Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Miami Day 1 Evening

I'll probably be a day behind in posting, just because I take so many photos and it takes time to process them to web size.  But we had a marvelous dinner with old friend David Cole and his partner Dan to celebrate JK's Birthday!

 Little did we know that the restaurant was just doors down from Miami's oldest bar - Tobacco Road!  It was also the place where our Portland friends, Mary Frances & Bill met each other back in the 80s.

It reminded JK and I of the Little Bear bar in Evergreen Colorado.  Today David played tour guide with us taking us to Vizcaya, but it was closed on Tuesday.  So we took a drive through Coral Gables and to Miami's arts district where we saw amazing street art all over the place (wait until you see the photos on Flickr) and then over to Miami Beach and South Beach where we had lunch at a lovely bookstore and cafe. 

Tonight we meet with Elizabeth Opalenik (our fearless leader) and Reed from the Santa Fe Workshop.  Interestingly enough while at the street art place, we met a gal - Nancy - who is going on the trip with us but with a different group leader.

View of South Beach and surrounds from high atop a very modern parking structure.  Below is a pano of JK at Bay Front Park

Monday, January 28, 2013

Flying and Day 1 Miami

That's us on the plane to Miami yesterday.  It was a great flight and I was able to capture this view as we left LaGuardia.
Once we navigated the airport to find where the hotel shuttles pick you up, we did what many folks probably do when they first hit Miami ...
That's right, get a Mojito!  We had an only OK dinner at the Marriott near the airport but we were too tired to try to navigate from here into town.  We're staying out here as this is the place we'll meet up with the group leaders for our trip to Cuba on Tuesday night.  And we got a terrific group rate.  Coming back we're staying for one night in South Beach, before winging our way northward.

We did pick up some tourista brochures and found that Miami has a pretty decent mass transit system that goes out to the airport and then two different lines that go either east-west or north-south.  So today we took the hotel shuttle back out to the airport and jumped on the train and made our way into town for a GREAT BBQ lunch at Sparky's near the Cultural Center and then a walk along Bay Front Park and for dessert... a much  better Mojito at the Conga Bar.

I've got more photos that I took today, but I'm posting them to Flickr and you can see them by clicking HERE.  We're really looking forward to tonite as Jude will be here and we're having dinner with old friend David Cole and his partner!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Zombies in India

Not quite zombies, but my little video Zombie Kickball 2011 is one of the many video for this festival according to an email I got today:

Cologne Art & Moving Images Awards
is happy to announce

CologneOFF 2013 India II
@ CeC - Carnival of eCreativity
Sattal/India - 22-24 February 2013

featuring the curated festival programs of

CologneOFF VIII - Continental Drift I & II
1#minuteCologne - Cologne One Minute Film Festival
animateCOLOGNE - Cologne Art & Animation Festival
exDox - Experimental Documentary Film Festival
VideoChannel - curatorial platform for art & moving images

including your video listed below

Erc Esser (Germany) - Dawn of the Dorks, 2006, 22:00
Jacques Faton & Alpha Sadou Gano (Belgium/Senegal) - Laar, 2011, 19:00
Hubert Sielecki (Austria) - Foul, 2009, 5:50 min
Kevin Ryan (Ireland) - It's more important than that, 2007, 5:06
Max Hattler (Germany) - Your Highness, 2010, 3mins
Yuriy Kruchak & Yulia Kostereva (Ukraine) - Start Time, 2011, 3 min49
Joanot Cort├Ęs (Spain) - The Black God, 2010, 5:00
Paula Noya (Spain) - Watching, 2010, 3'07''
Henry Gwiazda (USA) - footballcloud practice, 2005, 1?29??
Marta Azparren (Spain) -The goalkeeper and the void, 2010, 3:56
Eva Olsson (Sweden) - Taking Control, 2007, 2:28
Anders Weberg (Sweden) - Misconduct, 2011, 01:22
Sander Veenhof (Netherlands) - SoccAR-, 2011, 2?19
Scott Stark (USA) - Longhorn Tremolo, 2010, 16 mins.
David Anthony Sant (Australia) - Euro'92, 2005, 1:40
Heike Liss & Patrice Scanlon (USA) - Fancy Footworks, 207, 5:08
Ann Tracy (USA) - Zombie Kickball-, 2011, 3:00

Congratulations and best,

Cologne Art & Moving Images Awards
Cologne International Videoart Festival
artvideo (at) koeln.de

BUT, if you can't get over to India for this festival in February, you can click here to see the video.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Artists Statements

One of the hardest tasks to do as an artist (other than organizing and inventorying one's work IMHO) is to write an artist's statement.  It can run from the simple to the complex.  The problem I have is that many time I'm not aware of the meaning inherent in some of the work until much later.  I just follow Martha Graham's advice and do the work, keeping the channel open.

