Lynn Wartski Writes about How the Literary and Visual Arts Entwine
Finding inspiration in one’s own back yard is quite often employed in the art world. In the current show “It’s All About The Story” the artists of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts are taking that both literally and literarily.
Michael Malone is among a number of well known authors who call the historic town of Hillsborough their home. The Hillsborough Gallery’s artists have used the southern women in his short story collection “Red Clay, Blue Cadillac” to provide color for their own palates – as inspiration for the work in the show.
“At first glance, ‘Femme’ is a painting of a silhouette of a woman standing before a window,” says painter Michelle Yellin. “Upon closer inspection, one sees that the figure, as well as the background, are made up of layers of texture and color. Like each of the 12 women for whom one of the stories in Red Clay, Blue Cadillac, is named, ‘Femme’ is much more than she appears to be.
Pam Isner’s “Freedom of the Road” is taken from Michael Malone’s short story entitled “Marie: Blue Cadillac.” The sculptural piece has five layers of glass with images laminated between them. A blue Cadillac, purported to be a gift from Elvis, is the central image.
Potter Garry Childs applied local red clay to surface of his terra cotta vessels. The impurities in the local clay became elements of texture, and bits of blue (violet) glaze recall Stella’s eyes from the story “Stella: Red Clay.”
Eric Saunders looked at Malone’s stories in a more general way, ” I think my image speaks of empowerment of women, or women looking for identity in their social context.” His piece, titled “Three Women,” shows them before a booth at the state fair.
“It’s All About The Story” runs through Sunday, March 24th at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. The show will close with a reading with Michael Malone on the 24th from 2 – 4pm. Come see these, and many more intriguing pieces, and hear the some of words that inspired the art.
Jane Filer Describes the Dimensional Aspect of Her Process
My paintings are about my reaction to living on the earth and interacting with animals and nature. There is often something surreal and other dimensional. I feel that there are various ways of perceiving reality. In a way we create our own existence. We give meaning to color and react to stimulation on many levels.
Painting and drawing have always been a part of my own personal expression. It is a subtle mode of transferring sentiment. It’s language is rich with dialects. The use of story to carry and capture human interest has been a favorite formality of mine.
My first approach to the canvas is to “free fall” into abstract realms where anything is possible. This is a place where I don’t know anything by name yet feel in other ways a connection. Something occurs in the paint and charcoal that will trigger my curiosity. My favorite subjects will have mysterious characteristics. Something familiar and something mysterious side by side create shifts in perception. Shifts in perception create shifts in meaning. The experiencing of these shifts is exciting.
And so I paint and think and experience playful realities. These depictions feel much more real to me because they are feeling and seeing at the same time. Through out the making of a painting I work with staying in certain streams of consciousness. The conscious emotion is important to maintain through out the work. It will dictate color and the handling of the paint. There are times of flow and there are the times I find myself lost. Being lost could be a good thing in that it guides me into unfamiliar territory and hence discovering something new. My job is to stay open and sensitive to new developments as they arise. This is important in giving the work a life of it’s own.
See the opening of Jane’s show at Tyndall Gallery, at University Mall on Saturday, March 16th.
Enjoy many paintings she has created over time at the Jane Filer website.
Jim Roberts Observes How the Rolling Stones are Part of the American Psyche
With the Golden anniversary of the Rolling Stones underway, it is time to reflect on their music, legacy and influence. Their humble beginnings in the arms of Brian Jones and Ian Stewart has turned into what is the greatest rock-n-band left today. I don’t use that term lightly. They have weathered time with an array of pop, blues, R&B, disco and rock that is instantly recognizable and playfully fun to listen to. From Keith Richard’s riff machine which has come to define the quintessential rock sound, to Charley Watts straight ahead beat that makes everyone groove hard, this music literally moves people.
Then there is the vocal prowess of Mick Jagger who could be called one of the best front men to grace a stage – with the moves that cross between a sprinter and a stripper, Mick never disappoints. Ron Wood adds the second guitar which has defined the Rolling Stone sound since it’s inception, first with Brian Jones and then Mick Taylor. Wood came on board in 1975 and has been with the band for 38 years. The two guitars weave and dodge so that one does not always know who is playing which part. It is indeed a tapestry of fine woven sound that has caressed our sensibilities for 5 decades.
And the music? To name just a few, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Gimme Shelter, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Happy, Shattered, Let’s Spend the Night Together, Sympathy for the Devil and on and on. All these hits are available in their newest compilation Grrrr! along with the new DVD, Crossfire Hurricane, a substantial overview of their years together. Other film classics include Gimme Shelter, the film that set new standards for documentary film making. A slice of 1969 that just happened to witness the end of the peace and love era with a mismanaged concert that captured a death and multiple beatings by the Hell’s Angels “security”. The Stones in Exile reveals captivating footage of the making of Exile on Main Street while running away from a 93% English tax rate that was leaving them in debt.
You can even track down a banned copy of Cocksucker Blues which offers a personal look at the personification of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Be prepared to be adequately bored while you are fast forwarding to find the good parts as fantasy is often just a fragment of real life. If that’s not enough, you can get a new Rolling Stones app, read the new Rolling Stones 50 book complete with previously unreleased photography, check out Muddy Waters and the Stones live DVD in 1981, visit their online store which is teaming with memorabilia or revisit one of their 25 album releases all the way from their 1st release The Rolling Stones, NOW! to A Bigger Bang from 2005. If you can’t get what you want, just try to get what you need!
Thomson notes: Jim Roberts is Adjunct Percussion Faculty at Elon University. Find out more about this talented musician at his website. Also check out just a few of his recordings at cdBaby for Craicdown. And most importantly, here is a link letting you know where you can hear him and when, so keep your ears open!