As any traveler who’s gazed out the window of an airplane while flying over the United States knows, the grid reigns.
Today is a good day. Not just because it’s Friday, but because the very first episode of the very first season of Bob Ross’s The Joy of Painting is now online.
A bearded man wearing sunglasses and a flak jacket sits on the ground beside a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a pro-Assad song plays on the radio. He lifts up the lid of a cooking pot, and a genie emerges.
There are two entertaining things about watching YouTube videos. The first is the video itself, whether that be a cat playing a keyboard or a musician singing a new tune. The second is the comments and the amazing amount of likes, dislikes and random jabber that appear, especially beneath the most popular videos.
Richard Philips might be better known in the art world as a photorealist painter, but the painter just turned videographer with an art project-cum-advertisement for celebrity and tabloid icon Lindsay Lohan. The work is “a 90-second ad for her more sober self,” according to Linda Yablonsky at T Magazine.
On this past Friday May 20, Cuban artist Geandy Pavon did a guerrilla projection protest for Ai Weiwei. In this work, called “Nemesis Ai Weiwei: The Elusiveness of Being”, Pavon projected Ai’s face onto the blank street-side facade of the New York City Chinese Consulate. Click through for video documentation of the project.
Movie preview? Nope, this slickly produced video is an exhibition trailer for New Image Sculpture, an upcoming show at San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum. Featuring Brooklyn artist Jade Townsend, the video is a great introduction into what looks like an interesting exhibition.
MIT’s Media Lab just rolled out a new logo. The trick is that this logo isn’t just one image, or anything you’d expect from traditional branding. It’s actually a self-generating logo with over 40,000 possible variations, including thousands of shifts in colors and composition. Now, is there such a thing as too many logos?
To all those haters who claim they just don’t get Jackson Pollock, or that the painter’s Abstract Expressionist canvases have started to look stale: here’s something to get your attention. A slow-motion video of flung paint shows the real drama behind Pollock’s paintings.