Thursday, April 29, 2010
As for Ms. Eisler's theory, light of how western society has worked in the past, it makes a lot of sense. I've noticed that history has a way of highlighting male accomplishments while just leaving out the women. It's a definite void in history, it's like we are missing half of our background!
I wonder if there were more female visual artists that were just left out, overlooked? It would be interesting to try to collect them and get a more detailed picture of how art evolved over time...
On the other hand, I'm going to be the devil's advocate here and hypothesize that we may have done some of this to ourselves... Women have been socialized to be modest and self effacing... That type of approach would certainly lead to women not putting themselves forward to create new art movements.
In fact, one of the things I was taken to task on by my rather traditional mother was my lack of modesty about my artwork...
I've never been that good at waiting for things, and blending into the crowd on the sidelines sounds like a special kind of feminine torture to me... So I think I'll just carry on with being myself and let my mother rest with her traditions back in the last century!
But I still think it would be nice to have some more famous female artists out there... Hmmm... Maybe I could help fill that void someday!
References: Eisler, Riane. 1989. The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future. Harper & Row. New York.
Paintings by Teresa Young, photograph of Teresa Young by Nina Munteanu.
1. Undercurrents - Mar.2009, 2. Central Viewpoint - Aug.2009, 3. Near The Edge of Reason - Sept.2009, 4. Halo - May.2001.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I was reading on the Internet today that Steven Hawkings warned against being friendly with aliens...
I can see his point, I've read tons of science fiction over the years, and the most realistic stories involving alien contact always ended up with human nature getting in the way and causing all sorts of problems. I saw District 9 last year, and it really tackled that question, it was an uncomfortable movie to watch, but it was riveting, that's for sure!
There's no reason to not assume that whatever 'alien nature' turns out to be, it could have a dark side that wouldn't bode well for the human race!
He compares humanity meeting an alien race to the coming of Columbus to North America... An exploitation of the resources with no regard for the people that are already in residence. If you stop and think about it, we've been getting this message quite a bit through the decades, in one form or another.... The problem here is that we can't step outside of ourselves and project our motivations onto the external. Meaning that we think aliens would react as we would react in a first contact situation, and human nature takes over and it's downhill from there.
I think Hawkings is right though, we do send out a lot of information, some on purpose, but the bulk of it isn't on purpose.
What would stop anything that was technologically advanced from tapping into our broadcasts? And the next question that comes to my mind is what kind of picture do we paint of ourselves with what is sitting on the airwaves?
Probably a pretty accurate one when you get right down to it. I hate to say that, but your character is always most exposed when you are unaware you have an audience. An even more accurate study into human nature at it's basest could be done when you are under stress, this would probably make 'Survivor' very educational for aliens! With all of the 'reality TV' that's popular programming now, it would definitely give them a widely diverse picture of humanity.
Mind you, if they swallowed our entertainment media as the truth, it could ultimately work in humanity's favour! Just think, we could seem to have paranormal powers, extremely advanced technology, and other way-out things that would make us intimidating to invade. Hopefully, it would scare them away and Hawkings would never be proved right!
Then we wouldn't be wiped out after all. Saved by the junk on TV, how ironic!
Art Images by Teresa Young:
1. Stained Glass Entity - Mar.2009, 2. Under The Surface - Jun.2009, 3. SF Girl - Jan.2008, 4. Force One - Jul.2001.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Over the years, I've dabbled in a lot of mediums and foundations to create artworks. I've painted jewelry boxes, candles, wood of all sorts, lecture stands, jackets, motorcycles and even lamps! (I learned how to use an airbrush to paint a motorcycle, it was a lot of fun.)
When I bought a house seven years ago, the front foyer window had this horrible painting of bluebirds on it that were rendered by an amateur using a media I had never seen before.
It was painted over the double paned window with a plastic semi-opaque paint that gave the appearance of stained glass. Or tried to...
It seems to me that this medium has a lot of promise to it. It doesn't suffer from some of the limitations of stained glasswork but it gives a similar effect. The glass doesn't have to be cut, meaning you can include a lot of details that are possible in traditional glasswork. It's really 'glass painting' as opposed to stained glass art, and it can be done for a fraction of the cost. And it wouldn't look cheap if you did it right.
After physically removing the old 'artwork', I set out to find out about my new prospective medium by looking on the internet and checking out art and craft stores. I found out that it's used mostly to create suncatchers and to create fake stained glass pieces on mirrors and windows (in a limited way)... By fake stain glass, I mean that the craftperson doing the work will use a pattern that simulates a stained glass pattern and follow it as closely as possible... This really wasn't what I had in mind for me!
So I bought some of the paint and blanks (wax paperlike plastic sheets) to practice on so that I could get a feel for the limitations and also figure out what I could do with it. I found that it dries quickly, but takes a day to clear out to the final colour. Meaning you can't see what colours you are really working with at the time you do the piece. This just makes it more challenging!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I just discovered that I was selected to be one of thirty artists featured in the April 2010 Projeckt30 online exhibition.
Projekt30 is an online gallery designed to connect artists with "brick and mortar" art galleries interested in representing them, as well as art dealers and collectors currently unaware of their work. They host thirty-artist juried exhibitions each month, as well as special theme exhibitions several times a year.These juried exhibitions showcase to a large number of galleries all over the world. Their "public jury" system provides a concentrated, quality-controlled survey of artists work. Artists appearing in their exhibitions have received thousands of favorable ratings from individuals occupying a diverse spectrum of stations in the arts community.
This particular exhibition includes beautiful digital photography, 3D art and artworks from artists Kevin Veara, Ron Swartz, Will Kurtz, Julie Lucus, Hyunju Jung, and others. A majority of the artworks are for sale and the prices for non-photos range from four or five hundred up into the thousands.
I entered ten paintings into the competition and I'd like to talk a bit about some of them here before including a link to the exhibition for anyone interested in viewing it.
|Blue Emotions by Teresa Young|
An acrylic media with glued on shells that have the shell patterns echoed in the design within the painting itself.
After a holiday along the Oregon coast I wanted to express the beauty of what I saw as I stopped and explored the beautiful seashores.
This abstract piece really expresses a feeling, a kernel of self with respect to thought that I wanted to explore within a painting format.
Really, with a lot of my artwork, it is more of a stream of consciousness process for me that allows me to express my emotions.
In the past, I called a lot of my work 'emotional landscapes', and that's really what they are, the environment of my inner being expressed externally.
Not that I've ever seen a bird quite like this, but it really feels like some old owl or hawk sitting up in a tree looking down at me.
I like this piece mainly for the colours. It's really light-hearted and has a feathered feel to me, so of course I decided to go for a fun name that would suggest that for the audience.
|Feathered Fancy |
by Teresa Young
Anyway, the overall link to the exhibition is here:
1. Screenshot of Projekt30 April 2010 Exhibition screen, 2. Blue Emotions - July 2002, 3. The Genesis of Intellect - Feb. 2010, 4. Feathered Fancy - Aug. 2002.