Art in the Home

I recently read a blog post from a gallery in Ottawa that was trying to make the argument that having original art is as important as having a bed. The author posted several good reasons to have original art in the home and I fully support the concept of everyone having original art in their homes (#supportlocalartists) and I’m not even going to focus on the absurdity of the blog title which, in it’s entirety is: 13 Reasons Why Original Art In The Home Is As Important As A Bed. Continue reading Art in the Home

Life is a Beach

The Life is a Beach digital composite is another piece I created for Target Resistance and which uses a lot of different elements from a variety of sources. The background is composed of different sections of an abstract painting on paper and divided digitally. The sun, moon, planes, and compass (far bottom left corner) are all graphic elements from Photoshop as are the targets inside those elements. Continue reading Life is a Beach

Politics and Art/Art and Politics

I recently read an article on Hyperallergic  by William Powhida that asked “What good can political art do?” He discussed, briefly,  the outward spewing of artists’ personal frustration and anger onto their medium of choice but also the buying and selling of high-end art for political and/or social benefit. He touched on the lack of funding for the arts as well, all in all, a lot of topics for a 5 paragraph article. Continue reading Politics and Art/Art and Politics

Cultural appropriation, go fish.

But oddly enough cultural appropriation is a hot topic in art right now too. In March at the Whitney Biennial Dana Schutz’s piece Open Casket (a painting of Emmitt Till based off of photographs taken at his funeral service) caused protests, letter writing, tweets, news articles, opinion pieces, and the buttonholing of several black artists for their thoughts and feelings about the work. Continue reading Cultural appropriation, go fish.

Dividing Green

The background is photograph taken with my phone of pieces of painted paper bisected by a strip of masking tape running across each one. The paper rectangles were arranged, more or less haphazardly, on top of the over painted surface of a work table. I used Photoshop to soften and blur the background and picked up a green shade from the paint on the table to use for the 3 lines of color that run behind the human figures. Continue reading Dividing Green

Symbolism in Art

I recently read an article on Atlas Obscura about the Merry Cemetery in Romania. What makes this cemetery unique, and merry, are the elaborate and colorful gravestones created by Stan Ioan Patras. Patras, a wood carver and epitaph poet, used colors to represent everything from fertility to freedom, black birds to symbolize suspicious or tragic deaths, and white doves to depict an individual’s soul. He carved approximately 600 markers in his 50+ year career. Continue reading Symbolism in Art

Enemies or collateral damage

In the introduction to Robert Capa/Photographs Richard Whelan writes, “Soldiers are able to use their terrible weapons of mass destruction only because they have been trained to conceptualize their victims not as individuals but as a category – the enemy.” Whelan makes the claim that Capa, who wielded a camera instead of an assault rifle, had no enemy and saw all of his subjects as individuals. Continue reading Enemies or collateral damage