Monday, October 26, 2009

Vinyl Painting Connects Music and Art

I was googling connections between art and music when I ran across Daniel Edlen, a portrait painter with a unique medium--vinyl records. Love his work! The YouTube video contains examples of his work and explains the creation process. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Suffering and Art

I found this eloquent portrayal of suffering in the creation of art here on the Art News Blog. There was something so poignant in this little clip--reminded me of Saint Exupery's Little Prince who, if you recall his relationship with the rose, knew something of suffering too.

I don't know that suffering is essential to the making of art, but art always seems to have the power to transform such experiences into something transcendant.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People

Personal branding has become one of the buzzphrases of the modern marketing lexicon. And while it has its place, it's e
asy to take the concept too far and lose the personal side of the equation altogether. So where once people were dealing with individuals on a friendship level, now they find themselves dealing with commodities that market themselves relentlessly to everyone in their circle of acquaintances. My social (and social networking) circle comprises a number of musicans, artists, and writers, people whose work often is a major component of their identity. Consequently it's natural for them to engage in a certain amount of marketing in the course of their daily conversations and activities.

But lately I've noticed that the promotion to emotion ratio for many is increasingly tipping in favor of the marketing.
Ironically, as businesses go out of their way to put a human face on their brand, and engage people in personal conversations, these personal "brands" seem to be headed in the opposite direction, slamming their contacts with post after post about events, book or cd releases, contests, etc. without so much as a how do you do inserted in between. Worst of all, many of these communications are either generated mechanically or sent out wholesale, further depersonalizing the relationship.

Conversation has become a lost art; people are in continual broadcast mode. Little wonder that societal relations are devolving to a point where polarized groups fire cannons of rhetoric at each other in an unceasing bombardment, and yet appear to be utterly unable to have a reasoned, thoughtful, respectful discussion of issues from a variety of perspectives. That would require listening, and a genuine desire to hear and understand the person on the other side of the table. It would require time. Tweets don't take much time at all.

It's a strange paradox: seems like the more contact social networking enables, the less genuine human interaction there is. And the easier it becomes to see people as mere profiles to target for the next "Brand ME" marketing campaign.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Autumnal equinox
Eternal paradox
Poised between light and dark.
Time to harvest the fruits
Of this year's labors
Into the root cellar of the soul
Storing experience against the unexpected.
The joys sustain us
Seeds of new ventures
Hidden in their juicy flesh.
The sorrows enlighten us
Exposing our frail humanity
To the grace of time's inexorable flow.
Shifting with the seasons
We all unbidden
Dance the circle
Of extremes
Seeking that one
Rare moment
Of equilibrium.