Film by John Katz, Edited by Fast Cut Edits, Special Effects by Radium, music by James Neel Music House, scripting by Poppy Sundeen. This film tells the back story of the 29 Pieces project.
I am happy to report that the January 29 Masquerade Ball was a smashing success, with 4 terrific bands, fencing demonstrations, dancers, poets, a DJ, food, drink, and more elaborate masks and costumes than you can imagine. There were 415 fabulous people in attendance, a tremendous turnout. An upcoming video will be released soon, and there are lots of pix of the goings on, on Facebook. 29 Pieces is on a ROLL. The success of this event is due entirely to Kevin Spurgin & Darryl Ratcliff of the Green Bandana Group, who made the whole event the success it was. If you were there, thanks very much for showing your support, and if you were not, you missed a GREAT party. Not to worry though. You will have an opportunity to redeem your error at the NEXT 29 Pieces EVENT.
— John Katz, Board Member, 29 Pieces
See what John Katz really has to say about the tenacity of Christo and Jeanne-Claude in seeing their vision of THE GATES rise to full realization… www.29Pieces.blogspot.com
Who Speaks for Art? (or Shut Up and Paint)
I have often thought and still do think that art should speak for itself. If the art produced cannot communicate a purpose, intended or otherwise, it has failed.
Read more of John Katz at www.29Pieces.blogspot.com
What’s in a Number?
29 ….. Pieces of art, spiritual in nature, transformative in intent, the genesis which began this creative reaction was an act of extreme violence by a stranger. 29…. is also the number of miners that died recently on the other side of the planet in a New Zealand coal mine explosion. Read more from John Katz at www.29Pieces.blogspot.com
Art and Scale: I’m sorry guys, size does matter, despite what sympathetic ladies might like us to believe. History is full of evidence that big might not always be beautiful, but it is BIG, and therefore usually impressive to most people. Art does not have to be huge to be hugely magnificent, just take a look at Michelangelo’s David. But even in art the size rule does have an effect. Examples are the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Picasso’s Guernica. Size in art makes the art unavoidable, impossible to ignore, and forces itself upon the viewer. Read more at: http://29pieces.blogspot.com/
– John Katz, www.johnkatz.net
Ultimately, entirely new types of artists will emerge from all of this. Artists are, at heart, opportunity-seekers who transform the world around us. They give me tremendous enthusiasm.
From John Katz … The other day I came across an article about British sculptor Jason de Quires Taylor, who has constructed many life size human figures out of concrete and submerged them off the coast of Mexico. His ultimate goal is that they will - over time - form the basis of a new coral reef. Here is a link to a story and video about this remarkable project; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/artvideo/8056214/Underwater-sculpture-park-set-to-open-near-Cancun.htmlwww.29Pieces.blogspot.com
When I look at these 29 creations and visualize them in their finished form, even without understanding their content entirely I get a visceral feeling of their worth on many levels. I got this when I first saw them 2 years ago and still get it after having seen them many times since. It’s a gut feeling, its how I judge all the art that I see and I have seen more than most. That’s what got me involved in this project, that and the commitment of its creator, that’s all it takes, for me.