My friend J. Perry Fitzhugh has been making more of his wonderful found-object glass assemblage mixed-media sculptures and they are once again on display at the Barboursville Fine Arts Gallery, in Barboursville, VA, near Charlottesville. Local? Or wanting a bit of travel? Well, Perry will be in the gallery from 10:30 to 4:30 on Friday, May 29th for a meet and greet. Check it out.
Recently I once again came across images from the famous Las Vegas Neon Boneyard. Vintage neon is high on my list of best images ever. Stardust caught my eye. And apropos of Perry, I used one of his sculptures in the collage. The piece has a very 50's space-age feel to it and aligns with the 50's era of the sign.
Another internet day, presented an article on Frida Kahlo's closet. When she died in 1954, her husband, the famed artist, Diego Rivera, ordered her clothes to be locked up for 15 years. When he died three years later, the caretaker of their homes and studios, kept the closet locked and it stayed so until 2004. There has now been a display and beautiful book. Her unique surreal style was like her art, a reflection of her reality of physical pain and discomfort from her near-fatal accident whens he was 18, which left her wearing a brace and a false leg. Some of her bits and pieces spoke deeply to me. One of my most treasured times is that I did get to visit her home and studio Blue House, in Mexico city. She lived out loud.
I came across some photos of my former studio at our house, which is now under contract. One of the buyers is a graphic designer and I hope they make good use of the studio space. This scene is a photo of a shelf where I had a 'set-up' of various bits and pieces that appeal to me. When my son was young, we would create elaborate arrangements of his toys, which we called 'set-ups'. We're both still at it.
I amped the image and only added the bits of text and the cherry pie and of course, a spiral or two. Cherry pie just seemed the perfect addition. I tried Lemon Meringue - my favorite pie - but it just didn't work. Cherry popped! The art wants what it wants.
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