For all the indie music lovers out there, you'll know that Loz Colbert is of course the drummer from seminal 90's shoegaze band, Ride. We've known each other for years, having briefly played in an Oxford-based band together for a bit, we reconnected over our involvement with Gaz Coombes. Loz drums for him. I sang BV's for Gaz's Matatour at the end of last year. Small world, swings and roundabouts, yadda yadda yadda = it's all good how that stuff works out.
But 'art' means something quite different to digital culture than to the established performance arts. In digital, everything is still very new and being worked out. Claims to artistry in digital work on the whole go unchallenged - we are desperate to embrace anything, so long as it has sufficient fans, and this desperation and speedy ranking in the social stakes impacts terribly on quality and thoughtfulness.
June is always an exciting time of year for anyone working in design, as this month marks student degree shows in UK art and design universities. If you studied these subjects, cast your mind back to the effort that went into your final push, the excitement you felt at bringing all your hard work together in one last display.
When world-renowned Swiss sculptor, Not Vital (pronounced Veetahl) was 15-years-old, he asked his father, a timber merchant, to cut down a number of trees to isolate one tree in particular. He then stood behind it and moved to remain in its shadow throughout the rest of the day with his father photographing him every 15 minutes to document the work.
Personally, aside from my passion for the painter Caravaggio, it was a period and a style of art that took me a while to devote time to. To be honest I resisted it at first. Instead, I loved the human quality of the Renaissance - the proportion, the intimacy and the harmony. Baroque seemed so distant, remote and well, over the top.