Monday, July 28, 2008

beautiful world

All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. This becomes even more obvious when posterity gives its final verdict and sometimes rehabilitates forgotten artists.

I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) french artist

I'm coming off another jammed pack weekend spent with visiting family. this time it was my sister and her two kids - they got in thursday afternoon and flew out this afternoon. a's family is currently living in zambia and they are spending a few weeks in the states making the circuit visiting family and friends. one of the special events we checked out on friday evening was cleveland's annual ingenuity festival. it seems only fitting to mention of this festival in light of today's birthday boys - marcel duchamp and gerald casale.

duchamp was born in blainville-crevon france on 28 july 1887. he is most closely associated with the dadaist and surrealist art movements - and perhaps his most famous piece of work is nude descending a staircase. I would have loved to have met marcel - any guy who has an alter ego like rrose sélavy would be a fun friend to pal around with, don't you think?

the other birthday honoree for today is gerald casale - gerry is one of the founding members of the new wave band devo. devo was a pioneer in the area of music videos. who can forget their classic song whip it! or the amazing album q: are we not men? a: we are devo! devo combines surrealistic humor, social commentary, and just plain fun. gerry was born on july 28, 1948 - although his wiki bio doesn't say where he was born, since devo was born at kent state, I expect gerry like the other founding members of devo is a local boy!

photos: top - a flag of car bumpers part of the 'red tag' project anti-war art installation; insert - aphrodesia, a world fusion group based in san francisco, performing friday night. both taken 7.25.08

this post would have been up hours ago, but I was having difficulties trying to post photos with blogger - but luckily now it appears they fixed whatever bug was bugging me and undoubtedly many others!


R.L. Bourges said...

Your mention of Marcel Duchamp reminded me of photographer Berenice Abbott - an Ohio girl! - about whom you can learn more here

another July birthday girl, it seems :-)

WAT said...

Car frames? How bizarre! DEVO! YES! So weird, and yet catchy.

Sorry for the belated news, but I did get your gift. No need to be pissed now. THANK U! SO KIND AND THOUGHTFUL OF U.

tut-tut said...

Devo! didn't know they were Ohio-bred.

Thank you for the suggestions for L and schools. I'll let you know when we start the college search in earnest. I may take you up on your offer to stay . . .

Thank you, r.l. bourges, for the link, too. I'll check it out.

have a good Tuesday--stay cool, if you can.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

rlb - thanks for the link. what a great photographer/artist & july 17 is a fine day for a birthday.

wat - if you double click on the pic, you'll see many of the bumpers sport bumper stickers that are 'political' in added dimension.
glad you got the package - pissed, who said I was going there?

tut - excellent. starting out to be a beautiful morning, but who knows what lies in wait!

Steve said...

I didn't even realize those bumpers made up a flag -- BRILLIANT!

I never knew the Devo boys were Ohioans. They were always so far out.