Paul Schmelzer

Paul Schmelzer, as signed by Yoko Ono
Autograph Project: Hello, My Name Is...
Several years ago I had lunch with an 8-year-old named Spencer and his father, Ron. We were at an outdoor restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin, and one of that town’s favorite sons, jazz musician Ben Sidra...

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"The Art of Living"/"The Art of Dying"  
"The Art of Living"/"The Art of Dying"
For Adbusters #60, I was asked to write two pieces on perspectives on "winning" and "losing" the "Game of Life." A difficult project for someone as young and not-yet-wise as I, but I gave it a shot, turning...
"Open-Ended Utopia: The art of Rirkrit Tiravanija"  
"Open-Ended Utopia: The art of Rirkrit Tiravanija"
This essay on "relational aesthetics" artist Rirkrit Tiravanija's art project/sustainability community near Sanpatong, Thailand appeared in the Canadian magazine Geez.Excerpt:This kind of art – in which the...
"Memory & Exile: The Borderless Art of Emily Jacir"
"Memory & Exile: The Borderless Art of Emily Jacir"
An essay on Palestinian artist Emily Jacir, written for Adbusters online. Excerpt:hile Jacir’s work is tinged with sadness, it’s also spiked with humor. In her subversive Sexy Semite (2000–2002), she peppered...
 


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