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allblackwinz by Flake
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Article of the Month February 2009
FlourPowerezine Regan Gentry is certainly an industrious individual making his way. In my experience no one makes their way unless they are of some use to another (higher up the food chain, ) to politically make a point. This is ever more prevalent with public art. Public art are public signs, the Warehouse is a huge sign a big deal, if we are passive to it's domination it is so by design. Can Money pay for anything other than a picture of it's own glorious reflection?

Talk to someone in small business near a Warehouse and you will hear the impact of this entity, financially but also socially. These monoliths change the very fabric of social identity the patterns and interactions we have with one another are shifted to a scale where one is alienated ( ever hung out long in an aisle, on purpose? ) and encouraged to keep quite move along. We should ask what does Regan's Sculpture mean, and if we don't like it we should make this opinion seen. If this industrious artisan is the establishments flavor of the month (though given his politics I can't ever see him going out of style) whose vision of social civil community life is Regan serving.

To start with we have the lovely addition to the row of cocks, The Chalice, the Westpac logo thingy and now 'flour power' perfectly drawing the only diagonal amongst chch's locked down gird. This diagonal strip, is mostly made up of pedestrian areas, finally linking up with an educational facility, ensuring a stead flow of walking traffic, which has the annoying habit of congregating in some areas and not buying anything, even worse distracting others from buying things.

The very site of Regan's "flour Power" was where an existing sculpture with strikingly social values was removed to make way. A fountain of some kind with I think tiles of children's hands or what not.. was decidedly the spot where relatively large numbers of youths would hang out. In fact all along this stretch of city was a mall with a few surviving grass areas popular with the young mostly but some old, to hang out on, eat and watch the shoppers shop.

Regans new sculpture, the day after it was moved in i noticed it was tagged, a few stickers went up... it's tripod tyranny so obvious it warranted little other protest.. since an energetic and organized campaign from these youths failed to protect the spot from being opened up to values that undermined their rights to live in a way they saw fit. Now I believe the plan is to open the mall to cars and the removal of these areas where they felt safe and encouraged to socialized will be completed. Why was this happening. The alley way of Cocks was here. But what for?

to understand this you have to do your home work and I am as sure as an ad break that you will not. You could spend half a day on 3 or 4 dvd's and get the picture so sharp you'd be left with moral out rage and a position not unlike oppressed people all over the world. WHY WOULD YOU WANT THAT. Let's just keep the way things are to those that have to make the decisions an hope that stuff doesn't get in our way, not that it's likely to being white educated in massive dept, I 'll do what ever it takes just to get by.

NOw regan is to build a new sculpture for us in wellington. A group of right wing capitalists (they can dispute the name i don't know what else to call them, they're not my friends) have empowered regan to make a sculpture on Karo drive. NOw Karo drive is the name they came up with to call the successfully completed road that bisects a community that for 30 years had actively opposed it's creation. This is art people... this is the true art of our times, not the little painting or trinkets you see loitering in the fine shops around the country. Art is Politics and it is no joke they are creating the world we live in with their bad innuendos, puns jokes and material excesses...

The road displaced a lot of historical look buildings which were moved around to reform a service of shopping and even housing only fro some reason they have stood empty for what years? as the bad Kama over them grows and their micky mouse fun park aura leaves a stench of arson in the air... Good natured Regan is to build a facade resembling these empty buildings just up the road on Karo drive for such and such reasons....

In case you are not up to speed but need a clue, you will have to get use to the ideas that the USA is an empire on collapse, the 70's was the implementation of a new world order from the USA to service their debt, Rogernomics, Pol pot, are the same plan... and the implementers of the empires world order all have invested shares so you GOT to know they have not given up, HELL it's a NAtional GOVERMENT they've got the time !.



Empires have slaves... and slave owners..


even nazi Germany had a ministry of Culture.


Is Regan Gentry being used purely as propaganda?


WE DO NOT NEED CULTURE
WE NEED A FEW ARTISTS if you see Regan Gentry (or myself for that matter.. ) ask him what does he think he is doing
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Lee-looking-profound-1
Artbasher
137 articles & 705 comments since 12 Feb 2005
Your call on "nothing to loose" is onto it. Changing cultural and artistic movements do seem to generally be pioneered by such people - at the start of their careers. Who then become successful and often get stuck in a rut. Why do these people make different styles of art though? Is it some deep / romantic driving force, or are they just trying to stand out, get famous and be the next big thing?
PASQUINO
Tasquin
2 articles & 150 comments since 3 Oct 2008
Are you the artist with "nothing to loose" Flake?

Hey, good article, this is the stuff we expect.

That stupid Vicki Buck kiddie fountain you mention leaked and then fell apart, the usual end of most recent outdoor sculpture... The trite Westpac/Mitsubishi logo thing has a few years left before it goes and kills someone.

All these things seem to be baubles on a tatty council xmas tree, I seriously doubt that there is anything more to them than that
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
"nothing to gain", is more accurate given that these are paid positions..
Steve Snatch
1 comment since 12 Feb 2009
Artbasher you cynical bastard! Not all of us are as obsessed with fame as you are.

