Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

Celebrating the modernity of creative contemporary and traditional art through online art competition

August 2018


Creative Inspiration

Jurors’ Notes

Both jurors for this show were surprised what artists submitted for Creative Inspiration because of the variety of genre, techniques and media that represent an artist’s creative motivation. We discussed motivation on each piece submitted as the show was juried. There were no common threads or clusters of expression but rather the submissions indicated that creative motivation can come from any source. The top winners speak for themselves in their artist statements. As one reads through the following notes keep in mind it was written before hearing from the artists about their work.

The Honorable Mention selectees reflect more of the judges bias’ about materials and content as well as composition. The juror’s will let the viewers wonder about why the pieces were selected.

-Margaret Gaeddert & Caryl Morgan – Jurors

 

Kathryn Yu’s painting, “We’ve Drifted,” challenges the viewer to look at the direction society interaction is heading. As a society were are becoming more and more isolated as technology takes over our interpersonal relationships. This painting shows that even in a large group we chose to isolate ourselves from others. There is no eye contact between the people and many with their backs to each other while wrapped in the spiritual swirl of the water lapping on the beach. The depth of perspectives achieved with the figures disappearing into the horizon further supports the void of being alone. The painting technique has a classical approach with colors that are vivid and visually inviting but even this does not buffer the sensation of isolation.

Global Warming, first place by Robert Michaels, is an “in your face” social statement about the future of earth. Pristine snow covered mountains surround the figure. A closer examination, however, of the midrange of the composition shows small icebergs and glaciers melting into the water swirling around the ankles of the figure. Instead of breathing the fresh oxygen released by the ancient ice formation, the figure is in a gas mask to prevent dangerous particles in this environment from entering his lungs. The polluted colored globe is tucked gently under his arm and both the human and the earth are protected from some sort of rain, possible acid rain, dripping from the umbrella. Even though you cannot see the figures eyes, his posture speaks of the need for help. The photograph subject is not unlike the modern surrealist artist, René Magritte. The photo collage is seamlessly constructed demonstrating Robert Michaels photographic skills.

Technological advancement is the premise for Madeleine Zweifel’s second place offering, Symmetry. The artist describes her process as: long exposure photography / on cameral light painting, using perplexing shapes modified with colored gels and mounted on flashlights. Through this process Madeleine creates an ethereal image with a humanesque figure floating and radiating light and for me, knowledge. It represents the spirit beyond the physical body. The artist masterfully blends technology and light to create form that only exists in the ether of light that without a photograph to document the experience live only in the creative mind.

Tiffany Spring Flowers, a fiber and felt piece by Susanne Weber (third place) anchors the creative process to natural elements. Weber uses time honored techniques of layering natural fiber to create felt but applies the craft to a most unlikely subject, Tiffany glass. Glass design seems to be the opposite of delicate fiber work but the artist shows that the art nouveau style composition can be achieved in a most unlikely medium. The iris’ at the bottom are reminiscent of post-impressionists painters like Van Gogh and Monet. The upper twp thirds have the oriental elements that artists of the 1920’s were discovering and incorporating in their art. The artist also includes areas of stitching for emphasis and overall the elements combine to be a creative homage to another time and medium yet rendered in an unconventional method.

Fourth place by Laicee Blackwell, addresses a serious problem of being a medicated society in a whimsical way. “Daily Meds” combine two problems, first that there is a pill for every problem. We are bombarded with advertisements and commercials expounding the latest and newest drug for any affliction you may have or think you have, ending with, ask your doctor implying self-diagnosis and self-medicating. Blackwell puts a twist on the pills by covering them with emojis that points out the problem with personal communication today. Instead of taking time to use words, we find an emoji that sort of represents what we want to say. Daily Meds is a very success example of “less is more,” as well as the inverse that “more is never enough.” This image says it all but I can’t help wondering if using emojis is similar to past writing methods of cuneiforms and Hieroglyphics and is humanity going full circle or just backwards? Don’t worry about it, just pop a pill instead.



Best Of Show

Kathryn Yu

"We've Drifted"

Oil paint on canvas , 20" x 24"

Sale Price $2000

Artist Statement

As a shy and private person, the pieces I create often share in my quietness. Even a beach teaming with people, when filtered through my eyes and hands, can nevertheless come out with a quiet mood to it. The title “We’ve Drifted” will mean different things to different viewers. Perhaps the people populating the image have all, as a group, drifted to this dreamlike location, removed from their normal everyday lives. Or, drifted may refer to how close in proximity the figures all are and yet there is a feeling of distance in that there is very little interaction between them. For others, the focus may be on the male figure and the female figure who are in the foreground. They seem as if they could have arrived together, but in keeping their heads down, each preoccupied with their own searches, their paths split and they drifted unknowingly farther and farther apart.

