“MOMENTS OF CLARITY” BY MATTHEW QUICK

by Ariadna Zierold

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“From the people who build monuments in the first place, to those who destroy them, from theVisigoths and Vandals sacking Rome, the waves of European colonization, the destruction wrought by ISIS, taggers defacing Banksy’s work and I’ve even seen guys walking down the street keying cars one after another, there is a thread running though all: the universal connection is about leaving a mark.

They are all trying to say: Here I am. I have existed.

Some say it with beauty. Others with destroying the beauty. But the sentiment is the same.” – Matthew Quick

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To represent these ideas into cohesive, instantly recognizable visual stories, Matthew Quick started painting existing monuments with specific contemporary items. And while this worked, something curious also happened. What he found was that in many cases the added object altered the focus, causing the viewer to begin questioning the origins of the item and its place in society.

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With his attention now turned to contemporary society, suddenly everything was fair game. With their conscious symbolism, the statues provide a foundation for a revisionist take on the notions of beauty, pride, individual freedom, social control, surveillance and nationalism. Historical sacred cows were also up for grabs. With ordinary objects replacing their crowns and thrones, the aura of emperors and gods can be transformed into powerless nobodies. And by gently ridiculing the deceitful behavior of rulers who intentionally fail to act as they speak, it allowed him to question their motivations and subvert their initial grandiose goals.

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“I’LL CRY WHEN I’M DONE KILLING” BY MAGNUS GJOEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Magnus Gjoen brings a touch of punk- sensibility to the art tradition. His fashion background infuses Magnus’ art, re-thinking old concepts and re-interpreting them for the contemporary climate. Working to shed new light on past treasures, Magnus’ prints alters the relationships between the viewer and the preconceived notions of objects; something which is ostensibly powerful and destructive is transfigured into beautiful and fragile objects of art, be it weapons, animals or the human race itself.

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His digital works make us look twice to grasp their meaning. Gjoen’s unique style of juxtaposing themes of religion, war, beauty, and destruction in his art bring us to also question their correlation.

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RIP, Maurice Sendak

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Two really sad loses over the past 5 days, as yesterday we have lost Where the Wild Things Are author, Maurice Sendak, at the age of 83. He was seeing a bit of resurgence with his legacy over the past 4 years, with retrospectives in museums such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, as well as Spike Jonze taking his masterful children’s book to the screen with a wonderful, heartfelt interpretation.

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First Friday: PJ Harvey “Let England Shake”

Any album that is a conceived upon researching Eliot, Pinter, and the history of conflict, including the British’s Gallipoli Campaign is worth a major listen. And PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake was one of the great triumphs of the past 5 years in music. One of our contemporary treasures.

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Banksy takes on the Church, uses bathroom tiles to do it

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Banksy has unveiled a new sculpture, Cardinal Sin, in response to the Church’s ongoing, lasting, constant child abuse cases. It can now be seen at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. As Banksy noted in a statement, from the BBC, “I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one. I love everything about the Walker Gallery – the Old Masters, the contemporary art, the rude girl in the cafe. And when I found out Mr Walker built it with beer money it became my favourite gallery. The statue? I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse.”

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Houdini: Art and Magic at Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF

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Ooohh, this one looks really good. The Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF has really had some interesting shows over the past few years but we are really excited about checking out the Houdini: Art and Magic show up through January 16, 2012.

Handcuffs, shackles, straitjackets, milk cans, packing trunks – nothing could hold Harry Houdini (1874-1926), the renowned magician and escape artist who became one of the 20th century’s most legendary performers. With a talent for self-promotion and provocation, this immigrant son of a poor Hungarian rabbi rocketed to international fame and grabbed front page headlines with his gripping theatrical presentations and heart-stopping outdoor spectacles – often dangling high above huge crowds or being lowered dramatically into an icy river locked inside a crate.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents the first major exhibition to examine Houdini’s life, legend, and enduring cultural influence. Houdini: Art and Magic includes more than 160 objects including magic apparatus, a recreation of the famous Water Torture Cell, historic photographs, dramatic art nouveau-era posters, theater ephemera, and archival and silent films that allow visitors to fully explore the career and legacy of the celebrated entertainer. The exhibition also features 26 contemporary works of art by Jane Hammond, Vik Muniz, Raymond Pettibon and more that bring to light Houdini’s lasting impact on contemporary art and culture.

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