Calm & Chaos

After leading an art gallery talk last Thursday night I had a realization about how being able to choose to be calm and relaxed is a crucial part of any kind of performance. Whether you’re sparring in an MMA gym or performing music in public or at your day job leading a presentation, the ability [...]

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Naked Lynch

David Lynch is a groundbreaking filmmaker, but he’s also maintained a lifelong studio practice as a visual artist producing paintings, prints, sculpture and photography. David Lynch: The Factory Photographs made a selection of Lych’s snaps available in book form in 2014. Lynch also published a book of photos of melting snowmen seven years earlier. The [...]

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Red Redo

Back in the late 1990s one of the most impressive sites in Nashville’s art scene was the Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel. The kiddie ride was designed by Nashville artist Red Grooms and it featured whimsical and even grotesque chimeras like Captain Tom Ryman fused with his own steamboat or H.G. Hill monstrously combined with one [...]

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Nobody Writes About Art

This blog is specifically targeted to my readers in the Steemit community. If you’re a talented content creator or your just tired of the toxic Facebook scene, please consider bringing your voice to our blockchain. Today I’m taking a break from esoteric movies, fringe drugs, rock revolutions, crypto-zoological mysteries, and UFO conspiracies to touch on [...]

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Madame Mars

I’ve been pretty preoccupied posting about music lately and I haven’t touched on anything truly diabolical or bizarre since the release of the JFK files back in November. Luckily, there seems to be no end to tales of the otherworldly and just this weekend I stumbled across a story about a woman I’d never heard [...]

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Video Killed The Bard

Came across this lollipop culture candy the other day and wanted to share here. I hope the new year is as absurd and unexpected as this. Here’s the set-up from Open Culture… When it comes to music however, 80s retro tends to confine themselves to early hip and hop and electro, the synthpop of Gary [...]

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Art Fight

We had a productive day today pushing big projects off of to-do lists and finishing publicity for soon-to-be announcements. I also spent part of the day promoting my new podcast, Art Fight Club. Brian Siskind and I are talking about fighting to create great art, and talking with fighters about the creativity that’s revealed in [...]

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Listen to the Lion

Usually on Fridays I just post something from my blog’s archive, and I’ll do that today as well, but first this: I write a monthly column for the Nashville Scene that previews the First Saturday art events that happen at two different gallery crawls all over the city. I don’t get a ton of words [...]

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Fresh Bacon

For me, Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon’s work includes the whole of the practice as it had evolved up until the middle of the 20th century: his figurative canvases can carry the weight of deep narratives, but he was also a painter’s painter whose textures, colors and lines were informed with the kind of emotional [...]

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Magickal Revival

Last night I read an interesting article on the Irish Times site inquiring about the occult content that’s popping up all over contemporary art galleries and museum shows. It’s a trend that’s been with us for about a decade, but now the fad is obviously getting more mainstream notice. Here are a few words… …Fast [...]

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