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    Tuesday
    Sep122006

    You're the Star- Found Art Tuesdays 2

    star.jpgSo here's my new found art card for this week. It's made with a loteria card from a Mexican game (it's like bingo). The topic is STAR and I thought about making some kind of positive message for the person who'll find this, and not only a random story to which they wouldn't feel related to and have trouble understanding. The caption reads "You are the star in the movie of your life" I'm sure I've read this before somewhere, or maybe was it in a movie?

    mission 2.jpgI left it in the women's locker room at the gym and I waited to see who found it, I'm always interested in seeing their reaction, and as I stood idly there, I saw a lot of people walking by, even standing in front of it and they either didn't saw it or didn't care to pick it up. I went upstairs to workout and after about an hour came back, and the card was still there! I've been thinking about that and I think this is becoming an interesting sociological experiment! are we so saturated with information and images that we don't stop and see what's around us? or is it that we are afraid of getting into someone else's business by picking up something that doesn't belong to us? what if opportunity is passing us by right now and we haven't stopped to listen??

    See other contributions to Found Art Tuesdays here:

    - Kathy Larocco

    Saturday
    Sep092006

    Artist Reception

    Thanks so much to everyone who attended the artist reception last night at Cafe Mia, it was wonderful! Thanks to Marco and Mia Ventura for letting me show my work in this great place, it's been an incredible experience.

    sept 8-06 2 en cafe mia.jpgMe and my dear husband, Ruben (thanks for all your support!)

     

    sept 8-06 3 en cafe mia.jpg

    sept 8-06 4 en cafe mia.jpg

     

    Some of my friends who were there last night. It was really great to see all this support! We had a wonderful time and great gelato!

    To see an update of the Found Art Project, go here, I've uploaded some pictures of where I left card 1, "Betty Sue and Gavin"

    Friday
    Sep082006

    Topic for next Tuesday Sept 12 2006

    In case you want to join me in this adventure of interacting with unsuspecting passers-by, I will post the topic of my next Tuesday on the previous Friday, that way you can also prepare something and document it in your site, then email me your link and I will post it in this website.

    Lets make acts of random art together!

    Topic for next Tuesday is: STAR

    Wednesday
    Sep062006

    Betty Sue and Gavin - Found Art Tuesdays 1

    betty sue and gavin front.jpgDon't you just love the Starbucks Cards? I find them to be very pretty and clever illustrations, there's always people having coffee or something fun happening. I've been collecting them whenever I see a new one and use it in some way in a painting. I just found out today that there's some very serious collectors out there trading cards between themselves or buying cards from other collectors in other countries or states... I wonder if the guys in starbucks know about this and take advantage of it, you know, releasing different cards in different states and things like that.

    Well anyway, this card I made yesterday for found art Tuesdays (its the first one I make!) is about Betty Sue, a girl that goes to starbucks everyday to get her venti chai latte (I wonder what that tastes like) and even though she tells everyone she's there for the coffee, she's secretly also there to see the other regulars, like Gavin (that handsome guy that never knows you exist), she will sit in the table by the door and watch him as he flies in and out with the same grande half-caff latte with skim milk, wondering where he's going to and what he'll do today.

    What she doesn't know is that Gavin is there everyday secretly wondering if that pretty red head will be there at the table by the door, reading her paper and drinking her chai.

    I'll leave this card today at the starbucks in a table to be found by someone, I wonder who it'll be!

    betty sue and gavin back.jpg

    EDIT TO ADD: I left this card in Starbucks and here are some pictures...mission 1-2.jpgThe scene of the crime, Starbucks at Birkdale Village.

    mission 1-1.jpgThis is the table where I left the card. It was a beautiful day outside, and as I took the picture, a fire truck drove by. (a one in a million picture!)

    mission 1-3.jpgThe guy in the red shirt found the card!

    Monday
    Sep042006

    Found Art Tuesdays

    7.png I have a little more time now that I'm done painting the new pieces for my exhibit, so starting tomorrow I'll start again with my found-art project.  (To see the first one I did go  here ) The basic idea is to make art and leave it behind for someone else to find and have some kind of reaction to it.  If it's something that would inspire them, all the better!! the format I've chosen is postcard size, no envelopes this time! (I've found they create a barrier)

    I also want to take advantage of the detachment that I will experience since it's done anonymously and I can make things I don't usually do and experiment a little bit. To be consistent I've chosen to do it once a week, why Tuesdays? just because it's a good day for me.

    Feel free to join me! and please if you have any suggestions on themes it would be very much appreciated since it'll be something I didn't think of, so it will be more fun to make.

    I'll document all the postcards I make and even snap some pictures of the places I leave them.

    Come back tomorrow to see the first one, wish me good luck!!!

    Monday
    Sep042006

    safe 2

    The Stories they tell us to make us feel safe.

    nios heroes.jpgI made this painting a couple of years ago, it's called "Niños Heroes" or Heroic Children, It's about a story that is on the Mexican history text books (which doesn't mean is true) about these children soldiers (13 to 19 years old) that defended the Militar Academy in the Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City in 1873 from some bad guys (the American Army) and the story goes that they chose to die than to stop fighting them. I think the school system and the government tell us these stories to make us feel safe about our government in Mexico and trust that they would defend us with their own lives... maybe they did back in 1873....

    I used a very old 5 000 peso bill with the illustration of these brave soldiers and I wrote their names in between.