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THE KEVIN SERIES: American Kevinstand

Posted in Activism?, Adventures and Interludes, Exhibits, Important Social Issues, Life is like Christopher Guest said it was, Life Performance Art, Love Thy Fellow Man, Narcissisim, Obsessions, Philosophy?, Photoshopping Kevin, Popular Culture, Profiling, Science?, Special People, The meaning of life with tags on November 26, 2012 by Admin

Kevin’s wife Juli is my biggest supporter.

Chris Blair Saturday evening, October 10, at Gallery Elusie

Posted in art, Exhibits, Special People on October 9, 2009 by Admin

302So if you are out and about on Saturday night, October 10, or can be prompted to get out and about, would it not be so lovely to go see Chris Blair’s new work at Gallery Elusie?artwork2

The reception is Saturday night, October 10, from 5-8 and there will be food and wine and art and such, and is part of the Easthampton Arts Walk. Gallery Elusie is located at Old Town Hall at 43 Main St., Easthampton, MA.

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The exhibit runs from Oct.10 – Nov. 14, 2009

Chris is a very nice guy and talented artist. His work can also be seen on my walls, at my new apartment.  ;-)

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

Reception April 18, 2009 – Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Posted in art, Confusion, Exhibits with tags , , , on April 5, 2009 by Admin

If you are in Brooklyn on April 18…

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She’s the kind I like to flaunt, and take to dinner

Posted in Animal Stuff, art, Exhibits, Life Performance Art, The meaning of life, The Process of Art with tags , , , , on December 17, 2008 by Admin

THE FOLLOWING POST HAS AN IMAGINARY SOUNDTRACK SO IF YOU ‘LISTEN’ CLOSELY, YOU’LL HEAR, “SHE’S A LADY”, BY TOM JONES

World’s Tallest Snowman Made In Maine
By David Sharp, Associated Press
BETHEL, Maine (AP) — The world’s tallest snowman is no man. (Thanks Joe Ringey, for the link)

The “snowwoman” towering over this village features eyelashes created from discarded skis and bright red lips made from painted car tires. She wears a giant red hat and a 100-foot-long scarf, and her blond tresses are made from rope. She gets a little bling from a snowflake pendant that’s 6 feet long.

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With the temperature in single digits, several hundred people including busloads of schoolchildren turned out for Friday’s dedication of the 122-foot-tall mountain of snow.

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Mark Bancroft, who donated the 150-foot crane used during the project, noted that it has been a tough winter with high fuel costs and nasty weather.

“What does Bethel, Maine, do when it gets tough? We build a snowman!” he said to the muffled applause of mittens and gloves clapping together.

“Olympia,” named for Maine’s senior senator, Olympia Snowe, stands nearly 10 feet taller than “Angus, King of the Mountain,” who was
dedicated by the town in 1999. That snowman, named for then-Gov. Angus King, was created by the same folks responsible for Olympia.

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It took more than a month, dozens of volunteers and tons of snow to create Olympia. Jim Sysko, a civil engineer, oversaw design and construction.

To get an idea of scale, Olympia is about 30 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty (without the base). Her arms consist of 27-foot-tall evergreens.
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Her “carrot” nose, painted by schoolchildren, is 8 feet long. Her eyes are made from giant wreaths.

She was built with a series of concentric circles. The crane dumped the snow into frames, and volunteers climbed in for long hours shoveling and packing the snow.

“The best part of it is how everyone in town pitched in and made it happen,” said volunteer David Lynch. “It got hairy up at the top. I only made it to 80 feet.”

The final product is the talk of the town. People especially liked the lashes created from old skis donated from the Sunday River ski resort.

She’s got style, she’s got grace–she’s a winner

FULL ARTICLE…

LYRICS…

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You’re invited to help save The Bing! Even if just by being there.

Posted in Activism?, art, Exhibits, Life is like Christopher Guest said it was, Mockumentaries, The Process of Art with tags , , , on December 2, 2008 by Admin

Below the invite is the story behind the story.

