Friday, September 16, 2005
So Disney opened it's Hong Kong Park this week. The idea is to get rich mainlanders to pay big bucks to visit Mickey and friends. Seems Disney has done it pretty much the Disney way, although they did have to have a Feng Shui consultant, and provide one Chinese restaurant. And there's also something about employees not being able to drink water in public...mmm, very Disney I guess. Click here to read more.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Okay, here it goes...but this is Woospace's first legit endorsement (amazing how fast we became capitalist whores) Defunker is a t-shirt company in NY, and as you can see (scroll down) I have posted an ad for their fabulous wares. I wouldn't pitch for just anyone if I didn't believe in the product and I have personally purchased this awesome Big Lobowski inspired "Jesus" shirt. But they have many other fine designs, and very few lame ones. So support Woospace by buying yourself a cool t-shirt, word.
Here's a fun poster from Shepard Fairy and Comany (obey giant). Typicaly I'm not a huge fan. Afterall, he's against branding, but yet he's all about branding. Complicit, maybe just a tad. And in his post-Andre the Giant thing, it seems Shepard has taken to slick graphic designs, many of which are based in "revolutionary" signifiers. But I do admire how he's continued to hit the streets eventhough he doesn't have to. Now he's making bank in the galleries. Check out more at Obey Giant
"This deficiency of haut bourgeois perks, I should note, also confuses visiting Easterners whom I have docented down the Strip. So attentive are they to signifiers of status and exclusivity that they become restless and frustrated. The long, lateral blend of Vegas iconography unrolls before them, and they are looking for the unmarked door through which the cognoscenti pass. They want the 'secret Vegas.' But Vegas is about stakes, not status-real action, not covert connections. The 'high-roller' rooms with satin walls are secure areas for high-stakes gambling, not hideouts for high-profile dilettantes. If Bruce Willis and Shannen Doherty just want to get their feet wet, they shoot dice with the rest of us. This seems to confuse my visitors, who don't, of course, believe in celebrity, but still, the idea of People with Names gambling in public offends their sense of order-and mitigates their aspirations as well, I suspect."
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Monique is an artist who I always found interesting, but odd. Her work came to be recoginzable for her abstract blobs. The first time I saw them, I hated them. But they grow on you. It seems her work is shifting and I thought this would be a great time to show you a painter in transition. I like her new direction (the text pieces). Here is a little about the way she use to work:
"With her funky biomorphic forms, Prieto reinvents the process of painting and overthrows romantic myths of self-expression. Using Painter 3 Mac software she draws in color with her fingers on the tiny touchpad of her laptop. She paints from the small images she prints out when they seem right. Each shape represents a character."
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Wow, someone finally did it. I think every musician that goes to China thinks to themselves...If I sing in Chinese, I could be really big! Well, what would have once been considered novelty, is actually quite good. Abigail Washburn spent time living in Chengdu China teaching English and also plays the Banjo. So she decided to combine the two. The result is acutally quite interesting music. Upon listening you realize her music has soul, and is beautiful. She has a nice voice and I like the banjo and cello combination. Not all her songs are in Chinese either (smart move Abigail). I'm impressed, someone finally brought Appalachia to the middle kingdom. Take a look and a listen .