Thursday, December 31, 2009
OK.... this is called Electric Landscape from my Power Series of 2007. It's also the new wallpaper I put up for my Twitter account.
So my other resolution is that I will learn more Romanian, so that perhaps I can be nice to the folks that don't have any English.
And when I get over to the Nanny Goats in Panties blog, I find that her friend over at Mama's Losin It, is doing something similar!
Since I'm not a power blogger, I hope that I'm doing this correctly
5.) It’s time to list your New Year’s resolutions for 2010.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
For one artist, that keep plugging mentality has finally bought her some fame and fortune! We can thank New York artist (and member of the studioNOTES group) Tamara Wyndham for this inspiring link.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The Sweet Hubby did get lights up on the house and make a tree out of pvc pipe and wire and lights for the front lawn. Now it would make just too much sense if I posted a photo of that here, so I'm not going to do that. In the email box to day were too funny as hell photos that I don't know who took. If you're one of the photographers for this, please let me know so I can credit you!
First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by.
Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn't realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard."
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sacramento, CA 95811-3124 (916) 441-2341
I've got a selection of both black and white, hardly manipulated photos to color photos to downright digital collage - but all work is based in photography. Why talk about them, when I can show you? Prices range from $75 to $15. All you need to do is go to the gallery and ask to see the work in Ann Tracy's drawer!
New York Day
Saturday, December 5, 2009
In theatre these are the folks that would love to do Sweeney Todd (or insert the name of any popular play that is at least 10 years old) again, for the 5th time. In film, those are the folks that like to do the big blockbusters with cars exploding and breasts exposed and people being killed and/or mutilated. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with this, it's just something that I've noticed.
Then there are the people, in both theatre and film, who long to stretch the boundaries of their genres. They aren't happy unless there's some way to do something differently to make a point or to perhaps give new life to a text. I consider these folks the artists of their genres. That's why Viewpoints training (movement training) was so important to me as both an actor and a director. It was a way to re-conceptualize a show or a portion of a play.
Back in 2003, I was accepted into the Director's Lab West workshop held that year at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena. It was a great learning experience and I now get group emails from folks who do the workshops each year. This morning Dan Wilson told a tale of eating lunch in front of the TV and watching a soap opera in which Franco appeared. Franco, if you don't know, was in both Spiderman and in Milk. Later he caught an episode of Fresh Air, the NPR show, in which Franco called the soap opera gig a performance art experience!?!
He included a link that was in the Wall Street Journal - who knew that bastion of fiscal conservatives would have any truck with performance art? Even if you think much performance art is pretentious (and I agree with you on some of it), please read the article HERE. It might make you think twice. I know that I've changed my concept of Hollywood actors thanks to Franco!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This was back in 1997 I do believe. At that point in time, the Fest was a little less controlled than it is now. Back then anything out on the playa near The Man was fair game to be burned. So when it got dark, I was surprised, no horrified, so see that the duck was traveling out to the playa center - the "we'll burn anything" zone. It was late that night and I was bushed from riding my bike all around Black Rock City, so I decided to let the rave music rock me to sleep. One of our camp mates - my good friend Art, owner of Luna's Cafe here in Sacramento, go there for lunch sometime - decided to stay up and go out and shoot photos. As Art walked away from our rented RV, I could hear people yelling "Burn the duck".
Apparently the guys who built that duck didn't understand the burning rules - if it's out on the playa and if a flamethrower is near it, bring your marshmallows! A little bit of research on the Burning Man site, showed that it was called Trojan Duck Lounge by Robert Burke. Robert, I was sorely afraid for you and the duck. But the next morning Art reported that the duck was safe - whew!
So I think this is the windiest into to just about anything I've written lately. Aside aside, I want to thank Paddy Johnson of ArtFagCity who is down in Miami at Art Basel Miami Beach for this link
Wish I could be there to "feel the glow".
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
All this talk about the economy was probably the genesis of this piece. At least that's what I thought until I went back and looked at the name of the artist - Cildo Meireles, Zero dollar (1978-84). OMG, Cildo died in 1984. But like many works of art, I guess this is just timeless.
