A Claes Oldenburg Christmas

The University of Texas’ Videogame Archive was begun three years ago, and the center has amassed more than 1,500 video games and about 200 linear feet of design documents, game proposals, correspondence and concept art about the 30-year old art form. Struggling with obsolecence of the equipment needed to run some  of the earliest software, the center hopes theat preservation efforts will  continue to keep the old games playable into the future.

also by Keith Plocek

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55 responses to “A Claes Oldenburg Christmas”

  1. Imagery designed to illustrate and/or convert people to your religious beliefs.

  2. Imagery designed to illustrate and/or convert people to your religious beliefs.

  3. Imagery designed to illustrate and/or convert people to your religious beliefs.

  4. although I believe what Matthew was saying was somewhat a spoof, he is so right. At least in
    principle. I have painted for the sake of “I got to get something done” what a mistake. I have painted subject that just didn’t work at all. I guess I have made all the mistakes one can make, but
    on the other hand. I have seen paintings and said “Why didn’t I paint that?” I have seen paintings and said they were so clever to have rendered the subject in such a manner. I have a garage full of paintings that will never see the light of day, but I also think this, we got to keep on painting.

  5. although I believe what Matthew was saying was somewhat a spoof, he is so right. At least in
    principle. I have painted for the sake of “I got to get something done” what a mistake. I have painted subject that just didn’t work at all. I guess I have made all the mistakes one can make, but
    on the other hand. I have seen paintings and said “Why didn’t I paint that?” I have seen paintings and said they were so clever to have rendered the subject in such a manner. I have a garage full of paintings that will never see the light of day, but I also think this, we got to keep on painting.

  6. although I believe what Matthew was saying was somewhat a spoof, he is so right. At least in
    principle. I have painted for the sake of “I got to get something done” what a mistake. I have painted subject that just didn’t work at all. I guess I have made all the mistakes one can make, but
    on the other hand. I have seen paintings and said “Why didn’t I paint that?” I have seen paintings and said they were so clever to have rendered the subject in such a manner. I have a garage full of paintings that will never see the light of day, but I also think this, we got to keep on painting.

  7. Teaching is a whore’s job. Good artists can paint anything they want to with no help from teachers (thieves), coaches (also thieves) or the likes of you. In my opinion, you couldn’t find or pull a gold nugget from an artist’s ass with a metal detector and a pair of pliers. Go cash your paycheck.

  8. Teaching is a whore’s job. Good artists can paint anything they want to with no help from teachers (thieves), coaches (also thieves) or the likes of you. In my opinion, you couldn’t find or pull a gold nugget from an artist’s ass with a metal detector and a pair of pliers. Go cash your paycheck.

  9. Teaching is a whore’s job. Good artists can paint anything they want to with no help from teachers (thieves), coaches (also thieves) or the likes of you. In my opinion, you couldn’t find or pull a gold nugget from an artist’s ass with a metal detector and a pair of pliers. Go cash your paycheck.

  10. I always loved this list taped to your office door…. *sigh*

  11. I always loved this list taped to your office door…. *sigh*

  12. I always loved this list taped to your office door…. *sigh*

  13. To think that in High School, I thought Boris was a good artist. Hahaha, I didn’t even know what good artists were yet.

  14. To think that in High School, I thought Boris was a good artist. Hahaha, I didn’t even know what good artists were yet.

  15. To think that in High School, I thought Boris was a good artist. Hahaha, I didn’t even know what good artists were yet.

  16. Is it the subtlety that can’t be taught? When there is meaning to convey it is so often rendered in art by the club-footed mind. It is so squarely formulated that it will receive less than a cursory glance from the discerning, and often it is at its worst when accompanied by painted text detailing what can’t be missed. As often, there is no meaning to convey. Colors are smattered together drunkenly in an attempt to reanimate the cheap genius of the 1950s; with luck it will match somebody’s couch. Painted thoughtlessness similarly manifests in imagery pasted together at random. If you don’t like it it’s because you don’t “Get it.” It seems most useful in creating a work of impact to bury the idea, or better, to begin without one; to let the paint create it through careful study of one’s own impulses. With luck it will build to a state where it is indescribably without the hackneyed jargon of the art historian. Then you will have art. Engage the dialectic, young artist. Thank you Matt.

  17. Is it the subtlety that can’t be taught? When there is meaning to convey it is so often rendered in art by the club-footed mind. It is so squarely formulated that it will receive less than a cursory glance from the discerning, and often it is at its worst when accompanied by painted text detailing what can’t be missed. As often, there is no meaning to convey. Colors are smattered together drunkenly in an attempt to reanimate the cheap genius of the 1950s; with luck it will match somebody’s couch. Painted thoughtlessness similarly manifests in imagery pasted together at random. If you don’t like it it’s because you don’t “Get it.” It seems most useful in creating a work of impact to bury the idea, or better, to begin without one; to let the paint create it through careful study of one’s own impulses. With luck it will build to a state where it is indescribably without the hackneyed jargon of the art historian. Then you will have art. Engage the dialectic, young artist. Thank you Matt.

