Tom Moody
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Shia LaBeouf: Is there genius in his endgame?


Semi-correction: I was confusing Liquid Villa with an even earlier Blake work, Bungalow 8. The latter work packed a wallop during its run at Feigen Contemporary, Liquid Villa was basically a repeat performance and not as good (but still, maybe, better than those grid pieces that came later).

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Shia LaBeouf: Is there genius in his endgame?


Uggh -- typo -- Mr. Market does not need a definite article.

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Shia LaBeouf: Is there genius in his endgame?


It's too late to lobby you about that LA show but here's what I wrote in 2003 comparing Jeremy Blake to a then-lesser-known artist named Cory Arcangel: http://www.digitalmediatree.com/tommoody/?21430
I see your LA show is centered on an earlier Blake work, Liquid Villa, which was more intriguing than the "abstract grid" phase I was referring to (or any of Blake's later work), but the Occam's Razor issues about Blake's computer art -- what's the simplest, most un-aestheticized expression a computer is capable of producing? -- was never vetted, because the Mr. Market had already decided Blake was important.

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Shia LaBeouf: Is there genius in his endgame?


Dear Kenneth,
Your report gives few details about this performance so I had to resort to USA Today:

The exhibit is a collaborative project between LaBeouf, Finnish performance artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö and British artist Luke Turner, according to a press release sent to Time.

It took place at The Cohen Gallery, which USA informs us is "is across the street from BuzzFeed's L.A. offices," adding parenthetically, "Probably just a coincidence, right?"

Like you, the Daily Beast's Andrew Romano was oddly moved by the whole spectacle. "I actually felt something real. Something strange and complex. Something like sympathy. ..."

This is probably more of a USA Today-type story, and USA Today-type performance art, but it's always interesting to see what you're interested in.

Personally I'd like more sociology on how porous the gallery world and the film biz are in LA. I got messages yesterday that Parker Ito had sold a painting at auction for $93,000 USD, which is pretty good for a n00b, and one of the reasons for the high price tag is that film director Harmony Korine is a collector of his art. Maybe as a cross-NY-LA correspondent and assiduous documenter of the avant garde through ubuweb, WFMU, etc, you can help us understand the interrelationship of art and pure promo hype in the tinseltown art scene.

Best, Tom