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"To most people, … theatre at Oxford means the theatre outdoors, beside the lake at Worcester, on the great shabby lawn at Trinity, or beneath the noble purple beech of Wadham. I am not myself irresistibly attracted by the prospect of an evening with Beaumont, Fletcher and the midges, but I admit the magic of those occasions if the evening is fine and you can watch them from an independent distance. I was once loitering around Magdalen on a classic May evening when I saw a company of players making their way through the Grove for a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They were moving swiftly in their cowls, ruffs and velvets, all among the elms, and a few shy deer watched them pass between the tree trunks. Their footfalls were silent on the turf, their voices reached me faintly on the warm air, and they disappeared into the shadows merrily, with Puck occasionally practicing his jumps, and Titania lifting her crimson skirts, and a few lumpish fairies skirmishing in the flanks. I never caught the spell of the theatre more hauntingly, as I watched them across the fence, and felt rather like Hamlet when the players came to Elsinore — ‘You are welcome, masters, welcome all.’"
- 2 years ago
Brian Ulrich, Cleveland, OH, 2003.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features a very special seasonal episode, a program that focuses on what the holidays are all about: Shopping!
My guest is artist Brian Ulrich, whose work examines American consumerism. He is the subject of “Brian Ulrich: Copia — Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-2011,” a solo exhibition on view now at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Aperture just published his new book, “Is This Place Great or What,” which features works from the “Copia” series. You can see more of Ulrich’s work and read his blog on Not If But When. [This week’s MANPodcast.com banner features a detail from Cleveland, OH (2003).]
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On this week’s program, Ulrich and I discuss:
- How a bicycle accident and an ensuing concussion inspired Ulrich to become a photographer;
- His reaction to President George W. Bush’s post-9/11 exhortation to Americans to shop;
- How he makes his work at shopping centers and big box stores, and his occasionally humorous relationship with security staffs;
- How one of his pictures was motivated by a Steven Shore image — and Shore’s reaction to Ulrich’s take; and
- How he found echoes between flag-draped coffins arriving from the Middle East and $9.99 folding chairs at Bass Pro Shops.
In a related story, in this month’s Modern Painters magazine, my column focuses on how little American artists have focused on our declining economic circumstances during and immediately after The Great Recession. (Sorry, it’s not online.) In the column I look at the work of two of the few artists who have looked at economic hardship or the lower middle class: Alec Soth and Zoe Strauss. When I talked with Soth and Strauss, both urged me to focus on Ulrich’s work as well. Consider this week’s The Modern Art Notes Podcast as a kind of audio-bookend to this month’s column.
For this week’s draft, I’m joined by Andrew Russeth, who writes about art for the New York Observer and who edits the paper’s visual art website, GalleristNY. His personal website is the fantastic 16 Miles of String. On the occasion of the Frick Collection opening a new space, Andrew and I will discuss our favorite single galleries in American museums.
(via 3rdofmay)Source: manpodcast.com
Congrats to Ellen Reid on her amazing BFA thesis, Such is Life. Check out this profile in the Lychburg paper. http://t.co/IR0BMl11
- 3 years ago
"Big innovation is right on the edge of ridiculous ideas. You need an environment that isn’t quite so judgmental about a ridiculous idea. Sometimes those are the ones that are so close to being the brilliant ones. If a space that allows for play can help encourage those types of ideas than you’ll come up with some possibly ridiculous but potentially groundbreaking ideas."
Brendan Boyle, Partner, IDEO, via a Q&A with The 99 Percent.
Boyle explains that for innovation to exist, play needs to be embedded in organizational culture. He argues that play isn’t the opposite of work, instead, boredom and depression are.
Somewhat related via Bobulate (Tumblr): “The reason big new things sneak by incumbents is that the next big thing always starts out being dismissed as a toy.” — Chris Dixon.(via futurejournalismproject)