Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thanks for Your Support

Doing multi-media installation is a lot of work and since it can't be "sold" like a painting or a photograph, it means you have to eat the costs involved or get it funded by a grant or foundation.  But to apply for those, you really need to have documentation of your past work. 

This brings me to one of the biggest documentation failures I've ever had - Different Paths up the Same Mountain - an installation that I did with Sherry Ragan (who died right after the installation 2/94) who was the executive director of the Institute for Design & Experimental Art - IDEA gallery when it was in the old Oak Park Firehouse) was supposed to be filmed but there were glitches and technical errors apparently and other than an article in a now defunct weekly newspaper whose name I can't remember for the life of me. 

It really was monumental as we had a three foot wide by 10 foot tall column with a light shining from the bottom; five altars that had 2 steps and artifacts from Buddhism, Native American spiritual philosophy, Judaism, Islam & Christianity; tape players under each altar with different scores I had created for each religion consisting of sound, readings from their holy books and chunks of music which were time to play randomly; then five lights of different colors with different gobos in them which had hand cut images (special shout out to my sister, Jude who did them for us) from the religions.

So back to our opening theme - support.  A thank you to the Forecaster weekly who listed both our opening reception on July 17th, Monday from 5 to 7 pm and our closing reception on July 17th from 5 to 7 pm at Running with Scissors, 250 Anderson (behind the big UHaul place on Marginal Way) or by appointment by emailing me anntracy51 (at) gmail.com.

I'm getting a few days (planned months ago) of R & R up at a lake with hubster and the doggie boys.  But before I left town, my beautiful, artist friends Christine Sullivan and Andrea Spencer helped me prepare parts of Visual Poetics of a War Against Women.  A huge thank you goes out to them.

Andrea helping with the flowers

Christine helping gild the birdcages

A gold clay frame by Anita Holt with ancient clay figurine from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin and ink saturated flowers
Look for a video link for the next post.  Having a tussle getting the old dvd player to read it so I can project it but I just ordered a new media player that is supposed to connect to the video projector.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Poetics of Dreaming

Dreaming seems to be the poetics of thinking to my mind.  I'm creating an installation using objects, video and fabric here at Running with Scissors (RWS), the home base of my studio.  I signed up for it months in advance but am now realizing July wasn't really the best of months to put it up, as the work for it needs to take place the last two weeks of June, which is also #PortFringe time.  I'm going to install it 1st and 2nd of July, but since I'm away that next week, it won't open until July 17th and will only be up for 10 days.  Hours will be by appointment only (b/c of zoning laws here in East Bayside) with a closing reception on July 27th.

This is Portland's Theatre Fringe Festival that is attracting talent from all over the US to come perform for 2 or 3 shows.  The 1st year it started, I tried to put together a re-mount of the show that my theatre company (#BeyondtheProsceniumProductions) took to Edinburgh back in 1996 - Dancing with Desire: A Poetic Fandango with the Erotic and the Bawdy.  But I was unable to cast it.  Ironically, I was asked this year to act in a show, but the producer lost too many actors and had to bag it.

So instead, I'm doing theatre without actors - or installation art as others call it.  Here's a wiki about it.  It will include the use of fabric, objects and video and be installed in part of the front gallery at RWS.   What I'm really sad about today is that although I'm volunteering Wed night., because of other plans made and work that needs to get done and my general peace of mind, I'm gonna miss the fringe this year.

Here's a little sneak preview of one of the objects that will be in the installation.


Friday, June 9, 2017

What Happened to May?

Not unhappy it's come and gone as it was mostly rainy and cold as memory serves.  But we did have the highlight of my sister coming to visit with her partner Steve for a couple of days... and we got to see Mad Horse Theatre's production of Mr Burns: An Electric Play.  if there is a decent theatre company in your area doing this piece, go see it.

On the very first of June, we drove down to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod with the doggies so I could attend the International Encaustic Conference 11.  It was inspiring and I learned some cool things.  I also learned I really need to vent the fumes from the hot box one works on.  Unfortunately my studio here at Running with Scissors is not on an outside wall, so I'm not sure of what can be done.

And I learned a new way to mount my cell photos that I saturate with encaustic wax from the wonderful Sherrie Posternak.  


She uses RIVETS and then ties to a rod for a hanging tapestry sort of effect.  Brill way of dealing with it.  I will experiment with it hopefully without filling the air with too much toxic debris.  Wasn't that a Frank Zappa song?  No, it was Cosmic Debris.

One of the other things I've done since our return has been to create a very large digital, abstract painting.  Life's Mystery I

And this weekend my nephew Mark is coming for a visit before settling down to his PhD studies at Univ. of Virginia.  He's never had lobster, but says he will try it.  But tonight, it's brats on the grill.  Gotta go make that happen!  Until then, my dear reader.....

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Going to Venice for the Biennial this year?

No?  I'm not either, BUT one of my digital collages will be there as part of a group show via #BostonBiennialIV.  I'm so jazzed as this is the 2nd time I've been included in the show.  Know anyone with a private Jet?  Ask them to email me and maybe I will get to the May 13th opening at ARTIsm3160

More info on the Digital Artists of Maine page on FB.  But for those of you who are not on social media much, I write this blog to share my adventures.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waxing Onward... Through the Fog

March is just about over, and the news from DC is so dismal I had to do the first in a series of encaustic paintings and my largest one ever! 


and this bad boy is already framed out to  13.75 x 16.75"...  You'll be able to see it up close and personally when Running with Scissors has it's "Spring for Women and Studio Art Sale" event on May 6th.  For deets, click here.   I'm more than happy to split the sales with four very fine groups that serve girls and women. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Painting my Way Out of It

So while this terrible #CircusOfHate is being driven by #Scrotus, I've been trying to channel all the love I can muster and I've been doing more mixed media painting!  Yes, actual painting with acrylics.  Let me present you with "Creationism: Fake Science".


