10 June 2019
Dr Great Art Podcast Episode 51: Bluesman of Art
Dr Cornel West has described himself as a "Bluesman in the life of the mind, and a Jazzman in the world of ideas." I feel similarly, I am a Bluesman of the mind, a Rock n Roller of painting and installations, a sequential-artist/comic-book penciler of art history.
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Dr Great Art Podcast 51
Hi this is Mark Staff Brandl, with the 51st "Dr Great Art" brief podcast. I hope you enjoy it and come back for each and every one. Blues Man of Art.
Today my Artecdote concerns identifying oneself as an artist, how I view my self in a kind of motto statement inspired by Dr Cornel West. I discussed him and his important ideas in passing on in various podcasts here, but I will do him more in-depth in a future episode.
First my short bit, based heavily on West's. Then I will let West do his own in his inspiringly inimitable style.
Dr Cornel West has described himself as a "Bluesman in the life of the mind, and a Jazzman in the world of ideas." I feel similarly, I am a Bluesman of the mind, a Rock n Roller of painting and installations, a sequential-artist/comic-book penciler of art history. A little densely-packed, so let me repeat it: , "I am a Bluesman of the mind, a Rock n Roller of painting and installations, a sequential-artist/comic-book penciler of art history."
And now Cornel, one of my heroes:
(recorded bits by Cornel West)
I, Mark Staff Brandl, am probably most well-known for my self-labeled "mongrel art": hybrids of installation and sequential paintings and drawings, which occasionally incorporate lectures as performances. Those being called "Dr Great Art," a part of which, podcasts, you are listening to now.
In all my artworks and even theoretical writings, I reveal and even revel in my inspirational sources, particularly those of my childhood which comprised my initial calling to be an artist. These wellsprings include the billboard sign painting and display-window decoration of my father and mother, as well as naturalistically-drawn comics and their artists, such as my personal mentor, superhero penciler Gene Colan. Furthermore, these works merge inspiration from other sources, currently including Jacopo Tintoretto, Colan, Jim Steranko and Linda Weintraub. I am after an intellectual, yet muscularly, aggressively mongrel art, using blue-collar technical skills to energize and criticize fine art, while also criticizing, honoring, and expanding the vernacular arts which inspire me. This has inherent and emphatic social practice and democratic content. I discussed Mongrel Art more in podcast number 20.
Listen to the Cornel West bits again, and please think about who YOU are as an artist or art-appreciator or art facilitator. And then compose your own sentence!
(recorded bits by Cornel West again, excerpt)
That was "Bluesman of Art."
Thanks for listening. Podcast number 51. If you wish to hear more cool, exciting and hopefully inspiring stuff about art history and art, come back for more. Also I, Dr Mark Staff Brandl, artist and art historian, am available for live custom Performance-Lectures. In English und auf Deutsch, with Performance-Paintings!
I take viewers inside visual art and art history. Entertainingly, yet educationally and aesthetically, I analyze, underline, and discuss the reasons why a work of art is remarkable, or I go through entire eras, or indeed through the entirety of art history, or look at your desired theme through the lens of art history. The lectures often take place with painted background screens and even in my painting-installations. Most recently I did "Petr Jan Brandl, Baroque Art, Prague and Me" in Prague at the Festival Brandl.
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