Monday, September 29, 2008

A question of Art

side view of the gum wall
graffiti alley Ann Arbor Michigan
photo by Jafabrit
Featured on Web Urbanist

The Ann Arbor Chronicle did a story called "you say graffiti, we say ..." and they ask about the grafffiti in the alley, "Is it art?"
Sort of hard to justify gum stuck on a wall as being art lol! but if its used as tool to create a visual display, then why wouldn't it be? My feeling is the same for the rest of the alley, as Mary Morgan stated in the article "It isn’t so much each individual tag or image, but the cumulative layers of color and words and shapes that create this urban landscape." Sort of like looking at a huge abstract painting that is a mad cacophony of delightful shapes and colours to explore.

Wow, check out these gum art walls in Seattle, California and Ohio on CrookedBrains Blog.
But to see how gum is used in the traditional sense, take a peek at Jason Kronenwald work.
History of Graffiti. and the definition of Graffiti (thanks for the link MadSilence)

Trickle Down

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Graffiti Alley Ann Arbor Michigan

Spent a few days in Ann Arbor Michigan and found this wonderful graffiti alley off E.Liberty Street . I saw this pole in the side alley with the same colours as my knit tag and camo doll
( I named her "alley cat") and it was just meant to be. "The alleyway is part of the Michigan Theater Offices and owned by University Towers" and it is not without controversy as highlighted in this news article at Mlive.
graffiti ann arbor michigan

Didn't take long for someone to paint on it, and kind of cool!
stickers and spray paint graffiti

Had lots of fun visiting Ann Arbor, the people were friendly, great to walk around, excellent places to eat and great galleries.

A special thanks to our waiter at Gratzi who went to out of his way to get wooster sauce (from the next restaurant) for my Bloody Mary.
What a restaurant (which was once the Orpheum Theatre), the food, the ambience and service was primo.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Political Art: Hobgoblins

This is a piece I made a few years ago, but still very relevant today.
It is made with a wood box I built, porcelain teeth, light fixture inside, and ceramic figure huddled on a shelf inside. The figure is sitting above the light to the left slightly so it is half lit and casts shadows in the box.. This adds to the ominous nature of the piece.There is also a statement written above the mouth if people take the time to look inside:

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary".
H. L. Mencken

What is really sad is that the fear mongering works!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

struggles of an artist

Free Art Friday "what if"
Art News Blog always seems to bring up issues that stay with me, and the post about Hazel Dooney is no different. Some of the diary entries posted on Art News resonated with me. Hazel said: "When I'm not happy with my art, everything in my life is fucked. When it's going well, everything is perfect". Oh my, how true this is for me (and I suspect for many of you out there). I feel this rumbling agitation that gnaws at my soul and it doesn't go away until I do something I like. Usually my close artist friends can tell, just as I can tell when they feel the same.

Talking about discomfort, San said she can't imagine me being out of my comfort zone, but I don't feel gifted. I have gotten lazy and comfortable, and I don't think I've even begun to tap into what I'm capable of.

Blogging News
We have a NEW artist to the blogging world cat-in-a-box, so why not pop over and say hi :)
Guess who won the pizza box competition, yes Pollocksthebollocks. I want pizza just so I can have his box-congratulations!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Marmite Chronicles

Manipulated Drawing (2HB graphite pencil) by c.bayrak
"Some think marmite is evil!"

So Evil it got banned

Would it be better for parents to put a silly marmite ad into perspective for their child or shield them by attempting to ban anything that is scary? Yes this is old news story on the bbc from 2005 but I was thinking of censorship and was reminded of my fave spread marmite. Don't children see much more scary things on tv-such as war, killings and stabbings in the news or ads for the news. Would it be better to NOT let 2 & 3 year olds watch commercial television in the first place? Some parents said " their children refused to watch television after seeing it" and my first thought was, hum, that might be a good thing.

Marmite, LOVE it!
As for the blob factor, I can think of a few people who deserve to be sucked into it but I'm not sure I would want it contaminated.

"Some Think Marmite is Evil" Embroidery

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Painting Cans Project

Our (mine and Nancy's) cans are now posted on Painting Cans, a collaborative project by the Confusion Group.
Hope you check it out as it's fun seeing the different ways people have painted their cans.

So we were one of the Thousands Without Power in Ohio
Just got our Power back after two and a half days.

We lost a tree, a few shingles, no phones or cell phone access.
Lived by candlelight for a couple of evenings.

I did manage to paint a can and
For $25 dollars it's a bargain.

Friday, September 12, 2008

You Bad Bad Bloggers

Hum! I guess the lesson is if you don't feed the bunny this is what happens.Scene from Monty Python's Holy Grail


"big brother"

acrylic painting on a paper bag for the Paper Bag Art Project in the UK
by my dog sighs, who says he will work his arse off to get an exhibition going in the not too distant future.
Thanks my dog sighs

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Effigy Doll :Must Knit

doll by jafabrit
Do NOT sleep! Do NOT sleep!

Seems like my major mission today is fight the urge to sleep. Noooooooooo, must not sleep. I am so pumped up with meds to fight this head cold. Did manage to go and buy a couple of barbie dolls from the charity shop this afternoon. Going to make some more camo textile totems. I bought the most fluffly yummy baby blue wool too so I will away and KNIT.
clickety clak! knit! knit! knit!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Dickie Bird Tweets

It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring
I got sunshine on a cloudy day
Today I feel almost human after a week of a horrid head cold.

And so the
Dickie Bird Tweets

I cut out this portion of the mdf board I started painting on earlier this week. I stitched on the beads (drilled holes on mdf and used black embroidery thread). For the pink flower center I used an old diamante button. I will probably coat this with resin after I have enhanced the writing with darker paint.

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying,
so the curse causeless shall not come

proverbs XXVI.2

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Abstractions and Distractions

I have a head cold bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!and I am trying to convince myself it is not that bad. Not working, just don't have the energy to do much. However that creative urge, that muse is trying to distract me and I have to do something, even if it's just a little here and there. I started working on a 4'x3' primed mdf board.
This is the cropped portion that I like so far. I do have in mind that once finished I will cut out the parts I like, coat with resin and do something with them.
Until then I am just going to doodle, play,
and have fun with colour in between bouts of major sniffles.
sniffle! sniffle!