Thursday, May 28, 2015

activation liverpool exchange

"Ambivalence is the key to success." (Amy Poehler) 


Pizza for dinner, kids!



 (above) Faith Ringgold, Maya’s Quilt of Life, (1989). Estimate $150,000 to $250,000. (Photo: Courtesy of Swann Galleries)

Celebrated poet, writer, actress, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s private collection of African-American art, most of which has never been shown publicly, is heading to auction at Swann Auction Galleries on September 15.
The collection of nearly 50 artworks, including pieces by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards, and Jonathan Green, was directly consigned by Angelou’s estate to auction house’s African-American Fine Art Department. Angelou’s family are “happy to have the art that she loved, bring joy and inspiration to the lives of others,” according to a statement by the author’s son Guy Johnson.

(below)Jean Moutoussamy-Ashe, Maya Angelou, (1993). Estimate $1,000 to $1,500. (Photo: courtesy Swann Auction Galleries)




Diamonds are a girl’s best friend… especially when she can hang them on her wall! These beauties are the work of Cape Town based painter Kurt Pio
hard to believe these are paintings, eh?

I got another good few hours in the studio today, two days in a row!  It seems also that I've vanquished the ants because I haven't seen any evidence of them for a couple of weeks so I guess I'll put away the vacuum finally before I trip on the extra long cord and hit the cement.  With al the tables arranged willy nilly there are extension cords running in every direction so I am being super careful.  It would be days before TY would notice I am gone and check on me, and that would probably be a phone call where he would leave a message that it's dinner time and hang up.  

I got the black and white squares arranged in a different configuration, forming the outline of a square that's 16 blocks around, then I filled in the center with 9 additional blocks with only one white line instead of two.  The center block I outlined in the black and white toile.  And now it's time to make 28 new blocks with three white print lines in each.  That will take me longer than I have tomorrow, but I will try to get at least half done.  I think for Row #3 I MIGHT try cutting into some blocks and extending the lines through a row, but we'll see-  gonna get the straight version done first before I go in and start diversifying.  Anyway, I am looking forward to it and that hasn't happened in quite a while. And imagine- it's a BED quilt getting me fired up.  Wonders never cease.

First thing tomorrow I need to drop off my two pieces at the local show.  I've sent them 'The Lost' and a collage called 'Dressing Up' but they must be hand delivered, which is a pain-  it's a show that has people from maybe 10 art organizations and you have to check in with who you registered with.  Since I belong to several of the groups it's never quite clear who I am affiliated with.  And the lines are long as you can imagine-  lots of questions and special directions and 'what if's'.  





Wednesday, May 27, 2015

birch prudent cotoneaster

"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it." (John Ruskin)


Found on etsy, I won't be buying it but you can if you want.


Is it ART or is it F'ART?  (Faux Art, my own contraction!)



A frequent characteristic of Matias Faldbakken’s work is the use of materials derived from the shipping or construction industries essential supports of trade and commerce, which he powerfully reintroduces into aesthetic discourse. A framed composition of flattened packing boxes, this work is part of his Box lithograph series which evolved out of an encounter with a Joseph Beuys’ work consisting of a framed olive oil box. Here, the artist interrogates the boundary between the precious, quasi-sacred quality of the art object and the disposable nature of its packaging.This photograph documents one of those installations by Faldbakken, who represented Norway in the 2005 Venice Biennial and has also been in the Whitney and Sydney biennials.   BTW, these lithographs are all $3254.  Each.  






Have you ever wondered what a modern day Bacchus would look like? Or where Hercules and Hera would make out if they lived in a city? Well now you get to visualize it thanks to the imagination and talent of Ukrainian art director Alexey Kondakov. In his series The Daily Life Of Gods, he has photoshopped different classical gods, nymphs, angels and cherubs into various settings and locations we are all familiar with in our age.


