Yesterday I received an email from Grainyman that my piece was selected for an Etsy Treasury. I’ve never been selected for one. Having a specific color scheme pays off!
Just over six years ago I moved to Cortona, a small town in Tuscany. A few months later I moved to Perguia, Umbria where my painting was the best it has yet to be. This morning as I was looking through my photos for thesis references I came upon the painting below.
This painting is of my roommate and wonderful friend, Bettylou. She sat for hours for me while I painted this. Looking back, it was actually a decent painting but I wasn’t satisfied with it and painted a huge pineapple over it which inspired yet another huge pineapple. I am very happy where I am in my life as an artist and creative (and person) but running into photos from this time in my life definitely makes me nostalgic for oil painting and my little studio in Perugia.
Another one of my morning reads is Art Daily. This morning I read an article about Jenny Saville’s new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery. I think because of my recent post about Alex Meade I immediately wondered if Saville’s figures were painted bodies. Saville is known for painting and drawing bodies at dramatic angles on huge canvases.
I tried to find Saville’s website, instead I just found many gallery descriptions of her work. A short excerpt of something Saville said about her work jumped out to me. my work and research is about the body and moments of un-doing and mixing “conventional” gender. Of the painting above Saville says, “With the transvestite I was searching for a body that was between genders. I had explored that idea a little in Matrix. The idea of floating gender that is not fixed.” Click here to read the rest.
Every few mornings I check Art Radar Asia for updated articles. This morning Art Radar linked to an article that was posted on Flavorpill, The 10 Best private museums Worldwide. Art Radar points out that 3 of the museums are in Asia. Not only are they in Asia but one is the Leeum in Seoul! Huzah!
On a less celebratory note, none of the museums were in South America or Africa.
Have a great week!
Do you remember this post about Lee Yungbaek’s sculpture that I saw in Beijing? I ran into it again in Seoul. Apparently they are everywhere! Lee represented South Korea in the Venice Biennale this year, the Pieta was there among his other work. Look below for another iteration of these cyborg figures.
Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Amategram), 1981-82 Source.
Today I made a quick trip to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the work of Ana Mendieta. The information in the gallery aptly referred to her work as “earth-body sculptures.” An element of her work reminded me of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. The thing I most enjoyed about her work was the repetition of the same theme through the use of almost every media possible–sculpture, graphite on paper, photography, ink on leaf, a basket like wall hanging. The image above is all I can share with you, photographs were not allowed in the gallery because it is a borrowed collection. To see more of her work click here.