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Robert Amos – Studio Visit and Exploring Japanese Prints Oct 2014

On October 31, 2014 – my husband and I were invited over to Robert and Sarah Amos’s house to look at art. We adore exploring different collections, especially discussing artworks with someone who is passionate about how the art is made, and the history surrounding a genre’s evolution.

Collaboration between Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong. Painted together, one of more than a hundred they have made since 1989.

Even better, is when the guided art tour is by an artist, author, and art historian whose own work is inspired by the collection at hand. While we looked at many different artists on this day, it seemed appropriate for the timing of this post to highlight the Japanese prints we viewed. Reason being, Robert recently wrote and published a column in the Times Colonist, showcasing an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, (through Jan. 25). In the article, Robert describes how, “Japanese prints drew me to Victoria in the first place. In picture books, I’d seen The Great Wave, that famous print by Hokusai, and learned that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria had Canada’s leading collection of art from Japan. Subsequently, I came to Victoria…”

Collaboration between Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong. Painted together, one of more than a hundred they have made since 1989.

During our visit, we poured over exquisite and colourful prints that were delicate and refined. Many captured a moment in time, while others spoke of hair-raising ghost stories that piqued our imaginations. We also viewed several of Robert’s finely textured watercolour collaborations with Kileasa Wong – created together – one of more than a hundred paintings they have made since 1989. Next, Robert opened a box that contained several pieces of AMOS brand, personalized signature seals, that he designed and hand carved from soft stone imported from China. Use of one of these seals can be seen stamped in red on the artwork titled, Tea Ceremony for Dollies (below). Robert painted this is in a temple courtyard in Osaka in 1981. It shows girls filling up plastic ups with sand.  Next, Robert showed us a landscape painting, illustrated with poems, and an accordion-style, landscape scroll painting, which depicts the camas flowers which bloom in the spring on Beacon Hill. (a format which also provides the true panorama experience of plein air painting).

To read more about Japanese art and poetry, and the new print movement of Japan, I’ve posted links to two books below, along with links to Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015. Hope you enjoy exploring Japanese prints as much we have!

AMOS brand personalized signature seals, designed and hand carved by Robert Amos. Made from soft stone imported from China.

Tea ceremony for dollies - Osaka 1981

Tea Ceremony for Dollies – Osaka 1981, by Robert Amos.

Landscape scroll illustrated with poem by Robert Amos.

 

Long Scroll Painting Book, 2010 by Robert Amos. Depicting the camas flowers which bloom in the spring on Beacon Hill

Cover of Long Scroll Painting Book by Gesshu

Inside of Long Scroll Painting Book by Gesshu

 

Kunisada: relaxing by a waterfall (scene from a kabuki play), circa 1840

Drawing his sword ca. 1850

Kunisada: a very expensive prostitute, late in the evening, seen in a mirror

Scene from a kabuki play – female impersonator ca. 1830

Robert Amos with Japanese prints

Chikanobu: maiden bound and gagged and thrown in the river, 1878.

Chikanobu: boy on a bridge defeats a badger, overseen by a ghost, 1878

Read more about Goblins, Ghosts, and Ghouls in Japanese prints in this photo essay at Hyperallergic. http://hyperallergic.com/158516/goblins-ghosts-and-ghouls-in-japanese-prints/

Shima Seien: ghost woman, ca. 1928 – a print by a female artist.

Again – we thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of Japanese prints, and are looking forward to learning more. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to visit  Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015.

Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015
1040 Moss St., 250-384-4171, aggv.bc.ca, through Jan. 25.

See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/robert-amos-the-stylish-allure-of-japanese-prints-1.1588634#sthash.J3D09jQO.dpuf

Additional reading:

Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry, Judith Patt et al, Pomegranate Communications, Petaluma, California, 2010, $29.95

Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement in Japan, Barry Till, Pomegranate Communications, Petaluma, California, 2007, $29.95.

 

VICTORIA’S POET LAUREATE LINDA ROGERS WROTE A POEM TO KIM KARDASHIAN’S BUTT ON MY FACEBOOK TIMELINE. #breaktheinternet

It started out with a simple Facebook post, sharing an article posted at Mashable on how the Internet had a field day Photoshopping Kim Kardashian’s butt from her “Paper Magazine” cover.

Then, there was a dare by my Facebook friend, Linda Rogers, to Photoshop Kim’s butt with my “almost famous” Bun Anus meme.

I rejected this dare, thinking of where my FACE would be if it were real. This hold out led Linda Rogers (Victoria’s poet laureate) to write a fabulous poem in honour of Kim Kardashian’s butt.

So, I relented and posted the Bun Anus meme.

Voila –  Kim Kardashian Butt Meme with Poem. It’s So Contemporary. Enjoy.

#breaktheinternet

Poem to Kim Kardashian’s Butt. Dangerous Suburbs, by Linda Rogers.

 

DANGEROUS SUBURBS by Linda Rogers van Krugel

What lovelier shapes than wind 
eroded sandstone, salt-washed 
rocks at tidelines, sun-ripened 
peaches on garden walls? They 
beg the appetite; as do famous 
for being famous badonkadonks 
oiled and photoshopped on our 
billboards and men’s magazines. 

Bite me, kiss my ass they 
seem to say, worship my 
whoopiecakes. The worm’s 
in the apple; the serpent’s 
alive and well, long after 
the first garden became 

dangerous suburbs for colonisation.

Bend over, they say, assume 
the position, as rows of little 
children line up to take down 
their pants, never again to 
experience such intimacy, the 
sting of the switch, the ephemeral 
erection, both sides mesmerized 
by the arc of the philosopher’s 
whip, anticipation of feeling. 

Such beautiful calligraphy, a disturbance 
of air, signatures infidels borrow from 
jihadi poets to send fatwas to gravity 
challenged dookies rattling like change. 

Shake your change, shake your money-maker. 
You can’t take it with you, neither ass nor assets,.

music that inspires dementia ladies,
juke boxes filled with nickels and dimes, 
to get up and dance, so they forget 
everything: the taste of peaches and sex, 
the fear of whips, everything but the 
sound of waves, wind eroding stone…

the safe parameters of lust.

 

Bun Anus meme with Kim Kardashian’s Butt.

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

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.