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‘The 100′ #95 – Invitation to Play 1

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A ‘double dipping‘ post – #95 in my ‘The 100′ series plus the beginning of a light hearted challenge for you and for me.

Below is a blank canvas sitting on my easel – it measures 24″ x 20″ (60.96 cm x 50.8 cm).

Invitation

The concept behind ‘Invitation to Play’ is that I will paint this canvas according to your suggestions.

This challenge will proceed in stages starting with this post.

Stage 1 is breaking the white of the canvas by applying layers of acrylic washes.

For Stage 1: You suggest one or two colours for me to apply in washes to the canvas and how you want me to apply them…flat, straight lines, zigzag, gesturally, random, scrubbed etc… with a brush, a rag, my fingers or whatever you can come up with. No subject at this point, just process.

 I will act on the first three suggestions received. (If I can add more, I will).

I’ll post the suggestions that I will use for Stage 1 along the results of the process as it happens.

Feedback of any kind is welcome from everyone and those whose ideas are used can respond to the feedback. Let’s get a lively forum going. I am only the painter following your suggestions (although employing all and every artistic license of course) and won’t participate in the forum. However, I will write about my process and experiences as we go.

 Stage 2 will involve a building onto the first layers and your suggestions will depend on what you see in what has already happened. Other stages will follow until we decide it is done. Because of the process I imagine the results will be more abstract than figurative, but anything is possible…

Are you on board for this collaborative painting? Be the first to send your suggestions for Stage 1…

SO. HERE. WE. GO…..Fanfare of trumpets…Roll of drums…Searching for long lost colour wheels under bed…

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.

The ‘Invitation to Play‘ painting is a found image photographed in a local park in East Vancouver. I don’t know the artist but will credit you if you contact me. I thank you for inspiring the title for this post.


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‘The 100′ #94 – Try This

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A challenge to all you poets and writers out there:

Use the six found words in the top right corner of the art above to create a poem. Not necessarily in this order.

“save, kite, hole, gate, while, spoke.”

The poem doesn’t have to relate to the image, but kudos to you if it does.

Send in your poems as comments so we can all share.

Here is my humble effort:

Save this broken kite,

this fallen angel,

gate and bind its gaping hole

with inky flesh,

surreal whispers of skin

and bandages of words.”

 So spoke

the icy voices

of the winter winds

while torn shreds

of paper wings,

tangled in ribboned string,

thrashed and pummeled

against cold

bare

earth.

 

mixed media painting and poem by clinock.

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


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‘The 100′ #93 – Tarot Reading

tarot-reading

Afflicted.

Lost in the cloud of unknowing.

Words fogged or missing.

Hidden meanings, unsolved riddles,

outcome uncertain.

The threat of swords summons fear

and a bird’s skull darkens

the clear stars of choice.

Numbers reveal blindness

to the heart’s armor.

Flowing is blocked from the inside,

the river is damned.

Love’s simplicity is tired and tangled

and ghosts veil the light.

But here is the Empress,

birthing The Lovers,

in rivers of beauty.

And here, the Fool,

stepping out into space,

falling in grace once again

with handfuls of hope

and a trembling trust

in the reds of desire

and the blues of a longing

for coming home.

Yielding affects the desired transmutation.

Quiet loving acceptance is the way.

Understanding follows peace.

 

mixed media painting and poem by clinock.

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


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‘The 100′ #92 – The Choice

The Choice

The Choice. 12″ x 9″. collaged drawing by clinock. (sepia toned)

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


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‘The 100′ #91 – Headless Anonymous

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A text based image from my collection of student work from my art teaching days at high school.

This is a page from an Altered Book project using transparent gel overlay.

I really love the text fragmentation inside the figure.

Unhappily I have lost the artist’s name, so if you see this, o anonymous one,

please get in touch through this blog and I will happily credit you for this awesome artwork.

 

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


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‘The 100′ #90 – Clinock’s Big Adventure

Clinock's Big Adventure

Clinock’s Big Adventure, (self portrait) by clinock.

Acrylic and Mixed media painting on cradled panel. 18″ x 14″ (45.72 x 35.56 cm).

