Saturday, June 29, 2013

Starting a Hot Summer in Norcal!~

"It's too hot for me!"-Shanghai
It's been scolding hot here in NorCal, about 90+ degrees. The heat hasn't been any exception for me and Shanghai. I've been sick for the past couple of days and not really able to do much of what I've needed to. I can't really prepare for the summer quarter or take any break that I had planned in the small weekend allotted between Spring and Summer Quarter (starting Monday). 
Since I've been locked away in my room like a sick hermit, I took it as an opportunity to work on a series of paintings I never finished during the Spring Quarter. As of tonight I am pretty close to finished, but like any piece of artwork, I'm afraid of what the response will be. Will anyone like it? Will any art gallery accept it? While you pour your heart out into something, there is always the looming fear that it will just end up in your -someday- basement where your grand kids will find it and wonder,"Where did Grandma go wrong?" I wouldn't consider it bad,obviously, but I made it.
About 3 months ago I came across images of Kabuki theater masks online and couldn't help but notice how well the masks reflected emotions, well, that's what they're supposed to do! I then decided that I would make a series or group of miniature paintings inspired by Kabuki theater/The Scream/Ancient Meso- American Art as visual reflections of the recession. There is no official name for the series yet, but I have a few ideas. For the past two years, I have been going different art galleries on and off in the San Jose/ San Francisco area and I felt like no one wanted to tackle the recession. Maybe I just hadn't seen it??? *shrugs* Were all the artists displayed super rich students of expensive liberal arts schools who don't feel a bit of it? I highly doubt it, but maybe that's the case. While I didn't blame anyone looking for a form of escapism,certainly even perpetuating it myself, it think when it comes to recession related art, we've really been lacking it.

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