And then there's this piece by Kirsten Pieroth, Inflated Dinghy (2009). Harmonica, rubber dinghy, hose, and video. My question to you is does this make music? Looks like you could fill the boat with air and just let it deflate into the accordion - which they are calling a harmonica? It's a German gallery that is showing this so it could be a language glitch.
I also liked Gerhard Richter's abstract painting, plus works by Robert Longo, Barbara Kreuger and John Baldessari. But these are only the picks from the Art Info folks. One of these days I will go there myself, with my own work, which will sell like hotcakes and get me a wonderful high profile gallery. Girl can dream can't she?
Will be interesting to compare the faves of Artinfo.com with those of Paddy over at the Art Fag City blog.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
When we get home, late tomorrow, I'll begin preparations for "another turkey dinner that couldn't be beat" (lyrics from Arlo Gutherie's "Alice's Restaurant"). No matter how well something is catered, there is nothing like roasting a turkey at home and making gravy in one's own kitchen, for the aromas if nothing else! When I checked on my email this morning, I found THIS - which is making me think differently about the left overs.
It also reminds me about one of my favorite artists,. Joseph Bueys, who sometimes worked with food-type substances. In looking for an image to illustrate that, I stumbled upon this great blog (Art, Life, TV, Etc.)by Cheryl Bernstein. Thanks Cheryl for making my search so easy and for your great post!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Perhaps it's because I'm a director and used to bossing people around. I really had to bite my lip a couple of times when some of the group spoke up. After all it was Renee's project and I was only there as an "actor". Here are some shots that I took with my camera phone of the site and the people I was working with.
Renee wanted everyone to wear either yellow or orange. Of course I don't own any clothing that is yellow or orange so thankfully she brought some bright yellow plastic raincoats. I would include her website URL, but when I went there some dumb asses had hacked it! I can see hacking a corporate site or something like that, but why hack the site of an artist?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
So I made some kanji transfers onto 4 inch square canvases that were about 2 inches thick... think blocks. Then I painted into the transfer and over the sides. I (under) priced them at $35 each with a $5 discount for each additional one you bought. Did they sell? Hell No. What did sell were my digital floral woodcut prints and canvases. OK, please remember I just took these photos on my dining room floor so they're not the best. I will have to take some better photos for the Etsy site sometime later.
Please no comments on my bad photography, but what do you think of these?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Peace be upon all Islamic women in this day and age of fear, anger, hostility and rage toward them.
I have a facebook friend who is not religious and is a student from the United Arab Emirates. She shared a scene about her mother and father with us. This scene showed how women are not treated well in the Islamic world because of how some Imams are using religion in the name of politics.
I think that women must lead us to a world of peace, even if Barak Obama did receive the peace prize. After all, the men haven't done such a great job. Or should I say the men who have not recognized their female side. We all have differing degrees of male and female sides, and it's in the balance that we will find peace.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Pretty exciting that we haven't even had a rehearsal and she's getting some major press on the project. I don't think she'll have too many problems getting this into festivals etc. She's a very interesting artist, who shares my love of movement, photography and video. This is a LINK to her website.
I just might have to bring my little video camera with me and maybe shoot as I'm moving around at rehearsal...might create some interesting footage to be used at a later date.
And don't forget about new afforably priced art that I will be offering on Sat, 11/14 here
Sunday, November 1, 2009
But this also brings up the topic of artist promoting ourselves. It's hard to do I know, but the more we do it, the easier it gets. Maybe I can get sk to help me with a video one of these days...
Friday, October 30, 2009
Sometimes I like to look really mean like in this photo she took that shows my teeth.
Who'd mess with a 4-legged pumpkin? I think it's really dumb that she tries to dress me up like this. Wonder why she doesn't try to dress the kitties like this?
But be careful not to let your dogs get any chocolate because it can make them sick or even kill them! I found a link about this HERE
Monday, October 26, 2009
So for your dining and dancing pleasure, I'm gonna post a couple of random photos.
