I wish I had the chance to meet her, but while Miriam Shapiro was making art in California I was still working in dance & theatre on the East Coast, Colorado, Milwaukee and transitioning to radio news.
Dancing as Fast as I Can - Shapiro 1984
The image above is what I most remember about her work. And after looking at this again and looking at some of my work around the studio, you can safely say that she was a great influence on me as an artist.
Remember that digital collage I was working on that included a portrait of Richard Prince and some of his work? Well now it's morphing into a kind of physical object as well. I've decided I'll print out the basic digital and then paste on the other images for one print only and will sell it (if anyone is interested) at $1,000. Then I'll make digital prints of it and limit it to 25 copies as usual.
Not exactly yet, but the work I created for Reno's NadaDada Motel arts festival is on view now at the Dock Fore tavern on Fore Street in Portland. Got very lucky in the PR dept. with the local fish wrap - er... Press Herald, you folks know I'm joking right?
Here are the installation shots in the bar
If you didn't have a chance to come see it on 1st Friday, it will be up all month long down there. And for the best art exhibit in June, I would give the award to Anita Holt pictured with her painting and sista artista Joni Fox-Campbell.
You can see in the smaller inset photo that Anita devised a backpack thing upon which to hang her painting, and continuing the skirt with real fabric? Brilliant!
Take a gander at this....it's constructed of a photo of Richard Prince, along with an appropriated copy of one of his paintings. Do you remember Prince? He is the famous artist who has been working with appropriation for many years now and currently has a show of Instagram photos that he took from the web and then put his own name on. They're at Gagosian Gallery in NYC.
So, how about my appropriation of an appropriator? According to this legal article by Nino Bastista, I probably have Fair Use on my side as I've done my digital alchemical magic on the images to create something new!
And I'm going to go even further with it incorporating some mixed media and encaustic wax! But this is after JK's sister and her hubby visit us. They're coming out for about 5 days and we get to experience Maine like tourists again! And of course I'll be making my (soon-to-be) famous lobsta risotto.