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Oh, just Saving Face.
April 17th, 2009 by Lex


From Cary Tennis about saving face …

Now, what bugs me is we talk about these things as if we really know. And we don’t. And we lower it by talking as if we know. Why do we do that? I think: because we know how much power it has, the taboo. We know how much power it has, so we pretend. We say, Oh, it’s only sex. Like, oh, it’s only God. It’s only death. It’s only the mystery of existence. Like, it’s only the mystery of existence, and don’t worry, I have devices. (But I do have to get up in the morning and go to the guillotine. Just warning you. Sorry.)

… paired with another find on we-make-money-not-art. A Marx and Lenin from Eastern Germany that never got to quite save face. And we say, Oh, that was just a time past, just an idea thought, now over, now history, now no longer us.

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Welcome.
February 21st, 2008 by Lex


Urban Aesthete is officially open. The purpose of this blog is to provide a daily dose of the arts, and a window into the creative processes of various disciplines.

The backbone of content will be an exploration of aesthetics in human-built structures (the “nature” of urban life) through photography. As we build momentum, there will be additional perspectives from visual artists, musicians, writers, film makers, dancers, and anyone creative excited by the Urban Aesthete vision. We are interested in how the city inspires us, and how that inspiration turns to artwork.

The meta-concept is for both contributers and readers to discover extraordinary details in ordinary noise, potentially through interaction with each other. Collaboration, mashing, and critique are all highly encouraged. While this concept is nothing new, we believe that it is fundamentally valuable, and as good a mission statement as any.