, “Roundhay Garden Scene” is known to be the world’s oldest surviving motion picture.  Louis was not given full credit for his work at the time, because he ‘disappeared’ on the way to demonstrate his work.  When Louis’ son, Adolphe, protested Thomas Alva Edison’s claim of inventing the motion picture, he too died mysteriously – by gunshot.

Louis Le Prince’s Mother in Law, the first ever movie star, died just 10 days after filming.  No cause of death can be located, but the rumors that she died after a cocaine induced orgy with Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle are probably unfounded.  Her demanding and critical personality was ahead of her time, for a star actress as well as a mother in law.

Luckily, the hard working team at somethingawful have unearthed the deleted scenes from this 1888 classic, which have been lost for over a century.  Just goes to show what you can find at a yard sale.

Here it is for your enjoyment, Roundhay Garden Scene: the Directors Cut:

May 6, 2008

Rafał Olbiński’s beautiful surreal art

Filed under: art, Cool other, pictures and videos, Strange — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 9:12 am

Rafal Olbinski manon lescaut woman peels face back reveal

I like my art like I like my women, surreal and Polish.   I have been looking at some of Rafel OIlbinski‘s art, and I wanted to share it with those of my readers who do not know him.  He is an excellent Polish surreal artist.

Technological advances have rendered many past art forms obsolete.  Realism, for example.  To paint or sketch realisticly, faces, people, or fruit used to be very popular – for good reason.  It requires tremendous talent and patience – but now with the advent of digital photography, who needs it?  Haven’t we seen the machines in shopping malls that pencil sketch your image in a few minutes?  Nobody uses it, but it only cost – how much?  a quarter?  dollar? If you paint a bowl of fruit and want more than a quarter for it, you will be in the mall for a long time, my friend.

I went to an exhibit in a New York Museum of Andy Warhol’s work.  You know, Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe ‘pop art’.  At the time, this work was special – turning the art establishment on its head by changing the definition of what is art.  But now, I can find better stuff in a split second with a search engine.

If you want to see galleries of Rafel Olbinski’s work, check herehere and here.  I can get lost in good art, and I just threw away my compass.

Rafal Olbinski pages book fly birds dream

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