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Guerrilla Squirrel: Guerrilla Girls, Pussy Galore, Wonder Woman, and Gloria Steinem

Guerrilla Squirrel, oil on wood panel, 40 x 40, 2015 (after Guerrilla Girls' and Pussy Galore)

Guerrilla Squirrel, oil on wood panel, 40 x 40, 2015 (after Guerrilla Girls’ and Pussy Galore)

Carollyne Yardley working on Guerrilla Squirrel. In the studio.

Carollyne Yardley working on Guerrilla Squirrel. In the studio.

Guerilla Squirrel, detail

Guerilla Squirrel, detail.

Guerrilla Squirrel, detail.

Guerrilla Squirrel, detail.

Guerrilla Squirrel, detail.

Guerrilla Squirrel, detail.

Guerrilla Squirrel, detail.

Guerrilla Squirrel, detail.

Event: “SHE”
Opening Reception: Saturday May 23th 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition Dates: May 23th – June 20th
Venue: Fazakas Gallery, 145 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Gallery Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday
Information: www.fazakasgallery.com

FULL SHOW DETAILS HERE

This is one of my new works appearing in this upcoming group show.  The theme of SHE, Fazakas Gallery, is about diversity in feminism. FULL SHOW DETAILS HERE.

In order to remind myself of the WORD, I downloaded a copy of Gloria Steinem’s, Outrageous Acts, and Everyday Rebellions and re-read the Guerrilla Girls’, Beside Companion to the History of Western Art, and ART MUSEUM Activity Book.

Gloria Steinem and Guerrilla Girls' books

Gloria Steinem and Guerrilla Girls’ books

Happy 30th Anniversary to the Guerrilla Girls’!

Since 1985, the Guerrilla Girls’, an anonymous collective of female artists and art-world professionals, have used gorilla masks, glue brushes, and acidly satiric posters to prove that humour (and fake fur) can illuminate and educate the art community to the sexism, racism and inequality in the art world. (4)  The Guerrilla Girls’ 1986 Report Card tallied the number of women represented by top New York galleries at the time.

Curator Maura Reilly posted an image of gallery gender statistics in February 2015. It was Pussy Galore’s 2015 Report Card by the Feminist Art Collective showing the percentages of women represented by some of the top art galleries in New York City today. The two images are below for comparison. The new tally shows sexism is still alive and well at top NYC galleries.

Guerrilla Girls 1986 Report Card and Pussy Galore 2015 Report Card. Imageby Maura Reilly

Guerrilla Girls 1986 Report Card and Pussy Galore 2015 Report Card. Imageby Maura Reilly

In planning the painting, Guerrilla Squirrel, my use of the squirrel mask (by Archie McPhee), and its metaphor for secrets was a perfect parallel to the GGs’ gorilla mask of anonymity.

The Guerrilla Girls’ website reads, “We’re feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman. How do we expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture?”

The mention of Wonder Woman made me think of a book I bought years ago at a years sale. Wonder Woman, A Ms. Book Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston and Warner Books, 1972. I pulled it out to keep the stream of ideas flowing. Low and behold, the book has an introduction by Gloria Steinem / interpretive Essay by Phyllis Chesler, and designed by Bea Feitler. Additionally, each of the four sections of comics: Origins, Sisterhood, Politics, and Romance, have a preface by Gloria Steinem.

Wonder Woman, Introduction by Gloria Steinem / Interpretive Essay by Phyllis Chesler, and designed by Bea Feitler. A Ms. Book Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston and Warner Books. 1972.

Wonder Woman, Introduction by Gloria Steinem / Interpretive Essay by Phyllis Chesler, and designed by Bea Feitler. A Ms. Book Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston and Warner Books. 1972.

Did I mention that I’ve owned and operated a Wonder Woman costume ever since 1977?

Found my first Wonder Woman costume. My mum made it for me when I was about seven? Because I *WAS* LINDA CARTER. #wonderwoman #1970's

Found my first Wonder Woman costume. My mum made it for me when I was about seven? Because I *WAS* LINDA CARTER. #wonderwoman #1970’s

It’s a lot or work, ya know.