This will be available at the studio here for our May 6th Open Studios.  And I will also have a digital version available for folks who would like prints. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Balance

If you're even a little like me, you've been depressed since the election in November.  That depression seeped into the holiday season making it not quite as jolly as it could have been.  Was hoping for a miracle from the electors, but they apparently want to see this country slide into fascism and didn't have the brass ovaries to do anything about it.  Fine.  Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.  Maybe it's the new vitamin I'm taking now, but I'm no longer feeling so very tired.  After all, this isn't my first rodeo.  At last night's MLK dinner (hosted by the Portland NAACP), it was the speech of Sherri Mitchell from the Land Peace Foundation that helped to fill me with hope...

And then something happened today which gave me even more hope - a project that I thought had gone south forever, was reborn!  "Some time ago you and I spoke about interest from the Ritz Carlton San Juan in licensing your piece Day at the Beach. While the client had decided that the work was not the proper fit for the lobby space, they are now interested in moving forward with the piece in the corridors."

The piece is one of digital alchemy using an iPod photo as a base, and was shot during a workshop with Elizabeth Opalenik a few years ago.  Thanks again Elizabeth!  And thanks to my beautiful models, Rachael Schwartz and Stephanie Acacia Lasher.  You ladies will be famous at the Ritz!

Day at the Beach (c) Ann Tracy

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Black Artists Matter

When I was in Chicago this past summer, I had the pleasure of going to the Kerry James Marshall retrospective at the Chicago Contemporary Museum.  It was a great show and I got an education about an artist I had not heard of before.  Back in November, the New Yorker had an article about the show of his work at the Met Breuer.

But apparently what I saw in Chicago was only the first part of the a retrospective of his work.  That's why I'm so glad that Seph Rodney wrote about it for Hyperallergic.  You'll find his article here.




Buy Black by Kerry James Marshall


Friday, November 25, 2016

Berlinische Galerie Museum of Modern Art

Finally finding the time to talk to you about a fascinating show I saw in Berlin at the aforementioned museum.  One of the exhibits there was called Dada Africa: Dialogue with the Other.  "Marking the centenary if the Dada Movement, this is the first exhibition about Dada's response to non-European cultures and their art."

I thought I was smart picking up an English guide to the work on display, but I didn't photograph all the numbers that correspond to the guide.  So other than a few Hannah Hochs, most are not IDed.  But here are some highlights.  

I believe this costume is African and boy does it remind me of the work of Nick Cave, the artist, not the musician.

Hannah Hoch
Hannah Hoch  


John Heartfield

Raoul Hausmann

This assemblage might also be by John Heartfield






I did record some video, BUT, don't have a decent video editing software on this laptop... so I'll edit it on the big studio computer and upload it to vimeo and then post a link.... 

more later...

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Lovely Louise

Louise Bourgeois has to be one of my favorite artists, not just "women artists".   She was remarkable in that she worked in many media including sculpture for which she is probably best known.  More info on her here.  I was going to a meeting of the UMVA - Union of Maine Visual Artists at the CTN, Community Television Network on Saturday.  I did get there about 5 min late, but the place was locked up tighter than a drum.  We'll see if they will answer me via FB.

But I wandered into the Institute for Contemporary Art which is part of MECA... the Maine College of Art.  On exhibit was Anguish: the Grave Misgivings of Remembrance, and that's where I saw this

An unusual drawing by Louise Bourgeois.  Considering the theme of the show was Anguish, I was puzzled by this choice.  But we all interpret things in a different way considering what we have learned in our lives and what we have experienced.  This is why I think the academic writing about art is a bit far fetched.  But you go see the show for yourself and make up your own mind.  It runs at the ICA space until Jan 14th.  More info here. 

AND a reminder to SAVE the Date - Dec 10th from 10 am to 4 pm
the Running with Scissors Holiday Pop-Up Shop and Open Studios.

I will have new inexpensive, small encaustic paintings and prints.  Also come hand crafted ornaments and some Cuban calendars! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Modern Women

I finally got a chance to see the Women Modernists in New York show at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA),  thanks to my old HS buddy Jonathan and his SO Jennifer who came up from Boston to see the show.  While I have always thought that I had a pretty good handle on modern art history, I was not familiar with 3 of the 4 painters in this show.  I mean anyone who doesn't know who Georgia O'Keeffe is, probably doesn't give a fig about art or pop culture. 

Red Flower Georgia O'Keeffe


I wasn't aware of Stettheimer, Torr or Zorach.  Of the three, Stettheimer is my favorite.

Self Portrait Florine Stettheimer
I loved her colors and how the work really showed her problems with being an woman artist at the turn of the century. 

They also had an exhibit of art featuring animals, which sounds lame, but it was very good.  However there is nothing on the PMA website and I forgot to take a photo of the artist who made this... a glittering buck.


I think that Matt Blackwell must have spent some time in Maine to create the following painting,



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Hot Off the Presses!!

I thought I would make a little magazine out of the images from the Domestic Considerations series, two of which are to be exhibited at the Berlin Foto Biennial during the month of October.

Now the whole series can be yours, along with the image that was chosen for the 3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography that was held in Malaga, Spain in 2014.  Plus there is another page containing four of my favorite digital collages and a Holga double exposure shot at a photo workshop lead by Elizabeth Opalenik, who I thank from my heart for teaching so much about photography - she is a goddess!



Domestic Considerations
12 pages, published 9/7/2016
Domestic Considerations is a series about women and how they live in the world today.