Exhibition – Connie Noyes

DOWN TO EARTH: PAINTINGS BY CONNIE NOYES

THE MARY-FRANCES AND BILL VEECK GALLERY
CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL UNION ACADEMIC AND CONFERENCE CENTER
5416 S. CORNELL AVENUE, 4TH FLOOR
CHICAGO

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OPENING RECEPTION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010
FROM 5:30 – 7:30,
ARTIST TALK AT 6:30 PM

COMPLIMENTARY PARKING AVAILABLE

THE EXHIBIT WILL BE OPEN FROM MAY 5 THROUGH JULY 14, 2010
WEEKDAYS 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
WEEKENDS BY APPOINTMENT, 773.371.5416

Connie Noyes is a mature girl painter.

The energy is insane.  The aggressive push to explore is palpable. The results fabulous.

Of course with a pursuit like hers, Noyes sometimes misses – and misses big, but she scores big more often than not.  She takes sizeable risks and doesn’t bemoan the failures, learns always and invariably kicks ass.  Her drive and excitement permeate the work.

Often a viewer encountering a single work gushes. Seeing several can overwhelm.  She’s scurrying in multiple directions simultaneously.  From the girly, translucent pinks and gossamer whites that make me feel like a happy voyeur to the overlaid black paintings that allude to darker thoughts and ostensibly a comment on society, this is an artist who loves to paint.

And though paint is everywhere it isn’t all there is.  There are a lot of remnants, found materials, garbage, detritus; the castoffs we throw away, Noyes picks up and transforms, though compositional juxtaposition and smears of paint, to worthy constructs of all sorts of sizes.

Noyes is a seemingly soft (don’t count on it) a blonde who has danced most of her life. Sometimes she looks elfin and the work that pours out of her body belies her demur demeanor. Her work is powerful, full of soul and physicality.

Earlier this year I blind juried (I couldn’t see the names or gender of the artists whose art I was evaluating) a show for the Indianapolis Art Center and included a piece of Noyes’.  I don’t know about you, but when I look at art I get a psychological and/or sociological portrait of the artist and extrapolate from that information to a dialog with the art.  I was pretty certain a 70-something year-old Black man did the hulking 7 x 10 foot canvas I’d included. The way it riffed on urban issues could only have been done by someone who’d spent time sleeping in alleys or under bridges.  It had that kind of authenticity pouring from it.  I was shocked when I learned the piece was by Connie Noyes.

Her work is like that; lush, rich, authenticate and contains polar opposites. Not often in one piece, but frequently from one piece to the next.  There is always a love of process and materials, a feeling that in making it she’s in there up to her elbows.
Noyes is an artist of deep thoughts, concerns and experience that she mines daily to push us to better know ourselves and the diversity we all touch but rarely delve into with the same honesty Noyes does.

Lots of artwork informs the artist about themselves (Noyes’ does) and lots of other art is didactic – expressing a point of view (Noyes’ does that too) but very few do both.  Noyes is special, pushing hard(er), with brave honesty and vulnerability.  She’s on top of her game, making more art and better art than most. She’s driven.  And we are the fortunate benefactors.

-Paul Klein, 2010
Chicago based curator, critic and writer

Open Studio – Ghost Patrol

An open studio for ghost patrol, should be a good event… Aug 8th 09

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Nocturnal Bounty – Guy Porter

Guy is one of our “interviewees” this is one of his newer works…

Erika Teaches Art…

Erika Gofton who we interviewed a while back, is running art classes in Newport Vic at the Sub Station, what a great opportunity to be tutored by a practicing Contemporary Artist! Check the website for details.

Classes will run throughout the year at the recently opened Substation Arts venue in Newport, 1 Market Street, Newport http://www.thesubstation.org.au 

An art video site

here’s a new resource form the guys over at the web’s my stage… Should/could be interesting… check it out and come back with some comments… :)

Hello 
We are about to launch a new free community based video site featuring talent from all areas of the arts.
The site offers video, audio as well as pictures and is designed to establish an online global community for the arts. 

