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Some Beautiful work…

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that I felt I must share.

I have been following Tracey’s work for years and delighting as it gets better and better. Her use of color is astonishing  and her composition is delightful and yet mysterious!

Someday I am going to own a Tracey Physioc Brockett.

“On my Home Health visits I see the effects of war, the wearing down of age, the ravages of disease, the entropy of life. As well as stories of pain and loneliness, of loss, there is love, joy, beauty and above all hope. Sometimes when I am tired and overworked, I forget to look out the window as I drive, to see the sights. Sometimes, as when I am working with a profoundly deaf woman, it is the light streaming through an old window pane and onto a glass ornament that can spark us to look deep into each other’s eyes. At night, when I am exhausted I ask myself, is this all there is? To eat and sleep and get up and do it all over again, to dress and wash and settle people for the day? Is there a future for this planet where we have done such wonderous things, where there is so much incredible beauty that it makes me hungry for it, even as it is plundered and disregarded, where so many people are taken advantage of, or, worse, ignored? Then I pull out my colours and let my mind quiet, and I paint for all the hurt and beauty of the world. I can not know if it is enough for the future, but it is enough for the NOW.”

~Tracey Physioc Brockett

Tracey Physioc Brockett

Cricket, 2012
Tracey Physioc Brockett

For more work see her website at http://www.physioc.com/, and for mer musings, see her blog at http://physioc.blogspot.com/

Tracey Physioc Brockett

Slow Turn diptych, 38 x 50 inches acrylic and oilstick on paper, 2012

Diagram B; Tennis
30.5 x 31 inches
acrylic and oilstick on paper, 2012

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Contemporary Mosaics: A Cutting Edge Invitational

Posted in art, Artists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Admin

Contemporary Mosaics
A Cutting Edge Invitational Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum

Exhibition Dates: April 16 – May 15, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday, April 17th, 2 – 4pm

This spring the Attleboro Arts Museum presents Contemporary Mosaics – A Cutting Edge Invitational Exhibition to its Ottmar Gallery. Contemporary mosaic art has an almost limitless variety of style and form, ranging from flat surfaces to three-dimensional objects. Contemporary Mosaics showcases complex, provocative, and in some cases highly lyrical artwork from a range of national artists.The exhibition will promote mosaic art to the wider public and aims to foster an understanding and appreciation of this unique art form.

exhibiting artists:
Karla Cinquanta, Cynthia Fisher, Lisa Houck, Billie Klegraefe, Bette Ann Libby, Gretchen McPherson, Megumi Naitoh, Vikram Nath, Shawn Newton, Nancy Pollock, Mo Ringey, Margaret Ryan, Joshua Winer, Isaiah Zagar

I Think I Only Have A Pair

Posted in Adventures and Interludes, art, Art Critique, Artists, Life is like Christopher Guest said it was, Life Performance Art, Philosophy?, Special People, The meaning of life, The Process of Art with tags , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by Admin
(Ed note, I think I only have run-on sentences).

I have always loved the anonymous painting, Dogs Playing Poker and so I especially love Silas Kopf‘s take on  it in the below masterpiece, “I Think I Only Have A Pair”.

After an exhaustive and exclusive interview with Silas – spanning days, weeks, decades perhaps, in which I followed him around everywhere he went (at times with leaves taped to my turtleneck, jeans, and  wooden platform shoes, [in keeping with the elements of his work], in an attempt to get some candid anecdotalities), even going so far as to hire muscle to forcibly hook him up to various thought-stealing apparatus’, lie detectors, intravenous truth-serum drips, and the like – I managed a rare act of brevity, summarizing all of my notes into the following quote  from Silas regarding his work and the insinuations in this article:

“Perhaps Mr. Munger sees more than I do, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t subliminal perspective.”

It is yet too soon soon to tell if he will succumb to suggestive thought suggestion tactics administered by said muscle and present this piece to Gnome de Pluehm for his birthday bash tomorrow– which I am overseeing in this blog – but we can all only hold our breath and hop (typo, but I’m keeping it).

