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Jerry Saltz on Kanye West’s “Bound 2”

Apparently I live under a rock, because I only recently discovered genius art critic Jerry Saltz. In this article, Saltz looks at Kanye West’s music video for “Bound 2”, a video which features West’s girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. This article takes an approach that no one has yet. He actually likes it.

I was unfortunately one of these quick-to-judge haters of the video, regardless of the fact that I am probably Kanye’s biggest fan. I was disappointed in its ‘lack’ of whatever I thought was missing. After reading this article, I realized Saltz is right. He discovers why people seem so uncomfortable with the video, and all of the ‘new’ uncanny aspects of West’s work.

As a Kanye West fan, I can’t believe I let myself forget that he does not do something artistic in any sense if it isn’t what he views as perfection. Saltz proves this by discussing the aspects that require a certain type of critical thinker to understand. The internet doesn’t understand because, really, Kanye West is an artistic genius and we are all witnesses.

Watch the music video and click on the link attached to the title to read Saltz’s article above and give me your input!

Jerry Saltz on Kanye West’s “Bound 2”


Art in Theory 1900-2000


My favourite and essentially my most-used book when referring to modern and postmodern art practices.

A great read.

Deals with discussions and criticism about art over the last 100 years.

Many great articles.

From interviews, to Greenberg to Baudrillard to LeWitt and everything in-between.

What OCADU Has Taught Me

Ontario College of Art and Design University is an exquisite institution for the creative and imaginative people of my generation, generations past and of the future. I am now in the middle of my third year in Critical and Curatorial Practices and I really enjoy it. It is definitely safe to say that five years ago I did not expect my life to be the way it is today.

I went to OCADU with intentions of Majoring in Drawing & Painting. The week before the deadline for declaring majors, I decided to ask my mentor and good friend (and also my old high school teacher) for some advice because I was having second thoughts about D&P. I thought, “what the hell kind of job is this going to get me?” I’m extremely glad I looked into other options at OCADU and found Critical and Curatorial Practices (which I didn’t even know existed) because writing and being critical is what I enjoy doing. Not only that, but it gives me career choices other than being a freelance artist or teacher, both of which I knew were slim chances of becoming successful (especially for my talent level).

I think I have learned more from the people at my school that I have by the professors themselves. I have met a lot of different kind of people that I would have never of met otherwise since I live in such a small town. The creative and intelligent minds at OCADU have taught me many things about the art scene that I never knew. They have also taught me a lot about myself and what sort of things I believe in and want to strive for. I have made many great friends at OCADU and I am so thankful that they are in my life. The school is all about creating relationships and collaboration because those are the people you will need to know once you have graduated and you’re out and about in the ‘real’ world.

It is an amazing institution and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in art and design. It is a fun place to express yourself and be experimental about the things you are practicing.

Banksy’s Identity

It has occurred to me that I admire street-artist Banksy’s choice to be unidentified. I too, wish this upon myself some days. The silence, solitude, and calm it would feel to be unknown. We all wish we had that choice, don’t we? To just slip out of society and remain unknown. The fresh feeling of having no worries, no nagging bosses, no school work to attend to. To just vanish from society for a while under a cloak of invisibility. Wouldn’t that be nice?

However, the longer I think about it, the more I feel bad for Banksy. He must not envy the secretive life as much as I would like it from time to time. For instance, he is in New York right now where the police force have made it clear that he is a wanted man for graffiti and defacing property charges. That is the moment when secret identity becomes your only choice. I’m sure he would love to say, “HEY, it’s me! I am the face behind this wonderful street art,” but he can’t. If he does, he must face the consequences of living that alternative lifestyle. The longer that he remains unknown, the more and more felonies the police chalk up waiting for him to turn in his identity. The idea of a unknown identity becomes his only way to produce artwork that is meaningful to him. It is for the art, not the man behind it. I admire that message.

People often debate about art and how it has turned into this capitalist role of production and what-not. Artists arguably make art to sell it now, not simply to make it. Artists like Banksy are interesting because he still does sell some of his artwork. However, most of his pieces that make serious statements cannot be bought or sold. They’re considered graffiti, and chances are they will be removed or painted over, or eventually destroyed in some way.

So the next time you think about why you would possibly want to slip under societies radar because you’re stressed or overloaded with responsibiltiy, think of people like Banksy who don’t have a choice. In order to do the thing he loves, he must remain underground and off the map. Talk about a stressful life.

Upcoming Artist

Upcoming Artist

This is my pal Iris’ Facebook page where she displays her wonderful art. This artwork is for sale! Get it while you can because I swear she is brilliant, the woman can do anything! Take a look I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.