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Conflicts are productive

“Conflicts are productive. The plurality of society can only be represented through a process of conflict - the art of democracy is in managing that conflict without turning to violence.” Charles Esche, one of the curators of the São Paulo Art Bienal, which opens to the public tomorrow.

from ‘Behind the Scenes at the São Paulo Bienal’, at ArtNews.com

Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

I was once told the only way to get out of your head is to get into your body. I do this by running for example. Feeling my breath, my heart beat, my feet pound. That’s how I feel about abstract work. It’s instinctual. A way of seeing that is more about feeling than over intellectualizing.

The artist Clare Rojas, in an interview with the Huffington Post.

Posted on Friday, September 5th 2014

You don’t work in a vacuum. If you’re a visual artist you work in a visual culture. If you’re a pop musician you listen to pop music. If you’re an artist you should know about the art world. It’s the tribal culture you’re operating in. You are part of its tradition. I often hear people say, “Ugh, the art world is not interested in what I do!” And I think, “No, it probably isn’t. You don’t seem that interested in what the art world does, from the look of your work.”

The artist Grayson Perry, in an excellent interview in the Observer last week. ’To appreciate art you’ve got to work at it a bit’.

Posted on Tuesday, October 15th 2013

Source theguardian.com

MAGRELA // SÃO PAULO // BRAZIL
by Alexandra Henry on Vimeo.

São Paulo, Brazil 2013 - MAGRELA, born and raised in the laid-back neighborhood of Vila Madalena, is a talented artist who has been painting the streets of São Paulo for the past 6 years. While living there in 2011-2012, I discovered her work on many of the walls throughout the city. Larger-than-life women, sometimes in desperate situations, depicted using beautiful colors, always caught my attention.
Read on

Posted on Friday, July 26th 2013

Source vimeo.com

Sofia Borges, Sediments Series (2009)
Sofia Borges was one of the artists featured in the recent São Paulo art Bienal. Here’s an interview with her (by me!) at Time Out São Paulo, where she talked about her favourite fellow artist at the Bienal. She chose the late Irish photographer and filmmaker Patrick Jolley.

Sofia Borges, Sediments Series (2009)

Sofia Borges was one of the artists featured in the recent São Paulo art Bienal. Here’s an interview with her (by me!) at Time Out São Paulo, where she talked about her favourite fellow artist at the Bienal. She chose the late Irish photographer and filmmaker Patrick Jolley.

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Reblogged from que beleza

There is St. Ignatius ChurchThere is Point BonitaThere is a bug like a wasp    its giant antennae    flail and thwack the concrete in its pathFennel green and yellow laceGreat moss rose a flowery shaving-brushYou’re the only creature I really loveAside from Mama and my Teddy bearI never miss you until I think of youNow you love lots more than INo matter how often we meet you never see meI’ve become an old manSoon I’ll be keeping cats and goldfishA large photo album of the days when I was middle-agedIn love with you and expecting immortal fame.— Philip Whalen, “Labor Day 6:IX:65”Art Credit Meghan Howland

There is St. Ignatius Church
There is Point Bonita
There is a bug like a wasp
    its giant antennae
    flail and thwack the concrete in its path

Fennel green and yellow lace
Great moss rose a flowery shaving-brush

You’re the only creature I really love
Aside from Mama and my Teddy bear
I never miss you until I think of you
Now you love lots more than I
No matter how often we meet you never see me

I’ve become an old man
Soon I’ll be keeping cats and goldfish
A large photo album of the days when I was middle-aged
In love with you and expecting immortal fame.

— Philip Whalen, “Labor Day 6:IX:65”
Art Credit Meghan Howland

Posted on Saturday, December 15th 2012

Reblogged from The Paris Review