https://mastersandmodpod.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/artgarage-podcast-marked1.wav Tattoos have a fascinating history and can be amazing works of art. This episode, Suzanne and Teresa talk about the latest exhibit at The Art Garage, “Marked”, which celebrates the art of tattoos. For the months preceding this show, Teresa (a big fan of tattoos) went around to some of North Jersey’s well known tattoo parlors, including Powerhouse and Jinx, to get some information on the artists of tattoos and have them participate. Before we start talking about the artwork and the artists who make this art form, Suzanne asks, “how exactly do you make a tattoo?” to which Teresa gives a brief tutorial on the inks, the machines and the sanitary practices. Teresa suggests that you always make sure the tattoo parlor that you are at uses only the most clean and sanitary practices. That segues into a discussion of Sailor Jerry, or Norman Keith Collins, the American tattoo artist who developed and perfected a true American style of the art form. Taking influences from Vargas and Betty Page, Sailor Jerry turned tattooing into a business as well as an art. After his passing in the 1970’s, his apprentice, Ed Hardy, began building a following and also took the art of the tattoo to yet another level, adding T-shirts, sneakers, handbags and other items with the Ed Hardy label. What else made tattooing the craze that it is today? Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Kat Von D, basketball star Denis Rodman and soccer star David Beckham displaying “flash”, has helped make it more mainstream. Finally, Teresa introduces the famous woman tattoo artist, Sunny Buick! Sunny has been tattooing the rich and famous for years from her tattoo parlor in Paris. The art show, “Marked”, will be on display at The Art Garage in Montclair, NJ from April 7th- May 1st. An artist reception will be on Friday, April 19th from 6-9pm. 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair NJ. https://mastersandmodpod.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/artgarage-podcast-marked1.wav
Welcome to podcast #2! Although we have already broken with our decided format of a Master and a Modern, we think that we can be excused for this one! We have three amazing women artists. Originally this was for Women’s History month, but we made another decision that women artists should be honored all year, as much as possible.
This week Suzanne and Teresa visit the artwork of the master artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, the modern work of architect and artist Maya Lin and the very contemporary and up and coming artist, Amanda Conner.
Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian painter during the 1600’s from the school of Caravaggio. Her work is on par with any of the male artists of her generation.
Born in Rome in 1593, she received her early training from her father, but after art academies rejected her, she continued study under a friend of her father, Agostino Tassi. In 1612, her father brought suit against Tassi for raping Artemisia. There followed a highly publicized seven-month trial. This event makes up the central theme of a controversial French film, Artemisia (1998), directed by Agnes Merlet.
After her death, she drifted into obscurity, her works often attributed to her father or other artists. Art historian and expert on Artemisia, Mary D. Garrard notes that Artemisia “has suffered a scholarly neglect that is unthinkable for an artist of her calibre.” Renewed and overdue interest in Artemisia in recent years has recognized her as a talented seventeenth-century painter and one of the world’s greatest female artists. The first book devoted to her, Artemisia Gentileschi – The Image of The Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art. by Mary D. Garrard, was issued in 1989; her first exhibition was held in Florence in 1991. A TV documentary, a play and, more recently, a film and now a podcast have advanced her visibilty as an important artist.
Our Modern, Maya Lin is an important figure in todays art and architectural movement. Her prize winning design for the Vietnam Veteran’s memorial catapulted her into the spotlight where she most definitely belongs. Lin’s conception was to create an opening or a wound in the earth to symbolize the gravity of the loss of the soldiers. The design was initially controversial for what was an unconventional and non-traditional design for a war memorial. Opponents of the design also voiced objection because of Lin’s Asian heritage. But it is a well known fact that the Vietnam Memorial is the most visited memorial in Washington D.C.
In 1994, she was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. The title comes from an address she gave at Juniata College in which she spoke of the monument design process. Talking about the origin of her work, Lin says “My work originates from a simple desire to make people aware of their surroundings and this can include not just the physical but the psychological world that we live in”.
Our contemporary artist is Amanda Conner. Admittedly, The Art Garage is partial to comic book and graphic novel artists, and here is one to watch. Her work is playful, smart and well crafted. Amanda Conner is a woman in a field that is definitely dominated by men. Yet her work stands out and is part of some of the most popular comic books in recent history.
Welcome to our newest podcast from The Art Garage, located in scenic downtown Montclair New Jersey! In this episode we take a look at the exhibit, “Greetings From Wembley”. The art exhibit is on display currently at The Art Garage through April 6th, 2013.
Let’s say a “picker” shows up in your driveway one morning and offers you a dirty wooden box for a certain amount of money, along with other oddities. Would you buy it?
That is what happened to one of three partners of Blowout / Avis Rara Gallery in Montclair. In the fall of 2011, somebody showed up – as they sometimes do if you are in the antiques business – and presented Mr. Potters with some interesting items. A quick peek into the box revealed a few simple drawings. Potters, who loves outsider and folk art and is also a big history buff, thought it might be interesting. So he bought it.
Popping the box open in the gallery, he slowly peeled back wrapped pages of what turned out to be an impeccable collection of “naive” art, wrapped in tissue paper, of pastels, watercolor , pencil and ink; a landslide of expression. “Not necessarily Picasso, but really cool stuff”, says Potters.
“I then triaged it, taking out each item and organizing them. At that point I needed to make sense of what I had.” After a few hours of carefully unpacking and arranging, the collection began to take shape. At the bottom of the box was a catalog which turned out to essentially be the narrative of the entire show: an art exhibit and cultural exchange between the East Lane Senior School in North Wembley, England and the Mary C. T. Williams School in Wilmington, Delaware. All of the drawings and paintings were done by the students, ages 10 through 15 years.
Potters then began searching the internet to see what else he could find, with amazing results. It turned out that the cultural exchange was a big hit in Delaware when it first debuted. He found a short article with pictures from a local newspaper which had made it onto the front page June 27th, 1937. The pictures even included some of the students holding the work, and a sampling of the art in the background. “This is when a collector like myself gets excited” says Potters. “There is a solid connection with the box that was found and a day in the life of America, circa 1937.”
The box, with hundreds of individual works, unopened for 75 years, a perfect time capsule. Unopened, that is, until now.
Potters brought his find upstairs to his business neighbor, Suzanne O’Connor, owner of The Art Garage, also in Montclair. “Being an art studio and having a great art program for kids, I knew she would find this interesting”. She did, and was thrilled. “This is fascinating work. It shows the exuberance of children making art, and how important it was to a child’s education in one of the worlds most advanced countries in the early 20th century. I was bowled over!” said O’Connor.
They decided that they would put together one big art show, putting the work on display as it was in 1937, before the collection was sold as individual pieces. “The work is wonderful and will probably do well at auction” says O’Connor. “What a phenomenal opportunity to show a collection of children’s artwork, exactly as it was 75 years ago. This is a once-in-a-lifetime art show. A must-see for art educators, lovers of Outsider and Naive art, and history buffs”.
“It reminds me of a quote from Picasso” says Potters, “ All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
A Hearty Greeting! An art time capsule featuring the artwork of the East Lane Senior School, Wembley, England, 1937.