anyone who has ever seen Hieronymus Bosch‘s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights knows there are some pretty freaky things going on in the 15th century painting. this of course includes what is now known as “the butt song” pictured above.
“Amelia Hamrick, who attends Oklahoma Christian University, first learned about the painting in a humanities class last year, and fascinated by it had taken to looking at it from time to time.
‘It’s kind of like a 500-year-old Where’s Waldo, she told The Oklahoman.
After viewing the painting again with her friend Luke, they noticed that one of the suffers in the hell scene had musical notes branded on their backside and decided to find out what the butt song from hell might have actually sounded like.”
and so yada-yada-yada, i give you The Butt Song for your listening pleasure. Transcribed by Amelia Hamrick, and played by James Spalink.
sometimes, and not a lot*, but sometimes, we get lucky** and stumble over something magical*** and special. something that allows us to understand things a bit clearer. something that reminds us we’re in this together, and something that helps us to keep moving forward despite ourselves¹. often we forget it’s even there, but it is, and when we need it the most², we are reminded to smile and share and seek out even more in life. one such something is this, a brief excerpt from an amazing commencement speech given by the late, great³ David Foster Wallace to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. it never fails to set me straight. enjoy.
*this will vary from person to person depending on a number of factors, so many in fact that it is impossible to express each and every one at this time.
** that is if you believe in luck. feel free to substitute this word freely for whatever you want to call it.
*** again, you may not believe in magic, so please feel free to substitute this word with a more appropriate adjective.
¹ or in spite of ourselves.
² or not. sometimes these things surface when we least expect it, or remind us of their presence as we wake and start our day. but for the sake of brevity and emphasis, let’s just say that they are there. end of discussion.
³ this is an opinion of course.
the 2015 Southern Exposure Monster Drawing Rally is happening this friday night from 6-11 pm at the Verdi Club in san francisco. there will be around 120 artist working side by side creating drawings on the spot that will be immediately available for purchase. all proceeds directly support SOEX programs and artists throughout the bay area.
inspired by his Selfless Portraits Project, san francisco based artist Ivan Cash created this interactive art installation entitled Strangers Drawing Strangers for Airbnb at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
my new website is up and running with new work and new images! take a look and let me know what you think…
you can now purchase one or all of the 7600 volumes of the English language Wikipedia created by artist Michael Mandiberg, currently on view at From Aaaaa! to ZZZap! at Denny Gallery until July 11th, 2015.
photographer Adam Katseff has some stunning work in his portfolio. among my favorites are his epic landscapes in black. definitely worth a look…
Behind the Biennale is a series of short films that will be released throughout the summer of 2015, uncovering the stories of artists, curators, visitors, and Venetians.
“The Danish-Chilean artist Marco Evaristti was arrested in Iceland after local landowners accused him of vandalism for dyeing the Strokkur geyser pink.”
Hysterical Literature is a video art series by NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Clayton Cubitt.
“there’s a massive illicit bust of Edward Snowden stuck to a war monument in brooklyn”.
from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, an outstanding new series entitled The Artist Project. “Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project will share the perspectives of one hundred artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.” above, Tom Sachs on the Shaker retiring room.
Time May Change Me II, a birthday gif from artist Helen Green to the legendary David Bowie.
brooklyn based photographer Mariah Robertson making a mess in ART21‘s New York Close Up.
hands down the best artwork/installation/exhibition of 2014 – the white flags of the brooklyn bridge by german artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke. awesomeness.
merry christmas everybody!
created by Jen Lu and Tim Nolan, simplify.thatsh.it instantly creates “random modern art by simplifying images to their core elements”.
offering an ethical view to life without the dogmatic judgement and guilt of modern religion, How can I be happy? is one in a series of four videos explaining the ideology of Humanism. (written & produced by the British Humanist Association in conjunction with SkeptiSketch, and narrated by the wonderfully brilliant Stephen Fry.)
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well emeryville to be exact, at the 28th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. there you can view the work of over 100 bay area artist including the drawing above, (Somewhere, 2014, Pencil on Illustration Board, 30 x 40 inches), by yours truly. Opening night is this friday, october 10th from 6-9 pm. see you there!