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  • Kurt Brindley 9:36 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, art concepts, , Россия, , , Ma, , , , , , ,   

    Negative Space 

    Negative Space

     

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:28 pm on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , art, art exhibits, , Native Americans, sculptors, sculpture, Smithsonian, , Women Artists, , Women Sculptors, ,   

    Meet the First Woman Sculptor of African-American and Native American Heritage to Achieve International Fame 

    EDMONIA LEWIS [Image courtesy of Wikipedia]

    Also known as, Wildfire

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:37 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, artistic concepts, Chinese characters, 間, , , Japanese concepts, , , , , , , Spatialism   

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    • quillella 5:31 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am….confused. This is like the modern art of writing :P

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    • Aimer Boyz 11:16 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have no idea how you did this and I’m not sure what you were trying to say, but I can’t stop looking at it … Definitely the most unique post I’ve seen. Fascinating :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:27 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, I’m so happy you enjoy it, my friend. Perhaps, so as not to lose its impact for you, it’s best if I not to explain what it means to me.

        Thank you, AB – your kindness is always received with much gratitude.

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:18 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, , , , , ,   

    Sticking It To The Man: A Cultural Response 

    #PROTESTART

    VIA ACTUS MAGAZINE

    #RESIST

    #LEWD
    #NSFW

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    Actus Magazine

    By Abigail Gilson 

    There is a reinvigorated cultural response to the current political dysfunction on the rise. Artists from around the world have mobilised together to troll Trump by creating controversial protest paintings, sculptures, and murals- and they’re holding nothing back. There is no limit of political satire nor hues of orange in these depictions of the U.S president however their outright messages have provoked censorship across social media sites (so much for free speech, eh) and even the administration has threatened particular artists with litigation. Alas, all is not lost with this dose of cultural reassurance: here are five distorted versions of D.T that are sure to make protest-art great again.  

    Emotional Downloads by James Ostrer

    1168536(Donald Trump), ED 213M

    This grotesque rendition of Donald Trump is not for the soft-stomached as it is curated completely from raw meat, fish, chewed up pieces of croissant and drizzled in…

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  • Kurt Brindley 4:23 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , art, , , , , , , , , , , ,   

    In view of it being Awards Season… 

    I nominate this amazing New Yorker image for this year’s “Best Supporting Image” award.

    I’m not certain if the article it is in support of is worthy to be nominated for this year’s “Best Article” award because I haven’t finished it yet because it’s so damn long it should have its own Executive Summary.

    I mean, it’s so damn long it makes my recently published so-called “long” post look like a piddly ol’ Trump tweet.

    Anyway, if you have the gusto, click on the image to read the article.

    Spoiler alert…

    It’s hard to tell from the image, but the article is about Trump and Russian’s influence over him.

    #prayforoscar

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 3:55 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, banksy, , , environmental politics, EPA, , , , Inconvenient Truths, litter, , , trash   

    Following in the Footsteps of Humanity 

     

    #PROTESTART

     

    @therealbanksy just tweeted this:


     
    #banksyatartspointyendofthespear
    #prayforbanksy
    #prayforprotestart
    #prayforhumanity

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:40 pm on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: African American History, , , art, artifacts, , , , , , National Museum of African American History & Culture, national museums, ,   

    Inside the National Museum of African American History & Culture 

    President Trump visited our nation’s newest national museum today and provided a few remarks afterwards, a video of which can be found below. I have not yet visited the museum so I spent some time learning a bit about it. I found several interesting videos that provide a narrative insight alongside a look inside the museum; however, I feel this non-narrative video accompanied with a groovy soundtrack from JUKEBOX DC speaks best to me about what the museum is all about, and what I look forward to seeing when visiting in person.


     

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 5:10 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , art, , , gif art, , , , SAG Awards, Screen Actors Guild, Stranger Things, , Winoa Ryder   

    Arting On with the Stars 

    This is what I am talking about of Artists using their platforms for the good of the Republic…


     

    And this is what I’m talking about of all the many [fun] facets and [funny] forms that Art can take…

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:03 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ON US 

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    ★ ★ ★

    While the president does everything within his power, which is growing mightier by the day, to convince us that the press is the enemy, we have to seriously consider alternate means for holding him accountable for these egregious actions of his that are direct attacks on our freedoms.