You’re invited to a holiday fundraiser for The Bing Arts Center!
Saturday, December 6th, 7:30 PM

at Gallery 137
137 Main Street
Indian Orchard, MA

Festive Dessert Buffet
Blue Moon Coffee

and a selection of holiday wines

The Bing's fabulous logo

The Bing, an old single screen theater in Springfield, reminds me of dollar nights as a kid when I’d ride my bike there with friends and how, under the cover of relative darkness, we’d turn around and peek at the older kids making out in the back corner row. I have no idea what movies I saw there but I remember well the ride there, for it was a long bike ride from my house. But dollar night movies were at like 5 and this was always summer and so we rode home in ample light. The background on The Bing:

“The Bing Theater at 716 Sumner Avenue in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood began it’s public service as Kossaboom’s Service Station in the 1930’s. In 1950 the building was converted into two storefronts, a foyer, lobby, restrooms, and an office. The 900 seat theater was built on the back. The theater was named for mega-star Bing Crosby and opened with a screening of David and Bathsheba!

Delivery Day for Dusty Make-Out Rows in the Alley. I sprayed with a hose for hours to remove all the spider webs and egg sacs and other semi-gruesome things.

Delivery Day for Dusty Make-Out Rows in the Alley. I sprayed with a hose for hours to remove all the spider webs and egg sacs and other semi-gruesome things.

The theater was essentially a second run film house primarily serving the southern areas and suburbs of Springfield. It closed in 1999 after a screening of Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho. The City took it for non-payment of taxes. After an aborted attempt by another group, the “X” Main Street Corporation (a 501 (c) 3) purchased it from the City in 2004 to renovate and develop as a non-profit, community arts center. The intention is to provide the neighborhood and surrounding areas with a tool to stimulate cultural and economic development. The Bing Arts Center will host visual and performing arts, in addition to cultural educational programs and meetings. Phase One of the project is nearly complete which will allow public use of the building once again!”

So I got a call about 6 months or so ago from Brian Hale, who is part of the “X” Main Street Corporation, and I got involved by commission.

See!?

See!?

Brian asked me to do a piece for permanent display and for the nostalgic enjoyment of the public and I eagerly accepted. I went to The Bing with him one day last summer and we walked around. He asked me to do a theater seat for permanent display in the lobby. But I thought a single seat would be awkward and that 3 seats would look far better. I wanted my piece to be special and forever, and forward and backward along memory lane.

We walked around the dusty old theater which had sat empty for so many years and as I walked around I got nostalgic, and then I remembered the spying and I looked and there in the farthest back row, which sort of diagonally stretched to the nether regions, was my remembered row (which I’d never actually sat in) and at that moment I named this project The Make-Out Row. But putting glass on the metal parts seemed too obvious and too easy perhaps and not likely to be so aesthetically pleasing so I decided to do the seats. Gluing a zillion little bits of hand-stained glass to the seats won’t work though unless you harden them first. I had previously used canvas as my canvas before when I made The Premier Grand Vacuum Cleaner in which I fortified the cloth bag with resin and fiberglass … 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…
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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

Repartee Feministique at The Bromfield

Posted in art, Exhibits, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by Admin

Thursday last, I went to Boston for a doctor’s appointment and then stopped by the Bromfield Gallery to see the current show I am in called, “A Woman’s Place”. I couldn’t properly see the work in the show at the opening reception because it was so mobbed. With people. Not houseplants.

From the show announcement: “Although the title phrase may still conjure up images of domesticity, this exhibition provides an antidote through artworks that inhabit and comment on self-imposed limitations.”

From the curatorial statement by Kathy Halamka: a phrase that prior to 1970’s feminism, and perhaps even today, conjures up images of domesticity and of a time when women were expected to only inhabit a limited sphere. This exhibit proves the antithesis of that belief by inhabiting and commenting on a number of realms where their only restrictions are self-imposed.”

