Friday, July 25, 2014

INSTINCT ART GALLERY'S Self and Others




 
Self and Others reminds us why portrait painting will never die: we can never fully understand ourselves or others, nor keep from trying.  Opening Saturday July 26 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Self and Others runs through September 6. Instinct Art Gallery is located at 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN. 
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibition is curated by John Schuerman and features the art of Frank Gaard, Pamela Gaard, Stu Mead, and Nancy Robinson. 


 About the Artists:
For many years Nancy Robinson has painted narratives with herself as the protagonist.  She runs away from creepy people on the streets, finds herself painting a clothed model without her own clothes on, is the girl that walks into a bar and feels all male eyes turn, finds herself waking up in bed with a Pinocchio-like being, and is in the Garden of Eden as both Adam and Eve.  These are dreamy sequences we relate to, because we too know, that the world is weird and really like that, and we could easily be there in her place. These are not pretend, 'dress-up' self-portraits in the vein of Max Beckman or Cindy Sherman, they are real stories.

Frank and Pamela Gaard have been creating dual portraits of family, and people they've met along the way.  In part, it is socializing.  Pamela says, 'it's a way to get to know someone on a Thursday morning'.  Frank does a lot of the talking and engaging of the subject.  His portraits are comic, expressionist, and cut to the core -to the one bright color within. Pamela takes the quieter observational vantage point.  She distills the person and flavors them with touches of realism. "I think a portrait's successful when I catch that verisimilitude; maybe it's the psychology of the person or just a quirk that they do which is recognized by those that know them well."  The dual portrait is synergistic. We see the person at one moment in time, through two different artists.  They make the complexity of a living human being visible like no other static portraits.


Stuart Mead as a portrait painter -is able to pierce visual reality, sweep away the irrelevant visual cues and render and  accentuate the ones that tease the mind --and still we think, 'that really must be what she looks like'.  We get a true likeness of the sitter, 'the other' but heavy with Stu's gaze and what he wants of them, his 'self'. Hailed (and dissed) for  his desirous overtones, he calls you. Come decide for yourself if these are not wonderful portraits.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gods For Future Religions by Ho Baron



Ho Baron has devoted 30 years to creating his collection of intuitively modeled sculptures that firmly establish him as a visionary artist. In Gods for Future Religions, the artist weaves a story of a mythical kingdom where his surreal sculptures play Jungian archetypal roles. Seventy sculptures are boldly and beautifully displayed along with his lively interpretation of his imagery. His personal anecdotes, observations and artist's story enhance his narrative as he unveils the steps of his visionary creative growth. The 119 color and black-and-white illustrations also highlight samples of his earlier pen-and-ink drawings and experimental drawing on his photographs. Written for a general audience, this title will appeal to all readers with imagination. Baron's earlier work, El Paso: A Hoverview, is in public, academic and art libraries across the country. With line drawings in the skies of cityscapes, the work is an experimental photographic exploration of his hometown. Now with Gods for Future Religions, Baron focuses on his surreal reliefs and three-dimensional sculpture, allegorically interpreting them into a worldly fable. Raised in El Paso on the Mexican border, after receiving his MA in English Baron taught in the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Ethiopia in the 1960's. He later settled in Antwerp, Belgium as the resident photographer in a cartoonists' collective. In the late 70's, Baron returned to the US and began his studies in sculpture, first at the Philadelphia College of Art and later at the University of Texas. His sculpture has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Mexico and in public art venues. He is a retired librarian/instructor and a full-time artist.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Artography by DOLLY MILLER-BRENNAN


Dolly and Ava

  
Artography is the combination of art and photography. All images are transferred to fine art giclées. They are printed with a watercolour overlay and giclée gallery wraps



Pearl's Eye

Bio by Dolly:

My love of photography began at age 3 sitting for what seemed like hours for my Gypsy father. Being allowed into the dark room with Daddy and seeing the awesome finished result made me want to be behind the camera and not in front of it. Watching Daddy train horses for summer fun enhanced my appreciation of equine photography. 

I hold 2 bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Political Science and studies in photography with years on the lecture circuit for political operatives and am active in conservative Texas politics. However the camera is always with me. 

