WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 11


3 Paths. Oil on canvas. 2010.

3 Paths. Oil on canvas. 2010.

3 Paths II. Oil on canvas. 2012.

3 Paths II. Oil on canvas. 2012.

3 Paths III. Oil on canvas. 2012.

3 Paths III. Oil on canvas. 2012.

Another in a series of analyses on my art. This one’s late! I’ve done separate posts before on  two of the pieces individually (just click or search the tags ‘oil paint’ or ‘paintings’ and you will see all those posts). Most of the posts have just been to do with my progress, but not on all three together as completed works.

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

3 Paths, 3 Paths II and 3 Paths III

WHAT:  These works are oil on canvas pieces and are inspired by the fantastically bold art of Qin Feng. There are a couple links to his work below. They are conceptual (art whose ideas are more important than the traditional aesthetic & material concerns). They are non-objectional abstract (more on that in the next paragraph). All three pieces together form a triptych. Nah, I didn’t make that word up…it’s a real word! Triptych:  (pron.: /ˈtrɪptɪk/TRIP-tik; (from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχοs (“three-fold”), from tri-= “three” + ptysso= “to fold”) is a work of art (usually a panel painting) which is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works. The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked by two smaller related works, although there are triptychs of equal-sized panels. The form can also be used for pendant jewelry. – wikipedia

WHY: I wanted to step away from realism and naturalism for a while (realism and naturalism are two different styles of art, but with a similar focus-to capture what subjects really look like) and give a serious stab at what I before only dabbled with from time to time: complete abstract. Many people know that abstract is a very altered rendering of an object and abstract art can also be non-objective (just shapes, lines, form or shape othat are not of any object-people, things, places, etc.; my three pieces are examples of being non-objective and abstract). I highly admire Renaissance art as well. I wanted to try something less detailed and liberating as far as the process; something also, to be honest, that I could create quickly! My detailed artworks are like making a 10-course meal. And although the creation process involved much thought, these 3 paintings were like making a sandwich. So, a BIG difference as far as time. When I saw works by Qin Feng, all gorgeous and pow pow pow in your face, it got my mind going! POW! #ObnoxiousAlert

WHEN: I did these over a span of two years (after starting and stopping). The 1st one was done in 201o. II and III were done in 2012.

HOW: I will explain this pretty quickly so as to get to the point about 3 paintings. First, the ground is prepared. For each work, I wanted the ground colors to be visually appealing, but without being usual colors. The first has a deep red brick color, the 2nd has a loud yellow and the 3rd was to be a dark (with black) greenish color, but it appears mainly black.  The next step was to paint the wide strokes across each work. Expansively free lines was what I was going for. An Asian appearance (beauty of line, varied brush widths and directions and coloring to complement the each ground) was the aim as well. As far as the coloring of the strokes, I got stuck on the 2nd one. I didn’t know what color to use against the yellow ground. Then my roommate suggested that I create the pieces to all include the same colors so that they’d go together more. Great idea! It cut the indecisiveness. See? Besides wondering ‘what the heck is that?’ when they are looking at their artist roommate’s pieces, they can also give advice! My first piece was a BREEZE to do-inspiration was high. # II was indecisive-had to figure out the color scheme. # III was like the anti-art monsters just swallowed my brain and sucked out all of my creative thoughts! I even cursed that painting out…LITERALLY (you can read about it in this post: “FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING!: i cursed out my painting…badly” from October 2012). I changed it 50,000 times (well, almost), but it got done. Things worked out, though! I finished them all and, in fact, while I was painting the 3rd (hell-ish, lol) piece, someone wanted to buy all three paintings! Thank God! You can read about that, too (“UPDATE: wrapped up and sent off with a tear…i miss my paintings” from November 2012). The 3rd piece was mailed separately because one area would NOT dry. I think if a tornado blew over it, it wouldn’t’ve dried! I had to actually rub off some of the oil paint layers. It dried quickly after that. I coulda beat myself with a jumbo sable paintbrush for not getting that earlier. Meh…

I am glad that I could finally post this article. Talk about STALLIN’. But I did it and I hope you enjoyed reading and learning about these works! // SHAMELESS PLUG TIME!!: If you are interested in any works as far as questions and as far as purchases, email me: calonie.ct@gmail.com. Thanks!

