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Time & Eternity
"We eat Wonder Bread which is styrofoam injected with some chemicals that are supposed to be nutritive. We do not even know how to drink. In other words, living, we live in the abstract, not in the concrete. We work for money, not for wealth. We look forward to the future, and do not know how to enjoy today. Now you see is the meaning of eternal life. When Jesus said "Before Abraham was," he didn't say "I was," he said "I am." And to come to this, to know that you are and there is no time except the present. And then suddenly, you see, you attain a sense of reality. You have to find it now. And so really, the aim of education is to teach people to live in the present, to be all here. As it is, our educational system is pretty abstract. It neglects the absolutely fundamentals of life, teaching us all to be bureaucrats, bankers clerks, accountants and insurance salesmen; all cerebral.

It entirely neglects our relationships to the material world."

[See also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERbvKrH-GC4 ]
plans  planning  symbols  words  philosophy  speed  energy  motion  hurry  attention  slow  children  sovietunion  posterity  hereandnow  present  abstraction  abstract  presence  reality  capitalism  communism  alanwatts  education  eternity  time 
september 2012 by robertogreco
books read feb to apr 2011 ( 7 May., 2011, at Interconnected)
"Bluebeard is probably my favourite Vonnegut… [Mine too!]

Anyway, at this moment Vonnegut puts into Karabekian's mouth a defence of this fictional art as fine as I have ever read:

"I now give you my word of honor that the picture your city owns show everything about life which truly matters, with nothing left out. It is a picture of the awareness of every animals--the 'I am' to which all messages are sent. It is all that is alive in any of us--in a mouse, in a deer, in a cocktail waitress. It is unwavering and pure, no matter what preposterous adventure may befall us. A sacred picture of Saint Antony alone is one vertical, unwavering band of light. If a cockroach were near him, or a cocktail waitress, the picture would show two such bands of light. Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.""
mattwebb  vonnegut  bluebeard  abstractexpressionism  abstract  art  rabokarabekian  awareness  life  whatmatters  being  light  2011  books  kurtvonnegut 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Art21 . Slideshow | PBS
"Mark Bradford transforms materials scavenged from the street into wall-sized collages and installations that respond to the impromptu networks- underground economies, migrant communities, or popular appropriation of abandoned public space- that emerge within a city. Bradford’s work is as informed by his personal background as a third-generation merchant in Los Angeles as it is by the tradition of abstract painting developed worldwide in the twentieth century." [Blogged here http://robertogreco.tumblr.com/post/2376026320/black-venus-mark-bradford-2005-via-art21 AND here http://robertogreco.tumblr.com/post/2376008511/black-venus-detail-mark-bradford-2005-via ]
art  artists  cities  urban  mapping  maps  losangeles  markbradford  art21  abstract 
december 2010 by robertogreco
The Greatest Living American Abstract Painter Tourney-ish - Modern Art Notes
"I convened a seeding committee made up of three of America's most distinguished abstract artist seeders: I call it ORANGES' Ed Schad, The Stranger's Jen Graves and Hyperallergic's Hrag Vartanian. My instruction to them was: "Given that this is an entirely fictional non-fiction endeavor, use any criteria you like. Personally, I'll be seeding based on a career's worth of work, with attention given to the last 10-15 years." I asked each of them to seed America's 32 top living abstractionists (and added my own 1-32 list). I averaged our lists to arrive at our seeding."
art  humor  brackets  abstractexpressionism  abstract 
march 2010 by robertogreco
I LEGO N.Y. - Abstract City Blog - NYTimes.com
"During the cold and dark Berlin winter days, I spend a lot of time with my boys in their room. And as I look at the toys scattered on the floor, my mind inevitably wanders back to New York."
lego  illustration  art  photography  nyc  toys  genius  abstract  humor  visualization  glvo 
february 2009 by robertogreco
The Boys and the Subway - Niemann Opinion Art Blog – Abstract City – NYTimes.com
"My sons Arthur, 5, and Gustav, 3, are obsessed with the New York City subway system...They can barely sit through an episode of “Sesame Street.” But when we go for aimless subway joy rides on the weekends, they sit like little angels, devoutly callin
abstract  art  children  subways  subway  transit  nyc  illustration  transportation  urban  nytimes  humor  stories 
july 2008 by robertogreco
[this is aaronland] Things I Am Not Talking About
"We like things -- books, the plastic arts, schwag, otherwise cheap souvenirs that become valued artifacts -- because they afford mystery and the room for an object to adapt to the world around them and not the other way around."
via:preoccupations  internet  abstract  curation  culture  physical  maps  mapping  location  printing  paper  objects  making  make  life  craft  web  art  books  newspapers  publishing  cloud  computing  location-based  gamechanging 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Still, Pissed At The National Gallery -- Daddy Types
"I just stood there, stunned, and part of me wanted to interrupt this idiot and singlehandedly save these kids from certain cultural oblivion by pointing out that Still was probably the first American artist to actually make an abstract painting"
art  education  learning  museums  incompetence  abstract  children 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Brijit - Great content in 100 words or less
"Brijit aggregates the world's best long-form content and abstracts it in 100 words or less, providing busy, omnivorous, and increasingly mobile readers with rich, qualitative summaries as well as better guideposts for what to read, watch or listen to now
journalism  writing  blogs  blogging  abstract  mobile  productivity  literature  magazines  socialnetworks  social  share  reviews  aggregator 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Mutating Pictures
"A population of 1,000 random pictures, created in October 2007. You allow the fittest pictures to survive. The higher your rating for a pic the more mutated offspring it produces."
abstract  ai  participation  participatory  psychology  evolution  faces  generator  human  algorithms  visualization  mutation  computing  design  graphics 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Barney's rubble | Art & Architecture | Guardian Unlimited Arts
"Adolescent retardation is a common quality in American art: think of Hemingway having his adventures, Jackson Pollock drinking and raging. But American art in Pollock's time broke through to majestic abstraction. Perhaps Americans can only really make ab
art  matthewbarney  us  abstract  abstraction  jacksonpollock 
september 2007 by robertogreco

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