Maykr is an ongoing archive of blog posts dating from 2005 about art and artists around....but not limited to the Beacon, NY area.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Eye Candy Friday: Separated at Adolescence

My assistant editor for EFC came across these photographs (via twistedsifter.com) by Irina Werning that reunite her subjects with their younger selves by crafting present day recreations of their childhood photos.  Many of them are very funny and the detail of replication is pretty spectacular in some.

Extending a thread of thought....

So Werning's project is a sort of temporal displacement of twins within a self.  This photo by André Kertész (via the very fine artboobs) projects an expression of the simultaneously conjoining of the self over and over and over again.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Eye Candy Friday: Unprotected Techs

This week's selection comes to us via  Building the Perfect BeastDead Drop is an offline file sharing network created by Aram Bartholl during his residency at Eyebeam in October, 2010.  The street level guerrilla  nature of this form of sharing and communicating is appealing.  I see a whole sci fi analog to the project, one in which a wormhole onto a plane of virtual space(information) can be accessed by the enlightened on an otherwise unremarkable streetscape.
I am given pause, however,  when I consider the prospect of laying bare one's USB port to any cyber sailor looking to dip his wick or some nefarious goodfornothing out for a cheap thrill who could, intentionally or not, give your computer scabies.
On the other hand, as the Bad Idea Jeans commercial says,  "....But then I thought, when am I going to make it back to Haiti."


Dead Drops 'How to' - NYC from aram bartholl on Vimeo.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Eye Candy Friday: Film-Strip Tease



Here is your moment of....Winter? For those not getting enough...
Angelika is working on a project part of which, since September, entails hanging strips of developed 35mm film from any vertical structure available in the yard.
This here footage was filmed in January on a day after yet another accumulation of snow and the wind was gently but persistently teasing image laden streamers..
The background audio is a podcast I was listening to at that moment of a talk by Pete Favat for the SVA Designer As Author Series.
Just so you know, this video is about 15 mins. long - and nothing really happens in it.  Enjoy.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Eye Candy Friday: Refined Sweetness

Ok. I've been vacillating over how I want to proceed with maykr over the past year or so, and I think I'm close to figuring it out - which will hopefully be taking shape over the not to distant future. What I can say now is that I am fully committing myself to reinstate Eye Candy Fridays.

This is Friday.  This is your Candy:

Up this week is the new Google Art Project which is a site that culls selections of works from 17 art museums from around the world. The site brings the google street view technology to bear on certain galleries and halls of some of the finest galleries out there.

There's never a substitute for viewing artwork in person, but this project goes along way in bringing the ambiance of some of these galleries home if you can't make to the actual locations. These works are seen in context with their neighbors.  Trolling through the galleries evoke a semblance of the experience of travelling through the physical spaces.  There are some galleries in the Met's section which are jarringly washed out, otherwise the quality of image is fairly decent.  I'm digging sitting here on the sofa, traipsing around the galleries of the Gemäldegalerie seeking out a few of the paintings that struck me when I was there the Summer before last.

I certainly don't need an excuse to be on the computer for any longer than I do already, but it can be rewarding time, as long as you're there. I expect to use the art project for my own research....which may well end up in some form in my work down the road.

I also expect the website will be informing future ECFs.