Category Archives: Agonism

Let Them Eat Cake

Tonight, in agony waiting for election results. Crossing all fingers for an Obama win. He is good for regular people, good for the arts, and good for advancing the discussion.

Here, the edible art at Mali B Sweets in Greenport, NY. This sweet little shop makes absolutely devine chocolates, fresh marshmallows and lovely cakes.

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Cakes at Mali B Sweets, Greenport, NY

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Arty New York: 9

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Some other scenes from NYC. The girl with mask kicks butt! Whoa.

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Agonist Art

Lawn signs abound protesting attempts to amend the Minnesota Constitution in two ways: require ID for voting; define marriage as being only between a man and a woman. These regressive amendments are an offense to most reasonable people. Here a waist high sculpture of the word NO – voices the anguished disbelief of Minnesotans that we are actually dealing with this ridiculousness here.

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Going Mobile

Ok. Here I am, making my first post from a mobile device. Fancy way of saying I am blogging from my IPhone. I am going to try to attach a photo… Another anonymous artwork I found while out walking.

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Sparkling Thought

Thistle, June 2012

Check out this amazing 12 Minute Video about creativity and education. As Sir Ken Robinson describes the educational crisis and the importance of ‘divergent thinking’ a cartoonist follows along making an excellent graphic representation of the talk that illuminates it even more. Really worth the time.

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Lyrical Agonism

Music, especially popular youth music and protest music has been often agonistic. A perfect medium for pushing back at society a bit, and getting a dialogue started. These lyrics from the Foster the People song Call it What You Want challenge conformity and argue for the value of individuality:

You’ve taken you words and you take your judgements

And stick them onto everything

If it don’t conform to what you were born into,

Then you run the other way

You say, “Now what’s your style and who do you listen to?” Who cares?

Well that rat race ladder-climbing fake-face smile’s got nothing on me.

From the Meet Sky Series

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Finding Art, cont.

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The slideshow contains the more of the anonymous art I posted about yesterday. They all seem to be from the same maker.

For me, the more anonymous the better, and anonymity has to do with both identity and agenda. In a couple of these (3 and 4) there is a the sign for Anarchy, which makes the agenda less anonymous. And thus, the art less effective. The pieces that are simple, recognizable, and universal are the most compelling because of their mystery.

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Finding Art

Found Agonism #1, May 2012

This is some anonymous artwork that I found while out walking. There are several such signs around the neighborhood, some more successful than others. This I liked for several reasons: it is lovely with the color and layout of the print; the maxim is simple yet profound; it is totally anonymous.

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Work in Process

I am spending some time investigating a series of images with text regarding the high cost of medicine. I have long been cogitating on projects around the availability of health care and the patient experience. The former is automatically agonistic to me given our profit driven model, the later is more nebulous. I will be sharing the new stuff once I feel firm about it. It’s more tenuous for me than cool and beautiful images. Must be something to it.

For now, here is documentation of a window installation I did in 2008 as part of a group show at Susan Hensel Gallery. I scanned and enhanced the image of medical wrist bands from my cancer treatments in 2007 and 2008. Arranged in a grid, they were printed on transparency film and backlit, essentially turning the windows into light boxes. It was titled The Collection.

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Take a Number

God's Too Busy, 1/24/2012

An odd advertising message viewed from the High Line in NYC.

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