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either way; fourth of 4 works submitted to the Saatchi Other Arts Fair Jury, 9-12 November, 2017 Brooklyn, New York


either way

Either way 46.1  x 36 in $1730 available from Saatchi Art

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 30 August, 2017

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Letters from My Son in Exile; third of 4 works submitted to the Saatchi Other Arts Fair Jury, 9-12 November, 2017 Brooklyn, New York


Letters from My Son in Exile

Letters from My Son in Exile 32  x 23.3 in $660 available from Saatchi Art

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 30 August, 2017

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Did a single tear fall; seond of 4 works submitted to the Saatchi Other Arts Fair Jury, 9-12 November, 2017 Brooklyn, New York


under a forest sky5

Under a forest sky. 27.7 x 18.8 in, $1630 available at Saatchi Art

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 30 August, 2017

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Did a single tear fall; one of 4 works submitted to the Saatchi Other Arts Fair Jury, 9-12 November, 2017 Brooklyn, New York


Did a single tear fall5

Did a single tear fall, 16.5 x 23.3 $1280.00 available at Saatchi Art

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 30 August, 2017

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What the jury saw: Other Arts Fair 9-12 November, 2017 Brooklyn, New York


I have been asked what I submitted to the jury which accepted me for the Saatchi Other Arts Fair 9-12 November, 2017 Brooklyn, New York. The next 4 posts will show the individual works.

For the record, of around 11000 artists on the Saatchi Art online art gallery, 670 were submitted to the jury and 110 arists selected to show.

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 30 August, 2017

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This blogger as professional artist


Those of you who have been following closely, or not, will be aware that I began doing digital art at the end of last year. This is an update. Some of what I say may have been posted already. My hope is that, by example, I am an encouragement to others. That would be nice. Until my art site is up and running I should like to use this space to that end.

As I say, in December of 2016 I began doing digital art. Towards the end of February this year I took the work I had produced up to that point and showed it to my wife. Her response was, “Malcolm, you need to do something with this. ” You need only point a horse in the right direction for it to know which way to go. At the beginning of March I placed the work on Saatchi Art and Art Finder

In April Saatchi Art asked me to submit to the jury for selection for the Other Arts Fair in Bristol, England, to take place in 1-3 September 2017. Of 700 artists, bearing in mind that there are over 10000 arists on Saatchi Art, 80 were selected. Saatchi have invited me to apply for the 2018 OAF in the same city.

 A month after that invitation, as I was packing and shipping my first art sale to a buyer in Beverly Hills, an invitation came to submit for a commission to produce a Public Arts Work for a new police station in the southwest of this city. The board member of the arts organization charged with selecting those to be commissioned gave me the wrong date for closure of applications. The closure date was in fact the day I shipped the newly sold art work out to California.

Three days later, Saatchi asked me to apply for their second Other Arts Fair to be held in Brooklyn, New York, November 9-12, 2017. I don’t know how many artists were put before the jury but I suspect it was of the order of 1000.  I am one of 110 artists who have been selected to show.

This being my first show, I am not familiar with the logistics of mounting an exhibition of my work, especially one outside the city. There is a first for most things in our lives.

One quandrary I face is the physical art. I would like to place my 3D art alongside the flat works but I baulk at shipping the 3D work to New York and back. It is enough for now, I think, to pay attention to the flat work.

I am certain, that in showing in New York, my life as an artist will be transformed. One can only expect this to be in unexpected ways.

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 29 August, 2017

 

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A city left hapless


As a blogger, I think it important to keep up and running when and where I can. I wanted to post of this blog, if not an update, at least word from this afflicted city. This blog has many followers and silence at this end is not helpful.

News of any inciden to the outside world, particularly of disasters, is always minimal and those trying to follow events are hampered by the lack of detailed reporting. I think people are glad to hear more of how the situation is, and of  the events that materially effect others lives.

I think that those outside of aaffected areas are glad to hear that life goes on within it and of what efforts are being made to allow this.

It is far too early to be talking of what the cities, their inhabitants, and officials need to do for the future to cope and respond properly in situations like the present. There will be those who ask what value lies in conducting such a survey as this, incomplete though it is. Unless and until a thorough inventory of shortcomings and inadequacies is conduted no future improvements will or can be made.

