Friday, July 8, 2011

79th armoured

War: so When is anyone going to do anything with meaning/ I want it 'cold" no sensationalism - hell I am an artist - stuff. and I hope caring: just the stuff of being through rehab, , just the fallout
Do something serious - Nail it. I am not right wing - but kindly get the true horror of this 'war'.
Lock it all down . It remains about sacrifice in the face of adversity.
157 Canadians lost their lives. Small toll, but still worth the understanding
Give them their due. Even if you were not a part of it. You were there - but forever distanced.
So: what is your reaction? We 'exit a war' , not wanted, not sanctioned - certainly by me.
But those who were there still deserve support.
I do NOT want the War to sing a praise of politic, I spent the last few years of my life fighting that with paint
- just the song of the common soldier... The person who went, got munched and came home
Possibly minus a bit.
I am supposed to be Helping JPM here. - This ain't going to work without thought-out proper work.
Of course your own baggage allowed - But No Politic. Politic does not concern the soldier...........
I am not wanting to put all my stuff up - I want every artist to submit, in a fashion that matters
To you all:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Vernissage - Pretty Ugly Art

Michele LeCourtois
Mathieu Laca
  All the excitement of an opening night at the theatre..or elsewhere, such as Patrick John Mills Gallery.

A spectacular vernissage with a wide variety of paintings and painters, art and artists.
Ali Sztepa

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Now Pretty's Missing

Drove by the posters at Gladstone and Kent today and the pink and blue princess was missing from the mini-installation. Infuriating!

Both "fascinators" have been removed by light fingers.

The Painter's Keys

Just wondering if other artists are reading Robert Genn's twice-weekly on-line newsletter, The Painter's Keys?

Remarkably for such an ambitious undertaking, a twice-weekly newsletter is arduous, Genn does a wonderful job of taking queries from artists and others, and writing trenchant, sometimes humourous responses. He has a way with language, as well as his paint brush, whereby he can take an image and wend it through to the finish.

For a good example, and one that will speak to most artists, today's newsletter is called, Flavour of the Month, and is about art collecting.

An artist in North Carolina asked:

Is (art collecting) all for competition and ego or is it the natural joy of celebrating creativity? Do collectors give birth to new collectors? Is this how to reap the flurry of fame? The artist wins, but it reminds me of "He who dies with the most toys wins."

Here is part of Robert Genn's response:

Many serious collectors lack the courage to buy art on their own. Unsure, they rather require the opinions of others and tend to flock together in fave galleries and with fave experts. In this way, "popular," while often a local condition, becomes a legitimate measure of desirability. Visiting the homes of my own collectors, I notice the other art they have and can tell the company they keep. Thus we have the relatively new phenomenon of engaging advisers from respected institutions.

Yep, it's good for the "in" artists and crummy for the "out." Fact is, many artists expend a lot of energy trying to be the flavour of the month. Others among us are content with an occasional lick.
Too much money and too little conviction leads folks to perceived authorities. Pleasantly, when the flock becomes large, there will always be someone to take stuff off your hands. It's called "The Greater Fool Principle." For many, the real joy of art is financial gain, and many well-advised collectors experience a self-fulfilling prophesy. Nothing succeeds like everyone wanting Maple Ripple.
Perhaps dying with a lot of toys is an alternate form of immortality. We humans just naturally accumulate, collect and hoard. Some choose boats, cars, houses, stamps, antique steam engines, music boxes, books, movie posters, comics, hubcaps, tattoos. Thank goodness some choose art.

And there is something to be said for the joyous celebration of creativity. A mystery to otherwise successful people, creativity often seems to them a rare item. Let's face it--art enhances life. The glowing hearts of happy collectors outshine born-again revivalists. We need to celebrate these angels. They keep the scoopers busy, and, like it or not, they are partially responsible for some artists coming up with new flavours.

You can subscribe to this free newsletter and find out more about Robert Genn by going to his website.

A Blog for All Seasons

We are encouraging artists who are displaying work at the Patrick John Mills Gallery to blog about their art, the creative process, their experience showing at the gallery, anything they'd like to say about themselves and their work.

If you are associated with the gallery and would like to participate in this blog, please get in touch through the gallery. Come to a vernissage on the third Thursday of each month and introduce yourself to Mathieu Laca or me.

Come this Thursday to Pretty Ugly Art and become involved!

Monday, July 4, 2011

What's Coming Up

Starting Aug. 4/11, WAR.
Starting Sept. 15/11, I Killed the Group of Seven
November, TBA

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pretty Ugly...Pretty Scary!

Creating buzz for the upcoming show, Pretty Ugly Art, the vernissage of which is on Thursday, July 7/11, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

With condos being constructed at a busy intersection in downtown Ottawa, the hoardings are providing a perfect venue for a bit of installation art.

Thus, there is the princess, pretty in pink and blue, and there is the ogre.

Sign up for the Gallery's Newsletter

Did you know that Patrick John Mills Gallery introduced an on-line monthly Gallery Newsletter in June?

You've only missed one and we'll send it to you immediately, along with July's when it comes out mid-month if you add your name to the subscription list.

June's newsletter features an interview with sculpture, Deborah Arnold, along with photos and other news about what to watch for at the gallery.