Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.
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"True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible... In consequence, on
Thoughtful, intentional writing on par with Kahlil Gibran's classic, The Prophet ,Wendell Berry's essay, What are Humans For? should be required reading for artists in every medium. Shoot, the book is grounds for good conversation with anyone who has ever felt creative in even the smallest way, or wished they were. Surrendering will, and seeking humility are at the heart of the matter.
This is pretty exciting stuff - pulled together by source4style's founder and CEO Benita - this week online.
Clothing made from milk protein? Gorgeous wall pieces and clothing made by cooperatives of men and women all over the globe? We're all familiar with the Heifer International project, and other forms of support for local economies and villages but these five designer/producers are focussed on textiles - and as a textile, mixed media artist, I'm so encouraged by the report and by the gorgeous stuff you can find by clicking on the links in the article. Definitely enticing!
The idea is so ingenious, it almost seems obvious: take advertisements and remove the text that makes them so, leaving only a string of images behind.
How little things have changed when it comes to marketing media. It's not surprising that women's rights are still horrifyingly tenuous when you take a look at these images, co-opted from advertising by artist Hank Willis Thomas.
Thomas eliminates the text/context from advertising images, and in the process, exposes the frightening, discouraging reality of woman as object. Still. And not only as the sex goddess meant to sell product to men. There's a pitch to other women in these images, too. Or there was while the context was intact.
Either way; thought-provoking. If you really thought about it, how many products would you NOT BUY if you considered the insult of the advertising pitch?
Thanks to Jillian Steinhauer for this review.
With recent statistics showing that only 31% of the solo exhibitions at NYC galleries are devoted to women, it comes as a pleasant surprise that over a two-month period this spring there are severa...
I loved seeing these works, which range all over the place. Maura Reilly does a great job of sharing strong work by women, happening now. And women who are at important points in their careers...
From the arresting nudes by Joan Semmel - giving us eroticism with a healthy dose of femaleness to it - to the work of Joyce Kozloff, which just gets better and better, there's something for everyone in the exhibitions that are reviewed. I just wish I could have gotten to NYC to see the art in person. If you live close enough to manage it - go!
In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Austrian novelist Elfriede Jelinek asked, “Is writing the gift of curling up with reality?”
I had to read this essay several times, over several days and savor it, before I could write anything about it. Author Dale Megan Healey explores work by artists Lisa Tan and Anya Liftig, as it relates to her own experiences teaching literature in an art school environment. I think you will find her reflections on what reading means and IS in this age of digital almost everything - engaging. Poignant, really. What does it mean to engage with reading in the fullest sense of the act?
As an artist myself, I was drawn to this statement by Tan -
"As it is, I’ve been anchoring myself to certain literary figures — writers who try to drift away from language and into something else.”
- because I am challenged (and challenging students with whom I work...) to expand what relating to making art looks and feels like for them. (and for me.)
How can I drift away from form and color and process - into something else?" It's such an elusive idea I am not sure I've yet captured it. But reading this essay is an anchor. Returning to it keeps pushing me to think about places where reading, making, words and art intersect. And wondering what magic can happen there for me...
Take time to read Healey's essay. And thanks to her - for writing it.
Given the sudden interest for the color of dresses and vision, here some of the fascinating findings we did recently.The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how many color nuances do you count?You see less than 20 color nuances: you are a dichromats, like dogs, which means you have 2 types of cones only. You are likely to wear black, beige, and blue. 25% of the population is dichromat.You see between 20 and 32 color nuances: you are a trichromat, you have 3 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green and
How fascinating! Diana Derval is an expert in Neuromarketing - now there's a term I wasn't familiar with! As part of her research, she has spent considerable time studying humans and varied abilities to see color. Turns out there are some of us who actually have four cones - the color receptors in our eyes - as opposed to the usual three!
Count the colors you see in the rainbow band included in the article and see what happens. How many do you see? There's no right or wrong - but how informative this is for those of us who work with color every day - whether as artists or instructors. And interesting to ponder how our work as artists is literally seen by the viewing public!
