Friday, June 10, 2011

whose point of view?

Someone sent this link to me today and it is quite frankly the best artwork I have seen all week I will share it with all you good people.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Well, finally. a list that includes Memphis that Memphians can be proud of, at least the ones that care about the arts. Unlike most of the lists that come out that include Memphis, we some o the fattest, dumbest people in America. But at least it is now recognized as a great city for young artists. I just hope that they are skinny and smart.

So, all you young artists type, make the move to Memphis. The rent is cheap.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. Audubon

I have always been inspired by the lifework of John James Audubon (1785-1851). His illustrations are crisp with detail, rich in color and line, and laid the standard and practice for the future of scientific drawing. It is no wonder his works have inspired artists and naturalists alike.

We are lucky to have one of his large scale illustrated books, Birds of America, at the Huntington Library here in SoCal- I visit the book often and get excited when the page is turned in the big glass case. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend you make the trip to the Huntington.

Here is an image of the book for scale:

More by Audubon:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In The Playroom

I came across this series of photos by Jonathen Hobin other week. It is an interesting portrayal of current events done in a twisted but humorous way....


The Saints

Seal Heart

Boxing Day

White Nights

American Idol

A Boo Grave

Dear Leader

Spring Break

39 Lashes

Vegas wedding

The Twins

" In the Playroom is a metaphor for the impossibility of a protective space safe from the reach of modern media. The quizzical disposition of youth and the pervasive nature of the media are symbolically represented in my images through tableau-vivant re-enactments of the very current events that adults might wish to keep out of their child’s world. Just as children make a game of pretending to be adults as a way to prepare and ultimately take on these roles in later life, so too do they explore things that they hear or see, whether or not they completely understand the magnitude of the event or the implications of their play."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Man, what an idea...

Seriously, what an idea....

Okay, so the company gets a bunch of artists to basically give away their artworks, or duplicates of their works anyway, in hopes that there may be a sale for the artist someday down the line. In the meantime, the company makes cash off of the free imagery and unlimited printing rights to the works.... this seems skewed relationship.
The good of this- exposure of some sort for the artist to a mass audience, the subscribers get a rotating crop of images that is sure to keep up with the modern day attention span, and cynical people like myself have something to blog about.

Here's to the "netflix of the art world"! Seriously, why didn't I think of that.
Does anyone else find this video a bit creepy?

Long time no blog

So I, and many others, have lost the spark for the good ol' M365 blog. Recently I have been thinking about ways to jump life back into it and the ways in which the format is obviously failing. I think that the super structured nature of the idea was the intrigue at first but also the downfall of the blog. By this I mean, it is hard to keep up with and easy to forget about the posting day when one's life gets busy and chaotic- the scheduled day then passes and it becomes something that is blown-off. For those of you who have been awesome at keeping up, I give kudos to you!

Where does it go now?

I thought maybe making it more open would help- basically post whenever you find something to share. I love the contributions that we have had on the blog and feel like the group involved is dynamic and worthy of continuing. It has been awesome to see what people have shared and how different the subject matter has been.

The main goal of the blog was to get a group of people together to inspire and motivate one another creatively. I think that in this new format we can continue to do that.
Any other suggestions are appreciated!

On that note, I have become involved in a weekly photo group and thought that I would share my image for the week, The theme was "the small things":
I have been using images like this one for a starting point in my drawing/painting process for years. This photo group is making me really appreciate the photo in its original state... but I also have a flood gate opening up for painting ideas based on this series of photos. I will be sure to post the evolution of this image.

Which also leads to a question for a-a-allllll of you, yes you (wow. I have been watching too much elmo's world), how does your artistic process start? I would love to see images of other peoples work and process!

Lets share!!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

image list Steve Roden, Brennan Gerard & Ryan Kelly and more...

There were 2 excellent college art gallery exhibitions in Southern California last month. Here is an image list of the highlights:

Cerritos College Art Gallery with Steve Roden and John D. O'Brien

Cult of Ruin:strategies of accumulation at UC Irvine ( + review in OC Weekly by Stacy Davies)
Marilyn Lowey Illuminating the Illuminati
Closing reception performance by Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly + guest performers

Katie Ammons How it Goes

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Art Imitates Life

In 2009 while visiting NYC, I made a trip to the rooftop garden of the Met. As I stepped out into the bright clear blue sky day to observe the city skyline and Central Park, I was met by a tangle of brushed aluminum branches seemingly growing and stretching skyward, curving, entwining and filling the space, suggesting a continual linear growth. Manmade organically shaped welded branches overlooking Central Park; the largest green space in NYC. What is it that Roxy (the artist) is trying to say? It is just that the artist is interested in undulating fluid linear forms, or is there a deeper concern...a visual dialogue to be had between what man must work at making, while in the natural world these forms are produced without man's interference. Is there a hidden social comment about what we create to replace the real thing and why we humans feel we must improve on nature. Recently on a walk along the Indian River in Florida I found myself confronted with this question. Looking up into a bright clear blue sky I observed the most beautiful tangle of weathered gray branches seemingly growing and stretching skyward, curving, entwining, filling the space suggesting a continual linear growth. Where had I seen this before??? Ah, yes...on the rooftop of The Met! Was the artist simply reminding us of the beauty of the natural world?...sharing his imagined experience with those locked into a world of concrete, steel and asphalt? If this is the case, I can accept it. But for me, even though I can enjoy the beauty of this manmade form, it will not replace the original that I found as I walked along the Indian River Lagoon. Jan Thomas

Saturday, March 5, 2011


I have started making animations recently. Here are some of the artists/vids I am stealing ideas from directly.

Sunday, February 6, 2011