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Archive for February, 2005

Andy Goldsworthy Exhibit

by on Feb.14, 2005, under Uncategorized

Nikki and I had a pre-Valentine’s Day date on Friday and went to the Austin Museum of Art to see their current Andy Goldsworthy exhibit.
Goldsworthy is a British sculptor who specialises in creating forms from natural elements – leaves, sticks, stones, snow, ice – which he finds near where the sculpture is to be created. Many of his creations are rather temporary being at the mercy of wind or tide, but he documents them in beautiful photographs. His use of natural shape and colour is stunning and his sculpture is incredibly fresh and visually very appealing.
If you get a chance to visit AMOA before the show ends on February 20th or if you hear of a local museum showing Goldsworthy’s work, definitely take the time to have a look. If you can’t find anywhere to see his work “live”, the documentary

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Tasteless Advertising

by on Feb.06, 2005, under Uncategorized

I held off for a couple of days but, in the end couldn’t help Googling to find the fake Volkswagen ad that was mentioned on NPR last week (during a discussion of all the extremely dull and unimaginative but completely inoffensive ads we are to be shown during tomorrow’s Super Bowl). Apparently, this was part of a demo reel that was never intended to be used but it “got out” and is now a viral hit on the net. It’s wildly tasteless but incredibly funny. Click here if you don’t get offended easily and want to see it. It involves a suicide bomber and a Polo.
Another ad, produced by Budweiser, is also available only online. Why, I am not sure – it’s funny and topical. You can find it here (Quicktime, high bandwidth version) or here (Quicktime, low bandwidth version).

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