Yesterday I went over to Chorus Gallery with Katie and Pennie so that they could acquire some art from Chris Piascik, who has a chipper little show up right now. Its very fun. Chris is a Hartford alum and former Connecticut resident so I am obliged to think he has an edge up on mostly everyone else in the art world. His paintings and drawings are cartoony, texty but deceptively well-composed and highly detailed. He's kind of like an earlier Sean Landers without all of the heavy-handed self-hatred and anti-art. Its also worthwhile to note that Chris is a graphic designer by day, which clearly plays a role in his process.
Tonight, going to see work at MassArt: Joshua Pablo Rosenstock:
The Artist in Research Residency Program presents:Joshua Pablo Rosenstock's Residency Closing Event
Wednesday, June 24th 7 - 9 pm@ MassArt in the North Building, Rm 181
The work on view will be in process. We look forward to your input!
With the Berwick, Joshua Pablo Rosenstock has been working on "Shrine to the Funky Drummer", a multimedia installation that will seek to portray a specific instance of media sampling as an archetypal cultural moment and a lens through which to examine a multifaceted story of creative appropriation. The "Funky Drummer" is a five-second excerpt from a James Brown song that has been used as the foundation of hundreds of other musical compositions and is one of popular music's most famous samples.
Rosenstock has been gathering, creating, and working towards presenting artifacts and "holy relics" that explore the early history of Hip Hop and the creative acts of sampling and remixing. He is investigating debates about copyright and fair use in relation to Afro-Diasporic musical notions of "versioning," the fetishistic culture of record-digging, and postmodern theoretical questions about authorship in the age of digital (re)production.