Next up was asking permission from the Guerrilla Girls’ and Pussy Galore (both located in NYC) to use the Report Cards in a painting. I first emailed the Guerrilla Girls’, and asked if they would grant me permission to use their 1986 Report Card. I received an email back the next day from Kathe Kollwitz (a pseudonym).

On Mar 6, 2015, at 4:50 AM, Guerrilla Girls  wrote:

Sure. Could you send an image of the painting when you finish it?

Best, Kathe Kollwitz for the Guerrilla Girls
________________________________

GUERRILLA GIRLS
www.guerrillagirls.com
www.facebook.com/guerrillagirls
www.twitter.com/guerrillagirls

Next, I emailed Pussy Galore. Initially, I heard back from Maura Reilly letting me know I needed to ask the collective itself. Within hours, I had received permission from the Feminist Art Collective to use the 2015 Pussy Galore report card.

On Mar 6, 2015, at 10:02 AM, Feminist Art Collective wrote:
Dear Carollyne,

We’d be delighted! Just be sure to credit us somewhere. And please send us a pic of the painting when you finish it–for our files.

thanks for thinking of us.

Best,

the PGs

I was very thrilled at this point. And grateful! Thank you to both the GGs’ and the PG’s.

My final concept blended the two report cards (Guerrilla Girls’ 1986 and Pussy Galore 2015), Gloria Steinem dressed as WW with gold bracelets flexing her gun muscles, the primary colours of the Wonder Woman Ms. Book (which I likened to the bold colours of the Guerrilla Girls’ posters), and the squirrel mask (by Archie McPhee) for anonymity. Even my favourite Star Global Advanced IT Corp. Ltd. and Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia logo = the five-pointed star was integrated, although it IS a Wonder Woman thing.

Guerrilla Girls In the News:

Guerilla Girls Birthday Party 30 Years and Still Counting
http://www.guerrillagirls.com/posters/2015guerrillagirls30thbirthday.shtml

The Guerilla Girls Are Still Relevant After All There Years
https://hyperallergic.com/199104/the-guerrilla-girls-are-still-relevant-after-all-these-years/

Pussy Galore in the News:

Art Collective Pussy Galore Shows NYCS Galleries Still Pretty Sexist
http://animalnewyork.com/2015/art-collective-pussy-galore-shows-nycs-galleries-still-pretty-sexist/

Pussy Galore’s 2015 Gallery Report Card is Out
http://artfcity.com/2015/02/19/pussy-galores-2015-gallery-report-card-is-out/

Reference

(4) http://www.guerrillagirls.com

Squirrel Mask by: Archie McPhee

SHE, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver, BC | Artists Trace Yeomans, Carollyne Yardley, Rosa Quintana Lillo

MEDIA RELEASE

Media Contact: LaTiesha Fazakas at 604.876.2729 or info@fazakasgallery.com

Event: “SHE”
Opening Reception: Saturday May 23th 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition Dates: May 23th – June 20th
Venue: Fazakas Gallery, 145 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Gallery Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday
Information: www.fazakasgallery.com

SHE

Is SHE there yet? How far has SHE come? How far does SHE need to go?

What does it mean to be a woman in our ever-changing social landscape? How do female artists perceive the impact of gender on their work, practice, and career?  Do they even want their gender to be a discussion point?

In the Fazakas Gallery’s newest show, SHE, three very diverse female artists Rosa Quintana, Carollyne Yardley, and Trace Yeomans come together for a visual discussion.

In terms of female history, much has been said, challenged, restated and rectified. Thanks to some stubborn, tenacious and brilliant women, art history specifically has been revised and forced to include them.
Female artists today have role models with which to identify and draw inspiration. Which begs the question, is SHE there yet? How far has SHE come? How far does SHE need to go?

This exhibition creates an opportunity for pointed questions from the audience, while providing an opportunity to view exceptional work by three talented artists who also happen to be women.

Featured Artists who will be featured in SHE include:

Trace Yeomans was born on Haida Gwaii to a Haida mother and a Ukrainian father. She has been an artist for most of her life, prompting her to pursue this passion throughout high school, and to acquire post-secondary training. Her passion has always been painting but she is also known for her beautiful Dance Regalia with appliqued Haida designs and fabric art techniques, some of which are displayed in museums around the world. (Images soon!)

