Blank Canvas

In my time as a professional artist I have seen more than a few artworks hanging in respected galleries or entered into art competitions that are little more than either blank canvases or canvases painted entirely one colour.

Although I don't know if it is still there, the State Gallery of South Australia had an all yellow canvas, while the State Gallery of Western Australia once exhibited three canvases painted three different shades of car 'duco' paint. Whilst I'm not sure of the concept behind the yellow canvas the other three came with some spiel about "exploring the unique surface created by that type of paint".

I also have seen a virtually white canvas win first prize in a local art competition with the judges describing the work as "bold and confronting". No argument from me there. Many people criticised it and couldn't understand how it could even be called 'art'.

The point of this article is not to say that these canvases are not art but to ask the question why? Why would any artist want to produce such an artwork? At the end of the day, no matter what conceptual spin you put on the artwork, it still is just a canvas either not painted or painted entirely in one colour.

I'm not going to speculate on the possible thinking behind these works, nor am I going to justify their existence as a legitimate work of art. I'm simply going to leave the question open. Why would any artist want to produce such an artwork?

Unfortunately I'm still an emerging artist. My work has years to go before it becomes minimal enough to fully capture everything I have to express with a large blue canvas.

Men's Deodorant

I don't wear deodorant because I can't stand the smell of the stuff. Before you think, well I must stink...I shower daily and I don't do a heck of a lot to raise a sweat most days (an hour, daily work out is the most I do). Back to the point I want to make.

I swear male deodorant must be made by men hating "you're never getting lucky" women or geeky "I can't get laid so why should anyone else" lab coated wearing science guys. Is it just me or does all men's deodorant smell like airfreshner made from rotting fruit, stale eggs and corroded battery acid?

Seriously I can't believe guys that spray toxic, gaseous clouds of the stuff all over themselves before a night on tiles expecting to pick up. Emanating that foul odour the only thing they're likely to pick up is lung cancer. How do they even breathe in their own presence?

The only logic I can see is that women out on the town are wearing so much stifling perfume that their nose cavity has caved in preventing any other smells from getting through. Men's deodorant is not sexy. It doesn't smell nice and I haven't come across one yet that I can wear for even short periods without being worried about getting a nose bleed.

If male deodorant is supposed to be a 'manly' smell then you may as well save your money by not showering and breaking wind in a confined space for a half hour or so. That's probably closer to 'real man' smell than anything out of a can. Finish it off with beer breath and you're ready for the same results.

As for me...a shower will do nicely thank you.

Loose Change SE - Documentary on 9/11 and events of that day.

Thoughts on 9/11 five years on - September 2006

I made the above video for a 9/11 project on YouTube, mentioning the two other planes that also crashed on September 11, 2001. Thanks to Loose Change SE I now have my doubts whether these planes actually crashed.

If you haven't seen the 9/11 documentary Loose Change SE about the unanswered questions of September 11, 2001 then you owe it to yourself to watch it. 9/11 changed the world forever and there is a growing movement of people who question if it really was an 'act of terrorism' or something much worse?

The documentary does have a view for where the truth lies but encourages you to follow up the questions for yourself. It is not a 'conspiracy' film. It merely presents information that is available if you are prepared to look around for it.

Worth your time if only so you can say "What a load of rubbish!" I bet you can't by the time you've seen it. There's so much info that you can make links between items presented and realise, at the very least, we haven't been told the full story.

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http://www.loosechange911.com/

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