I got to spend a long time in the studio yesterday, achieved by leaving the house at 7!  Guess that's what I have to do these days.  I started the black and white X quilt sewing, got maybe 16 blocks made, but predictably I am not bored with it so I have to figure out how to proceed to keep myself interested.  I am thinking all these X blocks with two insets will just be one row in the quilt and Ill make other sets with different numbers of insets for additional rows.  Or I will vary the width of the insets.  Or I will use some striped fabrics and make the insets look broken.  Anyway my ideas have been marinating all night and I'm anxious to return, just waiting for my phone to charge before I take off.  I wanted to do a Modern Quilt to use on my bed, but before I got two blocks cut I knew it isn't possible for me.  Not in my DNA.  Minimal ain't part of my conversation!  Oh well.  
Step #1, with lots more to come.:
I am having a hard time keeping crosses out and staying with X's.  Also, these were slapped to the wall in the order I finished them so there's no order yet.  Don't judge!!!  


Sorry Jack, I don't think it will happen here.



Monday, May 25, 2015

citric seamy belittle

 "Drawing is still the bottom line."  Robert Genn 


Another 'gift' squirrel from a friend, and an excellent listener. Thanks!


Another day spent getting my next round of entries ready.  More screw eyes and wire and cut and sore hands but now the next two sets are ready to go out and I'm still waiting for results of the third entries-  I'm not sure when notifications go out but the pieces are all ready to roll-- literally-- IF the fat envelope arrives.    I'd really like to get into this one, so cross your fingers for me if you're so inclined.  A trifecta?  Actually no, it would be my fourth show out there all at the same time.  

I started a quick X (formerly known as a cross quilt but you all know how I don't like graven images!) quilt yesterday to use up blacks and whites and hopefully get a new bed quilt if I can cut up all my solid-ish blacks.  I counted the blocks I have cut so far and think I'm well on my way plus I have a couple of yards of some great black alligator skin print for the borders.  I may use some B&W prints for the X bars at some point but will get a bunch of blocks sewn and ready to pin up before I decide to add prints.  I am so long on B&W fabrics!  But it feels good cutting and planning again and will give me something constructive to do this summer as my studio shrinks down to practically no room with all the stuff I am acquiring and stowing until the house is done.  Tomorrow we have a delivery of a tv stand, I have no idea where it will fit.  Sure wish it had a tv with it!  

The house is in a holding pattern while they finish a temp electric line in to start the AC.  Then they put in all the wood to acclimate for a couple of weeks.  So I am settling in to not bothering to visit every day.  Bummer.

Got some art for you, street art not on streets-first a muralist in Ireland:
Artist Joe Caslin completed a 45-foot-tall mural on the side of a remote Irish castle. The work, which depicts two women in embrace, was created to mark Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum.



and next a kid on a surfboard:



Riding atop a paddle board, artist Sean Yoro (aka Hula), paints murals while floating on the waves, placing his works just above sea level. The murals, all portraits of women, have a hyperrealistic quality that appear as if each is existing just above the tide. Due to the works’ position above the water they reflect perfectly into the waves, the image extending out far from the painted surface.
The NYC-based artist paddles out to paint the murals, balancing his acrylic paint on his board all the while. Hula grew up on the island of Oahu, where he spent most of his days in the ocean. Although he grew up dabbling in graffiti, watercolor, and tattoo art, he didn’t take his work seriously until he began to paint the the human body when he was 21.



Sunday, May 24, 2015

flout ethane prof



 "Careful planning, and brilliant improvisation," (Sergi Eisenstein)








I don't do this frequently, but I have a little tutorial on what I am doing to one of my smaller quilts that's going out to a show this week. They want wires and screw eyes, so rather than fight it, I simply mounted the finished quilt on stretcher bars.  I ordered from Dick Blick and got the medium grade. When it returns I will probably dismantle it from the stretcher frames so I can roll it to store.  But for now:
Here are the stretcher frames and a big bag of clamps, not necessary but they helped some.

After I assembled the stretcher frame into a square, I cut 3" strips of fabric to cover 3 sides of the frame.  I simply glued it on with my bookbinders glue-  great tacky PBA stuff that binds on contact.  I t tried to not get glue at the edges of the frame so I could use that loose part of the fabric to sew.