Trace has frequently worked with her husband, Don Yeomans, combining their respective skills to create unique and critically acclaimed artwork, examples of which can be seen in her fabric art and paintings. She has also worked along side him painting and carving on several totem pole commissions, including the monumental poles in the rotunda of the Vancouver International Airport. Trace has explored many mediums during her art career but always circles back to her first love – oil painting.

Carollyne Yardley coined the term Squirrealism to describe her signature style of fine artwork using squirrel faces in paintings, photographs, and digital art to create strange, transgene characters and creatures, living in wonderful worlds.

Through the meticulous and minute brushwork of fine portraiture, Carollyne’s work incorporates allegory and surrealism to explore psychological truths and complexities about the human condition. Even without a human face, her paintings maintain the essence of a portrait, immediately conveying humour and personality — followed by budding uncertainty about the characters and the secrets they keep.

Carollyne Yardley has garnered all levels of press in Canada, featured in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CTV News, CBC Radio, online weblogs, and the covers of several books and magazines.

Madonna and Bank Squirrel (birth of ideas), 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015
Madonna and the Birth of Ideas was already in progress by the time the show theme was revealed. I think it works perfectly into the exhibition, however. The squirrel representing the birth of ideas is a direct reference to how Squirrealism was born from painting just one little squirrel. Read more.

Madonna and Bank Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015

Madonna and Bank Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, oil on wood panel, 60? x 40? (152.4 cm x 101.6 cm), 2015 

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse is complete. It is the introduction of a new character.  The imagery is the marriage of Mickey Mouse ears, and a Guy Fawkes mask, the later being a stylized depiction of Guy Fawkes,  the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot. More recently the mask has been associated with the film V for Vendetta, the hacktivist group Anonymous, and had wider use in popular protests, such as the Occupy movement.
Read more.

Anonymouse detail of head

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, 60 x 40, oil on wood panel, 2015. Detail of head

Guerrilla Squirrel, oil on wood panel, 40 x 40, 2015 (after Guerrilla Girls’ and Pussy Galore)
In order to remind myself of the WORD, I downloaded a copy of Gloria Steinem’s, Outrageous Acts, and Everyday Rebellions and re-read the Guerrilla Girls’, Beside Companion to the History of Western Art, and ART MUSEUM Activity Book. Happy 30th Anniversary to the Guerrilla Girls’! Read more.

Guerrilla Squirrel, oil on wood panel, 40 x 40, 2015 (after Guerrilla Girls' and Pussy Galore)

Guerrilla Squirrel, oil on wood panel, 40 x 40, 2015 (after Guerrilla Girls’ and Pussy Galore)

Male Figure Drawing Squirrel: What If You Couldn’t ‘Cause You’re A Girl?
When I was enrolled at the Visual Arts, Department of Fine Arts, University of Victoria to complete my undergrad, I didn’t fully appreciate the value and privilege of being able to participate in gender equal art classes. Specifically, drawing male nude models.  When I returned to fine art almost a decade later, I still took for granted that this inclusive training was forbidden to women 150 years ago. Read more.

Male Figure Drawing Squirrel: What If You Couldn't 'Cause You're A Girl? oil on wood panel, 24 x 36, 2015

Male Figure Drawing Squirrel: What If You Couldn’t ‘Cause You’re A Girl? oil on wood panel, 24 x 36, 2015

Rosa Quintana Lillo, was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1977, after fleeing two military dictatorships, she and her family arrived in Toronto, Canada. She is a painter and sculptor working on private and public commissions in Agassiz and Vancouver studios. She attended the Toronto Art Centre where she received a solid technical foundation in the fine arts. Her current paintings deal with content out of context, extinct birds, graffiti, art history and surface texture experimentation.

Since 1989, she has worked for many Contemporary West Coast artists. Her primary work for these artists was the production of carvings, rubber moulds and castings in various materials. She has worked for the Vancouver Art Gallery as a painter on the Michael Lin Mural Project, Public Art Commissions, the Vancouver Film Industry as a sculptor and Props maker and as a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University and The Art Institute of Vancouver.   Her works are in collections in the UK, US, Canada and Mexico. (Images soon!)

