Speaking On Art #1

1st Edition Aug. 2013

Welcome to the very first edition of Speaking of Art. Thank you to all who contributed. In this edition: 

 The Mobius Strip creatively personifies chat abbreviations (I enjoy her writing style). Art in Limbo  gives a teaser for MOMA’s current exhibit of Bill Brandt photography. James Thatcher offers three–insight on the influence of Andy Warhol, “realization” of Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk (I would enjoy an even more complete explanation of this), and, his method of utilizing stencils in his work. Finally, Pa Ul shares his art and very personal insight on lost love.

Entries are listed alphabetically by category.


Messenging Superheroes  The Mobius Strip presents  Messenging Superheroes  ; “Together, these masked abbreviations fight the insidious forces of clingy chatters, stiff fingers, and even the omnipresent ever-present mastermind: Boredom.”

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A Modernist Trajectory, Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light Art in Limbo presents A Modernist Trajectory, Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light ; “From gritty photographs of coal miners to stunningly abstract nudes, Bill Brandt’s photographs are the subject of the current photography exhibition…”

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Concerning Andy Warhol James Thatcher presents Concerning Andy Warhol ; “Portraits of Campbell soup cans (or was that Still Life?) were the uncomfortable birth of something different; made more so by its proximity to the triumph of Abstract Expressionism.”

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Discovering the Broken Obelisk James Thatcher presents Discovering the Broken Obelisk  ; “(it) was considered very controversial, seen as a reference to the Washington Monument and the social discord of the era.”

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Love, Pain and In Between Pa Ul  presents  Love, Pain & In Between ; “As you go through this, you start to create something “new.”  A new world…a new environment…new friends…everything…”

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Making It James Thatcher presents Making It ; “I’ve worked with stencils in one form or another since my third year at the Corcoran College of Art and Design…stencils and spray paint were the go-to materials for these pieces…”

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The next Edition of Speaking Of Art is September 1, 2013. The submission deadline is August 20th.

Submit your blog article using the  carnival submission form  . Previous contributors are welcome. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the  blog carnival index page . Please contact me anytime if you have suggestions on ways to improve this carnival.

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MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at mtmcclanahan.com.

4 Responses

  1. Docrob50 says:

    I missed this month’s deadline – when is the next?

    • MT says:

      Thanks for the inquiry docrob50. As it stands, the deadline will always be on the 20th; this to give me time to organize things for the next edition on the 1st. BUT, make a submission at any time and if possible I will get it in, if not, I’ll roll it over to the next. Chances are, though, I will be able to get it in the most current issue and right now this is the case as I’m all caught up with things.

      • Docrob50 says:

        Question then does the post have to have been recently written or could I just re-date something old?

        • MT says:

          Recent or old, it’s up to you. Whatever it is that you want to highlight/showcase at the present time. And you don’t have to re-date for this carnival specifically, only for you’re own purposes–if you want to re-post a particularly good post or want to showcase some past series of work–this is your decision based on your needs; it’s not a consideration of the carnival. Enjoyed looking at your work. “Contemplative photography”–I’d not heard of but seems to be what I try to do in my paintings also, especially things like my series of skiffs. Wonder if there is such a thing as “contemplative painting”? Maybe that’s what all art strives for in a way but some do focus on this aspect more than others.

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