Archive for April, 2008

Jane Alexander’s Butcher Boys

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Yes, this may look like a scary statue of naked monster men but it’s really some kind of statement about apartheid. No really. It was created in 1985-6 when apartheid was still around. Because it’s art one must assume that it’s against apartheid. Maybe not. Seems like monster men would support that sort of thing, you know, being monster men and all.

Jane Alexander is an African artist.


She’s white.

Joe Carlyle Smith’s Roadside Sculptures

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

This masterpiece can be found of Texas Highway 21 near Austin. Here is an example of art taking its value from location. If this was in a London gallery its worth would never be questioned but where it is it might be seen as just another example of odd roadside Americana. Is there a difference? Who’s to say?

The artist is Dr. Joe Carlyle Smith.

Red Scare

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
Red Scare

Red Scare is an amazing database of images digitized by the Newman Library at Baruch College in New York.

According to their website Red Scare is about the period in the history of the United States immediately following World War I. Within two dates the country witnessed a deadly flu epidemic, a strike wave of unparalleled proportions, race riots, hyper-inflation, mass round-ups and deportations of foreigners, expulsion of elected officials, an incapacitated president, prohibition and women’s suffrage.

In the words of Walter Lippmann, “right thinking men were scared out of their wits.” This fear is what Red Scare seeks to document.

The images can be found here.

John Martz’s Yearbook Project

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Cartoonist John Martz has drawn every single image in his mother’s high school yearbook from 1968.

Chris Burden’s Urban Light

Monday, April 21st, 2008
Chris Burden

Chis Burden is one of the handful of conceptual artists who has consistently produce interesting art. His work has involved being shot at and nailed, Christ-like, to the top of a Volkswagen. When the Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently expanded they had Burden produce a piece involving 200 cast iron lampposts.

Chris Burden Urban Light