Risk-takers and Appropriating the Humor of Stock Photography
Sense/Perspective #5: Everything but the Arty Art Stuff
Sent September 17, 2015
“Shame” by the Bad Bad Hats
Connections: None, as far as I know. H/T to Chris for putting this in my feed and giving me a renewed sense of self.
Music is easy: there are formulas, beats, and tropes I’m going to go with time and again. Maybe one week I’ll share inspirational yogic post-witch haus but until then I’m going to go with three-minute punk songs with lady lead singers. This shit’s so good right now — it’s like walking in a rose garden with all your best friends giving each other back massages. This week’s riot grrrl redux music video comes from MPLS locals the Bad Bad Hats, whose rock is solid and whose silliness is exceptional.
No one’s trying to be cool here. Everyone’s just trying to have a good time with their favorite things. Bring on the low-budget personality. Somehow this video, this song is not nostalgic, but it does bring up the flashbulb memory: Where were you when you first read Women Laughing Alone with Salad?
Kickstarters Worth Kicking… with Dollars
Connections: I know the 2dCloud kids, and my husband’s minicomic is part of their offer, but I know people who make cool things and once again, this isn’t journalism.
If you crack open independent Twin Cities culture, just on the counter one-handed, and look at the yolk that runs out, you’re going to get shiny little stripes of entrepreneur-types, a placenta of grown-up art school kids with big dreams, and the big blood spots of last decade’s poster bros, still cool enough to circulate the scene. Here are three Kickstarters that cover the lot:
DocuMNtary plans to be MNOriginal, but for Minnesota tech startup culture. The spirit is celebratory, clean, and saturated in optimism, and it looks to highlight local tech entrepreneurs in a way that local business rags haven’t been able to so far. I stand behind anything that shines a bright light Minnesota business beyond the monoliths of Target &c. (I’m also aware of the minimal diversity in this video, and shoutout to Aneela Idnani for speaking for all the women and people of color in the Minnesota tech industry. I’ve reached out to creator Nick Roseth, and he assures me that the project will display the actual wide range of tech startup workers.)
This time of year when I hear Fall Collection I think jackets, but Raighne Hogan and the crew over at 2dCloud think books– delicious little books by some of the most inventive artists in the country. Yes, these folks are friends, but they also publish fantastic work that takes a lot of risks. I’m most excited about Altcomics Magazine, a documentary and printed piece about cartooning for non-superhero cartoonists.
I own a lot of Burlesque prints — more than from any other poster shop in town. I’m looking at one right now. It looks a little more Mike Davis than Wes Winship and I guess it’s appropriate cos Mike Davis has a Kickstarter for a badass-looking book. When people talk about Minneapolis art in the 20th century, they’re going to start with these guys. It ends 9/24 in the AM, so hop to it, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Superusted, the 4th Midwest Biennial at The Soap Factory
Connections: The Soap Factory follows me on Instagram.
Art is hard, it’s a fickle mistress, and it’s good a lot of the time. But sometimes it feels like the accessible stuff is made for kids by kids, and the middle of the road stuff is too Instagram-friendly, and you’ve seen the really great arty art art stuff at the Walker half a million times. Sometimes it feels like you’ll never see anything great again. And then you see a stunning show like Superusted that works in its time and space and also happens to feature a lot of young women artists doing creative things in new media and old media. It’s a spectacular, inspiring context. It closes November 1. Go, and breathe it in.
The featured image at the top of this post is from a painting by Andrea Carlson that chews on the Yves Klein piece at the Walker you’ve seen a million times but also builds a world unto itself. I also particularly felt grounded in works from Lindsay Smith, Jessica Christy, and Laura Primozic.
September 19, 2015 / Deborah Carver