“Each piece goes off on its own little tangent, exploring the past and present of shipping and the romance/realities of a life at sea. In a few pieces I borrowed from the style of the Mexican artist Dr. Lakra, which he sort of borrowed from old film posters and his work as a tattooist. I thought the techniques of overlaying imagery worked perfectly for exploring some of the concepts I wanted to touch on; juxtaposing images of my crewmates with more romantic shipping imagery. I’m interested in people’s dreams and influences that shape their lives. I think it applies to us all, really, in any occupation or path, but I focused on why people begin working on ships, which was a question I asked most of my crewmates. All of the imagery has special significance; some are taken from my own photos and others were sourced later from old magazines, the Internet, books, or old Sailor Union of the Pacific newspapers. There are some historical images of key figures in shipping, such as Andrew Furuseth and Harry Lundenberg, both Norwegian sailors who came to America and fought for sailors rights here in San Francisco. There are also references to Sailor Jerry’s tattoo work, which has been so widely popularized, but was originally made for these sorts of characters to stumble into his shop in Honolulu, Hawaii and find a connection with the art.”- Read the entire interview here.
Archives: 2012 April
A few weeks ago I went over to Berkeley to check out an Instagram related exhibition called Instaland. My buddy Lauren Randolph was in the show so I kinda had to go! It was held in a newly opened terrarium shop, Terraria. There I met Anna, a beautiful artist who has painted a mural inside and I pretty much fell in love with her work. I asked her to send along some images of her piece. So, happy Friday, enjoy.
She describes her work as, “a concoction of conceptual and abstract renderings portraying the resplendence of nature.”
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Gallery Hijinks is proud to announce its first juried exhibition, Visions of Yore. Along with the gallery director, Tanya Gayer, Gallery Hijinks has invited guest juror Emily Lakin of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to be a part of the selection process. The exhibition will occur July 7th, 2012, and include live performance and artists lectures during the month, as well as an auction at the close of the exhibition.
Submissions are open to a range of work including sculpture, painting, printmaking, sound, video, installation, and mixed media work. The exhibiting artists should demonstrate the quality of their work and relevance to the exhibition concept. The exhibition is open to all artists aged 18 and over. Artists must be willing to take on personal responsibility for their artwork if unsold after the exhibition closes. Entries should be completed within 2 years prior to the deadline. The exhibit is open to the public.
Visions of Yore
Katharine Harmon, the author of The Map as Art, notes that to ‘orientate’ is to, “hop back and forth between landscape and time, geography and emotion, knowledge and behavior. Associations often happen with this idea of orienting because of memory springing from these categories.” To translate memory is to recall the sensory and time sensitive elements of a memory.
Memories coexist with time and space neither in the present or past, nor in one location at one time, but in fact exist and apply aspects from different places and people at all times. The process of remembering takes place in such an instant that memories only have concrete form by way of specific documentation.
Gallery Hijinks seeks works that come from our beliefs of memory. At times memory cannot be pinned down, but only felt as a means of consciousness vying for a state of attention. Cues encountered in everyday life evoke past recollections without effort, while sometimes we deliberately try to piece together the past. Artists are encouraged to submit work in homage to memory and how it is recognized in regards to the visual and formulated.
Deadline for submissions: June 1st, 2012
Submission Fee: $20
Artists accepted for the exhibition will be notified by June 4th. Works must be delivered to Gallery Hijinks no later than June 27th, 2012.
Works will be on sale for the duration of the exhibition both in the gallery and online. The artist will receive 50 percent of the set retail price if the work sells during the month of July. If the works do not sell by July 27th, then it will be included in a larger auction held on July 28th. Artists will receive 40 percent of the original retail price no matter the auction’s final selling price. The starting bid will be set at 50 percent of the retail price unless requested otherwise (please include in Additional Details of Work section below). The starting bid and a reserve price will be reflected in the contract signed after selection process.
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Too Far Gone is a short documentary trailer shot by a lowly deckhand, Martin Machado. The trailer features Machado’s recent six month journey living and working on a container ship as well as his collections of artworks for his upcoming solo show opening at Gallery Hijinks May 5th from 6-10pm and on display until May 26th, 2012.
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Edited by Jesse Chandler
Music by The Raveonettes
“I am interested in the “loaded gun” theory of illness: genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger. What invisible dangers exist in our surroundings? Beyond the air and water quality where we live, how do objects with which we surround ourselves impact our bodies in ways we cannot see? Could seemingly innocuous products — shampoo, cell phones, furniture — pose a danger for our long-term health? How do chemicals from various products mix within our tissues and organs, and what is the result over many years of exposure? Scientific information on these topics is regularly postulated, contradicted and revised by sources with different data or agendas. New information and theories surface regularly in the 24/7 news cycle.
In an attempt to distract my own anxiety and confusion in the face of these possibilities, I use fragmented imagery from maps, architecture, industrial design, engineering, chemistry, and biology to create my own version of microscopic events.
Black Carbon (BC) has recently emerged as a major contributor to global climate change, possibly second only to CO2 as the main driver of change. BC particles strongly absorb sunlight and give soot its black color. According to a recent study at the Harvard School of Public Health, black carbon particles in automobile pollution can lead to cognitive decline. Researchers speculate that the harmful effects may be caused by the inflammatory and oxidative effects of the black carbon particles. The carbon 60 molecule shape was also defined inadvertently by Buckminster Fuller’s Bucky balls. The Carbon 60 molecule is a form of pure carbon with 60 atoms in a nearly spherical configuration”
Randy Colosky has curated the back room of the gallery with a number of very talented artists, one of them being Helen Lee:
“I find the reason to paint from the things I see and feel, the colors and shapes that surround me.
My paintings are based on my personal experiences, time, places, instinct and inspiration. The experiences from past and present, the memories near and far are all the reasons why I paint. The completion of one piece is a beginning of new experience. I find much joy by exploring new thoughts. Such process may come suddenly, many times I do not know what my next move or dab of paint will bring. The failure can be frustrating, but that itself brings a new experience at the end. I do not fear failure, but revel in the satisfaction of success. Uncertainty can be exciting and creative mind can be rewarding.
I closely relate the mystery and perfect balance of science and art, and deeply appreciate God’s enormous power and harmony in the creation of the universe. I intend to pursue my findings through painting and I hope my viewers will be able to communicate with me through my paintings.
Prince Rupert’s Drops are a glass curiosity created by plunging a drop of hot glass into cold water. This process effectively tempers the tadpole-shaped drop, with the interior in a state of tension and exterior in a state of compression. The “head” of the drop is exceptionally strong—able to withstand the blow of a hammer—while the tail is thin enough to be broken easily. Doing so releases all the internal stress; instantaneously exploding the drop into powder. This drawing was made by inking a Prince Rupert’s Drop to capture this transformational moment.”
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Juxtapoz featured some of Randy Colosky’s work on their site. Check it out here!