The Injured Artist

They say, “beware the injured artist”. I don’t know why and I don’t think that I have ever met an uninjured artist yet. More commonly, they are referred to as the wounded artist. All good artists mine their wounds for inspiration. What you see on the walls will, generally, be drawn from within.  Art can communicate where words can fail us, and where normal social interactions cannot do the feelings and passions justice. The artist is not an easy person to live with. He or she may be so consumed with their vision that intimacy and relationships may suffer as a consequence. The injured artist has much to say and pain lies at the heart of it.

We Are Both Individual & Social Creatures

Human beings are animals, are mammals, are big brained monkeys; and we are both individual and social beasts. We can be the chattering chimpanzee and we can be the Steppenwolf. The artist tries to make some semblance of sense of it, not necessarily in rational terms, but, perhaps, something deeper and more right brained. A picture is an expression of the whole. It can be a pattern represented in symbolic form. It can be an image of something recognisable or something completely abstract.

Artists & Healers

Of course, artists do, also, suffer from more prosaic injuries. It may be a strained muscle or tendon from the work itself. It may be an injury caused through juggling the many materials required to render the artistic work. Sculpting can be particularly dangerous, with firing and metalwork being risky activities. Artists and healers, often, have close relationships, perhaps, swapping sessions for pieces of art in lieu of payment. Click here to peruse the website of a fine Balmain healer. A dedicated healthcare professional can make a world of difference to the injured artist.

Healing the Injured Artist

Those of us who are employed in active roles, with physically demanding jobs, whether they be in the arts or elsewhere, know how important it to stay healthy. A speedy recovery is essential, if we are to meet our deadlines and continue to survive in our vocations. The injured artist must by physically healed from his or her debility. Of course, those deeper wounds located at the very soul, are, often, hard to heal, being associated with the artistic bent in the first place. I wish you a rich vein to mine for your artistic expression, and a healer close at hand to keep you on that road to recovery when required.

Art Shows: Dos & Don’ts

Art shows can be a hoot and they can be a bore. That is for attendees. Not so for the artist and gallery owner. A lot goes into getting ready for an exhibition. The artist is madly painting or creating in whatever medium he or she may pursue. There are many feeling that come up when you are about to show the world your bare arse, your hidden shadow side, or whatever it is that you are revealing of yourself. Shame is a common emotional reaction for many artists when they place all their creative children on the walls for public consumption.  “Am I good enough?” Do I deserve this attention?” This is a brief article about art shows: Dos and don’ts, penned in the hope that it may save some skin for whoever reads this.

The Show Must Go On

An artist’s vision is, often, a very personal perspective upon the world. Perhaps, this is why so many artists have substance abuse problems. All of this must be put aside, however, and the show must go on. For many artists it becomes a made flurry of work, framing and regret. The doubts and denials must be parked in the backroom for a more introspective time. Amid this the gallery owner or manager must put the bravest face on and promote the shit out of the show. People buy confidence and success in whatever medium it is delivered in. Nobody wants to purchase a painting that reeks of self-pity, doubt and despair.

Lubrication & Lighting

The catering can be pretty important to the success of a show in the 21C. Gone are the days of the cheese ‘n crackers and cask wine. Click here to access the website of a rather good caterer in the art show scene. Art is received with greater appreciation if lubrication is abundant, I have found over the years. Something sparkling sets the tone rather well. Lighting is the single most important aspect at a good exhibition. How a picture or sculpture is lit makes an enormous difference. Insist on having a say in how the show is lit.

Red Dots Rule

You want to see those red dots next to your art pieces. This visual guide can inspire artists and art buyers alike. Some savvy gallery owners red dot a number of pieces just to get the ball rolling early. Remember that the art world is full of dishonourable people and charlatans, and they are just the good folk.

