Monday, October 20, 2014

Statements and Weekends

Artists are always asked to write Artist's Statements for various shows and projects.  Although I'm  a former journalist, blogger and playwright, you'd think this would come easily to me - WRONG!  This is why I'm drawn to websites that can generate them for you.   A reference was made to it by Jillian Steinhauer on the Hyperallergic blog.  She calls it the best statment generator and I have to agree with her.  Bravo to  Belgian artist Jasper Rigole who created it, who’s part of the art group Voorkamer.

The following is what I got from this great site to create artists statements:

Ann Tracy (°1951, Waltham MA, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, Tracy absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
Her artworks appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, she wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.

Her collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as digital collages.

Her works feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. Ann Tracy currently lives and works in Portland Maine.

So here is a new piece I made for the weekend parking lot art festival we had here at Running With Scissors.



And this is the piece that sold during the Maker's Meal on Thursday night.  It's an image from my iPod, manipulated ONLY in camera, then printed on mulberry paper and coated with encaustic wax which gives it an amazing translucency.  




Friday was the Damnationland Premiere of Sui Generis, the short film where I played a detective in one scene.  But I couldn't stay to see all the films as I needed to get up early to get to the studio and get set up for our afternoon parking lot sale.  We even had food trucks here!  I did sell 3 prints on paper and then a print on canvas.  Everyone got great deals and I got to give my art good homes - win-win!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pettiness at the Prado



Before I go off on our 2nd day adventure in Madrid, here's a few photos I should have posted before.

Street where our hotel was located.


 

Just up the street was this little plaza.
 But as we were checking in, they sent a welcoming committee to greet us apparently !  Sigh it was too big as a quicktime file so you'll have to go to Flickr to see it.  You'll also see the photos I posted along the way to Instagram & Facebook.

JK enjoying a mojito, which are popular in Spain now.
The next day, it was off to the Prado.   We hailed a cab (much easier than in NY) and saw this as we were driving
This was the first "No Matador" photo we saw in Madrid.    





Even if it didn't have a special exhibit of Goya and how he influenced many other artists, we would have gone.  It would have been like going to Paris and not seeing the Louvre.   It was truly an amazing exhibit showing work by Goya side by side with the artists he influenced - even Picasso, but mostly his Blue Period.  





I was surprised at how silly they were about letting people take photos with no flash... a big NO.  I could take photos in the Louvre, but not the Prado? After marching around the Prado for several hours we were tired and thirsty and we had spotted a Ritz hotel when we first got there.  So it was over to the Ritz for a drink - if we couldn't stay there, might as well have a boom-ba!
They had a charming garden patio type bar and eating area.  So we plunked right down and had a glass of Rosato and they brought over potato chips to munch on.  Who knew the Spanish were wild about potato chips?

That night, we decided to find the House of Mushrooms, since it had such good reviews in Trip Adviser I think.
Unfortunately they only had one mushroom dish on the menu - mushroom caps stuffed with ham, garlic and cheese - which were very good.  We ended up wandering over to another cafe for more tapas to finish the night before we headed to Sicily, Palermo to be exact the next day.  
Truth in advertising - not sure which day I shot this.  But we should have gone in for a glass of Rosato and a tapa, next trip!