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30 August 2011, 10:01
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Art, Jazz & The Blues

the fanfare du loup at the Auvernier Jazz festival August has passed in a flash as it will when you’re having fun ;-)…

First I spent a couple of weeks helping friend Bill prepare some of his cool home made instruments for his first art show! This event will take place in Fribourg at the Atelier-Galerie J.-J. Hofstetter on September 9th at 8pm. He has programed a series of concerts with them (the instruments) and various other musicians so check out the schedule if you happen to be near by.

Bill, as it has already been mentioned here and there in this blog, also plays with the Fanfare du Loup Orchestra, a Geneva based Big Band. They where just down the mountain last Sunday at the Auvernier Jazz Festival where they played a selection of tunes from their Play it again, Bill program. The sketch is from that event…

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8 October 2010, 16:16
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Stamps For Your Halloween Greeting Cards

This year I designed some stamps for Halloween greeting cards and party invitations, here are the two I like the best:



But I have to admit that there are some really cool Halloween postage designed by other artists too so the competition is chilling!

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9 August 2010, 22:10
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Show @ The Annamarie Andersen Galery

invitation to the exhibitionAnnamarie Andersen has proposed to show a selection of my bronze and other objects from the past in a show with Italian artist and friend Graziano Marini.

It opens August 26th: vernissage from 17h00 to 20h00 – and runs to October 15th with the a finissage from 17h00 to 20h00.

So if you’re interested in my stuff from back then, it will be a good occasion to see a few pieces!

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30 June 2008, 12:59
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Demonstrating Water With Stones Revisited

So I happen to look at my YouTube statistics yesterday and was more than surprised to see that my Demonstrating Water With Stones video documentation has gone from around 350 visitors to nearly 2000 in the last few weeks. Who knows from where or why, it’s weird, all the more since the few who rated, rated poorly indeed….

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8 April 2008, 21:11
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Sports, art and politics?

Apparently today was the opening of the Hodler exhibition at the Kunstmuseum in Bern. This made the news because among the people who lent their paintings to the museum was Switzerland’s extreme right populist party mentor: Christoph Blocher. It so happens that his party, the “Swiss People’s Party” is more than pissed that the afore mention (sorry, no name calling here) was pretty much kicked out of the government by the parliament last fall…

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25 July 2007, 21:36
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As the suspense thickens...

carrotsThe windows in my apartment where changed today from 125 year old wooden things that we barely dare to touch anymore because they where falling apart in every way possible, to white plastic double glass panes that hopefully will do a better job at keeping out the cold. Ugly but efficient as opposed to rotten with a history I guess…

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20 July 2007, 21:29
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Either you like it or you don't

One of the more arresting things about being an artist is surviving the way people consider it as an activity. What other occupation gets you “and do you live from it?” as a sequel to “what do you do?”. OK, sometimes you get the “what type of art” question in between but either way: say no and your inquisitor usually beams with righteous justice, say yes and visibly you’ve sold out.

Yes, yes, that’s a bit of an stereotyped exaggeration but it was fun to write and has a ring of truth…

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16 July 2007, 21:28
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SHOWDOWN

Earlier this evening I joined Bill and Dave for a beer at the P’tit Paris since it was perfect weather to sit outside and enjoy it. I mention this for two reasons: each summer the P’tit Paris invites bands to sign up and play for them end of July and early August, something we have done a few times. However this year for a bunch of reasons we will not be able to play then and the cafe’s boss was disappointed when he heard that so he asked when we could…

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12 May 2007, 21:12
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Zap through concepts

Zap through conceptsIsn’t contemporary art great! So much better than all those dusty old paintings that took hours to look at because there was just too much to digest. Now you can go look at an exhibition, pop through it in no time whatsoever, be delighted with it all and go on to the next one. It’s the greatest thing, and whats more you don’t need to worry about being smart or educated enough to understand anything. The zap through concepts that many hot young artists are chugging out these days are shrewdly calculated to nudge you exactly where it’s needed to trigger that automated response! You are putty in their expert hands…

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6 April 2007, 22:46
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PoMo Creolization

… Shirky describes this generational shift in terms of pidgin versus Creole. “Do you know that distinction? Pidgin is what gets spoken when people patch things together from different languages, so it serves well enough to communicate. But Creole is what the children speak, the children of pidgin speakers…

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28 March 2007, 22:41
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We are all photographers now



And the New York Times published an article about the exhibition just before I came home, so it followed me enough to take note although I have yet to see the show.


One of the works that has received the most attention by the press is the video by N.Y. based photographer Noah Kalina: “everyday”. A somewhat boring six minute assemblage of 2,356 daily self-portraits shots.==

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15 March 2007, 22:03
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Browsing with my feet

San Francisco is such a nice city to wander about in that visiting the gallery scene should be a real pleasure. Which it is of course, although I have to say – old fart me – that I would expect a lot more excitement from a city renown for it’s counter-cultural history. I was told a few times that L.A. is where it is happening, almost could of seemed like sort of a local “what can we do” background color. It’s all attitude down there, they say, don’t give a hoot about N.Y. no reason to be like them…

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3 March 2007, 17:03
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Mushrooms, soy noodles and soap?

In an attempt to avoid putting to much junk down the drain I have gotten into the habit of washing my brushes and stuff in a little water filled pail which, when it gets too disgusting, is poured into an old container or can; whatever is convenient. Depending on the season and the humidity level, either the water evaporates and I can put the residue in the trash bin, or the whole thing starts to rot and stink. Which of course raises the internal, eternal(?) debate of self comfort versus idealism…

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17 February 2007, 16:13
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As I fell asleep last night,

I though: To hear music you play a Mp3 file, CD or even better, a LP, and if you want a whole lot better than that; you go to a concert! But it was the fact that music “is” only while it is played that caught my attention, and yet that isn’t true because you can hear it in your head at other moments.

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30 January 2007, 18:07
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Don't care for the "state of the arts"?

Check out Sharkforum where there have been attacks a plenty on the matter. I can’t say that I agree to them all, and to be frank I’m not sure I’d care to participate in the debate, especially the one about “good painting” versus “bad painting” which rubs me wrong, but it’s important to consider and confront these questions and not just be a zombie…

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21 January 2007, 17:39
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Chalk Rules!

3D illusion art by Julian Beever
Haven’t had much time to cruise the web this week + a pain in the back is keeping me from to much typing. Fortunately the daily mail brings its load of jokes, “cool stuff” and other “friendly spams”.

Among the Check this out type subjects was a bunch of pictures of sidewalk chalk art by English artist Julian Beever who is famous in many cities for his amazing 3D illusion art on the pavement. And rightly so, more fun images can be found on his website.

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2 January 2007, 17:25
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Hygienic Mind Fuel

Contemporary Art, Hygienic Mind Fuel since 1917 ButtonContemporary Art, Hygienic Mind Fuel since 1917 is both this blog’s design of the day and our little tribute to Marcel Duchamp whom we all love. And that is LOVE with large screaming uppercases. Yet I must confess that it does contain a bit of irony; 1917 was if I remember right, a year after my Grandmother immigrated to New York. And a young lass she was back then…

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