Artist Masumi Hayashi: A Student’s Tribute written by Beth Dubber Masumi Hayashi was a tenured photography professor at Cleveland State University for 24 years. I was fortunate to have been a student of hers for 5 of those years, 1994-1999.
Thanks to Beth Dubber for this poignant piece on Masumi Hayashi. The artist's story - born in an American detainment camp, a successful and sensitive photographer and teacher, murdered senselessly in her apartment building hallway - traverses the depths of emotion, but it's the photographs that stop you in your tracks with their depth of feeling, and terrible beauty.
Composed of hundreds of smaller photos, Hayashi's images of relocation/detainment camps, cityscapes (Cleveland, Ohio) and other sites of power, often misused or misguided, feel sacred to me. Especially the amazing skies in many of the images. Incredible beauty in settings that are mostly desolate and representative of the worst of what human beings do to each other. Looking at them feels like praying.
We explore Julie Blackmon’s take on everyday family life, her photography filling otherwise ordinary scenes with the surreal and the extraordinary.
Julie Blackmon might not be on your radar, but you will be delighted when she is. I read this review of her work, written by Cat Yanish for theculturetrip.com and had to know more.
Blackmon blends photographs of her children and friends with doses of Photoshop and theater, to tell magical visual stories with an emphasis on the craziness, poignancy and ordinariness of daily life. Be sure to click through to Blackmon's galleries in order to fully appreciate her work.
The black and white series, Mind Games, is everything I think of when I try to describe the idea of visual poetry to someone for whom the term is new. If you looked in the encyclopedia, you'd see Blackmon's work as the illustration.
Not to say the color images aren't equally captivating. I thought immediately of Tim Jenison's pursuit of Vermeer in the film Tim's Vermeer. Blackmon looks to be a student of those masters - although her reverence is definitely tongue in cheek!
Couldn't the perfect party game be inspired by her work? Write the Caption! Anyone want to play?
These days, it's possible to spend as much money on a fancy camera as you would on a brand new car.
LOVE, LOVE these pictures! Proof again that creativity lies in the head, heart and hands of the artist/maker and tools are tools. So delightful that even "bad" tools can make great art and entertainment. Made me want to resurrect the pin-hole camera - a favorite of mine from the '80s when my young daughter built a camera in a class and shared her pictures with me. Poetic and poignant.
You'll enjoy these!
For decades, I've been only dimly aware of Rupert Sheldrake as a renegade British biologist who argues that telepathy and other paranormal phenomena (sometimes lumped under ...
Ok. you might ask - what's this got to do with making art? A friend sent a link to a Robert Genn post - one of a weekly series the eminent artist offers as part of his outreach to other artists - http://clicks.robertgenn.com/html/archive.php?clickback=morphic.htm&id=73 in which Genn suggests morphic fields as evidence supporting Jung's collective unconscious theory. Genn goes on to propose this might be what's happening when artists create works that are eerily similar, despite distance and no knowledge of each other.
Read more about morphic fields - as it's one of those concepts you pass by until you're ready to embrace it. That's an experience we can probably all appreciate. Being ready for the teacher and then the teacher comes. Or in this case being ready for the concept, and it surfaces again.
From another perspective, these two articles are fascinating because they reference that old familiar issue - artists who think they've just invented themselves or what they make - without awareness of all the shoulders upon which they stand. It's a certain unfortunate vanity that isn't magnanimous (and curious enough) to honor the source of lessons and wisdom over time! That's why I, for one, am always eager to give credit where credit it due. It's just right behavior.
But on the other hand, there's another half to the equation. Every artist has the inalienable right to "discover" process, technique, and content for his or herself - and to believe in his or her ability to craft something distinctively personal and unique.
Such is the paradox and balancing act: Honoring when honor is due, while harnessing enough self esteem to believe in the power of the evolving self to seek and find the unique, the new and the never been done before.
A worthy challenge.
What do the ’80s post-punk band Liquid Liquid, faded family photographs, and Art Spiegelman have in common? All contributed to the creation of Richard McGuire’s latest graphic novel, Here.
