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Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

Samuel Jackson pitching Capital One in an MC Escher environment

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

I just saw a very creative commercial for Capital One where Samuel Jackson is walking through a shifting-stairs environment which brings to mind MC Escher’s famous image titled “Relativity,” which is shown below left (with Jackson’s setup on the right). Scroll down to watch the actual commercial.

MC Escher Relativity with Samuel Jackson

Winter wonderland via David Hockney

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This is a short excerpt from David Hockney’s video installation Woldgate Woods, November 26th (2010), which was filmed with nine cameras attached to a moving SUV, exhibited across a multi-screen grid. It was part of Hockney’s recent exhibition at Pace Gallery in NYC.

Artisans Inspired: Andrew Tedesco

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

We happened upon a video profile of artist Andrew Tedesco, whose amazing murals we have covered here before. In this new video, titled “Artisans Inspired,” Andrew explains how some of his work gets inspired by travel, and paraphrases a Picasso quote, saying “when he would travel, he would devour everything in his sight, and just take it, and keep it, and use it later” … great quote! The video also has some coverage of Tedesco working on pieces in his studio as well as some footage of finished-and-installed murals.

For more information on Andrew Tedesco and his murals, please check out his web site here.

A glimpse into what’s happening with Christian aTunde Adjuah

Friday, November 7th, 2014

One of the best jazz concerts I’ve heard – ever – was Christian aTunde Adjuah (previously known as Christian Scott) and his dectet at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse last May (see what Jr. Bop and Lil’ Groove think about it here). It causes me to check his Facebook page on a regular basis to see if and when he might be coming back to the NYC area so I can see him perform again. I don’t see anything coming up any time soon, so in the meantime, I’ll have to settle for bits and pieces via the internet, such as this recent video. In the video, Christian discusses a range a topics, including his name change, his new double album, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and his band mates … check it out below:

The Art & Jazz Series, #1, featuring Arshak Sirunyan

Monday, September 29th, 2014

We previously had our “Art & Jazz Series” over at our now-disbanded membership section, and we’re in the process of rolling over all of the former membership features into the regular site (where everything has always been free and accessible to all). In the Art & Jazz Series, we listen to jazz compositions and then guide you towards an art project related to the music.

So our debut Art & Jazz Series #1 features the music of jazz pianist Arshak Sirunyan, and in particular a composition from his album Journal (if you like his music as much as we do, you can buy this album here). We focus on his song “Twitching Eye,” and we listen as to how he suggests the movement of the twitching through his music. You can watch the video, hear the music, and then jump into our suggested art project based on this song … check it out here.

Please note – more Art & Jazz Series coming soon … we have 3 more lined up with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, and The Bad Plus. We’ll let you know once they’re posted.

jazz pianist Arshak Sirunyan in our Art and Jazz Series #1

Phil Frost in the studio

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

I’ve been a fan of Phil Frost’s work for a long time, ever since I used to see his pieces attached to walls on the Lower East Side in the early 1990’s. He seems to be a hard artist to track down, exhibition-wise, as it appears that his last show in New York was in 2009. But I happened upon this video, in which he discusses his love of the music of Bob Marley. That topic in itself doesn’t interest me so much, but the video shows multiple looks inside of his studio, and it’s packed full with incredible paintings … I could spend hours looking around this studio, love his work!

How art can help you analyze

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

We happened upon this interesting video, which explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.

Accidental reflections in a Jay West painting

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This painting by Jay West, titled “Sailor’s Last Voyage,” caught my attention at the recent Scope Art Fair. But I didn’t realize how prominent the reflections on the glossy surface would be captured in my photograph until I got home and saw it on the computer. Scroll down to see a video about Jay West, and in the video you can actually see him working on this exact same painting!

Jay West painting at the Scope Art Fair, 2014

Buddhist monks breakdancing in memory of MCA

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

If that headline doesn’t catch your attention, what will? I didn’t realize it until after the event took place, but just this past May 3rd was declared as “MCA Day 2014: Celebrating the Life of Adam Yauch,” and there were events organized in Brooklyn. The PR for the event states: “Humanitarian, artist, rapper, musician, Sasquatch, filmmaker, activist, snowboarder and Hörnblowér. Adam Yauch was one of the best this crazy world has ever seen. Let’s get together and honor a life well-lived through his favorite channels: art, music and community.”

MCA was a practicing Buddhist and was a supporter of Tibetan Buddhism. He created the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to Tibetan independence, and organized several benefit concerts to support the cause, including the Tibetan Freedom Concert. So it was only fitting that a group of “Buddhist Monks” (I put that in quotes, because my guess is that these guys are just dressed like monks) did a breakdancing performance in honor of MCA – check it out below.

The Art of the Steal: an Evel Knievel wannabe who doubles as an art thief

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The concept behind the movie “The Art of the Steal” starring Kurt Russell sounds like a wacky combination too good to be true: a third rate motorcycle daredevil (a la Evel Knievel) who is also a semi-reformed art thief, decides to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft. Granted, it’s probably a small target audience that appreciates both Evel Knievel and fine art, but hey, I’m in that demographic, so let’s look into this further.

Problem #1: Kurt Russell’s character’s name is “Crunch Calhoun.” Can anyone really take a movie seriously if the main character’s name is “Crunch?”

Problem #2: It’s Kurt Russell … granted, I haven’t seen many Kurt Russell movies, but my perception is that he’s often in cheesy movies. Or at least the titles of some of his movies sure sound cheesy: “The Strongest Man in the World,” “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes,” “Tango and Cash,” and “Big Trouble in Little China” are just a few of his gems.

One review says that it’s “not a must-watch, but it’s probably entertaining enough to merit a rental if you’ve got a rainy Tuesday evening to kill.” Even though that feedback should tell me not to waste my time, I’ll probably still watch it … here’s the trailer, decide for yourself:

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