Archive for August, 2012

Feminism on Friday

Sorry about the genitalia, but the sentiment is fantastic.

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Recycling at its best?

taken from: Make Something Mondays (,

by the artist Kyle Bean (

You have two cows …

SOCIALISM You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour.

COMMUNISM You have 2 cows. The State looks after both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies. You charge extortionate prices for the milk.You sell them (to another capitalist) and retire on the income.

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (VENTURE) CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull.

SURREALISM You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have lunch.

A SWISS CORPORATION You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You worship them.

A BRITISH CORPORATION You have two cows. Both are mad.

Couldn’t resist this Dr Seuss, best comment I’ve seen so far.

So, you still think homosexuality is sinful?

Slight change in the title but BIG change of meaning, sorry for this slip of the keys.

What matters to you?

It really is important to declare what matters to you, not quietly, but from the rooftops.

What’s important to me: The ATOS issue – a corruption of my rights, The Assange issue – rape is never a side issue, Selling the Serengetti – It is our land, The Pussy Rant issue – since when did religion belong in a socialist state, to name this afternoons thoughts!

Let’s not regress into being a number.

Art: a public presence or a global commodity?

The last 3 single artist exhibitions I have seen – David Hockney (RA), Anish Kapoor (YSP) and Sarah Lucas (Henry Moore Institute) differ in their approaches in presenting exhibitions.

David Hockney stated that “all the work by the artists own hand”. He was heavily involved in the choosing and placing of his work.

On the other hand Anish Kapoor has never even been to the YSP, artist teckkies  are responsible for putting together his work.

Whilst Sarah Lucas, like Hockney, both visited and advised on her exhibition in Leeds. I say advised as the work shown is no longer hers. The Arts Council owns at least one piece, and have stipulated that she is no longer allowed to touch it!

At what point does the artist hand over responsibility for their exhibitions? is it entirely a personal choice? is it do do with ownership? or have famous artists gone global? Comments welcome.


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