View more art at: http://paintingsilove.com/artist/caloniejohnson THANKS! // UPDATE: I just completed a new piece, today. Back on my drawing game after taking a long break due to work, involvements and just plain hiatus. I will post it, soon. I want to next create more religious-based artworks (do not have enough of those and they’re important), Assassin’s Creed fan art (but something gritty and naturalistic…no corny stuff) and fairy tale-based art (but not sappy). I also want to work on a book of my art. A long thought of project that is overdue!

Qin Feng sites:

Official artist site- Click Here

Qin Feng on Artnet- Click Here

UPDATE: wrapped up and sent off with a tear…i miss my paintings


I would’ve wept and let tears drop (like in the movies) on this mailer, but I was in the post office. I would have looked weird. So I made a sad face over it, instead.

Weeeeeeeeeep!!!! I did it. It had to be done. *sniff*

I mailed two paintings to a buyer (or that other fancy word people who sell their wares like to use: patron) on November 2nd. These two paintings are featured in these posts on this blog: “WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 5″ and “HMMMM…WHAT WILL THIS BE? 2:  after a faulty start, i have figured it out”. As can be expected from an artist (because if you know the true artist personality, we tend to get attached), I miss them very much, but artists have to make that money, too, and so we have to teach ourselves to let go and keep creating. It is a hard lesson everytime. Well, almost everytime because sometimes we produce stuff that just plain sucks or pissed us off somehow. In cases like that, it is EASY to let a piece of art go because we DO NOT like it.

Below are two photos I shot of the artworks a few hours before I went to the post office:

3 Paths. Oil on canvas board. 2010.

3 Paths II. Oil on canvas board. 2012.

Before sending the paintings off, I did the following: took final photos (I have soooo many photos from other shoots, too) and final detail photos, wrote a letter (which incl. care advice and advice on framing and hanging the works) and I went to a copy place to make a few prints from the paintings. When selling original art always make sure to take photos & make prints of your work (for yourself, portfolio and marketing needs). Never sell an original piece without making sure to have visual evidence to keep.

So now my precious pieces are in the abode of another. *sigh* I hope that they will take great care of them, realizing that when you buy a piece of art you are literally buying a piece of that artist along with it. Art really is more than money. It’s soul & thoughts. But I already decided I am going to keep with this Qin Feng-inspired art and produce more. Produce more so that I will feel better again (!), so that I can see if I can push the envelope and produce even BETTER versions and because I just really love this style of abstract art. It’s like Mannerism in abstract form! Very expressive!

I have a third piece within this series (which makes this series a triptych-a series of 3 works that, well, go together…..a diptych would be 2 works that go together…..I wonder what a 7 series is; a septtych??). But there is one area on ‘3 Paths III’ that literally refuses to dry! And I did not even utilize medium (like linseed oil, for ex.) which prolongs drying time. So I am annoyed and mind-boggled. I wanted to mail them altogether, but I will have to mail this one later, after I figure out what to do with it….and after I quit glaring at it. I also talked more about this 3rd one in this post that you can find on my blog: “FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: i cursed out my painting…badly”. Serious. Read it.

Well, gonna sign off on this post, but I am going to do an analysis on the hows and whys of this series (all 3) in another one of my art analyses that I like to write.

I am going to go and take a walk because DAYTIME seems to be a cue card for NOISE for some people. My neighbors on one side are loud (mega bowling match goin’ on, apparently). And my neighbors on BOTH sides are SUPER jerks with a breakdancing (apparently) dog on one side and s***load of puppies on the other side. These dogs are straight buggin’! Connected walls……..the scourge of apartment living.

Have an awesome day and night, readers (I KNOW you will if you do not have dog-owning, bowling neighbors)!

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FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING!: i cursed out my painting…badly


AND THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES…

I sized the image above to be quite large because that would represent just how INFURIATING this piece is for me!

Let’s start from the beginning: If you read my posts (WhatWhenWhyHow: Artwork Analysis 5, WhatWhenWhyHow: Artwork Analysis 5 (a second look), Hmmmm: i wonder what this will be, Hmmmm: i wonder what this will be 2), you will see that I am working on a 3-part series of paintings with a very swoopy abstract feel inspired by a superb Chinese artist named Qin Feng. I have not posted much on my 2nd painting as I’m waiting to finish the series before doing a final post on all three. But you can see a peek of it in the image above (it is the yellow canvas with the red against it!). The series, as I have mentioned, already has a buyer and when I complete the 3rd painting, I will receive the other half of my payment. I will direly miss this series. It is so special to me and it really is very emotionally close to me. But getting paid helps an artist alot.

