From the thumbnails pictured, it’s clear that creating approximately 115 pages of art, as well as the cover, was a mammoth undertaking. These are all for a graphic novel based on the book titled: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Don’t know how he accomplished it in only 5 months.

I just spent the better part of last weekend [and quite a few evenings last week too], watching a wide variety of videos and films and assorted media at the 20th Annual Dallas Video Festival.

Even from the first screening, I got that same old feeling of “Hey, I could do that. I could make a film. A short one of course, but yeah, I could do it.” So now I have burned into my mind a long list of images, sounds and ideas that were are dying to pop up fully formed as the next brilliant video. Or film. Or doc. (That’s inside-lingo-talk for documentary, donchaknow?)

Can I say the 2 pieces that have stuck with my the past few days couldn’t be more opposite. One’s a slow, quiet deep-dive into the making of a Steinway piano [review in local paper] and the other was 3 clips which preview a gritty, down-on-the-ground and terrifying look at the forgotten war in Afghanistan, and the soldiers fighting it. The Forgotten War [(Scott Kesterson)]

I would love to see Note by Note again (the lush, visually stimulating story of pianos) – yes it was that good. In a former life, filmmaker was a graphic designer. >> about the filmmaker

And I am of two minds about Scott’s work – I really do mywant to see the piece when it’s all finished, but I don’t know if I can watch that so-very-up-close-and-personal look at war. Man’s inhumanity to man is more than tough to watch. Not sure that I can stomach it. I feel squeamish even now just thinking about it. >> about the filmmaker

It’s a class where you can never quite complete the final exam. Write the thesis. Get the diploma.

It’s life.

And how we manage life in 2007 has changed. It’s no longer following the college path like it has for the 2 generations preceding. My parents. And their parents. The path my folks took was the basic 12 years plus college which would yield a degree and that would mean a quote unquote good job.

Now whatever the focus may be in college, most likely the job would NOT be in any similar field. It often looks like it was simply the aquisition of the degree, the stick-to-ive-ness of getting through those 4 years (or more), the showing a sense of completion, Read the rest of this entry »

…best-of-the-web nominations for the conference starting next week called Museums and the Web: 2007

recognizing achievement in heritage Web site design

Learning at the Whitney

So who is Steve steve’s world + what’s he tagging?

Steve is a research project whose participants are building a tagging tool, collecting tags, analyzing data, and engaging in discussion. We hope to apply what we learn to improving access to works of art.

Join the first experiment in social tagging of art museum collections.

Welcome to (FAAN)

March 9, 2007

the Fine Art Adoption Network

FAAN is an online network, which uses a gift economy to connect artists and potential collectors. All of the artworks on view are available for adoption. This means quote acquiring an artwork without purchasing it, through an arrangement between the artist and collector. The goal is to help increase and diversify the population of art owners and to offer artists new means for engaging their audience.

Hmm. I haven’t found much art that can be gifted beyond the NYC or LA areas. Perhaps next time I check back, there’ll be something more listed than just one artist for Texas.

sunday in Grand Prairie

March 4, 2007

It’s a beautiful day. doll-7.jpg and I so enjoy my visits with Japanese artist, Miko. Her artwork is a constant source of inspiration to me.