politics | youth | revolution

February 15, 2009

may-68-flag

my partner, casey smith, just wrote an interesting, if slightly cheeky (see his last line), blog entry on youth and politics. he is calling for more youth to get involved and even run for political positions.

i agree with this position. if there is a place (and i’m not saying there necessarily is) for old stodgers in the political realm, then why shouldn’t there be an active younger voice? we need to realize that what goes on in politics affects everyone, including/especially the youth; and if we don’t actually DO something about it, we will be continually overlooked and marginalized.

politics affects the arts.

politics affects the youth.

politics affects the public AND the personal.

we must ACT!

i’m an artist, but who’s to say an artist can’t make a political statement … well, at least, who’s gonna stop me. if the students in france could cause such a great change in their political and social landscape in ’68, what’s stopping the youth of today from getting involved in the political arena?

the answer is: ourselves.

let’s change that.

face mash

February 13, 2009

guess who?

these guys are hilarious.

they’re doing that conan o’brien type-thing of mixing together the images of two celebrities’ faces to get one crazy/messed up representation.

some of the face mash pictures look pretty fake (still funny though), but some of them look like actual people (the most hilarious!)

not really a new concept, but anything that makes me laugh like this has got to be worth checking out.

going and coming

February 1, 2009

candy

two works, untitled (portrait of ross in LA), 1991, and untitled (veterans day sale), 1989, by artist felix gonzalez-torres (1957-1996) that reference the fleeting nature of our physical bodies, the space we take up, and what is left behind when, slowly, little-by-little, we fade away.

his work can be read in relation to the AIDS epidemic, and how that disease acts on the body individually, in the case of one man or woman who contracts the disease, and collectively, how the disease effects communities, families, and friends.

paper

both works, the candy pile and the stack of paper, are slowly whittled down over the course of the exhibit by visitors to the galleries (going).  afterwards, the pieces are replenished and the work begins again (coming).