Monday, March 24, 2014

Kiln for Sale

Kress electric kiln with kiln sitter. Model D-24-11. 240 watts. 
Interior dimensions approximately 23 1/4" wide
22 1/2" deep, 8 shelves, 
Stilts of every shape and size
Every tool you'll ever need, Plus gloves, In good working order last time fired. Been stored almost 2 years. Package deal $500. Email. Islandgirlstu
Phone 803-509-1604

Sunday, March 23, 2014

ARTISTS AS AVATARS PETER CHAMETZKY April 2014 Modern Intellectual History

Professor from USC Columbia SC 
"Artists as Avatars" asks the hard questions...

"Are artists crazy? Are creators more likely to be mad, or madder, than the rest of us? Does mental distress deepen artistic vision? Correlate to genius? Is the drive to fashion a personal pictorial or plastic universe pathological? Bettina Gockel's hefty Tübingen Habilitationsschrift, “The Pathologizing of the Artist: Artist Legends in Modernity,” documents the significant amount of mental energy expended exploring these and related questions from the mid-nineteenth century into the 1920s. Matthew Biro's The Dada Cyborg argues that the Dadaists’ montages, assemblages, and raucous agitational activities in the public sphere of World War I-era Berlin indicate modernity's disruption of stable subject positions and suggest instead hybrid, “cyborgian” identities. These included challenges to normative notions of sanity, but also to those of gender, ethnicity, race, and national and political allegiance. James van Dyke's study of the Weimar- and Nazi-era career of painter Franz Radziwill, a World War I veteran and self-taught reactionary modernist realist, provides a detailed case study of an artist whom one might, in retrospect, suspect of a degree of grandiosity and careerism bordering on the pathological, but who was driven by a complex of motivations as political as they were personal." 

There is so much to think about in what Peter asks. Non-Artists will often site anyone that works and often does their work for free, must be crazy! Thus business organizations often seek donations of art work from visual artists, donations of books from literary artists, poets, writers and musicians are often asked to perform for free for a good cause! No one works for free...except us artists. 

And why??? 

We do it for love... or for exposure or to prove a point or 

support a cause. Yes, I can certainly understand mainstream

 thinking we must all be crazy! 

I just wanted to share the idea and the info that "Artists Are Avatars". I am showing my support for a fellow artist and writer.  So check it out  and if you are an artist and want to discuss this further or do a guest blog...  just let me know!

Yours Truly,

PETER CHAMETZKY (2014). Modern Intellectual History Issue01, Volume11, Issue01, April 2014 pp 237-252

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Paper Assemblage aka Collage

Today, I was just goofing off and playing with cut shapes in paper when a few friends stopped by the studio. They saw this in progress....

So.... I had to share the finished paper collage product.
I named it; "Quarterly Report". I'll admit that is an unusual name for a work of art... but I have a business degree and before I declared business I majored in (no kidding) Accounting! LOL! Now, don't faint or say BS... it is true. Jeanee's Believe It or Not! LOL!!

Let me know what you think of this type of work... should I do more? Or should I just forget about it..or maybe just try it again, next quarter. LOL!

The Pink House of Art

Throughout the past 20  (+/-) years, I have shown my art in a wide variety of places from galleries to furniture stores, coffee shops to theatres. I even had my art hanging for years (and I continue to hang art there) at Palmetto GBA, a div of BC/BS. They are avid supporters of the arts in the greater Columbia, SC area and have held art shows there for years. 

Recently, I went there and picked up about 15 pieces of art. It's funny, you would think as an artist we would remember every piece of art, but honestly as prolific as I have been over the years... I do not remember them all, anymore!

I have this mixed media piece that I had made just before hanging there and I remembered the name instantly when I saw it and was like, wow, I am kinda' glad to have this back as I had never taken a picture of it or shown it anyplace else, including facebook and my blog. LOL! 

"The Pink House of Art"

a 20x16 inch on stretched canvas in a gold frame, done in mixed media with acrylics and pastels.

This one is about the very first house I ever bought, it was pink and I always loved the idea of having a
"Little Pink House"

Yours Truly
Jean Bourque