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. It will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

Then, my brother (video artist A Tomic Elroy) posted this link on Facebook.   Well I just had to give it a spin and found that it did a remarkably good job of writing a statement:

Ann Tracy (°1951, Waltham MA, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media. Tracy uses references and ideas incorporated into her work that may escape those who do not take the time to explore how and why these images haunt you, like a good film, long after you’ve seen them.

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 presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed.

She creates situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. With the use of appropriated materials 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 assemblages.

Her works are a drawn reflection upon the art of art itself: thoroughly self-referential, yet no less aesthetically pleasing, and therefore deeply inscribed in the history of modernism – made present most palpably in the artist’s exploration of some of the most hallowed of modernist paradigms. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, 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 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 ME.

I did do a little editing but left it as it for the most part.   The language is very "Art School" full of itself, but maybe that's what people want to see. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Havana Here We Come

Just a little over a week before we take off to Miami and then Havana as part of a cultural exchange through the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  When I'm not going over the list in my head of things I need to bring and how to pack the two bags I'm taking - one to be used for the Miami part of the trip and as a carry on and the other for the Cuba stuff - I'm trying to check off the list of things to do before we leave!  You know all about all the work one has to do before feeling ready to leave for a vacation.  Although in this instance, I see it being a working vacation since the focus will be on photography (at least for me).

I did finish the small 4 x 4" piece I promised the Brush Gallery in Lowell MA.  I took one of my dancer photos and transferred it to the canvas and painted in with acrylic paint. 
and here's the side view
I found this transparent (kinda) tape that had dictionary definitions on it that I used on the sides.  I found it at an AC Moore arts & craft store where I was shopping for some silk ivy vines and temp tattoos to use for the 3 Graces for Environmental Awareness photo shoot that I'll do in February.  I figure I need to do as much prop and costume shopping for that as possible before we leave.

Another project was to create something for Constellation Gallery's "Occupy the Gallery" show.  I was thinking of installing a pup tent on the floor and doing a little mini installation, but with the 3 Graces coming up, needed to conserve more time/energy/money.  So I came up with this digital collage that I call "Do You Hear Something?". 
It's 20 x 16", a museum-quality digital C print on metallic paper, mounted on styrene with a wire hot-glued to the back for easy hanging.  It was the first time I had used Adorama for printing and they are spot on with the colors etc. 

I'll probably post from Miami as we have a couple of days there before heading off to Havana.  But once I get there, the posts might be spotty as it's said that internet service even in the tourist hotels isn't that fast or available.  My plan is to work with the photos and write the posts off line, and then when the time is right, post them to the internet.  Hasta la bye bye....

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy Anniversary

I don't know if you remember this piece from 2011 - Homage to Vermeer.  The first of the limited 25 editions of this sold at my solo show at Luna's Cafe just before I moved from Sacramento to Portland Maine.  The 2nd in the series is a small version that I transferred to canvas and is at Constellation Gallery waiting for its good home. 

I'm  proud to announce that the 3rd in the series has been juried into the Digital Art Guild's 10th Anniversary show at the Art Institute in San Diego!  I'm so honored to be among 19 other fabulous digital artists for this show.  I wish I could be at the reception, but we'll still be in Cuba!

Yes, big thing this year is a trip to Cuba with Elizabeth Opalenik and other photographers through a cultural exchange between the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop and a Cuban Photography Art Group.  I'm very excited, but don't expect too many missives from me while I'm there.  It's said that even in the tourist hotels the internet connections are VERY slow.  The advise one to write the post off line and upload it later.

I may be doing a couple of slide shows and talks about my trip later in the spring.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

The day dawned clear and cold up here in Portland Maine but we had a brunch to go to and were bringing the mixings for champagne cocktails - yes, life is good.  Another great way to start the New Year is the publication of Ardor Magazine  which contains 3 pieces of my art work!  I'm absolutely thrilled to have my work shown in a literary magazine of this caliber.

and here's a new self portrait for 2013!  Happy New Year everyone!!