Saturday Link Hop–on Sunday

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.

 

Painting © Sylvia Ji, 2012.

Painting © Sylvia Ji, 2012.

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.

Paolo Cirio creates Street Ghosts from images of people caught in Google's street view.

Paolo Cirio creates Street Ghosts from images of people caught in Google’s street view.

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.

CB-2Chris 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.

 

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3 responses to “Saturday Link Hop–on Sunday

  1. But really – what is the issue with privacy here? Can you have an expectation of privacy when you are in a public place? Cameras are EVERYWHERE and no one needs your permission to take a picture of you when you are in a public space.

    • There was a time, Ray, when there were no cameras except in a device called a camera. They weren’t in phones, they weren’t in closed circuits in parking lots, stores, and streets. The phrase “no expectation of privacy” was invented to make us feel “safe” after 9/11. When I worked at a newspaper, you had to ask for permission to photograph people who were in public. They had to sign a release so you could publish their photos. The slogan “well then don’t do anything you don’t want caught on camera” is really a way for us to exchange our privacy for the feeling of safety. I’m sad for our loss.

  2. A quick duckduckgo search will reveal any number of…um…”interesting” things seen by the street view cameras.

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