Biography

Kathryn Yu was born in Dongying, China, but has resided in the United States from the age of 5. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to teach after-school art classes to over 400 youth in the Austin area throughout the years. While her very favorite medium to work with is oil paint, she loves to dabble in a variety of art styles and materials, even taking on a massive ongoing project of producing personalized Copic marker avatars for all of the monks who train in kung fu at the Shaolin Temple in China, the site where kung fu originated.



First Place

Robert Michaels

"Global Warming"

Digital photography ,

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

GLOBAL WARMING . . .. it is now a reality

Many of us around the world are very much concerned about this rather disturbing and serious trend. At first, I personally thought it might have been somewhat exaggerated but after much review of scientific research, I feel strongly about the protection of our fragile planet Earth. Most of the leading scientific organizations in the world acknowledge the existence of GLOBAL WARMING and that it is not a natural occurrence.

Whether you call it climate change or GLOBAL WARMING . . IT IS HAPPENING. Scientists say that we are already experiencing impact, and they are likely to increase. The impacts include the effects of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat waves, ice storms, hurricanes, but also increased threats from infectious diseases and armed conflict. Scientists have documented the rise in average temperatures worldwide since the late 1800’s.

Recognizing that there is little doubt that human activity. . .largely through the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the use of fossil fuels is responsible for the current pace of GLOBAL WARMING.

Motivated to express my genuine concerns, I decided to creatively render my interpretation and representation in my image of the gradual heating of the Earth’s surface oceans and atmosphere.

 

Biography/Resume

Robert Michaels  has been a successful professional artist, photographer, graphic designer, and author for many decades now. He has specialized in high resolution Fine Art Photography and Graphic Design through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING. Photography, digital photo-illustration, and fine art creation have dominated my professional career.he has been providing professional photography since 1974 for print, advertising, and multimedia. Based now in Sedona, Arizona, Michaels is a photographer, artist, and graphic designer servicing commercial clients with PHOTO-ILLUSTRATIONS for ADVERTISING, EDITORIAL, and other print work including CATALOG and MAGAZINE COVERS for international publications, brochures, and various periodicals.

 Corporate clients have included among others:

National Geographic, Polaroid Corp, Hewlett-Packard, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA, AGFA, Fujifilm USA, American Airlines, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Marriott Hotels, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sunset Magazine, U.S. State Department, United States Air Force, Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Hotel Del Coronado, International Spy Museum, University of Southern California (USC), Personality Hotels of San Francisco, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, Sunset Magazine, Camera & Darkroom Magazine, UCLA, United States Postal Service, Los Angeles Zoo, Signet Scientific Corporation, Computer Artist Magazine, Photo Electronic Imaging Magazine, Rapidocolor Corporation, Management Graphics, Photo Lab Management, Fargo Electronics, Winona Schools, AAA, Mohegan Sun, Afflink, Andromeda Software, New Media Magazine, Lasermaster Corporation, AQ-Automotive Quarterly, Concours d’ Elegance (NY), etc.

 Fine Art Exhibits (Partial Listing):

Los Angeles Center For Photography (special exhibit on Venice Beach, California)

Artworks Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Mann Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Shoreline Gallery, Malibu, California

2008 Hamptons Concours D’ Elegance, New York

2008 Velocity Art in Motion- exhibit in Minnesota

Award winning book published: “Shine to Rust – an Appetite for Vintage Cars and Trucks” 2005.

2014 book published “Monumental Visions-The Fusion of Old World and Contemporary Art”

Created several other fine art photography books currently in worldwide distribution (“Legions of Clay” and “Icons Among the Ruins”, etc.)

Images have appeared on the cover of over 100 magazines, catalogs, and periodicals.

Award winning book published: “Shine to Rust – an Appetite for Vintage Cars and Trucks” 2005.

2014 book published “Monumental Visions-The Fusion of Old World and Contemporary Art”

Created several other fine art photography books currently in worldwide distribution (“Legions of Clay” and “Icons Among the Ruins”, etc.)

Images have appeared on the cover of over 100 magazines, catalogs, and periodicals.

Professional Memberships have included:

ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)

PMA (Photo Marketing Association-International)

Malibu Art Association

Conducted, through ASMP, Workshops for pro-photographers.

SAGA (Sedona Area Guild of Artists) Master Signature Artist

Received numerous photography and fine art awards in Los Angeles County.

Studies include degrees in commercial art, fine art painting and photography from:

Los Angeles Art Center of Design,

University of California at Los Angeles

Otis Art Institute, Los Angles, California.

Workshops and classes with Ansel Adams.

