29 Sep

Nuptial Flight

Nuptial Flight

Nuptial Flight

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

While the “experts” tackle pesky politically slanted questions on television about the policies that host countries should adopt towards the swarm of refugees who flee their own land for a shot at life. They set out on foot for days, men, women and children, some are rescued, a few fall through the cracks. Some host countries raise walls of barbed wire, their camps saturated, others accommodate gingerly. The masses keep moving striving for a better life, letting life happen along the way.

 

10 Sep

Revisiting Artist of the Month @ AGNJ

What does it even mean to be “artist of the month”, “employee of the week” etc.?  Are you designated a position for that time period only?  Which raises the question what are you the rest of the time?  I know there is Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day – concoctions of Hallmark.  Who concocted “Artist of the Month”?

Having worked in the creative department of the ad industry for more years than I care to recall, it was an exercise in foregoing credit for artworks you created.  I recall once, a client sent a thank you letter for a logo I designed for his new enterprise as a staff artist.  My response?  Did I allow myself one?  Think a knowing smirk expressing a degree of bitterness at being bestowed with an understanding of reality that no thank you note could lift.  I let the note slip into the trash can unceremoniously.  Why did I deprive myself of at least a degree of satisfaction?  Those were pre-social media days so there was no opportunity to brag or humble brag!

Last year, artist of the month at Arts Guild NJ slipped by fairly unceremoniously as well, culminating in some awkward picture taking at the exhibit of 12 artists.  Yes it was a competitive process yada yada, who gives a sh-t?!  The point of it, which struck me fairly recently, is the ability to be humble and erase past conditioning.  So dear fellow artists, when and if you are ever artist of the month, week or year, let your lungs swell up with joy and embrace your love of art!

REVIEW: AGNJ, Artist of the Month 2014

 

07 Sep

Color Vision

“See Me
Feel Me
Touch Me
Heal Me
Listening to you, I get the music
Gazing at you, I get the heat
Following you, I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet
Right behind you, I see the millions
On you, I see the glory
From you, I get opinion
From you, I get the story”

Lately there has been much senseless bloodshed over an age old prejudice that simply won’t go away.  “I can’t breathe” were the last words of Eric Garner when put in chokehold by NYPD.  Cops across the country are being shot down randomly.  Time to address the prejudice and recognize that the color of blood is always red. Color Vision is a group of 4 canvases.  Each rendered in Ishihara vision chart style inscribed with words that every person feels and can identify with.  “I have a Dream” consists of two dream catchers, each with a diagram of a cross section of a blood cell.