James Franco Fail: Undelivered $10 000 Non-Visible Art (by Onehundredjobs)
And yet the air is still fresh.
Wow. I was so impressed with this idea, as well. It is a complete shame that this happened.
Born Every Minute of the Day: Having pledged $10,000 in support of James Franco’s Museum of Non-Visible Art, “new media producer” Aimee Davidson has become the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind piece of non-visible art entitled “Fresh Air.”
As the designation suggests, the piece, by “collaborative art team” Brainard and Delia Carey (AKA Praxis), does not actually exist. Instead, in exchange for parting with their money, museum contributors such as Davidson receive a printed description of what the artists imagine the piece would look like had they put in the time to make it.
From the museum’s website:
Composed entirely of ideas, the Non-Visible Museum redefines the concept of what is real. Although the artworks themselves are not visible, the descriptions open our eyes to a parallel world built of images and words. This world is not visible, but it is real, perhaps more real than the world of matter, and it is also for sale.
And here is the description of the piece Davidson bought:
The air you are purchasing is like buying an endless tank of oxygen. No matter where you are, you always have the ability to take a breath of the most delicious, clean-smelling air that the earth can produce. Every breath you take gives you endless peace and health. This artwork is something to carry with you if you own it. Because wherever you are, you can imagine yourself getting the most beautiful taste of air that is from the mountain tops or fields or from the ocean side; it is an endless supply.
Sadly, being a one-of-a-kind piece, “Fresh Air” is all sold out. I guess you’ll have to make do with printing out the description yourself.
I really want to comment on this, and I really want to donate to receive an invisible work of art by one of these artists, but I have the opportunity for neither. I highly suggest you check this out, though. It’s pretty awesome and it may just offend your concept of art.
In Case You Missed It of the Day: For tips on how to take down his “Renainemesis” James Franco, Stephen Colbert turns to James Franco’s twin brother, Frank Jameso.
I highly suggest you watch at least Part 1. I have a feeling that James Franco is going to be one of those guys we talk about much in the same way as Andy Warhol, if only due to his elaborate volume of celebrity and the brains to back it up.
Through an intense and thorough criticism, Franco has accomplished a worldwide celebrity while at the same time establishing himself as one of the most cultured intellectuals alive. Well, I should say that he currently is establishing himself as such. When all is said and done, the freaking database of artistic knowledge in this dude’s brain is going to give him every opportunity to defend himself from the criticisms he is receiving about abusing his celebrity.
What’s interesting is how much harder he has to work to establish his image as art world intellectual - you’d think being uber-famous and saying the really insightful things he says on camera once would be enough.
I mean, the way he associated Colbert’s obvious comedic power with the analogy of a vessel to spread intelligent opinion, and then connected that to the work of contemporary art, and then defended it as a conceptual art form existing outside of expressive aesthetic and within the boundaries of intellectual discussion (think Andre Breton) is mind-blowing to me. And while he probably came up with this association prior to the conversation’s start (likely while he was smoking weed backstage), he did all of this in one of the most demanding and stressful manners in modern culture: sitting in the interviewee’s chair on the set of The Colbert Report.
I’m excited to see where he goes and will certainly be tracking Franco for the remainder of his career, claiming my Bruin Pride all the way, along with the hundreds of thousands of students who also went to school with him across every artsy campus of high regard in the damn country.
I’m lazy and lack the confidence. Damn James Franco makes me feel like a loser..and he’s better looking. *shrugs
He is a THUG, don’t get me wrong, but the teachers were also largely letting him off the hook. Has anyone mentioned that he is going to Harvard for grad school while being nominated for Best Actor?
UCLA ALL DAY.