Saturday, July 30, 2011

Questions For The Internet Age

QUESTIONS FOR THE INTERNET AGE

Are you there?
Who are you?
Why did you come?
Why do you care?
What’s in this for you?
Don’t you have a life?
You’re innocent?
Are you a reporter?
Did you do something?
Did I?
Did you never do these things?
What are you after?
Am I newsworthy?
Do you have a story in mind?
Am I your muse?
Am i just one more victim?
Are you confused?
Did I turn the tables?
Did you just bump into me?
Was this just an accident?
Shall we go our separate ways?
Are we forever inextricably linked?
Are you a friend?
Could you be a friend?
Did you lose your way?
Are you reaching out?
Can I hold your hand?
Touch your hair?
Doesn’t this creep you out?
Couldn’t you stop?
Can’t I?
Am I obsessive compulsive?
Do you have a condition?
Is there no way out?
When did you arrive?
Have you been there long?
How much did you see?
Was it all bad?
Are you watching life go by?
Anything incriminating?
Won’t it disappoint?
Isn’t this a waste of time?
Don’t you have better things to do?
Is this just the modern age?
Can’t we put on the brakes?
Can we change our approach?
Is there another way to do this?
Do you ever respond?
Have you got no heart?
Were you born this way?
Was it always so?
Are you a technician?
Is it a lonely life?
Don’t you find it sad?
Do you want to cry at times?
Couldn’t we shrug it off?
Has anything been broken?
Do you ever laugh?
Is this your line of business?
What time is it?
Are you hungry?
Is that what drives you?
Is it me you want?
When did this begin?
Did you always know?
Do you wish to cause pain?
Are you seeking enlightenment?
Is this the way to go?
Want to play a game?
In the end is it harmless?
Did you mean to do this?
Are you above it all?
Haven’t you better things to do?
Is life that dull?
Is this sadism?
Are you a busybody?
Should I poke back?
Should I be concerned?
Should I feel sorry for you?
Should I care?
Is your skin thicker than mine?
Can you claim the high ground?
Are you doing good work?
Do you get paid for this?
Do you have no shame?
Is it my money you are after?
Do you want my secrets?
Do you want my passwords?
Is it my ideas you are after?
Why choose me?
Would you like a drink?
A bite?
Do you want my stuff?
Are you a collector?
A hoarder?
Is hacking fun?
Was this an accident?
Is it happenstance?
Are you alone?
Do you want a friend?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Upon Making an Art Object-Pronouncement #2

Note hole in canvas. Found this canvas at a dump and reused it! Beautiful painting in my humble opinion. The canvas is essentially rotten but wasn't it Dubuffet who, upon being accosted by a patron and owner of one of his artworks that was slowly melting above her radiator, said: "It's alive!"
Upon Making an Art Object-Pronouncement #2

When Contemplating the Act of Making an Art Object consider the following:


Q: Do matters of posterity, longevity and/or fame concern you?


A: Life as an artist will be a much easier enterprise if making objects that last is of little or no concern. So really why bother learning the craft? Not to be cynical but in this day and age there is simply so much stuff. Who needs more? Think and do. Don’t suffer and struggle. Why make ART (or ART—your choice) in the first place if it isn’t any fun?

Believe me when I say I am speaking from personal experience. I have made well made art and believe you me it sucks! You have to do things like remembering if you applied an acrylic or oil based ground, used oil sticks and then painted with latex based paints on top! Did you paint thick over thin or thin over thick? Lordy! Well sure some people have what is called “an eye” and, despite only having one eye can appreciate subtleties like the minimum use of turpentine and the application of paint with a red fox hair brush. They might even be the people with the money to pay you for the extra time and grief poured into said artwork—but I doubt it. If they should be art buyers for the nouveau riche you are in luck! The only people I know are other poor artists. What use is that..but I digress. Indeed it brings me to my next answer.


A: Network, network, network. For more on this you’ll have to go elsewhere.

