more february and on into march…


Art:  Raw Gallery in New York opened on February 19 with an inaugural exhibit of 12″ x 12″ work by over 300 artists, including four paintings from the Idea series.  It would have been fun to be at the opening and see so many different pieces up there–

–oh wait.  We can see it, sort of, courtesy of their web-cam:  www.artrawgallery.com

Next, the 12th International Open at Woman-Made Gallery in Chicago, curated by  Yolanda Lopez, opens March 6 and can be seen online here.    This admittedly feminine little painting called sorry honey, here’s why it won’t work was included:

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On March 13,  Art/Works Art from the Workplace will open at the Garage Gallery in San Diego:   “a curated exhibit based on art work made in the course of your day or night job.”

“Indians often used the laws, practices, and representations that were imposed on them by force or by fascination to ends other than those of conquerors; they made something else out of them; they subverted them from within-not by rejecting them or by transforming them.”
Michel de Certeau 

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Art/Works was made up and curated by Larry Caveney.  I just work in my studio with an imaginary staff of five (and the dogs and the cat)  but I liked the  idea of this show very much anyway, so I hope Imagination Coffers fits in with the rest.

January: elephants in the rooms of the world at ARC show

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“Money, Money, Money is an exhibition of contemporary artwork that addresses personal, political, and economic issues pertaining to the cultural currency of money. In today’s political climate, how does money move, change, and affect both nations and/or individuals? The effects of economic issues on national decisions, the effect of a global economy on the individual, the individual artist’s relationship to the economy, and the aesthetic value of currency are some aspects that the artist is asked to contemplate.

ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL.  Exhibition dates: January 7 – 31, 2009

A frequent question about this image is “Hey, why is Google on there?”

Because I couldn’t resist.

“We at the Church of Google believe the search engine Google is the closest humankind has ever come to directly experiencing an actual God (as typically defined). We believe there is much more evidence in favor of Google’s divinity than there is for the divinity of other more traditional gods.
We reject supernatural gods on the notion they are not scientifically provable. Thus, Googlists believe Google should rightfully be given the title of “God”, as She exhibits a great many of the characteristics traditionally associated with such Deities in a scientifically provable manner.
  

We have compiled a list of nine proofs which definitively prove Google is the closest thing to a “god” human beings have ever directly experienced.”

I looked at the proofs and it seems to me they have some good points.  They don’t have the history to be all the way up there in the sky, but I thought they might at least be included.


ending 2008: a story of Being Last

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In November, I submitted this spooky weird cat to an online exhibition.  It’s fun to send work to online exhibitions and competitions. There are 3 possible responses:
1.  Congratulations, you’re in!
2.  Sorry, you’re out!
3.  No response! (that’s shorthand for sorry, you’re out!)

This time, there was a new, reality-tv-show kind of response.  It went like this:

“Congratulations!  The images you submitted are now on display at www.houseofscratch.com.   Let the voting begin!  To be voted as “Best of the Best” of the exhibition, your work needs to have the highest vote count at the end of December.  Votes are cast by the general public who visit the website, so this would be a great time to get in touch with all your friends, relatives and acquaintances.  Tell everyone you know that you’re in the show and to visit House of Scratch and cast their vote for you!  The more votes you get, the more likely you will be distinguished as “Best of the Best” and secure a place in the first ever physical gallery show hosted by House of Scratch.”

Now wait.
First of all, personally, I’d vote for the actual best of the best of the work submitted:  The lovely paper-cut images of Mayuko Fujino, with Amir Hariri nearly a tie.
Second of all, telling friends, relatives, and acquaintances to vote for me makes this into a social-loyalty contest, not a quality-of-work contest.  It becomes a test of who is the most rabid self-promoter with the longest mailing list, and conveniently builds up site hits for House of Scratch.

I thought I’d see what happened if I just let the cat fend for itself, on its own merit.

Later in the month I checked in.  Just for kicks, I clicked on ‘see results.’
Mayuko Fujino was winning by far.  Good!
But wait.
I was in last place.

Yikes.  Last??
Only two kind strangers like the skeletal cat???
The intensity of my panic surprised me.

There were two weeks left.  I started updating my mailing list.  I imagined sending out an urgent call for votes to all my relatives, friends, and acquaintances on December 30th, and seeing my name zoom from Last to somewhere in the Middle in a single day.

But you know, as the end of the month has come around, so have I.    Somehow a plea for loyalty votes for a spooky-looking cat seems an absurd way to launch this grand hopeful new year and greet the loving family, good friends, and esteemed acquaintances on my new  mailing list all updated, sparkling and organized.   Better to just say,  Thanks House of Scratch, Congratulations Mayuko Fujino (and all the other Not-Last artists), and Happy New Year to everyone!

ps.  Do visit House of Scratch to vote for your favorite work in the January show  🙂

December: eye lounge 6 x 6 group fundraiser

6 x 6 show at eyelounge

On Friday December 5th, eye lounge: a contemporary art space will host its 6×6 for $40 exhibition sale at its central Phoenix location.   Beautiful little works made of thorns and pins and wax, among other things.

Eye lounge is on Roosevelt and 5th street, and will be open Friday night 6:00-10:00, and Saturday afternoon 12:00-4:00.

discovering etsy

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I’ve staked a small claim in the vast wilderness of online sales with an etsy store called cazeljahnstudio.   This cityscape is the first purchased item, seems a good omen to post.

My daughter Jasper (a prolific nine-year-old illustrator) and my mother Tisha (who keeps stacks of gorgeous lithographs stashed in a box under her bed) will soon be featured there too.