Since we have been in quarantine due to the pandemic of Covid 19, all the teaching to the GettLove community has stopped. I thought of a way to get them working on an individual art project that would also be inclusive to a connecting them to their community. My Idea is the quilt. Individual pieces made by the clients then I would sew them together into a large quilt.
The Gettlove Clients are difficult to inspire if you are not there working one on one. Some may do it but it is a crap shoot. I thought the idea should be offered to others in the community and that's when it started to grow and take off.
With the support of #SoLA Gallery, we are spreading the word and getting amazing work from artists all over Los Angeles. We plan to exhibit the work and then have an auction where all the money will go to a homeless organization. I am feeling good about this and find that it is healing too. More to come.
The world shut down in March. Quarantine and shelter in place are the new buzz words. Now we have the murder of George Floyd by a policeman. It comes at a time when we were just beginning to open the stores and restaurants. The peaceful marches collided with looters, who turned the demonstrations into opportunity that made matters worse. This is happening all over the world. Police and Armies have come out to 'control' the peaceful demonstrations by shooting them with rubber bullets and tear gas. I fear the worst has not happened yet. The clown in the white house is laughing at us all, while he surrounds himself with lap dogs and creates a fascist and racist state.
I am sadden to see our country torn apart by a leader who wants to eradicate all who don't agree with him.
My artwork is being affected. How can it not? What I am weaving are the elements of things that once were, banners that are discarded and forgotten. Like all the trash we create, once wanted and now thrown to the side, discarded and forgotten. The United States is falling apart. We have forgotten what we had as humans but 2020 is unveiling is more unsettling truths about our nation. #Black lives Matter and #All lives Matter. Our country has woven together lies that flew above our land. It is now torn down, discarded and we need to make a true just place that is really equal and fair to all. I am hopeful
Returning from a month in Venice, Italy has been a whirlwind of moving art around. I am happy to have donated artwork to"The Art for Life Project" sponsored by Matters Studio Gallery. My artwork was displayed with John Baldessari, Shepard Fairey, Banksy and more prominent artists. This is the time when art auctions are hot for art to support of their cause or purpose. SoLA Gallery had an amazing Gala Event where prices of artists work were so low and attainable for artists like me to buy. As a matter of fact, I decided that when I sell a work of art, I will then buy another artists work. Yes, paying it forward. So at the Gala I purchased Chris Merciers artwork. Very pleased.
Happy that new work is received very well. I sold a piece even before it was on exhibition. It looks beautiful. Thankful and grateful. I suggest you do the same. Pay it forward an support the arts.
One week before I head off to Italy for a month, Karla Funderburk from, the director of Matter Gallery https://matterstudiogallery.com, 5080 W. Pico Boulevard LA, CA 90019, selected 10 of my pieces for a group show, September 22nd to October 27th. Needless to say I am thrilled to be included in this exhibition. I won't be there for the opening, but I will return for the artist talk and closing.
My work has also been selected for a group show at Gallery 825, entitled Coy. The two pieces titled, Where is the Loyalty and Where is the Justice will be on view September 14th.
MaryLinda Moss, has commissioned me to recreate 2 pieces to go with one of the altered hybrid works. I am almost finished with the final touches and waiting to deliver.
One more email from ADC gallery in Cincinnati, I have been chosen to be included in their exhibition! What a great week!
One month of concentrating on art has produced a new direction and a new body of work. If you really want to get deep into your art, I highly suggest taking a residency. Be serious, playful and inventive. I am blessed
In 3 days I will be heading out for a sculpture residency at Buffalo Creek Art Center in Nevada. I was selected along with 3 other sculptors. This opportunity will give me time to stretch my work and ideas into a three-dimensional form. It's exciting. Packing the car with the vinyls. I'll see what emerges. I will be posting pictures on instagram.