Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Fox

I have not yet seen the painted bunting this year, but the grey fox is out.

Ai Wei-Wei: Artist's Art of Living Live

Ai Wei-Wei under self imposed surveillance
In response to the constant surveillance by the Chinese government, Ai Wei-Wei has installed webcams in his studio streaming the artist's life onto the web live.  The site, is currently down.  I suspect this is the result of the international news coverage and a world population addicted to reality television. 

Since we were recently on the topic of Damien Hirst, here is the link to his live studiocam.

Hirst's Studio - 4/4/12 - 8:00am CST

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Damien Hirst - Old World Death, New World Style

The (not so young) Young British Artist Damien Hirst is being honored with a  retrospective of his work at the Tate Modern.  In the 1990s, Hirst exemplified British avant garde art.  The most famous work was a shark suspended in a vat of formaldehyde.  As can been seen in the Tate show, death is the recurring theme.  Like the encrusted skulls of the Aztecs, Hirst created a modern Bling version with rhinestones.  This Aztec skull is at the British Museum, while Hirst's "For Love of God" is at the Tate.

Aztec Mask, British Museum
"For Love of God" biting Hirst

Dock Rules - No Diving

The severe drought in Texas has left many lakes with little water.  But, the simple rules of water safety still apply.
Lake Buchanan, March 2012