Me at The Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston

In the outside air pondering a wall facing The Bromfield Gallery, at 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. I don't use a purse or a wallet. Those are my credit cards and license etc in my pocket. I didn't realize how obvious and diagonal they were till I saw this picture. Having said that I guess I am practically daring people to pickpocket me, assuming pickpockets still are in practice and read this blog. Note to pickpockets--

Image by Mary Nelen

Artists have long addressed concepts or themes or politics or plights and the like. Being a group of artists together in a show spurred a lot of discussion amongst us regarding the theme of this show. Feminism has been done and is being done and will be done, as in thine will be done, perhaps. Until the sexes merge into one asexual being, there will be differences in the world that occur along gender lines. For those of us in this show, or maybe for this show, that will is/was to create work that addresses this particular theme and not still life or politics or landscape.

Like race, gender is defining and is a perspective on the world and resonates throughout our lives as a this or a that. Looking out from the vantage point of my sex is inevitably going to differ from looking out from a male vantage point. I cannot know what it is like to be a man. I cannot know what it is like to be of another race. I cannot know what it is like to be a house plant. But as long as art and literature are created and shared from that of other vantage points, I can be better equipped in an ongoing effort to comprehend and empathize with the world and my fellow everythings such as said human beings and houseplants (although I know of no works by houseplants and would love some insight on that).

These varying perspectives are of interest to me, as a student in said life. The role of women is clearly of interest to me as illustrated by my work with domestic objects and the masculine influences and applications that enable them, and because oddly enough, I identify with women. One show, one exhibit, one short story or poem, one novel, will not change the world or the people in it. By way of the multitudes and prevalence of such, we can continue to learn and comprehend, simply for the sake of understanding – that would be enough for me. I am not a “feminazi”, I am just a woman. I am ok with being a woman. I quite like it.

I do, however and admittedly, encounter some differences here and there which are influenced by and based on gender roles and perceptions – past and present, and notice how things subsequently go down as I navigate the world. I am not bitter about that. It just is. There are the perks as well. I do find this all very fascinating. Should women move on from addressing the issue of gender? Should people of other races and ethnicities and political views move on? I humbly think perhaps maybe not, and my houseplants seem to agree, as does my therapist. History is important and rife with useful information, for history has the effect and consequence of things, the present does not always have that yet. Am I making any sense, I ask my self (hourly)? If we all understood each other better perhaps there’d be more hilarity ensuing.

Reflection of me on the outside running from mary's camera, with my ironing board inside. reflections of "Obama Lincoln" on window as well.

Reflection of me on the outside of the gallery, nonchalanting my way (unsuccessfully) out of the range of my friend Mary Nelen's camera, while my ironing board reposes ironishly inside. With reflections of "Obama Lincoln" from its posted place on the outside wall of the building facing the gallery. Evidently I bend my knees when I walk.

Image by Mary Nelen

So, moving on, The closing reception for this show is Saturday, August 23 from 3-5 PM. There will be a gallery talk and poetry reading beginning at 4. So come at 3 if you want to chat and mingle (it’s ok to be on time, in some cultures it’s considered highly fashionable, but don’t ask me which ones because I haven’t made up all the details of these self-serving and make believe cultures yet), and bring your shush-able listening ability at 4 to be entertained and enlightened by Valerie Spain.

There is beautiful and thought-provoking work in the show and some of the artists have given me permission to post their work and words here as there has been that enlightening conversation amongst the artists on the discussion list. And so my will is to share the words and work below.

