RaccoonsAreNotAfraidofPeople is a founder of BLACKTAPEart.
Raccoons support Beach Sloths.
A BLACKTAPE Event: Art Basel Miami
Over the course of many months Beach Sloth has been watching a series of strange movie-makers from the comfort of his tree. Raccoonsarenotafraidofpeople has an excellent cast of individuals contributing to incredibly trippy stuff. Many of their pieces typically fall within a nice bite-sized bit of a few minutes of outright weirdness. Such glimpses of the world are greatly appreciated for those who might not be accustomed to living life out in the dark late at night having fun. Fortunately for everyone this stellar cast is making its way into the art gallery world.
Miami will be hosting these intrepid young filmmakers from December 5th to December 8th. Lucky raccoons shall count their lucky stars. Since they hail from the cold frigid awfulness that is early December New York they shall not be accustomed to the extreme tropical heat of Miami. Like birds and the migrating wealthy elderly, the raccoons will be making their way down to the land reliant on real estate, oranges, and inevitable mortality.
What kind of pieces will they show? Knowing the raccoons they will show some seriously strange stuff. Florida is of course accustomed to such unusual things occurring beneath its sunny skies. It is for a reason that many metal bands get their break in Florida. Just the combination of the old, the migratory, and the utter lack of state pride make Florida an anomaly. Usually a state possesses a vague outline of a personality whether it is an obnoxious larger than life city (California, Illinois, and New York) or a rural charm (Montana or Wyoming’s rugged western appeal). Florida has oranges. Oranges are things that grow in the ground and are used as a weak substitute for coffee for young children. Despite so many millions of people with one of the oldest permanent settlements in North America Florida’s contribution to the world are oranges.
Hopefully the raccoons can change all of that. Already they have managed to garner quite a bit of interest through the power of the internet. Who knows what they could potentially accomplish next. Many of the raccoons have displayed artistic talents outside of the video format from music to painting to plays. Raccoons usually lack any artistic talent besides pushing garbage cans over and scaring drivers late at night. Fortunately these raccoons are going to change things in Miami. Will they have fun? Can they handle such a hot city after having lived in the frigid barrens of New York? Only time will tell, specifically three days’ worth of time. Anybody in the Miami area ought to see their deep, well-studied lovable weirdness.
This is an amazing video of Kate Shapiro. Beach Sloth’s words are always truthful and this is true.
Showcase IV: Kate Shapiro
Kate Shapiro does a play. Plays typically include a whole lot of singing. Strangely no one sings during the rehearsal at her apartment. Rather individuals imbibe alcohols of varying degrees of strength. One person drinks Blue Moon because that is what their character does in the play. Alcoholics are a cornerstone of any play. Without an alcoholic a play typically suffers. Everybody needs an alcoholic in a play. Television shows have taken up this practice opting for characters that can successfully replicate the emotions of the stage. Usually these characters are tragic figures that are unable to come to terms with the fact that they might have a problem. Instead the television show cuts away to commercial almost immediately. Despite their lack of advertising revenue plays still make money somehow.
For a few seconds Kate Shapiro reads from one of her plays far away from the living room. She is in her bedroom. Millions of individuals take solace in their bedrooms, happy to dream the nights away. Her story recalls the tale of being in the back of a BMW. Not everyone is fortunate enough to know true luxury and German engineering. Some people drive Mercedes, the dumpiest cars anyone could possibly imagine. At least in Kate Shapiro’s story they do not get into too much detail about the BMW, the color, the model, or the fresh odor of the backseat. Rather she focuses on waking up in the backseat to somebody crying while another drives too fast singing the wrong lyrics to Guns N’ Roses songs. Anybody who knows the lyrics of any Guns N’ Roses song ought to be feared. Barely Axel Rose even remembers most of the lyrics and he wrote the songs.
Here Kate Shapiro admits she likes a huge cast of characters. The world is full of characters. Most of those characters rarely make it into plays. Writers tend to ignore the truly mad ones. Life for the truly mad ones remains a difficult thing to handle. Rather than show the true life of the mad ones, the mad ones are romanticized. Everything gets edited out perfect for cocktail stories. Anybody telling a cocktail story knows that the story needs to be a relatable, interesting but ultimately amusing one. Sad cocktail stories do not exist. That is why people make plays: to confront viewers to tell them the truth and hopefully impart a little bit of wisdom.
Awesome Beach Sloth review of Will Kaiser. This video was shot and edited by RaccoonsAreNotAfraidofPeople as part of BLACKTAPEart’s artist profile series leading up to Art Basel in Miami. The Show is from Dec. 5-8th.
Showcase III: Will Kaiser
Will Kaiser is a serious artist. Painting is a ‘throwback’ art form. Few engage in art with in real life instruments. Taking a particular thing and painting it feels quaint thanks to the help of color ink jet printers. Anybody who does it better be good, better be a cut above the most exceptional color ink jet printers. In this man versus machine art world too often the machine wins. Will Kaiser stands alone ready to paint to his heart’s desire. No machine shall ever take away all artists try as they might with their false intelligence and utter lack of creativity.
An entire apartment is covered in artwork. This is Will Kaiser’s doing. Many might believe that Will Kaiser painted his apartment. Yes it is true. What few would guess is when Will Kaiser painted his apartment. Growing up in New York City apartments is incredibly different. Little space or light enters the massive towers. Hence painting in an apartment can be quite a challenge. From an early age Will Kaiser’s parents taught Will Kaiser to paint on the walls to encourage his creativity. Eventually his parents moved out because they are parents and they are done with New York City. Fortunately their son, young Will Kaiser stayed behind to further hone his painting craft.
