Saturday, April 25, 2015

Collaboration Nation

My column - The Creative Pulse - in the new May/June 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors is all about collaboration. 


In it you will find tips to get a collaborative art project started -- and finished, a list of basics to organize your collaboration, some opportunities that can come from such a project, and many pictures of collaborations I have worked on.

And speaking of, there is a Collaborations tab at the top of this blog that will take you to a page that highlights many of the collaborative projects I have been involved with.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Living With Art: 10


When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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and here is week 10...

Judi Kauffman
My studio is anything but minimalist. As a counterpoint, the spaces my husband and I share are intentionally uncluttered. Our house was built in 1958 and we've kept the mid-century modern feel. The original pieced glass light fixture casts a soft glow on the three pieces of art in the room - an abstract airbrush painted by my father from his college days and two small watercolors of peanuts by my mother, whose work was always realistic. I can see my own hard-edge graphic style in my dad's work, my love of deep rich colors in my mom's. We love the paintings for how they look, but even more for all the memories they hold.

Young and poor my first savings were spent on a great lythograph (now hanging on my kitchen wall). Old and still poor (in money) my house is filled with art, given to me, bought by me, made by me. A house without art can never be a home to me.

I live near the beach and have a passion for boats. Before I became disabled I loved going the docks and taking pictures to work from. I painted the boat painting and the little encaustic, as well as a couple of small angel collages sitting in one of the boats and the girl statue sitting near that. It is cool that I am into boats because then out decor has a masculine feeling to it so my husband is not overwhelmed by too many girlie items.
(and see more of how Gigi lives with art here)

I am totally surrounded by art. It fills my senses and inspires creativity. I have many walls of art, either other artists, collections, my art or items I enjoy. 

Above my fireplace is this vignette. I sit across from this every morning and never tire of the view. You'll find birds in any way, shape or form around my house and they make their way into several pieces of my art. Hands, faces and the color green seem to be a consistent theme as well. This is one of several assemblages that around my home that provides inspiration and comfort. Living with art is not only a choice, it is a necessity for me.

In my artwork and in my home I am influenced by many cultures. That is why I call myself an international artist. My works in my living room are sacred meditative works that reflect the Apache Creation Story. The story is about Changing Lady and the Sacred Mountain Spirits. I want everyone to remember their divine origins no matter what it is for them. 

Marcy Rutledge
I am an artist but also a collector and have been collecting art for over 40 years. I buy from artists that I know as well as unknowns, thrift shop finds, trades, as well as my own work. I can't live without my walls filled with these treasures and can tell you how I acquired each and every one. I built my home to work around my art and from time to time change things around to get a new look.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ArtExpo NY - the install

I spent the day today setting up my booth for ArtExpo New York.


Billed as the largest trade show for artwork, it is opening tomorrow 4/23 and running through Sunday 4/26. It takes place on Pier 94 on the west side of Manhattan. This is a huge space filled with 400+ exhibitors.


It is always exciting to walk up to your space and see the official sign with your name. It makes the whole experience more real.


My booth is 40 square feet and, as I am on a corner, I have the extra side wall that can be seen on the left in this pic as well.


After having the walls freshly painted and the lights hung, I started hanging my work. One needs to be part artist, part mathematician and part magician to get this right. 

Here is my 10 foot back wall.


My 4 foot left side wall.


And my 4 foot right side wall.


No shot yet of the art on the extra side wall.

But, thanks to my iPhone 6, here is a panoramic view of the whole booth.



Stay tuned for more posts with more shots once the exhibition opens and a post that highlights my artwork join display.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Week Links: 46

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 46...

Thoughts on social media and creative motivation from Gretchen Miller.

Faux metal surface from Shelly Hickox. I swear it looks real.

Yes. These are actually paintings. From Patrick Kramer.

Jodi Ohl reflects on the passion that is necessary to maintain a business as an artist.

Near Houston? Rumor has it this installation is a must-see (thanks to Donna Joy for the tip).

If I could tell you one thing... Wise words from Paula Bogdan.

Excited to see that Crystal Neubauer's upcoming book on collage is available for pre-order now.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Living With Art: 9


When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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and here is week 9...



In another life, I might've been a Medici.

My art manifesto:

The art in my home is not there solely for my own enjoyment, but I try to consider the members of my own family...four men! When choosing the art I'll display, I select works by my favorite artists; themes of nature or women; still lifes...works that I enjoy and will also sit well with the men-folk. Of course, if created by me, then all bets are off and I'm hanging it, like it or not. (But they usually do.)

My husband, Zephren and I had over 30 pieces of our fine art rented by ABC TV studio to be used on the sets of the upcoming show Secret & Lies. They shipped the work back and the work filled our tiny home!

I surround myself with creations by people I know, colorful reminders of my creative tribe.

Almost all of my framed artwork is for sale. I keep a changing show in all the rooms in my home and living with this art gives me such great pleasure!

I'm a collector and I love to surround myself with discarded, found objects, curating them into interesting vignettes. This is a photo of a crib bed spring, which hangs in my den holding some of my favorite castoff items; the art is a self-portrait titled "Becoming Invisible."

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MassArt

Last month I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. 


Robert Maloney invited me to be a guest speaker in his Experimental/Mixed Media class that he teaches in the BFA program. I first connected with Bob when I saw his work featured in the May/June 2010 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I was immediately taken by his work and asked him to contribute to my book The Pulse of Mixed Media.


This piece, as well as several others, are a part of my current exhibition The Pulse Project, running through the month of April 2015 at The Empty Space Project gallery in Putnam, CT.


Wish you all could see these in person. The work is stunning...especially in the details.




After talking to the class about my experiences as a mixed media artist, I had a conversation with one of the students, JL Mathis. I had the opportunity to see her work in person and was quite impressed. A sculpture who works with recycled materials, each of her pieces is quite unique and directly connected to her concerns about the plight of different animal species. Her use of materials that are specific to the issues behind each piece is inspired and you can read more about each one on her website.


 Honey Money


 The Price of Pets


 Head Full of Teeth


Tiger Wine

Monday, April 13, 2015

Library of Memories


An experience that you will never forget

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Join me for a very special, three-day adventure making art and creating memories. This retreat within a retreat will include a road trip to New York City to source out supplies and inspiration. Once we return to our studio space, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind embellished container to hold a handmade book. The workshop will cover techniques related to painting, mixed media. assemblage, collage, book making and fun having.


Day 1 of this workshop begins like no other. We will begin with creative fireworks as we head out on a road trip to my hometown: New York City. I will be your insider guide as I take you to my secret sources for amazing art supplies, one-of-a-kind art objects, and creative treasures. In NYC we will be searching for supplies for our workshop project, taking photos for inspiration, and having the time of our lives. Not only will this be an exciting shopping spree but also an experience that you will never forget.


After many hours of shopping in NYC, we return to Stamford and immediately the same day begin the hands-on part of our workshop. The work then continues on Days 2 and 3 as you build your Library of Memories. You will be creating a hinged container, painted and embellished with materials and objects. 


The container will be used to store a handmade book that you will also create in class. We will cover constructing the container, painting in layers, designing assemblage, attaching objects, book making, and much more. You will leave with a host of new techniques, a very special art object, and your own Library of Memories.


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Registration is now open for Art is You Stamford. Whether or not you have attended Art is You before, this year will be different. Art is You is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with a retreat experience that will be bigger, badder, and better than ever before. The retreat runs from 10/7-10/12/15 and my workshop runs from 10/7-10/9. It is the only 2015 workshop I am teaching at Art is You and in Connecticut. Hope to see you there!