May 14, 2009

Okay, so I admit I'm biased.

But still.

Middle Girl has been taking an art elective in school this year, and they have put on an end-of-the-year art show, and she was very excited that she had three of her pieces displayed.

Now, I do pretty well for myself when it comes to such things--I can draw and paint in a variety of media and I know some things about 3D-type artwork, and there's that whole architectural thing, and so I tend to be a little difficult to impress.

I've posted some of the kids' artwork before when it was of obvious merit, because I do like to brag on them and such. But I have to say, even after stripping away the nepotism factor and such, when she sent me this cell-phone picture of her collagraph print, I was amazed.

That's very good work, I don't care who you are.

(And no, I've not started blogging again.)

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 14, 2009 04:48 PM

The combination of pure forms with the casual line evokes a playful discipline. The severity of the colors, however, points to a dark moodiness.

The punctuation of the feminine circle with the masculine formal triangle and rectangle indicate an awareness of the imposition of the patriarchal hierarchy on the more playful feminine spirit of the line.

The artist is aware that her father is a fascist, as all men are.

Perhaps the young artist would benefit from an all-women's workshop in the mountains of Peru.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 14, 2009 05:46 PM

What materials did she use for the collage itself?

I'm glad you're still not blogging, otherwise comments like Janis' and the string on the last post would have me choking on my coffee or spewing on the monitor.

Posted by: Diane at May 14, 2009 05:51 PM

Janis, you say "fascist" like it's a bad thing...

Diane, according to the chat we had a few minutes ago, "I got a bunch of bits of trash and glued it all down and then I printed it. It's not really a picture of anything but when I made it, people said that it looked like a guitar."

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 14, 2009 06:01 PM

It reminds me of the era of Kandinsky and Klee and Miro.

As far as the criticism goes, I haven't stood around in art museums all these years for nothing.

Janis, I'm going to have to piggyback on your comment--the stupid comment system is down again.

In any event, I was thinking the same thing, Janis--when I first saw it, I was thinking it was after a Picasso or Klee image of a guitar or lute. Come to find out, it was purely an accident of composition. The ribbed pieces are scraps of corrugated cardboard, the loopy line is a bit of string, and the rest are just scraps of plain cardboard.

Nonetheless, I feel vindicated in my effusive praise--come to find out later, she won a first place prize for it! Ed.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 14, 2009 06:08 PM

It is an interesting work. Glad she won the prize.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 18, 2009 10:37 AM

She was pretty happy--the other pieces she had in the exhibit were pretty darned good, too. Pictures later, if I can get her to take pictures.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 18, 2009 10:46 AM

I'd like to see them.

Posted by: Janis Gore at May 18, 2009 11:39 AM

Yes, very playful and sly as well :)

So, even though this looks like a blog post, walks like a blog post and emotes like a blog post it's really a toaster?

Posted by: vachon at May 19, 2009 04:54 PM

Yes, a toaster, exactly!

Except the numbers all go to 11.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 19, 2009 05:25 PM