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse – painting in progress

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse (in progress), 60 x 40, Oil on wood panel.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse (in progress), 60 x 40, Oil on wood panel.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse is my next painting, and is the introduction of a new character added to my œuvre d’art. I started this one last month. It is the marriage of Mickey Mouse ears, and a Guy Fawkes mask, the later being a stylized depiction of Guy Fawkes,  the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot. More recently the mask has been associated with the film V for Vendetta, the hacktivist group Anonymous, and had wider use in popular protests, such as the Occupy movement.

The gorgeous purple satin and multi-colour sequin ESCADA jacket seen in the painting was on loan from the fabulous, and elegant Susan Erling-Tyrell, Curator of the Costume Museum at Government House. This wearable art is from her personal collection, and the design was inspired by artworks of Salvador Dali – featuring crescent moons, stars, and, of course, the all seeing EYE.
More on this later.

Here are some behind the scenes pics capturing Secret Squirrel frolicking with the mask of Anonymouse.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse, Photo by Jen Steele. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse.  Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse, Photo by Jen Steele. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

 

Squirrels now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art

I’m pleased to announce artworks now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art

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Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013

Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013 – SOLD

 

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Charlotte’s Web, 36 x 24, oil on board, 2012

With Joe Coffey at his opening at Winchester Gallery

With Joe Coffey at his opening at Winchester Gallery

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Yayoi Kusaqma Squirrel in the background at Winchester Galleries

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Carollyne with Charlotte’s Web at Winchester Galleries

 

Winchester Galleries
Website: www.winchestergalleriesltd.com
2260 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria, BC
(250) 595-2777

Italian copies (forgeries?) of Marion Peck and Carollyne Yardley’s artwork. Good, bad, or flattered?

Occasionally, I Google my name to see if people who love my artwork talk about it, or post images online.  It gives me a chance to reblog, or retweet, and share the love.

A couple of days ago, I was searching online, and found there’s an Italian guy named Giuseppe Zappalà. He appears to be offering his original copy of Green Bun Squirrel, and at least three Marion Peck paintings, among others.

Text from the website under the heading Copie d’autore describes his offerings: http://gizah81.wix.com//restart#!copiedautore/ca4p
Riproduzione fedele di dipinti ad olio su tela e su tavola dal XVI sec. ai giorni nostri.

Translated:
Faithful reproduction oil paintings on canvas and wood from the sixteenth century. the present day.

I can’t quite tell if this is a test website, or if it’s for real? Was it a school project? Or? It does appear, however, that he has painted his own version of Green Bun Squirrel, seen posted here.
He’s given me credit for the original painting, which was nice. I’m quite flattered to be copied alongside the great pop surrealist Marion Peck, who has god-like status in my mind.  It makes such a discovery even more surreal.

Another perfect example of the importance of a registered trademark, and keeping documentation on paintings done from my studio.
FAKES ARE NOW OUT THERE, YOU”VE BEEN WARNED.

Screenshot 11/01/2014

Screenshot 11/01/2014. Copy of Green Bun by Giuseppe Zappala.

 

Original painting of Green Bun Squirrel by Carollyne Yardley, 14 x 20, oil on board, 2011.

Original Green Bun miniature by Carollyne Yardley, 4″ x 5″, oil on board, 2012.

 

Copy painted by Giuseppe Zappala of Boy with Dog

 

 

Girl with cat by Giuseppe Zappala

 

Original Marion Peck “Girl with a Kitten” Oil on canvas 2007

 

Painting by Giuseppe Zappala

 

Original painting by Marion Peck “Kittens” Oil on panel 12″ x 14″ 2003

Co-Mix Art Exhibition and Sale | Martin Batchelor Gallery | Integrate Arts Festival

COMICS THIS WEEKEND!!
GROUP SHOW
The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Irma Soltonovich and Efren Quiroz invite you to unleash your inner super hero.
Visit the Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale at Martin Batchelor Gallery, part of the Integrate Art Society (Integrate Arts Festival).

Excerpt of video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks about Bunderwoman)

More photos of the opening here:

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

 

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

Found my first Wonder Woman costume. My mum made it for me when I was about seven? Because I *WAS* LINDA CARTER. #wonderwoman #1970’s

Wonder Woman costume I made and wore on Halloween 1989-2002. Managed to get into this sucker for my comic book cover.

