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No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

14 Jun
Flowers and Circles at 300 small with logo

“Flowers and Circles” Watercolor by Katie Turner

The Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC has a new exhibit of large-scale works that runs through January 2019.  “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” is a major exhibition curated by Norak Atkinson.  It’s an interactive installation filled with sight and sound.  Atkinson brought in various artists from The Burning Man Project to create special installations for this exhibition.  I find the art to be wonderfully strange and colorful.  To check out the art, click here: https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/burning-man  the video here: Renwick Gallery Burning Man Art Video

 

The Burning Man Project is an annual event held north of Nevada in the dessert.  The original event took place in 1986 and has since developed into an incredible experiment in community and art.  The event is all about exploring various forms of artistic self-expression and sharing one’s unique talents, not just being a spectator.  To see some of the experimental art at this event, click here:  https://burningman.org/event/brc/2018-art-installations/?yyyy=&artType=B  Here is a video from 2017 event: Burning Man 2017 Video

 

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Swapping For Inspiration

10 Mar
artistic journal

Smash Art Journal

Mail Art Wrapping

I know swapping sounds like “shopping”, but it’s not.  This is less expensive and more fun.  For fun, I began swapping art with a couple of artistic friends in other states.  Receiving artwork from friends in the mail has been just as exciting as sending things back to them.  One of these friends sent me some collage pieces and a mini scrap journal you can see in the picture above.  She calls them “Smash” journals because they include whatever comes in the mail or whatever paper she comes across during her week.  They are filled with common everyday items, such as advertisements, tags and junk mail, but then she took it one step further and added gesso, acrylic paint, stamps and collage on various pages.  She kept with a yellow and purple theme and did a great job.  The second photo is a collage sheet she used to wrap up the journal for shipping.  Doing creative swaps can add new ideas for your own art.  If you are looking to join a swap you will find some in yahoo groups.  Other places you may find artists willing to swap would include your own local art guild, church or local college or university.  Swapping can inspire you creatively, give it a try.