Due to the power outage, I couldn’t get the Link Hop out yesterday. Starting the week with a good dose of creative expression is the best way I can think of to get a week started.
Sylvia Ji creates art based on Mexican textiles. But the women in the acrylics on wood panel paintings are overlayed with Day of the Dead skull themes and figures. The mixture of bright textiles and haunting skull lines makes our minds work in two different directions.
Ji’s first solo show, “Interwoven,” opened in San Francisco at the gallery FFDG on July 10, 2013.
Paolo Cirio tackles issues of privacy and accidental publicity. In his exhibit, “Street Ghosts,” Cirio finds people accidentally caught by the Google Street View camera, prints posters of them, and sticks the posters (with wheat paste) in the exact location where they were photographed by Google.
He does it without authorization as Google does as well. I’ve seen airplanes caught on Satellite view, passing over a neighborhood, but have never seen a person. Cirio uses thin papers, printed in color, to create these ghostly images.
Chris Ballantyne paints images based on the emptiness of corporate landscapes. He focuses on the stiffness of coldness of the corporate “campus,” and creates landscapes with elements deliberately missing to force the reader to consider color and shadow first, then fill in what is important to them in the painting.
Three unusual artists toying with unsettling ideas and art. The times are right for questioning meaning.
--Quinn McDonald thinks it is art’s job to involve the viewer to ask questions and become curious, which may be useful in other aspects of life.