Tagged: art

Odd Little Project: L.A Noir

This is just a fun little short film I made when I was doing a project in L.A. I used the App “8mm” and my iPhone which I think is pretty great. The squirrel is a prop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The monkey is from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. This is a good example of how I see the world.

Check it out and let me know what you think?

I will be posting more in the days coming up.

Love Glenn

Graffiti Is Good For America!

 

 

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Oakland, 2013 is one of the most “tagged” cities in the USofA and seems completely unapolegitic about that fact. You might say there is a distaste for the act of vandalism but a silent appreciation of the most graphically complex, colorfully uplifting and the unspoken choice of expression of artist without a voice.

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The artist Banksy has changed the game in urban art. He has sold his work for millions, people comb the streets of NY looking for his latest installment and hope to catch a glimpse of this successful vandal. He and his stencils are blatently committing a crime for which others have been prosecuted. Good for him that crafty little marketing genius.

photo by Glenn Smith

Besides the obvious, it struck me unexpectedly, this art form creates jobs and is good or even great for America. Let’s look at the reasons why:

First, the companies that produce and sell the paint. These artist are not buying their weapon of choice wholesale. They are buying it from locked paint cages at Home Depot, Michael’s, art stores, where ever sells spray paint. That alone at 3-6 dollars a can in any business model is a win!

Next it rolls to the manufacturing of all this cans. It takes extruders to create the can, the mixing of the paints, the distribution stream, packers, unpackers, graphic designers, sales people. This median does not just materialize at the the will of the artist.

Then we roll into the civic roll of graffiti. Every town official loathes it; starts a campaign to “clean up this city”, to replace the works of the people with placards glued to the wall promoting the next big event in a civic center. To me that is just as offensive. But with that aside, think of the city worker on the graffiti abatement crews with families and hungry mouths to feed. If we rid the city of the plight of amateur art work, someone, I can guarantee, will lose their job.

So graffiti creates jobs and adds to the fiscal bottom-line in every community. In any business plan and any city, this is good.

If the cities and its elected officials were really serious in removing graffiti, they would work harder on fixing the communities and the social dynamics that fuel this vandalism , get the abandoned buildings filled and better the communities that this harmless act of expression so loudly points out.

I think most of graffiti is pretty great. Sure there is the slacker taggers that just spray on a wall like a dog pisses on a tree but there are some really amazing talents out there, wanting to be heard. Ask Banksy when you see him.

If you don’t agree with me, just…

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Love ya

Glenn

Be sure to find me at generallyundeclared on Instagram and @justglenn on twitter

 

It’s Absurd And Call it Yelp

If you have followed for some time, I really do not hold the people you are self proclaimed experts and insist on voicing their opinions and informed views on YELP*.

My point of view was to boycott or ridicule to the point of exhaustion, my efforts were met with no avail. So I decided to join them, in my kind of way. Here is my first of many reviews to come, let me know what you think and lets start a movement of irrevalent reviews.

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Love, Just Glenn

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I have never had a good opinion of YELP but I thought instead of fighting them I would join them. So here is my first yelp review of the Aspen Art Museum. 

I found it consistent to other review I have found.
Trust me, there will be more, enjoy

“I pride myself on being one of the gifted few that can understand what an artist is trying to convey as well as the abstract message that an artists dream. I innately have the vision to spot “good” art from bad, and true visionaries from frauds and charlatans.

This brings me to my assessment of the AAM, The current show in main gallery space is the works of Rob Pruitt . It is fun and whimsical, like the joy I felt when I tasted my first mint chocolate chip ice-cream cone when I was a child at prep school, at that very moment, I actually felt my sense of entitlement disappear.

That is until I went into the restrooms.

Not that an Art museum should care about such a base architectural detail, but I found the facilities almost unbearable. I felt like I was in a first year architectural student class project whom had a poor understanding of the works of Donald Judd.

I felt more comfortable and welcome at a gas station rest-stop on the way the Marfa, I am sure that you understand.

Other than that, I will always continue to support the AAM and the wonderful job that hey do. I can only hope… with the new gallery being built in Aspen by Renowned Architect Shigeru Ban, that he understands good salle de bain design and
it can expand the reach to the common people. lets hope it can also set a new standard of the “water closet experience” for those of us that are “in the know”.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day just to support and indulge my mildly warped perspective, please subscribe and I love ya all.

Glenn