Thursday, June 30, 2011

100 Artists Created by One Artist

People get very confused about modern art. What is it? What is considered "good" art, and what does it mean? It's true that a lot of modern art is conceptual, and the meaning behind the work is key to the work itself. A lot of artist statements are worded in such a way that trying to understand what in the heck the artist is trying to say becomes a major challenge, even to those of us with art degrees.

Enter Shea Hembrey. This artist is highly educated, but obviously has thought about how ethereal a lot of contemporary art is, making it pretty much inaccessible to most people, interested in art or not. He took it upon himself to put together an international biennial featuring 100 artists that he found to be inspiring, but understandable.

What makes this exhibition so PHENOMENAL is that he couldn't find the artists he wanted, so he just made them up, dreamed up stories for all of them, and created artwork to include in the show. The video below is from Hembrey talks about how he created his biennial. It's a pretty fascinating video, and quite a commentary about contemporary art.

PS  This video is 16 minutes long, so get a cup of coffee or whatever, just make sure you watch it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Guys of Art Of Oconee

Just for fun, these are our Guys.
Artistic, smart, fun-loving. Grown men, yes, but sooo much more, don't you think?

Bob Fitzpatrick, David Siffert, Bobby C Cresswell
Let's I.D. them.

Bob Fitzpatrick, photographer. Often seen cruising Lakes Oconee and Sinclair, usually half out of the boat (it's okay, it's small...ish), leaning in for that perfect shot. Now represented by Dress The Walls, AOO still claims him.

David Siffert, painter. Can always be found hanging around Dress The Walls (oh, right, maybe because he's the owner - with wife Maria, and framer extraordinare), often with a mattcutter in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other, trying to decide, frame or paint??!!

BobbyC, painter. Somewhat schezophrenic in nature, he bounces back and forth between education administrator and folk artist. Known to occasionally ponder whether to drink that vodka tonic or paint with it, ...or both.
And to think, if these are the men, just imagine what our ladies are like.

More later...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We're Making a Little Art Noise

Gail Vail and Cathy McIntire
This week a torch has been passed.

The art column that Anne Jenkins so wonderfully wrote for several years is now being written by Gail Vail and Cathy McIntire, artists with our gallery. Anne has moved from the area, so Gail and Cathy decided to accept the challenge of this column, to be published in both the Lake Oconee News and Greensboro's Herald Journal.

The new name for the column is ART NOISE, and these two artist/reporters plan to bring the phrase to life.

Gail and Cathy both have experience in writing and publishing about art in general, and Art of Oconee in particular. Gail has written several newspaper and magazine articles, not only for the gallery, but many organizations. She also is editor and publisher for the book, Seasons On Lake Oconee, a popular book that features the writing and art of  Lake Ocone area artists and writers. Cathy is responsible for computer oriented projects for the gallery, including our blog, emails to customers and supporters, and our Facebook page. She also does her fair share of writing for her own artist blog. Both are accomplished artists whose work can always be seen at the gallery.

The first column is scheduled for this week's edition of both papers!

More later...
Photography by Lisa Wheeler

Thursday, June 9, 2011

How An Artist Signs a Painting

A couple of us were talking the other day about how we sign our paintings. We realized that signatures are just as unique to the artist as the painting itself. You know how girls sit around and practice writing their name as it will be when they marry their boyfriend? Well, artists do the same thing, only we are practicing how to "paint" our signature. Should it be first and last name? Just the last name? Initials? Married name or maiden name. Of course, the men don't have to think about that one. Block letters or cursive. And then there are color choices to make, and where on the canvas to put the signature in the first place - bottom left or bottom right? There are some artists who put it on the TOP of the painting (can you say e-g-o?). Large or small? Whoever thought there were so many (artistic) decisions to make just to say "Hey, I did this!"

Next time you come into the gallery, take a look at the different and unique ways we all sign our work.

...just a few examples:

Kelly Clower
Nan McGarity
Kendall Boggs
Cathy McIntire
Gail Vail

David Siffert