Third time’s the charm, whatever that means.
It is becoming a tradition here on Real Life Artist that we share with you, now and then, a “grab bag” of ten assorted delightful, beautiful, interesting things.
1. A tradition within the tradition is that the first item is about actual bags, so: here is a photo of a woman that Stephanie and I saw in the park a couple of days ago. She is wearing a canvas bag for a hat.
To prevent kids from getting caught up in the drug trade, the Favela Painting project pays Brazil’s youth to create murals for their communities. As a result, armies of teenage artists are giving their neighborhoods new faces—ones covered in bright, cheerful colors.
If you like out-and-about art, check out our other post, “Taking to the Streets”.
3. For an alternative perspective on art in public space, check out “The Politics of Building Statues in India”. This is what happens WHEN “ART” GOES TOO FAR…. In addition to the numerous Indian political issues raised by the arguably immoderate building of stone parks and statues in Uttar Pradesh, there are environmental ones:
The sheer number of trees cut down for the expansive concrete parks housing the statues has angered environmental campaigners. Reports say nearly 20,000 trees were cut down to erect 30 giant statues of Mayawati and Kanshi Ram at a park in Noida, which adjoins capital New Delhi.
4. In keeping with the theme from #3—what happens when you use your creative powers for evil and not good—I share this and wince.
5. If your eyeballs and sensibilities need refreshment after that, don’t miss this amazing book art.
6. And here’s how to make a skirt in 30 seconds from a t-shirt (thanks to Josh for this one)!
7. This is an interview from the Huffington Post about the future of literary magazines (on paper or online?).
8. More reading material: “How Art Can Be Good”, an essay by Paul Graham. I’m not sure I entirely agree with the points he makes, but someone had to take on this topic sooner or later.
I grew up believing that taste is just a matter of personal preference. Each person has things they like, but no one’s preferences are any better than anyone else’s. There is no such thing as good taste.
Like a lot of things I grew up believing, this turns out to be false, and I’m going to try to explain why.
9. And now for something completely different: a VW bus pool table!
10. Finally, a quick roundup of some art-related “good causes”: Artists Without Borders (Tokyo-based), Art Without Borders (apparently artists have human rights too?), Art For Good (Switzerland-based educational association), Art For Good Cause (Hawaii-based organization), and finally Freedom to Create (art for social justice? I like it!).