Thursday, July 21, 2011

Strange Dreams Anyone?

I'm sure that we all have strange dreams that seem like string theory in action with several dimensions operating at once.  I was thinking of this when I made this little video based on the stills from Zombie Kickball

Now onto the work that I have already signed up for!  Cherie Hacker and I will be having a show of our photographs of windows.  For years I have shot windows from the outside looking in and Cherie has shot them from the inside looking out.  That show will be in October at the E Street Gallery in Sacramento.

In November, I was invited by the Center for Contemporary Art to show some of my back lit pieces at Lumens on K Street in Sacramento.  I'll be showing some new work there and will come out for the artist's reception.

Then my real estate agent, Amie Joseph,  asked me to do a commission piece - a post modern landscape with figures in it.  She and her husband first lived together in a little house in Falmouth Flats and they even got married there so it has great sentimental value to them.   I've already shot many photos from which to work, but I still need some photos of sunset at low tide on the estuary behind their house, which you can see out the glass doors in their living room.

Both Amie and her husband Jaime are excited about this process and so am I - as it's a first for them to commission work and it's the first non-relative piece I'll have worked on like this.  They will be moving soon and want to keep this special place with them.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Zombie Redux

I really didn't like the quality of the MPEG4 file I uploaded this past weekend.  I output that ttype of file because it was the format needed to enter a video competition at the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento.  It is small in size, but not large in quality.  So I decided to make a QuickTime copy of the video and post it to Vimeo.  Using the "ultra fast" (cough choke) Time Warner cable upload speeds - this effort took 13 hours.  But here it is.  Think there is a quality difference?

I also upgraded my Time Warner account so hopefully the next video will load faster!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Ever wonder why Zombies are so popular?  I often do and when I found out that there was a group of folks who dressed up as Zombies to play kickball once a year here in Portland Maine, I just had to go record it.  This little video is part of the shoot, will post the other one later.  Would love comments,

Zombie Kickball from Ann Tracy on Vimeo.

Special thanks to all the Zombies who showed up this past June!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Gay Marriage supporters at the Round Pond 4th of July Parade

I've been trying to figure out how to form some sort of segue between the 4th of July, (when I went Down East to Round Pond for their wonderfully wacky parade and then onto Christmas Cove for a lovely lunch with JK, the Sista from Savannah plus Amie and Jamie, parade veterans) and the death of American painter Cy Twombly.  I think I've found it in the concept of independence, a highly prized quality of New Englanders and the way that Twombly, himself a New Englander, ignored his critics. 

The parade in Round Pond is a great example of Yankee DIY spirit and inclusiveness.  While there were more homemade floats of the liberal persuasion, there were also some conservative ones as well.  Perhaps this willingness to take aim at both sides comes from the concept of the Town Meeting, which still is the way politics operates at the local level here.  Everyone gets a chance to speak their piece.

There's a wonderful art blog for the area here called the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.  It's insightful and helps me keep track of what's going on in my reclaimed home turf.  In it, Greg Cook has a link to a great, fairly recent interview with Twombly on a show of his in London.  In that and other interviews that I've read recently, Twombly just didn't pay any attention to what people said about his work, he worked independently of what others might way.

Maybe because I'm still working on my little 3-minute Zombie movie based on short video footage and photos of the Zombie Kickball game held here in Portland back in June, I went to Twombly's website and started to click quickly on the links to his work.  I really think there's a movie there.  The way the work is arranged there is a flow that I liked.  Go ahead and try it for yourself - here.

I'd love to know what you think about it!  Here's one of my favorite paintings of his - I love the energy in it.