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Like a Princess (For Better or For Worse). Diana, Princess of Wales. Photo series.

Diana, Princess of Wales (July 01, 1961 – August 31, 1997).

I had planned to bring my Squirrel Mask to London to capture a few Squirrealism pics on the road.
But, I forgot. So I had to improvise. I found a post card of Princess Di.

Like a Princess (For Better or For Worse).

 

THE BEGINNING WAS FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT, AND MANY SECRETS.

THERE WERE PARTIES IN THE DAYTIME.

AND IN THE NIGHTTIME TOO.

WE’D ALL HEARD ABOUT PRINCE CHARMING.

AND THE PAPARAZZI ZOO

AS YOUR WORLD STAGE GREW AND GREW.

IT WAS HARD TO IGNORE YOUR THROWN SHOE.

AND IN THE END, IF THE PEAS DIDN’T GET YOU, THE CARROTS HAD PROMISED TO.

 

Inspiration

Early on, during our art adventure, I was taken with a painting by Adrian Ghenie, Golems (June 12 – July 26, 2014). The lead character, is wearing a 1940-1950′s flowery dress, a feminine hairstyle, and her face is a distorted, rearranged, screaming, melting, doubled, and mask like. This served as the basis of my photo series using a Princess Diana postcard.

Adrian Ghenie, Golems.

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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.

London Calling: Marina Abramovic, Gilbert and George, and the BP Portrait Awards 2014.

 

Big Ben and Big Bun Silhouette. Photo by Lucy Barwin, July 2014.

We had a lovely self-directed art tour of London galleries and museums this summer, plus a side tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford.

A highlight was our participation in Marina Abramovic’s 512 hours at the Serptentine Gallery.

From the website: {In a unique work created for the Serpentine, the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramovic will perform in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition:  10am to 6pm, 6 days a week. Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramovic’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of props that she may or may not use. On arrival, visitors will both literally and metaphorically leave their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras may not accompany them. The public will become the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art. }

Daily diaries found here: http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/marina-midnight-serpentine-diaries 

During our visit on July 25th, 2014, the exhibit was utilizing ear defenders to block out sound, ritual walking, and the separating of black and white rice. The best part for me, was the visual of Anonymouse holding hands with one of Marina’s volunteers (which he coined the “sweaty hand brigade”), and walking in slow motion in the walking room.  I could see Anonymouse was really concentrating on walking slowly, while Marina was walking with another fellow, alongside them. This was right before the volunteer left Anonymouse to stare at a wall for 10 minutes.

Considering Anonymouse’s temperament, this experience has now become a legendary tale, and account of Anonymouse’s embrace of the contemporary art world. I now know from watching Marina’s daily diaries, that she is looking to record profound emotional experiences from herself and visitors, but sometimes the aftereffect is the most powerful, especially when it’s an unexpected, and unanticipated appreciation of the moment.

Marina Abramovic, Serpentine Gallery, London, July 2014.

Not all exhibits allow photos, but here are some highlights below.

Tate Britain

British Folk Art
Kenneth Clarke
Tate Boat

Tate Modern
Transferred Visions
Poetry and Dreams
Matisse Cuts Outs
Malevich
Russian Revolutionary Posters
Mark Rothko

National Portrait Gallery
BP Portrait Awards 2014
Virginia Wolff
Cubism
Catherine Goodman
Permanent Collections

National Gallery
Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting
Permanent Collections

Dairy
Julian Schnabel

White Cube x 2
Gilbert & George Scapegoating
Rachel Kneebone

Barbican

Serpentine x 2
Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours
Ed Atkins

Saatchi
Jenny Savill

Gagosian
Alexander Calder

Victoria & Albert
MF Hussein

British Museum

Royal Academy x 2
Dennis Hopper
Summer Exhibition

Queens Gallery
The First Georgians

Society of Antiquaries
Portraying the Past

The Wallace Collection

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931

The Fleming Collection

Philip Mould & Co
Personal Tour

Numerous New & Old Bond Street Galleries

Sotheby’s

Squirrel and Cardinal Masks: The Coast: Halifax’s weekly newspaper. Archie McPhee strikes again! #Squirrealism

Today in the Twitterverse:

(photo by @rosalita on Twitter) 

@rozalita spied the cover of this weeks issue of The Coast: Halifax’s weekly newspaper, featuring news and arts reporting and the best listings in town (July 17 – July 23, 2014).