    I don’t believe he will ever in a declarative, political manner take our eloquently expressed Constitutional freedoms away from us by any messy and slow Rule of Law means; for, this would require him to rallying the Congress to write and pass the laws that would strike down our freedoms, and which would require such a slanted stacking of the Courts with those who would find such invalidating laws…legal.

    Not his style.

    Besides, there is no need for him to go through all that effort…

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:00 am on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, BLKKK SKKKN HEAD, , , , , , , political songs, , , , Yeezy   

    Kanye Dumps Trump? 

    How did I miss the news that Kanye finally snapped out of that unbalanced Trump-lovin’ funk of a spell he was under and, after realizing his madness, eradicated all reference to the former bro billionaire, aka, our so-called president, aka, the dictator rising before our eyes, from his twitter account?!

    You know, I’m not even going to try to understand Kanye’s erratic behavior…

    Too busy trying to understand our so-called president’s erratic behavior.

    All I know is that as long as the Yeezy is down on the Trump, he’s okay again with me.

    Most importantly, I can end the boycott I had against his music and get it back on my workout playlist where it belongs.

    #kanyeatartspointyendofthespear
    #artuntilithurts
    #stayrelentless

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 pm on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, , , , , , , , , , , , ,   

    In Memoriam 

    Trump Administration Memorial Cemetary

    And In Anticipation

    #stayrelentlessmyfriends
    #happyvalentinesday

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 7:50 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, , , , , , , Leonard Bernstein, , , , , ,   

    At Art’s Pointy End of the Spear 

    Art's Point End of the Spear

    As an artist, by which I mean anyone who creates artistically in any medium, do you ever use your art as a down in the trenches, fight fire with fire type of weapon in the never-ending battle against the forces evil; or is your art reserved only as an expression of beauty and love and hope for Art’s sake with the ancillary hope that it will be so uplifting that the forces of evil will expire from the weight of love’s suffocating abundance?

    I ask because, as some of you may know (since I’ve whined about it here, here, and here, among other places), I have had a difficult time arting, so to speak, ever since Trump’s election. I felt both depressed mentally and suppressed artistically.

    And I blamed it all on Trump and his supporters.

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    • Joy Pixley 8:29 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Art harder! <3

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    • wscottling 8:59 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My writings have always been a reflection of my feelings… mostly. I write to get the stuff going on in my head OUT of my head. I used to write short stories and poetry, but now I blog.

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    • M. A Morris 9:59 am on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As a former teacher of literature, I believe art is most often a reflection of the society in which the artist lives. Consequently, I’m not surprised that many of us who engage in artistic endeavors find the focus of our work changing to reflect these scary and dangerous times.

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:02 pm on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s hope that artists’ collective voices harmonize in loud and clear protestation and anger at was is being reflected throughout our society right now.

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    • em4mighty 9:59 am on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      whenever i enter into a picture or prose with an idea of saying something & making it meaningful–it always comes out flat. i have to let the art or story tell itself & trust that there is enough inside of me to show up in the finished product.

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    • cinderellaeveryman 4:12 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      recall Neil Gammon’s? universally quoted graduation speech for – some university in NEW York I think it was — a long list of hypotheticals like: ‘your cat blow up? Make good art.’ with the drum beat of the final assertion beating, beating, beating relentlessly. good show. then there’s guenther grass with his little drum. keep beating it, I say. Art thrives on the dung heaps of civilization’s ideological cesspools. Ever watch a dung beetle proudly and blissfully rolling his dung balls? Inspiring! Uplifting!!! Orgasmic! If you can channel your empathy energies – superabundant in any substantial artistic sensibility, I’ll venture to assert — into a little creature like that…. you’re bound to make the best art! and will be primed and ready to tolerate whatever might emerge from the daily stock of verbiage from house trump. bing. bing. rolll rolll ROLLLLLL!!! roll your art the way Trump rolls his. he too has a place under the sun. Look at us all rolling our thoughts together into delightful little balls. It’s amazing when you ‘come to bloody think about it’. Ecstacy channel is on. I’m in for the ride. ANd art, of whatever caliber, is the necessary biproduct! Amen.

