Cutie and the Boxer

Have you seen this Documentary? Looks fun! 

  "Cutie and the Boxer," like all truly noteworthy films, takes you by surprise with its unexpected twists and revelations. It's a documentary about painting, but evocative music moves it along. It's a film about a long-lasting marriage, yet also a love story filled with love-hate and resentment. Most of all, it's about creativity, and not just the standard "artists struggling" theme, though that's surely there. Art is a demon which can take over your life, says one of the film's subjects, artist Ushio Shinohara

What really makes the film come together is the paradox of this couple's life as explained by the sometimes adorable and charming, yet frequently p.o.'ed Noriko, Shinohara's wife. Renowned "pugilist artist" Shinohara is the avant-garde icon known mainly for his "action paintings"—bashing at huge canvases with paint-coated boxing gloves. That he's still struggling at 80 in their loft in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, tells part of the poignant story. Survival is a constant theme. Yet so is his concern with keeping his legacy alive, and the not-so-hidden fear that his best work may be behind him. 

Four decades ago Noriko came to New York City from Japan to study art, met the famous Ushio 21 years her senior, and fell in love. She put her own artistic dreams on hold to work as a combination artist's assistant, cook and mother to their son. All the joy went out of her art, she tells us through interviews and voice-overs, as she was constantly worried about money. Ushio counters without a tad of irony that the smaller talent should be in service to the larger.
"Cutie and the Boxer" is not a new-fangled doc, where you're aware of the filmmaker. Still, after awhile you realize the couple is so comfortable in the fimmaker's presence that they are able to freely conduct their daily lives, even act out—sometimes lash out—at each other. Zachary Heinzerling is the director-photographer, and this is his first film, winning him a "Best Director" award at the Sundance Film Festival. He has deftly woven in photos, footage from the Shinoharas's personal films, even bits from a promotional movie about Ushio's early years as an artist.
Exciting archival footage of the 1960s and '70s Soho art world shows Ushio blasting upon the scene from his native Japan, hanging with Andy Warhol and friends. The downside is to see the home movies of the boozed-up artist and his friends and the parties after which Noriko had to clean up.
And in a very verité way, the movie begins with one of the home-prepared meals which dot the film, a kind of Rorschach test. Noriko seethes at how hard she has worked to make an attractive meal for them, only to see Ushio unappreciatively scarf it down. She worries they won't have enough food, and money for it. A wildly funny sequence shows Ushio cooking for once, using celery as a kind of hamburger helper, wearing his artist's protective glasses at the stove, and bitching that cooking is very hard.
Their loft is a small disaster, with the accumulation of years of living and working at home. Nevertheless it's thrilling to watch the two of them work in their very different ways. In an instant Ushio can create a painting, splashing his colors onto a huge canvas, with the energy of a boxer. In a quieter, but just as creative, way Noriko works on her autobiographical drawings. They even move, at moments miraculously, as the film uses animation to bring them to life. You can't help but think of the hugely epic and supremely self-confident Diego Rivera, and his wife Frida Kahlo who created her initially less acclaimed art with her personal artifacts.
The best image of the movie, though, is the conclusion of the "Cutie and the Bullie" series, shown in a dual husband-and-wife show. The black ink and pen drawings are now on a gallery wall, with red love hearts fancily floating about. Noriko has learned to "tame the bull." Read the whole review HERE

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According to Human Rights Watch, there are 83 million people living with disabilities in China. However, despite the fact that this represents the largest population of individuals with disabilities in the world, little national support exists.

To bring awareness to the rights and realities of these individuals, Chinese artist Jody Xiong teamed up with paint purveyor Winsor & Newton to launch a project called "Mind Art." In it, 16 people living with disabilities volunteered -- via social media -- to take part in an art-meets-science feat involving a neurosky processing unit and brain-activated paint explosions.

The participants each wore a headset connected to a processing unit, an arrangement that allowed electronic signals from the brain to set off tiny detonators attached to paint-filled balloons. Through deep concentration, headset-wearing artists were able to trigger the paint explosions, splattering individually chosen pigments across an enclosure of blank canvases. The elaborate "performances" resulted in stunning abstract paintings like the ones seen below.

The "Mind Art" exhibition toured 22 cities across China, with an average of 50,000 visitors per week, according to Winsor &  Newton. Around $130,000 raised from the sales of the works went to charities supporting disabilities. See the unique process of creating in the video above and let us know your thoughts on the project in the comments.

The Free Art Movement: A Conversation with Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton

Check out an interview by Art 4 All People chatting with AIM's own~ Lauren (Art is Moving's Co-Founding Director) and AIM's own ~ Lisa (Co-Founder of Art is Moving &  Art 4 All People) & Ceylan Hulya (Co-Founder of Art 4 All People) on 9/11/14. Pretty juicy conversation! As all three woman, believe in their hearts, that Art is power and it does transform this world! Do you?

Lauren's Dad said he never really understood the depth and the layers of Art Break Day ,Art is Moving. the Free Art Movement, and Art as a Form of Service until he heard this radio interview.

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