  18. Is it the subtlety that can’t be taught? When there is meaning to convey it is so often rendered in art by the club-footed mind. It is so squarely formulated that it will receive less than a cursory glance from the discerning, and often it is at its worst when accompanied by painted text detailing what can’t be missed. As often, there is no meaning to convey. Colors are smattered together drunkenly in an attempt to reanimate the cheap genius of the 1950s; with luck it will match somebody’s couch. Painted thoughtlessness similarly manifests in imagery pasted together at random. If you don’t like it it’s because you don’t “Get it.” It seems most useful in creating a work of impact to bury the idea, or better, to begin without one; to let the paint create it through careful study of one’s own impulses. With luck it will build to a state where it is indescribably without the hackneyed jargon of the art historian. Then you will have art. Engage the dialectic, young artist. Thank you Matt.

  19. Wasn’t Boris just ripping off Frank Frazetta? I had all those Frank Frazetta books in High School. Sadly,I can picture Sarah Palin in most of the poses now.

  20. Wasn’t Boris just ripping off Frank Frazetta? I had all those Frank Frazetta books in High School. Sadly,I can picture Sarah Palin in most of the poses now.

  21. Wasn’t Boris just ripping off Frank Frazetta? I had all those Frank Frazetta books in High School. Sadly,I can picture Sarah Palin in most of the poses now.

  22. Hahaha, let any of these so called writers, teachers, coaches, you fucking name it, make their mortgages, buy groceries and pay their health insurance and their god damned child support with their ‘art’.

    I do. And I have a clubfoot ready to shove up anyone’s ass that says otherwise.
    Most of ‘our’ art historians have been bought off or sold out. The names of the schools they teach at say it all.

  23. Hahaha, let any of these so called writers, teachers, coaches, you fucking name it, make their mortgages, buy groceries and pay their health insurance and their god damned child support with their ‘art’.

    I do. And I have a clubfoot ready to shove up anyone’s ass that says otherwise.
    Most of ‘our’ art historians have been bought off or sold out. The names of the schools they teach at say it all.

  24. Hahaha, let any of these so called writers, teachers, coaches, you fucking name it, make their mortgages, buy groceries and pay their health insurance and their god damned child support with their ‘art’.

    I do. And I have a clubfoot ready to shove up anyone’s ass that says otherwise.
    Most of ‘our’ art historians have been bought off or sold out. The names of the schools they teach at say it all.

  25. Why so angry? And why are you so obsessed with things up other’s asses? I believe these are questions you should sit quietly and reflect on. The “so called” and “sell outs” aren’t at all angry at you painting your velvet elvises and living in your parents’ basement….so why such hate? Perhaps Sir Cowboy you should take a nap and dream of real artists who ride unicorns and magically make “real” art…perhaps that might cheer you up.

    And I’m sorry your teachers/coaches were so mean to you.

  26. Why so angry? And why are you so obsessed with things up other’s asses? I believe these are questions you should sit quietly and reflect on. The “so called” and “sell outs” aren’t at all angry at you painting your velvet elvises and living in your parents’ basement….so why such hate? Perhaps Sir Cowboy you should take a nap and dream of real artists who ride unicorns and magically make “real” art…perhaps that might cheer you up.

    And I’m sorry your teachers/coaches were so mean to you.

  27. Why so angry? And why are you so obsessed with things up other’s asses? I believe these are questions you should sit quietly and reflect on. The “so called” and “sell outs” aren’t at all angry at you painting your velvet elvises and living in your parents’ basement….so why such hate? Perhaps Sir Cowboy you should take a nap and dream of real artists who ride unicorns and magically make “real” art…perhaps that might cheer you up.

    And I’m sorry your teachers/coaches were so mean to you.

  28. While sitting here quietly and reflecting, I did remember one of the best teachers/coaches I ever had.
    It was a stopped up, overflowing toilet in the middle of a holding cell. (They must put them in the middle of the room for some reason.)
    I’m not looking for cheer and you know that better than I do. But thanks for the memory and advice.
    Yours,
    ATC

    ps. don’t be sorry for meanness, it is a more potent teacher than kindness will ever be.
    Nap time.
    Thanks again!

