January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these “it might have been.”
-John Greenleaf Whittier, “Maud Muller” (1856)
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December 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
Three images overlaid, images created from photographs of Myrtle Beach, images of vacations and parades, images of escape.”Things that are supposed to be these places and these events outside of normal life”. Lee Gainer recalls family vacations to the Carolina destination, pictures of which were drawn atop one another with lines that collide into a web of pencil strokes. “Vacations…we expected a lot out of them.”
“That kind of thing has always interested me. It’s my grandmother’s fault. I was a 5 year old looking through these magazines — she always had these magazines lying around of Disneyworld and cruises. These works are about that, about escapism.”
What I find interesting is that, by overlaying these three images in a way that strips them of all recognition (except for certain bits of text) it creates quite the opposite of escape and calm — the lines collide and intersect to impress a feeling of disorder and claustrophobia. But when certain phrases pop out that are hidden within, you imagine the bits from your own childhood — strolling down a bustling boardwalk, festooned with flashing lights and bright signs, the sounds and scents and all sorts of distractions that, when remembered, seem so perfect. Looking into Gainer’s drawing, it’s almost like seeing visually a blueprint of how your brain recalls a memory.
November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
This image reminds me of a killer piece that Mary is working on for the show. Can’t wait to see it done!
November 15, 2011 § 1 Comment
Lisa K Rosenstein, artist
It’s all conceptual isn’t it? All art begins in the mind, seemingly out of nowhere. Maybe it’s as Agnes Martin says, “…inspiration falls on us like rain in the night while we are asleep…”. From there an idea can grow if we take the time to consider it.
In the past 4 months my brain has been a place of wild growth, ideas sprouting up all over in a massive tangle or as Annie Dillard says, …”one big lunatic fringe…”. Much of these months have been spent exploring the undergrowth, categorizing, re-categorizing, cutting, re-attaching, and generally driving myself to a state of frozen confusion.
Now here we are less than two months out and all the projects are coming together into a mostly-cohesive state. Each piece relates to the other, visually and conceptually. One large conceptual collage of mind and matter.
November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Commentator: Karen Joan Topping
Artist: Shanthi Chandrasekar
When last we met, I had started to broach the subject of technique, practice and repetition. We are not born with technique, we must master it. If you are to master it you must practice it so much that you stop thinking about it and become able to do it without thinking about what you are doing. Basically if you are doing it right, you do end up looking like you were born with it. Seems like a real shell game when you put it like that.
Watch an interview with a major athlete and they say things like: “We didn’t hustle enough”, “It wasn’t meant to be”, “We weren’t lucky enough to make it happen”, “We wanted it and we went out and got it.” It’s like they’re talking about evading a parking ticket. In a situation where optimum performance means that you are not thinking about what you are doing, it’s not surprising that putting thoughts into words becomes like trying to force a square peg into a round hole. Just doing it? There is a reason that’s a trademarked saying.
After years of experience, introducing myself as an artist I still get the feeling that many people have a very schematic view of what being an artist means. They want a round peg in a round hole. They either assume that you are a Picasso–like, one-in-a-million individual that actually was born being able to do it, or they assume you’re not. Most of us will not fit the schema of artist = Picasso, therefore they seriously don’t know what to make of us.
Well listen up now, even if you are Picasso, and you have mastered a lot of techniques, being an artist is a constant education. There always seems to be more to learn. My sculptural training involved carving in a much cheaper and softer material, plaster-of-paris. I’ve been around art studios for close to 20 years now and although alabaster is a classical material to use, it’s peppered throughout art history; I’ve never seen anyone working with it in real life before. I hope you enjoy this small peek at SHANTHI CHANDRASEKAR working on sculpting an alabaster block:
November 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
From dream state to the waking state or from quantum mechanics to relativity, we are always in search of that ultimate truth that unfies everything. Our minds try to connect the dichotomy that exists all around and within us. Is it possible to have a theory that combines it all? May be in another dimension or a parallel universe? Do the two aspects of a dichotomy, though seemingly disconnected, create a whole together? Like the warp and weft of the fabric?