Failing to Fail

Resurrection of Lazarus Failing to Fail
Resurrection of Lazarus, by Duccio di Buoninsegna, circa 1308.

Failing to fail.

Making art? There are parts that you can talk about and there are parts that you cannot talk about.

It’s nice to think about artists that make only art but in my experience artists have to do many different things.

I read a quote today, Monday, 11 January 2016:

“I’m a writer … I really wouldn’t like to make singing a full-time occupation.” David Bowie, Melody Maker, 1969

This is something that I think is important when you are an artist.

To experiment with many different things.

Inspirations come from differerent places.

Blackstarskull Failing to Fail
Drawn on 11th January 2016

Here is a drawing I did earlier today… Bowie is interesting as an artist in all the ways that he stole… (“Good artists copy, great artists steal” Picasso)

Bowie is an example of that type of artist that takes his ideas from everywhere and everything. On his last album Blackstar, he has one tune based on a 17th century play, another that uses elements of nasdat (Anthony Burgess) and perhaps namechecks 1984 (Chestnut Café). He claimed that he was inspired by Kanye West and Deathgrips for this album.

That’s Bowie.

But you know what ?

Everyone should do that. Everybody can do that.

In the video for Lazarus (the story about a man who was ressurected from the dead by Jesus, the reason why the Sanhedrin decided that Jesus had to die…) you can see Bowie writing, almost like a Buster Keaton actor (Bowie began as a mime artist) and underneath the table, there is a woman.

I wondered about the woman. She reminds me of the muse. She makes Bowie do what she wants at certain moments. You can feel time is running out and Bowie is acting the writer who is looking for inspiration.

He is like an old fashioned actor. In the old way when we looked for inspiration, we expected it to come from elsewhere.We asked the Muses to give us inspiration.

So during this month I’ll try and explain some of the ways I get inspiration. Also there are very different cultural approaches to the ideas of originality.

On this day when everyone is saluting and celebrating an artist it is interesting to look at what it is that he did that you can do : take risks, experiment, wear masks.

Derniere Importation Failing to Fail
Derniere Importation

On the 28th of January 2016, I’ll be doing a concert with 11:11. Before that with the group I’ll be creating a visual identity for the concert, maybe for the group… I’ll show you the work in progress as the month progresses…

I don’t really know but we’ll be making it.

The concert is in Mains d’Oeuvres in St. Ouen. Hope you can come and see the end result…


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