Category Archives: art

Activists take over billboards to call out impact of flying on global carbon

Billboards in 15 European cities have been covered with satirical artwork highlighting the role of airline marketing in driving up greenhouse gas emissions.

https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/09/22/activists-take-over-billboards-to-call-out-impact-of-flying-on-global-carbon-emissions

Diesel Sets a World Record

What kept it from seeming like just a stunt was the fact that beneath the blowups, Mr. Martens is not just full of hot air. He’s doing things with denim — the fabric of democracy — that are genuinely transformative and coded for currency.

https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2022/09/22/style/diesel-fendi-milan-fashion-week.amp.html

Shinique Smith and the Politics of Fabric

“It is undeniable and inescapable,” she said recently. “It is a mirror image of what is happening with clothing now and who the clothing is going to…There are whole cultures existing off of our used things. It’s even more complicated now. Now there are so many different people who are oppressed. Fast fashion goes right into a ditch and into another bale.”2 In the physical act of gathering colorful found materials for her work, Smith enfolds layers of dark history into beautiful untidiness, conjuring pasts and presents of labor and toil.

https://sculpturemagazine.art/shinique-smith-and-the-politics-of-fabric/

Flooded with AI-generated images, some art communities ban them completely

Confronted with an overwhelming amount of artificial-intelligence-generated artwork flooding in, some online art communities have taken dramatic steps to ban or curb its presence on their sites, including NewgroundsInkblot Art, and Fur Affinity, according to Andy Baio of Waxy.org.

Baio, who has been following AI art ethics closely on his blog, first noticed the bans and reported about them on Friday. So far, major art communities DeviantArt and ArtStation have not made any AI-related policy changes, but some vocal artists on social media have complained about how much AI art they regularly see on those platforms as well.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/09/flooded-with-ai-generated-images-some-art-communities-ban-them-completely/

What Our Fantasies About the European “Middle Ages” Say About Us

The fantastical imagery that many of us consider “medieval” today has been invented, at least in part, in the centuries since. While some legends are rooted in the period, like the stories of King Arthur and Camelot, many others were embroidered onto an imagined, “medieval-ish” past through fantasy stories, films, and other forms of popular culture, especially from the 19th century on. Modern medieval tales have become populated with knights, dragons, witches, and fairies — though, as the show explains, only the first two were frequently depicted in the period, and anything magical or mysterious was understood through the lens of religion. The exhibition pairs medieval and later imagery to explore these shifting depictions and the powerful legacy they have left.

https://hyperallergic.com/753042/fantasy-of-the-middle-ages-getty-center/?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

Anais Nin’s On The Importance Of Creating Your Own World

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”

https://wordsofwomen.com/anais-nins-quotes-that-will-change-your-life/

The internet’s famous dancing baby from 1996 is getting a new look

It can be hard to explain why any particular image goes viral, and the “Dancing Baby,” which is widely credited as being the first big internet meme, is no exception. Like many memes, it was originally an obscure graphic — in this case, a sample file for software company Autodesk’s animation plug-in Character Studio (which was created by Unreal Pictures, a firm co-founded by Girard, Chadwick and the animator and artist Susan Amkraut, with Lurye later joining as a freelancer). Remixing, or modifying, the baby was central to its original purpose.

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/dancing-baby-meme-nft/index.html

One Year After Beeple, the NFT Has Changed Artists. Has It Changed Art?

And yet for all his success Gerrard feels that the art world has mostly turned its back on digital work like his, in favor of the paintings that dominate an ever more conservative and analog scene. The popularity of NFTs might lead to something like a new gallery neighborhood, the equivalent of Chelsea or TriBeCa in New York — except that it would be virtual, a marketplace for the most fascinating of digital files instead of brilliant objects.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/03/arts/design/nft-art-beeple.html

The Rise of “Immersive” Art

Why are tech-centric, projection-based exhibits suddenly everywhere?

https://www-newyorker-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-silicon-valley/the-rise-and-rise-of-immersive-art/amp

Photograph © teamLab / Courtesy Pace Gallery

“Crows Are Chased and the Chasing Crows Are Destined to Be Chased As Well, Transcending Space,” a piece in teamLab’s exhibition “Continuity,” at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.