Perhaps what this post can best do is to report on what the present situation and how the storm in general terms has affected the cities and their inhabitants. At this stage pointing to some of the egregious failures and inadequacies helps point to a future post where what needs to be done is future can be evaluated. For this is not going to be the last storm that hits this area and some in the future may be worse than the one we have just witnessed. This is fourth largest city in the United States with some 4 million people living within its bounds.

No storm or hurricane in this area has been as bad as the present. I have lived in the city since 1984 and seen a number of them during that time. They have varied in their severity. One problem that residents and everyone here faces are two fold. One is that storm systems in the Gulf of Mexico and variable in their strength and movement. They are quite unpredictable and will move, gather strength and change course with great speed. On the other hand, there tends to be an attitude of optimism. So many storms and hurricane weather systems tend to dissipate and die out of move of into the Atlantic. While such an occurrence provides relief, the fact that it does occur has people get complacent and to not take warnings seriously. Weather tracking is good and those engaged in ii competent.

What hit this city and made it quite unprecedented was the sheer volume of water than fell on Saturday night. There was plenty of warning that this would be the case. People were filling their cars with gas and stocking up from the supermarkets during the course of Thursday.

What nobody appears to have prepared for, especially officials, was the bayous would overflow their banks with the result that heavy precipitation had nowhere to drain to and water stood in considerable depth in many areas. Some still are as I write.

The most severe effect, therefore of this storm, is flood damage. The extent of t he damage is considerable.

This city and surrounding areas is situated on a flood plain with some areas more low lying than others. Areas particularly vulnerable are well known. For these areas more than any other response was poor or worse than that in many cases. Help to those effected came late and was inadequate.

Before continuing one should mention those facilities which responded well during the course of the storm development. Of particular note is the local power company. They have been exemplary in their efforts to keep the power up and running. In areas where power poles were felled because of ground giving way were obviously affected. Generally throughout the area power has been continuously maintained. This compares most favourably with previously where power was lost for long periods, meaning in excess of 24 hours and only intermittent power available beyond that.

The second facility of note is communications. Television stations maintained broadcasting where they could, but not all. Telephone companies and internet providers stand alongside the power company in providing uninterrupted availability. This is important since people need to be in touch with both what is going on and with friends, neighbours and loved ones. Officials charged with responding to quickly developing events critically need to be able to communicate with each other.

Televisions reporting was not, and continues to be less than what it could be. While human stories are no doubt helpful, though I am not sure they are, particularly when reporters are exposing themselves to life threatening situations, there was not sufficient reporting on the storm’s progress and effects. Not sufficient attention was given to officials both issuing warnings and holding press conferences. 

There were, in addition, some noticable changes of behaviour on the part of inhabitants. Contrary to all recent floodings, and it does not take a storm for signifant flooding to take place in this area, rain itself can cause that, people did not venture out in their vehicles. 

For example, I live on a boulevard with a grassed and treed medium. In a recent storm of not great severity, the boulevard flooded. Cars, both saloons and HUVs were abandoned on the medium and many cases on the lanes themselves. This was depite warnings to not drive unless you had to. On that occassion, the flood water on the boulevard abated within  three or four hours. There are flood gauges on all underpasses where is a danger of flooding and these are all too often ignored.

First responders always do as best they can in such situations as this. But they are hampered if they do not have support structures in place to aid them in their work.

The merit of a post such as this, if there be any merit in it at all, lies in a follow up. Were I to reach out to those who set policy and effect plans for the future, my contribution will not be small. Few take the trouble to do this. There is a very great deal that can be done and prepared for in advance. As stated earlier, this will not be the last storm this city will suffer from, Being better prepared substantialy mitigates effects.

But now is not yet the time.

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 29 August, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Cage – 4′ 33″ Orchestra with Soloist, K2 Orchestra, live


John Cage – 4′ 33″ Orchestra with Soloist, K2 Orchestra, live

Malcolm D B Munro
Satuday 26 August, 2017

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Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 26 August, 2017

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György Ligeti – Lux Aeterna, Capella Amsterdam


György Ligeti – Lux Aeterna, Capella Amsterdam

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 26 August, 2017

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