But the fact that a patron is waiting on the series to be completed makes my aggravation all the more worse! Because along with my need to maintain and also improve my skills and artistic reputation, I don’t want the buyer to wait FOREVER!

The 3rd painting I am referring to is the one above. Yep, the black oil-painted one up there. At first I started it with a specific idea that the other two share (the secret is in the style of the strokes). The 1st painting, ‘3 Paths’, I was very enthusiastic and my mind wide awake with inspiration. the 2nd one, ‘3 Paths II’; that yellow/red one in the image, I was pressed for ideas, but as I worked it out it came so easily! The 3rd one, which will be ‘3 Paths III’, is so humongously frustrating! It is as if with each painting my idea capacity has gotten lower and lower until I reached the soulless depths of Artist Hell!!!! Artist Hell is a place where you are punished by having ideas stripped from your brain and to, for ETERNITY, chase those ideas as they forever and perpetually escape your grasp. Forever and ever and ever!! AAAAARRRRGGGHHHH!! That right there was not just comic sound I typed, that was actually me in front of that canvas agonizing like a rabid, inspiration-drained artist.

In fact that canvas in the photo above is the FIRST canvas. At 1st I was pressed for what color should be against the black background. I tried green. Meh. Tried brown. Double meh. A friend of mine suggested I combine the black from my 1st painting & the yellow from the 2nd; thereby making them even more of a unite. Artists have a hard time, sometimes, drawing from others, but we do do it (every now and again I accept ideas from my mom, whom also creates art and is the one whom got me into art to begin with) and that black, yellow thing was a great idea!! Thanks Maurice! As I re-did the design, in yellow horribly thought out ways, atop the black I would paint over the yellow in black until the re-paintings were so many that surface became very textured with 2 layers worth of design underneath. The other two paintings have smooth grounds. This one was starting to resemble a Japanese rock garden with the raking ridges (which would not be bad if that was part of my idea)… Unlike the 1st 2 paintings, which have a continuity that relate to each other, this one was NOT relating in style or design.

Something was beginning to brew inside of me:

Yeah. I was getting as pissed off as fire looks.

So I re-started on a new canvas. Painted it black and went at it with yellow, again…still no success. Still dissatisfied. UGH. I mean, this was a great example of art and abstract art both NOT being as easy as some people irresponsibly think. Being an artist takes ALOT of mental and visual problem-solving, guys! So I thought I just needed to step away and refresh my mind. Re-focus and re-think. Even the patron suggested I take a break and re-focus. So I did unwind a bit and when I returned to it, I looked to trees as inspiration since how the strokes interconnect in the paintings is similar to how tree branches lay over and under each other. But that did not help, either because even though trees branches are a great design muse, it didn’t work with the placement I was going for. So as I got to the point below…

No. No. NOOOOOOOoooooooo!!!!!! And it starts…

…I think my mind and hanging-on-a-string patience just, like, left me and drifted off somewhere because I started (and this is where the title of the post comes in) to curse my painting out!! I’ve been mad at my artwork before (which is really being mad at myself), but never like this! Like each time I worked on it trying to get a decent image to magically morph, I went into another tirade. I was mad because I wanted to get it done. I was mad because it was really testing my artistic prowess (which involves your pride, there, yep). I was mad because it looked so poopy. Yep. Poopy. So I cursed at it like it was a human being; like it was the ULTIMATE nightmare jerk, and slang at it with my paintbrush trying to force a result. Every single person (incl. the holier than thou ones) have that breaking point a few times in life! I peppered my canvas with the profanity I wanted to throw at jerks I really DO know! Nevermind thinking that artists ALWAYS serenely and peacefuly come to a result as we sip wine, our minds doing a ballet with the spirits of daVinci & Escher pushing us along all while listening to Bonobo (well, that last part is true for me, anyway…I like Bonobo). Sometimes you gotta FORCE that mofo!! When you get angry at a piece of work, you MAKE it do what you need it to. Sure, I felt bad that I was being a verbal psychopath and, since I love my artworks personally, I felt bad for treating my painting so wretchedly; I felt pretty bad about all that potty/sailor/Katt Williams mouth (actually the painting probably wants to tell me: “You are a megatron jerk. It’s YOU messing up, not me!! YOU are the one painting ME. Duh. Get it together. Like, wow.”).