Remember when I went out to Fallon to see my friend Elaine Parks' show at the Churchill Arts Center? They have a great art bar there and holding court over said bar is an "important" bull with a blue garter on one of it's horns. I was told the bull was important but never got the whole story.
Elaine... it might be a couple more weeks before I get those photos to you... sorry it's taken that long. I had to take some photos of Elaine and her wonderful ceramic work and am going to send her a CD with the images, after I get the computer swap completed. She might be able to use them for any PR stuff she might do.
This photo is from the Eat Your Art Out fundraiser for the Sac Metro Arts Commission. One of our stops was Mulvany's restaurant where we not only had great champagne and home-made motzarella cheese, but were entertained by a young troupe of modern dancers.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
We lost touch over the years and restablished contact a couple of years ago via the internet. She had a career as a dancer and choreographer and ran her own performance group in Denver for a number of years. She taught English at the college level and was just a dissertation short of getting her PH.D, when she became disabled by fibromyalgia. She also realized that she was anorxic as well.
If you go to her blog here, you'll see that she was a true progressive politically and socially. I helped her with that blog since the disease had started to affect her mind, as well as her body.
She cared about the people, like herself, trying to survive on a pittance in this money crazed world we live in. She was also a poet, as you can tell by many of her posts, who had a unique vision of the world and history. She was curious about many things beyond the arts and literature.
We have lost a truly one-of-a-kind voice in the wilderness. But now she is at peace and out of pain. We will miss you Riki!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
And for my non-facebook friends (there must be a few of you), here's the newest photo post there in the spirit of the season. If I were a bird I'd be spooked by this out in the garden.
Yes, I had to take a day job as a scarecrow in the community garden of my neighborhood. What's a working girl to do?
I know that times are tight all over, but at least I've not been reduced to eating acorns like this poor critter.
I don't know about you, but I've never really watched a squirrel eat an accorn before. Very tidy little critters. Of course they are just like rats with bushy tails, you know. And they can be even more dangrous than the Rabbit with Pointy Teeth in Monty Python's Holy Grail movie.
How? Well my friend, the cute, harmless little thing is thought to carry diseases like The Plague. And you thought you had to be worried about that H1N1 flu! Beleive me, there are tons of other stuff you could worry about.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I mean how could you not like a group that is into "Identity Correction! Impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them. Targets are leaders and big corporations who put profits ahead of everything else."
Here's a link to their site: http://www.theyesmen.org/
Thursday, September 24, 2009
1439 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
October 10, 2009 - 6 to 9 pm
and new work from the Angel Series
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
And then I found this comment
By the time I found this comment
I realized that I had my three sources and they all said the same thing....it's a scam! It's amazing how vanity can be used to scam folks, especially artists who are not given much respect in this country. So ifyou get a fax or an email, just ignore it.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Proceeds from the event go to Friends of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission for arts and education related initiatives to support the arts. www.sacmetroarts.org
Friday, August 28, 2009
Today I will go over to the Enotria Annex, where I will have my solo show this coming October. Since I've never really shown the big light box pieces in Sacto (just Reno and Vegas), I'll need to measure the wall space and see what the electrical outlet situation is so I can display them. I also will have some new work as well.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Dramatists Guild.>She was the first female voice on the air at KTLK, Denver in 1977 as an overnight radio news announcer. This first job in radio news led to a ten-year career as a broadcast journalist in the Denver, Milwaukee, San Jose and Sacramento markets. Ann is also an artist working in the digital and video mediums. Her fine art has been exhibited from Japan to Maui to New York City. In 2003 her work, “Stop” was included in the catalog of the “Violence Against Wo men”, Group 78 Amnesty International show, Tokyo, Japan. Her digital painting “Message 3” appeared in the 2008 edition of American Art Collector.