 

The New Beauty

They say that real beauty is timeless. Yeh, who says that? There is much written about beauty, almost as much as about love. The two are, often, interlinked or at least holding hands. You see, the fact is, that both of these concepts are charades or smoke screens, thrown up by nature. Underneath both of these fair maidens lie beastly truths about procreation and the survival of the species. Romantic love is like a fairy tale told to unsuspecting children before their innocence is dashed away by the spiteful reality of life. The new beauty seeks to subsume the place of the old beauty. And we are not talking about Golden Retrievers or pet horses here.

The Cruel Old Beauty Business

The old beauty was founded on the misery of countless mice, rabbits, and creatures like them. Beauty products were tested on animals in their hundreds of thousands, possibly millions over the entirety of the industry’s history. Cute little innocent creatures were tortured and slaughtered in the name of face creams and makeup. Women were adorning their features in the blood of those sacrificed on the altar of their vanity. The new beauty seeks to do away with these barbaric practices. Cosmetics and skin care products need not cost the lives of so many innocent animals.

A New Generation of Cruelty Free Beauty Products

A new generation of cruelty free and vegan cosmetics are now available globally. Click here for more and to peruse the range of a quality manufacturer of these products. Consumers can choose to do the right thing in the 21C. There are online businesses supplying these products nationally and internationally. There really is no excuse for sticking your head in the sand, when it comes to animal rights and ending cruelty to animals. The new beauty has luscious colours and textures available via countless mediums without the caged cruelty of bygone years.

The Lexicon of the Beauty Business

Lip glosses, lip balms, lip liquids, lip sticks, luscious lips come in many different flavours and formulations. Rich eye lashes. Mascara. Skin tonics and polishes. Blushes and metallic creams. Palettes, bronzers, pigments, eyeshadows, body glows, foundations, velvet, satin, powders, and more. This is the lexicon of the beauty business. These are the terms and descriptive names of a legion of cosmetic products. All of these exceptional products are available cruelty free. No longer do you have to silently put up with the old beauty paradigm.

 

Aesthetic Cosmetic Art

The most popular and universal art in the 21C is ourselves as art. We put more energy and material investment into our own appearance than anything else in our lives. Especially when we are young; and these days, youthfulness seems to last forever. Many of us spend countless hours in front of the mirror appraising our appearance. The egotistical visage is front and centre in most people’s lives for a very long time. Aesthetic cosmetic art has grown in acceptance and popularity over recent decades. What once was the domain of the rich and famous, is now, available in slums and middle suburbia.

Poorly Trained Cosmetic Technicians

There is a poorly trained technician with a laser or scalpel waiting for you at your local beautician and/or medical centre, it seems, these days. Most of these technicians do a 6-week course in cosmetic surgery; and there have been a number of unfortunate incidents due to medical negligence. My advice to you, is, if you are determined to go under the scalpel in search of cosmetic beauty, choose a proper plastic surgeon and pay the full whack for the service. Much better to be safe than very sorry and misshapen. The corrective surgery will cost you twice as much anyway.

Dental Art is Whiter & Straighter than Ever Before

Aesthetic cosmetic art is available via the dentist, as well, in the 21C. Teeth whitening, and straightening, are de riguour in the modern age. See here for yourself a prime example of a top-quality dental boutique. Going to the dentist is a whole new experience in 2018, with loads of options for all sorts of cosmetic dental procedures. Everyone wants a Hollywood smile, whether they live in Melbourne or Manchester. Is a dentist really an artist? Is a bell necessary on a bicycle?

The Art of Global Destruction

We all want to look good and swan about like celebrities in this day and age. We may be a blight on this planet, but we want to be an individually good-looking blight or blighter. We swarm upon the surface of this sphere, which is orbiting through the cosmos at speed, and we care more about our appearance than anything else. What hope is there for the earth really? Global warming is just the beginning folks. Fires and floods. Cyclones and tsunamis. Bad art. Broken teeth and lost fillings. A botched cosmetic procedure. All these factors are swirling around like numbers inside the head of an idiot savant. Heaven help us, even though I am an atheist.

Can Food Be Art?

