"Artist" is a problematic term. Some of the most compelling artworks have been created by non-artists. And "like" is not a word I would use in relation to any particular work. "Hate," maybe. "Love," maybe. "Artwork I can't stop watching-hearing-feeling-savoring-remembering" is closer." "Artworks that violate borders and define new, or hybrid, territories" is a pretty useful, too. Right now, in this minute, the people or works that I find compelling are: the "Yes Men"; Tina Fey; Daniel Day-Lewis; Phillip Seymour Hoffman in anything; the 2008 film, "In Bruges," directed by Martin McDonagh; Barack Obama's speech on race relations in the US; performance/installation/conceptual artist Tattfoo Tan; Louise Borgeois; the new media investigations of Angela Ferraiolo; Leonard Kastle, writer and director of the original "Honeymoon Killers" movie (1970), which starred Shirley Stoler, who appeared in Lina Wertmüller's "Seven Beauties," as the scary female Nazi commandant; David Simon and Ed Burns, co-creators/writers of "The Wire", MTV's "Celebrity Rehab" (Seriously. Rodney King's compelling self-portrayal informs us in ways that his nationally televised beating, at the hands of the police, never could); "America's Next Top Model" (who would mess with this perfect mix of America's favorite things: job hunting, shopping, beauty contests, pajama parties, anorexic women, gayness and gender bending); "The Housewives of Orange County" (better than visiting another planet); "Wife Swap" (the NEW and IMPROVED hybrid family, where the moral of the story is: meet more people that aren't like you); and "Judge Judy" (15-minute resolutions for life's little mysteries).
Human beings; places where there are no human beings; sound and images; photography; videos; documentaries; unexpected relationships.
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
I don't know. Haven't gone to anything recently.
Centre of the artworld:
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BLUEBIRD ART HOUSE AND ART&ARTISTS LA are pleased to announce the 1st INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION 2009.
Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.
The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.
Entry Deadline March 15th 2009.
A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.