By Golly I am back . . . I lost a few posts due to the hacking of my blog and the subsequent confusion it caused. Eventually I had to delete EVERY SINGLE image from the transferred Typepad posts and delete several new Wordpress posts . . .
Therefore, I have a huge hole to dig out of! It will take me some time, of course.
Here are few quick images of the installation which took place at Kendall College of Art & Design, Gallery 114 during Artprize 2009. Obviously, we didn't win any of the money, but our exhibition was seen by more than 10,000 people!!!
With the great assistance of the Curator, Sarah Joseph, and her brilliant gallery assistants - we were able to unpack and install the 9 artists exhibition in 2 short days. www.kcad.edu
After 3 weary days in Grand Rapids, MI (I adore that city), I limped home by way of Indiana and was able to enjoy two visits my sister Lisa in Indianapolis and a large family get together as well.
Once home, I prepared 2 birthday parties: Claire's 7th, an American Girl Tea Party, and Dylan's 17th - Gaming/Pizza Party. Lots of help from my sister Susan and Mom & Don's Mom as well!
What was amazing to me was that the many years of work that Adrienne (www.adrienneoutlaw.com) and I did - actually came to pass. To see our work hung in a professional location, in a professional manner (kudos to myself) - it was astounding and very gratifying.
It stood up admirably against every high-end, contemporary work I saw at ArtPrize.
Although the process was very costly (think: printing for brochures, travel to and from, hotels, gas, food, rental car . . .) - I believe it was worth the expense and time involved. Note: no money has been made by anyone - in fact, all we have encountered is expense and unpaid work time . . . we are doing this in the hope that someone, somewhere, will find the social and economical value of our work and become either future venues and/or collectors. What a shot in the dark!!!! Does this make us stupid?
The experience, after 3 years of research and hard work was satisfactory for the most part. I feel I know this work inside and out and have a good feel for the importance of our viewpoint. What seems to be disappointing is the gender bias we are still facing at the dawn of the 21st century. One would think that males in 'art' would have evolved with technologoy - but that is not the case. Those males in 'mid-power' postions were 'not interested in what we [women] had to say.' They looked over the fact that we are a group of 9 highly talented artists. That we cover the gamut of craftsmanship and technique. All that was obliterated and ignored because they felt our message was 'not interesting' to their testosterone brains nor to their students - both male and female. Well guess what - that really chaps my ass! Our exhibition is not only about reproduction (which includes both MALE and FEMALE to get that going - apparently they didn't have sex education in high school), but the scientific and ethical issues which are now facing 21st century parents. The very generation which is bringing forth ground breaking therapies, 'growing' their very own children - that subject is unworthy and below them!
So, eh hum, I lose major respect for any sculpture male professor who judges an incoming artist on their gender. Grow up Neanderthals!
Open your eyes - you are outnumbered according to the world census records and you will not be pro-creating with anybody if you continue your male chauvinist pig attitudes. Plus - you suck!
I am so proud of each and every one of our artists included in "TAKE CARE" - we prove the addage - those that can DO - Do. . .. finish that phrase on your own if you have the brain power.
This crap makes me so tired. There seems to be very little respect in America for artists' time and expenses that they 'in good faith' enact with very SLIM chances of success. There are a few good apples out there - but the way we are treated in the USA is vastly different from artists in Europe. On my recent travels in Europe, when I replied that I was an artist - the people practically bowed to me. Yes - what we do - when it is done well - is sacred and deeply deserving of respect.
Yes - I will make art no matter the price. But does that mean I should be a pauper and GIVE AWAY for free what I have spent money studying to do - I pay for supplies - etc?
It is all so very confusing as I also have many dreams for my children and their educations, which also cost money.
So - I'm back - I did receive a $1,000 grant to reimburse part of my expenses . . . so all in all, I am only about $2,000 in the hole for being part of Art Prize. I am hoping this ends up being a marketing expense and that someone out there sees the value of Art In America - and can free themselves from any bias to art created by women.