Thanks to hyperallergic.com and Megan Liberty for bringing this to our attention. Richard McGuire's graphic novel is ordered, paid for, and on the way from Amazon.com. I can hardly wait to get it after reading Liberty's article/ review.
One more example of how creative digital can be - when used a tool for art and storytelling! The book's theme - events that might have happened in McGuire's new apartment living room in the years that preceded his acquisition of the space - is made exponentially richer by his use of technology to layer image on image and color over color. I want to do this!
And while I'm not a convert to digital reading (yet) I find it alluring to think about the digital version of this book - available for iPad and Kindle - because sound effects and movement have been incorporated.
How intriguing is that?
In a world in which everyone is trying to plug in, we just want to break out.
Thanks to Stephanie Sharlow and elite daily.com for an article that's hard to read, full of truth, and a challenge to creatives of all ages. At the center of the article is the call to rebuke a daily diet rich on social media bites, but lacking in real life sustenance.
It's ironic to be writing, and therefore participating in, the very thing Sharlow criticizes. The conflict that irony produces is not lost on me. It's IN me. As an artist, the best thing I can do is GO TO THE STUDIO and MAKE ART. Having said that, the teacher in me knows how many people long for connection. A connection that social media provides, right or wrong.
So, as with all things, the another version of the discussion could focus on how we cope with the world THAT IS - since it's unlikely we can change it - in an effort to stay grounded and connected authentically - while using the tools innovation has presented us - without allowing them to rule.
I'm looking for balance all the time - hours in the studio, hours to reflect and write - and an hour a day to reach out to others who are thinking and caring deeply about their work, their time and their creative contribution to the rest of us.
A struggle worth embracing.
Magda Sayeg, aka the Mother of Yarn Bombing, has completely knitted and crocheted over an entire bus in Mexico City. Magda is quite famous in the yarn bombing community and has worked on commissions from companies around the world, including yarn bombs for Absolut Vodka, Mini Cooper, and Smart Car.
Thanks, Kuniko for this fantastic image. I want one. And think about how many productive hours it would be to set a group of young artists to work on a fleet of city busses? Imaginative and so unique!
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
Love this! Back story? I lead an online workshop called Artist Strength Training and it's an immersion in the challenges of being an artist; whether you are a professional or someone who has chosen art as a serious and committed avocation.
Tara Parker-Pope quotes a number of experts who focus on expressive writing as a means of actually REWRITING personal history. Through that writing, perceptions of self versus world can actually change.
I'm not familiar with the term expressive writing, but reading the article was like finding a long lost relative. I knew immediately the power researchers describe because I witness it myself all the time.
When we take time - and yes, that is what is required - to settle, think and KNOW ourselves, we begin to see that what happened wasn't always about us. That might sound like a paradox, because often it is. But it does help artists to make more significant, more deeply connected art.
Read the article to understand this phenomenon better. Thanks to the NYTimes.com and researchers Tim Wilson and James Pennebacker, whose studies are featured in the article.
Before there were self-help books and the legions of advice columnists, before Dr. Phil, there was art.
"But here I visit them as I do old friends. They continually nurture, comfort and delight me. They connect me to millions of my fellow humans long dead or still alive."
Lennie Bennett's review of pieces from St. Petersburg"s Museum of Fine Art effectively articulates why art lovers visit art museums. Whether it's the pieces we first saw as children - and grew to know and love through frequent visits (as is true in her article) - or pieces loved from afar and finally viewed in person during a visit to a specific museum, art is about stories and their impact on us.
Haven't thought about it that way? Think again - and think specifically about five pieces of art you yourself love. I bet you'll find it's the connection to the story of the work that makes it resonate for you. Maybe it's the actual story you project onto the piece, maybe it's a story about the artist/artwork connection. Maybe it's a story about how you came to love what you love.. No matter the angle; it was great to be reminded that art carries limitless stories that enrich our appreciation of the who, what, why, how and when of art works that touch our lives.