Here, the frame is laid on the back of the quilt and I clamped it all around to hold it in place while I stitched.  I had considered tacks all around but didn't like the way it looked so resorted to the original plan to sew.

This little quilt (30" square) has unraveled linen all around the edge and that part will stick out beyond the stretcher frame, allowing me to grab stitches every inch or so under the raveled stuff and into the quilt itself

When the sewing was done I installed the screw eyes and the wire and it's all ready to be delivered.  I guess I'm not a fan of mounting quilts like this unless they are small.  It seems to take away their 'quiltiness'. This one is about serial killers, 'The Lost', part of the Twins series-  here it is unmounted:



Young Japanese artist/candy maker Shinri Tezuka keeps a centuries old tradition alive known as amezaiku. This is the art of making lollipops from sugar, water, starch and food coloring. What makes Tezuka unique is how he takes this technique to the next level by creating beautiful creatures which are almost too good to eat.








BREAKING NEWS:  Santa has been unmasked as the fraud he is!





Saturday, May 23, 2015

with coeducation restoration

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.


Just for today (oh, probably not, but maybe) we are dispensing with squirrels to give you a bit of turtle information, even though this isn't something you arrived here looking for.  Sidebar:  we haven't been revisited by the poor confused turtle, and after watching these video I certainly hope he stays away.




Not part of what you expect here with the the woman waiting for the Muse, but things are slow in that department lately and I will have to blather on about *whatevah* until she swings around back at me.   In searching for a turtle video, it seems that there are lots of turtles mating with things other than other turtles, the most notable being a Croc-  the shoe, not the reptile.  But this is the king of all turtle mating videos-  you won't need to do any searches after this, other than for a cigarette...  

BTW, (see quote at the beginning) this IS the end of my comfort zone.

Hey, let's see some art, K?


I have a board over on Pinterest called 'Facial Recognition' and it's amazing how many posts I find to add there.  Recently I found a new bunch of things to put up-  but the artist is calling them 'head wraps'. He uses himself as model.







 Brazilian artist Edu Monteiro often puts himself into his own work, using his own body as an artistic medium. For his project titled "Sensorial Self-Portraits", he constructed a series of masks that enveloped his entire head (often with organic materials) to completely alter his personal sensorial experience of the world - sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. He then photographed himself wearing the strange head wraps. When asked how it felt to be wrapped in things he feared, Monteiro said, "The worst was being buried in sand, even with a breathing tube (which you cannot see in the photograph), I felt certain that I was going to die."



Often one associates origami with sharp and precise folds, miniature works that have a crisp perfection. Origami artist Hoang Tien Quyet shies away from this rigidity, instead folding his small objects with a technique called “wet-folding,” which allows curves to be created instead of the typical straight lines. With this technique Vietnam-based Quyet creates posed animals bounding with personality, their heads tilted and wings ready for flight.






Last evening I got the list of the award winners from Quilt National and I have to say I was surprised and deee-lighted!  All the winners showed restraint and attention to design principles.  Colors were across the gamut but controlled and taken down a notch from some years of rainbows and dancing fairies  (oy) Most in the winning list were abstractions in spite of the word being out that buyers want representational work.  It was heartening to see these artists listening to their own heads and doing their own work.  Congratulations to all, I am so anxious to see what else is in the show now, and that hasn't happened for a long time!

The house project continues-  my studio fills up more every day and I grab more bargain shit to stash.  I almost bought a set of towels for one of the bathrooms yesterday but stopped myself knowing full well I have plenty of mismatched towels to tide me over once we get in and I can see what I need.  Heck, I can't even find all the wallpapers I want, and now have waffled long enough that the giant koi on the bathroom walls seems a bit weird.  I may have to Re-Think if I can find something else.  No, I do NOT want a decal of any kind...Actually I am over the whole thing as the boxes pile up.  I really need to take down one of my work tables to be able to get through the place, but then I will be even less inclined to work there.