Saturday, December 29, 2012

Perfect Find


Leonardo daVinci's "The Last Supper"
in a kitschy gold frame with shadowbox ends
 
One day, en route to somewhere with an errand in mind, a voice popped into my head and said, "Go to Goodwill".  I have learned over the years that I should never ignore this voice.  It usually means that I am meant to find something really cool.

I am a collage/shadowbox/found-object/anti organized religion/kitch-loving/subversive artist.  The photo above was a treasure I recently found at my local Goodwill. 

I mean, really...... how much more perfect can a thrift store find be?

The stamp on the back of this religious homage says "20th Century Picture Frame Company, 1967". 

Of course, I will be creating something irreverant with it.  I will reuse the print by collaging over top, and will figure out something equally as interesting for the end shadowboxes.

I'm thinking that Barbie and Hello Kitty should be in there somewhere.

Happy New Year to all my art friends!  May you have a creative and fruitful year.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Models


New Models for A New Era
 
One of the fun things that I like to do between larger shows is participate in Community Arts Initiatives.  The piece above, New Models for A New Era, is my submission to "The Text Show" at ARTspace.
 
As always, this Community Arts Initiative was open to the general public.  The cost to participate was $10, which bought you a 12"x12" canvas.  The only stipulation was that the finished piece had to include some text.
 
Being a collage artist who loves to use nostalgic items, I chose a vintage Scrabble board for my background, and added 4 vintage paper dolls.  The dolls are (left to right) a man in a tux, a man wearing shorts and loafers with a bridal veil, a woman in a negligee wearing a top hat, and a woman in a glam 1950's ballgown.  Everyone is holding hands.  The title of the piece came from a headline in the Globe and Mail's "Drive" section.
 
At the time when these paper dolls were manufactured, the early 1950's, roles for men and women were very defined.  Men were rugged and manly, and women were stylish, vapid housewives.  Every girl who played with paper dolls loved the huge bridal gown that always came with the kit.  Kids went to school, married their high-school sweethearts, got married, and started a family. That's what  was expected.
 
Times have changed.  In this piece, there are two men holding hands.  One is wearing a bridal veil.  Perhaps they just got married.  Perhaps the person in the tux is transgendered.  There are two women holding hands.  Perhaps they're friends.  Perhaps they're partners.  Perhaps the woman in the ballgown is a transvestite.  A man and a woman are also holding hands.  Perhaps they're living common-law.  Perhaps he is a stay-at-home dad and she works. The point being that there are a lot of different types of relationships that work for a lot of different types of people.
 
These are the New Models for a New Era.  We still have a long way to go as a society, but different lifestyles are a lot more accepted now than they were in the 1950's.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Seaweed!








I LOVE photographing seaweed!  It has such great texture and line and colour.

Here are some clumps of seaweed that I photographed over a few vacations to Prince Edward Island. 

Not in Costume

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
with the Real Artist (not in costume)