If you find any helpful suggestions let me know, perhaps something that does not require partying when you are knackered, attending the exhibits of other artists with whom you have no creative/spiritual connections whatsoever, or pretending to be someone you are not against your own better judgement. Don’t get me wrong. I love to pretend to be who I am not. I call it performance art/acting and developing pseudonyms is a gas.

A: Eat well and exercise! The longer you live the greater chance you have of making something you are genuinely pleased with.

Dying young for your art is so eighties. I say this so flippantly and a little voice inside says: “We will revisit this!” the same voice that says: “You eat crap and exercise once a week when you are on fire!” Funny. Very funny.

An Occasional Pronouncement and Cheap Art Manifesto Addendum from the Bruxist Collective

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Upon Making an Art Object-Pronouncement #1

Art O'Connor Grimly Mixing Paint
Upon Making an Art Object-Pronouncement #1

When Contemplating the Act of Making an Art Object consider the following:

Q: Are you naturally lazy?

A: If so buy ready made paint!

Ready made paint comes in all sorts of varieties. You might come across names like Oil, and Gouache, Watercolor and even Acrylics. These are all varieties of paint. Then there are things like House Paint, Nail Varnish and Food Coloring. Hardware stores might even give you old, dented and rusty cans of paint for free! If you are sensitive to smell many of these options will not be viable choices. Don’t let this upset you. Either you are willing to die young for your art and will put small matters like toxic fumes and poisonous content out of your mind concerned as you are only for how the paint works for you. Does it do what you need it to do? Is it satisfactorily viscous? Are the range of colors offered in the line of your choice adequate to meet your coloring needs? Does surface application feel good? Does it SMELL good? The more limitations the better! Limitations mean less choices and less choices mean a narrower focus and, with practice, concision and may even result in Art!

A: Buy ready made paper or/and ready stretched and primed canvas.

Only a masochist stretches and primes their own canvas, or hand makes their own paper, and then goes on to mash and grind their own pigments—a masochist or a trust fund baby with Time to Kill, and/or...(horror of horrors) assistants/unpaid interns on hand to help!


An Occasional Pronouncement from the Bruxist Collective

Drawing for Sculpture: Librium


Drawing From Memory-Elephant



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Images from Gas




Images from my recent show at GAS Gallery and Studio, in Maplewood, NJ (phots coutesy of Nancy!)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Currently on view in New York: Vintage Atomic Explosion Photographs at Peter Blum

Bikini-Atoll (Nuclear weapon test, Operation Crossroads, 'Baker' explosion, from Eneu Island), 1946
gelatin silver print, printed c. 1946
4 2/3 x 9 1/8 in. (11,9 x 23,2 cm)

