Posts tagged ‘Painting’
Anyone who’s picked up an issue of Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz or any other modern/pop/whatever art magazine lately is no stranger to the work of Camille Rose Garcia. She’s constantly producing and always reinterpreting her vision while her unique style remains a common thread. Also, if you’ve paid any attention to art and followed the ripples outward to craft and street fashion, you know she’s inspired a sea of attempted imitators as art in semi-mainstream press is known to do. If, however, she was under your radar seven years ago (I believe she was either under mine or just getting picked up), you may have missed her four part spread in Blab! 2003. It was a series on our drug centered approach to depression in American culture. Here is panel 4. I’m pretty sure her prints were out of my price range by the time anyone cared enough to press them but I would love to have gotten my hands on these. Who knew our feelings-damning, pharmacentric culture could be so visually appealing?
Also, on the topic of drugs and the places they take you, Check out the her take on illustrating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (scroll up and click her name to get to her website). If you’re on the west coast, you may be able to attend a book signing in march.
At my show, I surprised my wife with a painting that, judging by her response, she likes very much. It is of the Schooner Olad on which we sailed — at sunset — on our tenth anniversary in the summer of 2008. It is, among other things, a reminder of a serene moment in what can often be a daunting life, to say the least. The following afternoon, a customer asked me the secret to being happily married for eleven years. Without thinking even for a second, I told her it was finding the right person from the start — and it’s true. All of the hard work and tips solicited from those who have done it can’t compensate for that.
With my art show drawing very near (tomorrow night), I’ve been working especially hard at getting the ideas onto paper. I thought I’d post up two of the newest pieces — one I don’t have a name for and the other entitled, First, Do No Harm.
The ubiquitous art imitates life/life imitates art debate has given way to the more localized art interrupts life/life interrupts art — for me, at least. I suppose like most people who call themselves artists (and I don’t call myself an artist often), I’d love to devote vast amounts of time to drawing and painting. I’d love to immerse myself in the process for days on end, crawling out of my cluttered studio a crumpled, unbathed, paint-covered mess, feeling as though I’d created something huge or at least part of something huge — only to emerge in search of some more life to imitate (or however that goes), and then repeat. In that regard I even envied Henry Darger but that’s not my lot. That’s not my life. I am pulled in other directions, often at once and blessed — truly blessed — with a life to interrupt. So I’m left to find a balance among interests, passions, responsibilities, and obligations. I work on paintings in fits and starts as life allows or when I just have to step away and take a moment.
This show is going to be the distillation of captured moments, stolen hours. Nothing rushed, nothing thrown together. I can’t even say it will be lacking but I know I had hoped to start working larger, varying style and media a little more. I had hoped to carry out some common threads a little longer through a more prolific showing. I will do all of that next time, perhaps for a summer show. Instead it will be a sampling of the images most pressing to me — stripped down to the visual equivalent of the few things you’d say if you only had a moment and maybe that’s a good thing.
Sometimes, for all the ugliness in the world, it doesn’t hurt to make a pretty picture just to make it. This is a smaller painting at 4 x 6″ made for a friend to give to a friend.
The FDA could very well be on the way to approving electroconvulsive therapy (shock treatment) without the benefit of clinical trials to determine safety and efficacy. This is great for the psych and shock industries but a terrible step in the wrong direction for you and me. ECT is currently legal and administered to approximately 100,000 people in the US and 1 million globally. It is often happening with poorly informed consent and also by force. The ECT industry depends on its untested approval because it simply can’t pass the test. It has never proven to be predictable, safe or effective. Typically the only long term effects are the adverse effects, while the perceived “benefits” are temporary, requiring “maintenance treatments”.
Regardless of whether you stand aside me or in opposition to me in terms of the rights of people diagnosed as mentally ill, the FDA has a job to do and failure in this instance sets a precedent we can’t afford. If ECT gets reclassified it will be as a favor to a large and prosperous industry and not in the interest of health of any kind. You don’t have to join a group, a team or a movement to be able to say you spoke up when it was necessary.
The FDA is open to comments on the issue but only for a limited time and, as it stands, proponents are speaking over opponents ten to one. I, for one, am tired of seeing victory go to the people who speak the loudest instead of those who are actually right. Here are two links that provide information on the matter. Both MindFreedom International and Jim Gottstein of PsychRights have laid out the facts and made it extremely easy to comment to the FDA.