Thursday, January 26, 2012

plato n aristotle

DASH Portfolio Day 2012 cements the conviction that the next generation has promise.

Design and Architecture Senior High School may be under the umbrella of the Dade County public school system but it is anything but mundane. DASH continues to be the 305 laboratory for creative genius delivering visionary cultivated socially.

That is why recruiters from prestigious institutions of higher learning flock to this most imperative and recurring annual event.

Not surprising, the skilled eye is never far removed from the novice. Point is, it takes the dexterity of moment to recognize potential and promise.

And so it goes, year after year from town to country, the steam of consciousness flows with the discerning criticism.

Of course there is always a pox, but that does not kill the dream for perfection.

Illusion is but a hive of ambition and that "What I Do Not Know" is always around the corner...

Depiction and debauchery, how to not get canned at the portfolio review day.

no shortage of talent

hair is back, just ask the armpit

flyguy, intern Marlon Preuss

Uber Kool, sure to get go to college, Heydee Lopez of Sketchy Miami

City of Miami's Thin Blue Line taking in the artworks...

Pop, Lock n Drop. 4 years $150,000. upper education... done.

Break a Leg, Bro. When all else fails try sympathy. Best of luck to Class of 2012.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Visual Pollution

While world-class cities such as SaoPaulo Brazil logically abandon the odd model of promoting overt "In Your Face" consumerism, other towns such as Miami continue to embrace advertiser's invasion of public air space. So with unapologetic gall, another billboard goes up.

In the swamp, every tree that is cut down seems to get replace with some steel and concrete contraption. Sadly the defoliated iron crosses yield little flower or fruit. What they produce is a bunch of visual pollution.

The argument against billboards is simple, they are often so imposing that it is almost impossible to not look at them. If you don't like a tee-vee commercial, change the channel. If you don't approve of magazine ads, turn the page. But the appropriation of our common eye/air space for the benefit of private interest is just plain ballsy.

Why Fight the massive trend of a vinyl-clad world? Because the swamp is not a circus.

To be fair, a billboard on your roof or backyard is great for property owners struggling with soaring real estate taxes. Politicians and bureaucrats love the permitting kick-backs. But with the economy in the dumps, it is no surprise promoters of these towering scarecrows are coming up a bit short on advertising dollars. The answer for now seems to be a windfall for well heeled arts funding endeavors and starving artist. For the counter-cyclical, opportunity is a matter of perception.

From menaces above to obstacles below. Today some folk contemplate finding shelter under the bridges and highways, while the FDOT continues to use our tax dollars as toilet paper for road improvements projects that seem to never end.

At least this one is quite interesting; a ready-made earth-work featuring 300lbs dingleberries.

For this election year, let's hope that progress remains the opposite of congress.


Monday, January 9, 2012

another swampy opening

Season Premier 2012

Southernmost Situations

Free Key West

opens Saturday January 14
6-12 pm

SouthernMost Situations presents Free Key West.

A collection of objects acquired in 48 hours. Victims of the economic recession go to Key West to see if the combination of alcohol and an island mentality are a catalyst for a new form of consumerism and plundering debauchery. Combining "found" object and video, the haggard stories of 48 hours are told in a fresh context.

3821 NE 1 Court
Miami Design District

Monday, January 2, 2012


Word Challenged.