A Way to Create Satisfaction

“My father wanted to buy a Nikon FM2 but could not afford it so he had to settle for the Olympus OM2. Dad did this by trading in one of his disapproving father’s Minox spy cameras. As an eight-year-old, I wanted to solve the conflict and get my dad what he wanted. I made a Nikon camera out of clay for him. I etched Nikon into the front of it and made little strips of film that fit in the back. As an adult, maybe I want a Glock or an HK MP-5 gun or a hand grenade or a Hermes Kelly bag–they’re all symbols of status and power. But I’m not really able to spend fourteen thousand dollars for an alligator Kelly bag. The work has been a way to create satisfaction.” – Tom Sachs

I recently picked up No. 1: First Works of 362 Artists for a friend. While leafing through, I stumbled upon this page and loved it.

I then purchased a copy for myself.

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up for August 22nd, 2014

landscape of the ephemeral x the days at hand x out of bounds 

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Boston Artadia Awards 2014

(Film still from ‘Winter’ by Amie Siegel, one of the 2009 recipients of Boston’s Artadia Award)

“Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the 2014 Boston Artadia Awards from all visual artists living and working throughout the metro Boston area.* Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Artadia awardees will be selected through a two-tiered jury process that employs a panel of prominent curators and established artists. Since 1997, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 285 artists throughout its Award cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. This is Artadia’s third Award cycle in the Boston area.”

Money Matters: “Artadia Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000, and are unrestricted. The award money can be used however the artist sees fit.”

Deadline: October 24th, 2014 6PM EST

How: Apply here.

Good luck! ♥

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Dali’s Guidelines

10 Guidelines For Anyone Who Wishes To Be a Painter

1. Artist, better be rich than poor; learn to work with the brush in such a way that under it gold and jewels are born.
2. Painters should not fear perfection. They will never achieve it.
3. First of all, learn to paint like the old masters. Then you’ll be able to paint the way you want (like yourself) and everyone will respect you.
4. Don’t lose your eyes, hands, and especially your head – to become a painter you will need them.
5. If you are one of these who think that contemporary art has overcome Vermeer and Raphael’s art do not read this book but remain in the state of blissful idiotism where you belong.
6. Don’t be ignorant in the art of painting otherwise after your death the art of painting will ignore you.
7. Laziness doesn’t bear masterpieces!
8. Artist, paint!
9. Artist, do not drink alcohol and (for all your life) do not smoke hashish more than 5 times.
10. If the art of painting does not love you, all your love for it will be pointless

-Salvador Dali from 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship 

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Weekly Wrap-Up for August 15th, 2014

the kiss x succinct and tactile x the dark gate

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What Dreams May Come

“What some folks call impossible, is just stuff they haven’t seen before.”What Dreams May Come

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Weekly Wrap-Up for August 8th, 2014

confluence x mannerism x entropy x piece by piece  

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A Vacancy

“I was going on a train from Manchester to London and I was looking out of the window at some cows, I believe, and I just thought: “Boy doesn’t know he’s a wizard – goes off to wizard school.” I have no idea where it came from. I think the idea was floating along the train and looking for someone and my mind was vacant enough so it decided to zoom in there.”

— J.K. Rowling

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Weekly Wrap-Up for August 1st, 2014

romance x visions x after beauty x burning as it were a lamp

 

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From the Heart

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”

― Marc Chagall 

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