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We can all agree it has been quite a year. A confusing year but one with time for contemplation. We are all worried about health during the pandemic but world health has always been a concern. The MeToo, BlackLivesMatter, Anti-AsianHate, Antisemitic, political and environmental movements all draw our attention. You want to be supportive but sometimes it is overwhelming to know what to do.
I just had my second vaccination. By the beginning of April, I am hoping to be as immune as possible from Covid-19. But I had after effects from the shot and spent days in bed and woke up on the fourth day with a vision springing from a dream. In the dream I was trying to help someone decide how best to help the world. I kept returning to the subject of racism. It seemed to be such a core part of the problems. I talked to my sister and she helped me understand that racism has many, many causes. But they all have one thing in common and that is the idea of supremacy.
In economic supremacy, we want security but that can lead to massive unfair practices. Sexual supremacy can challenge the ego and create insecurities about adequacy. Divine supremacy puts one god, yours, over all others. Ecological supremacy is the survival of the fittest without regard for our responsibility for our planet and all the creatures on it. Military or Corporate supremacy is dominance without regard to human rights.
Supremacy seems to be a pit to be avoided. I am a big fan of Tina Turner, but Simply the Best is a not theway to go. Yes, be the best you can be, but being the best i.e. “better than anyone else” should not be a life’s goal. In fact, it keeps us from working together to solve our problems.Instead, life should be like a four-way intersection. Stop, be courteous, wait your turn, then move forward. My wish is that you will have lots of passengers in your car wanting to go to the same destination of peace on earth and goodwill to all. Happy Springtime as we come to the season of rebirth.
Finger on the Pulse A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
This past year, like many of you, I questioned most days what I am supposed to be doing. There is no business as usual, but there is a lot of time to fill. Normally, proactive, but getting on in years, I found myself deciding to wait and see. I did use my non-profit website to list visual arts virtual events in San Diego (about 150) and I did, myself, attend many of those events and even report on some in my blog . I continued to make my own art and I looked at lots and lots of art on Instagram and the internet.
Only now am I realizing, that what I was actually doing was keeping my finger on the pulse of the art world. I was tracking visual reactions to Black Lives Matter. I was immersed in the election and how that might affect the art world. Support of the arts on the city and county level are particularly important in San Diego. We are the only county in California not to have an arts council. I was noticing and participating in thank you banners for our first responders and frontline workers and hoping to do so to encourage people to vaccinate.
I was absorbing the lost of art friends, people who now have no pulse; not gathering for funerals, of course, but writing words of consolation to family and friends. I was celebrating birthdays, sunsets, even a new water heater, a good harvest of lemons, and continued good health. I was spreading joy with cookie exchanges and spectacular holiday light reports. I was being a friend by lending an ear. All these day to day activities are an integral part of the pulse of our community. The small acts need to continue to be rooted in compassion and awareness.
I have made a personal symbol for myself to commemorate the new year and new hope. My Finger on the Pulse bronze and silver bracelet is comfortable, light weight, shiny and a reminder to me that what goes around will come around.
See more works from the Not Your Mother's Finger Bowl series by Patricia Frischer
State of the Arts 2021: San Diego Creative Industry by the Numbers A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
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2020 past A+ Art Blogs including
Artist Guide to Surviving the Pandemic: 5 things you can do which will keep you working
Understanding AB 2257, Follow Up Legislation to AB 5, and Its Impact on the Arts Sector
Guiding Principles and Manifestos
San Diego + Imperial counties Regional Conversation Summary
2020 Brain Candy: A Virtual Salon Series – The Curators
The Power of Art Part 2
The Power of Art
It's Not Easy, Being Difficult
Remember when Corona was a Cigar or a Beer
Constance White at The Residency Project in Pasadena
The Role of the Arts in Defining Democracy
State of the Arts California, 2020
2019 past A+ Art Blogs including
Who wants to be a millionaire artist?
Immigration, Migration, Integration: SD Chinese Historical Museum
Isolationist or Globalist?
Birthing a New Art Organization
Three Things You Need to Know
Passport to Dance produced by Encinitas Friends of the Arts
Life Doesn't Frighten Me: Hope Inspired through Art at Fallbrook Library
The Cotwolds: Purton and Cirencester
Modern Couples at the Barbican
Great Big Indian Wedding: Cultural event that ends my year!
India: Monuments and Museums
India: Modern and Contemporary Art
Barnsley House Hotel and Spa
State of Mind, State of the Arts, 2019
2018 past A+ Art Blogs including
2016 Past A+Art Blogs including
2015 Past A+ Art Blog including
Mural by Paola Villasenor at SDAI and Art Fair Miami
Turn on, chill out and Pop up
Incubator for Innovation - final 9 teams for San Diego
London Journal 1: Tate Britain Folk Art
London Journal 2: Horst at the Victoria and Albert Museum
London Journal 3:Today's Special: Pace Gallery, Tate Modern Matisse
London Journal 4: National Portrait Gallery and Saatchi
London Journal 5: London Fashion Week and London Design Show at Tent and Super Brands
London Journal 6: Gilbert and George, Boyd and Evans, Anslem Kiefer and AI WEIWEI
A Call to Action
SD Fringe Festival Art Exhibition at Ten Street Art Center
ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum
Deborah DeLisi and One Minute Mandalas at SDVAN sponsored Mission Federal ArtWalk
DNA of Creativity Introduction at Oceanside Museum of Art
Notes on Aesthetics and Authenticity Symposium
SD Art Prize has its roots in the Turner Prize
2013 Past A+Art Blog including
State of the Arts: The Rise of the Living Artist, 2013
New Art at the SD Airportt: Flying High
San Diego Incubator for Innovation
Arts Leaders Motivations
Politics and Art in San Diego
Art Eats Food
Alternative Materials Panel Discussion - Sparks Gallery
London Art Newsletter 2013
San Diego: Identity Crisis or Identity Opportunity? March 2013
Palm Springs Art Fair, Feb, 2013
Corporate Collecting Book Review, Jan 2013
2012 Past A+Art Blog including
2009 Past A+ Art Blogs including
2008 Past A+ Art Blogs including
2007 Past A+ Art Blogs including
2006 Past A+ Art Blogs
PATRICIA FRISCHER, author of "The Artist and the Art of Marketing" has lectured extensively on marketing for artists. She is a trainer of artists’ agents, art dealers, consultant and collectors. Frischer has taken on the roles of gallerist, curator, writer, teacher, website coordinator and artist. Her many metamorphoses make her difficult to fit into any of the usual art world categories. She is a founding member and coordinator of the San Diego Visual Arts Network, (www.SDVAN.net ) which funds the SD Art Prize, directory and events calendar and SmART Collector features. Her own artwork (www.DrawsCrowd.com ) has been shown internationally and her most recent one person show was at Oxford University.