On the cover, they’ve featured the Squirrel and Cardinal masks, which are created and sold by my good friends at Archie McPhee.  David Wahl, the Director of Awesome (friend and art collector) is the one who levelled me up a couple years ago by introducing me to his squirrel masks, and a whole new creative medium was born! Those crazy cats are also famous for making the Horse mask famous as seen here in latest photo op with President Obama (below).

This cover is a perfect example of #Squirrealism! Nice work Halifax!

The Coast
Halifax, NS
thecoast.ca

Cardinal Mask
http://mcphee.com/shop/cardinal-mask.html 

Squirrel Mask
http://mcphee.com/shop/squirrel-mask.html 

Screen capture from @archiemcphee

A few behind the scenes shots and finished pieces of #squirrealism in action by Carollyne Yardley

Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Breaking Bad Squirrels, Archival Print, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Breaking Bad Squirrels, Archival Print, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Photographing Society Squirrel. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo: Jen Steele Photography.

Photographing Society Squirrel. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo: Jen Steele Photography.

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.

Pride in Art | June 27 – July 6, 2014. The Queer Truth and Nothing But | Fifty Fifty Arts Collective.

Pride in Art
June 27 – July 6, 2014.
The Queer Truth and Nothing But
Fifty Fifty Arts Collective.

Opening Reception: June 27, 2014,  7-10pm

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley DOT Pictograms.

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley DOT Pictograms.

 

I’m releasing to the public for the first time one of my DOT Pictograms. 

DOT (Department of Transportation) Pictograms and Icons.  Dot Pictograms are used to convey messages to travelers without using words; there are 50 official symbols worldwide.

I wanted to explore the how my artworks could convey messages without using a face of any kind, but still stay within the figurative art genre. And what they would look like by reducing and simplifying my understanding of what constitutes hair, and clothing, etc. Read more.

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything | Vancouver Art Gallery June 2014

Carollyne Yardley with Douglas Coupland’s Gumhead, Vancouver Art Gallery, June 2014.

 

Douglas Coupland:
everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything
May 31 to September 1, 2014

{From the VAG website} {Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything iseverything is the first major survey exhibition of the artist’s work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 — September 1, 2014. Douglas Coupland is an artist based in Vancouver whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. The title of the exhibition,everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, refers both to Coupland’s deep engagement with place and cultural identity and, simultaneously, his recognition of a growing ubiquity as access to information, images and technology becomes more readily available to the masses.}

The exhibit is brilliant, and if you want to read more click here, plus follow along audio to go with the photos, click here to download the app from the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Editors’ Note: This photo gallery plugin drove me nuts so the exhibit is reverse ordered, and a bit out of sequence, just like me.  Although, I’m never out of sequin.

 

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

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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

Behind the Scenes photos of Rande Cook for Ravenous | Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada

Rande Cook and I discussed doing a portrait of him in January 2014, and then set up a photo shoot to capture material. Rande’s idea to paint him in traditional Regalia was married with the idea behind my latest series, where I re-imagined world famous artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Banksy, and Murakami in the style of Squirrealism.

Re-imagining Rande Cook with his art and design was a great way to continue this theme. Chief Rande Cook is pictured here in traditional Regalia, which he designed himself.

This idea grew, and Rande then invited me to join him for a two person show called Ravenous which will be showing at the Alcheringa Gallery June 23 – July 19, 2014.

Here are some behind the scenes photos from February 2014.

I hope you can make it to the show, and see our collaboration, Rande’s artwork, and the final artworks created from this creative. Show information is below.

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. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

Chief Rande Cook in Regalia (back view), Feb 2014.

Chief Rande Cook in Regalia (back view), Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

Rande Cook with Vatican Mask, Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

Rande Cook with Vatican Mask, Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

Rande Cook with Vatican Mask, Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

Rande Cook with Vatican Mask, Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

Rande Cook with Chief's Copper. Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

Rande Cook with Chief’s Copper. Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

More information on show dates here:
http://www.carollyne.com/blog/2014/05/ravenous-alcheringa-gallery-rande-cook-and-carollyne-yardley-june-23-july-19-2014/

Facebook Events pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/247638198766617/

Rande Cook website: www.randecook.com