Sunday, July 20, 2008

A note on the film that we are screening on 9th Aug at our exhibition:

Mein liebster Feind (My Best Fiend) was a documentary made by Werner Herzog as a tribute, or love letter, to his long-time partner in film, actor Klaus Kinski.

The adjectives 'volatile' and 'wild beast' are often attached to descriptions of Kinski. Herzog, meanwhile, is notorious for being 'eccentric' and extreme in his filmmaking methods.

Their hatred for each other was as deep as their love, or affection, so much so that at various times each seriously plotted to murder the other.

Their peculiar pairing eventuated in some really great films. My Best Fiend, though made after Kinski's death, is one of the best of them.

There are no plots in this documentary; just a generous insight into an unusual relationship that became the driving force for Art.

You can see why we picked this film for our show. You're welcome to stay for an informal discussion on the film and exhibition after the screening. See you at Sek San's at 3pm on the 9th.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Changing Courses

I will have to go into art full-time at some point. It's an itch I have to scratch.

I won't deny that the prospect of doing it full-time scares me. It scares the shit out of me.

Currently, I work one full-time administrative job, a Saturday job at the fine arts library and finally, my art/writing (which I sometimes get paid for). Needless to say, I get to pack away enough dosh and still have time for art.

However, doing this ambitious exhibition with Sharon has made me realize that my day job is eating way too much of my time. I was making art during my lunch hours, rushing home to do more, sleeping past midnight and showing up at work like a grizzly bear.

But surprise surprise, I do love my corporate job. Despite the stress, I masochistically enjoy the boiler-room environment of facilitating million-dollar deals where every minute counts. I love going to a social environment everyday, where the small talk irritates but everyone acknowledges they're in the same dreary ship together.

I love the work ethic, too. There are some things I wish more artists learnt from the corporate world, such as getting organized. In my office, if you ask for something to be done, it gets done immediately. Like, yesterday. You know, artists should really learn about the 2-minute rule: if (something crops up and) you can do it within 2 minutes, just do it now.

I've taken a page from the lawyers and started billing my time, too. That means whenever I research, sketch, make phone calls relating to art, I can call it 'werk'. I draw up timesheets with billable units.

Yes, I have learned so much from my corporate job. Is it time to end it? I am not 100% sure yet. Certain sacrifices will have to be made if I quit...

And yet, my deepest heart's desire is to sit down at a desk, near a window, maybe at a cafe, and write, sketch, write...

I have heard Bob Dylan say about destiny, "It's a feeling you have that you know something about yourself nobody else does. The picture you have in your mind of what you're about will come true. It's kinduva thing you kinda have to keep to your own self because it's a fragile feeling and if you put it out there, someone'll kill it, so it's best to keep that all inside."

If Bob can believe in that, I can too...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Homegrown Tomatoes

Comrade Betta has blogged about tomatoes. Ergo Gnewty must respond with pervy pics of her homegrown acid-free tommies from last summer. So red, so sexy. so juicy and sweet... For when you visit me, huh, B.? *SMOOCH*