Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Please take a moment to consider the work of my friend Mary Lundberg.
Project fifty-two is a series Mary has been working on about pets euthanized at the animal shelter. While living in East TN, she began working with a local animal shelter and in doing so had her eyes opened to the large number of highly adoptable pets that were being put down. She decided to make work about the animals she met who died - to commemorate their lives and to make a statement about the situation. The project has been a difficult one and is far from being completed at this point. From the start of the project, she created a blog to document her progress it can be seen here .
So as I go through treatment for breast cancer I make art. I am currently working on several drawings and will be doing my first performance piece. I will update this page as things happen... I intend to show the body of work after I finish treatment. It is important to me to make work about my experience as I go through it and not just when I am well and reflect on my experience. I am working on the perspective I have on things now - there will be many years for me to look back and create art using a different perspective. Currently there are many things in the works as far as my art.... As I am struggling with the chemo treatments I am putting most of my other work on hold. I really do hate cancer.
Friday, September 25, 2009
This morning I got a short message from Cedar Lorca Nordbye pointing me to my new favorite artist in the whole wide universe. George Schmidt.
I could spend all day flipping through these images, and mostly because a little narcissistic part of me thinks they're all about my life. I've spent enough of my studio time making paintings of my grandparents' beach house to recognize the perfect specificity of Schmidts' palette. I could make a meal out of the way the salmon stripes butt up against those gorgeous dusty blues. I can taste the salt in those well-considered whites.
Jacqueline and George Schmidt, a husband and wife team, founded Screech Owl Design in 2008 in order to combine their interest in illustration, graphic design, and fine art. Their love of traditional craftsmanship is apparent in the rustic design of the cards, which Jacqueline draws by hand. Both Jacqueline and George have exhibited their artwork in galleries in New York City, Chicago, Michigan, Mexico, and in Amsterdam. They reside with their two cats Mister and Pinky near the East River in Brooklyn, New York.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
52nd Annual Delta Exhibition
Don't forget to enter one the longest running, juried contemporary art exhibitions outside New York City, the Delta is open to all artists living in or born in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas. Founded in 1956, the Delta was created to showcase contemporary works by artists of the Mississippi Delta region. Today, the Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media and reflects the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter.
To download an entry form for the 52nd Annual Delta Exhibition, click here.
The Deadline is November 2.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Figure Drawing Open Sessions at the University of Memphis start this week in the basement of Jones Hall. I started a facebook group last year to share information about the sessions--like who the models are, where we're setting up, etc and I was googling around to find some great contemporary images to use on fliers when I came upon this nice little slideshow from 2003 published at Slate.com.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thanks for the palooza, Greely.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
These are three of the drawings I've been working on that are inspired by the Tony Horwitz book A Voyage Long and Strange.
When Horwitz describes his writing he says "When I write about history I like to weave the past and present together." I feel exactly the same way about painting--you can see that in the way these Vikings and Conquistadors are interwoven with the semiotic style of contemporary protestors.
There was a great article in the NYTimes recently talking about the Bento trend of tiny packed lunches that are replacing brown bags in schoolrooms across the country. I've been using the idea of bento in my Foundations of Studio Art classes for a while now, but my food-free method was developed to foster a different set of healthy habits. The point of a Sketchbook Bento is to encourage people to try new things in their sketchbook every single day.
Many art students drag giant tackle boxes full of charcoal, pencils, and erasers all over campus every day--but I've found that you can pack more useful materials into a smaller space if you replace the tackle box with a tiny lunch box and are considerate and creative about what you pack. Students using Sketchbook Bentos filled with non-traditional materials are often more willing to share those materials and the results of their experiments with other members of their class.
What is a Bento?
While the Japanese term "bento" roughly translates to "box lunch" in English, this is not your average packed lunch. Designed to be easily portable, the goal with bento is to assemble a meal that is just as appealing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. It's not uncommon for Japanese mothers to prepare an elaborate, playfully and creatively decorated boxed lunch to entice their children to eat all of their food when they're at school. These lunches may also contain cleverly repackaged leftovers.
What is a Sketchbook?
Designed to be easily portable, a sketchbook is a book or pad with plain pages used by an artist to collect observations, to explore an internal monologue, and to pursue inventive ideas. The goal of a sketchbooker is to assemble a collection of ideas that is just as appealing to the eyes as it is to the brain. Your sketchbook can track the progression of an idea over time and can stand as a testament to your brainstorming efforts.
What is a Sketchbook Bento?
Although it is quite uncommon for University of Memphis Fine Arts instructors to play the role of Japanese mother for their students, these Sketchbook Bento have been packed using the same philosophy that these housewives use to nurture their healthy sons and daughters. As an art educator, I have prepared elaborate and playful containers full of sketchbook supplies to entice Foundations students to use all of their sketchbook pages while they’re at school.
The Sketchbook Bento each contain a different set of supplies. Some of the supplies are traditional sketchbook fodder (paints and brushes, pencils, crayons, stencils and printmaking supplies). Some of the supplies are familiar to most arts and crafts aficionados, but are not often used in a sketchbook (swatches of fabric, needles and thread, sequins, ribbon, yarn). Some of the supplies are more familiar to engineers rather than artists (circuit boards, wire, watch and radio parts). Some materials may be more along the lines of what a naturalist would consider interesting (plant matter, soil and mineral samples). And finally, somewhere in each bento students will find pages torn from Art Forum, Art Papers, or other fine art periodicals.
Students are encouraged to use all of these materials in their sketchbook in some way or another over the course of the semester and to constantly restock their boxes over the course of the semester with the materials that are relevant to their current interests and ideas. At the end of the semester, students are expected to restock their Bentos for the next group of students and present the boxes along with their sketchbooks for their final sketchbook grade.
The following “eating utensils” will need to be provided by each student for each Bento: Scissors, Exacto Knives with fresh blades, adhesives such as tape or glue, and a camera to document “sketches” that are temporary or three-dimensional in nature.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
I love sketchbook shows AND I was in this show AND it didn't cost me a dime. Thanks Rozelle Artist Guild. You Rock.