No Rules No Shame

August 15, 2011

Elie Nadelman

Filed under: Art History, Sculpture — norulesnoshame @ 09:25

I saw a piece by Elie Nadelman in a museum recently, (SFMoma?) and remembered how much I liked his work. My favorite is “Tango,” though after research, any of the carved wood sculptures would do. You can see more at the Hirshhorn Museum website.


January 16, 2011

Lola Dupré

Filed under: Art History, Collage, funny art, Photography — norulesnoshame @ 14:35

Some silly photo collage/montage by Lola Dupré.

December 30, 2010

Marisol Escobar

Filed under: Art History, Sculpture — norulesnoshame @ 15:25

Met someone at a party last night who reminded me of Marisol Escobar. The work is strange and funny, double score. Now I feel pretty guilty that I don’t teach her more in the Pop Art section of my art classes. Shame!


December 6, 2010

Jose Lerma

Filed under: Art History, funny art, Painting — norulesnoshame @ 19:58

Portraits by Jose Lerma.


November 6, 2010

The Departure of the Witches

Filed under: Art History, Painting — fanny luvvin @ 18:26

I wish that when Luis Ricardo Faléro painted “The Departure of the Witches”  he had given it a little bit more thought and made it landscape instead of portrait so it would fit my screen better because I hate how desktop wallpaper looks tiled.


November 2, 2010

Lygia Clark

Filed under: Art History, Favorite Artists, Performance, Sculpture — fanny luvvin @ 14:15

Lygia Clark is probably one of my only “favorite artists” whose work isn’t primarily reliant on being really visually appealing and/or bright. Her work dealt largely with sensory experiences and interactivity and other weird hippie stuff and it was AWESOME. She was affiliated with a bunch of movements whose first letters are capitalized but I don’t really hold that against her. Her relational objects looked like torture devices but were really intended as therapeutic aids. They were really simple and intimate and beautiful and aren’t you surprised that I’m posting black and white images!??? I am!


September 26, 2010

Paco Pomet

Filed under: Art History, funny art, Painting — norulesnoshame @ 23:14

There’s something great and a little Mark Tansey-ish about these paintings by Paco Pomet.

Paco Pomet, Fábula. Óleo-lienzo. 40 x 40 cms. 2010

Paco Pomet, Rehén. Óleo-lienzo. 120 x 170 cms. 2010

Sizes I. Óleo-lienzo. 40 x 50 cms. 2010

Mark Tansey, Action Painting II, 1984


Wojciech Bruszewski

Filed under: Art History, Music, Performance, Video — norulesnoshame @ 10:45

Check out Polish filmmaker/noise artist Wojciech Bruszewski. Wish I could get more videos online!


August 26, 2010

Lumière Brothers

Filed under: Art History, Genius, Painting, Video — norulesnoshame @ 01:01

Beautiful video. Shot and colored by hand- frame by frame! Amazing. Thanks, Dan.


July 22, 2010

Work of Art Episode VII: minutes in Will Cotton’s heaven

Filed under: Art History, Design, Exhibition, Performance, Sculpture, Video, Workofart — norulesnoshame @ 22:27

Last night’s episode was a kind of release. Maybe I felt inspired by the challenge (my life is about making fun of childhood traumas- sometimes my own, mostly others’), or maybe I’ve grown to enjoy the silly little fights the workofarters throw around the set.
“Douchebag” is so quaint when ex-Jehovah’s Witness Ryan says it.

I knew several kids in high school who were JehWits. (They didn’t call themselves JehWits, I just made it up. They didn’t call themselves anything except “sad, bitter people who wish their parents didn’t push them into this crazy religion that doesn’t celebrate birthdays, excommunicates friends and family for breaking stupid rules, and forces everyone to wear suits on Saturday mornings and knock on strangers’ doors”.) They’ll be fine. Ryan will be fine, too. Eventually… after he drinks away all his feelings of abandonment and loneliness.

Anyway, let’s talk about Will Cotton. I’m a fan of Will Cotton’s sexier works (the paintings of just the sweets). I was simultaneously intrigued and repelled by Will Cotton, who looked like he was one of those serial killers who is extra kinky with his victims. However I felt about Will, his comments were clear and concise, and I really appreciated having him on the panel. In fact, the panel felt pretty good last night- even BillBobBrianStevePowers was charming (that’s how he got his seed inside Cynthia Rowley).
You know what else could have helped the panel? Less China Chow (all that MSG is pretty bad for you).
Last night’s assignment was to create a piece of work communicating the time they decided they were going to be an artist. Erik watched the challenge at home, quietly sobbing into a purple Ugly Doll his girlfriend gave him after his third head injury. The artists took the challenge in stride, and mostly did nothing to actually address it. Miles did a space invaders-like grid as a protest to the stupidity of challenges, rules, and authority in general. Then he called his father, the CEO of a mid-sized company, to ask for money for July’s rent and cell phone overuse fees.
Mark did a mystery book which no one was allowed to see because it featured lots of willing, headless feminists in bikinis, with their heads chopped off. Let’s focus on Mark for two seconds here. Mark- he’s pudgy! he works at a burger joint! he loves women very much and would never want to hurt them! because they’re beautiful! also, because they look really, really fucking good in tiny bathing suits, or naked, sprawled out on a bed, or in a pool, or tied up in a field, or in bondage wear on the couch, or giving beejays under a desk because their father was never around and their mom’s boyfriends touched them when they were twelve and threatened to kill their mom if they said anything. Ugh. Suicide Girls is so 2004.
Abdi made a grid of drawings he would have made as a young adult- superhero stuff and sports logos. I’ve seen all three Mighty Ducks movies. Instead of the logo, I think Abdi should have used all those technical drawing skills he’s accumulated through years of exhaustive, enlightening classes with Julie Saecker Schneider to represent Wolf “The Dentist” Stansson’s head on a stick. Nicole made a lineup of styrofoam trays filled with things she tried to homicidally stick into her twin’s ear when she was a kid. Jackie was born a smaller eyeshadowed version of exactly the way she looks today, so she asked Seeeeemoahn for ideas. He grew up climbing trees and knitting, so she made a sculpture of his childhood. It didn’t fly with the judges, who are used to seeing her expose herself to subvert the male gaze (just like I eat brownies to subvert my hips). I don’t understand why they weren’t into it. It had a giant yonic hole in the middle (and lots of little holes made from orange pipe cleaners). I’d be damned if that wasn’t a giant vagina in the middle of the gallery (this week’s art pussy).
Peregrine won the fight with her brightly colored kid versions of adult things, like cigarettes, sexxxy unicorns, quaaludes, and AIDS. BillBobBrianStevePowers was scared of this piece, but he should be more scared that I almost bought a horrific bedazzled polyester top by Cynthia Rowley that I found at TJ Maxx.

The true winner, of course, was Will Cotton. He’s got the perfect mix of young gay republican and quiet laboratory tech, tightly wound PhD candidate studying Italian turn-of-the-century doorknobs and S&M dungeon owning cheesecake pose painter. I hope I meet him someday… and that he doesn’t read blogs.

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