From the on-line journal Art In Conflict

By Mr. Selwyn Munger

It is a fine line between Pop Art and kitsch. When Pop first made its way into the art world in the late 1950’s many regarded the movement as kitsch, basically mundane without any real artistic content. What are we to think of an artist who reverses the order, taking kitsch and trying to make it Pop? This is the direction of Silas Kopf’s entry, I Think I Only Have A Pair, in the recent Salon de la Marqueterie Biennial in Marseilles.
Kopf played off the famous painting by C. M. Coolidge of Dogs Playing Poker (1904) (sometimes called “The Bold Bluff”) and turned it on its head by using popular figures apparently involved in a game of cards. I say apparently because there is much more behind the imagery than a simple bit of gambling. At the table are the cartoon figures; Betty Boop, Mr. Peanut, and Daffy Duck. Seated between Duck and Peanut is the pop icon Marilyn Monroe. And does that shock of white hair at the bottom of the picture belong to Continue reading

Pulp Science Fiction Spring Event

Posted in Adventures and Interludes, art, Artists, Exhibits, Popular Culture, Science? on May 5, 2009 by Admin

Paper City Studios Announces Spring Open Studios and Installation Event! May 8, 9 and 10, 2009.

Paper City Studios’ “Pulp Science Fiction” spring event offers open studios with resident artists working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, multimedia, performance and fashion design. Guest artists featured in our 5,000 square foot special exhibition space present gas masks for elephants, video by alien invaders and close encounters with spaghetti and marshmallows. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 8, 9 and 10 at 80 Race Street in the Holyoke canal district. Admission is free. Information at www.papercitystudios.wordpress.com

Pulp Science Fiction Poster

Pulp Science Fiction Poster

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Place: PAPER CITY STUDIOS
(MapQuest – 80 Race St, Holyoke, MA, 01040)

Dates and Times:

Fri, May 8 Opening night reception, open studios and installation exhibit – 6 to 9 p.m.

Sat, May 9 Open studios and installation exhibit – 12noon to 9p.m.

Sun, May 10 Open studios and installation exhibit – 12noon to 5p.m.

ARTISTS SHOWING AT PAPER CITY STUDIOS

Bernard Banville, sculpture/installation

Michal Barrett, sound

Neil Broome, collage, painting

Christopher Blair, video

Torsten Zenas Burns, installation , video projection

Karen Dolmanisth, sculpture/installation

Bruce Fowler, sculpture, video installation

Unique Fredrique, unknown artistic direction

Kari Gatzke, installation

Gary Hallgren, sculpture

Amy Johnquest, installation

Charles Jones, sculpture

Ruth Kristoff, sculpture/installation

George May, photography

Rebecca Migdal, multimedia

Mia Nacamulli, installation

Chris Nelson, sculpture/installation

Dean Nimmer, painting, drawing

Twyla Reardon, installation

Mo Ringey, sculpture

Kim Rosner, clothing design

Nancy Sachs, sculpture

Dan Warner, installation/video/sound

Christopher Willingham, painter /installation

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Bruce Fowler, brucefowlerart[at]yahoo.com

Dean Nimmer, deannimmer[at]gmail.com

Paper City Blog

Parsons Hall Project Space

Wednesday, April 22, 8-9 AM on Mo Radio

Posted in Activism?, Adventures and Interludes, art, Artists, Popular Culture, Radio Show Stuff with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by Admin

My guest will be Jess Dugan and we’ll be chatting about An evening of TRANS Art and Activism. Listen live if you are in the Pioneer Valley area at WXOJ-LP, 103.3 FM from 8-9 AM or, stream it live at www.valleyfreeradio.org

The podcast will be posted later in the day at my podcast page.

trans-poster

You can shave the baby

Posted in art, Artists, The meaning of life, Working in the Real World with tags , , on February 7, 2009 by Admin

I received an email from a non-related, doppelganger-like acquaintance in California the other day about supporting (which I did) a benefit for cancer in which she will shave her head. So I thought I’d post the link here in case that might serve to help her cause. I’d say that’s an impressively bold and brave move for a boldly destructive disease.

And, (according to grammarphobia it is ok to start sentences with “and”, Gnomus, but I do blindly [blithely?] break all the rules here) speaking of shaving, later that day I saw an intriguing image of a doll covered with patches of red hair called, “You can shave the baby” which at first I thought to be a real toy. So I fact-checked it at engrish.com (Our human technology meets your biggest organ! Even no concept but still good sense!), home of the bengigngirl phone and other lovelies.

As it turns out, it is a 1994 piece by Polish artist Zbigniew Libera, whose 1996 Llego Concentration Camp Set caused… well, read about that here.