Currently involved with the integration of FINE ART PAINTING and PHOTOGRAPHY through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING.

 



Second Place

Madeleine Zweifel

"Symmetry"

Light Painting , 30" x 24"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

“Life is Light and Motion”. Light painting is the combination of light and motion and my way to bring forth unique interpretations of this axiom.

“Symmetry” is representative of my approach to light painting. While the camera is fixed on a tripod, I am in front of it, “drawing” with a flashlight that is directed at the camera. The flashlight, used as the light source, is modified with various tips called “blades” of perspex in order to get specific light behaviors. To achieve the desired range of colors, I use color gels. Light art requires a slow shutter speed – my paintings come about in a single exposure of 10 – 20 seconds typically – and thus is best performed at night or in a dark room.

Biography/Resume

Madeleine Zweifel was  born in Zurich in 1958. She is a translator turned photographer and digital artist. Specializing in headshot photography, Madeleine is also a macro photographer and a light painter.

Why photography? Deliberate choice later in life. Introvert by nature, it has always been challenging for her to get out and meet with people. Photography helps with that and is a great way for me to interact with people and express herself through this creative outlet.



Third Place

Susanne Weber

"Tiffany Spring Flowers"

Fiber / Felt , 14" x 8"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

Tiffany Spring flowers:
“My latest projects are inspired by Art Nouveau and especially the wonderful stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Capturing the iridescent and translucent colors in combination with the strict network of black lines in felt keeps me fascinated. For this piece I used hand-dyed merino and Bergschaf wool, tussah silk, rose fibers and viscose.”

 

Biography/Resume

 

“Austrian fiber artist Susanne Weber creates felt paintings with emphasis on the magic of light and texture. Her approach is the fusion of Crafts (felting is an ancient textile process, believed to be the oldest form in existence), and Arts. In this context, fibers can be defined as a painting medium, complying with many of the rules relating to visual arts.

Susanne is a studied biologist and has her own medical translation business. She started felting in 2014 out of curiosity and was instantly hooked. From the beginning, working in 2D and exploring the endless options of colors and various fibers was her favorite subject, and she has been largely influenced by the works of Moy Mackay and Susan Mulcock. Nowadays, Susanne is steadily enhancing her knowledge and skills by attending various classes of worldwide renowned fiber artists.
Using violence-free materials like mulesing-free wool and peace silk is a vital issue, and processing wool from raw fleece to self-dyed painting material has become increasingly important to her.
Two exhibitions at the Vienna Felting Festival in 2016 and 2017 were a great success, and Susanne is actually preparing two further exhibitions for autumn 2018.

Her paintings are featured in Arts and Crafts magazines and juried exhibitions, and in December 2017 she was one of 12 Wraptious competition finalists out of 2000+ entries.
Together with her husband and three cats, Susanne lives in Vienna, the beautiful capital of Austria.”

 



Fourth Place

Laicee Blackwell

"Daily Meds"

Mixed Media , 8" x 12"

Sale Price $350

Artist Statement

 

I am interested in creating mixed media pieces that investigate the human experience and condition, often using the figure itself.

My work often includes figurative imagery. I explore human emotions and issues at micro and macro scales. My work explores how individuals react to emotional events. I also think about larger groups and the dynamics of how crowds react to highly charged events. In The Queens Identity, I explored the identity of an individual who was hiding an interior self and finally taking a step out. Following a similar theme, Coming Out is a piece about the different experiences people have when coming out. The varied experience of people are represented by the hands and how they interact with the strings. I also use my art to consider moral, ethical, and religious issues, such as in my piece When is it a Baby?, which is about abortion.

I use a wide range of media. I will often begin with a medium and build an idea around it. Also, I use unexpected materials at times, such as baby doll parts like in When is it a Baby?, used CO2 canisters, an old plastic wonder horse, and empty bags of Starbucks coffee.

 

Resume

 

EDUCATION:    University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

Bachelor of Science in Studio Art

Sculpture Emphasis – 2018

 

HONORS &

ACTIVITIES:   Member of Ball State Student Government – 2014-15

Executive Member Hall Council Ball State – 2014-15

Member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha – 2014-15

Dean’s List – 2015, 2016

Zutt Scholarship recipient – 2016

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award — 2018

 

EXHIBITIONS:   Ball State Student Show – Juried – 2015

USI Senior Exhibition – Juried – 2017

Peephole Student Showcase – Invitational – 2017

Off the Wall – New Harmony Contemporary Gallery – Open – 2017

USI Student Art Show – Juried – 2017

Parklane Gallery 26th Annual International Miniature Show – Juried – 2018

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana Arts Awards – invintational – 2018



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