spread - new underground art + literature
Subscribe + Spread the Love | Log in
to toppermost of the poppermost, johnny!

“art” Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Spread @4:02AM, 2017-04-27 Share | Link |
    Tags: , art, knitting, women   

    The Revolution Will Be Handmade! 

    At one time, women’s education included critical training in needle arts like sewing and knitting, which were “not only necessary skills but also political tools for the women involved in resisting authority.” At PBS, Corinne Segal reports on pussy hats and brain hats as just two examples in a long line of handmade symbols of women pitting themselves against the status quo. Then and now, knitting circles are perfect environments in which to sew the seeds of political and social discontent.

    Read the rest: Longreads

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @3:10AM, 2017-04-26 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, , ron athey   

    Ron Athey 

    “What is this desire for faith? When my whole world was consumed by AIDS, when people around me started dying, when every one of my heroes was gone, it felt like the book of apocalypse was happening. So that period influenced and scarred me in such a way that I lost faith. I had what you call a God hole.” —Ron Athey, performance artist

    Read the rest: BOMB Magazine

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @11:27PM, 2017-03-25 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, cinema, david lynch, ,   

    David Lynch on Memory, Chance and Intuition 

    “I saw a picture of the volcano Mt. St. Helens exploding and when you look at the smoke, it’s thick and it flows and roils a certain way. This is exactly the way the Elephant Man’s flesh looked. It was like a slow-motion explosion of flesh. Here’s the thing: just like in a painting, there are fast areas, and slow areas. These relationships are kind of critical, and how a thing flows is critical, but again, it’s not an intellectual thing. It’s an intuitive thing. You can’t really talk about it, but things have a way of wanting to be.” —David Lynch

    Read the rest of the interview with David Lynch, America’s foremost auteur about the principles powering his unique vision, here

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @11:16PM, 2017-03-25 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, , grant snider,   

    Styles of Writing 


    Credit: Grant Snider

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @3:58AM, 2017-03-25 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, school of visual arts, underground posters, visual arts   

    Underground posters from the School of Visual Arts 

    Let’s be real about advertising for a moment. In the digital age, we’re constantly bombarded with click-bait ads and promotional videos. Audiences are becoming more sensitive to these efforts, ad blockers are on the rise, and in 2017 we can expect advertising to continue its trend toward the hyper-personalized. People want human-centric design. But for the School of Visual Arts in New York City, that has never been an issue.

    Read the rest from PRINT Magazine

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @3:22AM, 2017-03-25 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, lines, , sze tsung leong   

    Sze Tsung Leong 

    Poetic Pictures of Horizon Lines by Sze Tsung Leong

    See the rest from Fubiz

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @6:16AM, 2017-03-24 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, , walt whitman   

    The Claustrophobic Paranoia of Walt Whitman’s Lost Novel 

    Via The New Yorker – Late one night last May, Zachary Turpin, a graduate student in the English department at the University of Houston, sat in bed next to his sleeping wife and daughter, hunting for lost works by Walt Whitman on his laptop. Turpin has spent untold hours poring over journals, letters, and other ephemera in the Walt Whitman Archive, noticing the poet’s distinctive phrases and cadences; that night, he was searching through old newspapers, hoping to find echoes of that prose. In an 1852 issue of the New York Daily Times (the newspaper dropped the word “daily” in 1857), he found a small advertisement for a novel that was to be serialized, anonymously, in another publication, the Sunday Dispatch. The novel was called “The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle.” Whitman had used the name Jack Engle in his journals. The ad’s grandiose copy also felt Whitmanian: it promised “an Auto-Biography, in which will be handled the Philosophy, Philanthropy, Pauperism, Law, Crime, Love, Matrimony, Morals, &c., which are characteristic of this great City at the present time.” Turpin wrote to the Library of Congress to request a scan of the newspaper in which the novel first appeared. “As it turns out, Jack Engle is the real thing,” he writes, in the introduction to the novel, which has just been republished by the University of Iowa Press. Whitman wrote the book while he was working as a contractor—he built houses—and writing “Leaves of Grass,” which he published in 1855. Only a single original copy has survived, in the six consecutive numbers of the Sunday Dispatch housed in the Library of Congress.

    Read the rest from The New Yorker

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @11:01PM, 2017-02-25 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, Gemma O’Brien,   

    Gemma O’Brien 

    Technological innovations will continue to wow and delight, but they’ll also come and go. In the creative world there is no replacement for the human touch as Australian calligrapher Gemma O’Brien shows us. O’Brien likens creating live art to sport. “You can’t just look away,” she says. While an artist like an athlete, can practice a concept to perfect it, the actual performance forces an artist to take a leap into an environment where mistakes can’t be airbrushed out. Here, O’Brien discusses why authenticity trumps perfection

    Read the rest at 99U

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @2:38AM, 2017-02-15 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, , , red   

    A Brief History of Red 

    Recipe books from the Middle Ages reveal the extreme methods artists pursued to achieve their reds. For the most part, painters have always loved red, from the Paleolithic period to the most contemporary. Very early on, red’s palette came to offer a variety of shades and to favor more diverse and subtle chromatic play than any other color. In red, artists found a means to construct pictorial space, distinguish areas and planes, create accents, produce effects of rhythm and movement, and highlight one figure or another.