Labels

...in the New York Times (1) ...ink (24) 11 x 14 acrylics on paper (22) 1978 Maplewood Arts Center (5) 9 Beach Films (1) 9/11 (4) A Bruxist Tale (2) A short story (13) Abraham Lincoln (1) absurdist lit (10) acrylic (1) Acrylic and crayon on paper (3) acrylic on canvas (11) Acrylic on paper (57) acrylic on wood (2) acting (37) action painting (2) actor (3) actors (60) Adobe (1) Aftermath (2) Ai Weiwei (2) Albert Pinkham Ryder (1) Alfred Jarry (2) Allan Kaprow (1) Alphabet (1) American Illustration (1) Amsterdam (1) analysis (1) angel (2) animals (1) Animation (4) Ann Weber (1) Another Ledger Book painting done with particularly bad brushes and mucky housepaint (1) Another tale about finance (1) Antonin Artaud (3) ape (1) apelike (1) apple (1) apps (1) Art (3) Art Alphabet (27) Art and the Bouncy Banker (10) Art and the Financial Crisis (7) Art Barter (1) Art Basel Miami 2012 (1) Art Basel/Miami 2011 (4) art brut (1) Art By The Yard (2) art competition (1) Art critic (1) Art for Art (3) art for services (1) art handler (1) art handlers (1) art in prison (1) Art Institute of Chicago (1) Art Matters (1) Art O'Connor (59) Art O'Connorrray (1) Art Opening (4) art pottery (1) art projects (1) Art review (4) art school (9) art student (1) art teaching (4) art therapy (6) art with kids (3) Art's Memories (2) artist talk (2) asemic (1) asemic writing (33) Asger Jorn (1) Atlas (1) ATMs (5) Aubrey Beardsley (1) audio art (1) baboons (1) back pain (1) bad photos (4) balloon man (1) bamboo (1) bandages (1) bank runs (1) banks (14) Banksy (1) Barbican Art Gallery (1) Barnett Newman (1) barter economy (1) Barternet (1) Bas Jan Ader (1) BBC (2) beats (1) Beckettish (1) bees (1) Ben Shahn (1) Bernard Williams (1) BFA (1) big head (1) Big History (2) Bikini-Atoll (1) Bill Gates (1) Bill Traylor (1) bills (1) Bing Lee (1) birds (1) block printing (1) blog layout (2) blog traffic (1) blogging (2) blogs (1) boats (1) bodies (1) Body Parts (8) body prints (1) Boesky (1) bonefolder (1) book project (1) books (2) books of drawings (8) boot camp (1) booths (1) bouncy bankers (1) Bower Ashton (3) boxer (1) Bram Van Velde (1) Brandt Brauer Frick (1) breadboards (2) Brian Eno (2) Brian Lehrer (2) Bristol (3) British Museum (1) bronze elephant (1) bronze relief (1) Brooklyn (6) Bruce Lacey (1) brush and ink (1) bruxist collective (7) bruxists (2) Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (1) Bullrider (1) Burma (2) Burn marks in wood (5) busts (1) butcher block paper (1) button polish (1) C. M. Seyppel (2) Calvin Tompkins (1) camouflage (1) cardboard (4) cardboard planes (1) cardboard sculpture (30) cardboard signs (1) cartoon (1) Cassio (1) Catherine Stratton (1) Celebes (1) cell phone photos (2) cement mixer (1) ceramics (2) cereal boxes (3) Chapman brothers (1) character design (1) charcoal (1) charcoal and Oil on Canvas (3) Charles Mingus (1) Charlie Rose (2) cheap art (1) chewing gum graphitti (1) chicken (1) China (1) Chris Kenny (5) civilian (1) CK (1) Claes Oldenburg (2) Clark Art Institute (1) Classics Illustrated (1) Cobra (6) Cobraesque (5) coffee (2) coffin (1) cognitive science (1) collage (1) collages (3) collective (1) comics (10) commuter pics (1) conceptual art (1) concrete poetry (1) confession (1) Constant (1) Constant Permeke (1) contestant (1) Cover for small self published book. Interiors to come... (1) crayon (2) crayon and pencil (12) crayons (10) Create with house paint and housepainters' brushes on drop cloth (1) CREATIVE TIME (1) creativity (1) crowds (4) crucifixion (1) cupid (1) Curious Matter (1) curling (1) currently on show (2) Cursive (1) Cutout figure (3) Cy Twombly (1) DADA (1) Daichi (1) Daini (1) Dan Fenelon (1) dance (5) dancer (5) Dario Fo (1) DART (1) David Christian (2) David Hammons (2) David Jones (1) David Mazuchelli (1) deep sea (1) Deitch Projects (1) delete all debt mugs (1) Denis Johnson (1) Desdemona (1) design (1) Did a series of these in 2001 (1) Digital Cowboy (2) Diptych (1) disbelief (3) doodles (4) doodles... (2) doubt (1) Dr.Seuss (1) dramatics (1) drawing (2) drawing board (2) drawing for sculpture (3) Drawing from Atlantic Highlands sketchbook (1) drawing games (3) drawings (72) drawings from memory (1) drones (1) Dubuffet (2) dyslexic (1) Edward Lear (1) Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (1) Egon Schiele (1) elephants (1) Elizabeth Street Fine Arts (1) embedded tweet (1) Emil Nolde (1) empowerment (1) English Nature (1) escapee (1) essay (1) etching (1) etching ink (1) Ethan Cohen Fine Arts (1) Ethiopian coptic scrolls (1) Eugene Ionesco (1) Exit Art (11) expressionism (2) expressionist (1) exquisite corpse (2) Eye Magazine (1) fame (1) fast paintings (12) faux print (1) fictional artists (1) fish (1) flight (1) flood (1) folk art (1) found canvas (1) found oil enamels on canvas (5) found paper (7) Framing Mill (1) french breadboards (1) Frits van den Berghe (1) From the Absurdist Manifest (2) From the lost sketchbook... (1) From Wikipedia with thanks (4) froschportmann (1) Fukushima (1) Gallerie St. Etienne (1) gas mask (1) Gaudier Brzeska (1) George Grosz (1) George Herriman (1) Georges Hugnet (1) Georgia O'Keefe (1) German Expressionism (1) Get it Down (1) giraffe (1) glass (1) glue guns (1) glyphic postcards (1) glyphs (1) goat (1) Gogol (1) golf (1) golf club (1) google images (2) gouache (1) Gouache and watercolor on card (1) Gouache and watercolor on paper (9) graphic memoir (1) graphic novels (1) graphic radicals (2) graphics (3) graphitti (5) grip staplers (1) grumpy (1) Guardian (1) guide (1) guns (1) Gustave De Smet (1) Guten Parts and Service (1) Guy Delisle (1) H. Van Haaren (1) hackers (1) Hamlet (1) hand lettering (1) Happenings (2) harmonica (1) Harold Pinter (2) Harry Smith (1) HBO (2) heads (2) Hector Guimard (1) Henri Michaux (1) Henry Mercer (1) Henry Miller (1) Hermann Nietsche (1) heros (1) HHt (1) hieroglyphic (1) homemade frames (1) hospital (1) housepaint (2) Housepaint on board (3) Housepaint on canvas (2) housepaint on cardboard (2) housepaint on paper (26) houses (1) Howard Hodgkin (1) http://www.folkartmuseum.org/ (1) hug (1) I go to paint in my studio and instead reorganize my life (1) I know there's a children's book here... (1) I now see Blogging's bias toward word over image (1) I'm always turning my back... (1) Iago (1) iconic (3) ideas for paintings (2) If you disagree please tell me why (1) Illustration (2) illustrator (2) Image Association Global Network (1) Images from Ellis Island (1) immigrants (1) immigration (1) in memory (1) In New York City (2) Information you need to know (1) ink (11) ink and emulsion (6) ink and wash (5) ink blot (9) ink drawing (22) ink drawings (18) ink on newsprint (2) installation (7) institutions (1) internet age (1) Invest in renewable energy (1) iPad (1) Ira Platow (1) Ivon Hitchens (1) Jackson Pollock (2) Jake and Dinos Chapman (1) James Arthur O'Connor (1) James Cameron (1) James Ensor (1) jazz (1) Jeanette Ingberman (1) JoaquĆ­n Torres Garcia (1) John Cage (2) John Constable (1) John McCosker (1) John Zorn (1) Jonathan Rosen (2) Joost Swarte (1) Jorn (1) Jose Clemente Orozco (1) Julie and Julia (1) Jung (2) Junior Fritz Jacquet (1) Justin Vernon (2) Kabuki (2) Kara Walker (2) Kathleen Hale (1) Kenneth Patchen (5) Kerry Schuss (1) King Street Gallery Bristol (2) knit graphitti (1) knot theory (1) Krazy Kat (1) Kristian (2) Kristian's Progress (1) Labyrinth Wall (7) Lambiek (1) lampshades (1) landscape (1) Large Drawing on paper (3) Large painting on paper (3) Large scale drawing (1) latex (4) latex paint (9) ledger book drawings (4) lemon (1) letter (1) letterpress (1) Letters to the Bouncy Banker (1) Lettrists (1) life jacket (1) limericks (1) Linda Beard (1) Line-o-Scribe machine (1) lines (3) linoleum print (2) linseed oil (4) Little Theatre Bristol UK (1) live art (1) Long Island (1) Longhouse Gardens (1) Lonni Sue Johnson (1) Lost book page (1) lost paintings (3) Lou Beach (1) Luis Bunuel (1) Lyonel Feininger (1) machines (1) Mad Museum (1) mail art (1) makers (1) mandala (2) manifesto (1) Manuel Ocampo (1) Maplewood NJ (1) Maplewood Patch (1) maps (1) maquettes (1) Marc Chagall (1) Marcel Duchamp (1) Margaret Cho (1) Marie Glynn (1) Mark Rothko (1) masonite (1) Mathew Picton (1) Max Beckmann (2) Max Ernst (1) maybe not so absurd (2) mental defficiency (1) Merz (1) Micha Hamilton (1) Michael Bartalos (1) Michael Graves (1) Michael Ray Charles (1) microscopic organisms (1) Mikel Frank (1) Milken (1) miner (1) Minor Injury (6) Miquel Barcelo (1) mixed media (1) mixing paint (1) MLK (1) MOMA (4) monologues (7) monoprints (1) monumental drawing (1) More asemica (new fancy word I've learned for some of what I do) (3) More COBRAesque picture writings (2) More rows (6) More white on black... (1) mosaic (2) movie (1) MTA Art in Transit (1) mural (9) music (2) Nasau County Museum (1) Nat Tate (1) New Directions (1) New Orleans (1) New Puritans (2) New Year Card (1) New Year Planes (1) New York Press (1) New Yorker (4) Nicholas Blechman (2) Nicholas Nixon (1) night letters (1) NJT (1) Norman Rockwell (1) North Korea (1) nosebag (1) note (2) Nozone (3) nuclear (3) Numchuk Dance (1) Numchuks (1) NY (1) Occasionally get to do an illustration that allows me to follow my compulsion to create rows of figures... (1) octopus (1) offers advice for those interested in creating art in the public realm. (1) oil (1) oil on canvas (4) oil spill (1) Old acrylic on paper done at same time as word paintings. (1) old drawings (14) old paintings (4) Olowe of Ise (1) One day this will all make sense (1) One of many imaginary portraits-Acrylic on paper (1) Only Superficially relevant (1) opah fish (1) opening (1) operas (1) or hieroglyphs (1) Or/and not so unconscious... (1) Orleans (1) orphaned graphics (1) Othello (1) Otto Dix (1) outsider art (1) paint (2) paint on wood (1) painted cardboard (7) painted pianos (1) painted theater (7) painted wood (1) painter (2) painting (2) paintings (2) paintings on board (1) Paolo Uccello (1) paper mache (6) Paris Review (1) Part of a Wallpaper bestiary (1) pastels (1) Pataphysics (2) patient (1) Paul Nash (1) Paula Scher (1) PB (1) pea shooter (1) pen (2) pencil drawing (23) pencil drawings (19) performance art (17) performer (1) Pete Hamill (1) Peter Blum (1) Peter Kuper (1) Peter Lanyon (1) Philip Guston (2) phonograms (1) photo sequence (2) photobooth (2) photoshop (24) piano (1) Picasso (1) pictograms (2) pictographs (7) picture poems (4) Picture writing (17) Pierre Alechinsky (1) Pierro Gallery (3) Pink Man and Performer (1) pink slip (1) pinned to wall (1) Pissarro (1) Plains Indians (1) plays (4) pods (2) poet (1) Portrait of Pandora and portrait of a spent shell (1) portraits (3) poster (5) posterity (1) presidential debate (1) prisoner (1) promo piece (1) pronouncements on Art (2) proposal (1) props (1) protest (3) protests (4) Pschopomp (1) public art (1) pugilist (1) pyrography (3) pyschoanalysis (1) Qu Ding (1) quarternity (1) questions for the internet age (1) Quick paintings (1) quote (1) quotes (1) race (2) racism (1) radical politics (1) radio operator (1) Raw (1) reactions (3) read (1) recession (1) recreations (1) recycled canvas (1) recycled cardboard (1) reDash Snow (1) Redon (1) refugees (2) rejection of (1) repeat post (1) repetition (2) Richard Deacon (1) Rick Parker (2) Robert Breer (1) Robert Hite (1) Robert Wilson (1) rock art (3) rocket (1) Roger Hilton (1) Roman Vishniac (1) Ron Barrett (1) roosrer (1) Rorschach test (18) rows (9) Royal Academy (1) Roycroft (1) Rupert Ravens Fine Arts (1) Russell Christian (12) Samuel Beckett (2) Samuel Palmer (1) Santiago Cohen (1) satyr (1) Savings and Loan (5) science friday (3) SCOPE (1) scratchboard (1) screen printed book covers (2) scribbles (1) sculpture park (1) scupture (1) Security (1) self taught (1) sepia (1) sepia wash (2) sequential art (1) Seton Hall (1) Shakespeare (2) sharpee (2) sharpie (1) Sharpwriter (1) sheep (1) Shredded Money Show (6) signs (1) simian (1) Sitting Bull (1) Sketchbook pages (5) slideshow (2) sloppy paint (1) Small dark oil painting-my little Albert Pinkham Ryder... (1) Small gouache (3) smokestack (1) soap opera. absurdist play (2) soapstone (1) social commentary (1) SOPAC (1) sound collages (1) sound symbols (1) South Orange (2) South Orange NJ (4) South Orange Performing Arts Center (1) spark plugs (1) speculators (10) spoof (1) spray paint (2) Stanley Spencer (1) staple guns (1) Starbucks (1) Stephen Marcus (1) Steve Greene (2) Steve Jobs (1) stocks (2) stomp (1) stone carving (1) storm damage (1) strafed (1) Stream of consciousness (1) street art (1) Stress Positions (91) string games (2) strong women (1) studio tour (2) suicide bomber (1) superfund (1) surealism (1) surealists (1) surrealism (1) Susan C. Harris (1) Sylvia Earle (1) symmetry (8) table top (1) Tachiste (1) tai chi (1) Takeshi Tadatsu (2) taking a line for a walk (1) Tate (1) Tate Britain (1) Tau (1) Terry Winters (1) The act of changing course by less than 90°—I do it all the time (1) the Bowery (1) The Critic Zart (1) The Depression Show (1) The Foundry Painter (1) The Residents (1) the sessions (3) The Walters Museum (1) The Yard (2) Theodor Seuss Geisel (1) therapy (6) They Might Be Giants (1) thinkblot (18) This is what may happen if you grind your teeth at night... (1) Tiers (1) Tile design (1) Tiles (3) tiny drawings (1) Tiny oils (1) tiny sketchbooks (1) Toby Horricks (1) Tokyo (2) Tom Fairs (1) Tom Otterness (1) Tom Stoppard (1) Tony Smith (2) toothy (1) Torn catalogues (2) toys of the Avante Garde (1) train drawings (1) Tremble Scout (2) Tryptych (1) Turpitudes Sociales (1) TV treatment (2) type art (2) U.R.G. (1) Ubu (2) Ubu Gallery (1) Underemployed Runners Guild (2) understanding art (3) underwater. (1) Victor Brauner (2) video (6) vintage photography (1) violinist (1) VIPs (2) viral sculpture (1) virals (4) visual poetry (1) voter (1) VS Ramachandran (1) wall paste (1) wall sculpture (1) Wall Street (1) wallpaper (1) walls (1) water diviner (1) water supply (1) watercolor (1) watercolors on found book pages (1) wax crayons (3) wax resist drawings (7) We'll leave it at that for now... (1) wearable art (2) web comic (1) Weimar (1) welder (1) welding mask (1) What is Art? (1) white out (1) white rabbit (1) Whitney (1) Who is Art? (1) Will Oldham (1) William Blake (1) William Boyd (1) William Kentridge (4) William Morris (1) William Turner (1) Williamsburg (6) Wim Van Egmond (1) wings (2) WNYC culture (1) Wols (1) wood burning (2) wood scraps and paint (1) wooden toys (2) Woolf (1) Word art (10) wordless comics (3) World in Disan Disarray (1) World In Disarray (7) World War 3 Illustrated (4) wounded (1) wounds (1) Woyzeck (2) writhings and wretchings (2) written hoax (1) X-Acto (1) Yoko Ono (1) You Tube (1) Youtube (2) Zhang Yimou (1)

Doing Lines

Asemic writing