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On Anti-teachings: “You’ve made my life both enlightened and uncomfortable. I hope you’re happy. Or at least reaching a quiet acceptance into oblivion.”
An anti-teaching is an attempt to snap the yardstick of the mind with the yardstick of the mind.
Check out the original “60 Anti-teachings for Young People…” here
Higher education is a bubble, run by the same kind of people who control our banks, our homes, our health. My mother came to this country believing it was the only place where one’s hard work and education could allow you to transcend the bonds of race, gender, socioeconomic class.
I am about to receive my Ph.D. in a technical science from an Ivy League school. I earned scholarships and worked two full-time jobs in college to get here. I have worked on research and taught classes for six years on a stipend that would qualify me for welfare. There are NO jobs waiting for me when I get my doctoral degree. Despite working for the past six years, my university files graduate labor under a tax code that prevents me from applying for unemployment and that saves the university unforetold in tax breaks. Because the school is a private institution, we graduate students are unable to unionize, despite the fact that we provide a significant amount of the teaching and research labor that makes this school $$.
EDUCATION IS NOT A PRIVILEGE but in this country it is held captive as such.
I went to graduate school believing that there might be some financial security afforded by a higher degree, and that with that security I could finally buy my mom her own house and take care of her. Instead, I have wasted six years of my life and am about to enter a job market that will tell me that I am overeducated and overqualified. I will no longer be able to help my mom pay for health insurance, and I will no longer have my own. I pray for our good health because that’s pretty much all we will have left.
i am the 99%
When I first saw this picture I thought “GOOD! It’s about time the law did something about GIR hats!”, but then quickly realized this was a girl protesting as part of Occupy Wall Street.
Suddenly this girl, in my mind, was the most badass GIR hat wearer I had ever seen, existing in a Mad Max style world where she was simply wandering this fucked over wasteland, wearing whatever she found on corpses (a GIR hat in this case), just struggling to survive.
And yet, despite having to fight and claw a living out of a blasted nothingness, she still finds a spark inside to fight against what she thinks is wrong about the hell she lives in.
I imagine that shortly after that frame of video, she let out a monstrous battle-cry like Lord Humongous and head butted that officer, leaving a GIR-faced bruise on his terrified face.
GIR-hatted protester girl, this can of Dinky-Di’s for you.
title: Abstract Clouds
link to his etsy shop: Matt’s Shop
Where do I start with this one. Noice colors duuuuude. Noiceee colors
maaaaaannnnn. Tripppyyyyyyyy. wwoooooooooagh holy shit man i’m tripping
balls. That’s pretty much all I see in this picture.
The technique is good though and I appreciate that aspect. Very nice brushstrokes,
very nice color transitions,
and good use of composition. The only thing that I am sort’ve pissed about is that he split
this up into 3 pieces. That wasn’t necessary; I know it
probably helps with shipping costs, but really….do
you need to? Acid does look good with this one though :).
link to his etsy shop: burntone’s shop
When I was browsing the etsy gallery this one immediately popped to my attention.The amount of warmth that it generates really does
add to the aesthetic choices in the work I think. It has a pulsating feel
to it like an atom or something. Without the texture this painting would
definitely not resonate as much with me. The texture in this work I think
really gives it a dynamic quality and the strokes look extremely natural
and well thought out even though they might not have been. It’s the end
result that counts right? Not how you got there ;). But, this one is
quite awesome and makes me happy to see it on etsy! Thianks burntone.
The contrast between the figure and the bright colors of fire
behind is quite awesome. The thickness of the paint
gives a really nice sort’ve surreal experience, while
at the same time seemingly abstract. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Thick painters always interest me because it’s so expensive
to paint that way that I wonder how much mental stress they
go under when they’re not doing well. Aja’s not suffering
from this though from what I’ve seen; she’s doing quite well
for herself and I really enjoy all of her work. Especially
this one. :0 :0 :)
p.s. i noticed that this one of those paintings that looks extremely awesome from far away
link to his etsy shop: timebush’s shop
My favorite quality of this piece is its ambiguity and variety in color.
It reminds me of a simplified version of a friend of mine from art school.
I don’t mean that in any negative way I really like the use of color as
the source of dynamics in the shading. That type of style really interests
me because it is deliberate and accidental at the same time; like a glorified
sketch. To me though this piece looks like a “classic.”
artist: Emily Balivet
title: Goddess Head II
link to her etsy shop: Emily Balivet’s Shop
This is what I mean about expressionless faces in paintings.
Perfect example right here; what the fuck.
Tis pretty though!
artist: Jeremiah Palecek
title: Obama Rides a Mastodon
link to his etsy shop: Jeremiah Palecek’s Shop
This is by far my favorite painting right now.
This needs no words, but it is pure awesomeness.
That is all that needs to be said.
Thank you Jeremiah!
artist: Natasha Henderson
title: Original Painting It Was
link to her etsy shop: Natasha Henderson’s Shop
I’m a bit sick in my stomach right now from greasy french fries, so it took me
a while to pick a painting out. During my agony I came across this piece.
It does look like it’s missing a lot of lines, but there is a really nice
feeling of togetherness within the chaos of this one. I’m not really sure,
but it reminds me of a rainy day wtih some guy in a business suit except
he’s not doing business. He’s stuck in a melting cartoon world and is lost
forever….and ever….ever…..AND EVERE BAHAHABABBABDAJFDJAFDASFDA……
Extremely interesting though and nice choice of colors.
artist: Dolores Deal
title: PEAKS OF FANTASY
link to her etsy shop: Dolores Deal’s Shop
The only reason I chose this image is because.
1. It’s very niiiiice.
2. Mainly because I took a picture that looks exactly like this painting.
3. When I find it I will show you.
I’m just curious as to how she was able to get the paint to
move like that. Maybe she painted it and then spun in a circle?
If not, that’s a good idea.
artist: Mikel Robinson
title: The Carnivalist
link to his etsy site: Mikel Robinson’s shop
What I do find interesting is
is that this person looks a bit uncomfortable
being a carnivalist. To me it looks less like a celebration of the carnival
and more so a mockery of it. But, that’s bias
because everything to me looks like a mockery. This
may sound like a trivial observation, but I do
like the fact that Mikel decided to give the man an
expression of ridiculousness.
There’s nothing more I hate than expressionless people
in art. People with closed mouths. GOD!!! I hate
that a lot. This guy’s face looks like one I’d
make. You’re probably expecting me to connect
this image to points in art history, but what I will
be doing is more so arbitrary criticisms.
Personal ones that I only care about because
personally I think you can get a lot more information
just from looking at something alone first than to
begin by comparing. I think it’s important to
take a first look for a while and then compare. That
way you know your thoughts are your own or have
the illusion of being your own.
Anyways, back to The Carnivalist. Robinson’s choice
of earth tones brown, green, yellow, flesh, and
orange suggests to me that he’s a down to earth
guy. Whatever that means, but it does add a calm
feeling to the picture and I appreciates that OY!
This image does feel mechanical to me because it
looks like its trying to convey a message, but
it’s still ambigous……..i dunno this one’s a
mystery, but I like it.