  29. While sitting here quietly and reflecting, I did remember one of the best teachers/coaches I ever had.
    It was a stopped up, overflowing toilet in the middle of a holding cell. (They must put them in the middle of the room for some reason.)
    I’m not looking for cheer and you know that better than I do. But thanks for the memory and advice.
    Yours,
    ATC

    ps. don’t be sorry for meanness, it is a more potent teacher than kindness will ever be.
    Nap time.
    Thanks again!

  30. While sitting here quietly and reflecting, I did remember one of the best teachers/coaches I ever had.
    It was a stopped up, overflowing toilet in the middle of a holding cell. (They must put them in the middle of the room for some reason.)
    I’m not looking for cheer and you know that better than I do. But thanks for the memory and advice.
    Yours,
    ATC

    ps. don’t be sorry for meanness, it is a more potent teacher than kindness will ever be.
    Nap time.
    Thanks again!

  31. lol, drama.

    Anyway, I myself am a student, and I see what you’re saying in this article. Most of my friends are stuck drawing anime or cartoon characters, and whenever the teacher would encourage them to draw something else, they would always protest with, “But that’s my style!” I’ll confess I was stuck in this trap at one time, but I’ve moved on and try to focus on the really great artists. Best way to learn is by looking at the masters, no?

    Hope you don’t mind if I copy the list and tack it to my bedroom door. :)

  32. lol, drama.

    Anyway, I myself am a student, and I see what you’re saying in this article. Most of my friends are stuck drawing anime or cartoon characters, and whenever the teacher would encourage them to draw something else, they would always protest with, “But that’s my style!” I’ll confess I was stuck in this trap at one time, but I’ve moved on and try to focus on the really great artists. Best way to learn is by looking at the masters, no?

    Hope you don’t mind if I copy the list and tack it to my bedroom door. :)

  33. lol, drama.

    Anyway, I myself am a student, and I see what you’re saying in this article. Most of my friends are stuck drawing anime or cartoon characters, and whenever the teacher would encourage them to draw something else, they would always protest with, “But that’s my style!” I’ll confess I was stuck in this trap at one time, but I’ve moved on and try to focus on the really great artists. Best way to learn is by looking at the masters, no?

    Hope you don’t mind if I copy the list and tack it to my bedroom door. :)

  34. Looking at the masters, both young and old is fine.You don’t want to repeat yourself.
    I’d check out the prof’s resume and his neighborhood before enrolling in any class.
    I live within blocks of the best of them. I should have looked much harder.

  35. Looking at the masters, both young and old is fine.You don’t want to repeat yourself.
    I’d check out the prof’s resume and his neighborhood before enrolling in any class.
    I live within blocks of the best of them. I should have looked much harder.

  36. Looking at the masters, both young and old is fine.You don’t want to repeat yourself.
    I’d check out the prof’s resume and his neighborhood before enrolling in any class.
    I live within blocks of the best of them. I should have looked much harder.

  37. talent and luck can’t be taught

  38. talent and luck can’t be taught

  39. talent and luck can’t be taught

  40. on an assistant’s professor’s salary
    Tenured is a different story.
    That one is a much longer, sadder story.

  41. on an assistant’s professor’s salary
    Tenured is a different story.
    That one is a much longer, sadder story.

  42. on an assistant’s professor’s salary
    Tenured is a different story.
    That one is a much longer, sadder story.

  43. Academics live in a very (VERY) small world.

  44. Academics live in a very (VERY) small world.

  45. Academics live in a very (VERY) small world.

  46. Students of this particular professor should ask him about the yearly resume ‘update’ he has to pad and enliven just to keep his sorry job and hopefully create raises in his salary. Chances are he’ll list this online article under some part of this years’ achievements to do just that . Whoo hoo!!! You Go boy!!!

  47. Students of this particular professor should ask him about the yearly resume ‘update’ he has to pad and enliven just to keep his sorry job and hopefully create raises in his salary. Chances are he’ll list this online article under some part of this years’ achievements to do just that . Whoo hoo!!! You Go boy!!!

  48. Students of this particular professor should ask him about the yearly resume ‘update’ he has to pad and enliven just to keep his sorry job and hopefully create raises in his salary. Chances are he’ll list this online article under some part of this years’ achievements to do just that . Whoo hoo!!! You Go boy!!!

  49. How is it that you aren’t angry?

  50. How is it that you aren’t angry?

  51. How is it that you aren’t angry?

  52. I’m pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some posters. But, as you see, it’s a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time. Glasstire, as you know, means “friendship”.

  53. I’m pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some posters. But, as you see, it’s a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time. Glasstire, as you know, means “friendship”.

  54. I’m pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some posters. But, as you see, it’s a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time. Glasstire, as you know, means “friendship”.

  55. I’m wondering what happened to Van Gogh’s bad art? It should be a bit cheaper than his famous creations.

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