12.04.16 by Staff

“Twenty Sixteen” by Artist Erik Jones

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New work by one of our favourites, Brooklyn-based artist Erik Jones (click here for previous posts). His solo show is currently on display at Jonathan LeVine Gallery and runs until April 30th. See more images from “Twenty Sixteen” below!

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  • Benjamin Anderson

    he really freed himself up and explored new ideas and themes in these pieces. I love seeing that in an artist!

  • xJp1989

    You are right, you should be sorry!
    These paintings hold much more meaning than your rant which is very unoriginal!

    • Pyramid of Control

      Why are you hurt, please explain why the gratuitous use of nudity? I’m no puritan, but I do feel as though the use of nudity for curb-appeal is exploitative—it leaves the pieces tainted with a commercial media vibe—show some titty to draw people into the theater or some school shootings to get them to flip the news on.

      There is a practical reality in this time-period—people are drawn to taboo, just look at the media and it’s sensationalization of violence or sex. People are attracted for salacious reasons. To create something professional and to submit it to the world stage in a public venue without the having the price-tag of intelligent thought attached, I’d argue it isn’t morally-sustainable art.

      I feel there now exists more than ever, a responsibility to keep art separate from the distortions of mainstream media. As an artist, and as a sustainable human being, there should be an imperative to embrace and capture the passions of life, not the demands of the pop-market. I don’t feel anything real when I see the reflection of our amoral economy in a piece of work—I see lost passions, undermined by dollar values and it hurts. I rant because I’d like to see art appreciated in terms of how wholly it filled the heart, not the pocket.

      Don’t just say I’m unoriginal, explain why this art is original and prove that it isn’t just pretentious color splats… I think it’s unfair that this type of work makes it up on a blog like this when there’s so many others out there that have a tangible message behind their work and should be exalted for the change they can elicit through that intelligent artistry.

      In a utopia, I could accept color splats and crotch shots, but in real life our culture is rotting, pulled down with the ball and chain of entertainment driven consumerism—everything is held to the light and seen only as a value of the dollars it can generate, not a valid measure of worth if you ask me. I’d seek to reward those first, that produce a genuine insight into the human condition. Not a debasement of intelligent artistry in exchange for their name in lights.

      Art should be valued as a transducer of ideas, not a generator of cash and fame. We should use it responsibly, as a tool of enlightenment to combat the oppression of thought and knowledge. Submitting to the machine of money, without an accessible path to intelligent meaning is irresponsible, and just makes you another media producer—not an artist of the truest kind.

      • xJp1989

        I’m not hurt.
        The artist took his time to make something, he crafted a painting.
        You on the other hand took your time to make something else… a comment.
        The artist used his materials to construct paintings that exist physically. He created something which you might not understand, but which many others do… enough to spend their money on regardless of whether you think it “morally-sustainable art” or not.
        (IMO morally sustainable art does exist… it is called religion)
        Your comment is unoriginal because for each of the “thousand” paintings that have been made by “a thousand people” (or so you say) there are a thousand comments like yours that try to shrink art into tight moral standards of what should and should not be.
        Think of a kid drawing a rainbow. Why would you try to weigh your moral righteousness upon his creation?
        I get it… you don’t like nudes, or colorful paintings. You want art to have a political message. Maybe you need someone else to be a beacon of light and guide you through these dark times you live in where what is good is tangled with what is bad and it is very difficult to discern which path to take.
        There is art like that as well, and bucket loads as well. For me art is much more about plurality, about the beauty of human expression in all its forms, and my attitude towards artist is to encourage them and find what is beautiful in their creation.
        Your comment is full of hate and sadness. You call the dedication and work of a person “pathetic”. In my view, you are a little more pathetic, a little more confused.
        This is why I think you should be sorry.

  • xJp1989

    Too long…
    WTF

  • xJp1989

    I do like to discuss, but I do it with smart people.

    You strike me as a frustrated fat guy who gets disturbed by boobs. Is this the “truth” you speak of?

    I took my time to answer once. I stand by that. And… I’m not Catholic.

  • Pyramid of Control

    Yeah, you would be correct. I was a bit harsh on the initial comment, and like others in the world, I am a fallible human being—just me being frustrated with the unthinkingness of the world and lashing out. Been

    I appreciate our huge conversation in a way I didn’t think I would, sorry if I was untactfully hostile at points—I don’t want to be mean, still working on obtaining those “better words.”

    Thanks for arguing with me to a point of understanding. It’s the debates turned conversation like this one that end up advancing the cogency of my concerns.

    Live long and prosper my friend.

    • xJp1989

      What art do you like?

      I still think your view is very moral, which I do not oppose. I dig religious art, “the virgin in the rocks”, sculptures of Avalokiteshvara, Angkor Wat, etc.

      At the same time I’m not really into religious institutions and do not follow order blindly.

      What are you arguing? Walmart? I kind of get it… people in power often do shitty things. The same people finance art, almost all of it. Pedophiles financed the Renaissance, you can trace dirty money to most major art works.
      What does that have to do with Erik Jones?

      Should all art be normalized towards being a certain way?

      These questions are not rhetorical. I’ve also enjoyed our discussion.

      I’m not pure, not everything that I enjoy is good. What do you do? Are you retired, unemployed, or a teacher? How do you make time to craft such lengthy responses to a stranger’s comment?

      I think you still beat around the bush, aren’t that concise, and construct arguments around topics that were never in the table to begin with. (Me being religious, American, Wal Mart, children labor)





30.09.16 by Staff

Photographer Spotlight: Kari Medig

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We’re joining forces with our friends at Destination BC to spotlight some of our favourite photographers living and working in British Columbia, aka the beautiful province we’re lucky to call home. First up is Kari Medig! See more images and our interview with Kari below!

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30.09.16 by Staff

Best of Kickstarter: Lecture in Progress by It’s Nice That’s Will Hudson

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Our friend Will Hudson (founder and director of It’s Nice That) is launching an educational resource to help the next generation of creatives find a job after graduation!

Demystifying the practical day-to-day workings of the creative world, Lecture in Progress will offer the kind of advice and industry insight you can’t find anywhere else. Covering everything from the range of jobs that exist, to how much you can expect to be paid, to an inside look at how projects comes together and the studios in which they happen! Check out the video and links below for more information.

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30.09.16 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Vincent van de Wijngaard

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A selection of photos by Vincent van de Wijngaard. More images below.

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30.09.16 by Jeff

Collection of 80 High-Res Textless Movie Posters

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Not sure how this exists??? Someone has uploaded a collection of 80 high-resolution film posters stripped of any text. Can’t tell if they have next-level Photoshop skills or some other kind of voodoo that made this possible. In any case, thank you, Internet. Have a look at them all here. I included a bunch of my favourites below (there’s a common thread to the ones I picked).

*Edit – just discovered that the link I posted was actually a repost and this was originally posted by Reddit user Join_You_In_The_Sun, so I’ve updated the link in the post.

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29.09.16 by Jeff

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The visuals here are a collaborative effort from animator Brandon Blommaert and illustrator Josh Holinaty. The sound design and original music were created by Luigi Allemano.

Make sure you hit full screen on the episode above or watch it nice and big over on Booooooom TV.

Stay tuned for the rest of the episodes! If you missed the first two, watch Episode #1: Chilly Gonzales and Peaches, and watch Episode #2: Kaytranada and River Tiber.