Finally my computer is repaired, refreshed and a happy camper. It is amazing how much we rely on them. I am sorry for the confusion and thank you you all for your patience and, as always – creativity, including finding a way to post your amazing works of art. Here is my mugshot. It includes that smile that is back on my extrememly happy face!
End of Summer Challenge – Begin Posting September 21, 2010
Hello all of you creative types. It is Septemer 21st and you may begin posting your self portraits. Unfortunately my computer crashed last week and is sitting in the queue at MAC Experience. I will post my offering as soon as possible. Have fun and enjoy the sharing!!!!
Reminder – End of Summer Art Challenge September 11, 2010
Just a reminder that our end of summer challenge focuses on the self portrait. It may be in any media, including music, poetry, prose, painting, drawing, digital, photography…you’ve got the idea, anything goes. It may also be a foot, hand, face, eyes – whatever you feel best represents YOU.
On September 21, 2010 please post a comment to this blog letting everyone know that you have posted your self portrait on your blog. Thanks to all who participate!
As most of you know I am a docent at the IMA, an blogging artist and a member of several local and state art organizations. As such I want to tell you how proud I am to be a volunteer at and supporter of the IMA, This is a phenomononal accomplishment!
From Maxwell Anderson, Indianapolis Museum of Art:
It is with great pleasure I inform you that the IMA has been selected to represent the United States at the 2011 La Biennale di Venezia, the 54th International Art Exhibition, and present the work of Puerto Rico-based artist collaborative Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. The Venice Biennale is often described as the Olympic games of the contemporary art world, with more than 70 nations presenting the newest and best works from their respective countries.
The IMA will present the work of Allora & Calzadilla at the U.S. Pavilion in Venice, Italy, on view June 4 through November 27, 2011. The U.S. Pavilion is organized by the IMA and is presented by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, which supports and manages the official United States participation at selected international exhibitions.
Lisa Freiman, Chair of the IMA’s Department of Contemporary Art, who both conceived and prepared this ambitious proposal, will serve as Commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. My sincere congratulations to Lisa on the heels of the triumph of 100 Acres!
Our proposal, selected by the U.S. Department of State, features new works by Allora & Calzadilla that employ a variety of artistic practices to pose important questions about the relationships among art, politics and international identity. These multimedia works will utilize performance, sculpture, video and sound elements to highlight the role of art in framing and exploring complex social issues such as national identity, democracy, militarism and freedom. This will be the first time the U.S. Pavilion will feature an artist collaborative, and the first that time that the U.S. Pavilion will feature artists who live and work in Puerto Rico.
September 8, 2010 September 9, 2010
This is my final collage using B&W and the gray scale papers, at least for now. I am hungry for color. Now about this collage, I must be honest. This was inspired by a Matisse painting hanging behind Charlie Rose on his show yesterday. He was interviewing the Curators of a Matisse show that just opened at MOMA (I think that’s right!? Or was it the Met?) I simplified and removed color. Half copy, Half mine.
The brownish color is actually where the paper rippled slightly. I don’t know why my new camera sees this as brown. Another mystery to solve…
September 7, 2010 September 8, 2010
I am growing in appreciation for art in B&W…in all its forms. Photographs like those of Ansel Adams amaze with their texture and depth, drawings by the Renaissance artists are full of movement and power and abstracts stimulate our little gray cells. I completed another abstract collage and have one more in process.
This one fell into place easily. I tore the first piece of paper smaller than I wanted so I started playing around with the “left over” shapes and I fell in love with the powerful black shape you see here. Focusing on balance, repetition and line I completed this piece without a lot of struggle. (Maybe I should have struggled more????!!) It was fun and my husband said “I think you’re getting it!” This is fun and I think it will improve my paintings, even if it is all in my subconcious.
September 6, 2010 September 7, 2010
I have continued to practice the art of collage. Composition…values…abstract…representative…SO MUCH to think about! At this point I am still playing with black, 3 grays and white. I think I have two more collages in me before I go bonkers from lack of color, color, color. Anyway, my latest collage did not emerge organically. I went into the piece with the idea of doing a field of flowers. As my husband said when asked if it looked like a field of flowers. I think I was “sort of” successful.
But a good time was had by all (being only me).