Art Ranger World Hip Hop Art Competition - The "Bling Society"

Honestly folks, buzz behind the Art Ranger World Hip Hop Art Competition, at least at the regional level, has been pretty cool. It's also been pretty intense when it comes to putting all the parts together. I guess that's because we're in the middle of launching several important aspects of Superstarcase simultaneously. "It' cool bro'", as I'm always reminded that Rome wasn't built in a day (by the way, what's with contractions and Spellcheck?). Yeah right, tell that to those "starvin' artists out there" clinging to the hopes of having a really cool place that'll help them get their artworks recognized and set them on their way to "stardom, fame and fortune". The Art Ranger competition promises to be something of a surprise, especially when it comes to the idea of expert, well established competitions. The focus of attention for this competition is to give many Hip Hop Artists the opportunity to display their works to a Hip hop community world wide. Hip Hop is a world cultural event of great and important significance. It should be afforded the well deserved respect it has earned as a powerful, societal medium of creativity and change. As 2008 comes to a close, it is incumbent on the elder statesmen of Hip Hop to help provide an up and coming generation with opportunities that never existed for them if the genre and society are to survive and flourish. Having such a prolific artist like Ingar Aasen (The Art Ranger 107) take such a deep interest in the "Bling Society" only serves notice to the rest of the art community and society itself that Hip Hop is here to stay, unlike the belief that "it is only a passing fad"(observations once used to explain away the popularity of Rock & Roll, Beethoven, Bach and any other such cultural upheaval). Actually, maybe "fad" wasn't the word they used in Beethoven and Bach's time...

Monday, December 30th, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

As we move closer to the exhibition date, things get a bit more tense and tedious. What was clearly a joy in the beginning is still a joy, but more attention to detail, must be paid. Curating the Art Rangers exhibition at the Grafton Hotel is starting to take on mammoth underpinnings. I have found a new respect for those working in museum's and with art in general. They're task is really a bit stressful and everything is so exacting that if you were a stupid person it's not something that you would ever really want to get involved with. Then there are thee artists. Those tender, sensitive, brutal artist. Some can be downright tyrannical, sometimes. Especially if you don't meet those very exacting standards of theirs. We're talking about any artist, really. Be they painter, sculptor, singer or musician, they all have their own little unique idiosyncrasies, that some where as a badge of honor. The Art Ranger is no different. However, on closer and deeper study, the layers begin to peel and what is revealed is a sensitive, caring, deeply moved individual with a flare for the melodramatic. Probably the whole country country of Norway knows this better than anyone else, after viewing Ingar Aasen's truly astounding "stunts", like driving through town in a high profile, monstrous, awe-inspiring, Russian megalith that ways 9 & 1/2 tons and treads water like it's a little tug boat. If you see this thing, trolling through your town, you would swear the Armageddon was upon us. Not that any reasonably sane person would risk the chagrin of local authorities much less the weaponry they possess to make a political statement. Few would argue that the "Art Ranger" hadn't lost his (bleeping) mind. This, no matter how odd it seems, is the existence of this eclectic, genius. Now, though, he has created something that will stand the test of time. He has created his version of the epitome of one of the most maligned art forms to every come along. He has created a unique brand of world-class Hip Hop Art. Will wonders never cease!

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