Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Nick Jensen section selection for GM site
I have specifically decided to concentrate on 3 of my favourite New York sections.
Interestingly each skater is /or was sponsored by the same board company- Alien Workshop.
The first section is Jason Dill from Photosynthesis. This is one of the best skate videos ever! His section was one of the most original. If you imagine that I was born in 1984, 2 years after the first skate video Bones Brigade had come out. I didn’t start skating until I was 9 so I had already missed the most ground breaking video parts. They didn’t have the same relevance and impact as say Mouse or Photosynthesis. The reason I am choosing Jason Dill over Guy Mariano (who had the most ridiculous part in Mouse) is because he seemed to be thinking about skateboarding from a totally unique point of view. His section, is by no means as technical as Guy Mariano’s but he does have one of the most memorable lines ever filmed. (The line in downtown Manhattan where he picks up his board mid way through and ollie’s a huge gap.)
The second section which I have chosen is Anthony Papalardo in Mosaic. Mosaic was a Habitat video but it included an Alien workshop segment. This video came about three years after Photosynthesis in 2003. Anthony Papalardo’s section was so shocking to me. He had had an amazing part in Photosynthesis but it was nothing like this part. You cold tell he was gnarly, he takes a couple of really bad slams on the nose-wheelie into the bank, but he goes back and makes sure he lands it. He was obviously on a mission and he was pushing himself to the limit. I felt so crap at skating after that, but in a good way, it made me realize how much of a pussy I was.
The last section is Jake Johnston from Mind Field, Alien Workshops fourth and latest video. He stands alone in that video. Watching his part now reminds me of what it was like to watch Papalardo’s 6 years ago. Most of his tricks are filmed at skate spots people have never seen, somewhere in the dark depths of New York . He too like Anthony Papalardo and Jason Dill has one trick that stand out the most. It’s the wall ride he does down the side of a double set. In fact I have actually seen this double set in New York when I went on holiday about two years ago, so I know how fucking hard that must have been. Check it out!
Hope you enjoy the east coast flavour?
Friday, 10 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Martin Creed Interview
Martin Creed was born in Wakefield, England, in 1968, and from 1986-90 attended the Slade School of Art in London. In 1993 his Work No. 81, ‘a one inch cube of masking tape in the middle of every wall in a building’ was installed in the offices of the London firm, Starkmann Ltd, and since then Creed has had eighteen solo exhibitions or projects in Europe and North America and has participated in numerous group exhibitions world wide. He lives and works in London. He won the 2001 Turner Prize with Work No. 227, the lights going on and off. An empty room in which the lights periodically switched on and off. Artist Jacqueline Crofton threw eggs at the walls of the room containing Creed’s work as a protest.Creed won the prize.
Do you like talking about you art?
I like trying to talk about it, but, talking about it is something in itself. I think talking is a whole work in itself, its very difficult to talk in a way that’s not a bit bull-shitty.
You don’t want to be bogged down in talking about your art?
Talking about something is not the thing. You can talk about music all you like but it will always be separate from the music itself. I like trying to discuss my work but it’s difficult not to talk in a fake way. You can easily slip into cliched ways of talking. I think it is ultimately good talking about your work, it creates a good relationship between you and what you do.
I really like your song “I like things.” Do you separate your music from your art? (mp3)
I think its all part of the same thing. I wouldn’t want to distinguish between different parts of my work. That song “I like things” came from me being quite depressed, I was trying to write the opposite of what I felt, rather than saying I wasn’t liking things I wrote about liking things.
Is there a strong element of humour in your work?
If work is funny I like it. I don’t think I’m good at telling jokes or trying to be funny. Anytime I have tried to be funny wasn’t very funny so I try not to be funny. I’m happy that people find the work amusing but I think it’s important to do things seriously. I don’t think its possible to be ironic, you can only say things straight, otherwise nothing has any meaning. I think it’s the same with being funny, i don’t try to be funny but I like humour in other people’s work, usually things that I like are things that make me smile or laugh.
What was your time at art school like
I had a really good time at art school. I don’t mean lots of partying etc, I was helped a lot by the teachers, I think I was very shy. I found art school helped me with my confidence a lot.
Was it your aim to become an artist?
I wouldn’t say that I wanted to become an artist, I think I have got lazy with using the terms art or artist, if people ask me what I do I say I’m an artist. I suppose I only really say that as I do a lot of work in art galleries, I don’t think its particularly helpful thinking about being an artist or not being an artist. The word art is not really a helpful word in my opinion.
So rather, doing things or making things?
Yes, Doing things that you want to do, things that excite you and may or may not be called art. I think people do lots of different things, very creative things, that are not exhibited in art galleries. I think its helpful to think of things in that way. It’s impossible to determine what art is so it’s pointless trying to. Before I went to art school I thought of studying literature, I was into books, psychology and architecture. In the end art seemed the best thing to study because it had everything.
And nothing in particular?
Yeah, I think other courses are more linear and not so much about thinking about things in general. I think it is very important to create and do things.