Photographic Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico

My favorite way to travel is with my camera. I am not a professional photographer, but as an artist it allows me to slow down  and primarily focus upon my vision as opposed to other experiences that are sometimes difficult when traveling.

In May, a group of nine artists/photographers took a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. It was organized by Professor Gary Goldberg from Midwestern University in Texas. The purpose was to interact with various craftspeople and professional photographers. In order to return something to the community, we held an auction of our best work (I chose: A Backlit Market Stall) and gave the results to an organization that helps children with cancer. 

Below are other photographs that I made from some of the craftspeople that we visited.

Some of the craftspeople we visited.

Recent Paintings

As an artist, I make paintings and photographs. For this blog, I will reproduce the last two paintings that I've done. 

Titile: Flora Imaginarium     Size: 30 x 40"   Medium: Oil over Acrylic on Panel 2017

Titile: Flora Imaginarium     Size: 30 x 40"   Medium: Oil over Acrylic on Panel 2017

An imaginarium refers to a place devoted to the imagination. There are various types of imaginaria, centers largely devoted to stimulating and cultivating the imagination, towards scientific, artistic, commercial, recreational, or spiritual ends. (Wikipedia)

Living in Florida, I am constantly taking in environmental glimpses of things. Sometimes a photograph records a plant, flower or water droplets and so I start with these by entering them into my computer. The layers are then altered and I print out a beginning image to start my painting. During the painting process, things are altered again until I have something that serves my imagination.

Detail: Flora Imaginarium

Detail: Flora Imaginarium

Title: Lotus Clouds 30 x 40"  Mixed Media on Panel 2016

Lotus Clouds   30 x 40"   Mixed Media on Panel    2016

Lotus Clouds is painting that is based more on imaginary impressions of my environment and my unconscious. The photograph of a Lotus flower and the droplets were images that I did observe. I began this work by using a grid on my prepared panel. I placed the flowers onto the composition. After some preliminary sketches, I began to add previously used invented shapes and textures until I consider it finished. I focused upon contrasting elements, such as organic and inorganic forms.

For additional images of my work see: lindadeeguy.com

Museum Trip

In May, 2017, I took a trip to visit five San Francisco art museums. I decided to revert to my profession of being an educator in this blog by giving a short personal tour to my favorite exhibition, Urs Fischer (b. 1972) at the Legion of Honor Museum (http://legionofhonor.famsf.org).  Fischer’s exhibition was titled, The Public and the Private and interacts with the museum’s permanent collection. The website intro says:

 

Urs Fischer’s sculptures and paintings explore the tension between the material and the digital, object and image. Drawing on Western art history and popular culture, he continuously recalibrates the techniques and modalities underlying the creation and consumption of artworks. Fischer has an innate ability to play with the mechanisms of perception to challenge people’s awareness of the physical and ideological contexts of their surroundings. Mining image traditions and artistic materials to introduce ideas of time and transience, his installations often have the character of an uncanny and fleeting illusion. 

In conjunction with the exhibition Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation, the Legion of Honor has invited Fischer to bring a contemporary perspective to our understanding and appreciation of the Museums’ permanent collection, specifically the acclaimed collection of Rodin sculptures.

With more than thirty works installed throughout the Court of Honor, rotunda and upper level galleries at the Legion of Honor, Fischer’s sprawling exhibition offers a unique opportunity to appreciate his inventive transformation of iconographic traditions in the context of a historic collection.

In front of the entrance, Fischer has installed 16 hand built clay figures that contrast with Rodin’s, The Thinker. Fischer repeats the process that Rodin used and has his clay figures cast by a foundry into bronze. His works are simple and less “skilled” inviting the similarity only so far. However they have a spontaneity and freshness that often represents contemporary art.

 

In the foyer stands an eight foot wax sculpture (candle) of a man who marks the passage of time by burning away the wax. Viewers are reminded that this work is different from those works around it, in that it is meant to be temporary.

In the French and Rococo Galleries, Fisher places two chairs and compares them to the ornate historical chairs behind them. His chairs have a personal meaning and call attention to the maker, as opposed to an anonymous craftsman. 

My favorite work consists of two giant ceramic eyes that confront historical portraits. Fischer’s eyes are scary and intrude upon the viewer in a manner that flattering portraits behind never intended.

To learn more about the exhibition, up until July 2, 2017 and Urs Fischer, see:

https://www.famsf.org/press-room/urs-fischer-public-private

My Studio

Five Dueces Galleria and Working Artist Studios.

Located at 2101 3rd Ave South, in the Warehouse Arts District, I work in studio number 4. We have a common gallery along with individual studios where we show work. We are open usually on the 2nd Saturday walks and always by appointment, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Please stop by sometime for a visit. 

Linda Dee Guy

What I value most about being an artist is that artists possess an unusual amount of curiosity. Curiosity is magic: it’s the force that drives creation of something out of nothing. In particular it allows one to make connections between things that are often overlooked or hidden.

I grew up in Tampa, Florida, which was rich with experiences that were both ordinary and extraordinary. I experienced exotic and strange sideshows at the Florida State Fair, The Ringling Brothers Circus, some of whose performers lived in our neighborhood and later Disney World. It seemed as if I lived amongst exciting fictions and the nature of reality was often in question.

I began my art making quest at the University of South Florida, majoring in printmaking which allowed me to incorporate drawing, painting and photography. I went to earn a terminal degree that allowed me to pursue a teaching career. After teaching lithography, screenprinting and drawing for 36 years at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, I retired, Emeritus Professor of Art, moved back to Florida and opened a studio in the Warehouse Arts District. I anticipate using my Pinellas Grant Award to help pay for the costs of my studio.

My exhibition experiences include over twenty solo exhibitions including international shows in Peru and Japan. I have exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in over 100 juried group exhibitions. My public work is on permanent display at the Fort Worth Dallas Airport.

I am currently represented by Ro2 Gallery, Akard Street in Dallas, Texas and have regularly shown in group exhibitions as well as the annual Dallas and Houston Art Fairs.