Then something happened and I did start getting it together…

EUREKA!! Time to dance an ole timey jig!!

I apologize, painting. I am a megatron jerk. I still have some kinks to work out and have to paint one more layer so that the yellow will not be transparent, but it is looking like it is saying something to me, now! Keep talking because I wanna finish on a high note! In a way the anger experienced was good. It was me albeit furiously, admitting I knew I had improvements to make…because a cocky artist is a stupid artist). All in all, this was definitely one of those visual problem-solving projects and I am glad I came to a result. WOW.

This post was longer than I planned on it being, but that is okay. If you took time to read the entire post, that is even better…and thank you! When I complete the series, I’ll post a final analysis on it and I hope you will read that one as well!

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A MULTI-TASKING GALLERY: a day at City Art Gallery


When I lived in South Carolina (I moved to FL, this month!), I made an effort to visit this very chill and awesome gallery in Columbia, SC. I call this a multi-tasking gallery because it is 3 things rolled into one: exhibit/gallery space, a place to buy art and a place to buy art supplies. There are even 3 levels: the basement has a MEGA shipload full of art supplies, 1st floor is an exhibit area featuring  current shows and the 2nd floor is an exhibit area for local artists. Classes and discussions/events on art also take place, here. It’s a vibrant scene. Stopping here is always a treat and I hope I can visit again! Here, I have some highlights of my last visit which took place in April.

(Note: The smaller photos were taken with my cell-yes, I doubled up using that & my digital camera-hence their much lighter coloring-I did not adjust the settings, 1st.  Also, I like to credit artworks by other artists, but the labels I photographed featuring the artists’ names turned out blurry…so I hope I don’t get in trouble!!)

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC (this photo is from kathycaseyart.net)

  • This is the front of the building, but the way into the lot makes it look like it is the side. and it is in the same area as restaurants, other art venues and interesting little shops. On this visit, I forgot that there is free parking in their lot and, instead, parked in an area you gotta pay to park. Once I had my duh moment, I re-parked in this lot. Saved me some quarters because I stayed longer!

This is the 1st floor of the gallery. There is a wide space for exhibit space and classes, discussions.

  • As the caption states, this is one view of the 2nd floor. It’s a gorgeous scene and I love the strings of lights, classy piano, gritty brick walls and the natural wood floor and other wood touches. It is about as artful as the actual works featured. This particular floor houses current exhibitons. the exhibit that was up during this period included neat, quirky photography. I strolled around them for quite a while!

Another view. I want a piano! (As mentioned above, this and some others were taken with my mobile, hence the size.)

  • I wonder if I would have played the piano would I have gotten kicked out?……………………………?

A series of photographs depicting night scenes! Makes me want to go out! Lights! Bars! Night time! *sigh*

  • I love the vast perspective in these images and the coloring.

Really?? This was too fun! Photography depicting people sleeping in various places and spaces.

Feel sleepy looking at these people sleeping, aren’t ya?

A triptych of a skyscape. I stared at this for quite some time…

This is really neat, the freeing imagery and the arrange,ment work well together.

This is another room off the 2nd floor space. I felt this was a ragingly perfect photo opp! Reminds me off the Three Graces…

Neat!

Made it to the 2nd floor gallery space which featuresmany local artists. This series of lowcountry scenes are peaceful and light!

A piece by famed artist & SC native Tarleton Blackwell depicts Uncle Sam in the midst of social concern. Read more about Blackwell in the link at the end of this post!

  • When I was in college, Tarleton Blackwell was one of the names our professors mentioned and I took my 1st trip to City Art with my a college art class. I fell in love with the place that day and I saw Blackwell’s work for the first time that day, as well. His work speaks very much on society, racism and politics. His work goads you into thinking and introspection…and into remembering reality.

I really took to the bold industrial paintings of this artist, Joseph Byrne. The details and colors are vivid! Read more about Byrne in the link at the end of this post!

