...could paint that.
Are you familiar with the documentary "My Kid Could Pain That?" Have you seen it? A 4 year old girl busted upon the abstract art world and caught everyone by surprise. What she was doing was painting extremely complex traditional abstract paintings that caught the attention of some gallery owners, who later featured her works and sold some for five figure prices. Experts and journalists all caught wind of what was going on and naturally, the questions started flying. Was this 4 year old girl a natural phenom? Or was it her dad who was actually doing all the work, after all, he aspired to be an artist himself but never had the talent to make a presence with his works. Why couldn't she paint with talent when a hidden camera filmed her? The movie not only raises questions on whether or not she was indeed a child phenom, but what exactly makes an abstract piece of work good. If you're into abstract works, you will definitely want to check this one out.
Another great movie I've seen recently is "Exit Through The Gift Shop." This one is about a compulsive obsessive person named Thierry Guetta, who unknowingly gets caught up in the world of street art. What started out as helping a friend post Atari symbols in LA, he decides to document some of the local artists by creating a film about them. Little by little word gets out about the documentary in work and he runs into Banksy. If you're unfamiliar with who Banksy is, Google him, you won't be disappointed. At first Banksy doesn't trust him but he decides to involve him in a zoo hijack scene where Banksy has planned to display some art. Most of the team gets busted, including Thierry. Banksy escapes the cops but was impressed that Thierry doesn't reveal anything when questioned for six hours straight. Deciding he's trustworthy, Banksy lets him in his inner circle, only to start to realize Thierry isn't quite right mentally. Tired of Thierry, he suggests to him that he should go and make his own piece of street art. What is a compulsive obsessive person to do, he interprets that as he should open his own art show. From there he sets out on a mad plan to create as much art as possible to feature, and creates a nickname for himself in order to promote the art gallery to the media. The media buys into it and soon thereafter, Thierry, aka Mr. Brainwash, is an instant star, making tons of money off of essentially ripped off ideas of other people's works. "Exit Through The Gift Shop" is a film by Banksy, who after being a part of Thierry's documentary swore he'd never submit to that again. The movie is a great look into the world of street art and raises some important questions on artist credibility and how far can you go without being considered "sold out."
Other than that, been incredibly busy with work. I had a meeting with the architects this week and what is coming down the pipeline this year is insane. In a nutshell, we are closing one of our medical facilities and migrating the entire building to the hospital I'm working at. Departments have to be moved to make room, construction, and hundreds of phones will have to be programmed when it's all said and done. Add that to the daily work I already have and I'm not going to have much time for this place. Some days I'm so burned out I don't even power up my computer, as it sits for days without being touched. I'll check in when possible, and maybe create a new piece or two in order to get the stress out (some of my best works were made under less than desirable conditions). So, have fun, be good, and hope to hear from you soon.
And btw, #Unburried-Treasures is in need of admins. If you want to take over a group, drop a note and we'll see what happens. If someone doesn't step up, the group will be on hold for some time.