    Read it from The Paris Review

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @12:50AM, 2017-02-13 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, , paul nash   

    Paul Nash 

    Within moments of entering the Tate’s exhibit Paul Nash’s paintings, my brisk walk slowed to a mesmerized linger as I encountered something new and strange, watching the artist make discoveries and adjustments, trying in different ways to fit his vision to dark experience and to blend his “Englishness” with international modernism—and not always succeeding. Even at its most urgent, Nash’s painting seems tremulous, poised between past and future, dream and reality.

    Read the rest from The New York Review of Books

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @11:39PM, 2017-02-12 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, , love, short story   

    Love Is Blind and Deaf 

    They ate apples when they ate and, after a while, they knew it all. Eve grasped the purpose of suffering (there is none), and Adam got his head around free will (a question of terminology). They understood why the new plants were green, and where breezes begin, and what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. Adam saw spots; Eve heard pulses. He saw shapes; she heard tones. And, at a certain point, with no awareness of the incremental process that had led them there, they were fully cured of their blindness and deafness. Cured, too, of their marital felicity.

    Fiction reads from The New Yorker

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @12:23AM, 2017-02-08 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, bob marley, ,   

    Lost Bob Marley Tapes Restored 

    For 40 years, 13 reel-to-reel tapes containing live Bob Marley songs sat in a cardboard box in a London hotel basement. They might have landed in the trash if they hadn’t been discovered in a building clean-out by a friend of the London businessman Joe Gatt, who alerted his colleague Louis Hoover. Mr. Hoover recognized the value of the tapes immediately. “I was speechless,” he told The Guardian.

    The analog tapes contain the original recordings of Mr. Marley’s concerts between 1974 and 1978, at European venues like the Lyceum Theater in London and the Pavillon de Paris.

    Read the rest from The New York Times

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @2:26AM, 2017-02-03 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, Caitlin Keogh   

    Caitlin Keogh 

    “Ropes” by Caitlin Keogh, 2016, acrylic on canvas

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @11:58PM, 2017-02-02 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, bosch, bruegel, genre painting   

    Bosch and Bruegel 

    Alexandra Harris via The Guardian writes:

    Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder work like antagonistic muscles in the imagination, pulling with and against each other. Bosch is a painter of medieval hellfire whose fantastical creations exceed our nightmares. Bruegel, most memorably and wonderfully, shows us a recognisable world where children lick bowls clean, bagpipers draw breath and harvesters stretch out in the sun. Turning from metaphysics and from myth, he attends to the ploughman who labours his way across a field while Icarus falls into the sea far below. Bosch’s pale figures belong to the international gothic; Bruegel’s weighty peasants dance vigorously into modern times.

    Yet Bruegel (born 10 years after the elder artist’s death) was greeted by his contemporaries as a “second Bosch”, and the connections between the two Netherlandish masters have fascinated viewers for centuries. In this revelatory new study, the US art historian Joseph Leo Koerner argues that they are – together – the originators of what would later be called “genre” painting.

    Read the rest from The Guardian

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @11:52PM, 2017-02-02 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, gonzo, , Ralph Steadman   

    Ralph Steadman 

    “People used to say, ‘Don’t you make a mistake?’ But there’s no such thing as a mistake, only an opportunity to do something else, change, adapt it as you go along… I don’t like the second guess. I like taking the bull by the horns and going with it. Straight in there. Things happen, accidents happen, interesting things happen when you start drawing straight away into the white surface. One thing I love doing is slapping paint straight away on to a brand new piece of paper. There’s a great joy in that. Taking it from there. A lot of that goes on in the drawings. I’m not very fond of pencil.”
    —Ralph Steadman

    Read the full article from The Irish Times

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
  • Spread @3:47AM, 2017-01-28 Share | Link |
    Tags: art, , , ,   

    How Music Dies (Or Lives) 

    Via Utne Reader

    Art is designed to reveal, not to show us what we already see and know. Yet, the gigantic copying machine that is the music industry, by necessity, thrives on repetition. And when a system ceases changing, it has become a cadaver.

    Read the rest from Utne Reader

    email, print, bookmark, and share
     
c
compose new post
j
next post/next comment
k
previous post/previous comment
r
reply
e
edit
o
show/hide comments
t
go to top
l
go to login
h
show/hide help
shift + esc
cancel