Libera - you can shave the baby

Libera - you can shave the baby

You Can Shave The Baby, 1995
10 dolls in cardboard boxes, [10x] 55,9 x 20,3 x 25,4 cm

Another Libera piece I find hilariously frighteningly hilarious is Ken’s Aunt.

Libera - Ken's Aunt

Libera - Ken's Aunt

Ken’s Aunt, 1994
24 dolls in cardboard boxes, [24x] 32 x 8 x 5 cm

I googled ‘Ken’s Aunt’ in hopes of finding more information about this piece and found, “He knew the only place for Ken was behind bars. He persuaded Ken’s other relatives to tell the police everything they knew. On Paul’s advice, Ken’s Aunt …” from, The Coed Call Girl Murder. I am not sure if this work has any relation to that book but I like to think it does. [LINK]

Paul Miller, Painterly Thriller

Posted in Adventures and Interludes, art, Artists, Special People with tags , , , , on November 16, 2008 by Admin

Watch the video here–> ()

Paul Miller Self-Portrait, with Paul miller video self

Paul Miller Self-Portrait, with Paul miller video self

So I am in Salem visiting my friends Maureen and Chaos for the weekend (an old typo for Chas that I decided to keep) and yesterday they brought me to Gloucester to visit their friend Paul Miller, an amazing painter and made-for-video conversationalist/lecturer/host.

Walking down Forgotthename Street in Salem, behind Chaos and Maureen

Walking down Forgotthename Street in Salem, behind Chaos and Maureen

While perusing his prolific pile of work I noted the prevalence of the color red and that most of his women seemed to have red hair. Thus began a game of blurtings like, “Redhead”, “Yep, ‘nother Redhead”, Continue reading

Goya and Cholla and the Betwixting Art Connection

Posted in Animal Stuff, art, Art & Competition, Artists, Exhibits, lessons in Art, Miracles, The meaning of life, The Process of Art with tags , , , , on October 18, 2008 by Admin

Equine artist to make international debut in Italy

By Sandra Chereb, Associated Press Writer
RENO — His artwork has been described as having the “fire of Pollock” and the “fixed gaze of Resnick.”

Now, a Reno artist will be making his international debut, having been invited to exhibit his work in a juried art competition in Italy.

He won’t be going abroad, however, to bask in the aura of great Italian masters. Instead, this artist will remain at home, contemplating his next masterpiece while gnawing on his paintbrushes — between mouthfuls of hay.
Cholla (pronounced CHOY-ah) is a mustang-quarter horse mix whose paintings have been featured in art exhibits from San Francisco to New York and now overseas.

His creation, The Big Red Buck, was selected for exhibit in the 3rd International Art Prize Arte Laguna, Oct. 18-Nov. 2, Mogliano Veneto, Italy.

Since Cholla rhymes with Goya I decided to make this an educational post. Preferably and pointedly after the plein air pony pics with palette and poserly poise. I am stuck on alliteration today.

Pensive Pony in plein air.

Pensive Pony in plein air. Cholla, the painterly pony of pleasing palettes. I think I'd not have chosen that frame for that painting however but that's just Moi. Cholla is thinking the same thing, as one can pleinly see, by his pondering pose.

Goya, at tea time. Don't be afraid - he's just playing.

Goya, at tea time. Don't be scrayed, he's just playing. I have been using 'scrayed' over 'scared' since 2000. Some typos are worth keeping. Don't go changing. But really, this is the real (ish) title - Saturn Devouring His Son, 1819. The title, like all those given to the Black Paintings, was assigned by others after Goya's death.

Cholla in his plein air studio posing for the photographer.

Cholla in his plein air studio posing for the photographer.

Amazing coincidental facts about Goya and how they relate to Cholla. It is truly inexplicable, the similarities betwixt the two artists. A true head scratcher…
Continue reading

Open Studios and such

Posted in Adventures and Interludes, art, Art & Competition, Artists, Exhibits, Life Performance Art, The meaning of life, The Process of Art with tags , , , on October 17, 2008 by Admin

Last weekend we had this amazing open studios here in DownHo – my purposely non-hip name for Lower Holyoke. I used to call it LoHo to differentiate it from HiHo because Holyoke runs downhill from the big houses on Rt 5 where the mill owners lived (BIG houses) through the suburbs (Big, and then medium houses), and down hill all the way till you can’t get much lower (80 fathoms below sea level, I tell you) to where the studio buildings are. But LoHo sounded hip and I am not hip so it did not feel like a good match. I then switched it to DownHo and UpHo so as to be clear that I am not assigning to myself, or assuming that I have, any hipness.