It is brand new and somewhat barren however we have been promoting it strongly and we expect it will fill quite quickly. 
You are invited to upload any media you may have for the purpose of advertising or just to please those who choose to look and listen. There is a full forum as well which will offer true community 
capabilities featuring tips, techniques, opportunity for colaboration, classifieds etc. 

We hope to see you there soon and we intend to do our best to provide the most visibility possible. 
Youtube is great but we will offer more a focused format where you can be seen instead of lost in the millions of 
non related videos. 

The Web’s My Stage 

www.thewebsmystage.com

Alison…

An amazing “chronicle” of Alisons life thus far… by Jack Radcliffe, for me this is a photographic delight, great moments captured in real life and handed to us to see… perplexing…

If you are into photographing people, check this out, if not, take a look from the development of life side of things… So much said without words.

Ursula’s exhibition…

Hello Everyone,

Ursula Theinert, one of our interviewed artists is having a Solo Exhibition – Forest Management  on 14th of December, 2008 to 25th of January, 2009   Abi Edwards Gallery at Jinks Creek Winery, Tonimbuk Road, Tonimbuk, Victoria.  It is a beautiful destination about 55 minutes from Melbourne.  It is open on Sundays 12-5 pm or by Appointment Ph: (03)56298502.  This Sunday the 14th of December is the “Afternoon with the Artist”.  She looks forward to meeting you.

Ghostpatrol

Artist: Ghostpatrol

Is from Melbourne Vic
web: www.ghostpatrol.net

What are the main medium/s you work in…
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper , wood and spraypaint.

How do you describe your work, realistic, stylised, abstract, narrative, symbolic, other?
Other

Does your work have social, political, cultural and or personal messages?
F#%k, if it didn’t have any of the above, what would it be?

What are you currently working on?
Just setting up the 2nd drawing machine show that I help curate. then iIm taking a break before a sewing show in February at Gorker gallery with cat-rabbit

What fascinates you?
80′s cartoons, comics, animals, cutlery, computer games and olives

One word or statement to describe your current works?
Neat, neat, neat.

Now give us a more descriptive outline on your current works?
I’ve been mainly working on paper with inks etc. I’ve also finished a large set of work in pencil.

Why are you an artist?
Because i do art

How did you get into art?
Graffiti

How important is art for you?
Strange question – yes – important

Your art education was…?
Nothing.

Have you always been interested in art?
Bad question.

What did you do before or during becoming an artist?
Played video games.

Is there any one thing that has given you a big buzz in your art career so far?
I have had plenty of nice experiences. Releasing a book was nice, travelling is neat, drawing and painting with nice people is a real highlight, I’d rather not drop names etc.

What is your earliest memory of art?
He-man.

Did the place where you grew up have an influence?
Bad question, how could anybody say no.

What or who inspires your art?
My contemporaries and vintage children’s illustration, video games, cartoons.

Was there a big turning point in your art journey that caused you to think that “it’s all worthwhile”, or “oh yeah I get it…”?
Graffiti.

Has your work changed much since your early efforts? (e.g. as a student).
Bad question, you’d like to think so.

Have your artistic influences altered over time (e.g. artists.)
Bad question, you’d like to think so.

You know you are successful in Visual Arts when…
Never.

Does the “creative process” happen easily for you?
Yes.

Do you have a personal description of “Art”?
Who cares.

Have you had any commissions?
Yes.

How important do you think craftsmanship is to artistic creation?
Bad question, it’s everything, how could you be an artist without being a craftsman?

Does the sale of your work support you?
Yep, full time Artist.

Creative streaks do they come in waves for you?
3-4 minute intervals.

Any upcoming or completely new projects you want to talk about?
Shhhhh secret

Working towards an exhibition, is it a daunting task?
No, otherwise I wouldn’t do it

Some say the lifespan of an “artist” post educationally is about five years, any thoughts on that?
That sounds f#%king awful and depressing, I’m glad I didn’t go to art school

What has been a turning point in your career thus far and why?
Moving to Melbourne and doing art full time, having a great studio etc allowed me to do more and better art.

