Vesuvius Goes Pop

Dat Ass DoLast month I saw a fascinating exhibit about Pompeii at OMSI. The attraction was packed with artifacts on loan from Naples, including the famous plaster casts of people who died in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

I snagged some pics of the great ancient artwork on display, including the sexy athletic statue at the right. Talk about buns of bronze!

While subjects like Jupiter and Bacchus wouldn’t have been owned by a corporation, I think of them as the Mickey Mouses of their day: pop icons that decorated everything from wine jars to wall frescoes.

NIA Fine Art Friday Fundraiser

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Who We Are
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NIA stands for Northside Independent Artists. We all live and work on the north side of Chicago, and we give back to the city that inspires us with our art shows. For more information about our organization, you may view our website here.
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NIA Fine Art Friday, on December 2nd, will be our fourth show. It is not represented by a gallery or any big arts organization. Like all our shows, it is a grassroots effort created entirely by us. We are designing it, we will promote it, and we will pay for the event costs.
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What We Need
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Because we’ve done this so many times, we can now anticipate what the costs will be. They include space rental; food and beverages for our guests; print materials, including posters, flyers and postcards; hardware for hanging art; and event décor.
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We always sell art at our shows, but we also spend at least as much as we earn on event costs. This is not a sustainable model, and we will not be able to continue doing shows at a loss.
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We are asking you to help us pay for NIA Fine Art Friday event costs. Any contribution is welcome – even a $5 donation will help us get closer to our goal.
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Why It Matters
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For some of us, the NIA shows represent our only opportunity to present our work to the public, interact with fans, and earn any money from our art. This also means that fans will only get the chance to see most of this work at a NIA show. Your donation literally affects dozens of people.
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For all of us, the shows present valuable learning experiences, as we expand our knowledge of event planning, organization, marketing and promotion. The NIA shows make us better equipped to contribute our time and talents to any number of culturally enriching events. By supporting NIA today, you are “paying it forward”, helping to nurture all those future events we will create or enhance.
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Why You Should Help
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If you’re a friend or family member of a NIA artist, you know how much this show means to us. Help us realize our dream.
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Maybe you’re someone who plans to attend the show in December. You can ensure that it actually happens by making a donation today.
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If you would like to attend the show, but know that you will be unable to, you can still make your presence felt with a donation. It is the next best thing to spending your money on a piece of artwork.
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Finally, if you’re simply someone who is moved and inspired by our story – the story of non-famous artists with a lot of ambition – please contribute to this fundraiser.
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If you can’t help monetarily at this time, then please help spread the word by sharing this campaign on your favorite social media. Maybe one of your friends will make the donation that causes us to hit our goal!
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Angel Art

angel art 1

My Urban Icons have all come home for the time being. The Unique Techniques show was a success (I will post pictures soon), and the Chicago Art show at Natural Elements Salon has officially closed. All told, I sold 64 pieces between the two shows, the absolute best response I have ever received to a series.

Today, a new series makes its debut at Natural Elements Salon. I call this series Angel Art. Full scans of the pieces are below, but take a moment to look at the grouping in the photo at the top of this post. I intended for these pieces to be viewed (and hopefully purchased) in sets.

This series was initially inspired by color. I have previously written about an exhibit at Art Institute Chicago (Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings), where there was a textile piece composed of magenta and silver. I was so struck by this color combination, which would never have occurred to me. The contrast was stunning. I wanted to utilize this effect in a Western spiritual context.

I debuted my first attempt in December, with a piece I created as a gift for a dear friend. Subsequent pieces quickly followed. The scans below don’t show that the vinyl I used for the angels’ bodies is a metallic silver. The text is printed on a rough, cold press paper, and the background is brown corrugate.

Angel 1

Angel 1, 2016

Angel 2, 2016

Angel 2, 2016

 

 

 

 

Angel 3, 2016

Angel 3, 2016

Angel 4, 2016

Angel 4, 2016

Angel 6, 2016

Angel 6, 2016

Angel 7, 2016

Angel 7, 2016

 

 

 

Angel 5, 2016

Angel 5, 2016

Traditional religious symbology often presents angels as bringers of light and wisdom. In these collages, the angel figures are accompanied by words of wisdom. The viewer could interpret the angels as representing human potential, with “wings” that lift us above that which we are today. The quotes gives a glimpse of a bigger, more inspiring perspective for humanity.