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Autor: KaMĀ©

~ 10/03/11

Mr.Brainwash's copy cat approach to painting.

Call it divine intervention or just a simple wake up call to the subartistic movement of “Street art” that is making our city’s towns and even suburbs one big visual mess.
Leaving it looking like a kindergarden class (armed with spray paint) let out to early. I’m not against all forms of the genre just the tasteless and inappropriate copy cat nonsense thats no better than the large advertisements that are created by big corporations that insist on trying to sell us something.
In its attempt to counter the forces that be “Street art” has back fired and caused a stench that smells from the back alleys of Kolkata all the way to Los Angeles’s LAMOCA where it is then auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Just recently, the subject of “Street artist” Banksy’s new film “Exit Through The Giftshop” (nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary this year.) Thierry Guetta aka Mr.Brainwash is being sued by photographer Glen Friedman for copyright infringement of his image of legendary Hip Hop artists Run DMC and, it is said that more lawsuits are pending in regards to his inapporpriate use of other photographs he himself didn’t take for his debut exhibition ‘Life Is Beautiful” held in a abandoned CBS studio building in Los Angeles,CA three years ago. “> For more detailed information about this story just click on the link for the article posted in The artnewspaper on March 9th 2011. I think life would be most beautiful when you don’t have to steal other peoples images and call yourself an artist but hope to be respected by true painters who spend there entire life trying to perfect their craft.

Autor: KaMĀ©

~ 04/03/11

Jim Budman Studio New York City

Going to Art Expo is like attending a visual circus (in a good way) with lots of things to look at and enteract with,while you hope to make some kind of connection with someone you share business interest with to further your career.
In 2005 I had such an encounter and the day turned into an evening of unexpected delight when I ran into Ed Burke of Beautiful Films and Rascal the artist on display from Puerto Rico,both of which I first met in Princeton at an event at the University just one year prior through my friend Anthony Fearron;now an abstract painter himself, who befriended Tom Szaky founder of TerraCycle the fastest growing green business in the world today who was also there as a student at the time.
That evening Ed invited me to visit Budman Studios owned by Jim Budman photographer/entrepreneur down in Soho for a little after Expo party.So I headded downtown on the no.6 train and arrived at the building on the corner of Lafayette & Prince Street and when I arrived Jim Budman greeted me at the door and welcomed me inside. Jim asked what my name was and when I told him he emediately wanted to change it,telling me it was too long.I found that comment interesting and I had to remind him that we also met in Princeton at the University the same evening I met everyone else just to familiarize myself a little more.
The studio was amazing as Ed toured me around,art everywhere,but the most amazing was the White Room connected to the rest of the place through a hole in the wall, not your average door threshold to say the least.Once inside everything was pure white, the walls, the furniture,everything and the view of the city was one of the best I’ve ever experienced once you got on to the balcony.
To cap off the evening Ed told me that Maripol was going to stop by and she did,although we didn’t speak I was thrilled to somewhat meet her and couldn’t help but to wonder if I reminded her of Jean-Michel because I got that a lot back in the day when I was on the scene more often twenty years (Wow that long ago) ago because we kinda favor but not in detail.I would present to her a small painting as a gift a year later at the Soho Grand Hotel at an event showcasing her polaroid photos of 1980’s Pop culture celebrities. So Artexpo can be a great experience if you know the who’s who of the artworld and get invited to the events that occur after the lights go off at the Javits Center (correction) now at pier 94 on the Hudson.