Saturday, March 28, 2015

Preview of "Artistry/Technology" Documentary



If the BBC series "Black Mirror" didn't make you think and concern yourself with the advancement of technology/design/art, I don't know what would. More information on this documentary at The Creators Project.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Getting to know my Fender Twin Amp

Dissecting to understand. Very beautiful stuff.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Winter Illlustrations




This is from a series I'm painting called "Items from NY Magazine Gift Guide 2015 That I Can't Afford: Knife $600, Loafer $414, and Rabbit Ring $108" (watercolor and acrylic)


Rain Boot 2014

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Whiplash


I just sent this review of the 2014 film "Whiplash" to my drummer who hasn't seen it yet:

 "19 year old jazz drum prodigy Andrew doesn't realize his life is about to change when he accepts a position in Fletcher's jazz band during his first year at the world's best music conservatory (its a fake school). The introverted boy transforms ala "Black Swan" once he becomes in contact with this bloodthirsty-in-the-name-of-greatness professor (JK Simmons). Oh there's blood all right, and torture, and loads of obsessive psychological damage. Meanwhile, enjoy lots of cool jazz standards like Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and the song "Whiplash" itself. The sticking and hand control of the players are tear-jerking. You'll sob over his ability to smoothly play through rudiments and control the tone and tempos thrown at him (okay, tear up, maybe not sob). He began the film a great player as far as I can see. The ending will fuck you up. Give yourself an hour or two to get over it. If you're feeling vulnerable, give yourself a week. Then it'll make you want to practice."

 grade: B+