Those artists!
October 26, 2000 5:47 AM   Subscribe

Those artists! What will they do next?! Hmmm, let me think...
posted by Taken Outtacontext (15 comments total)
Kemp lives and paints in the middle of the ancient city of Oxford, England and yet he has produced one of the most cutting edge of contemporary paintings

I couldn't read any more, how bloody patronising!
'He lives in a city in little 'ol England with old buildings which makes the fact he uses technology really amazing'.

Christ on a bike, is this still the image America is being fed of England?
posted by Markb at 8:19 AM on October 26, 2000

Then I read the URL and it's a bloody UK gallery - we're perpetuating our own myths now. Jesus.
posted by Markb at 8:22 AM on October 26, 2000

I would like to believe you Mark, but my strong fear of Black Plague prevents me from coming to your country to see things for myself.
posted by thirteen at 8:52 AM on October 26, 2000

"Here Kemp explains the painting process:

'The Palm is Vx is gorgeous. It feels wonderful and has a simple, obvious user interface which makes it so useable.'"

Here Kemp earns his spokes-artist fee...
posted by jennyb at 9:42 AM on October 26, 2000

"an amazing 4 feet high and 17 feet wide"

Nobody sells the English short like the English themselves.
posted by grimmelm at 9:45 AM on October 26, 2000

I would visit, as well, but I worry my ship would be looted and sunk by the Spaniards, and I pressed into service in their navy.

Mark, I do think that you Brits DO have a sense of history and tradition, and if it's located anywhere, it's in Oxford. And personally, I didn't take his living there as evidence of his technological prowess so much as a choice of location being at odds with his choice of tools. Anyway, from what I can tell, it's his own site and if anybody were making that point it's him. From the rest of it you find that he not only uses the latest technological tools, he is also deeply interested in the history of calligraphy and writing.
posted by dhartung at 9:47 AM on October 26, 2000

He's also written a book which would probably be an excellent companion to the typography website linesandsplines.
posted by dhartung at 9:49 AM on October 26, 2000

I like to do drawrings. Do you like to do drawrings? Cheeky bum lookers.
posted by Outlawyr at 10:40 AM on October 26, 2000

You call that art? What a bunch of crap.
posted by norm at 10:50 AM on October 26, 2000

Markb, writers often have to write like that to justify their own existences. I actually think the fact that he doesn't live in a large city is even more of a reason he might be using technology to communicate (although, he's not really using the PDA to communicate his art, just to make it).

The question, as always (sigh), is not so much the conduit (like how I used that special PDA word?! -g) for one's art but the art itself. I wouldn't say it's crap as norm has so succinctly stated, but I'm not blown outta the water with it's conceptual prowess either.
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 11:06 AM on October 26, 2000

The small paintings aren't bad at all. Sort of abstract calligraphy. Wot no prints?
posted by EngineBeak at 11:40 AM on October 26, 2000

All comments about fetid, moss-covered England, aside... did Christ ever really ride a bike? Who perpetuates these myths?!
posted by amanda at 12:46 PM on October 26, 2000

norm, you're a philistine. And I mean that in the best way.
posted by dhartung at 1:17 PM on October 26, 2000

thanks. . . uh . . . I think.

what a scam. I remember when I first learned to hate modern art -- I was at a gallery in my home town of Norman, Oklahoma, and I saw a big orange circle on a white canvas being lauded as some sort of revolutionary vision of the new day. Crap! Crap, I say!

posted by norm at 7:37 AM on October 27, 2000

Crimeny. Okay, I forgive you. You're from Oklahoma.
posted by dhartung at 9:25 AM on October 27, 2000

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