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False Gods

They can't draw or paint or create a half-decent artwork but are worshiped by the art establishment as Gods. We prefer to remain infidels and refuse to kowtow to the False Gods of Art.

How the culture-vultures impoverished my soul

One expects art to ennoble our souls, much like a novel by Victor Hugo or a film by Bimal Roy. Instead, stepping into a gallery is like stepping on shit -bullshit.

Critiquing the critics

We smack down these smug bastards and their idiotic art-jargonese con mucho gusto!

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May 27, 2011

A plea to famous artists who can't paint to save the planet, part 1

Famous artists who can't paint but nobody told them so, so they could stop wasting Earth's precious resources and reduce (or 'mitigate', the term now in fashion)global warming and stop hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and even earthquakes.* Now which artist with even a particle of humanity wouldn't like to sacrifice for such a noble cause.

I call upon M.F. Husain, India's most celebrated artist who really can't paint too well to do his part for the humanity.

M.F.Husain - can't paint, won't stop either. Planet be damned!

Husainji*, we are dying of a civilizational crisis. Please, please stop wasting art materials! You must know deep in your heart you are no good. So please give up for the sake of future generations, I beg of you!

Thanks in advance and anticipation.

 Wasting Earth's precious resources - resources, we are constantly harangued, are finite and we should consume less, produce less ,want less and use less. Yes, we humans are useless.These really terrible but famous artists who have no talent whatsoever can give up what they do so badly and save some of the resources and energy and greenhouse gases that go into the making of art materials, holding exhibitions all over the world, jetting to and from lavish wasteful parties and award ceremonies. All of it useless and destructive for the environment.

Artists causing global warming - human activity, of course, causes climate change or so we are told constantly. When these bad artists give up what they do so badly anyway they shall do their bit to save the planet.

Artists causing floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and much more  - Global warming leads to more natural disasters and artists contribute to global warming(see above). QED. At least if you believe the IPCC,. And if you admire Husain then you may be the kind of person who thinks IPCC is a dispassionate truth telling organisation.

The colorful Indian language translator-
Husainji - suffix 'ji' is used in India for respect.

Paul Trevillion draws Lionel Messi for the Championship League final

Sports and comic artist Paul Trevillion imagines the world's best footballer Lionel Messi against Manchester United for today's Championship League final as the English champions take on the world's best team Barcelona.

JAMIE REDKNAPP- "Messi is 5ft 7in. Here he is drawn to scale, compared with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, the 6ft 2in central defenders"

JAMIE REDKNAPP -"He plays in and around the central defenders and, with a low centre of gravity, can turn inside them and play under their arms, giving them little time to move their legs and shift their balance to react."

See more here.

May 23, 2011

My art - Part of a whole -Locomotive III

Painting trains and locomotives is something I just love. Unfortunately, this is something I have been neglecting recently.

This is something I did a few years ago as part of a series. It is a favorite child -

watercolor and acrylic by Gurmeet

Part of a whole -Locomotive III
Watercolor and acrylics

A detail-

watercolor and acrylic by Gurmeet

and another-

watercolor and acrylic by Gurmeet

Crossposted at My Art and Art Techniques

But ....but ..but.. is this fascism?

(My apologies for a longer than expected hiatus. Now back to work)

Is this political correctness run amuck (it is The Guardian) or is there some flesh to it-

Russia's Winter Olympics slips into controversy over 'Nazi images'

A promotional campaign linked to the 2014 Winter Olympics is stirring debate in Russia because of its use of allegedly "fascist" imagery.

The campaign employs images of blue-eyed, blond sportsmen and women which have been described by critics as "neo-Hitlerite" and "like something from a Leni Riefenstahl film".

Images of an Aryan-looking snowboarder and an ice-skater gazing into the middle distance dominate giant billboards in Moscow and feature on the cover of brochures to advertise Gorky Gorod, an elite housing complex being built at Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi on Russia's Black Sea coast. The complex is a private-public partnership which will be the Olympic media village at the 2014 Games.

"Without doubt the authors of this advertising were inspired by Nazi art," said Ekaterina Degot, a well-known art historian and former curator at the State Tretyakov Gallery.  

Here are a couple of images from the campaign-

Russia's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics 'fascist', 'Nazi' image

Russia's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics 'fascist', 'Nazi' image

On aesthetic merit only the artwork is certainly catchy. The 'heroic' style has been condemned to the gulags of culture by Culture Nazis(aka contemporary art establishment) since long. Contemporary culture vultures prefer shit, semen, urine over the mastery of pigments and putting up senseless contraptions ('installations') supposedly saying something profound. Yawn.

Horridly distorted bodies strewn over each other? Yes!
Well drawn figures? No!

