Archive for March, 2012

In a Golden Room. oil and gold leaf on canvas

Last week I submitted my paintings for a local juried art show. There were supposed to be three paintings and I brought just one first out of my car. I brought this one – which as I thought, was the least “nude” figure. Just a shoulder, an arm and a profile face… It is not even a figure, it’s a portrait!
 Two more paintings with much more exposed parts of female bodies were left in a car. At first nobody said anything and I went back to the car to bring my other two paintings after I filled my exhibition papers. A minute after I went outside, someone was already rushing to get me, saying that I cannot exhibit nudity in a bank (that’s where the show was). Fair enough, I thought and went home with all my paintings,  just to return back again with three perfectly modest landscapes. No nudity.
Next day, at the reception, I was talking to the artists who were receiving submissions the night before. They told me:
“Of course, your painting could not be acceptable. It had an exposed, erect penis”…..?????

Excuse me? What penis? Where? “Well, we saw it yesterday”, the ladies told me. Then the discussion unfolded, in which I explained to them that I was not so completely out of my mind to bring the painting with a penis to a bank. They were a bit confused, but insisted they saw a penis for sure. Although, as one of the ladies noted, there were also two male artists present at that time, who said they did not see the penis….Aha! said I, so it means you saw there something what OTHER people did not see?! Plus, said I, what do you think, would Freud said about that?

Well, my friends, please, take a good look at this painting now and tell me if you see a penis on it or not.


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Young Artists Talk about Art and Graduate School
at Winston-Salem State University Diggs Gallery
March 2, 2012
4 Artists talk about their work and experience in Graduate School- why did they decide to go to grad school? What is grad school like? What are their plans for the future?
Questions? Contact Scott Betz @ betzs@wssu.edu

Will Thomas:   http://www.redbubble.com/people/illestwill

Alla Parsons:   www.allaparsons.com

Chris Musina:   http://www.chrismusina.com/

Jonathan Sherrill:   http://jonathansherrill.net/Jonathan_Sherrill/Jonathan_Sherrill.html

Each artist will present a short overview of his/her experiences and work and be available to answer questions at the Diggs Gallery Friday March 2 at 11 AM.


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