“Art has to be a kind of confession. I don’t mean a true confession in the sense of that dreary magazine. The effort it seems to me, is: if you can examine and face your life, you can discover the terms with which you are connected to other lives, and they can discover them, too — the terms with which they are connected to other people. This has happened to every one of us, I’m sure. You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discovered it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that they are alone. This is why art is important.
Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important. Most of us, no matter what we say, are walking in the dark, whistling in the dark. Nobody knows what is going to happen to them from one moment to the next, or how one will bear it. This is irreducible. And it’s true for everybody. Now, it is true that the nature of society is to create, among its citizens, an illusion of safety; but it is also absolutely true that the safety is always necessarily an illusion.
Artists are here to disturb the peace. They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.”
— James Baldwin in an interview in 1961
by Brian Cheek
Klaus Nomi sculpture by Pat Keck
Benjy Russell. 2014
I’ve got a show coming up in Nashville, TN at Open Gallery if any of you are in the area. The show is called Soft Butch and the opening is March 1st from 6pm-9pm.
I just had this neon sign made last week and photographed it at my neighbor’s property. He has this beautiful cave that has a pond inside and a creek running into the bowels of the earth that allegedly you can canoe. WTF?! I hope you enjoy the photograph because I almost died shooting it. Several times.
Be Mine, All Mine
Brent Pruitt, collage, 2014
Social Kunst, no. 8, 1932 Cover by John Heartfield
Heading Out, 2013, by Canadian artist Philipp Boltz
Russian authorities seize several paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin from St. Petersburg’s Museum of Power gallery.
Altunin has fled Russia, with plans to seek asylum.
Photo of Konstantin Altunin’s confiscated painting, ‘Travesty”, intimately depicts Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev in lingerie.