Sunday, November 13, 2011

UncensoredfromAlpharetta: "Noplaceness, Art in a Post-Urban Landscape"

UncensoredfromAlpharetta: "Noplaceness, Art in a Post-Urban Landscape": "NOPLACENESS, Art in a Post-Urban Landscape" is a beautiful book that references art in Atlanta,translates the essays by its three authors i...

"Noplaceness, Art in a Post-Urban Landscape"

"NOPLACENESS, Art in a Post-Urban Landscape" is a beautiful book that references art in Atlanta,translates the essays by its three authors into Portuguese and Mandarin and attempts to comprehend the globalization that is resulting from our internet connections. In concept and realization, this volume published by Possible Futures, Inc. is the brainchild of Louis Corrigan. Louis has been putting his own money, time and energy into getting the world to notice the creative talent in Atlanta.

How do we make sense of the new connections we are making? How do we get noticed in a world that is moving so fast? Is anyone listening? What is happening out there?
The authors, Jerry Cullum, Catherine Fox and Cinque Hicks all contribute their views in an exceptionally challenging fashion.

I found my mind spinning in response to the heavy questions that are posed in this very thoughtful work. It hits a depth that we don't often encounter. Corrigan's thinking in the preface is on the mark. We have to look to where the world is going, not where it's been. How can we keep up is left as an open question. However, the reality that we have to reach out and work together is obvious. It is not the same world that it was. News outlets don't function the same way. They are fading and being overwhelmed by the internet. And who can catch the waves of that information? It is so very random.

Read the book. It will challenge you. I can promise you that.

Friday, November 11, 2011

"Give Me Color! Give Me Life!"

The title almost says it all. Strong colors, gentle colors, a variety of techniques. The colors set the mood. While I can't be accused of being totally abstract -- there are images that appear here and there -- I've turned my back on strictly representational work. Anyone with a moderate amount of skill can do that. I want to do something that is worth doing because it stands alone and makes a statement. It should get to you and make it worth looking into its depth.

My paintings are on exhibit at Montfort's Fine Art Gallery, 41 Church St., Alpharetta. Tomorrow the little village on the street will be making a festival day of it. It should be a lively scene.

When I paint, my inner thoughts and emotions spill onto the canvas or paper. No secrets, no hidden stories. It's all there for you to see. The interesting thing I've found over the years is that everyone sees my work from a different perspective. You bring your own experiences and find reflections. It is almost strange how that works.
One night a young man stood in front of one of my paintings and stared, almost incredulous. He finally turned and said, "That's me!" For him, it was.

Launching on 11-11-11!

May this date bring us luck! I want to write about all my talented friends and let the world know we're here. It certainly is time.

Today, I just sent out a couple of messages about Helen Rule. She is such a talented young woman. Her work is on display at Two Rules Gallery on Church Street off the square in Marietta. She created Japanese samurai armor and helmets that can take your breath away if you are at all impressed by craftsmanship. This is sculpture and design. Some of it is based on authentic, historical design, some of it pure whimsy.

One of my first thoughts was that film people need to know about her. A visitor to the gallery stood in front of one of the helmets and stared. He had seen similar originals in Beijing, but he said they weren't as perfect as theses.

Helen also does chain Maille jewelry. Think painstaking perfection. I used to make silver jewelry and I know what it takes to have every link exact. The concentration has to be there -- and the control. Beyond that, her designs are exquisite.

I have a video I shot, but still haven't edited. It will go up later. In the meantime, a couple of photos are my contribution for the day.