Friday, April 24, 2009

absjdkfnerlk! New Most Serene Republic!

Ok so, I got the new Most Serene Republic song, Heavens to Purgatory, the other day (you can listen to it here). MSR are on Arts and Crafts label and have been one of my favourite bands ever since I heard the exquisite sound of Phages. They have 2 full albums (Underwater Cinematographer and Population) and a tour album (Phages). The great news is... in July this year they will release another album entitled "...And the Ever Expanding Universe". I am super excited for this album. Most Serene Republic is one band whose music I never tire of. Every time I listen to it I am in awe of the blending of sounds and voices, lyrics, and the sheer brilliance of it. They have never made anything I haven't liked, and they always leave you wanting more. Last year I saw them three times in concert and each time was better than the last, if you ever have an opportunity go see them. Anyhow... I think you get it now.
I'm excited.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Role of Art

Hey look! A blog post! Ok, so I've been off school now for a little more than one week, and I am lovvvvvvving it. Thus far, my summer has been great, although not exactly a summer (with the beautiful exception of today). Anyhow, all this time sans blogging has left me thinking about things more. It's a little easier to think about your perspective when you have time to.
So lately I've been reflecting on all the STUFF I've learned this year, and you know, it's quite a substantial amount. There's been a lot of things I've never thought about, never known, never realized, you get the picture. Now one topic that seems relevant enough to post about is the role of art in the world. Not just art but ART whether it is painting, photography, design, film, music, literature, anything. I've been trying to figure out it's point in the world. There are so many different approaches people can take, and I think that's why identifying an answer personally has been so difficult. Not only this, but what do I WANT it's role to be? Because the truth is- art serves whatever purpose the creator made it for wanted it to serve.
Some just want to create, they get a burst of creativity and manifest this into something physical. I think there's a lot of controversy over this issue because a lot of people want another person's art to serve their purpose. I think there's a place for everything., every idea. I do think art has the power to change things, and like when art challenges the way you look at things, like a lot of movements and artists have (think banksy, duchamp, magritte, surrealism, dada, etc.) have. I don't know if I agree with the art for art sake thing, but I do think art should be accessible to everyone so if that's how it happens than so be it. Regardless, I think there should be some sort of meaning (I guess even art for art's sake has meaning, so I'm kind of contradicting myself).
I guess I've been thinking about this trying to figure out where I can fit in. What do I want to do with the things I make? Do I want them to challenge? Do I want them to be purely functional? Can the these things go together? I suppose it's something only more work can determine. What do other people do?

Monday, April 6, 2009

The end has no end

Why hello there blog readers.
It has been a great term, full of blogs. As seems to be the current trend I am now posting my 'last post'. This blog was started because this past term I was enrolled in a blogging course. It was pretty fun, I learned a lot through practical application. My homework was my blog, and my blog, in a way became my life. In everything I was searching for things to blog about; blogs are a super way of communicating with others that share interests all over the world. Anyhow... this past week was the final for blogging, I am no longer required to post five times a week. However, it has become so routine for me to open up blogger and share things that I will keep this blog up. I probably won't blog 5 times a week, but I intend to post regularly.
Thanks to everyone who reads my blog, comments, or finds it mildly amusing. You have truly made it a pleasure to blog for.
Ok! On to the madness that is the last week of school. I'll see you around the blogosphere LATER.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


The idea of an artists process has always baffled me. So many people invest their time and energy into asking artists some of the most banal questions, in hopes that the result will be some soulful connection. The shrouded ghost of process is no real threat, but it seems to haunt anyone confused as to how any anything could have fallen from the hand that produces so. (and so, and so.)
What most people seem to miss is that Process, is by nature a intrinsically boring event. If anyone tries to enlighten you otherwise, it usually pads out to be bourgeois reenactment of something that is not anymore amazing than clipping your toenails. This maneuver itself is a pasty attempt to make some sort of safety-net-separation between talented creative types and, well, the rest of us.

Having said that, this investigation surprised me. I have not seen such an honest approach to understanding process than what Charlotte Cheetham has done with designers she is interested in. Sure there is theoretical explanations throughout, but none of them are pretentious pandering. Most of all, this is an honest examination of what process is, probably bet put by Montreal's Julien Vallée:

I don’t think I have a particular way of
working, even if it turns out that I have some
habits, some non-official way of proceeding to
create my pieces of work : sketching,
collecting opinions about a topic, stressing,
pumping up the volume of the music, waking up
at night and sketching all over again, getting
drunk and thinking I hold the perfect concept,
waking up in the morning and start all over
again, re-considering my profession, changing
the music, brewing some coffee, adding a new
project in the pipeline, sleepless night,
starting over again in the morning, buy some
material I end-up not using, start over again,
send some sketches to clients (knowing I would
never do this at the end), brew more coffee,
create the final piece, swear myself I won’t
take more than one project at the same time,
get some sleep, accept a new project, start the
process all over again...