Kind of a quick post today, but I thought I’d upload some of the pictures I’ve been looking at. I’m not especially drawn to Lucian Freud‘s work, although I do like a lot of it, especially from the 40s and 50s. There is a certain distorted realism in many of his pictures that I keep thinking about, and the Hotel Bedroom above and the portraits below are great examples. I don’t know what I feel about these, but they do keep me looking.
Archive for September, 2012
We haven’t see any Picasso here for a little while so I figure it is a good time to change that.
The picture “Three Women at the Fountain” above is a pretty good representation of Picasso’s return to classicism and classical themes in the 1920s. The painting is also true to the styles he had been experimenting before then as well. I think it is that mixture that I like so much here. That is, very developed areas of the image sitting over very loose and flat earth-tones.
I’ve always been drawn to Surrealist artwork. For me, there is something very powerful behind the spontaneous and often strange symbols. This week I’ve found myself looking at the work of British artist Ithell Colquhoun.
Colquhoun was born in India, but her parents moved back to England when she was a child. She studied painting at the Slade School of Art in London and traveled quite a bit through the Mediterranean countries after graduating, painting a number of fine watercolors of flowers and the countryside. She eventually returned back to England, briefly joined the Surrealist group that was active there, only to be kicked out in 1940 for her independent streak and refusal to give up her occult studies. This is strange to me, because surrealism always celebrated individuality and occult knowledge. But the leadership in the movement did become territorial and dictatorial as it evolved.
Colquhoun liked using the double image technique, allowing multiple interpretations for the same picture. She also experimented with decalcomania and other forms of automatism, using various methods of applying paint randomly to her canvas or paper and then interpreting the resulting stains and marks.
In addition to painting, Colquhoun was also a poet, novelist, and practicing magician. She regarded all these activities as intimately related to each other, presenting different ways of understand nature. For much of her adult life she lived and worked in Cornwall, drawn by a sense of connectedness with the landscape and with the local myths and traditions.
Guest Speaker: Sheryl Gillian
Executive director of Art Access, Sheryl Gillian is a receipient of national recognition for her publication “Desert Wanderings.” She will discuss the do’s and don’ts of submitting art work to galleries. Sheryl will be speaking for approx. 15 minutes, at 8:00pm.
7:oo – 9:oopm
Utah Arts Alliance
663 west 100 south
Bring up to 3 pieces of your own art.
All submitting artists receive feedback for their work.
The theme of the show was Metamorphosis. I suppose that in the end, my piece simply shows a woman sitting in a field of blue. But, for me at least, there is a more going on too. I don’t usually like to talk about what a piece means to me, or what I see in my own work. I’d rather see and hear how other people react. But I was asked a few questions about my new artwork before the show, and so I thought I’d post my answers to those questions here as well.
Q: Do you have a personal philosophy that emerged during this process?
Like a lot of people, I wonder “What moved and brought the world into being? How did mind and spirit emerge from matter? And how does the individual person fit in with the rest of creation?” Regardless of how you see things, it’s incredible that any of us are here at all. Its amazing we are alive and able to seek meaning, gain a little understanding, and that our brain can manipulate and change the physical (and maybe spiritual) world.
Our friend Daniel “Dag” Gentry is heading back to UtahFM.org. Originally formed back in 2008, the station has gone through a few different headquarters and a number of shake-ups over the years. Dag left about a year and a half ago, but the truth is, I’ve always known him to be passionate about broadcasting, UtahFM, and the local music and art community. It is great to see him back at the station!
Dag’s first show back will be this Thursday, September 6th from 3 to 6 p.m. He has a number of guests scheduled to appear on the show, including Salt Lake Film Festival director Scott Whiticker, Music Makes Music coming into the studio a little later month, and more guests lining up all the time. Dag’s guests and the music he plays are sure to keep you listening, so be sure to check out his show.
Art Meets Fashion is happening this next Saturday, September 8th. I’m so excited to see it come together.
Very talented local fashion designers including Beckett & Robb, Sophie St. Claire, Nephi Garcia, and Heggy Gonzalez will be showcasing their new collections. There will also be an exhibit featuring the work of artists like Shelly Huynh, Cody Chamberlain, Mark Crenshaw, Blake Palmer, Jon Lang, Zuzanna Audette, Chase McCleary, Jenevieve Hubbard, Susan Ferguson, Silvia Solis, Jimmi Toro, Matthew Potter, Nanette Wiser, Alexander Ferguson, David Marshall Habben, and Todd Powelson (hey, that’s me!).
The event will be held at Red Butte Garden, with ticket and art sales benefiting their new Water Conservation Garden.
Hope to see you there!
Art Meets Fashion at Red Butte Garden (300 Wakara Way, SLC)
Saturday, September 8th, 6 – 10 p.m.
$50 for regular admission, $100 for VIP, $35 for students
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