FUTUROLOGY :: Opening Reception :: Saturday March 23, 2013 - 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
I will be joining fellow Drawger Marc Burckhardt and other artists : Luke Chueh, Nathan Spoor, Mu Pan, Ana Bagayan, Tin, Alexandra Manukyan, Annie Owens, Nouar, Chrystal Chan, Timothy Smith, Genevive Zacconi, Erik Alos, Adam Miller, Xue Wang, Jason Hite, Matthew Grabelsky, Chloe Trujillo, Leslie Ditto, David Richardson, Khrys Sapp, Tracey Roberts, Ellen, Robert S. Connett, Chet Zar, Mat Hurtado, Larkin, Vincent Cacciotti, Steven Daily & more for a group exhibition "Futurology" at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.
WHERE: Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
Contact: Gary Pressman, Gallery Director Copro Gallery
Future predictions and changing the Future using current political climate conditions and world trends as a point of departure. Agents of Futurology from the past such as Cleopatra, John Wilkes Booth, Napoleon, Einstein, John Kennedy initiate changes in timelines and effect events hundreds and thousands of years later sometimes referred to as the Butterfly effect. If time travel exists in the future than possibly we have witnessed agents from the future traveling in time to stop a nuclear holocaust that has not yet happened in our present. The current time on the Doomsday Clock is set Minutes To Midnight.
For this exhibition artists will explore all aspects of Futurology including the Past, Present and Future.
"New Feathers" 10"x 10" Past stimulation is but fodder when timeless muses cast their charms in the winds.
Detail : New Feathers
(Below) "Mermaids Bounty 2" 8"x8" Within boundless creatures lives a maiden who controls all that shall be seen and unseen in our future.
Details : "Mermaids Bounty 2"
"Within You" 18"x24" Possibilities swell within a futile moment. Details below
It has been a while since I have done an editorial illustration commission but I was really inspired by this story that Art Director John Kehe sent on the life of Ping Fu.
This piece ran yesterday in The Christian Science Moniter Book Review for Ping's new book "Bend, but Never Break : A Story of Two Worlds"
Ping's overcoming of hardships is remarkable. She was a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner in the time of the Chinese Revolution. Seperated from her family at eight, beaten and raped for the crime of being born into a well-educated family and then deported with barely enough money for a plane ticket to a bewildering new home in the States seems unimaginable. Courageously and fearless, she started over, without family or friends, working as a maid, waitress, and student.
Ping Fu's flip side life reveals her rise as a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. She has even met and advised the president of the United States.
When I first read the review, I immediately had this image come to mind by Picasso.
While it speaks to resiliance, it lacked in energy and strength of the human spirit which is what this story speaks to. Intellectually it works, but John really wanted me to capture this dynamic story of strength. Sometimes we just get attached to wanting to use inspiration too much so I submitted 4 more sketches. John redirected me back to reference to a passage where Ping made an analogy about bamboo: “Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times. . . . Your ability to thrive depends, in the end, on your attitude to your life circumstances. Take everything in stride with grace, putting forth energy when it is needed, yet always staying calm inwardly.”
—Ping Fu’s “Shanghai Papa”
Because the piece ran fairly small I decided to do only one color and keep it iconic.
On another note, I did this bamboo forest years ago as a gift for a Japanese professor who is a collegue of my husbands and had invited George to come speak in Japan. We arrived and were shocked, realizing we had forgotten to pack any customary personal gifts to give our host. So I did this little painting in our hotel room to give him.
It was good to look back at how I carved the lines in the bamboo...it had been a while since I had drawn bamboo, which is more difficult to draw than it seems. I wanted to make sure it did not look like it was breaking so kept the lines long through the trunk.
With the new postal increase comes a batch of fresh art stamps, of which I am very honored to be part of. This "deer" stamped card is the first in a series of 4 nature based stamps to be released. I loved working again with Art Director Ethel Kessler! She is an artists advocate and diligently works on behalf of the artist when the designs go through many multiple meetings over the course of at least a year. The process is a long one, but worth the wait.
This "pinapple" stamp was the first stamp that I did for the U S Postal Service.
I will have 2 new pieces in this upcoming show in CA. This Saturday, September 8th, Copro Gallery presents the BLAB WORLD 2012 group art exhibition. Curated by the legendary Monte Beachamp, this will be the 7th annual BLAB exhibition with Copro Gallery. This exhibition will feature art from the upcoming BLAB WORLD 3 book, which will be released next year.
Artists included: Nicoletta Ceccoli, Ana Bagayan, Ryan Heshka, Yoko d'Holbachie, Travis Louie, Eric White, Cathie Bleck, Leslie Ditto, Chris Mars, Andy Kehoe, Travis Lampe, Gary Taxali, Erik Mark Sandberg, Lou Beach, Jana Brike, Eric Fortune, Martin Wittfooth, Mark Garro, Chris Buzelli, Robert Steven Connett, Craig LaRotunda, Andrew Arconti, Dan May, Fred Stonehouse, Jessica Joslin, Jarod Joslin, Chet Zar and more.
The opening reception is Saturday, September 8th from 8-11:30 pm, and the exhibit runs September 8 - 29, 2012. To see a preview of all the pieces, click here. Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404 Ph: 310/829-2156
A few details :
The newly wedded centered with wisdom
past labors of love
"Dream time passage 1" Following the wedding came a new passage of gaining a son and losing my mother. The mystery of eternal life through spirits sustains us and guides us.
10" x 10 : Inks, handmade pigments on clay board panel