Life metaphor through artifacts. History, memory, family.

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On Sunday March 29th I saw this tweet:

blipped the mail box. » link to Blipfoto

Life metaphor through artifacts.

The memories and voices of more than thirty seven years have arrived, been placed, and temporarily captured in this well shaped box. Words have been spoken by and to the inhabitants after being deposited and then removed from this container.  The metaphor of give and take expressed in this artifact — history, memory, family.

I followed the link and found the image and this short story.

This is the mailbox that was on the house when I was two in 1974; the year my family moved in. It has been painted many different colors and later it was replaced with a more efficient model. I moved back into the house six years ago, when my parents moved away. I found the old mail box in the basement and promptly put it back up.

I am now thirty seven and this is my mailbox…

The beauty of this object and its stories made their way to me — from the current holder of the vessel who is destined to remember each time a new voice finds itself inside this container.

How sublime. A new drawing comes to mind.

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Bottled up trouble maker

6″X2 14″ diam.
Ink, graphite, white charcoal on handmade paper, glass milk bottle with attached rubber cork, sand.

Miss Ninety was supposed to be one of the 96 American Kids, but she was a troublemaker…so I bottled her.
– Len Cowgill

I’ve always been called a troublemaker so I had to give Miss Ninety a place at my blog. Len’s work is always creates a very emotional experience for me. Each drawing in his series stand alone and add to the whole in an unexpected way. Just imagining if someone had bottled me.

You can see more bottle drawings here.

You can buy his work here : tamarack art gallery

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kukuli velarde: the path of a painter

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The artist and one of her paintings.

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The artist as one of her pieces

I actually posted this video at our heavybubble blog because it struck me so. Listening to Kukuli Velarde talk about herself and her path as a painter, then ceramic artist, and now painter again was quite a journey. Lots of artists have this kind of journey. Often as artists we experience these things and never talk to anyone about our journey in this way. Being behind the lens of a video camera with an interviewer who makes one comfortable enough to talk about the work in an open way.

Kukuli Velarde makes amazing work and she works through her feelings over time making pieces that express each and every second of internal process. In that process she confronts the issues that energize her work and bring us face to face with her internal questioning.

The work is powerful and frank. It uses many vocabularies to capture our attention. With all the intensity there is still a beauty and joy that allows you to embrace the art and want to keep it near you.

Use the link below to watch the video. I’ve also included her website.

kukuli velarde: the path of a painter

kukuli velarde [web]

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printmaking trip to Exquisite Letterpress

Ok. Soon I will go crazy if I don’t take a trip to friend Peter Fraterdeus’ printshop. Been talking about making letterpress prints of Egyptian Waters for months now. Time to stop talking and head out there on a ROAD TRIP. Will be taking sheets of Rives BFK but will look at printing on some handcrafted sheets too.

About Exquisite Letterpress :

Exquisite Letterpress has printing facilities at Dubuque Letterpress in the old Warehouse District in Dubuque, Iowa, and design studios in Galena, Illinois.

Founder, type director and printer Peter Fraterdeus has been working with letterpress since 7th grade at Nichols Junior High School in Evanston Illinois. “Print Shop” teacher Mr. Huebner would surely never have imagined that forty years later, Peter would be inking up these old Chandler and Price platen presses to produce not just “business cards” but exquisite typography.

Maybe we’ll make some limited edition note cards.

This is a shot of some work Peter did that intrigues me. It has some large areas of color that are exciting.


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Bohemian South Street comeback thanks to our lovely economy

South Street has avoided for the most part, being taken over by the chain stores more often seen in suburban malls or so called lifestyle centers. The economy is kicking the butts of small businesses and it is hitting Philadelphia hard enough that landlords are looking for ways to fill empty storefronts. This has opened considerable opportunities for artists especially on South Street.

South Street is using the downturn to its advantage expanding arts opportunities on what has always been known as the bohemian street in Philly. Four galleries will kickstart the plan.

More thoughts and photos soon.

Going down South from Eighth to Headhouse Square here are the offerings in the first galleries:

A collective of artists who work wonders with found art Among the Dumpser Divers is South Street pioneer Joel Spivak.
space donated by Howard Lander & Richard H. Rothman

Former home of legendary Grendel’s Lair. Work includes fine arts, photography and sculpture.
space donated by Michael Axelrod

Two dozen artists have created a “Saint” complete with relics of her body parts. A portion of the moderate price for the art pieces will go toward an organ donor program.
Curated by Lucy Pistilli.
space donated by Michael Axelrod

Installation entitled Purpose/Repurpose. Artists used found objects or remnants from the former boutique to create paintings, assemblages, video and multi-media installations. The upper level gallery features paintings.
space donated by Michael Axelrod

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Frida Kahlo : on reality

Esa Noche – (Cafe Tacuba)

You shouldn’t have left me that night.
Because that night i found a new love.
you shouldn’t have left me that night.
Because that night i found a new love.
it seemed she was waiting the moment of your departure.
it seemed to have observed my moments with you.
you shouldn’t have left me that night.
Because that night i found a new love.
you shouldn’t have left me that night.
Because that night i found a new love,
who embraced me tightly
as soon as you said good bye to me
It wasn´t a big sadness…
Was a change from less to more
I was waiting for your return, but i saw you so happy
in your lover’s arms you forgot about me.
But now you think about me,
Come back into my arms
I´ll be your lover for ever,
your girlfriend the loneliness.
… and if someday you return to
the One who loves you
You know, will not be the same
because she knew me too
You shouldn’t have left me that night.
Because that night i found a new love
My loneliness I always have belonged to you
My loneliness I always have belonged to you
Oh, my loneliness, I always have belonged to you.

You might want to take a look at this video at the heavybubble blog.

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