Another dynamic piece by Byrne…

A cavalcade of very unique works by different artists…

  • I trolled this section for quite a long time taking in so much and taking alot of photos!!

 

Like the Great Wall of Charcoal Stuff! *drooooooool*

  • I made it to the basement. I intentionally saved that for last! City Art has more art supply goodies than you can throw a brick at!….I know, that makes no sense. I didn’t know what else to say!! When I was here on that visit, I bought a drawing pad, a compressed sanguine (reddish clay color) charcoal stick, a black charcoal stick and a couple other things. But I think HALF that store would be dry if I coulda gotten all the things I REALLY wanted! But I was glad for what I did get because I needed them!

Paintbrushes and other painting supplies. What I would like to do is position my arm on every shelf in this ENTIRE basement and run my arm down them, knocking every supply in sight down in one fell sweep…right into a HUGE bag. That is what I would like to do.

Canvas. *weep*

And that is IT!! I had a lovely visit and soaked it all into my mind, but I’m glad the post is done. PHEW!! I had to deal with some glitches, but it’s completed. I really hope you enjoyed reading and viewing the photos and there are links below for more info on City Art, Tarleton Blackwell and Joe Byrne!

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WHAT IF THEY REALLY SAID THAT?!?: Dialogue Fun with Art…i was bored PART TWO!!


Hi, guys; precious blog readers! This is my 1st REAL content post in a while… I decided to write-er-type another part to “What if They Really Said That!?!: Dialogue Fun With Art…i was bored”. You can find that installment in my posts as well. Apparently, readers liked it so much and I had so much fun with that one, I asked myself: Why not do another?? So, here goes another set of great artworks captioned with what I think they mighta said or thought… (EXTREMELY serious artists and art critics need not read this, thou shalt be HIGHLY peeved)

Arrangement in Grey and Black or Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler, 1871.

Whistler’s Mom, Anna:  (thinking this in her head) “I love my son. I really do. He is a LOVELY artist! But really? REALLY?? My butt is killing me sitting here so freakin long. Day in and day out. UGH. Artists. No fathomable sense of time. When I get up, my tookus is gonna be numb.

Mona Lisa by Leonardo daVinci, 1503-1507. NOTE: daVinci was commissioned to paint her by Francesco di Bartolommeo di Zanobi del Giocondo (Mona’s husband & long name guy). He worked on the painting 4 years, but never gave it to Giocondo. She may have been 24 in this portrait.

Mona Lisa: “Hehehehe… Nearly 510 years and I am STILL befuddling the crap out of people and exquisitely creeping them out with my……gaaaaaze. Even Leonardo had trouble parting ways with me.  Never gave me to my husband.  I LOVE being a highly venerated legend! Certified HOTNESS.”

American Gothic by Grant Wood, 1930. NOTE: The woman is Wood’s sister, Anne & the cameo she wears has a portrait of their mother, Hattie, in it. The man whom posed is Wood’s dentist Byron McKeeby. They posed as father & daughter.

Woman: (thinking this in her head) “Everyday that I look upon him, I am reminded he is straighter than the pitchfork and the boards on the house. BOOOOOR-IIIING!! Even his smile is straight.”

Man: (also in his head) “How long have we been standing here?”

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, 1931.

Guy face laying on the ground: “He is a genius, but sometimes…….I wonder about Salvador and his cognitive state. Like why the hell do I look like this, laying on a ground with a limp clock on me? Homeboy needs to ease up on these dreams!!”

The Flower Carrier by Diego Rivera, 1935.

Guy: “Um, seriously…you are NOT helping me. I know you’re trying to help me up or whatever, but….no. Está bien (it’s okay). I am being crushed by an unreasonably-sized basket of flowers. My manhood dies today!

Woman: (in her mind) “Pobrecito (poor guy). No longer a man.”

The Arnolfini Portrait or The Arnolfini Marraige by Jan van Eyck, 1434. NOTE: Eyck achieved “an almost reflective surface by applying layer after layer of translucent thin glazes. The intense glowing colours also help to highlight the realism, and to show the material wealth and opulence of Arnolfini’s world.”-wikipedia.org

Woman (maybe named Jeanne): “Ah, Giovanni, I am so happy that we’ve surpassed our betrothal and attained the glorious heights of marital union. What bliss!

