Fashion Criticism

Many who have browsed through those voluminous fashion magazines often experience a moment of total confusion or bewilderment at the images that certain fashion campaigns project in these materials.  These images are meant to play with our heads, yes.  For the uninitiated, they also start with a moment of incredulity... they pick up these magazines to get fashion 'pegs' and get bombarded by disturbing images instead.

I watched a talk by American Cintra Wilson online, entitled "Fear and Clothing", also the title of one of her books.  In this talk, she basically affirmed that moment that many readers have had on seeing these strange fashion images.  And she delves deeper in her analysis.

Among her summary statements are:

The message that these images convey is:  
"New Luxury is post-God, post-moral(ity)... Post-accountable for transgressions..."

Here is the vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/43836561https://vimeo.com/43836561


Notes on the ART OF THE MOOC

List of Examples from the Coursera course ART OF THE MOOC

WEEK 1: Publict Art
disorientations and points of tension

Riding public transport during the rush hour, soaked in vinegar, egg, cod liver oil.

Paul Ramirez Jonas' Keys to Cities.

Human canon ball at a mental institution.

Artist-in-residence in a sanitation  department.

Preserving and restoring sidewalks as public spaces.

Working with public memory:
Restaging a famous confrontation of police and striking miners.
Looping reenactments of an assassination of a president. 

WEEK 2 - Education and Social Practice: 
the 'radical opening of roles'; dialogical art; experimental pedagogy


The Summer Day

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
—Mary Oliver


Memorable Art Encounters 2015

from redlist.com
Encountered the above work while researching the works of Salvador Dali.

from bostonglobe.com
It was a good start of my day, reading the article on Janet Echelman's giant installation using high-tech rope.