If you could have any piece of artwork in your personal collection, what would it be and why?
The Laputa robot from the roof of the miyazaki museum, it’s super great.

Can you name a favourite artist or three… and why?
David Byrne, David Shrigley, Marcel Dzama. They are unique, adaptive, exciting, inspirational.

Have you had any “big breaks” in your career?
I’ve broken a lot of pencils and a few printers

All artists seem to have struggles, tell us about any you have had.
Once I had a dream a hamburger was eating me.

Do you keep an Art Journal or Visual Diary of some kind?
Yep, this is a big deal.

What happens to works that “don’t work out”?
A weekly garbage collection is organised by my local city council…

One thing you wish you had listened to from an art teacher or lecturer?
No f#%king way.

Do you have a personal philosophy that underpins your work?
Draw, draw, draw.

Do you aim to break the rules of basic composition, layout etc or do you ignore the “rules” and just create?
Oh yeah, I’m a maverick (sarcasm).

What sort of research and or reference material do you do for current works and has that changed over time?
ffffound.com, video libraries.

Musical influences…
David Byrne, Dan Deacon etc

Do you hope the viewer will “get” what you are trying to communicate or do you feel compelled to spell it out to them?
I hope the viewer doesn’t feel like they have to understand or read into every piece of art.

How important is it to you that your work communicates something to the viewer?
That doesn’t bother me.

What can you say about your work that might not be evident to the viewer?
I’d hate to give away secrets.

What discourages you from doing art?
The news, I feel like I should go back to university and become a scientist to fight against ignorance and stupidity in the world.

Watim

I put this site up in the links, and that’s fine, but if you didn’t go through all the links and find the info on each (like most people don’t) then you would not know anything about it. Like other things I came across this by fluke.

WATIM is a not for profit online publication which promotes australian artists, illustrators, designers and photographers. WATIM provides a platform for both established and emerging Australian creatives to show their work to a worldwide audience online.

If “Dammo” can do it, can I do it too?

Damien Hirst the now mega rich English conceptual artist had his own works auctioned to the tune of $111mil (or there abouts) so  that gave me a thought, if he can do it, could I do it too?

In the scheme of things I am a two bit aspiring artist, still coming to terms with my own concepts, stylistic edge etc… but If I went to a big auction house, and offered a bunch of works for them to sell would that work?

1. Would they take the work.

2. Would I get a rude shock if the pieces or even a piece was passed in?

3. Would future possible representative gallery’s see this in a positive light?

It’s worth a thought, “If it worked for Dammo could it work for me too?”

The Art – Business Conundrum

Here is a link to a bunch of PDF files (resources) artists can use to assist their businesses, this is from the people at the Australian Business Arts Foundation, seems great to me, (the concept anyway, the files I have not looked a yet.) however there is a challenge I have with this, let me explore it.

Artists are artists, not business people (Okay there are a few, but let me tell you I think there are VERY few). I recall watching a documentary on a New York Gallery owner that prepped artists so that when she took collectors and investors to their studio, they would “act” like artists… she would call first on the phone, arrive with viewers in tow, and they would be “pre set eccentric” and acted as “artists” should, creative and unusual. In her terms the artists she represented were often introverted, low sales skill oriented and so needed to be represented by a person with the business skills to present them in their best light. Sales went up as a result, happier artists, happy collectors and investors, and of course the gallery Director.

Artists are creative souls and as mentioned I believe few have (or want to have) the skills to “sell” and all of the files mentioned above are about presenting and documenting your work, maintining a client database, getting shows in galleries (I should read that one…)

In simlistic terms the personality type required to be a business person is clearly different from the “type” required to be an artist.

Perhaps there should be a “scoop” at the end of “art school” to pick up the “artists” and provide them with a business resource support device (read business incubator with mentors and $$) to ensure they have the business “representation” they require, as many will fall out of the “tree of life” having to adapt from an artistic stance to a business based one. Perhaps we should just give them wings or a parachute to soften the blow of the fall…