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:54 am on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, art, Carol Burnett, cognitive dissonance, , , , , , Muslims, , Statue of Liberty, , Vickie Lawrence   

    The Night The Lights Went Out In America… 

    Lights Out

    Lights Out – November 8, 2016

    Ever since that cursed night when #youknowwho was elected, every time I see an image of the beautiful Lady Liberty with her torch held high shining her warm and welcoming light of liberty and freedom all throughout the land, I am now, sadly, always reminded of the song The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia.

    I never knew what it was about, but when I was a kid that song used to give me the creeps. I had no idea of the concept of Cognitive Dissonence back then, but I sure felt it because whenever I heard the haunting song I could never get my head around the fact that the hilariously goofy Vickie Lawrence of the hilariously goofy Carol Burnett Show (ah, life seemed so much simpler then…) could sing something so spooky.

    But she did. And now her spooky song is my earworm anthem to how I feel about the current state of things within this warped and nightmarish alternate reality I seem to be trapped in.

    On a similar satisfactorily ironic note for me and certainly a shockingly cognitive dissonance note for the supporters of #youknowho and his Muslim ban, I’m happy to report that the beautiful Lady Liberty is a beautiful Muslim.

    #karmaissuchabitch

     

     
    • em4mighty 2:12 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      i love that song. dennis quaid, christie mcnichol, and mark hamill starred in a movie of the same name…which i also love even though it is probably awful to everyone else (or so all of my boyfriends assure me. )
      the song makes me laugh–maybe for the same reason–a serious song sung by a comedic actress. and does remind me of simpler times.
      okay.
      president buttfuck does not make me laugh…but then he does…until i remind myself that it is not funny that he is a moron…except it is…until he destroys civilization as we know it.
      and then i find myself missing george dubya.
      and i blame all of them for my day drinking which may or may not directly relate to this comment.

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    • Margaret Innes 3:58 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the kind response, Kurt.

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    • Rajiv 7:43 am on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      They will come back on..

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:39 pm on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, , , , , , , sketchbook, , , ugly art,   

    The Ugly Evolution of an Autocrat 

    2017-02-04

    2017-02-04-1

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:23 pm on December 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, , , Christmas Shopping, crafts, , , , , , Writer's Life, ,   

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:25 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, flags, , John Lennon, , , peace campaigns, , , War Is Over, Yoko Ono   

    WAR IS OVER 

    I’m a BIG Yoko Ono fan and I really dig her WAR IS OVER campaign. I especially dig all the free WAR IS OVER downloads she offers in a multitude of languages at http://imaginepeace.com/warisover/.

    And I especially especially dig this WAR IS OVER message written in flag-speak!
    war-is-over-flags

    #itsanavything
    #youwouldntunderstand

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, , , , , , , , , , , , ,   

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE 

    So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)…

    But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE…

    Just imagine how much that would be!

    Keep in mind that I am a product of the United States public school system, and that, by design, my higher level degrees have absolutely nothing to do with math, so my calculations may be a bit suspect…

    But I believe that if every one of the 25,109 followers were to donate $1.00 to help me fund my film, that would come to the heavenly financial figure of… [finger cipher]…

    $25,109.00!

    Now that there would be a whole lotta of cheeze and it would help me in a whole lotta ways in realizing my cinematic dream called LEAVE.

    Now, I’m a practical man (not!), and I know all 25,109 of you donating $1.00 each to support my dream is an impossible expectation…

    But, let’s consider what you get here for free 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year non-stop and in perpetuity for as long as our pretty yet petulant planet revolves around the sun that may help motivate you towards donating that $1.00…

    You get to publish your work to the RELATING TO HUMANS feature…

    You get the IABS&R…

    You get occasional “PRO-TIPS”…

    You get LITERARY ZEN…

    You get ARTWORK?…

    You get HUMOR…

    You get HEALTH advice…

    You get MOTIVATIONAL ADVICE…

    And you get so much more.