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


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‘The 100′ #89 – Here Comes…

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Above is one panel from a recent installation at Vancouver’s Waterfront Station. This is another conceptual piece in Vancouver Transit’s Public Art Program. The information plaque from the installation is below and will tell you all you need to know.

here comes info

The overall installation looks like this…

here comes installation

Except for the information plaque the above photographs are used with thanks to http://www.capturephotofest.com

The plaque and the photos that follow are taken by me. I apologize for the poor quality but wanted to show some other examples of the installed panels to give you a wider idea of the concept:

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Who knew so many songs began with “Here comes…”

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I found this a much lighter work than “Warning” (The 100′ #86) and reminiscent of Departure and Arrival boards at rail stations and airports. You may wonder, as I did, how this qualifies, for the Capture Fest, as photography. If so, I suggest going to the ‘Capture’ web site shown above.

What do you think?

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


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‘The 100′ #88 – YAY, creative me…

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creativity:

placing this here and that there,

adding colour

or not,

mezcal, moodling,

miles davis,

looking through squinted eyes,

listening to the surface,

gluing, scraping,

pacing, pondering,

placing that there and this here,

layering, leaving,

returning, ruminating,

touching up, tuning down,

moodling more mezcal,

free falling,

asking what if,

adding, eliminating,

destroying, building,

adjusting,

looking again,

click, click,

done, done

and done.

mixed media collage and poem by clinock

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


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‘The 100′ #87 – Mezcal Mi Amigo

Tequila Sprite

He is the cover of my book.

His signs are enigmatic,

an ancient coupling

of plant and earth.

He is mystery and music.

He dances me through nights

when muses fail and

desolation sucks my soul.

He is companion, comfort

and consolation

when my love is far away.

He is the desert sun

when light is quenched

by rain drenched days.

He fills me with fire,

when icy winter

clenches bones.

He calls to me

from white beaches,

streets of coloured heat,

and flowering Jacaranda trees.

He is illusion and magic

leaping from reality to dream

and back again.

I know him as trickster,

magician and friend.

Like a woman he caresses me

inside and out.

Like a woman he comes and goes

with the ocean moon.

I hold him inside my blood

as I would hold the one I love,

drinking his fragrance,

inhaling his deep intoxication

on unshared pillows

of a bed too wide.

Painting and poem by clinock.

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.


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The ’100′ #86 – WARNING

Warning

This recent addition to the Vancouver Transit Art Installation series captured my eye and brain when I was downtown yesterday.  It is one of a series of conceptual artworks by Antoni Muntadas hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG).

I encourage you to do so, but you may or may not choose to read the VAG’s writings by Ms. Campbell (below) about this artist and his work; however, when you looked at these photos you probably had some form of personal insight or understanding as to the installation’s meaning.

As with almost all public art, most people passing by do not perceive the work except on the fringes of consciousness. Most of us skim the surface of our world like water-skeeters, quickly and efficiently but never actually submerging. However, when true perception happens then participation or involvement must follow. After I took the photos, Muntadas’ words stayed with me all day and I was reminded that once we open our eyes /hearts / minds and see what is really going on in any aspects of our personal, social or political lives we can’t help but be involved, below the surface and deeper.

I’d be very interested in your own interpretation of ‘WARNING‘…

The following information* is from the VAG and I give them full credit.

The photo of ‘WARNING’ above is by clinock / the photo below is by Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery, and I thank her for it.

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*Muntadas
Warning, 1999-2013
installation at the Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station
vinyl on glass
Courtesy of the Artist © Muntadas/SODRAC (2013)

*Muntadas by Arabella Campbell
On Translation: Warning

A pioneer in the fields of conceptual and media art, Antoni Muntadas’ practice includes performance, video, photography, multimedia installations, publications, web-based projects and public art. Incorporating in-depth research and astute readings of cultural situations, his incisive works have addressed ideas such as the relationship between public and private, the role of the media in transmitting ideas, and the complex dynamics of architecture and other social frameworks.

Translation and its many implications is the central theme of Muntadas’ ongoing On Translation series, started in 1995 that comprises works created in a variety of political cultural and economic contexts. These works consider the interpretation of words, concepts, histories and values not only across different languages, but also through the invisible conventions inherent in all forms of communication. On Translation: Warning is a series that calls into question the manipulation of information and encourages audiences to participate in the decoding process. These works have been installed around the world and their common thread is the sentence “Warning: Perception Requires Involvement,” which the artist has translated into local languages and displayed using such supports as posters, stickers, press inserts, building façades, windows and other public spaces.

This presentation is part of a larger exhibition of the artist’s work, Muntadas: Entre/Between, on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery from November 9, 2013 until February 10, 2014.

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text-based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.

 

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