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    Thursday
    Aug032006

    Mail Art Project book on the theme of immigration

    Today I was looking for interesting competitions to enter, and I came across this open call for artists, it's about immigration and the issues it rises.  I have been very interested in this theme since I came from Mexico some years ago and even though I am not in a difficult position with the INS, it breaks my heart to know people that are living with the constant fear or being deported any day but have the strength to work as hard as they can. I will say that I know they can't just break the law and expect the government to be ok with that, but there has to be a way to resolve this situation for the ones that are here already.

    if you are interested in participating, here's the information on the open call,

    Mail Art Project book on the theme of immigration - FL
    Deadline:  December 31, 2006. Mail Art Project - Sophie Blachet, director of Art Vitam and Valeria Pouza, independent curator, are seeking Mail Art works for an ongoing Mail Art Project book on the theme of immigration.  The Mail Art Project will proceed in two phases:  Phase One:  we will collect over a period of six months (beginning in June 2006), a range of mail art works sent royalty free to be published in book form.  Only 100 works will be chosen for inclusion in the book entitled “Mail Art Project 31.12.06/Immigration.”  All works will be, however, be exhibited online at http://ganthine.blogspot.com.  Phase Two: Beginning of January 2007, Blachet and Pouza will choose 100 works received for publication in the book.  Selected artists will be contacted either by regular mail, e-mail or phone by the end of January 2007.  Theme:  Immigration.  Coming, going, staying, living, borders, boundaries, legal, illegal… it’s your call.  Format: Anything goes, from postcards, envelopes, to large format works on board and works on paper.  No entry fee.  Works will be juried, and not returned but exhibited and documented online.  No royalties to artists.  The book will include one full page reproduction of the work with description of the work, name of artist and artist details (in three languages).  If you are interested in participating, please send works to: Mail Art Project 31.12.06/Immigration, P.O Box 975, Miami Beach, FL 33119. For more information please contact: In English/French: sophie@artvitam.com; In Spanish/Espagnol: mailart@artvitam.com
    Tuesday
    Aug012006

    lost (and found?) art

    well, I left the card in an envelope in my local YMCA, in the treadmill I used.... of course I stayed and watched to see what happened when someone find it! I got really excited when this old lady hopped in the treadmill and stared at it. And of course she didn't open it, she must've thought someone had forgotten it, even tough the envelope read: FOR YOU! how much clear do you need to be? she even picked it up and turned it over, where it read: YES IT'S FOR YOU! OPEN! and of course she didn't and left it there again. She finished her workout and left.... bummer.... I'm sad

    I imagine I'll find the envelope tomorrow in the lost and found bin. So what have I learned?

    1. No more envelopes, it creates a barrier and people aren't comfortable opening someone else's mail (at least they think it's someone else's mail)

    2. No more YMCA, I need a coffee shop or a place like that, as my husband politely pointed out:)

    3. I need to write something in the back of the card, like.. "this is found art" or something like that, spell it out for them, they don't expect it and that's the point.... but I wanted it to be absolutely anonymous so they don't know why they found it or who left it there...

    I hope I have better luck next time!

     

    UPDATE: I looked for it in the lost and found bin in the ymca and it wasn't there, did someone take it or is it in the trash?? well, I'll never know, and I'm ok with that...

    Monday
    Jul312006

    Funky Hair Mermaid

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    Ok, so you might think I'm a little crazy, but let me explain this first and then make any judgements you may feel necessary. This is a card (postcard size) I made that I plan to "forget" somewhere so that someone may find it and hopefully keep it (so it doesn't end in the trash). It's the first one I've made and hopefully they'll be more. This is an idea I've been playing with for some time, it's what I think art is all about, it's getting a reaction either positive or not, about something you make. This is a very quick card I made today, I know it's not perfect but that's really the idea, making art without thinking too much about the outcome, or how much you can get from it. I'm putting it in an envelope that says "it's for you, open" there's also  a tag where I wrote "Unexpected things happen everyday"

    I feel so excited about this, it's like when I was small and I was doing something I shouldn't be doing and thought I could get in trouble! like a little adventure. Making art feels fun again!! what are they going to think about my work?? IT DOESN'T MATTER!!! will they like it?? I don't care!!

    Isn't it fun??!!!

    Sunday
    Jul302006

    clean

    Clean (1)

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    This week's theme for illustration friday is CLEAN. When I was a young architect just out of college, I was working with an architect that designed very modern architecture, he asked me to design an elevation for a new discotheque we were building, and the sketches I came back with were, for his taste, very "scenographical" meaning, they looked too busy, like a theatre set. You see, in architecture slang, "clean" means simple design. (I think), this is a drawing of the way the final design of the elevation looked like, or at least that's how I remember it, you can see the finished project here:  varshiva nightclub 

    I like the way the sky looks so "dirty" it could also work for the "opposites" theme of last week. This sketch was made with pencil and acrylics on watercolor paper.

     

    Clean (2)

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    The cleanest soul there is, the virgin Mary of Guadalupe. This is a detail form a painting I did called "494" It's acrylic on canvas with yellow tin foil.

     

    Thursday
    Jul272006

    so fun

    5.pngI'm having so much fun making this website! i've been uploading pictures of my work and it's made me look back at the beginning and see some things I like and some others that have improved over the years. My first works lack good techique and I daresay they came apart after a few years... I've had to learn by trail and error a few things about collaging and paint. The most important thing I learned is.. Oil and glue don't work toether vey well!

    When I first started painting I did it beacause my mind was so filled of thoughts and ideas that needed to become tangible, I painted beacuse I needed to paint, I thought about nothing else, so there are pieces that are not very well planned, not surpisingly now I see them as one of my best ones even though I didn't thought it back then. Sometimes I would try to make a sketch in the canvas of how the paint should look like, choose the colors and try to follow a plan... of course that didn't work! It became something completely different, and that's when I started to give in the inspiration and lisen to the materials, now that is the way I try to work, and leave the canvas talk and say what it wants to be done.

    Tuesday
    Jul252006

    welcome friends

    7.pngDear Me,

    How are you? it's been a while since I last talked to you, this is the place where I wish to reach you again. My time has been so full with things to do and places to be, I realise now I need to turn my eyes to the canvas more often and still be the mom and wife that I love to be. I know you understand all this time of silence, I know you've been watching and making plans to open bottles of paint and collaging, I've seen all the papers and canvases you've been collecting.  My time is always short and filled with things to do , nevertheless, I realise it's time now to talk to you again.. so, what have you been up to?....

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