Saturday, July 25, 2009

Don't Panic!

Is the Obama any better than dealing with North Korea than Bush?

The Bush Administration, bless its secure and undisclosed heart, wasn’t good at much. But it was awesomely awesome at one thing.

No one, and I mean NO ONE, could needlessly insult foreign nations as skillfully as the Bush Administration.

The all-time classic, of course, was when Bush responded to the 9/11 attacks by calling Iran, Iraq and North Korea an “Axis of Evil” that needed to be stopped before it threatened “the peace of the world.”

Nevermind that neither of the three countries had anything to do with 9/11, much less one another. It was a great put-down, and, gosh dangit, Bush wasn’t gonna cut such a zingy zinger out of a speech because of something as silly as factual accuracy.

Axis of Evil wasn’t the Bush team’s  only quality put-down. Who can forget the time Rummy dissed European leaders who opposed the Iraq war as “Old Europe.” Aww, snap! Nevermind that the U.S. has spent every day since then begging “Old Europe” to commit more money and more troops to U.S.-led missions around the world.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg Together Again

                                                 

Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg are individually Neo-Dadaist icons of the 20th Century. The Columbia Museum of Art will present “JJ/RR Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg: 20th Century Masters in the Collection” through October 4, an installation that will highlight the mutual influence each artists had on the other. 

 

Jasper Johns is best known for his flag and target paintings. Inspired by icons and symbols, Johns and his friend Rauschenberg were part of the so-called Neo-Dadaist movement, which was closely related to Dadaism of the early 20th Century. While the earlier Dadaist works of Duchamp intended to ridicule traditional art, Johns’ style relied more on well-known symbols or icons, such as the American flag and often used commercial objects borrowed from mass-culture. 

 

Johns, who grew up in Allendale, South Carolina, discovered his penchant for art at a very early age and soon after dedicated his life to visual art. 

Monday, July 13, 2009

Should I hate oil?

Is oil or religion more to blame for Iran’s ills?
 

Relax.
 
I’m not gonna hate you for not hating the things I hate. But I want you to know, I hate oil.
 
Not all oil. Just some.
 
I’m actually a big fan of canola oil. I’m not sure what a canola is, or how one extracts oil from a canola, but the hash browns my father fried for me in canola oil this morning tasted great. Thanks, dad. And thanks, canola, whatever/whoever you are.
 
I love grape seed oil, too. It’s not an erotic love. I wouldn’t fly to Argentina to fondle a bottle of it. But it’s great for stir-frying vegetables.
 
A fragrant extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a drop of lime oil make a top-notch salad dressing. Lime oil classes up nearly anything.
 
And my favorite sport depends so heavily on the presence of oil for its spectator appeal, they put oil in the name. I’m referring, of course, to topless hot oil wrestling.
 
The oil I hate is petroleum.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tyler Blanton Exhibits in Columbia

                                     

 

South Carolina native, Tyler Blanton, will show her new work as part of a group exhibition at the Gallery at DuPre through July 23. Blanton joins fellow painters Lori Starnes, Byers Greer, Mike Inman, Thomas Crouch and Lee A. Monts.

 

This group exhibition provides great paintings in various styles.  Starnes generally paints figures and life scenes mostly about the African American community.  Greer exhibits his abstract paintings together with Inman, who also represents a more non-figurative painting style, and of course, Tyler Blanton features her new collages and oil paintings.

 

Blanton has been a very successful painter as she continues to earn awards at the Annual Spoleto Festival. Blanton’s new collages have been heavily influenced by fashion, as her large piece titled “Eight and a Half” demonstrates. The red shoe (size eight and a half) could mean many things, but for sure makes a fashion statement about an age-old classic: red high heels.