Liz Pozen, Being a Wife and Mother

Liz Pozen, Being a Wife and Mother

Liz Pozen, Being a Wife and Mother

LaDawna Whiteside, I Shall Not Want

LaDawna Whiteside, I Shall Not Want

LaDawna Whiteside, I Shall Not Want

Jeanne Williamson, Skeletal Fence Series

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http://www.theuncommonquilter.com – book
Jeanne Williamson, Skeletal Fence Series #5" (9" x 40.5")

Jeanne Williamson, Skeletal Fence Series #5" (9" x 40.5")


Comments about the conceptual intent of the exhibit and the work, and more images…

“If women’s issues are still relevant, than why not focus on them? Why not devote an exhibit to them? Yes, they were addressed in the past and have been addressed over the past 20 years (because they were and are still relevant!) – our exhibit addresses them now, where we are at now. And those very images that are most “redundant” show how very relevant women’s issues still are… Some things haven’t changed – not even in the enlightened West.”
~Heather Meri Stewart
HMS Studio


“All this is thought-provoking, deserving a wider conversation about the control of the arts in Boston, mentoring, and the role of women. I am en route to Liberia, returning on 27 August. As 1 of 3 editors for “Women,War, and Violence:Personal Perspectives and Global Activism”, I will be interviewing gender ministry and GBV victims for my chapter/bk. I am also carrying school scholarships for girls donated by friends, colleagues and family at $ 100. pop per child per yr.. which will relieve post-war families from the stress of how to keep their kids in school. These kinds of activities occur because women care/intervene about women and their lives everywhere!!
Anyone in the “fourth estate” who disdains ‘where women are now’-east and west-is out of touch with a huge transanationalism that is deeply affecting us all, including the art world.”
~Robin Chandler

“I have noticed that women in their 40’s and up, tend to remember and care about women’s “issues” because we couldn’t participate in many sports, take shop in school, and etc as we were growing up. I think younger women have not had many of the same experiences.
Just a thought.”
~Anonymous

“[sic – in response to comments on the show] I currently have work in a group show at the Bromfield Gallery, entitled “A Woman’s Place”. The show features female artists whose work addresses the notion of “a woman’s place”: psychologically, physically, sexually, politically… you get it. This show holds the unique distinction (for me personally) of being the first group show in which I am proud to be showing with ALL of the included artists. Overall, the included work is of a high quality, both technically and conceptually. Of course, these are my *personal* opinions.A slight detour: I have a complex relationship with Feminism (as i believe anyone who claims to be a “Feminist” should). I try to curb knee-jerk feminist reactions to a variety of things without first doing my research. That said, I do make art focused on media portrayals of women and young girls. And I do so, not because I am a rabid feminazi looking for the next testicle to rip off, but because I perceive my chosen subject to be both resonant and kaleidoscopic in it’s ramifications. I make art about women and young girls because I personally have something to say about it. And, at the risk of sounding self-congratulatory: my work seems to provoke thought in a number of people, so the topic must resonate with others the way that it resonates with me.”
~Sydney Hardin

if women’s issues are redundant in this time in the west, why are one in four little girls still victims of sexual abuse in the U.S.? The women who were victims of clergy abuse were hardly mentioned during the entire scandal. It was considered a male problem. The only people with post-traumatic stress disorder that are talked about are soldiers, but what about the millions of women who walk around with it all their lives as victims of rape and incest? Nothing is mentioned about them. In this society, the problems of women are still invisible and meant to stay that way.
~Elaine Alibrandi

One For the Book, Edie Bresler

One For the Book, Edie Bresler

Images on my screen, 2007-2008, Chantal Zakari

Images on my screen, 2007-2008, Chantal Zakari

Images on my screen, 2007-2008, Chantal Zakari

Images on my screen, 2007-2008, Chantal Zakari

Images on my screen, 2007-2008, Chantal Zakari

Lyla Buyaro, Pretty jew, Dirty Jew

Lyla Buyaro, Pretty jew, Dirty Jew

Lyza Bayard, Pretty jew, Dirty Jew

The “Pretty Jew, Dirty Jew” Series uses color, text and the Star of David to illustrate how being a Jew, even a pretty Jew, still has looming negative implications in our modern highly prejudiced culture. While the tone of the text presents as anti-Semitic initially, the words have mixed messages. The series is as much about an intense, and somewhat destructive attraction to beauty as it is about any religious identity, racial stereotype or gender bias.

