Saturday, January 31, 2009

Etsy: Turned into Reality

Artwork Inspiration

Wearable (and Usable) Pieces


The Porn Myth by Naomi Wolf

'Cyberporn has become the raunchy wallpaper to these respectable lives. A 43-year-old trader at a prominent firm spends much of his downtime trading porn—everything from unauthorized photos of Hollywood stars to twisted S&M pics—with his colleagues. “It’s just something to amuse you when you’re bored,” he says. “It’s just there—like white noise.”'

White noise.

Oh it hurts.

Friday, January 30, 2009

This. Is. AWESOME.

This makes the day better.

via Double Takes


So Joe and I are at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, in Gallery 9, looking at the "Face to Face" exhibit.  It's a small collection of black and white photographs.
There's one photo of three children:  two girls, one boy, each around 10 years old.  They're all shirtless, each with a defiant look on their faces, the one in the middle has his arms crossed.  

Joe:  That's just wrong.

Me:  What?

Joe:  Those naked kids.  You couldn't look at that on a'd get arrested.  But you can hang it on a wall and make people pay to see it, and it's fine.  I don't get it.

Me:  Oh.

I know the object for a lot of artists is to buck convention and make work that causes strong reactions.  But what about pieces that walk that thin line between acceptable and indefensible?  Is there a line?  Is all art ok?  
Or is a lot filtered through our genders?  I see pictures of children all time, and it doesn't bother me.  Joe gets uncomfortable looking at baby photos.  Does a natural mothering instinct affect how people view art?

How much is cultural?  How ingrained are we all with social norms?  So much so that it dictates what we personally find visually appealing?  

Can you make something, and say it's art, and have it be Art?  Can you put limits on artistic expression, or hold all artwork up to a certain standard?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My new favorite toy

Poladroid Image Maker

So awesome.

It's, like, straight out of the 70s.

(find the originals on my Flickr site)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Have you heard about that movie, The Astronaut Farmer?

No.  What's it about?

Well, there's this farmer who wants to be an astronaut.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Year

I'm back!
Which means posting should be getting back on track.  Soon.

And someone else has returned as well...  A good friend of mine, Nick D, has started up his blog again.  The Rebellion.
If you're politically inclined, take a look.  I just might have some posts up over there soon, too.