Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Miami Connection, Mark Twain and Conceptual art...

I watched a Vice movie recently called "The Miami connection", a 80s movie by Y. K. Kim that originally flopped, and many years later received huge recognition.

Y. K. Kim spent a million dollars to make it, mortgaging his house and he had no movie making experience, and being told it was worthless, Y. K. Kim had to get on with his life, and it wasn't until some guy bought a copy of the movie more than twenty years later, not knowing what the movie was about, did he start to get recognition for his work

And its got a great story line...

"TaeKwonDo Rockers vs. Cocaine-Dealing Ninjas", sounds interesting?

Art, do you really have to suffer for it?

I read recently... 
Artists don't get discouraged and quit when their art is not hailed as a masterpiece.

And i can add, certainly dont go chopping off your ear, no matter how much they ignore you

What it is...

What's interesting about this story is, its not new, as someone does something, gets little or no recognition for it, take the example of Conceptual art, it was developed in response to the idea that artists must work and starve, so that once they are gone. The living may make a fortune form their work.

When I was in New York, I saw a movie called "Is he dead" by Mark Twain, he wrote it when he was living in Austria, after losing his fortune, years later after he died, a scholar found it in a drawer somewhere, no one knew about its existence.

When it was first shown, people hated it, when i saw it, i loved it, so too did everyone in the theatre, the difference? About more than a hundred years.

The play focuses on a fictional version of the great French painter Jean-François Millet as an impoverished artist in Barbizon, France who, with the help of his colleagues, stages his death in order to increase the value of his paintings, and afterwards dresses as a woman to keep his secret safe.  
Combining elements of burlesque, farce, and social satire, the comedy relies on such devices as cross-dressing, mistaken identities, and romantic deceptions to tell its story, which raises questions about fame, greed, and the value of art.

The best play I saw on Broadway, a flop in its day?

I was reading the biography of Annora Brown recently, she was saying
There is something far deeper than surface appearance, subject matter, however interesting does not make art, like the Renasance painters using symbology to tell a deeper story/meaning
Just keep on making your art, its what will save you one day, and it might even make your grandkids rich?

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