Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Much as I am looking forward to Spring, these snow circles are so beautiful I can't resist sharing them. I love their temporality...the winter equivalent of sand castles that get washed away!
Snow Circles from Beauregard, Steamboat Aerials on Vimeo.
Monday, February 20, 2012
This beautifully filmed video captures the spirit and essence of our Collaborative / 34 show at Muse Gallery, as well as the art itself. It fully embodies the show! Watch it and enjoy the unique concept unfold. As one artist says, "it was not so much about each individual artist, as about how we work together..." When you watch, you become part of the many people taking in this amazing installation. Enjoy! In some respects you will see more of the art than if you had been in the press of people that obscured the view.
I didn't know until I watched the video that Muse Gallery had been founded years ago by two women from the Women's Caucus for Art. Considering how many years I was a member of the San Diego Women's Caucus for Art Chapter, and how much they have influenced my career as an artist, it felt like 'full circle'!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Visiting The West Collection was like visiting a cutting-edge contemporary museum or gallery, except it's in the midst of a corporate workplace, SEI. Art is just part of the employee environment, kind of like having it in your home while you are at work. It's in the snack bar, near your desk, everywhere you randomly go.
I would have never driven for almost an hour in the rain to get there, if it were not part of a class I am taking with the Barnes Foundation, called ART NOW. Knowing our small group would get a behind the scenes tour from the Director of the collection, I made the trek.
Dining Table, above, by Michael Beitz, is edgy, and both humorous and sad. We can all relate to not really seeing the person on the other side of the table.
Reading Room by the more established artist Long-Bin Chen is carved from telephone books from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Because of the setting and our class we were allowed to touch, in a way that we couldn't have in a museum. It was strange to partially pull out a phone book - a piece of cheek - and be able to touch the pages, feel the softness, and see the names of hundreds of people. Telephone books are now ancient artifacts, which I think makes Long-Bin Chen's many carved Buddhas and figures all the more of interest! They capture a moment in time, and also tell us something about waste and the ultimate recycling, as well as being beautiful.
Check it out for yourself! http://www.westcollection.org
No surprise that the curator of the collection recently gave a talk called "Imagining What Comes After Museums?"
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The art was almost obscured by the wall-to-wall people at our Artists' Reception last Sunday at MUSE Gallery. People had to be displaced to push the door open. At the same time, people were leaking out the door on to the sidewalk just to breathe. I'm told it was like that the whole afternoon. I didn't stay long.... claustrophobia got to me. But I'm glad I was there, if only to witness the phenomenon. Fortunately I had seen the art previously at the Opening party. It was hard to see at the reception. Hopefully the reviewer from the Philadelphia Inquirer did see it. And the videographer was there before the crowds converged. I'll post the YouTube video once it is up!
My four monotypes are in the vertical row: two purple on top, then green with red circle, and black and white on the bottom. For all the shows I have been in, this is the first time I have shown completely abstract work. I'm enjoying the new direction!
Friday, February 10, 2012
While my monotypes are showing in the trendy Old City section of Philadelphia, far removed from Occupy activity, this over-lifesize panel that I painted on mylar as part of Elise Luce Kraemer's collaborative community project, Occupy My Soul, is one of the panels currently being exhibited at Friends' Center in downtown Philly. The project will be comprised of 99 large panels inspired by the Occupy Movement. Each panel includes a figure representing an Occupier, with a quote provided by an Occupy member. (In this case the quote is by Alyson G., someone I don't know.) Together, the panels create a dance, which will be even more apparent when the 99 panels are finally joined to form a quilt or tent in support of the Movement. It is a joy to make art about what matters, and a good feeling to collaborate creatively with Elise and all the other people making panels for the project!
Here is a video of Elise talking about Occupy My Soul and showing some of the other panels. It gives a sense of the variety, scale, and concept. (I forgive her for calling me Susan Roberts in the video..)