Contemporary Urban Art

Contemporary Urban Art

From the Karma Loop

Excerpts/Proverbs of Dune-Micheli on Contemporary Beatnik

Our favourite artist Dune-Micheli has some interesting writings that can be found on Contemporary Beatnik. Definitely check out the site if you have the time and aren’t scared. The “CB” is a great source for art and writing, with a lot of work out of the Houston art community. I don’t know if you guys have been noticing, but the art scene down there has really grown in the past couple of years. Most of the art you will find on the site is out of NY, Italy and Houston.

These excerpts/Proverbs are from my ongoing anthology I have titled “SayN Writings”

-“IMPORTED FEET MADE AME[R]ICA HISTORY WITH FEAT.”

-“CAUSE AN[D] EFFECT, FOR REAL.”

-“THE PLACEBO AFFECT.”

-“DIE-A-GRAM OF ‘THE SEVENTH SON’
EGYPTIAN
INDIAN
GREEK
ROMAN
TEUTON
MONGOLIAN
7.THE NEGRO”

-“NOT EVEN AN ISRAELITE DOES NOT KNOW THE NEGRO PLIGHT”

-“W.W.W. [WORLD-WIDE WEB, ON THIS CONTINENT].”

-“SAYN USE OF THE APOTHECARY MAN”

-“DE-FILE-MENT OF SINGLE FILE PROFILES”

-“DE-FILE-MENT TO ORGANIZE SINGLE FILE PROFILES”

-“CENTURY SHACKLES HAND AND FOOT, WAITING”

-“THE OASIS SIMPLY IS FAITH IN THE DESERT OF DOLLARS AND SMARTNESS”

The Art of Kurt Cobain

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Kurt Cobain was the front man and leader of Nirvana, the band that redefined music in the 1990s. His death is still shrouded in mystery. Some believe it was a simple suicide, while many theories out there claim he was murdered. I am not sure if we will ever know the truth. Aside from music, Kurt was an extremely talented artist. His drawings, paintings and sketches have started to gain popular demand in recent years. I have collected some of my favorites and you can view them below. I definitely miss Kurt Cobain being on the scene. I think if he were still around today, he would be doing great things.

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[Primary Source Kurt Cobain’s Art]

[tags]Kurt Cobain, art, Nirvana[/tags]

Does This Image Offend You?

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John Sims’ “The Proper Way to Hang a Confederate Flag,” created a frenzy of discussion back in March. At the time, I didn’t have a strong opinion one way or the other on the piece. I do believe that art should offend people from time to time. If a work of art sparks a discussion, then it was a success. Simply offending someone does not necessarily make something good art. At the same time, art that offends is not necessarily bad.

I do not think this particular piece will invoke the kind of rage we saw in 1989 with Dread Scott Tyler’s “What Is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?” Often, I feel as if people take quick offense to a piece they do not quite understand.

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John Sims has to live with his decision to display work of this nature. He already lives with continual death threats from the Ku Klux Klan. If you offend those guys, you obviously did something right. I’d have to say that the primary purpose of art is to arouse emotions and social debate, which this piece had obviously accomplished.