New York City offers a vast variety of opportunities to artists. Although artists in New York City tend to live in hovels they share those hovels with other artists. Will Kaiser shares his apartment with several other artists, 12 other artists all sharing a spacious 400 square foot apartment. Such space is quite a rarity in New York City. Happily Will Kaiser walks to the one part of New York City that has been designed as an ‘art freak’ zone. Of course it is Union Square. Full of subway transfers and hope, Union Square has been a hip place for young artists to congregate for literally generations.
In Union Square Will Kaiser hawks his wares like a hawk. Passersby examine his high quality artwork clearly impressed. A small child approaches his art. Children tend to understand art better than adults. To compensate for their lack of artistic knowledge, adults teach all sorts of arty names for things to better describe them. Yet in teaching their children these arty names they lose the true spirit of visual art. Visual art either compels or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t it has failed. Art should be simple.
Sophia works on her mannequin. Lil Wayne keeps things poppin.
Check out this work and more at Art Basel Miami. For more details go to:
A BLACKTAPE Event: Art Basel Miami
Come to the BLACKTAPEart event in Miami. RaccoonsarenotAfraidofPeople is a founder of BLACKTAPEart and will be showcasing much original work. Raccoons will also be performing a mixed media session at the event with Joe Bussiere (Saltdoor / Wal-Mart).
Showcase III on BLACKTAPEart
Showcase III: Will Kaiser
SHOWCASE II: Joe Bussiere
Joe Bussiere stares at the camera wearing sunglasses. Few see the need to wear sunglasses indoors where lighting can be easily adjusted. Sunglasses protect Joe Bussiere from the camera’s evil glare. Millions of individuals have gotten their souls stolen right under their noses because of the camera. Thankfully Joe Bussiere opts for the sunglasses to protect his soul rather than the less attractive ‘nose plug’ option.
Whilst looking at the camera with a vaguely longing gaze Joe Bussiere recalls a time he watched porn with a couple of friends. Pornography brings people together. Creator of the internet, pornography has branched out into other every more intricate genre like social media, blogging, and even instant messaging. Death metal is a great soundtrack for any porn. At the very end of his story of his porn-viewing days Joe Bussiere smiles an evil wicked smile. That’s when the music starts.
Unfortunately Joe Bussiere loses his sunglasses. Fortunately he retains the mustache as he talks about music. There is never enough music. There can always be more. Here Joe Bussiere states something quite dubious: “You can’t get arrested for not liking techno.” Sadly this is untrue. In certain parts of the world where robots have been living for years, techno is the only thing they are allowed to hear. Daft Punk is simply the beginning of the robot-techno industrial complex. Other robot-techno complexes are being created but with far less successful results (such as ‘Basement Jaxx’ or the obvious robot band ‘The Human League’).
A poem is in the works to help Joe Bussiere combat the negative vibes being thrown at techno. Such a poem would certainly help techno’s PR problem in the United States. Currently techno is lumped together with such other ‘foreign’ things in the United States like soccer or universal healthcare. The United States is losing the international techno race. Joe Bussiere might be one of America’s greatest assets for techno. Right after his desire to write a poem he ponders law enforcement’s interest in poetry. No member of law enforcement is documented as enjoying Flarf. An arrested poet certainly attests to such a lack of interest.
Making an entire life a song requires more than a Casio keyboard, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone excluded. Life needs faith. Hope is another part of any life usually that driving bass keeping the life moving forward. By the very end of Joe Bussiere’s speech he states that he makes music for the money and for the girls. Triumphant music blares revealing the phrase ‘Never Give Up Hope!’
SHOWCASE I: Sophia Tragash and Grannell Knox
Sophia Tragash and Grannell Knox hit the mean New York streets. Thanks to the streets inanimate status the streets do not hit back. With so many feet oppressing them the streets have no choice but to simply take the abuse. New York City is well known for its streets that long ago were paved with gold before gold prices went up. Unfortunately now the New York City streets are made with what every city street is made of: pavement, concrete, and generous amounts of chewing gum neatly embedded.
Grannell Knox wears his raccoon hat at night. Raccoons are not afraid of people. Strangely despite Grannell Knox’s extreme raccoon garb no raccoon bothers to mate with him. Probably this has to do with the season where raccoons try to stay in to keep warm. Making tea and soup the raccoons await the coming of spring. For now the raccoons rest underground coming out occasionally to eat only the finest trash humanity has to offer. Around New York City Mountains of trash are created every day. Due to this extreme trash wealth raccoons in New York City openly welcome humans into their communities. Only in New York City are there raccoons that prefer brie to cheddar. Luxury abounds in the great big New York City.
Lights surround the intrepid duo. They descend down fluorescent dreary staircases to end up in an aluminum tube typically referred to as a ‘subway’. Realities begin to trip over themselves. Raccoons are not afraid of people really enjoy this juxtaposition between recurrent realities. Pieces of previous events collide with other newer footage to create an entirely new experience that references itself endlessly. For a brief moment the camera focuses on Sophi Tragash’s noble efforts to draw before she too is taken away into another place. On a roof the two of them hang out waiting for the beat to drop. Nobody ever prepares themselves properly for the beat drop. Sophia Tragash and Grannell Knox have waited their whole life for the beat to drop. They are ready.
Things speed up. Vocals are distorted into delightful and insightful chirps. New York City always goes fast. Everything moves quickly trying to avoid sleep. Individuals move past the delightful duo trying to traverse their way through Chinatown and other parts of downtown Manhattan. Visually they suggest that art is all around. Like John Cage’s statement that art is around us, they live it bringing everything into their little filmable world.