Songs on Conceptual Art

I finally downloaded Songs on Conceptual Art by Crystal Baxley & Stefan Ransom last night. Baxley gave a presentation about the project as part of the panel The Social Intersections of Music and Art at Open Engagement and I was bummed I couldn’t attend. There were so many panels and presentations going on at the same time – I felt like I was constantly missing something. That’s a good problem though right? Too much awesome? Anyways…

What’s really great about this project? It’s a Kickstarter success story! Songs on Conceptual Art is a compilation of musical interpretations of Sol LeWitt’s Sentences on Conceptual Art (1969). Baxley & Ransom were inspired by John Baldessari’s video piece Baldessari Sings LeWitt (1972) – LOVE that video!

No. 1
Conceptual Artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that artists cannot reach.
No. 2
Rational judgements repeat rational judgements.
No. 3
Illogical judgements lead to new experience.
No. 4
Formal art is essentially rational.
No. 5
Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.

Check out the Songs on Conceptual Art website to read the rest of the sentences (above are 5/35) and to download the music. Every song is an original composed specifically for this project. I know what I’ll be listening to while in the studio tomorrow!


A Brief History of John Baldessari

OK, so you have probably seen this incredible video A Brief History of John Baldessari a million times already, but forgive me, I’ve been away from the internet for a little over a week and I’ve just seen it for the first time in it’s entirety – SO GOOD.

“The epic life of a world-class artist, jammed into six minutes. Narrated by Tom Waits [I would let him narrate my life story – great voice!]. Commissioned by LACMA for their first annual “Art + Film Gala” honoring John Baldessari and Clint Eastwood.” [more]

John Baldessari was the reason I studied art in college. Have I ever said that out loud? It’s true.

“When the artist calls it art, it’s art.” –> one of my favorite quotes! …and of course: “I WILL NOT MAKE ANYMORE BORING ART!”

art should be fun

Actor Jason Schwartzman drops his friend off at LACMA and keeps walking along Wilshire because he doesn’t like museums. He is surprised by John Baldessari’s light projected head. Baldessari’s head follows him and explains ones taste for art matures likes one taste for cheese. Jason escapes Baldessari and runs into Jeff Garland at Rays and Stark bar. Jason tries to convince Jeff that Baldessari’s head is following him to which Jeff says I don’t see him but don’t complain as he’s a master artist. So Jason walks along while Baldessari educates him on art, cubism, impressionists, Broadway Boogie Woogie and tells Schwartzman not to be intimidated of museums because art is fun. Soundtrack is “Any Fun” on Davy album by Jason’s band Coconut records.

Have you seen this video of Jason Schwartzman and John Baldessari yet? It’s pure bliss. Check out Pacific Standard Time for more info. What a smart initiative!

thanks for the heads up Jessica!