Artists understand that any substance or thing can be a medium for art. If, perhaps, recognisable art began with the cave paintings and body art created by early humans, it employed the natural materials found with their environment. A case can be made for the premise, that, everything is art. Fashion and our attire is art. Architecture is, obviously, art; so the homes we live in and the structures we build are artforms in their own right. Today, we have computer art, graphics designed and created by software programs like Adobe. Can food be art? Of course, it can.

The White Plate as Canvas

Chefs and restaurateurs have known that food is art for eons. The dishes served to you, in their establishments, on those great big white plates, are painstakingly designed and crafted with attention to colour, texture and taste. White plates are canvases for the art that sits upon them. Swirls of sauce, frappes and foams, diagonal cuts of meat, and a myriad of shapes and mediums to entertain you visually and gastronomically. Food as art can be beautiful. It can be enticing. It can be gratifying. It can, also, be over the top (OTT). Personally, I have a few borders which I prefer not to see crossed, when it comes to the presentation of food on the plate.

The Kitchen is the Food Artist’s Studio

An artist’s studio is an integral part of the art creation process. Similarly, the kitchen is the food artist’s studio. A well-designed kitchen is a pre-requisite for the creation of good food as art. The myth of the artist in his dismal garret, is, just that, in the 21C. Artists and great home cooks demand a well-appointed space. Check out this site  for some excellent examples of top kitchen designs in Sydney. The selection of benchtop surface materials is extensive and the inventive layout of storage space will impress.

Make Art Wherever You Go

Can food be art? Some folks set themselves the task of making their lives a work of art. Each moment is an opportunity to create. Each meal can be a melding of elements. Every lunch and dinner can be something special. It does not take a large amount of money to live like this, it merely, takes imagination. Creative people love to play with the materials and substances around them. Prospero like, they transform the mundane into the magical. They make art wherever they go.

Erotic Sculpture: On Display or In The Wardrobe?

erotic sculptureArt ultimately lies in the eye of the beholder. It is objective; what you think as artistic may not be aesthetically pleasing to others. Artists see art in erotic sculpture and painting, even during the earliest times. But today, some may think that nudity and phallic symbols are not art, but pornography. It may be difficult to tell if, say an erotic sculpture, was distinctly made for the “surprise factor”, or if the sculptor doesn’t have the faintest idea that the figure can be likened to pornography.

There are some erotic sculptures that can be displayed in the lounge. But most are best kept in the bathroom, in the bedroom, or in the wardrobe, especially if you have kids.

Erotic Sculpture: On Display or in The Wardrobe?

In Canada, an artist found a way on how to transform a mundane bathroom space of your house or condo unit into a something “artsy and playful.” Craig Manhood (Yes, that is his surname. No pun intended.), a fiberglass sculptor, made sensual pieces and erotic sculpture that are not only stunning, but also functional. These were the type of pieces that you will proudly display in high-class brothels.

No one can say when or where the first erotic sculpture was made. The ancient Romans, for instance, see erotic art as a mainstream illustration of talent back then. The explicit wall painting, erotic sculpture and phallic figures unearthed in the city of Pompeii shows that such theme is something you see everyday in the Roman world. But today, our culture lets us see these art pieces as extremely erotic or violent. As such, one couldn’t blame the other for hiding an erotic sculpture in the wardrobe.

In some countries, erotic sculpture is part of their culture. For example, Japan has small netsuke figurines, which are usually crafted from ivory or hardwood. These figurines depict erotic scenes, such as gay sexual intercourse and women performing cunnilingus, among other things. Today’s Japanese people are not ashamed with these erotic sculptures. In fact, they put these figurines on display and leave them out in the open for everyone to see.

Erotic sculpture and our fascination to human sexual behaviour is ingrained in us since time immemorial. Having said that, openly displaying or keeping in the wardrobe such art depends on how we see them.

