Cave of Forgotten Dreams

If you like art history, you might like this. In this case the history goes back 30,000 years.

Werner Herzog has made a 3D documentary film about cave paintings in a particular cave in southern France. The film is in limited release (at the Arclight in LA). You can see a trailer and some short blips on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2843843865/

As you might know, because of the deterioration of the paintings simply caused by people visiting these caves, they are becoming off limits to almost all of us. I’ve been lucky enough to see cave art in person and the works are quite extraordinary. This film may be the only way most of us will experience this art. In the future, even filmmakers will not be allowed down there.

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Cars as Art

I can see some of you rolling your eyes at this, but really! I mean it! The Petersen Automotive Museum has an exhibition called “Supercars. When Too Much Is Almost Enough” This is a collection of the very fastest, most exotic cars of their eras. The examples run from a 30’s Mercedes to the Bugatti Veyron and they are all definitely rolling art.

The exhibit only takes about 20 minutes to view, but stay and visit the rest of the museum. Have lunch at the Johnny Rocket’s. The website info is at http://www.petersen.org/.

While we are on the subject… The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard houses one of the most fantastic car collections on our planet.

Peter Mullin collects (mostly) French art deco era cars which are probably the most beautiful expressions of automobiles ever produced. They are a little hard to describe so please check out the website at http://www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com/. The museum is only open a couple of days a month and you need to make reservations. It’s beyond worth it.

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Alien Trees Spotted!

Am I the only one who thinks these “disguised” cel towers look hideous? They’re like mismatched parts of artificial Christmas trees that were fished out of a dumpster. You can’t help but notice them because they’re usually too large in scale and don’t match anything around them.

What I want to know is who decided that these ugly spuds were a good idea? People who think these things are lifelike and blend in are the same ones who can’t tell a real Christmas tree from an aluminum one. If the object is to make the usual industrial style towers look good, they’re succeeding.

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Blog Intrigue

Hello everybody! Welcome to my first blog!

I was going to start by talking about the new Google Art Project but I’ve decided to go off on a tangent right away concerning blogs.

In developing this blog, I did little bits of research like Googling myself and I came across something interesting. Back in 2004, someone in a bogus blog was impersonating me using my name and work history to acquire funding for an animation project. There was quite a bit of conversation back and forth across at least three sites. There was even some rather horrible test animation done. It could either have been a weird scam or an elaborate prank, I really don’t know. In the end it went nowhere and there has been nothing since.

Should I be “shaken to my core” like Oprah or be mildly amused like, well… me?

Interesting things, these blogs… No?

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