Initially I was a little skeptical of an Irish man making art about murdered Mexican women. However, his work and his statements are a thoughtful and respectful tribute and I am glad this important crisis is getting the attention it deserves. The portraits themselves are beautiful, powerful and tragic. It’s important work by Brian McGuire and definitely deserves a look.
“The killing campaign in Mexico has taken the lives of more than 1,400 young women since 1994, mainly factory girls working in maquiladoras,sweatshops of sorts, who were abducted around town. Maguire spent time with the victim’s mothers, discussing their daughter’s lives and premature deaths, before beginning to paint two portraits of each victim: one representing the young girl during her life and another, after death. Though his works are intuitively somber in subject matter and style, they convey a subtle hopefulness in the boldness of strokes and in the unexpected pops of color.”
The title of this seres is The Absence of Justice Demands This Act and it’s showing at Fergus McCaffrey in New York through the end of the month. Check out this article and the gallery website, if you’d like.
The Claremont Spotlite is a brand new online publication that highlights local artists and cultural events in the Claremont area. It’s a really neat idea and, despite just launching this year, the site already has a bunch of great content. Last week I wrote a guest blog post for them where I got to rant about art. In particular, I wrote about how I’ve been using the widespread availability of online arts communities as an excuse to stop experiencing art in person. Why trek all the way into LA during rush hour traffic to see an exhibition when I can discover just as many inspiring and innovative artists on Tumblr? It’s all online. I don’t even need museums or galleries anymore!
It’s been something that I’ve grappled with a lot over the past year but I’ve recently been reinvigorated by in-person art experiences. If that’s at all interesting to you, go check out the article on Spotlite for some personal musings and unsolicited advice.
With the unlimited potential of a Google search bar, it’s easy to forget about the opportunities for discovery that exist right here in sleepy Claremont. Finding artists online is so easy that I often don’t pursue opportunities that are unique to my geographic location. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually made it to an LA gallery show, and I can count the number of museum visits on two. The Internet is an amazing tool, but I fear that I have been using it as a crutch instead; as a way to avoid seeking out creative experiences in person. With the whole world wide web at my fingertips, it is easy to forget that we have an impeccably curated gallery right here on campus. Every time I stumble into the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery I am impressed by the variety and caliber of artists shown, but I always forget it’s there. I always plan to attend the exhibitions, but even as an Art History major, I’ve missed more shows than I’ve attended.
I showed my art to people! This week was the Scripps Student Art Collective’s biannual gallery show. They feature work from students of all five colleges and put on a really good show. Yummy food. Catchy tunes. Talented artists. An all-around jolly good time. Last month I submitted some collages I had been making for my independent study project and they selected me as one of their featured artists. It was exciting and terrifying but I am so glad I did it! Besides, any art show could use a little more 70s soft core porn…
I’ll probably write another post later about this particular project and my exploration of women’s bodies in appropriation art. It’s been kind of an ongoing obsession and is sort of the topic of one of my thesis chapters. So clearly I have a lot to say.
This is so cool.
I came across this awesome pearl-encrusted canvas on Tumblr (I find all sorts of neat shit on tumblr) and was absolutely captivated. I love how it seems to explode out from the wall but in a way that is completely refined and subdued. Pearls are such an innovative medium to work with and I love how they are used here. I also love how this is a sculpture that is kind of pretending to be a painting.
When I looked further into Paola Pivi and her work, I was surprised to find that nothing else she has been doing lately is nearly this subtle. It’s all bright and big and crazy. Neon colors and strange large-scale installation pieces. Still really cool but really different. I debated splitting this into multiple posts (and maybe I will still write more later) but I thought I should include some of her recent weird stuff.
The Bears: they are massive neon taxidermy bears that have been arranged in little gallery scenes. Yep.
The Machine: This is an installation piece which shoots out money at gallery-goers which is a pretty interesting concept. A little intimidating though…
I’m so glad I came across Paola Pivi and I am definitely going to keep tabs on her to see what she’ll do next. And definitely check out her website. It’s lots of fun.