New Assignment: Bot Joy

Agents of the Poorly Kept Secret Society have been approached by [name redacted] to assist in the covert deployment of Bot Joy onto the unsuspecting residents of a peaceful Colorado community.

 

Through Bot Joy, artist Gary Hirsch has invaded communities like London, Austin, and his own Portland, OR with the charming army of tiny robots painted on Dominoes.  Read more: http://www.botjoy.com/

 

Agents of the Poorly Kept Secret Society are fascinated with this nexus of social media, urban life, and the chance encounter with art.  It’s also worth discussing Hirsch and his artist-ilk: those that produce images motivated by the nothing more than spreading of joy.  Much needed, these days.  But, not always so easily accepted in the closed loop of art patronage, surprisingly.  Friends With You is a team that comes to mind, and one that has had some association with The Society in the past.  I wonder what you all in internet land think of these types of artists?

 

Anyhow, our agents will update this website with details on this mission at the end of May.  Stay tuned.

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Banksy Shmanksy

So, I’ve been moderately annoyed with the overdone and sometime schmaltzy coverage of Banksy’s New York residency.  It is just too much about his brand and celebrity and too little about how he might actually affect the public.  He didn’t do anything really new that I can see.  Of course, I stopped following the vacuous daily news stories about what pithy throw-up was discovered by the gooey fan-club members in the media at about October 15.  Maybe 16.  So, maybe I missed the real quality…

 

However, I am forced to admit that on his last day he knocked his “audio guide” out of the freakin’ park.  Listen:

 

http://www.banksyny.com/

 

Banks…  (that’s what I call him…)  Banks:  I too hope that the last few centuries of art history are the anomaly.

 

 

 

Dalek Spotted in Boulder

This just in from the Denver Egotist:

#ShitToHit: Saturday-Wednesday – Help Dalek Mural the Outside of Boulder’s Victors & Spoils

For the next several days, the artist Dalek (aka James Marshall) is painting a mural on the exterior wall of Victors & Spoils’ relatively new space in Boulder. Both the artist and V&S want to extend an invitation to art and design lovers to come by, watch, take pics and if you’d like — grab a paintbrush. In true crowdsourcing fashion, Dalek and V&S would like for it to be a community event as much as possible. It’s happening today (Saturday) through Wednesday. All are welcome to come and paint alongside him.

Agents are being dispatched.  Can’t wait to see the finished work.

“David Choe” and “Denver, Colorado” Share the Same Initials

David Choe can’t seem to get enough of D Town.  He passed through last week while filming his latest installment of “Thumbs Up”.  Remarkably, not a single Denver resident lost a limb, or karma-points, during the course of his stay.

Some may recall the Terminal Kings event held in early 2012 in which Choe joined street artists Highraff and Sam Flores for some good natured and propellant-powered live painting.  Agents of the Poorly Kept Secret Society, then a better kept secret, were on hand.  During that event, Choe decided to donate a mural to the City and County of Denver (with the help of his cohorts DVS-1 and Joe To).  Those outstanding, towering paintings have lived at 13th and Champa for the past 18 months.  Lo and behold, upon Choe’s latest arrival in Denver he decided to improve his mural. 

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There are Agents in the Poorly Kept Secret Society who continue to be dubious of Mr. Choe’s work.  He is an accomplished technician, no doubt.  If you gave a can of aerosol to both Choe and an automatic David-Choe-Aersol-Contest-Winning Machine (I believe this is under development by NASA), David Choe wins, hands down.  He is also graced with a marvelously ludicrous imagination.  But, he is also in that cadre of artists who have come to represent much more than the sum of their craft.  Along with the other superstars of the art market, Choe is a symbol of that unattainable corner of the aesthetics.  His work is for the wealthy.  He, himself, is a multi-millioinaire.  He gets lumped with Hirst and Koons and the rest of the superstars.  Snore.  He is also crass.  Or, at least the character of himself that we see on Thumbs Up is.  Exclusive and glib; these two traits conspire to make his art feel a bit unapproachable.

In real life, Choe is very friendly.  The Agents of the Poorly Kept Secret Society who have spent time with David Choe have reported that he is a warm conversationalist.  He also commits fully and completely to his art, no pretense.  And, the simple, streetwise nature of his aesthetic and the honesty of his narrative are engaging.  He seems to resolve any discomfort we may feel with his lifestyle by simply making amazing, beautiful, and engaging works of art.  They are indeed for everyone.

And, never is that more obvious than in the fact that he has once again given a gift to Denver.  If you have not been by the Denver Performing Arts Complex in a while, make the trip.  13th and Champa.  Go in disguise, if possible.

(Photograph courtesy of Jacquelyn Connolly, Co-conspirator to the Poorly Kept Secret Society.)