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Letter to ArtandSeek

December 6, 2017

Letter to Art and Seek: I gave you the lowest rating. Here is why.

Lowest rating. Artandseek does not cover progressive Texas and Dallas musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, dancers, etc. or the issues connected with them. Instead it blocks them from coverage. My 25 years of reporting on the arts and media in Dallas has proven that to me. For the most part any innovative artist in any field has left Dallas for places more conductive to innovative people.

KXT-FM blocks the new music, the national music revolution, and the new Dallas progressive musicians leading it. Instead it plays music that fits a rigid marketing format (AAA). KERA blocks news of the new music, art, writers, media, etc. Sadly the few extremely talented people left in Dallas have been marginalized or just brushed aside.

Artandseek, has not spoken out for
1. Fair reviews. Seems to support press releases more than solid journalism, and covers puff pieces more than real issues.
2. Fair pay. Artandseek has not advocated for fair pay for all the artists in Dallas.
3. Innovative work. Artandseek praises the followers and ignores the innovators.
4. Artandseek has not opposed the consolidation in the arts from thousands of companies into around 10 – ex. 3 CEOs (all men, no women) control 80% of the music industry and have forced virtually every Texas musician into working for about minimum wage at their craft.
5 Artandseek will not talk about the protests in the arts, and the progressive activists leading the change, even when they originated here in Dallas.
6. Artandseek will not stand up to bad media coverage of the arts or the dwindling art coverage from the Dallas daily or the weekly papers.
We are left with press release journalism, that never covers issues in the arts such as: no protest songs allowed on any mainstream radio in the US, public domain mess or why isn’t Mickey Mouse in the PD, political book deals with massive advances, Hollywood makes millions but theater workers make lowest wages allowed, 3 CEO’s control 80% of music (Warners Universal Sony) and 1% of musicians make 70% of the money… etc. etc. etc.
7. Artandseek does not cover online artists, and their innovative work, websites, protests, etc.

Dallas, and it’s musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers, craftsmen, etc. etc. deserve better.

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website
http://tomhendricks.us/

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Sayings of Editor Art (on everything!)

November 23, 2017

Can’t live in the past – but you can visit!

I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as quick as I could.

Hollywood is great at blowing up things – specially budgets

You don’t hit people you love. You hit people you want to control.

There are two media, 1. that props up a few mega corporations with press releases disguised as journalism, and the other that reports on what you want to know.

Bacteria were the first Earthlings to land on other planets.

Every couple is crazy but somehow they make allowances.

Great fashion is both style and substance.

I don’t mind ghosts, they don’t take up any room.

Journalism – part of the job is to keep thinkgs in perspective instead of going off on a new tangent/scandal every 2 week.

The Three Music corporations (Warners, Universal, Sony control 80% of the music industry) will sooner or later buy up or shut down any successful music start up.

I’ve read books on art history but no one talks about smiles. It took centuries before painters allowed subjects to smile in their portraits. The evolution of smiles in painting is a key development in art.

I hate flashbacks – nothing changes.

Let books memorize, you learn!

Don’t beat your head against a wall. It’s not good for the wall, and it knows better.

Universe in the Basement, phrase that means the universe within each of us with it’s endless boundaries.

A beauty that comes from a passion for life.

Whoa, there are now more writers than readers!

The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.

Yes honor your ancestors but the last think you want to do is honor their racism.

No meaning to life? Then you make one up, and the fact that we can means something!

Should the music media cover what they want to promote or what we want to hear?

The 3 Major record companies have sewed up vinyl production.

Two kinds of scenes in movies, the first moves the plot along, the second spotlights the actors.

Two kinds of fashion, the first is the basics, t-shirts, pants, underwear, the second is dress up clothes and accessories.

Radio is playing what they want to promote, not what we want to hear.

Teens listen to me. You are supossed to be miserable during these years. If you are you are right on track and perfectly normal. Just ride the storm and get help when you need it. Your life will get better.

If a painting becomes too precise or too finished looking it becomes prissy.

Media to victim: “What question can I ask you to make you cry on air?”

Media, First there was four word journalism, where you asked, “What do you think?” Now it is worse. It is, “What do you feel?” journalism.

Why is anybody living in Houston, haven’t they been there before?