Stick to your guns!
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Quinton Baker
34 articles & 464 comments since 4 Feb 2008
this feels vague
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
Arbasher, i don't follow or understand what you are saying at all. You seem to be describing some industry like Holley wood, from the perspective of someone who reads womansday..

forgive me if I was wrong but your involvement heck creation of artbash has given me the impression that you were eg'hem, politically involved. Your stance against CNZ for one was I thought the beginning of a ethos that must have surely been born out fully, as a stance.. but I now would caution to guess that you are all for "globalism/ free trade/ 3rd world debt" and no doubt see the bail out of the banks as a noble cause for our own sakes.. they're out there and they're coming to get you.. your house, yur life, yur car!!!

If I can keep this pose for a second longer, I will at least let this subside and prepare to contend that there may be recantment and apologies needed but ARTBASHER let that pathetic view of art/ artists and Bureaucracy, let it go.

where does that view exist except in the literature that is pumped out to control any break from what is necessary to the borrow and debt machine. Artists produce what they are encouraged to produce.. they can make the emperors clothes, when they get paid there is no incentive to say anything else... it is not by chance that artists are not stars, are not public figures.. it is not by chance that art has no popular power.. IT IS BY DESIGN.

Artists make how we see the world and those artists are called councillor, minister, executive, ceo....... artists that you are talking about artbasher think that getting their picture in a magazine is a good deal, could you ever agree that these are not so much artists as co-opted slaves...



allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
well start with feellng Quinton and see if you can find a straw to pull at, maybe the whole thing will fall like a house of cards, perhaps it's just a bad dream. Maybe your mummy will come and feed you a sugar lump and tell you again like the night before and the night before that... who cares just give me that sugar lump.
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Quinton Baker
34 articles & 464 comments since 4 Feb 2008
Go easy guy, the full moon has pretty much past
PASQUINO
Tasquin
2 articles & 150 comments since 3 Oct 2008
Mmmmm... Hollywood, my true home. A vast corrupt, profitable machine where unhappy glamorous people on the make get wealth and artistic dissipation. We paint, build, design, act, till the day the artistic locust comes and there is nothing left but a reflection of a reflection of your soul...
That's so cool.
And so un- New Zealand.
Here we are just drab, ugly and unhappy which apparently is good for our Calvinistic personae.
PASQUINO
Tasquin
2 articles & 150 comments since 3 Oct 2008
Flake, does Quinton's sugar lump come with absinthe?
pneumaticMiss
PneumaticMiss
19 comments since 12 Feb 2009
Cute guys arguing. Mmmmmmmmm.
PASQUINO
Tasquin
2 articles & 150 comments since 3 Oct 2008
...yeah I get so hot...

Give me a grant.
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Lee-looking-profound-1
Artbasher
137 articles & 705 comments since 12 Feb 2005
Quoting Flake:

Arbasher, i don't follow or understand what you are saying at all. You seem to be describing some industry like Holley wood, from the perspective of someone who reads womansday..

I was thinking industry, like music. But art is one too.

Anyway, there's a big difference between nothing to loose (which your article originally used) and nothing to gain. Nothing to loose implies an idea of creativity corrupted by expectations and the desire to maintain status. Nothing to gain implies .... what? That the only rewards of art should be internal? that there's something pure out there artists are after? Seems rather romantic and just plain false. Or are you just saying what's lame is all the young artists simply aspire to be people who will one day have something to loose... that they just bow down to the establishment, forget any ideals they may once have had and wanna get on to the pathetic excuse for the gravy train as soon as?

It is kind of hard to understand you when you write on P, but it's entertaining :)
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Quinton Baker
34 articles & 464 comments since 4 Feb 2008
Taz, put your sausage away, you big sausage you
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apple8nothing
5 articles & 245 comments since 11 Feb 2009
oh stop it! (giggles)
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Quinton Baker
34 articles & 464 comments since 4 Feb 2008
to Taz, don't talk about me
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apple8nothing
5 articles & 245 comments since 11 Feb 2009
oh no, call me sympathetic, Quinton not everything is about you, rather I was thinking of bowing down to the establishment. Where is this 'gravy train' you speak of Artbasher, toot toot!
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Quinton Baker
34 articles & 464 comments since 4 Feb 2008
but he was, he was talking about me to Flakey

your right I am pretty self-centered
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apple8nothing
5 articles & 245 comments since 11 Feb 2009
Every artist has something to gain, i think its idiosyncrasy. Its a life sentence, during which the trick is how to radiate this aspect of being into a juicy tabloid story, or in artbasher's case to halt a gravy wagon. Some need to do a lot and others not so much and others may not even realise they are doing it. Either way it doesn't have much to do with the work itself or its merit because this is when the design comes into play. Its when every artist both young and old has something to loose, because when they appear in the next weeks woman's weekly they hope to god that the sun has shined from their ass.

...Regan Gentry's ass shines very brightly.
nosferatu
1 articles & 323 comments since 27 Dec 2007
shiney ass? knobbly knees more like.

Regan Gentry reminds one of Denis the menace, complete with skateboard, irreverent attitude and cheeky grubby little face and trouser. the very figure of the Modern Sculptor, but sans shoes and social elan. by all evidence political awareness is not one of his major skills but neither is he cynical.

I agree with Flakes assessment, Gentry has produced a series of off the cuff one liners with little intellectual or political bite but technically sound...ie acceptable to OSH... and therefore for all of the above reasons will remain, for a week or two yet, the darling of city-council set.

Interesting points made about the loss of functional public space -substituting large scale design objects for history and sociability. that's property development masquerading as 'urban planning' yet again. same bedtime story, just different pyjamas
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