Art in the Kitchen: Plating Up Picassos

Picasso was not everyones’ cup of tea. Strange geometrically arranged naked ladies with cubist breasts. Angular misshapen faces in crazy colours and peculiarly patterned people galore. Eventually he reached an apogee of commercial super celebrity; and then the world was wearing his images emblazoned on T-shirts and on their coffee mugs. There was a vibrancy about this randy Spaniard and it permeated his work. Colour would spurt out of him like seminal fluid. Images would dance before the viewer like macabre circus puppets. Huge eyes gazed out from the canvas. Sexual trysts were displayed with their insides on the outside. Picasso bent our expectations and warped away our straight-laced illusions.

Art in the Kitchen: Plating Up Picassos

The art world has permeated into our kitchens in the twenty first century. Chefs are squiggling splodges of edible colour onto large white plates. They are arranging ingredients into complex geometric shapes. Sex on a plate is often an apt description. Like a recently deflowered virgin’s bedsheet, there are crimson streaks galore. Bloody meats are Guernica like in their bovine meets human appetite appearance on the plate. Art in the kitchen: Plating up Picasso has become de rigueur in some of our finest kitchens.

Even at home, where mums and dads have become inspired by reality TV meets celebrity chefs to renovate their old kitchens into gastronomic temples. The kitchen cabinet maker has morphed into temple priest for Hathor or Anubis, designing out of this world kitchens, where deities come down from heaven. Sacrifices are back in vogue with flame on flesh and meat separated from the bone. Jupiter Optimus Maximus gratefully receives his cut and yet the smoke is harmlessly diverted by state of the art exhaust fans. Everyone wants a super duper stainless steel kitchen just like the pros have, for further details click the link.

Dinners have become artistic celebrations in a world made up of wealthy western middle class residents. Art in the kitchen: Plating up Picassos is no longer the exclusive domain of the chef and his minions. Now, we all can squeeze raspberry coulis around desserts dusted with icing sugar, creating crazy patterns in ode to the Spanish master. We have the designer kitchens in which to do it, and the inspiration from the culinary and visual art worlds to motivate us. Our modus operandi is Mr Squiggle with a sauce bottle; and there are no little Wees, but plenty of Bills and Bens to remind us.

 

 

 

 

Australian Art: What’s New and What’s Hot

Australia is among the world’s largest art market. This does not come as a surprise considering that a lot of the country’s artists are distinguished locally and abroad. Some art collectors and enthusiasts flock to Australia to have a look and scour paintings and sculptures from renowned and upcoming Australian artists. Buying an art may be a gamble Down Under, but I heard that there’s a lot of free betting in Australia.

Hottest Australian Artists

These talented Aussies will surely make a splash in the art industry, both in the country and abroad.

  • Ben Quilty

Since winning the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2011, Ben Quilty’s career had steadily gone up. He is regarded as one of the country’s most talented contemporary artists and have painted subjects on morality, masculinity and national identity. Quilty also won the Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art. Among his recent exhibits were held in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Canberra.

  • Johnny Romeo

Johnny Romeo, the leading pop artist in the country, focuses his craft in Neo-Expressionist Pop Art. His creativeness and brilliance are drawn from street art and the rock ‘n roll. Romeo had showcased some of his paintings, which are usually bold and vibrant representations of cultural icons, in and around Australia, New Zealand, the United States and in some parts of Europe.

  • Anthony Lister

One of the country’s most celebrated contemporary artist is Anthony Lister who usually uses walls as his canvass. In fact, most of his masterpieces are in the form of street art. According to the PictureStore, Lister gets his inspiration from pop art, expressionism and the modern youth culture. He had his exhibitions all over Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, and in some parts of Europe.

Art Trends Down Under

One of the latest trends in the country’s art scene involves the bold use of color in minimalist abstract geometric shapes. In fact, an exhibit consisting of stunning and eye-popping displays of this trend was held at Sullivan and Strumpf. This new trend focuses on the color and the process where everything interacts and falls in place.

Aboriginal Art styles are also getting rave reactions from art enthusiasts. Considered as the oldest living art practice in the world, Aboriginal Art is composed of variations that include X-ray Art, Cross Hatching, Dot Painting, Wandjinas and Ochre, among others.