It’s a lot or work, ya know.

The exhibit opens Friday, August 15 ( 7-10:30 pm ), & August 16 ( 10 am -5 pm ) in conjunction with the Integrate Arts Festival and runs to August 30, 2014.  (map)
Plus there’s a hop on – hope off bus (more info). 

We are exposed throughout our lives to comic book culture starting in childhood with Super Heroes & Cartoon Characters, and then perhaps graduating to Manga, Underground Comics or Graphic Novels. Even the 1940’s detective comics, the 1950’s horror sci-fi classics, that may predate us, still manage to affect us with their nostalgic aura. To many artists comic books were the first exposure to image making – here is your opportunity to reconnect with these roots!

Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale Martin Batchelor Gallery

Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant Street
Victoria, British Columbia
 (250) 385-7919

Although I had already submitted my artwork to the printer for this show, I especially noticed these artworks during our trip to visit London galleries.

 

After Cristofano ALLORI (Florence 1557-1621 Florence).
Judith with the Head of Holofernes, oil on copper. prob. 16th century

The Jewish heroine Judith holds the head of the enemy Assyrian commander, Holofernes, whom she decapitated in his drunken sleep.

Julian Schnabel, Every Angel Has a Dark Side (exhibit), The Dairy, London, UK.

27th ANNUAL TD ART GALLERY PAINT-IN (formerly known as MOSS STREET PAINT IN)

27th ANNUAL TD ART GALLERY PAINT-IN

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | 11am – 4:30pm

It’s that time of year again, where over 30,000 spectators and 180 artists take to the streets for the annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In (formerly known as Moss Street Paint In).

I will be located directly across from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Drop by and say hello, I’ll be working on one of my latest paintings.
Newly released Chief Rande Cook Squirrel greetings cards will be available, plus many of your other favourite “squirrealism” items.

MORE PHOTOS

Bun Anus at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Bun Anus at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Carollyne at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Carollyne at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Carollyne at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Carollyne at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Here’s a quick snap of last year and location this year!

 

Carollyne and Mary-ellen Threadkell at 26th Annual TD Paint In (Moss Street), 2013

Carollyne and Mary-ellen Threadkell at 26th Annual TD Paint In (Moss Street), 2013

Moss St. from Fort St. to Dallas Rd. | Free event | Donations gratefully accepted

  • 11am – 4:30pm Artists on Moss Street
  • 10am – 6pm Gallery admission by donation
  • 5pm – 9pm Music by Kumbia

Mark your calendars for the 27th annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In. Lots of new artists and many of your favourites have been invited – over 180 are taking their studios to Moss St.! Love your Art Gallery and participate in the joys of plein air art in all media. Donations gathered during the day directly support our educational programs
such as Gallery in the Schools and New Extreme.

 

Media, Photos and Video of Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery. Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley

Hello! Many thanks to everyone who came to the Opening Reception of Ravenous at Alcheringa Gallery (June 23 – July 19, 2014) either in person, or in spirit. The show continues until July 19, 2014. The Alcheringa Gallery is downtown, located at 665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.

SEE POST WITH ARTWORK/IMAGES FROM THE SHOW HERE

I am going to post media, photos and video here over the course of a couple of weeks, so please bookmark this page and visit often.

PHOTOS (By Claire Beauchamp / Alcheringa Gallery)

MEDIA:

Robert Amos, First Nations art, meet squirrels. Times Colonist, June 29, 2014, pg. D7

Robert Amos, First Nation art, meet squirrels, Times Colonist, D7, Sunday, June 19, 2014.

Robert Amos, First Nation art, meet squirrels, Times Colonist, D7, Sunday, June 19, 2014. Click to enlarge.

