Martin Luther King Jr

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alex janvierpart of me naively thought that in doing art i’d be removed from society’s concerns, but it turns out, as you’ll see in the excerpt about the lubicon and the calgary winter olympics below, that’s not the case. while i like the meditative aspect when creating art, and i find the technical demands, well, demanding, my concerns are even more focused on society and trying to understand it. for example, alex janvier (pictured, and below) once signed his paintings with his treaty number to protest government policies about natives. i try to understand that, and put that into my art. janvier found way. however, no less an artist than bill reid (also below) said, ‘art can never be understood, but can only be seen as a kind of magic, the most profound and mysterious of all human activities.’ so, for me, it’s both magic and protest.

Music

charlie parkerJazz24.org’s top one hundred tracks.

#92. Charlie Parker (1920-1955), Donna Lee.

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‘A guide to your David Bowie [1947-2016] memorial movie night’.

David-Bowie--aladdin saneDavid-Bowie--garethdavid-bowie--circleDavidbowie2--roboticbowie as elephant manDavid+Bowie+bowie12--modbowie--suave

Bowie

david-bowie--space oddity

david-bowie--smoling.

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david-bowie--sweater

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Tuesday, 2016 January 12

daphne odjig in 2008 from wcdaphne odjig middle aged but dt unknowndaphne odjig young but dt unknownProfessional Native Indian Artists Incorporation (PNIAI)[l], better known as the Indian Group of Seven, 1973-1975.

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Daphne Odjig (born 1919)

by daphne odjig4by daphne odjig1by daphne odjig2by daphne odjig3by daphne odjig5we walk together 1995, daphné odjigIN SEARCH OF WONDER_66x38_1987_acrylic on canvas by Daphne Odjigby daphne odjig6by daphne odjig7

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hunter-tootoo-from-cbcHunter Tootoo (1963) ‘is the first fisheries minister from the Arctic. He said he wasn’t aware of that until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called to offer him the job. “He said, ‘Because I want to remind Canadians that we have a third ocean,'” Tootoo recalled. “I think it shows that he sees the importance of the North”.’ (tx, sh)

Wednesday2016 January 13

Spirit_of_Haida_Gwaii,_plaster_originalA master of sculpture, jewelry, and more, Bill Reid (1920-1998– pictured is his plaster original of The Spirit Of Haida Gwai, which appeared on the Canadian $20 banknote) ‘achieved international acclaim as one of Canada’s most important and innovative sculptors.’ The Visual Arts In Canada, 372.

Picture Shows: Cuttlefish ingeniously transform their entire bodies to match their surroundings, nature’s answer to an invisibility cloak.

watched nature (natural born hustlers: staying alive) and nova (life’s rocky start).
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Thursday2016 January 14

lichens‘A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. The combined life form has properties that are very different from the properties of its component organisms. Lichens come in many colors, sizes, and forms. The properties are sometimes plant-like, but lichens are not plants.’ (tx, sh)

tornado-from-cbcwatched the nature of things (myth or science: in the eye of the storm).

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Friday2016 January 15

Martin-Luther-King-Jr-9365086-2-402-from-biography.comToday is the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968). He said, ‘The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice [and] peace…. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific, and religious freedom have always been nonconformists.’
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Saturday2016 January 16

the visual arts in canada: the twentieth centurybj and aw. reading the visual arts in canada (383): ‘in conjunction with the 1988 winter olympics in calgary, the glenbow museum organized the spirit sings: artistic traditions of canada’s first peoples…. the lubicon cree nation [boycotted it, concerned with] … issues of museum representation and first nations cultural heritage…. from the perspective of the lubicon cree, the spirit sings glorified numerous romantic stereotypes associated with traditional aboriginal objects, while denying complex realities.’

sontag1-older‘Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style–but a particular kind of style. It is the love of the exaggerated, the ‘off,’ of things-being-what-they-are-not…. Camp asserts that good taste is not simply good taste; that there exists, indeed, a good taste of bad taste.’–Susan Sontag (1933-2004)

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Sunday2016 January 17

tainowatched national geographic (quest for the lost maya), walking through history (the norman conquest of pembrokeshire), and the lost kingdoms of central america (the taino). susan watched downton abbey.

Morning Star (Detail), Alex Janvier, 1993‘Perhaps the future holds a real possibility of reconciling the tension between the disparate practices of contemporary Aboriginal artists with a long-overdue recognition of the foundational artists of the modern era [Morrisseau, Odjig, Janvier, and others–pictured is a detail from Janvier’s Morning Star] .’ The Visual Arts In Canada, 388.

Monday2016 January 18

Martin Luther King press conference 01269u editToday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, the third Monday of January. (See also Friday).

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Montesquieu 1It’s Montesquieu’s (1689-1755) birthday. He said, ‘If triangles had a God, he would have three sides.’

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road to broomecb showed me her pictures of travelling in australia. pictured is the road connecting darwin and broome. four-wheel-drive only.

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