Of all the nice tributes since art critics John Berger's death on January 2, this Dazed piece is a short and sweet summation of how far ahead of his time he was. The second episode of Ways of Seeing is a brisk jog through the ways in which the male gaze manifests, even in women:
A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself. Whilst she is walking across a room or whilst she is weeping at the death of her father, she can scarcely avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. And so she comes to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as the two constituent yet always distinct elements of her identity as a woman. She has to survey everything she is and everything she does because how she appears to men, is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life. Her own sense of being in herself is supplanted by a sense of being appreciated as herself by another.... One might simplify this by saying: men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object -- and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.Read the rest
My friend Kevin Mack (who did the Special Effects for Fight Club and many other movies) created a VR art experience called Blortasia for the HTC Vive. Here's a preview.
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Fly freely through a surreal maze of evolving sculptures. Take a break from reality and explore an animated psychedelic sculpture park. Wander through the labyrinth, soar across the open space, or just hang out and let the mesmerizing ever-changing sculptures provide a rejuvenating refuge for your mind. Blortasia combines art and flying in virtual reality.
Late last year, Shaun Leonardo reprised his art project called "I Can't Breathe." Audience members are paired up and taken through a series of self-defense instructions. It culminates with audience members put in chokeholds by their partners, where they learn that any defensive moves to keep their airways open can be classified as resisting arrest. Read the rest
Exciting news from Heritage Auctions: it's selling the largest number of hobo nickels ever offered in one lot.
A lot of 23 Buffalo Nickels from assorted years – the largest such lot ever offered in Heritage Auctions’ history – is featured in the firm’s Jan. 4-9 FUN U.S. Coins Auction in Fort Lauderdale.
The coins, known as “hobo nickels,” are modified coinage – commonly nickels – as the Native American chief on the obverse is transformed into tramps, a variety of tribal figures and a myriad of other designs. These carvings often resulted in bas reliefs in the coin, although the contours of the coin still can be felt.
Some buffalo nickel carvers developed a following. The entire collection of 23 coins being offered by Heritage Auctions is attributed to artist John Dorusa, who was a Pennsylvania coal miner.
Dorusa garnered fame for his mimicry of classical hobo nickels created well before he picked up a file for the first time. Dorusa claimed he was trained by Bert Wiegand and George Washington “Bo” Hughes, who are widely considered the forefathers of hobo nickel carving.
Dorusa produced hobo nickels from the 1980s until his death in 1994 and is considered an early modern hobo nickel artist.
He also makes a lot of cool creations involving images of mice and ants.
Artist Randy Regier created the submarine model for this fake cold war era commercial.
"Remember the good old days when American Presidents were afraid of Russia? Rare found footage of a 1950's TV commercial for the TYTON, an anti-Communist submarine toy for "boys who are scared of pinkos."
Written and Directed by Gail Lerner; Mother: Christine Woods; Father: Hayes MacArthur; Son: Dash Williams; Announcer: Jeff Meacham. TYTON toy created by Randy Regier; Producer: Elyse Katz; 1st AD: Lon Takiguchi; DP: Jens Pietrowski; 1st AC: Tony Muller; 2nd AC: Pablo Jara; Gaffer: Skip McGraw; BB Electric: Bob Good; Electric: Abby Antweil, David Darwin, Ken Sylvester; Key Grip: Jason Rez; Grip: Griffin Rez; Dept. Head Make-Up: Nadyne Hicks; Dept. Head Hair: Tyler Ely; Costume Designer: Brandie Reinhold; Costume Asst: Sonya Magrefteh; Sound Mixer: Sterling Moore; Boom: Brian Lerner; Production Designer: Joanne Baker; Set Decorator: Mike Claman; Editor: Colin Campbell; PAs: Chris Clemente, Lauren Mikami, Mark Woodvine. The TYTON originally commissioned by Bill North and the Salina Art Center