Friday, April 29, 2011

The lesson

There is one in this somewhere, I'm sure.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

¡Lotería, Lotería! (Tres)

I was invited to contribute a piece to this show at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. This is "El Pajaro", 20 by 16 inches, acrylic on canvas. The exhibit opens Saturday, April 30, 7 - 9 pm.

Here is the concept, from the Bath House web site:
This exhibition features 54 local artists who created artwork based on the pictures and symbols from La Loteria, a popular Mexican board game. Loteria resembles a form of bingo that uses pictures instead of numbers. In the game, each player is given a card with 16 squares with pictures and beans to mark the squares that have been called. The first person to get four pictures in a row, vertically, horizontally or diagonally, hollers out LOTERIA and wins the game.

La Lotería is produced by popular artists throughout Mexico. There are different versions of the game, all lovely variations of what remains, essentially, the same symbols. The images from the game depict common everyday objects, places and characters that are easily recognized and significant to the traditions and culture of Mexico.

Artists: Michelle Akers, Michael Benson, Rita Barnard, Kathy Boortz, Tomas Bustos, Gabrielle Castañeda Pruitt, J R Compton, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Misty Dean, Viola Delgado, Christa Diepenbrock, Carlos Donjuan, Emily Donjuan, Dan Dudley, Lori Dudley, Amalia Elmasri, Lilia Estrada, Jacque Forsher, Merry Fuhrer, Maria Teresa García Pedroche, Pastor García, Rebecca Guy, Genaro Hernández, Jacinta Hernández, Juan J. Hernández, Johanna Roffino-Hulsey, Alex Hulsey, Peta Jones, Jenny Keller, Darrell Madis, Freddie McCoo, Julia McLain, David Medina, Sandra A. Moreno, Roberto Munguia, Lupita Murillo-Tinnen, Mylan Nguyen, Andrew Ortiz, Anna Palmer, Cap Pannell, Chet Phillips, Brooke Opie Ragusa, Marty Ray, Richard Ray, Janet Reynolds, Linda Lucía Santana, Armando Sebastian, Linda D. Stokes, Jeanne Sturdevant, Chris Tinnen, Jose Vargas, Giovanni Valderas, Juan Valdez, Tom Walker, and Tim Wilson.

More on the original Lotería cards can be found at this link.

Thanks to Enrique Fernandez Cervantes for the invitation.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

KaDa Films

I was invited to be a part of this on-line auction benefiting an independent film project. The piece I donated is "Suddenly Last April", 8 by 6 inches, acrylic on canvas. Here's a link to the auction and project information.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Eli" print...

I admit, this is a stretch, almost literally. But if you crane your head to the left and look past that "vent-a-hood" you can see a framed "Eli" print in the kitchen of a vacation house in Houesville, France, on the Normandy coast.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Two media, one subject.

The piece on the left, "Suddenly Last April", is an acrylic on canvas painting. It's small, 8 by 6 inches. On the right is "April", a mixed media and digital piece, 7.5 by 6.5.
"Suddenly..." is going to an auction for an independent film company, raising money for a project about the "therapeutic process of Art Therapy as a healing and life enhancing practice", according to their brief.
"April" is another exploration of the "Neo-Retro" style I have been developing over the past couple of years. It has evolved from a kind of brutish and primitive look to something more, if I may say it, elegant and refined. Examples of its evolution can be found at this link.
Anyway, I thought it would be an interesting juxtaposition to show the different styles. Interesting for an easy Saturday morning, anyway.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sea Change

Who doesn't feel this way sometimes these days.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Past blast

About thirty-two years ago I made this piece and gave it to two friends as a gift. I don't remember the occasion, if there was an occasion. Each boot represents one of them as an individual and the pair represents them together. I lost touch with the couple for several years and I was happy to recently hear from one of them. He said the piece still hangs in his house. That's always good to know.