Giovanni: “Yes, love; my sweet pomegranate! But this is our wedding day! Getting all those layers of gown outta the way is going to be half the battle. I think you wore that to torture me!”

Dog: (in his canine mind) “Good luck with that, bro.”

I hope everyone enjoyed this 2nd installment of “What if They Really Said That?!?” I will do another. Making the humorists happy and the over-serious artists and art connoisseurs mega annoyed!!

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HAUTE COUTURE DEATH & QUIRKY PICASSOS: a day at (MOCA) The Museum of Contemporary Art-Jacksonville


My trip to Jacksonville, Florida’s The Museum of Contemporary Art late July 2011 was my first museum trip in a while, admittedly, and so was a welcome and warm reminder of the fascination that museums & their priceless (well, priceless AND price-y to be honest…I can’t afford a Picasso, but I’d LOVE to) hold for visitors. Here, I have some highlights of that visit.

(MOCA) The Museum of Contemporary Art-Jacksonville

  • This is the front of the facility. It is a handsome piece of modern art, itself reflecting the contemporary (or from our time) works inside. As we walked up to the building, I felt this was my best & only time for a good shot of the exterior, as my boyfriend was in the beginning stages of being eye-rollingly annoyed with my disease: photo-itis. Seems like no matter what your main interest is in (painting, drawing, graphics), an artist will ALWAYS suffer from this illness…

The atrium featuring the works of Melanie Pullen. My boyfriend checkin it all out…

When we made it inside, the second thing we took notice of (the first thing was the welcome desk where I picked up brochures like a brochure thief) was the star of the museum show: “Project Atrium: Melanie Pullen”, featuring many pieces from he “High Fashion Crime Scenes” series.  Appropriately placed in an atrium, these massive and impressive (the impressiveness heightened by the scale of the space it occupies) photographs are, I read, inspired by vintage Los Angeles crime photos. Creeeeepyyyy…I like! Pullen adds a dash of further interest by having had the models be their dead best in fashionable shoes and clothing. I am going to make sure I meet my end in a pair of Christian Louboutins.

What is also awesome about these photographs is the bare simplicity of them. No frills. Just straight-forward photography, but with a staging Vermeer would probably be proud of: the off-centered focusing, angled shots. Just very cool. The coloring & lighting in each is masterful & admirable. If you do not mind the “dead”-ness of it, very hip exhibit.

A closer look.

Another on a landing’s wall.

These photos, I believe, aren’t glorifying crime scenes, but the visuals of the photos inspired the artist to produce unique visuals of her own. Art is a capturer.

The Melanie Pullen exhibit runs from July 16 to November 6th, 2011.

The installation at home in the UNF Gallery.

A closer look at the same area.

  • I know what you’re thinking staring at the two images above. “Those outfits are toooo cute.” No, okay, you are reeeaaally thinking, “What the hell is that? Doll-icide?” This may be an odd installation (an installation being artwork created using the space it occupies), but it kind of drew my senses in as I pondered it. What, besides the obvious (dolls) was it? WHY was it?

First of, the exhibit is titled “What a Doll: The Human Object as Toy”, art by Christina West. It is in the UNF Gallery of the museum. As installations’ purpose is to occupy its space, I gingerly walked through it, taking care NOT to accidentally move anything with a misplaced step, and wondered at what I was looking at. The dolls, themselves, are charmingly modeled (with grimacing faces) and positioned in various, isolated or piled-on ways. I liked the exhibit for being fresh & modern. My boyfriend just thought it was weird & didn’t stay long, but I, being an artist, really sought to figure all this out. I knew it had to be psychologically-based and when I read the exhibit statement on the wall, I saw I’d gotten that part right.  From what I remember reading, the dolls are subtly displaying thoughts and feelings we all have, but that others do not see/know. Everyone is only but so exposed, the rest of us is a mystery.

The Christina West exhibit runs from May 19th to August 28th, 2011.

“America Whistles”. Lithograph. 1976. Edward Ruscha.

