Design and whiny women from the ’60s

How fun does this look? I am definitely adding Bushwaffle to my Xmas list this year….I love the ideas behind this entire studio, called REBAR. They are chiefly concerned with bringing together Art and Design; words like “urban intervention” and “conceptual public art” also make me weak at the knees. The ShinyArt koolaid comes in many colors and flavors – YES, YES YES!

REBAR does this with a design team, transforming San Francisco’s banal concrete jungle-ness and tired public spaces into conversations – conversations between art and life; and conversations between people brokered by visual twists on the banal. It’s all about bringing FRESH AIR into our shared environments, and I love it. So does ShinyArt. ‘Cause we want to do the same thing. Albeit in a very different way with a radically different approach – but the end goal remains very similar.

That’s the design bit.

Whilst purusing the nicely done SFMOMA blog today, I came across these clips from films in the Fisher Collection by Andy Warhol and Hans Richter. The Richter piece is just interesting because it is amazingly from 1946 – long before the concept of video/new media art really excelled with Nam June Paik and his contemporaries. It is fascinating to see the kinds of things he was interested in addressing in film – mostly the kind of motion that comes from a Calder-like sculpture in the wind, but also their shadows, properties of movement and light…interesting to see the experimentation.

The Warhol piece is also intriguing but I was left wondering why all women in films from the ’60s end up sounding the same. They all sound high-pitched and whiny – isn’t that true? It is like this recurrent persona that so many women adopted in films during that era…there is some stereotype that is either being played into or against here. Either way, I find it particularly annoying to watch.


About shinyartshinyart

KKP is CEO and Founder of ShinyArt - a company designed to transform dull HD flat screens into canvases for some of the world’s most compelling moving art. She is also an art historian and adjunct professor at several schools in the Bay Area.
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