Art Openings by Kate Cino
Read full article at: http://www.artopenings.ca/ravenousalcheringa.html 

Ravenous. Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at Alcheringa Gallery, by Philip Willey, Saturday, June 28, 2014
Read here: http://exhibit-v.blogspot.ca/2014/06/ravenous-carollyne-yardley-and-rande.html

VIDEO:

Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley at Alcheringa Gallery
Courtesy of Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Opening reception video, Courtesy of Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Ravenous | Alcheringa Gallery | Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley | June 23-July 19, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: PHOTOS, VIDEO, AND MEDIA POSTED HERE

Ravenous
Alcheringa Gallery
June 23 – July 19, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2-5pm

Facebook Events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247638198766617/

I’ll be exhibiting works in collaboration with Chief Rande Cook (K’alapa). I’m very honoured and privileged to have been invited by Rande to be apart of this exciting show. And the squirrels are downright ecstatic, as well as ravenous.
Ravenous brings together two unique artists who share a passion for celebrating new ideas, works, and concepts about art. In this exciting new exhibit, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley will use personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing.

"Ravenous"  by Rande Cook, Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 72”

“Ravenous” by Rande Cook, Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 72”

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014. More behind the scenes photos here

Rande Cook uses the story of trickster Raven, a shape-changer who inadvertently releases the light to the world, to the benefit of all of humanity, while Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel mask is a trick for the mind, creating a cognitive dissonance about the characters portrayed and the secrets they keep. Both use allegory and metaphor in a visual dialogue that connects the artists’ own unique stories, especially those that emerge from self-identity in a culture, to the contemporary art world.
Elements of humour in the artworks will be either obvious or obscured. Simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, humour reminds us that identity is alive. If you get the joke, you are included in the secret society. If you do not immediately see the layers and references then you may feel excluded – but this exclusion can serve as the spark for active engagement and revelations about the interconnectedness of world culture.

In Ravenous, the fusion of works from these two different storytellers will aim to set those sparks in wide audience — by opening the doors of traditional cultural iconography and challenging the sacred parameters that define any artistic movement today.

Featuring works by:

Chief Rande Cook
Website: www.randecook.com 

The Marriage, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

The Marriage, 48″ x 36″, acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

Squirrel Mask, Cedar, 2014 by Rande Cook

Squirrel Mask, Cedar, 2014 by Rande Cook

Carollyne Yardley
Website: www.carollyne.com 

Rande Cook: Squirrel Mask and Chief's Copper, Oil on wood panel, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Squirrel Mask and Chief’s Copper, Oil on wood panel, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Vatican Mask: Inspiration, and primary source.

Vatican Mask: Inspiration, and “beta” photo test.

Chief Rande Cook Squirrel, 36 x 48, Oil on wood Panel, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

The Matrix (Rande Cook Regaila back view). Photograph on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

The Matrix (Rande Cook Regaila back view). Photograph on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Raven Remix Matrix, Digital Composite, Concept Design (with Rande Cook Raven head). Printed on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Raven Remix Matrix, Digital Composite, Concept Design (with Rande Cook Raven head). Printed on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Media

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33. Click image to enlarge

Kate Cino, Alcheringa Gallery presents Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, June 23-July 19, 2014. Art Openings, June 16, 2014. Weblog.

Screen capture of Kate Cino's Art Openings.

Screen capture of Kate Cino’s Art Openings. June 16, 2014 http://www.artopenings.ca/ravenousalcheringa.html

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

RAVENOUS

Alcheringa Gallery
featuring works by Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley
June 23 – July 19, 2014.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28, 2-5 pm
665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1G6
T: 250.383.8224

GALLERY HOURS

Monday – Saturday: 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 12 – 5 pm

Extended Summer hours.

Editors Note:

I first met Rande Cook at the closing reception for Difference and Repetition, the Slide Room Gallery, curated by Efren Quiroz. We were both included in this show where 30 artists riffed off of a Gerhard Richter painting. We had both seen each others works at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Rande’s curated show Urban Thunderbirds (with Francis Dick, LESSlie, and Dylan Thomas), was on at the same time as #Strangelings, Massey Gallery, AGGV

Carollyne Yardley and Mattel’s American Girl: It’s Caroline vs Carollyne at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Trademark matters: It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

My name is Carollyne Yardley.  I am a Canadian artist who is being forced to contend with expensive and growing legal fees because a large U.S. toy manufacturer wants to cancel my Canadian trade-mark registration for my CAROLLYNE trade-mark.  Yes, you read that correctly.


