WIPs ... Works in Progress... Took this shot as I left the studio late last night. Yes I took it with my cell phone. Yes you can't see detail. Yes, that's the best I can do for now. Take what you can. Don't you know it's humble time? [not hammer time] xo saucy soo
I have been doing a lot of networking recently via Facebook and Twitter. I don't watch TV and rarely watch the news or read a newspaper because I believe most of it is someone[s] else[s]'[s] attempts to get me to do what they want me to do. The same does happen on Blogs & Twitter but it seems possible to weed out the ones with MLM type or propaganda type intentions. Anyway this is a side topic currently being discussed on Twitter. Check out http://twitter.com/mediaphyter - look for her tweets about the topic of "ReTweeting" also known as "RT"
I wanted to share someone else's blog entry for today. I found it on Twitter, thus I disclose my reason for above paragraph. Here is the link: http://www.artmarketmonitor.com/2009/02/18/4053/ It is an article about Basquiat. It explains to me why I love his art so much. In case you don't know, this is a painting by Basquiat called "Notary". I will cut some quotes from the last paragraph of this blog...
".... colleagues who dismissed him as “not a proper artist”. By which they meant he wasn’t following in the modernist tradition of the almost complete removal of the artist’s personality from the artwork in the manner of say, Donald Judd or Richard Serra. But Basquiat understood the context in which he was operating. He was on a mission to breath life back into art: to save it from itself. Like the impressionists of the late 19th century, he wanted to paint expressively to counter the sterility and formal rigour of the existing art establishment."
Been working on Harry's web pages and doing gallery biz stuff. Also been Tweeting and reading a lot of articles suggested by art tweeps. Here is one I could not help but share from the New York Times entitled "The Boom is Over - Long Live the Art!" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/arts/design/15cott.html?_r=1
Below are several of my favorite lines from the article. Each one presents a topic I would love to explore further in discussions with you guys. Several of them I'd like to put in a neon lit sign on my rooftop. I love this article because it goes beyond the typical Eeyore wa wa wa news reports pummeling our ears. It draws on history to present the whole view, that is, when something dies, something new and fresh is born from the ashes:
"The trend reached some kind of nadir on the eve of the presidential election, when the New Museum trotted out, with triumphalist fanfare, an Elizabeth Peyton painting of Michelle Obama and added it to the artist’s retrospective. The promotional plug for the show was obvious.
"Art in New York has not, of course, always been so anodyne an affair, and will not continue to be if a recession sweeps away such collectibles and clears space for other things. This has happened more than once in the recent past. Art has changed as a result. And in every case it has been artists who have reshaped the game.
"Everyone treated the city as a found object.
"An artist named Jeffrey Lew turned the ground floor of his building at 112 Greene Street into a first-come-first-served studio and exhibition space. People came, working with scrap metal, cast-off wood and cloth, industrial paint, rope, string, dirt, lights, mirrors, video. New genres — installation, performance — were invented. Most of the work was made on site and ephemeral: there one day, gone the next.
"At the same time, if the example of past crises holds true, artists can also take over the factory, make the art industry their own. Collectively and individually they can customize the machinery, alter the modes of distribution, adjust the rate of production to allow for organic growth, for shifts in purpose and direction. They can daydream and concentrate. They can make nothing for a while, or make something and make it wrong, and fail in peace, and start again.
"But if there is a crisis, it is not a crisis of power; it’s a crisis of knowledge. Simply put, we don’t know enough, about the past or about any cultures other than our own.
"I’m not talking about creating ’60s-style utopias; all those notions are dead and gone and weren’t so great to begin with. I’m talking about carving out a place in the larger culture where a condition of abnormality can be sustained, where imagining the unknown and the unknowable — impossible to buy or sell — is the primary enterprise. Crazy! says anyone with an ounce of business sense. Right. Exactly. Crazy. "
I just received notice that Camille Olsen has passed on The Art Blog Award to me! Camile is a very gifted artist living in Austin, Texas. Please visit her blog @ http://imaramblingal.blogspot.com I take it to heart that such a gifted colorist would take note of me. Thank you, Camille.
I am to list 7 things I love, and then tag 7 artists whose work I admire.
1. I love my mother who encouraged my coloring before I even knew how to say the word.
2. I love my husband who seems to be the happiest when I am making art.
3. I love my sons who have enlarged the meaning of art to me.
4. I love to color of course.
5. I love my friends who help me banish the shoulds.
6. I love my friend and Alexander trainer for being the color of my mother.
7. I love God who seems to be using all the above to show myself & Himself to me.