    But, even with all this free stuff created just for you forever floating around here, I understand that my hope of everyone donating even just $1.00 is an impossible expectation.

    But then again…

    SO WAS THE CAVS COMING BACK FROM BEING DOWN 3-1 IN THE FINALS!

    AND SO IS THE TRIBE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!

    BUT IT’S THE YEAR OF “BELIEVELAND” BABY!

    THIS YEAR, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

    WHICH MEANS, WITH YOUR HELP

    LEAVE IS POSSIBLE!

    Uhm…

    Too much, right?

    Yeah.

    Sorry ’bout that…

    Anyway…

    Please donate what you can, if you can, my friends >> BELIEVE IN LEAVE.

    Thank you.
     

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE

     
     

     
    • joliesattic 12:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that just two years earlier I was in Haiti, totally unaware that there was any tension between our countries. My girlfriend and I wandering alone with two Bulgarians, who didn’t speak English but were willing to share a cab with us as we toured the island.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        When were you there? This happened over several years in the beginning to mid- Nineties. And tension wasn’t between the United States and Haiti, per se. The tension was between the international community, armed with a United Nations resolution, and the military dictators who overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti.

        Of course, the government they overthrew was also allegedly, and most likely, corrupt and vicious towards much of its population so it was all a little muddy.

        Sadly, Haiti has had a very long streak of bad luck before this trouble that LEAVE is set around and which continues on to this day.

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        • joliesattic 3:34 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I was there in ’78 so I may have misread the date thinking it was that farther back. I know they stalled our trip because of some unrest in one of the areas we were visiting, but I don’t recall where.

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    • Katie Marie 8:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Seaman Recruit Kate signing on board.

      That was meant to be a cute way of saying you have my support lol XD

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:54 am on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, , , Frankenstein, grotesque literature, , Mary Shelley, megalomania, , , , , The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo   

    The Grotesque 

    Since at least the 18th century…grotesque has come to be used as a general adjective for the strange, fantastic, ugly, incongruous, unpleasant, or disgusting, and thus is often used to describe weird shapes and distorted forms such as Halloween masks. In art, performance, and literature, however, grotesque may also refer to something that simultaneously invokes in an audience a feeling of uncomfortable bizarreness as well as sympathetic pity…   WIKIPEDIA

    You know, maybe Trump isn’t just some raging political monster out to destroy civilization. Maybe there is really something wrong with the bizarre billionaire beyond his severe condition of narcissism and megalomania that deserves our sympathy and pity.

    Maybe, like Hugo’s Hunchback or Shelley’s Monster, underneath the unappealing surface there is really just a tormented soul looking to be loved.

    For instance, when he embraces and speaks admirably of such a leader as Vladimir Putin, maybe he isn’t really being an unwitting agent for a dangerous government, but instead he is just being a scared little boy looking for a father figure to love him and comfort him.


     
    And when he says, via his typical usage of indirect speak — “If [Hillary Clinton] gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks… Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.” — maybe he isn’t really calling on gun owners to assassinate her, but is instead acting like the shy little boy who pulls the little girl’s pigtail in class, not to be mean but to get her to notice him and to like him.

    Maybe?

     
     

     
    • joliesattic 1:35 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good post. I can’t quite figure out the whole scenario myself. Wasn’t he just not that long ago good friends with the Clinton’s? And, wasn’t he just over a year ago a registered Democrat? What if the picture he’s painting is not all that it appears to be? I don’t like her to begin with, but I find the whole thing suspect. Is his real goal to tear apart the Republican party, which it seems to be doing quite well and will thereby give her more strength? Many of my Republican friends are already geared to vote for her because he comes across so radical. Many of my Democrat friends don’t like her either, but will vote for her over the alternative. One said, he would “gag” his way to the polls. I just don’t know what to make of it. I don’t like mudslinging from either side because that’s all it is. We all have dirt. I want to hear specifics. Not who did what but what they are going to do or will do. Not vaguely, but give me a plan with teeth in it that shows how to make this a better place to be and live!!! I’m tired of party loyalties. What happened to voting for the better person regardless of party? Is that too much to ask? Just my thoughts for what they’re worth.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:08 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Funny, I was going to write a semi-humorous post about how Trump is just a front to get Clinton elected because there was no other possible way she would get voted in.

