Wednesday, October 22, 2008

L. Mylott Manning: Road Kill

L. Mylott Manning's Road Kill streetstallation looks like a really fun project. Unfortunately I've not checked it out yet. So I was glad to receive this reminder, below, in my e-mail box!


Friendly Reminder:

The final day of Road Kill Stuffed Animals will be presented on
Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4pm.

The road kill pieces will be concentrated between 9th and 10th Avenues, on 14th Street, NYC.

For more information please visit:

Kind Regards,
L. Mylott Manning


Vanilla Royal: Eye Candy

The new and vastly improved Galerie de la Royal Digital by animation/digital artist Vanilla Royal is simply dazzling!

As soon as you click on the link: the magic begins. This is a site, not just showcasing Vanilla's deft brand of sado-cutesse, but also providing a forum for other digital artists of similar demonic charm.

Keen stuff: flashing, seductive, threatening. Cute Overload it ain't.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Use radical-sounding terms even when speaking of utterly mundane associations or goofy surreal motifs. Make it sound like the artist dresses in black and lobs molotov cocktails at warehouses.

Specifically, say "subverts" instead of using the simpler, perhaps more accurate, "mocks" or "plays on."

And say "paradigm shift" instead of "insight" or "point of view."

Talk about "reacting against" and "rebellion" and never say "satirize" or "imitate"; say, instead, "appropriate" and "deconstruct."

Remember your politically correct formulas:
Feminist = good
Gay/Marxist/Feminist = contemporary paradigm shift (= best).
Capitalist = bad.
Fascist=really really bad.

Now that you know how to say "appropriate" instead of "lift" or "steal" go ahead and appropriate philosophical terms that went techie a long ago, like "virtual" -- you sound like an idea hacker if you use that instead of going on about "concepts."

And finally, top the whole shtick off with some therapy speak in order to sound like a radical feminist/Marxist intellectual who cooks up dangerous anti-canonical schemes: say "intervention" instead of "graffiti" or "street art" or "vandalism".

Now: check out these really cool "site interventions" by D.Billy, and peace out!

Monday, October 20, 2008


I follow Laughing Squid on Twitter.

Clicking a link from Laughing Squid, regarding Improv Everywhere, one of the coolest, most interactive ongoing art experiments out there, I found another separate link to a very cool Grafitti Report card, downloadable in PDF form, it is designed by Brandon Thomas Baunach of Design Crack. Just download and apply to any wall w/grafitti and fill in your comments... fun! Fun!

Baunach's Grafitti Report Card was inspired by Drew Heffron who designed Grafitti Critique, a harsher, more comprehensive response to grafitti art. Drew's Grafitti report card doesn't seem to be available for download anymore...

However, Drew's site led me to the very facinating Yellow Arrow Project!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

RULE # 5: Be Flip

I just have to share this amazing piece I found in the OPINION section of The New York Times this morning. It's called Abstract City and it's by Christoph Neimann.

It comes with very witty flair pen graphics that look great and deliver visual tips for living life to the fullest in New York city.

The Yellow Note Pad Sketch is Neimann's MoMa experience tip: below, an exerpt:

"It's is always great to visit the Museum of Modern Art, but I have pretty strong likes and dislikes, especially when it comes to paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. And I have a hard time enjoying a beloved painting while being irritated by another, less beloved piece of art. If you happen to share my preferences, I suggest the following:

In Room 1 on the fifth floor, stand exactly in between Gauguin’s “Seed of the Areoi” (1) and Braque’s “Landscape at La Ciotat” (2). Turn east, facing Room 5, and you will be able to enjoy two wonderful Klimts (“Hope II” and “The Park”) (3) without being annoyed by the pointless Kandinskys (4), to the left, and Chagall’s disturbing cow (5), to the right."

One of the things I love about this particular exerpt is it's daring. When talking about art, one is usually HIGHLY discouraged from dismissing anything canonized, or any full-on genre, or anything ethnic. Christoph Neimann boldly busts through this taboo, like a stripper jumping from a cake at a Bar Mitzvah.

Normally this would be a keen show move favored only by those who are recognized as accomplished or celebrity critics. If you have a name, it is not only okay to dismiss the No Dismissals rule, but it is strongly advisable. Being Flip is great for press and really great for coming off cool and untouchable.