Miserable creatures putrefying in gutter?  Yes!
Heroic,confident protagonists radiating self-esteem?  No way!

And heroic,confident protagonists radiating self-esteem who are also athletic, fair-skinned, blue-eyed and blond ?  QUELLE HORREUR!!! C'EST LE FASCISME!

But are images of heroic, athletic, fair-skinned, blue-eyed, blond people automatically fascist ?

Would the Guardianistas have objected if the persons were curly haired Blacks or tan Asians? One suspects they would then be congratulating the artists for celebrating diversity even if that image would not have been representative of Russian demographics.

But maybe there is more to it-

The Guardian has learned that the images of the sportsmen were produced by Doping-Pong, a St Petersburg-based design company which uses a swastika as one of its online "banners".

One of the company's recent projects is a series of erotic photographs of two young women, one called a "fa" (fascist), the other an "antifa" (anti-fascist activist), who grapple with each other in a wrestling ring and tear off each other's clothes. The "fa" appears to win the fight and triumphantly wraps herself in a Nazi flag.

Doping-Pong also works closely with Katya Zashtopik, a Russian artist in her 20s who is known for her sympathies with the ultra-right, and who uses the online avatar Dopingirl.

On 20 April, Adolf Hitler's birthday, she published a yellow "smiley" on her blog embellished with a toothbrush moustache and a slick of black hair. The caption read: "Happy Birthday."

 Here is the Fa vs Antifa project. A sample-

Doping-Pong Fa vs Antifa
'Fa' wins

 This is what passes for 'art' today. Again can we reasonably suspect that had the winning girl been wearing keffiyeh (the fashionable symbol of resistance) and the bashed up girl wearing the mask of George W. Bush the Fa vs Antifa project would have found a favorable mention in The Guardian's art section?

Having had a look at the works of  Doping-Pong, one finds them a confused amalgam of genuine talent blighted with contemporary fetishes and there is something or the other there to tickle your average, leftist(I repeat myself) art critic. However where the  Doping-Pong fall out of cultural goosestep is in some of their 'commercial' work. Like the 2014 Winter Olympics above or perhaps this -

Doping-Pong heroic art cd cover
Future Sound of Russia - CD cover by Doping-Pang
 Or perhaps not. This is inspired by heroic Soviet imagery which, you see, is different from heroic 'fascist' imagery. Even if Stalin competed with gusto with Hitler on exterminating peoples and nations, communism never went out of fashion at The Guardian.

But there is another 'but' to it-

Dima Mishenin, one of the designers at Doping-Pong, denied a report that Zashtopik was personally involved with producing the Gorky Gorod images. "It's our work, not hers," he said.

Mishenin claimed he had no sympathy with far-right ideas, but said he believed "the Olympic aesthetic starts in Berlin in 1936 and is created by Leni Riefenstahl".

He added: "For me this is about the aesthetics of beauty."
Asked about the use of Nazi iconography in his other work, he said: "When I use a symbol of culture of Nazi Germany like a swastika then, of course, I use it as a representative of the victor nation."

But(yes, another one!) as Richard Spencer comments-

I have no doubt that the Dopingpong firm was, in some fashion, gesturing towards the “fascist” aesthetic of the '20s and '30s. A glance at its catalogue reveals that it does quite a bit of this. The degree to which these references are ironic or tongue-in-cheek, I’ll leave up to the reader. Since the images are overtly “retro,” Dopingpong has certainly applied at least one layer of irony. One might also add that the connotation is more of an era than an ideology: Stalinists were also keen on evoking a certain strong, wholesome, defiant aura; moreover, some public architecture of the New Deal era is cut from the same cloth of Albert Speer’s “Nazi” Classicism. (The offending poster also reminds me of those vintage mountaineering posters I always see on sale every winter.)

"But," says Spencer (this is his but now), " in the end, all of this is besides the point."

What we glimpse in this episode is the degree to which egalitarianism is propagated—and the war on Whiteness, wagedaesthetically. A poster that displays blond, blue-eyed Slavs in heroic postures is deemed, by our opinion- and culture-makers, as a few steps away from Auschwitz. Other cultures are allowed to be grand: Martin Luther King Jr., for instance, can be glorified in gargantuan kitsch. Heroic art featuring White people, on the other hand, is viewed as immoral.

This trend in public display mirrors that in high art, in which centuries of neo-Classicism and Romanticism were, in essence, cancelled in favor of abstraction and modernism’s anti-aesthetic. As Wilmot Robertson noted, “In the dispossession of the [American] Majority, it is the Majority artist who so far has been the greatest casualty.”

Which is sad, no? We lost the Winslow Homers and the Edward Hoppers and we gained (not the right word, I know) the Andy Warhols and the Robert Rauschenbergs. Actually, we lost and then lost some more.

(all emphasis mine)

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