Art Changes Lives Is Now Responsive

If you fall, fall on your back. If you can look up, you can get up.

~ Les Brown (source)

An image from Lotte NYC Palace
Bubbles and Mystery

Darn… Technology, Love it or Hate it.

Maybe too long, but this is what has been happening, Google has changed its ranking system to take into account whether or not the site is responsive and it is serious about making the pages more mobile accessible. (source) So I had to do some research. Although, I am a designer and claim to be a web designer to boot. I needed to find a WordPress theme that worked for me. The WP’s 2016 Theme seemed to do the trick. I tested it, I found the transition was not going to be smooth. Ugh!

Well, after much hand wringing and fretting, I buckled down and took notes on exactly what I needed to do. The list was long. I was motivated into action when I saw my search engine rank drop. I am pretty happy with most of the changes. I have to restore a couple of galleries and make a few more tweaks, but Art Changes Lives is responsive and up and running.

Now I better start to grade and get my work done.

Bill Hendricks (Shadowmason)

Realism /Surreal at the Whitney

To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.”
   ~ René Magritte (1898 – 1967)

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Raising Waters, Lake Harriet

While in New York City, I was able to visit one of my favorite museums, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and attended the ‘Real/Surreal’ exhibit on the first day it opened to the public. There I found artist that normally I would not think of as surrealistic artists. They included some of my all time favorites Grant Woods, Paul Cadmus, George Tooker, Edward Hopper and Joseph Cornell. These artist took what they saw and warped it in such a way that the viewer had access into their minds by the metaphors, symbols, and perspectives that they used. They all allowed the viewer a glimpse under the surface and allow the viewer a chance to see, “… What has never been”… before.

If you get a chance and are in New York City… Stop by the Whitney and see the show. The show runs through February 12, 2012.

Another Idea is ’round the Corner

Never fall in love with an idea. They’re whores: if the one you’re with isn’t doing the job, there’s always, always, always another.”
~ Chip Kidd, The Cheese Monkeys

Apple Store, Chelsea—NYC
Apple Store, Chelsea—NYC

I agree with the quote above… but if it is good… hang on to it as if you were a rabbit dog! Too often, we only scratch the surface of a good idea in this media rich, turbo charged world. Ideas often come in bunches and lost forever. Ideas can be like fine wine… let them linger on your palette some,  before spitting them out. An idea may not reveal how good it is right away.

One of the 99%

Economics and politics are the governing powers of life today, and that’s why everything is so screwy.”
    ~ Joseph Campbell, (1904–1987)

One of the 99%
One of the 99% — Can't be Clearer Than That.

Joseph Campbell was an American author and teacher best known for his work in the field of comparative mythology, whom I discovered in grad school. Understanding perception Vs. reality has been my quest. While in NYC, I had to go see for myself what “Occupy Wall Street” was all about… Well, as suspected the major media outlets aren’t telling the truth. They are painting the folks occupying Wall Street as a confused undirected mob. They are so wrong. They are us. Disenfranchised and kicked to the curb by our politicians that cater to lobbyist that occupy Washington and the halls of congress, these folks are helping America find itself again.