 
Romance At American Acres
I shoot from an emotional and spiritual perspective with the desire to impart the feelings of the animals, the aura of the area and the spirit of the people involved to those who view my images.
I see the world as one spiritual all engulfing abstraction and can become so involved when out in the field that I sometimes can not feel my surroundings but lost in the soul of what I am shooting. I want the viewer to be able to step into the picture and become part of it. 

I sign each piece with GTG, Glory to G-d, in thanks for his gift of sight, after having undergone 3 years of continuous eye surgery. 

My images are transferred into fine art giclée prints and gallery wraps. 

Eye of the Brahma

I belong to the El Paso Art Association, El Paso Texas ; Big Bend Arts Council, Alpine Texas ; Southwestern Indiana Arts Council, Evansville Indiana; The Tri State Art Guild, Angel Mounds Indiana, including Southern Indiana, North Western Kentucky and South Eastern Illinois; the Richmond Area Arts Council, Richmond, Kentucky; the Louisvillle Visual Arts Association, Louisville, Kentucky; and the Lawrence County Arts Council, Lawrenceville, Illinois.



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Watching Over Me


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Building Community: One Stitch At a Time by Su Zi




            Fashion, as a genre, has survived the culture wars: so much so that it has become a megalithic industry in itself:  name designers are recruited by big box stores to create a season’s worth of garments, that are then produced by sweatshops to be distributed to millions of stores. Yet, the handcraft is absent from these garments; in future times, their aesthetic will value them as vintage, maybe, but that leaves our moment empty.  

            If we turn our eyes to handcrafted garments as true art, then a flood of possibilities present themselves: in every community are knitters, are artists who work in fiber as pure sculpture, are those who sew, and, rarest of all are the milliners—those who fashion hats by pure craft, one by one. One such artist is Sherri Lower, who has been the single needle behind Hats Off Boutique for over ten years, traveling across the country with a mobile shop of handcrafted hats, driving aprons, jackets and an assortment of skirts, scarves, and bags, all made one by one. Traveling to fifteen carriage driving shows a year, Ms Lower says that,  “some of my clients have become close friends, which is a good thing. There are some people you really enjoy having as a friend and that’s what I like most. You never know when you’re going to meet someone you really hit it off with.”  This is a personal service: while her mobile shop has garments of stunning beauty and craftsmanship, Ms Lower also works with clients to create something exclusively for them, a wearable work of art.

            Carriage driving is an equestrian sport with only a few thousand participants in North America, “ a small sport, compared to Europe, we’re very small over here […] and compared to eventing [ a cross-country equestrian competition over jumps] and dressage [ a precision riding competition that is also recognized by the Olympics], we’re small, but that’s what makes it special” says Ms Lower, who began her business “on my own” because “I was a carriage driver and needed outfits […] I could sew and I made connections with a millinery house.” However, one need not be a carriage driver to access her beautiful work, as Ms Lower maintains an independent website and has begun an Etsy page.   
            As an artist, Ms Lower has spent a lifetime at her craft, saying:
            “ My mother taught me how to sew when I was 5 years old. For me, it’s part of your root. For me, it’s been a job, it’s been something fun to do—I love creating things. Sewing has been to me many things, money-maker, fun, and it created a business.  I feel that when I design something I have a mental picture in my head of how I want it to come out.
It has to be exact or I am not satisfied. I see a vision .
If I see a piece of fabric, I can see it made. Anything you can see and make, to me, that is art. You can physically form your vision into an object or a design, that’s art.”

            A wearable work of art is not the domain of department stores, whose products are exactly that—products with too-often  artificially  inflated credibility that serve to segregate economic classes, and which are neither hand-craft or art, despite their  industry’s self- congratulatory machinations. Fashion has become an entrenched clique with blind eyes to the very vision that inspired it: a beautiful, well-crafted garment. For this, our communities are our answer, for there is the vision, the commitment and the craft. Ms Lower said, “ I love to design. I love creating a look for someone that makes them feel special.”  Obviously,  Ms Lower, and very few people like her,  can provide that which has been lacking in our carefully curated closets: art in which to cloth ourselves, crafted by hand, and utterly fabulous.


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