        But just in case he’s not and there is even the slightest chance he’s in it to win it I didn’t want to give someone anymore reason not to vote for her so I posted this article instead.

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    • Alli Farkas 2:22 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If he is indeed running simply to tear apart the Republican Party, based on his behavior for his entire life I would have to say somebody powerful in that Party must have mightily offended, insulted, or committed some other grievous offense against him to warrant such massive retribution.

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    • notepostal 12:01 am on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I would be interested to read in an honest take on Hillary…maybe?

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    • notepostal 10:04 pm on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Clearly there is a disdain for Trump. I find Hillary and her acolytes grotesque as well. Just wanted to see an honest profile on Hillary from you. That’s all. I would be very concerned with her foreign policy and national security.

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:53 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, art theory, , , credibility, , , , philosophical questions, , ,   

    While Hacking at a Log 

    I wonder…

    What is more important to most readers of literature…

    Just the words as they are written?

    Or the why the words were written – the author’s motivation?

    Or the how the words were written – the author’s background?

    When reading a thesis that may influence one’s medical or legal decisions, knowing that the author has the requisite knowledge and training to write with such influencing authority – the why and how of the words – probably should be important.

    However, when it comes to literature – does it really matter what schools the author attended, or how well-read an author is?

    Or would most readers regard a work of literature by a less-than educated or less-than well-read author similar to someone hacking in mad rage at a log with an ax and when she comes to her senses she discovers that she had, in her blind passion, formed a beautiful wooden sculpture*?

    Would she have created art?

    Should she then be considered an artist?

    I wonder…


     

    *This is far from an original thought of mine but unfortunately I cannot find the original quote to give proper credit. If you know, please comment.

     
     

     
    • Angeline M 10:58 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post.

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    • HA! 11:00 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t care who you are, where you come from, or what you “know” if the words, work, creation of any kind really, moves me…then it moves me. I don’t care about the writer personally speaking, when I am engaged in the act of regarding something, if its good then the artist themselves is invisible to me. thought provoking for sure…thanks. :) HA!

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:57 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Beautifully said, HA!. I would like to think I share those same sentiments; however, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a work of literature where, if I didn’t already know, I didn’t first seek out at least some understanding of who the author is/was… mostly was since I rarely venture into contemporary work.

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        • HA! 1:10 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I practice ignorance in art until I fall in love then I want to know more…but I hear you completely. There have been times that I fell in love with the art…then learned about the creator and fell out of love…ouch! it was heartbreaking, honestly. :)

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          • Kurt Brindley 1:26 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            True that – Knut Hamson comes immediately to mind.

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            • HA! 1:33 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink

              yeah I have a few names on the tip of my tongue as well and they range lots of “art” writers, music, painters, actors…etc.. As a performance artist myself…I get the fish bowl feeling but then again I have a really nice vibe going in my bowl…so it’s fine to stop on by and see the dirty dishes. I loved the question and it made me think, thanks for that, and the conversation. :)

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    • Windmills of My Mind 11:02 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Words are passion in thoughts.

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    • k rawson 11:09 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is an instance where I’d have to say (cliche and unoriginal as it may be) that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And accidental art needs no pedigree.

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    • Ava 11:24 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      These are really intriguing questions, Kurt. I have no answers, but you’ve got me thinking. Were you hacking madly at wood when you wrote this? :)

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    • Joy Pixley 11:25 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My first thought was that it doesn’t matter who the writer is — if the words as written move me, that’s all that counts. But the more I think about it, I realize I can sometimes understand better what those words mean if I know more about where the writer is coming from. What culture, what historical time, what position / class does the writer have in society, what race, gender, religion, etc. So often, fictional stories are in response to social or political issues as they affect personal lives, or if not consciously in response to them, still reflecting them. And I’d guess that people with less formal education would write from a different stance than those with more formal education. If I know where they’re writing from, I might grasp more of their references, their implications.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:02 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Joy. You’ve captured much of my thinking as to why it is so hard for me not to first seek out more about an author prior to reading.

