War Toys Redux Now on Web
"I believe weapons have a seductive appeal to our flawed species…but whatever biological necessity this fascination with aggression has for the species, it has long ago gone obsolete." So says Bella Feldman in reference to the small glass and metal sculptures she made that were shown at the Jan Baum Gallery last Spring and at the Museum of Crafts and Folk Arts last Summer.
From the site: www.bellafeldman.com
Since 1992, two series of work, both involving movement and interaction, have occupied me. The first, inspired by the Gulf War and my own concerns, is "War Toys". These are a flock of comic, ferocious, fantastic machines with wheels and clumsy movement. I made them small-ankle to knee high-to give the viewer an opportunity for Olympian detachment. On the other hand, they are pet-size, seductively interesting, and inviting to play with.
Book Recommendation: Vision And Art
Vision And Art: The Biology Of Seeing,
by Margaret Livingstone. Harry N. Abrams; (May 2002) ISBN: 0810904063
I found this fascinating book remaindered at a book store in Davis. It has the clearest explanation of vision and how it affects art that I have ever seen. The author is a neurobiologist at Harvard. It is available at Amazon.
Barbara Milman, www.barbaramilman.com
The File Room
The File Room is a collection of initial case studies for an interactive database concerning censorship. It is interested in "alternative methods for information collection, processing and distribution, to stimulate dialogue and debatearound issues of censorship and archiving." A user can search by region of the world, dates, medium (Visual Arts. Public Speech, etc) or grounds for censorship (Explicit Sexuality, Nudity, Religion, etc.). The search page for visual artis is at thefileroom.org/documents/dyn/subMedium.cfm/subID/30
In Nevada County, California, No Nudes is Good News
Nevada County, CA, Show Cancelled Because of Nudes
. The work of five of the artists in the Annual Open Studios Art show in the county's Rood Administration Center contained partial nudity, so county administrators Tom Coburn and Rich Reader removed them, despite the lack of any written policy regarding the content of art shown in government buildings.
Some of the censored artists rehung their paintings but with a cloth over them and the word "Censored" pinned to the cloth. That so offended Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sue Horn, that the exhibit was canceled and the work of all 65 artists was removed. According to the local paper The Union, Horn said, "It's very unfortunate it had to escalate to something that should have had adult dialogue. To me, it's being disrespectful to the county's position. That's like a slap in the face. Where's the cooperation, the ability to talk about it in an adult manner? We're not going to let them hang up there with the drape and word 'censored' when we should be able to have communication and discuss it without this being a big argument."
She did not comment on whether she thought it was like a slap in the face to the five artists whose work was removed in the first place or whether it was disrespectful to the remaining 60 artists to cancel the show.
PS: I found one image of a banned painting, a a soft-focus violet and blue rendering of a seated nude from behind. Perhaps Nevada County officials need to watch more TV, look at more newspaper ads and spend less time alone. Nude art public meeting denied
Print on Demand from the (British) National Gallery
The National Gallery now offers a "Print on Demand" service that provides high quality digital prints from a selection of over 1,000 paintings from its permanent collection. These reproductions, available in sizes A4 (£10.00), A3 (£20.00), and A2 (£25.00), are made from computer scans taken directly from the paintings, a process developed by the National Gallery Scientific Department in conjunction with Hewlett Packard. According to the museum, "Provided that the prints are not exposed to extreme conditions, the lightfast expectancy can be as much as 70 years."Information Pages