IF the origin of life was difficult then we are most likely not here. If the origin of life was not difficult then we are most likely here.
The fact that we ARE here suggests that the origin of life was most likely not difficult.

Musea, the most progressive publication in Dallas for 25 years.

Suggestion: the over washing and over medicating of cuts and other minor ailments on our body may destroy part of the healthy microbiome that protects us from worse diseases.

Eating the right foods may enhance good gut bacteria and decrease the impact of bad bacteria; while, eating the wrong foods may enhance bad gut bacteria and decrease the impact of good bacteria.

For everything else see tomhendricks.us

Last Moment of Modern Art?

October 1, 2017

THE LAST MINUTE OF MODERN ART (reprint from Musea)

Can CONCEPTUAL ART be used to end the abuses of conceptual art?

It all began this way. I was walking home from a taco place and thinking about Martin Creed and his Art Prize. He won the annual Turner Prize that goes to the best art work from a British artist yonger than 50. The prize was a check for $31,500 that was handed to him by Madonna.

And what was his art? Now this is hard to even say – even let the words sputter out of my mouth. The reason being I, too, am an artist. I have been one for decades, have studied and copied the masters, done work in almost every media (pencil, acrylics, and colored pencils are my favorites). And I worked hard to have some scope to my art whether portraits, landscapes, still lifes, abstracts, or just about everything in between. I love the stuff. I breathe art. I love to know everything there is to know about art and artists.

So what was HIS art? He got the yard-wide novelty check from Madonna (representing a couple years of my income) for his exhibit of flashing light bulbs in an empty room! (His previous works include a scrunched- up piece of paper and a ball of clay stuck to a wall).

British art curator Simon Wilson notes: “He wants to make art where he is doing as little as possible that is consistent with doing something. The fact that many people find his work so baffling indicates that he’s working on the edge.”
Oh I see. Now I am getting it. Now I am figuring out the “NEW” rules. Creed himself comments, “If I can make something without adding any objects, I feel more comfortable.”

And then it DAWNED ON ME. I would bring modern art to its end. I would suggest the ultimate. The ultimate in baffling minimalism. I would get the ‘plastic’ check from Madonna.

So on TUESDAY 1/08/02, at 1:30-1:40 PM, as I, Tom Hendricks, was walking home from the taco place, I took art to its ultimate. This was the last minute of modern art. It could go no further. Where Creed had flashing lights in an empty room, I would … IMAGINE A GALLERY IN MY MIND THAT WOULD HAVE NO LIGHTS ON AT ALL! And that moment marked the end of modern art.

For all information see: tomhendricks.us

Banned Book Week – How About Banned Half of the Town – Dallas

September 30, 2017

This is my letter to Half Price Books, concerning their Banned Book Week Announcement.

Half of Dallas has been ‘banned’ . The 25 years of my zine Musea proves that.

Dear Half Price Books,

The perfect example of banned books is right here in Dallas.

Since 1992 the progressive arts and media zine, Musea, published monthly,

has been ‘banned’ from every media source in the city.

You probably have never heard coverage of any of our 200 issues

or the musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and indie media sources

we have talked about over the years.

You have probably not heard of the hundreds of progressive ideas in the arts and media

that Musea has suggested to improve every aspect of the arts and media.

The 200th issue of Musea was also an underground history of Dallas from 1992-2017.

Read 100 pages of the Dallas that has been ‘banned’.

200th Issue

http://www.musea.us/Musea200.htm

Tom Hendricks

(musician, painter, writer, and editor of the 24 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website

http://tomhendricks.us/

TeXas Video Showdown hits 3,000

August 10, 2017

Dear Reader,

My musical protest against the 3 CEOs that control so much of music, and for all the rest of the world, has reached another milestone. 3,000 views.
Come view it and help raise awareness. Give me a thumbs up too – that means lifting a finger – literally! Here’s more.

We are told, year after year, to only talk about, support, and buy music from the same 6 or so teen pop stars. The real story is one the music media won’t dare tell you. Music is falling fast, 1% of musicians make 70% of the money, and everyone else is so uninformed that they don’t even know that it’s going on. Yet everyone does know that music is dull, radio is awful, concerts are a rip off, music media never covers anyone really different, and there is never news of anyone against all this! That’s why the musicians in Dallas are against it, and why you never hear about that either!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZvMa2f33Wc


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