I haven’t read many comics lately. Being busy at work, trying to realize my own creative ideas, and maintaining a social / personal life… well, it just hasn’t been easy to find the time. Occasionally though, I will take a break and read a quick issue or two. I do listen to quite a few podcast while I work however, and one that I look forward to each week is 11’Oclock Comics. Over the years they’ve introduced me to comics that I probably would have never even considered, let alone heard of. Last week, they had a very nice review of a new web-comic written by Brian K Vaughan and illustrated by Marcos Martin called The Private Eye, and the idea sounded pretty sweet so I had to check it out.
The story takes place in a post-internet world, where protecting personal privacy has become most important. So much so, that people don’t even go out into public without wearing costumes and masks, and taking a photo of another person without their permission is a Federal offence. Today we share our lives on Facebook, and tweet everything. Its interesting to see the pendulum swing to the opposite extreme.
I also like the way this comic is distributed. Even though in the story the internet doesn’t exist anymore, out here in the really-real world you’ll only be able to buy this comic online. You can even name your price and pay whatever you think is fair. I like this payment model, and hope that is works out very well for the creators. There is currently only one issue available, but Brian K Vaughan is a great writer and I look forward to see how everything unfolds.
“Las Dos Fridas” by Frida Kahlo, 1939
I’ve always really liked this picture by Frida Kahlo.
“St. Eustace” 1499-1503
I’ve been looking at Albrecht Dürer’s engravings a lot this week. His work is something I pour over when I need inspiration, and it is easy to see why. He is a true master. I just can’t believe the line and detail, and then when I think of the technique… I am just blown away by his skill.
“Death, Knight and the Devil” 1513
The fine folk at Frisch have given me the opportunity to hang some artwork in their restaurant. It looks damn nice, I’ve got to say.
Frisch is a Vegetarian and Vegan restaurant that serves very tasty food. I’ve been vegetarian for a number of years now, and it is always nice to find a restaurant that serves great vegetarian food. I love food that is good and spicy, and I’m always on the lookout for Jamaican Jerk, so its easy for me to recommend Frisch’s “Fancy Boy”.
Stop in, get some treats, and check out some artwork.
Frisch Compassionate Eatery
779 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Be sure to stop into the Urban Arts Gallery at the Gateway to see some great artwork, and to see the Fourteenth Ward perform! A great way to spend the evening
“Woman with Bird” by Kiki Smith, 2003
Anna has written about Kiki Smith here before, but I have found myself looking at Kiki’s work quite a bit this last week or two.
I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t been able to write a proper blog post, but I wanted to at least upload the great drawing above. I really love the layering and texture
“Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” by Duchamp, 1912
If you have an interest in early 20th Century art or follow art history news you probably know that we just passed the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show, a.k.a. 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art. It is called the Armory show because the exhibit was first held in the U.S. Coast Guard armories in New York, although it later traveled to Chicago and Boston.
The 1913 Armory Show was really the first large scale exhibit of Modern Art in America. Although there were a number of Americans who had their work included in the show, it was probably the first time most attendees were introduced to the new artwork being created in Europe. Artists like Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Cezanne, Duchamp, Gauguin, Leger, Hopper, Bellows, Goya, Seurat, Derain, Van Gogh… and so many others as well, with more than 300 artists.
“Portrait of Mlle Pogany” by Brancusi, 1912
This show was a powerhouse, and it must have been so impressive to see. Without a doubt, it changed the artistic style of many American artists and the direction of American art.
100 years ago… I would love to have been there.
nytimes.com | Armory Show
“The Blue Nude” by Henri Matisse, 1907