Although self-identity may seem to coincide with a particular human being, identities are actually much wider than that – they are also collective – identities extend to countries and ethnic communities. An interesting thing about identities is that they work in a couple of directions. ~ Lyza Bayard

“Apparently there are many of us that still confront issues about what “A Woman’s Place” is. With current events worldwide as they are, victimization and struggles as they have been for years, it’s still a vital topic and a serious concern. Most women as they maneuver through their life, grapple with their role and their place at various points, if not continually throughout their growth and maturation. Those of us who are honest about it and fortunate to be able to express ourselves, know it well.

It’s been a great opportunity to have such a vital discussion initiated and maintained amongst this diverse group of women artists, many of whom don’t know each other, all currently sharing the walls at Bromfield Gallery. I met only one of you before this show and didn’t even know she was an artist. When dropping off my paintings, I saw several of the artists coming in and out as well. I noticed our different ages, styles, races and religions. I also noticed that every single piece in the show was well-executed and professional. And, I saw how hard Kathy the curator was working to give each artist good representation of their art. This level of commitment and respect alone is welcoming. ”
~Lyza Bayard

Valerie Spain

Valerie Spain, The happy mother of children

Female Series
I sketched and thought about this female form for many years but in the summer of 2006 I focused on it.
The figures–armless, sometimes eye-less, often big hipped and full-breasted with electrified strands of hair–appeared again and again when I allowed myself to draw spontaneously. It was an intense and powerful experience to draw and finally exhibit these figures.

Initially they stood alone, but I soon began drawing and painting them with or over printed text sometimes taken from Catholic devotional books and the Bible, written in English and Latin. I’m interested in Latin as the basis of my own language but also as the language of faith.
The series is concerned with the juxtaposition of reality and stated ideals or dogma; it is concerned with how the religious veneration–particularly in Catholicism–of saints and martyrs, conflicts with the reality of how real women are treated, women who are supposedly the mortal representation of this feminine ideal. The sharp, graphic, contained but energetic figures both illustrate the words as well as act against them. The figures strive to break bonds and boundaries. They are still potent despite their restrictions, or because of them.

I did not intend to draw “traditional goddess” images but I’m aware how closely they resemble ancient figurative art. I compulsively drew – literally and figuratively – these forms from a powerful unconscious place. I’m an avid reader of myths, faery tales and legends, and at 53, the feminist movement has contributed to my personal and artistic growth. I’m sure my figures spring from these influences and from others I’m not even aware of.
~Valerie Spain
(who will be speaking at the closing reception)

Cheryl Murphy, She Is

Cheryl Murphy, She Is

Cheryl Murphy, She Is

“She Is” began in 2005. my idea was to create a portrait of women by filling the cups of bras with the artifacts of our life. I hand stitched netting over the cups to keep the items in place, this method of securing the items seemed more directly associated with how a bra is constructed.
This project soon became a community effort, as women not only donated bras and items but ideas. I feel as though they are giving me pieces of their lives. I have learned that there is little to nothing to indicate race but much to indicate life choices, interests and personal experience.
There are serious issues like the breast cancer bra and the bra cut in half by an emergency team, marriage and mother hood and whimsical bras like the chocolate bra.
Viewed together though it is apparent that we are many things. I took away the sense that i was more than I realized, i am many things and ever changing and i am connected to the infinate because “She Is”.

~Cheryl Murphy

Feminist Stripper Performance Sculpture Assemblage Mosaic Art

Posted in art, Exhibits, Life Performance Art, Outsider Art vs... Art?, Philosophy?, Poetry, Popular Culture with tags , on August 6, 2008 by Admin

I found this picture…

Stripper Ironing on pole

Stripper Ironing on pole

and it made me think of ironing because in the picture this happy stripper is ironing. I have this thing about ironing, having written posts about extreme ironing which is my favorite sport (brilliant!) and I actually have an ironing board and iron piece…

So naturally I called up this stripper in the picture (whose name now escapes me), and asked her to pose with my ironing board and iron.

Also please note the fabulous lucite shoes. I wonder if these lucite shoes have a slot for tips like these ones do?

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