Opening Nights: More than Cheese and Wine

Opening nights of art galleries or exhibits are one of the most anticipated events of art enthusiasts. Everyone, especially the management team, is on their A-game. The festive and sometimes classy atmosphere is always complemented with wine, sumptuous food and elegant fixtures and furniture. There are also instances where escorts are employed to liven up the proceedings. In fact, some gallery owners have been known to hire the services of beautiful women from escort agencies. With this being said, the paintings, sculptures or memorabilia on display still remain the star of the night. Here are some museums, galleries and exhibits that feature unusual and sometimes extraordinary but informative displays on their opening nights:

  • Holocaust Memorial Museum

Millions of people around the world witnessed the harrowing crimes of the Holocaust. The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. aims to provide details and illustrate what the people during that time experienced. Some of the displays can be viewed on the Internet. For an interactive tour online, you can contact them at 202 488 0400.

  • Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum in the United Kingdom can be traced a few blocks away from the British Museum. The main attraction on the site are British cartoon arts, comic arts and caricatures that date back as early as the 18th century. Among the highlights of the museum are cartoon strips of Dennis the Menace and Billy the Whizz.

Located at Notting Hill, the museum features more than 12,000 boxes, packets and tins of items such as cereals, beans and powder. Visitors will surely bring back good memories of their favourite brands as they move across shelves and shelves of well-stocked consumer products.

  • UFO Museum and Research Centre

The museum in Roswell attracts skeptics and believers of artificial intelligence as they feature memorabilia from the infamous Roswell incident that happened in 1947. After your trip, expect debate with fellow travellers whether the stuff you saw was real or not.

  • Icelandic Phallogical Museum

Most of sex museums in the world can be found in France, the Netherlands and the United States. But the Phallogical Museum in Iceland brings a new form of “exhibition of penises.” More than 300 penis specimens from almost all mammals on land and seas in the world can be found here.

Artists Who Make Money, And Artists Who Don’t

There are many, many, more artists who do not make money from their art than there are artists who make reasonable amounts of money from their work. Think of poor old Vincent Van Gogh, whose paintings now sell for millions and millions of dollars; but who was forced to beg from his brother Theo, all his tragic life. Art is, in my opinion, a very shady occupation and world. I have always seen artists akin to prostitutes, in the Dorian Grey tradition, selling their art instead of their bodies.

Is being a commercial artist selling your soul, or in fact just selling your art?

Rich people buy art; and artists and their managers or agents must curry favour with these wealthy benefactors. Suck up to, talk shit to, hang out with, and do whatever is necessary to sell their art to them. Artists sit within a web of social networks, sometimes as their iconic centres; and their images and ideas must ruminate through those milieus.

Artists Who Make Money, And Artists Who Don’t

Some artists make a lot of money, such as Jeff Koons who constructs extra large puppies in a kitschy style that defies belief in good taste. His Balloon Dog (orange) recently sold for $58.4 million at Christie’s in New York. Jasper Johns and his signature symbolic art sells for seven figures in some cases. Robert Ryman, Bruce Nauman and Richard Prince are all American artists who command million dollar price tags for their artistic works.

Exhibiting art can be compared to what people in business call lead generation. An idea, an image and an aesthetic depiction are put out into the world, or into a microcosm within the greater community. Poor people don’t, generally, purchase art, so that microcosm is middle class or upper middle class. Artists can be trendy, and/or seen to be at the cutting edge of ideas and fashion. Brett Whitely was such an artist in the nineteen seventies and beyond; he blurred the divisions between popular art, music and fashion.

Andy Warhol was a much bigger example of the same kind of thing in America and then around the world. Commercial art meets high end culture and becomes pop culture; suddenly appealing to a mass audience. Digital art is now all pervasive in the wider community through the uptake of computers and digital platforms. More people than ever are exposed to the visual arts and most of them don’t even realise that it is happening.