Listen to Interview on CFAX1070 with Ian Jessop, 20:39 minutes

Screen Capture compilation: CBC News screen capture and photo by Darren Stone (left) Times Colonist.

CBC News: Carollyne Yardley fights Mattel’s American Girl for her name: 
It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne in a fight at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

I want to share my story in the hope it helps other artists and small business owners to protect their brands and business.

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, who represents American Girl (a subsidiary of the Mattel Corporation), asked the Canadian Registrar of Trade-marks to send a “Section 45 notice” to me against my CAROLLYNE trade-mark registration.  Section 45 refers to Section 45 of the Canadian Trade-marks Act. The Section 45 notice requires me to show use of my CAROLLYNE trade-mark in association with the goods and services covered by my trade-mark registration within the 3 years immediately preceding the date of the notice.  If I am unable to do so, the Registrar of Trade-marks may cancel my trade-mark registration. This process is known as “expungement”.

The expungement proceeding was started because my trade-mark registration was cited by an Examiner at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office against American Girl’s trade-mark application for CAROLINE, the name of a doll in their “American Girl” line of products, which they plan to start selling in Canada.   If my CAROLLYNE trade-mark registration is cancelled, then American Girl would be able to overcome the Examiner’s objection.

Several years ago I left a successful career as the co-owner and Creative Director of an software application company, to devote myself full-time to the business of painting and art.  I have worked hard and earned recognition from all parts of the globe as a rising talent in Canada’s art scene.

 

Link to Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

As you’ll notice from visiting my website, I coined the term ‘Squirrealism’ to describe my signature style of using squirrels in paintings, photographs, and digital art to create strange characters living in wonderful worlds. My painting techniques follow the classic methods of fine portraiture, where meticulous and minute brushwork demands hundreds of hours to complete a single work of art.  That is why I recognized, well before I jumped into art as a full-time career, that I needed a solid business plan and my artistic livelihood could not rest on paintings alone.

So in 2008 I hired a trade-mark agent to file a Canadian application to register the mark CAROLLYNE with certain goods and services which I market under that mark as part of my fine art and commercial media business. Those listed wares include cards, bookmarks, books, and dolls, which overlapped with the goods covered by American Girl’s CAROLINE application.

 

Link to Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

As an interesting note, American Girl’s fictional character “Caroline” is a young American girl who helps her parents and community in the War of 1812 – against British Canada.  We have a large American corporation trying to cancel my Canadian trade-mark registration for CAROLLYNE because it interferes with its application for CAROLINE.

Thanks to my previous business experience, I knew the importance of keeping business records to demonstrate use of the CAROLLYNE trade-mark in association with the goods and services that I market under the trade-mark. I have filed my evidence of use, and await the proceedings to be carried out. Protecting my brand and growing my business is important to me, as it is for any successful business owner.

In future blogs, I will keep you up to date on my proceeding and use it an opportunity to explain in greater detail why artists need to protect their brands and the importance of solid business planning.

Other related links:

CBC News, Article by Steven Lus
Carollyne Yardley fights Mattel’s American Girl for her name: 
It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne in a fight at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

CBC Radio, As It Happens, Carol Off (Radio Listen Now 5:25)
Canadian artist takes on giant toymaker Mattel over trademark of her name

National Post. Article by Tristin Hopper
Toymaker Mattel fighting Canadian ‘Squirrealism’ painter Carollyne Yardley over trademark to her own name

Globe and Mail
B.C artist facing down Mattel in expensive copyright fight 

Times Colonist, Article by Sandra McCulloch
Artist goes after U.S. giant Mattel over trademark to her own name

CBCNews
Mattel’s American Girl name fight

CTVNews Vancouver Island
Victoria artist takes on toy giant

GlobalTV

Vancouver Island artist takes on U.S. toymaker over name

MetroNews
B.C. artist battles Mattel’s American Girl over trademark

Huffington Post:
Canadian Art Fights Mattel’s American Girl Over Trademark 

OTHER

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/

Website: http://www.carollyne.com

Website: http://www.carollyne.com

 

Nothing is absurd in a world bereft of judgement. Samuel Beckett

Nothing is absurd in a world bereft of judgement. Samuel Beckett