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Weekend Hot Links

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Happy Friday! Might we suggest recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community?

Image via Bustle

Image via Bustle

Feeling Moody (Bustle): Not in the mood? These comics are for you. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Bowie’s Buys (Sotheby’s): Bowie lives on through the art he couldn’t live without. (via Kevin Brainard)

Born Modern (New York Times): Architecture inspired the prolific career of Elaine Lustig Cohen. (via Jess Mackta)

Know Noto (It’s Nice That): Google and Monotype launch an open-source typeface for every written language in the world, living and dead. (via Kevin Brainard)

Portrait Program (General Motors): Does this drawing make me look Fiat? (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Twisting Trump (Creativity): A NYC artist reimagines Trump, inside and out. (via Mark Burk)

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Friday Hot Links

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Happy Friday! We want to share some art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

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Blue Rose (Wall Street Journal): Science and art conspire to disrupt nature’s possibilities. (via Suzanne Anker)

He’s a Starman (The Guardian): Belgian astronomers, radio DJs, and Google Sky put Bowie in Heaven (via Kevin Brainard)

It Gets Real (WIRED): Google Cardboard adds convincing 3D spatial audio. (via Robert Stribley)

Oscars So White (Entertainment Weekly): Do structural problems keep minorities out of the Oscars? (via Steve Brodner)

 

 

 

 

Pey to Play

Monday, July 6th, 2009
“Male beauty is a more free area of beauty,” she declared, mildly.
Yes, it is!  Male beauty is more expansive than female beauty, liberated because it isn’t as codified.
“Women’s beauty is more cliché somehow,” she continued, hesitantly.
Hm, okay, well, I guess you mean that the standards of beauty are cliché, and maybe due for an overhaul.  But then Botticelli’s Venus is nothing like Agyness Deyn, who looks like our Twiggy, who looks like a boy, which…returns us to male beauty.
“There’s something about men finding their individuality as an object,” she concluded.
As an object?  Is that all I am to you, Elizabeth?
Elizabeth Peyton chose a slideshow with iTunes accompaniment for her lecture, instead of the stream of penetrating insight the audience might have expected from her.  The playlist is below.
Did it work?  If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.  That rule censors me and seems to have guided her.  I will say that the music selections affirmed her eclectic awareness of music across generations and subcultures.  http://www.papermag.com/?section=article&parid=3410
1. Led Zeppelin Over the Hills and Far Away
2. The Notorious B.I.G. Everyday Struggle
3. The Clash Stay Free
4. Patti Smith Frederick
5. Nirvana Rape Me (Acoustic)
6. David Bowie Lady Stardust
7. LCD Soundsystem Someone Great
8. Arctic Monkeys Cornerstone
9. The Killers Mr. Brightside
10. The Jam In the City
11. Julian Casablancas 11th Dimension
12. The Horrors Scarlet Fields
13. Hellhole Ratrace Girls

Photo of Matthew Barney by Elizabeth Peyton
Photo of Matthew Barney by Elizabeth Peyton

“Male beauty is a more free area of beauty,” she declared, mildly.

Yes, it is!  Male beauty is more expansive than female beauty.  It is an undeveloped and wide range of “types,” numbering much higher than the constricted fjords of female beauty and its “types.”  Which is unfair.  Maybe male beauty is liberated because it isn’t as codified.

“Women’s beauty is more cliché somehow,” she continued, hesitantly.

Hm, okay, well, I guess you mean that the standards of female beauty are outmoded.  But whose standards? Botticelli’s Venus is nothing like Agyness Deyn, this decade’s Twiggy, who looked like a boy, which…returns us to male beauty.

Agyness Dean, sizzling at any age
Agyness Dean, sizzling at any age

“There’s something about men finding their individuality as an object,” she concluded, quizzically.

As an object?  Is that all I am to you?

Elizabeth Peyton @ SVA
Elizabeth Peyton @ SVA

Superstar Elizabeth Peyton selflessly accepted SVA’s invitation to do a Distinguished Alumni Lecture – open to the public – an act as generous as the a$tounding donations she’s made to SVA Alumni Benefit Auctions. As an alum, I was excited; and I can’t even fathom how thrilled the throngs of undergrads must have felt to see a mid-career titan open up about her work, collected in depth by MoMA.

Elizabeth Peyton @ SVA

Looking neatly coiffed, rosily passionate, and unambiguously lovely, the artist had envisioned a slideshow, with iTunes accompaniment, of paintings and photographs of her numerous, numinous friends; instead of delivering the stream of penetrating insight the audience might have anticipated.  The playlist is below.  Was this a good idea?

Elizabeth Peyton's desktop
Elizabeth Peyton's desktop

-What’s that adage?  “Something-something-something…don’t say anything at all?”  It censors me here, but doesn’t explain her muteness there.  I learned that her eclectic taste in music spans generations and subcultures; and that she paints the musicians she listens to, or maybe listens to the musicians she paints.  For example, Brandon Flowers of the The Killers pops up in her jukebox and in her work. Same with Julian Casablancas, who in his own words, canonized an avoidance tactic unlike that quoted above, which applied to the individuals filing out early: “So I walked out/ Oh, baby, don’t care no more, I know this for sure, I’m walkin’ out that door.”

In life, Elizabeth Peyton paints exquisite, secular icons that exhale intimacy while bursting with bold gesture.  Her work would stir Ingres, who once wrote, “A painter is perfectly right to be preoccupied with finesse, but to that he should add force, which does not exclude finesse – far from it.  The whole of painting resides in drawing that is at once strong and delicate.  Let anyone say what he will, painting is a matter of drawing that is firm, proud, and well characterized…”

Emitting phenomenal glow, her paintings are beacons to guide me through the torrents of soulless painting, and they draw me near, like a maternal whisper.  Her idols are poised like royalty and wistful like poets, and they shimmer with splendid, nectarous colors that make my mouth water.  I love them.  The subjects and the objects.  My senses cheer in their presence, just as my organs thrive with vitamins.  In his lyrics, Julian Casablancas wants to “steal your innocence,” but in her paintings, Elizabeth Peyton wants to preserve it forever, making each of her dreamy subjects a “container and record of their time.”  Just look at her Sid Vicious: merely a bad boy too big for his britches, not a dirty needle-addled butcher.

But do the paintings speak for themselves?  What do I know?  “This amphitheatre is really nice,” I heard someone say.

The Peyton playlist (“Peylist?”), note that the linked versions aren’t nec. those played tonight:::::

1. Led Zeppelin – Over the Hills and Far Away

2. The Notorious B.I.G. – Everyday Struggle

3. The Clash – Stay Free

4. Patti Smith – Frederick

5. Nirvana – Rape Me (Acoustic)

6. David Bowie – Lady Stardust

7. LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great

8. Arctic Monkeys – Cornerstone

9. The Killers – Mr. Brightside

10. The Jam – In the City

11. Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension

12. The Horrors – Scarlet Fields

13. Hellhole Ratrace – Girls

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