Thursday, January 26, 2012

Is “The City Dark” Self-Parody?

Image via Wicked Delicate Films
There’s nothing immediately offensive about the premise of Ian Cheney’s new documentary, The City Dark. Living in New York, I can believe that Cheney, an amateur astronomer since his teenage years in Maine, might miss seeing the stars at night, and feel deprived. When he attempts to stretch that wistfulness into an authoritative documentary, however, the results are less than convincing.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Who Knew? Some Artists Write in Support of SOPA

While alternative media sources continue to describe the SOPA debate as a David conflict with the Goliath of larger, better funded counterparts, some of the bill’s support comes from people working for small, independent companies – not NBC or Viacom. “Today’s piracy isn’t about ’sharing’ or distribution,” says one user writing in a comment thread on the Kickstarter post, describing herself as an indie filmmaker. “It’s about theft for profit.”

Read the full post on Art in the Air.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Show That Has Everything: The Language of Less at the Chicago MCA

Brice Marden, Grove Group V, 1973-76. Photo courtesy MCA Chicago.
At The Language of Less (Then and Now), visitors get a well-balanced primer on Minimalism and Post-Minimalism with no glaring omissions or gaps. Like any greatest hits album, it aims to please, and it usually does. But it will never succeed in satisfying a true fan.

Read the full review on Art Fag City.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hard at Work, Tikunning the Olam, Part II

Filmmaker David Lynch has laid his fair share of original tracks in 2011. In February, Beatport staged a well-attended remix contest for his single "Great Day." In September, Lynch and long-time collaborator Chrysta Bell cut an 11-track album "This Train," retaining the affections of film buffs, novices, and Au Revoir Simone.

Lynch recently approached Zola Jesus about doing a remix of her creaky, shuddersome, "In Your Nature." Surprise! She was into it. We are, too.

Zola Jesus - In Your Nature (David Lynch Remix) by myblogcliche

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Remembering the Artists Who Died in 2011

"A photograph that inspired countless young men to hunch their shoulders, look distant, and let the girl do the clinging" - Janet Maslin
Albeit indirectly, Steinweiss can take some measure of credit for the cover art of “The Freewheein’ Bob Dylan.” One of the most recognizable album sleeves of all time, it depicts the young singer-songwriter digging his chin into his jacket to stave off the cold as he walks down the middle of a street in Greenwich Village. While he looks down with both hands in his pockets, a girl clings to Dylan’s arm and looks up towards the camera, smiling. The woman is Suze Rotolo. She passed away this year, too.

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