Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Hoff Foundation Announces Grant Program Recipients for the 3rd Quarter


October 21, 2008: Huntington Beach, CA – The Hoff Foundation announced today that it will award quarterly grants totaling $3,000 to the following Artists and Arts Organizations based in Orange County and Long Beach.

Finishing School: $1,000 for material support for upcoming and current projects.

Naida Osline: $1,000 for equipment support

Huntington beach Art Center: $1,000 for exhibition support.

The Hoff Foundation is a private arts foundation formed in 2008 with a commitment to and passion for the arts. So far in 2008 the Hoff Foundation has awarded $12,000 to individual artists and arts organizations. More information about The Hoff Foundation and how the grants are awarded can be obtained at their website located at

For more information please visit or call 714-767-5861

Monday, October 20, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

EOK Crew


Thank You

FS Secret Service (Click to see entire image)

FS wants thank (Left to Right) Nathan, Jose, Kyle, Robert, Luis, Andie (behind Luis), Thuan, Therese, Lauren, Brad, and Terri (already fighting crime downstairs). You guys are the best security crew and hackers and teacher could wish for....Ed

Friday, October 3, 2008


video via The Art Enthusiast

text via Coagula

The artist collective “Finishing School” has taken up a residency at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (L.A. MOCA). What that means is that MOCA is too ossified and insular to know what the fuck is going on and finally realize that simply asking Paul McCarthy and Chris Burden for new ways to stroke Paul Schimmel’s ego by adding their friends, lovers and former students to the permanent collection isn’t getting the museum anywhere. If the piece of rat shit that is the Martin Kippenberger retrospective currently on view at their Grand Avenue building is any indicator, old curator Anne Goldstein is even more out of touch with anything that has a pulse in regards to art.

So to happily mix metaphors, the new blood is a breath of fresh air at the cathedral of those old farts. Finishing School’s first project was entitled EXECUTIVE ORDER. The piece was to stage a participatory event outside in MOCA’s sculpture plaza. They set up a karaoke machine with familiar songs (Like a Virgin, I Will Survive) and had people sign up to sing on stage, where behind them was projected images of George W. Bush. The participants were then to sing along to the familiar tunes, but the “lyrics” were word-for-word Executive Orders of the Bush Administration. From topics as diverse as terrorism to Trout preservation, the participants tried to articulate the bureaucratic machinations of power in familiar melodies, to absolutely comical, pointed results. The members of the Finishing School Collective were dressed as referees and happily judged the efforts by the participating gallery-goers.

Art is charged to engage the public, the world is begging for meaningful political art that does not pander, preach or submit to illustrate the whims of a manipulative force. Art that is not fun is inevitably going to be ignored. Finishing School has solved so many problems embedded in contemporary art with one great night out on the town. It was absolutely shocking that MOCA would have such an event, vitality and current-ness being the last thing on the aging pink whale’s mind. ON a night with the political debates and a Dodger playoff game, a huge crowd turned out to enjoy art that involved, critiqued, satirized and hit home. It seemed so simple, but it took 22 years of boring MOCA shows to arrive at the point where the light bulb finally went off over someone’s head that nobody was buying the bullshit printed on the stupid wall labels rationalizing the egomania and insider status of assholes like Kippenberger as worthy of examination by the art audience.