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My brother Sam, who needs a job in accounting (please hook him up), has always been a good judge of art. As a person who sucks at art he knows more about conceptual BS than I do. Go figure, but thats because my brother is the constant reminder of “don’t think so hard”, as an artist that is what I tend to do, and thats why I have the brother I do. The videos and comments below are what I have gather from his advice.

My brother showed me this Warhol video four years ago, its still my favorite interview with him. (Do not express emotion, make the interviewer feel their questions are meaningless.)

This is the kind of video art my brother advised me to do because my brother is smart and knows how to please conceptual people. Plus Warhol eating a burger is hilarious.

Remember that comedy is your friend, even in the simplest forms.

Be Absurd. (Yes, I have posted this video before)

Make fun of shit, make mockumentaries.

Make “Music” Videos.

Make fun of Conceptual BS.

Or If Your Feeling Extra Awesome, make a full length film.

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Enjoy these, I did.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/49786954″>The Junk King</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/evanburns”>Evan Burns</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/1942861″>Interview with Tim Biskup on Poketo + 826LA Collaboration</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/poketo”>Poketo</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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I am posting this video of Michael Stipe talking about his art, I love watching it and I get something new out of it every time.

Anyway I always have thought of Michael as like a spiritual Dad type figure, its weird that I say that, but he’s someone I look up to like a Dad because of all of his accomplishments and talents and how true he has stayed to himself and his passions. I aspire to be like that and he has done the two things I love the most which is being a musician and an artist at the same time. I have always had a passion for music and songwriting since I was little, but have never met anyone else with an equal amount of passion for it, which remains the main reason why I don’t pursue it; I would love to, but finding people who are serious and open to me being the dominant one is not easy, its like trying to find your life partner, but more frustrating because music is something I can’t live without, but I’m content being single. I would never be a solo artist, I don’t believe in that ever, bands = collaboration = support = real music. Anyway I guess I have just went off on this random tangent, but the point is Michael is both a musician and an artist and I want that for myself too.

Furthermore I appreciate Michael’s curiosity of the world and how he captures it in his sculptures, its like time capsules of old objects, and I love that he wants us to touch them, because I always want to touch things at exhibits. I follow Michael’s tumblr and it’s always inspiring to see the images he posts, it’s a wide range of things from male nudes to Kurt Cobain to dancers, everything really, and it helps inspire me, sometimes I find myself googling the images he blogs, its kind of funny.  It’s also hard to come across people who are humble about their work and I truly think that is a quality all artists must have because it keeps us grounded. The worst thing we can do to ourselves is brag about ourselves in the most arrogant manner possible. Arrogance is the death of an artist.(Don’t steal my line unless you quote me, is that arrogance or me not wanting someone to steal my phrase? No, it’s just me wanting to feel like a pioneer!)

I have made the decision that I want to set up a video interview of myself kind of like this video of Michael because I feel I can never fully explain my art to a group of people, I get sweaty, forget what I’m saying and end up talking nonsense and people just stare at me like I have a disfigured face or something. I am not very good with people or communicating with my peers, and I want to be able to have a way for me to talk about my art and why I make it in a comfortable setting for myself and more organized understandable explanation for my audience. It’s nothing narcissistic it’s just for me to feel like I’m getting my message out there to people without sounding like a total nut-bag.

Note to Michael Stipe if you read this: I have some old cameras in storage, if you want them let me know because I feel terrible throwing them out, yet they are worthless to sell and I want them to go to good use.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/41622621″>STORYBOARD: Confessions of a Michael Stipe</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/tumblr”>Tumblr</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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I can’t believe I did not post about this over the summer, I think it was the fact that I was so excited about Courtney’s art being exhibited or sad that I would not be in New York to see her show and give her a bear hug at the opening. So anyway, Courtney showed her work “And She’s Not Even Pretty” at the Fred Torres Gallery in NYC this past summer and it was pretty much about herself, relationships, and as she says “girl crushes” etc. Courtney was also explicit that this was a Non-Kurt themed show, so going and excepting to see something with Kurt was not going to happen and I understand that completely, but I do see a lot of influences from their relationship in the work even if it’s not stated or really obvious, it does not have to be.

So here is a video of her talking about her work and also working on her art at the same time, a link to the gallery, some articles, and other videos of her work and awkward interview stuff.

Fred Torres Collaborations: Courtney Love

Spin Review / LA Times Review / Artnet Review / Vogue Review  / Oyster Magazine Review / Art Forum

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So I have officially added my blog to StumbleUpon, here is the link to the page, http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/9z0wMw/:tJg60fFd:9VR8sVs5/johannablossom.wordpress.com/

I’m guessing the more people who “like” the page the more likely people will stumbleupon it? I’m not sure, we will see where this goes…

Anyway for visual pleasure here is a video of Mark Ryden talking about his art etc., I have been searching forever for a video of Mark talking about his art! Its kind of funny how for a couple of years after I discovered his art I had this idea in my head that he had a very deep voice, so I’m surprised to hear that his voice is the opposite of what I imagined it would sound like! 😛

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My new short film “Marry The Surgeon” is now on my vimeo, took me forever to decide where this would go and how the audio was going to be, but I finally made the decisions on what to do and executed them!

This film is a spoof on Courtney Love apologizing to Madonna after the 1995 MTV VMA interview with Kurt Loder.

Click Here For All My Vimeo Videos

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New completely edited video on my Vimeo called Stingray, it shows filleting and dissecting of a stingray. There are also two other videos I uploaded, one is Curtis’s Test Shoot and the other is of my dog licking yogurt out of the cup.

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Enjoy!

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