Friday, December 21, 2012

New Artwork- Commissioned Sculpture

As I've been busy working on pieces for my upcoming solo exhibition I've also been working on a sculptural wall installation piece commissioned by the Deborah Hankinson Lawfirm in Dallas. After a few hundred hours of prep work and then a twenty hour install on location last weekend, the piece is finally finished and I can now get back to my work on the solo show. Here are a few shots of it.
Current: Red Rectangles    2012,    Ink, Lexan, Steel Pins

Detail- Side View

Scott Walker - 'Epizootics!'

'Epizootics' is the first song on Scott Walker's new 2012 album, 'Bish Bosch', released just a few weeks ago. Although a bit less bleak than his 2006 bleaker-than-bleak album 'The Drift', this new album is no less bizarre and leaves the listener wondering what strange universe this guy now inhabits, especially given his earlier music from the 1960's. One of the best Youtube comments I've ever seen came with this video. Nitewars says:
I used to put "The Drift" on at dinner parties, just to see the moment where the conversation stops and everyone collectively asks, "what the hell is this?"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Glenn Beck Fancies Himself an Art Critic

Yes, in this clip he fancies himself an art critic, an art historian and... an artist? This was too good not to post. He reminds me of the dumbest kid in the class who also happens to be the loudest. Why is it that the stupidest amongst us are always the most confident of their own mental faculties? If the bluster and bad french accent are too much for you to bear, at least forward it to the 6 minute mark where he thinks he's an artist. Thanks Rob for the find.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Intelligence Squared: Science Refutes God - Full Debate

Lawrence Krauss and Michael Shermer debate Dinesh D'Souza and Ian Hutchinson over the question of whether science refutes god. IQ2-Science Refutes God - Full Debate from Intelligence Squared U.S. on Vimeo.
On the fundamental question--evolution or creation?--Americans are on the fence. According to one survey, while 61% of Americans believe we have evolved over time, 22% believe this evolution was guided by a higher power, with another 31% on the side of creationism. For some, modern science debunks many of religion's core beliefs, but for others, questions like "Why are we here?" and "How did it all come about?" can only be answered through a belief in the existence of God. Can science and religion co-exist?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ray Kurzweil "How to Create a Mind", Authors at Google

I thought this was a great lecture by the futurist, Ray Kurzweil. I have yet to read his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, which might be my next purchase.

About the book:

In How to Create a Mind, The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, the bold futurist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse engineering the human brain. Ray Kurzweil is arguably today's most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world's problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating. Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil's previous classics.