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    • avwalters 11:48 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Art is a form of communication. Therefore, at best, only half of it is in the hands of the artist.The other half has to be how it resonates in the appreciator. Criticism, often academic, falls in the purview of ‘the establishment’ and is inherently bound to the aesthetics of that which has come before. Popular acceptance often mirrors the crowd’s thirst for spectacle over nuance–amplifying all forms of ugliness.
      Into this mix, the best an artist can do is to create, true to heart, following that blend of soul and craft that leads home.

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:01 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Intriguing, avwalters. But I wonder when deciding whether or not to read an unknown book of literature written by an unknown author what process does one go through to make one’s decision. How does all what you’ve beautifully expressed come into play at this point?

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        • avwalters 4:08 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Ah, but that’s not about writing. It’s about marketing. I think I’m a good writer. My reviews on Amazon support that–and I try to write, true to myself. But I’m a terrible marketer. My message only gets out to very few. When a reader approaches an unknown book by an unknown author–the blurb, the reviews, the cover, that’s what attracts.Even more, if someone they know recommends it–that’s what attracts. No matter how wonderful by book may be, or not, the reader won’t know until they sit down and spend time with it. While I’m sure I have many things that I could/should do to “manage” my image, I surely hope that none of those things will change who I am, and what I bring to the table in my writing.

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          • Kurt Brindley 4:31 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Yes, you’re right, of course. And then, when deciding whether to read or not, in addition to the marketing – or lack thereof – it must also be about an author’s background and how well aligned it is with the potential reader’s tastes and other sociological sensibilities and sensitivities, i.e., their stereotypes and perceptions.

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            • avwalters 5:23 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink

              Unless, you manage to write in such a way as to open minds….

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            • Kurt Brindley 10:15 am on February 21, 2016 Permalink

              Indeed… we’re kind of going in circles here. :)

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            • HA! 1:44 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink

              I wanted to jump up and say I pick books on the feeling I get when I look at them and flip thru them and read a random page and see the art jacket artwork…so I don’t really go for a name until I have a reason too, and then it would take me several books that made me feel and think to even want to learn anything about the artist…but I am a self educated, self directed person anyway…otherwise it’s what I am drawn too and much of that can be related to marketing and things that stuff the artist,(knowing as an artist myself) don’t always “create” anyway. Love this thread thank you! I’m doing artwork for an writer now…translating words into an image that captures people and brings them in is a HUGE part of market share and sales and still has almost nothing to do with the original creator….on an educated meandering of thought to justify/quantify/rationalize any
              experience, before I have it?…I have no idea. :) but then again I jumped into a round robin…huh? lol

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    • wscottling 1:57 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I dunno, even in medical and legal writing, the background doesn’t always carry the weight of the writing. A doctor of renown who’s been practicing medicine for decades can be blind to new and improved medical procedures and use their influence to bring down a “new” doctor fresh out of medical school who’s discovered a bigger, better, less expensive way to cure cancer (or something). So I tend to judge a writing based on the quality of the text, then the validity of the text — it’s truthfulness and believablity — then on who the author is and what their status, background, etc… might be.

      Someone once asked me “Do you know what they call someone who cheated their way through medical school without getting caught?”

      Me: “Nope.”

      “Doctor.”

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:06 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        :) Yes, but when it comes to literature, when choosing to read an unknown book written by an unknown author, how is that choice made? For me, rarely have I read a book without at least knowing a little something about the author.

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        • wscottling 4:15 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I judge a book by its cover… or the name… or the bit on the back. Other than that, I go in blind. Most of the time, unless it’s a series, I don’t even know *who* I’m reading.

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    • Therese 5:10 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s a combination of talent and skill. Forming a beautiful sculpture from hacking at a log is just a fluke. If she hacks at a log a second time, will she produce another work of art? If yes, then she really has the talent. If no, then she’s something like a one-hit wonder. One of my favorite movies is Amadeus, and the scene I liked best is when Salieri asked God why Mozart could compose such beautiful music when he was immature, unncouth etc. My point is, some people just have it, and with passion and practice they perfect it. Others may want it and invest time and money on it, but it will always be an elusive dream.

