June 10, 2005

Beneath the Roses

Gregory Crewdson

Flm-scale budgets, big crew, elaborate set ups to achieve dismal, Hopperish images of American suburbia. Some rave about rich detail and technical perfection of Gregory Crewdson’s photographs while others find it posed, lifeless and pointless.

Me? I’ve always been a fan of Carver.

Posted by Karen at June 10, 2005 10:33 PM in photography

i like this picture its pretty cool and morbid .my kind of pic.

Posted by: misssy at June 12, 2005 06:14 AM

Clearly my favourite staged-photograph artist is Cindy Sherman, but Crewdson’s works are always great to look at…

Posted by: Daryl at June 13, 2005 05:40 PM

Yep, someone posted a comment on Cindy Sherman a while back. Geez, I’ve lost it for now, but he called Tomodo Sawada “a Japanese Cindy Sherman”.

Posted by: Karen at June 13, 2005 08:49 PM

Saw him in the NY Times. I love this shit.

Posted by: J. Jonah Jinxy, Jr. at June 15, 2005 08:26 AM

Which Carver are you referring to …. Raymond Carver?

Posted by: Gilbert Koh at June 19, 2005 01:46 PM

Yes, that’s the only Carver I know. Who’s the other one?

Many have compared Crewdson’s work to Hopper, although I think Hopper and Carver, both focus on the stories behind the quotidian, those lurking below the surface of ordinary day to day, whereas this guy is altogether less restrained. I mean you can see him trying to shock.

But the pictures are beautiful.

Btw, I liked the warning a lot when I first read it. :)

Posted by: Karen at June 19, 2005 02:35 PM

Quite rare to stumble across Carver fans in Singapore. I love his writing too.

I’ve taken “Warning” off Reader’s Eye for now and replaced it with a daddy poem. Seems more appropriate, it being Father’s Day season and all that.

Posted by: Gilbert Koh at June 21, 2005 07:32 PM

Nico And The Velvet Underground Caught In Fox News Sex Scandal

Myspace.com’s censorship of Cindy Sherman’s art is one of many violations that continue to threaten Nico and The Velvet Underground’s first amendment rights. The controversy surrounds the band’s artistic use of artist Cindy Sherman’s 1992 Untitled #256, Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München. In the most recent spat with Rupert Murdoch’s baby, Nico and The Velvet Underground were kicked off Myspace.com on Monday 19, 2005. This is the fifth time the band has been kicked off the site without warning.

The band continues to lead the message of gender equality, while supporting the many modern and post modern artists like Frida Kahlo, Annette Messager, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, and Guerrilla Girls. Like the subversive art of the Vienna Aktionists, Nico and the Velvet Underground continue to push the sexual barrier with such shocking secrets in hyper realized performances that include film, video, mixed media and Rock and Roll.

While Nico and The Velvet Underground arent ruling out a record deal with Viacom, Paramount, and MTV, it is concerned about this shocking news. Nico’s press conference is set to air on several media outlets including WBBM AM/FM Chicago and Spike TV. In related news, Paramount bought out rival Dreamworks for $1.5 Billion, wrangling entertainment giants Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Viacom, which owns Paramount, reportedly negotiated a purchase of Myspace.com before the shocking buy out from Fox News on July 19, 2005. Spokeswoman Anna Astley is concerned about these recent developments and commented on the censorship fiasco. “Myspace.com and Fox News made no warning that the band’s account was being cancelled. Cancelling Nico and The Velvet Undergrounds’ Myspace.com account is tantamount to censorship and a violation of their First Amendment rights.”

Amidst the controversy and swirling allegations, Nico and The Velvet Underground had accumulated thousands of fans, with hundreds of thousands projected for 2006. PR spokeswoman Anna Astley also spoke of Nico and The Velvet Underground’s projected lost revenues from the XM and Sirius Satellite Radio MTV tributes scheduled for 2006-2007. Fox News’ censorship of Nico and The Velvet Underground will likely threaten their efforts for their much-anticipated Video iPod syndication in the EU, American, and Asian markets. Having been forced underground by Fox News and Myspace.com, the band members fought to regroup under the band name “000000000001,” and are topping at number 1 on Microsoft’s popular online portal CNET.

Myspace.com seemingly disregards its policy that images not contain pornography, nudity, violence, offensive material, or copyrighted images. Arguably, Myspace.com contains thousands of nude pictures, violent and offensive material and copyrighted images ranging from Jesus Christ, Harry Potter, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Angelina Jolie, and Snoop Dogg.

Myspace.com is filled with flash images asking members to “slap” President George W. Bush, Paris Hilton, or Brad Pitt in order to win a free iPod.

Media giant Rupert Murdoch, who is the majority shareholder of News Corporation, recently bought out Intermix Media, owner of Myspace.com for 580 Million.

New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has accused Myspace.com of false advertising and deceptive business practices. Within the last year, Myspace was fingered for spyware attacks to redirect members to its search engine.

Intermix Media agreed to settle for 7.9M, having admitted no wrongdoing.

Anna Astley refused to comment regarding any future legal action against News Corporation, Fox News, and/or Myspace.com regarding Nico and The Velvet Underground’s First Amendment rights. “We cannot make a statement at this time,” stated Astley. The investigation will result in an announcement in early January.

Anna Astley suggests that everyone reflect on Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson’s 1943 opinion that “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” - West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

Posted by: Anna Astley at December 21, 2005 04:35 PM
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