If you are an artist or even not one, you may have heard of the pop artist Edward Ruscha (pronounced roo-shay & born 1937-still livin’). I heard of him and that is why when I saw this piece, as part of a text as art exhibit around the corner from West’s doll installation, I pretended to faint. I wanted to faint, but I wasn’t going to, really. So I figured pretending was just as well. EDWARD RUSCHA!! Wow! And for this to be a piece from 1976, it very much fots the super modern, minimalistic approach art is taking, right now. What appears to be little specks on the paper are actually colored song notes.

“My Garden”. Lead intaglio. 1971. Louise Nevelson.

I’ve admired Louise Nevelson (1900-1988) since learnin of her in my early college years. Her deeply geometric and complex abstract sculptures, usually of wood, entranced my mind! How could such simple shapes become mazes of wonder?? Above is ot one of her magnificent wood pieces, but a magnificent piece all the same. So happy I happened upon this one & the intricate embossments worked into it.

At this point, my incessant stopping/picture-taking made my boyfriend disappear to look at other things. Oh, well! I caught up, later.

Imaginary Portrait. Lithograph on paper. 1969. Pablo Picasso.

  • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)…what else is there to say besides that enigmatic, hypnotic name? These works are apart of the museum’s “Pablo Picasso: The Imaginary Portrait Series”. The museum has a great showing of them, but these aren’t NEARLY all the works in that series.

When I saw the space with his work, it was akin to anticipating meeting a rockstar! Picasso, along with many other artists, is to artists what Oprah is to alot of women-an idol. To view, in front of your face, the result of the colors he chose and the way he wielded his tools…WOW!! *sigh*

Me oggling the Picassos.

More pleasantly off-guard works in the series.

I really enjoyed these quirky, cubist pieces. Art is an escape!

A close-up of a piece with a date in his hand!!

Apparently, Picasso created this humongous series in just 1969. Look at that, above!! His very own writing! I know I sound wacky, but that is apart of the territory…besides this IS Picasso!!

“Phenomena Alchemist”. Acrylic on canvas. 1983. Paul Jenkins.

  • This was another cool work I happened upon. I thought it was oil, it’s so rich and vibrant, but it’s acrylic!

Paul Jenkins (1923-still alive, ya’ll) is an American abstract expressionist whom I might have to become a fan of right now

“Heaven is Worth it All (5004)”. Enamel on paper. 1985. Reverend Howard Finster.

  • This is yet another great exhibit in this impressive museum. “Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster”. At first glance (literally), I thought I was partaking in some fantastical artworks with creatures of myth, then on closer inspection I realized I was looking at the complete opposite – religious works. And boy, is it sublime! Or, rather in this case, divine! Well, both. There was bluegrass music playing to accompany the exhibit and also a television playing his appearance on an episode of Johnny Carson!

He called (past tense, yes, as he passed in 2001) himself a “Man of Visions”, visually setting down his prophecies. And he did! Not only objectively (buildings, figures, etc.), but also in the text-filled with divine inspiration-lacing the work. It makes you listen. Whether you understand or agree with all of these words or not, it reminds you that God should be reverenced.

Detail of “The Crowded World (Ten Thousandth Piece) (10000)”. 1989. Reverend Howard Finster.

Detail of the same piece as above.

The Reverend Howard Finster exhibit runs from April 22nd to August 28th, 2011.

Before leaving the museum, the security guard that had been very quietly monitoring everyone and was conveniently on every floor I went to calmly walked over to me and informed me that visitors were not allowed to take photos of the work. Something my boyfriend hinted at before we progressed into the museum, but I denied his warning for my stronger need to capture & also convinced it would be no big deal! So I stopped…conveniently so, since the exhibit I have ended this article with were the LAST photos I’d taken, anyway, so I was not mad. Plus, he was just doing his job. Plus he was polite. Some museums allow photography, but I suppose alot don’t, thanks to more smarmy people whom infringe and “steal” images. The bad makin’ it bad for the good. One of those things. As you can see, no stealing, here. I look forward to crediting all work while sharing it.

I very much hope you enjoyed this post. Why not enjoy it even more by visiting this first class museum? You will definitely not regret it.

Just don’t bother bringing in a camera…unless you wanna be the hunted…

The Museum: http://www.mocajacksonville.org/

Melanie Pullen, Official Site: http://melaniepullen.com/

Christina West, Official Site: http://cwestsculpture.com/

Reverend Howard Finster, Official Site: http://www.finster.com/

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