- The Playwrights Collaborative is an organization of writers, actors, directors and others interested in the theater, working together to promote the development and production of new plays in Sacramento and elsewhere. Through a cooperative process of peer review, Playwrights Collaborative assists in making plays ready for production and helps in finding suitable venues where shows might be performed. For further information or if you have a play you would like workshopped, contact Gary Agid, chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org (916-383-9267). See I was able to give a plug to the Playwrights Collaborative and Big Idea Theatre!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
In 1975 I was sitting in a cafe in Berkeley, CA with Jerry Hunt a friend and electronic music composer from Dallas, Texas. We were there to attend a banquet marking the end of The National Center for Experiments in Television, which had played a formative and supportive role in my study of Video Art. Up to the table came John Cage and Merce Cunningham who turned out to be friends of Mr. Hunt. I was flabbergasted and spent most of the encounter just sitting and listening. I did not even marshal the gumption to mention to Mr. Cage that as a result of his writing and theories I had created a video composition (which I had dedicated to him) using chance operations and had set it to the music of one of his compositions "HPSCHRD" which had also been composed by chance. Perhaps my hesitance was due to my star-struck condition, but maybe I kept silent because of my own doubts concerning the piece.
To make a long story short, there was a section in that video that (even though it had been determined by chance) I felt did not work at all. It was a dead zone, not energetic, not restful, not in anyway poignant or interesting. When I showed the work I sat and cringed through this segment. I wanted to go in and change things... to make it "better"... but that would require breaking with the intention of the piece to be composed strictly by chance. So, I found myself in the predicament of having created a piece I did not like and could not change due to my own self imposed dogma. Where did my responsibility lie? To the process or the piece? Chance did not care about the outcome so why should I? But, then chance did not have to sit and watch the video or show it to others.
My way out of this dilemma was to admit that I am too much of a sensualist to let chance and randomness make all of my decisions for me. And, since the whole premise behind using chance was to free the work of meaning, chance itself was not the point but rather the effect that using chance had on the issue of meaning. Meaning was an important point for me in that I had noticed that even when I created an abstract video piece devoid of any intended narrative that people went ahead and created a narrative of their own. Further, that they then took this narrative, which they had created and used it to evaluate and discuss my work. For purposes of my thesis I called this a "quasi-narrative", because of a combination of effects having to do with motion and the fact that each piece had a beginning, a middle and an end and was being presented on a TV screen. People expected a story from the TV and when there wasn't one, they created their own like a kinetic Rorschach test. But we know that what people where seeking was meaning.
So, I decided in order to avoid creating what I saw as cold-hearted work which could get bogged down even by the lightest form of dogma that I would create compositions that in various degrees of coding held meaning for me. But in doing so I had to remove any shred of ego concerning the desire or expectation of that coded meaning actually registering within the viewer a meaning that was in any way similar to mine. In my mind this was the way to create work that held the ember of human warmth but retained its freedom from meaning. If the work is to convey or "communicate" anything it was just this presence of a human hand and nothing more... the rest being a reflection of the viewer's own quest for meaning and therefore their own mind.
Well, guess what... people are not at all comfortable with their own minds and still want to blame or award their creations on the artist. Thus, my own feelings about art as communication. There is none. This, remind you, comes from a student of so-called "Mass Communications." I have studied all the various models of communication... sender, message, receiver... message, sender, transmitter, receiver, message... all as arcane, incomplete and worthless as economics equations. Depending on one's intent and how direct you want to be in your presentation an artist may claim a degree of communication, but this is variable and spotty at best. This is why I say that art is a presentation with slim hope of communicating an intended message.
There is another definition of "communication" that being simply a "connection"; such as, this artery communicates with that vessel. In that respect there is communication in that the artist and viewer are connected in the experience of presenting and viewing a piece. This definition being devoid of any intended message, therefore, better describes my understanding of how I approach and what I expect from my artwork and those that view it.
Peace, Paint and Pixelate,
Saturday, August 8, 2009
This post is written by JD Jarvis, one of the members of the digital-fine art yahoo group that I belong to.... I too have been very influenced by these artists in my creative techniques and thought I would share this with you. Thanks JD for letting me re-post it!