Me, as a semi-blur, in Pizza Alley

Me, as a semi-blur, in Pizza Alley. Photo by Rambling VanDog, who has a fabulous Blog. <---that's a poem.

Anyway, three buildings were open and showed Fine Art, (no retail thingies for shoppers here); mine (as if I own it) and the two across the canal – Paper City Studios and The Parsons Project. Paper City Studios had sculpture and installation (where I showed my Greenscreen Beamscope [named for the Beamscope screen I used in it] Floravision TV) and a very intense and impressive performance piece called, You Don’t Have to Fuck People Over to Survive by Seth Tobokman, Eric Blitz and Steve Wishnia. I have a 30s video of this I will insert here later…

…and The Parsons Project had a really great array of video pieces and painting AND… Saturday night a sculptor friend of The Parsons Project came from the Catskills area with a pickup truck loaded with bricks. He spent all day Saturday, with the help of friends, building a brick oven in the alley between the two buildings and then spent the evening making pizza and giving it away. He makes his own yeast and this batch was made from the mother yeast that he first made 4 years ago. He, Michael O’Malley, used his own tomatoes and basil and such. It was amazing – the real deal.

The Greenscreen Beamscope Floravision by Mo. Photo by Rambling VanDog.

The Greenscreen Beamscope Floravision by Mo. Photo by Rambling VanDog.

Rambling VanDog did a fabulous job of taking pictures and writing about Open Studios so here is that link. And then he posted about Day Two and here is that link. I borrowed one pic from RVD because mine are bad, and because I am in it.

I was able to be helpful during pizza times when Michael ran out of basil and I ran across the canal to pick some of mine. So the last batch had very local, fresh-picked basil and that seemed logically appropriate. I like to be helpful. Not a hero, but helpful.

This experience was a far cry from the last time I participated in Open Studios in my old space at The Arts & Industry Building in Florence… Continue reading

Available today! MOSAIC: finding your own voice

Posted in Artists, lessons in Art, Life Performance Art, Literary, Narcissisim, The Process of Art with tags , , , , , , on September 5, 2008 by Admin
Mosaic: Finding Your Own Voice is full of inspiration and information for both advanced artists as well as beginners who are serious about pursuing mosaic. Not just limited to mosaics, the book delves into design and composition to help you find you own style, regardless of art form.

The inspiration section of the book features chapters on the works of internationally renowned fine art mosaicists Mo RingeyElaine M. Goodwin, Sonia King, Dugald MacInnes, and Brit Hammer-Dijcks. 200 pages.

Available via www.brithammer.com/books

Years ago I met Brit Hammer when she interviewed me for an article in her online magazine, Earth, Wind and Tiles. we’ve kept in touch over the years and I have come to know Brit and discover what an amazing person she is. For, Brit is kind and honest, selfless, extremely bright, talented, generous, wise – you get the picture. Brit has been really encouraging me to write my own book, which will be in response to the letters I get from around the world asking various questions about my process – the most frequent being, “what adhesive do you use? – and so I have started and am 4 pages into it and it will be available soon.

Finding your own voice, by Brit Hammer

MOSAIC: Finding your own voice, by Brit Hammer

Today, however, Brit’s book is finally available to order. The book features the work of 5 international mosaic artists whose work she is most in admiration of and I am honored to be one of them. My pages can be seen here.

I will be joining Brit at the SAMA conference in March in San Diego and keeping her company as she signs copies of her books and I can’t wait for the chance to spend a few days together.

Sometimes people just show up at your “doorstep” in life and the most amazing of doorbells will ring. Answering that doorbell has been an overwhemliming experience for me.

I hopy you will all enjoy this book as much as I am enjoying my copy. Oh my – what amazing company I am in betwixt these pages. My bedfellows are a wondrous sort.

Hopefully this will not increase my pest population for, in an effort to not be straightjacketed, I have decided that the fruitflies and mice and skunks and Brown Recluse spiders stop by to watch me work, rather than stalk and try to get me.

Fruit flies seem to love wet grout, by the way, with the acrylic additive being the cherry on top that they clamor for. All that… for my book. Love ya, bye.

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