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    • Leeby Geeby 6:00 pm on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting muse. I haven’t buried my head in much literature of late. Referring to the voracious drug-fuelled reading binges of my youth, I would have to say that gritty visceral expression is key regardless of how well educated the author is. Like I have no qualms reading on a scientific authority as long as they are detailing their experiences from out in the field and connect a very human struggle with the pursuit of truth or knowledge.

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    • Don Massenzio 6:13 pm on February 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I generally don’t care about the author’s background if I like their work. With that being said, I’ve been researching some of my favorite authors for a blog series that I’ve been posting. I started with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and found many interesting facets of his personal life that contributed to his writing. For instance, he was a physician like Dr. Watson and shared a similar background. This could be the impetus for him telling many stories from the doctor’s perspective. It’s interesting to me, but not essential.

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    • shivasiddula 1:14 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thought provoking article. Art is always appreciated whether created accidentally or with thoughtfulness.

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    • Elusive Trope 5:32 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Such questions in a way lead to the “outsider art” movement. A homeless man painting on a pizza box, a person from inside a mental ward, or who is developmentally disabled etc. etc. How much does it matter if one knows who painted the pizza box? Would it make a difference if you knew the person had a degree in “conceptual art”?

      People will always have a drive for context, whether the results of that drive are relevant or irrelevant. And one person’s relevance is another person fluffy factoid. A first-person story about a gay man with AIDS in the 80’s written by straight man or woman important context? For some yes, others no. Been in so many workshop debates about whether a man / woman can truly create a female / male character because the author cannot truly see the world through the other’s eyes. Or add any of the other zillion binary (or more) groups we generalize people into.

      And how many times I have heard, “well, you have to understand the culture in which this author was raised in….” Can one look past a pro-slavery perspective if the author grew up in a pro-slavery culture? On and on and on.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:04 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Powerful points, ET – many of which led me to the initial posting. As for your “outsider art” movement… Behold the Basquiats. Behold the Banksies. Thank you for sharing your insight.

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:10 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Short Verses & Other Curses – Promotional Giveaway Until 12/26/15 

    Short Verses & Other Curses

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    FROM THE INTRODUCTION:

    I began focusing much of my poetry writing on the Japanese poetic forms of haiku, senryū, and tanka at the beginning of 2012 as a therapeutic effort when finding myself in the midst of an illness. And I continue to write them even as I find myself, at the end of 2015, in the midst of wellness – their therapy for me being more calmative now than curative.

    The Short Versesin this collection are all either haiku, senryū, or tanka, with those in the latter half of the section being accompanied by a titled photograph or drawing…

    The Other Curses in this collection are poems and sayings following no particular form or convention – in other words, they are quite informal and unconventional. Some in this section are accompanied with a photograph or drawing; many are not.

    I discover truth and meaning in the concepts of no mind, living in the now, non-attachment, and the angst of existence as found in the practices and philosophies and Zazen, Stoicism, and Existentialism. Additionally, I admire greatly the concepts taught by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer.

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    • kwolf114 5:11 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The giveaway is a great idea. When you send out the giveaways you could access another way of marketing your products and yourself.
      If send out by mail, include literature about another item(eg: book) you want to promote. If email electronic copy of giveaway, you could also include an electronic advertisement to promote the other.
      Hope this was helpful.

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:12 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes it it. Thank you. And equally helpful, if not more, would be for you to grab a free copy of the book, read it, write a review for it, and then encourage all your friends and social network followers to do the same. :) Thanks again, kwolf114.

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    • gayguidecambodia 8:38 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Gay Guide To Asia & Cambodia.

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    • jonna ellis holston 12:44 pm on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for following me Kurt.
      Love the title of your book and look forward to reading your “Curses”. Have a Happy, safe and prosperous New Year (and many more after that).

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    • Jane Eyre Haseldine 1:45 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Kurt. Lovely writing. I read the sample pages on Amazon and left you a review. You have a great deal of talent!

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:19 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging review, Jane. I’m humbled by and very grateful for your words.

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    • seagullsea 4:19 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea. I want to review it.

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:23 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, seagullsea. I look forward with high anticipation to receiving your impressions of the book.

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