Clet Abraham is a French painter and sculptor who has been changing signs in Florence, New York City and Osaka in Japan. He places specially designed stickers on his street canvases so as to make them amusing and provocative, but not distract from their original purpose
“The omnipresence of street signs, other than being a sign of the culture of “anti-responsibility”, can verge on the absurd. The message is very poor (sometimes I feel like I’m being treated like an idiot by them) and yet they have a highly invasive aesthetic. As a professional in the world of visual space, I feel called to intervene, both to notify the public of the absurdity of the situation, and to propose a constructive and respectful alternative….The final objective? That traffic keeps flowing without us feeling spoken down to!” Clet Abraham
The centerpiece of Los Angeles art, Ed Ruscha is taking on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road in his new exhibition at the Hammer Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles. For the show, Ruscha has created an entirely new body of paintings and drawings that take their inspiration from passages in Kerouac’s novel.
As the Hammer notes, “This exhibition includes Ruscha’s edition of Kerouac’s legendary novel, six large paintings on canvas, and ten drawings on museum board, each taking its text from On the Road. Whether painted over snow-capped mountains in Ruscha’s signature all-caps lettering or drawn atop delicately spattered abstract backgrounds…”.
If you have read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, then you are familiar with the life and times of Neal Cassady. Carolyn Cassady , Neal’s second wife (he was known as Dean Moriarty in Road) and one of the last surviving members of the Beat’s inner circle, is the centerpiece of a major feature on the Guardian today.
As the Guardian notes, Carolyn has become something of a gatekeeper to Beat history, writing a warts-and-all memoir, Off the Road, in 1990, answering fans’ emails, and consulting for the likes of Salles. Her life has been, and continues to be, shaped by these long-dead male icons. Ironically, she is mystified by the fascination. “Kids in school are still eating it up. I don’t understand it. I don’t see any value in that at all, culturally.” Not even in reading Kerouac? “If I hadn’t known him, I never would have read any of his books.”
INSA and Inkie have now made their way through three countries this week and will wrap up their Fool’s Gold tour tomorrow in Warsaw. Tag along on their advaentures through London, Brussels, and Berlin in our road photos.
well, the art is all finished up, the van is packed and ready, and we leave bound for austin, and the start of the first leg of “the road less traveled” 2010 art tour road trip dealy. this trip will consist of two shows, one in austin at the okay mountain gallery on march 13th, and one in denver at the andenken gallery on march 20th. i will try and blog some road randomness when the opportunity presents itself, or the van breaks down. if you happen to live in or near either city on the trip, …