Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Limited Time Promotions - Otto Rapp FAA Canvas Prints

Canvas Print Promotion ends 01/04/2014 at 05:00 PM

Canvas Print Promotion ends 01/04/2014 at 05:00 PM

Canvas Print Promotion ends 01/04/2014 at 05:00 PM

with profits made from this promo I pledge to support this cause:
Dreams and Divinities goes to Mexico
Funding duration: December 29, 2013 - February 07, 2014 (11:59pm PT).

Fundraising Campaign On Indiegogo
cover art painting courtesy Alex Sastoque

D&D page on the Visionary Art Gallery website

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: 
of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings.'

The times of manning the barricades have long since past for me. I no longer hold my breath waiting for change. Hoping, against all hope, perhaps, but I have no illusion that pissing against the wind will change the course of the Titanic. 
From time to time, articles such as "Successor states to an empire in free fall" appear that would promise a glimmer of hope:
"I believe that something different really is happening in today's cultural jungle. Something is stirring that hasn't been seen for 30 years. New theories are emerging with strange and wonderful names that aim to describe in detail a culture and society they say are found on the far side of postmodernism." - Alan Kirby -
but alas, the triumphant proclamation:
Postmodernism is dead. Wail and rend your clothes. Postmodernism is dead. The tyrant is vanquished! 
was probably a little premature. Like I said, don't hold your breath! From time to time, I might indulge in the occasional rant, such as in my post About "Modern Art" and its excesses or I may also pass on some observations such as I'm sick of pretending: I don't get Art - but.... refer to my Titanic quote above.

However, I cannot help throwing the occasional firecracker, little barbs that I am well aware of won't change the course of history one iota, but doing so is catharsis - it makes me feel better (hopefully, it makes you feel better also, that's the whole point).   Jeff Koons could probably care less about what I write, nor would he even know who the hell I am or why he should even care. But I do want to say right here that I find him to be a very engaging and likable individual, and I enjoyed the way he talked about his art.

Lets get to the point, after all this preliminary banter:


Nothing on the conceptual art scene today really surprises me: during my student days (77-82) I was involved with our student newspaper. I wrote critiques, also for our local newspaper and a few times for a national art magazine. Hence my signature "Self-portrait with the Critical Eye" from that period where I tried, tongue in cheek, to show the conflict between being an artist and a critic at the same time.

When I say nothing surprises me: I contributed on several occasions conceptual ideas to our spin-off paper that came out irregularly during carnival and at April Fools Day. It was called "The McLiarist". A few of these conceptual head-slappers I now recognize in contemporary con-art - could it be that somehow they read yellowed copies of this rather obscure (fake) student paper from way back when? Or was I simply clairvoyant?

Laocoön and His Sons

Ernst Fuchs - The Anti-Laokoon, 1965

So now, in the same spirit I hereby conceptualize the following (no need to actually make the object): As in the sixties the Vienna School had reacted to Lessing's Laokoon and particularly Ernst Fuchs had created his monumental work "The Anti-Laokoon" (from his period 1960 to 1970); the first artwork that Jeff Koons sold to a collector (for $ 3.000.-) was a basketball in a fish tank.

I therefore propose the 
being  imaginary basketballs turned inside-out and filling the space of an otherwise empty gallery.

In this space here, I had a image and text link: 
Open Cube Group Show at White Cube Mason's Yard
the image depicted a totally empty room
unfortunately the website does not exist anymore. I should have copied the content (live and learn).
Googling it now only shows several images on the official website, but none of the spaces are empty, like the image shown on the article I had linked to.
But unlike the space above, which is derived (or better said: "derivative") of Brian O'Doherty's "Inside the White Cube", this gallery space is not empty, but filled to the brim with imaginary inverted basket balls.

Now if I could just get an interested collector to buy this for hmmmm, let's say 48 Million Dollars 

There are many that say they have a problem with contemporary art: they don't understand it.
I also have a problem with contemporary art: I do understand it.
That makes it so much more painful.

About "artspeak" and the new "tribal jargon" of the artworld:
International Art English

recommended - test "artspeak" text here:
BlaBla Meter - Bullshit Detection Tool

Last, but not least, I would like to share a bit of humor:

How to Succeed in Contemporary Art Without Really Trying
 Just in case this article 'disappears' again, I did 'salvage' this image below:

9. Grab a big armload of shit out of a Goodwill donation dumpster and paper-mache it all together like a disturbed child. If you can’t find a pink sweatshirt, just toss in a dirty rag or whatever junk is closest, like a fast-food wrapper. But not your beret—you’re going to need that. You’re an artist now. 

UPDATE December 2019
Again, the gist of the Vocativ article disappeared, like, the images are missing now, because they redone their website, and the link to it is just a fragment without images.
But the sleuth that I am, I found that the Internet Archive, bless their heart, has a copy of that post in their files, complete with pictures!
Here it is:

I laughed so hard, tears were streaming down my cheeks. Then I really cried ............


UPDATE March 2017:
on a related Facebook post, these relevant links were in the comments:

I Was Jeff Koons’s Studio Serf


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Monday, December 9, 2013

Julia Hanzl - Exhibition Phantasten Museum Wien

Julia Hanzl - Grotesk Art Skulpturen 
 von 7. Dezember 2013 bis 5. Jänner 2014 
Phantastenmuseum Wien

Gruselkabinett mit Keramik-Figuren

Vom Totenschädel-Fisch bis zum schreienden Buddha: Bei ihrer „Grotesk Art“-Schau im Phantastenmuseum präsentiert Julia Hanzl gruselige Kreaturen aus Keramik. Fotograf Mark Anton Siskov inszeniert die Figuren in düsterer Umgebung.

Gruselkabinett with ceramic figures

From the skull-fish to screaming Buddha: In its "Grotesque Art" show at the Phantastenmuseum, Julia Hanzl presentscreepy creatures made ​​of ceramic. Photographer Mark Anton Siskov staged the figures in darker surroundings.

.....read more (article in German,  from Wien orf.at)

see more on the facebook page HERE

..... and Julia Hanzl's page at the Visionary Art Gallery: http://www.vagallery.com/julia-hanzl.html

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Callas Art Fair 2013

Callas Art Affair 2013

Nun steht es endlich fest: Die erste callas art affair findet im Herzen von Bremen statt. Passend zu der festlichen Stimmung zum Ende des Jahres hin, dürfen wir Gemälde der „Neuen Meister“ und Künstlern aus Bremen und dem Umland erstmalig in einer gemeinschaftlichen Ausstellung der interessierten Öffentlichkeit vorstellen. Besonders freuen wir uns als Bremer Kunst- und Kulturverein darauf, dass diese Ausstellung fantastischer Kunst direkt in der Bremer Innenstadt stattfinden wird. Daher hoffen wir auf eine starke Resonanz, um so der Kunst- welt einen neuen Wind einzuhauchen…

Dauer der Ausstellung vom 15.12. bis zum 25.01.2014


callas art affair 2013 - Facebook Einladung

15.12.2013 - 25.01.2014
14.00 - 20.00 Uhr
Ausstellende Künstler:
Gerd Bannuscher
Sonja Bendiks
Michael Krähmer
Joachim Lehrer
Ines Scheppach
Markus Vesper