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Vision to Page: Words on Art in support of the SD Art Prize
It is always fascinating when the arts intersect and California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum (CCAE), San Diego Visual Arts Network and SanDiegoArtist.com are giving writers an opportunity to cross pollinate the arts by writing about the SD Art Prize Exhibition.
And the 2008 awards go to:
At the California Center for the Arts I realized that by just "browsing" the museum - strolling through the corridors, glancing at each piece of art for a mandatory moment - you can't even scratch the surface of most pieces. This is especially true of the work of May-Ling Martinez. Martinez's art has a vaguely disturbing tone - the kind that makes most people hurry away after a single uncomfortable impression, to find a more pleasant piece of art. Pictures of people cut from 1950s magazines and books are joined to diagrams of machines, knots and molecular structures, all intertwining almost as if to form a larger diagram. Hand-drawn arrows connect a stamped diagram of a human heart to a girl's severed neck. Machinery and square knots surround a pair of girls on a swing. A family is eating dinner - but under the table we see that robots have replaced their bottom halves. These are not pieces I would want hanging in my bedroom, but they possess a unique allure, a dark fascination. They are certainly worthy of more than a compulsory glance. The more you look, the more you see. You learn things from spending a few extra minutes with a piece of art. For example, I was caught off guard by the shocking impermanence of some of Martinez's work. One piece was made up of a few dozen small framed collages similar to those described above, all arranged to flow into each other, with common elements linking each picture to those around it. I spoke to a docent - another enriching experience you can't get from browsing - and learned that every time the compilation is moved to a new showing, Martinez completely rearranges the pictures and gives the assemblage a new title. I learned that one of her sculptures, composed of precariously placed old furniture and adorned with stacks of old books, was not glued together. All the parts are loose - every time they move the sculpture, she rearranges the entire thing. The docent said that the title of each book used has significance, and that Martinez intentionally changes the meaning of her sculpture every time she puts it together. You cannot begin to comprehend the complexity of an artist, of a medium, of even a single masterpiece, until you spend time with it. People say that when they go to museums, they don't stop and look closer at a piece of art unless they see something they like. I say that they don't see much they like because they refuse to stop and look.
Writers submitted one original piece only (maximum 800 words) of their choice about the SD Art Prize Artists Raul Guerrero and Yvonne Venegas , Jean Lowe and Iana Quesnell, Ernest Silva and May-ling Martinez , bases on work displayed at Innocence is Questionable at CCAE opening March 1 and continuing to May 31st. Writing may focus on one of the artists in the exhibit, one of the art works, one of the mentored pairs, or the entire scope of the exhibit. The project will be open to all writers in any formats including but, not limited to, prose in the form of general interest articles, critique, reviews and/or poetry. Creative writing will be encouraged in all formats. The North County Times is the media sponsor for this event and online entry will be through their website. The judges for this competition are from the North County Times editorial department: Laura Groch, Pam Kragen, and Gary Warth
Writers living in the San Diego region from Fallbrook to Baja Norte who are either:
CALENDAR OF COMPETITION: 2008
SPONSORS OF SD ART PRIZE VISION TO PAGE
CONTACT INFORMATION: Patricia Frischer, coordinator SDVAN 760 943 0148 patricia@SDVisualArts.net
Our thanks to Ariele Johannson who helped us launch the Vision to Page competition and Laurie Brindle for arranging support from North County Times.
The SD ART PRIZE is produced by The Art Girls: Joan Seifried, Ann Berchtold and Patricia Frischer
SD Art Prize Mission: Fusing Energy for San Diego Visual Arts: Mentorship, Education, Recognition, Collaboration
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