Archive for the ‘art’ Category

A very important finished piece by J. Bruce Wilcox an artist that was introduced to our readers in a link below. When he sends more photo’s and information about his show we will post here.

CrossBones: In Memory Of All Who Have Died In Some God’s Name. Built in 2000. Finally completed in 2020. 7’6″ wide X 9’8″ high

RIOT
The North Gallery at Spark
Reception 3 / 20 / 2020. 5 / 9 pm.
900 Santa Fe Drive Denver
With Bill Ballas and Phillip Potter in the Main Gallery.

UPDATE: Informed by the artist the show has been cancelled.

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Check out other art by this Queer Artist. Need we say we love his work.

We are a member of the Queer Artist group on facebook and have come to love certain artists in the group and always look forward to their new postings and comments. J. Bruce Wilcox is an artist that we love and admire. Not only for his art but for his social commentaries. Wilcox says about himself “I refer to myself as a fiber or textile artist. I am not a quilter. I do not make quilts. I do not think like a quilter. My reasons for creating and my intended end-use of that creation are different than most quilters. And I don’t give a fuck about the tradition of quiltmaking. I just call it art.” Indeed and we do too. We are showing some examples of his art, work that inspires us, moves us and gets us thinking. We hope our readers from all over the world will find as much enjoyment in his work as we do.

J. Bruce Wilcox has given this blog permission to publish this exhibition and we thank him.

“I am an artist making art not a quilter making quilts!”

J. Bruce Wilcox (this work is unfinished)

“As an out gay male working in a predominately female medium- over time I’ve had to deal with all the stereotypes involved. I learned to sew when I was 8. I’ve been working with/in fiber my whole life. I made my first art quilt in 1977 and won a Best-In-Show award on it. I was 24 and nobody knew what an art quilt was.”

Below is one of our favorite art works, Masquerade. Bruce says about work such as this: “I’m an abstract artist- having little interest in representational art. My history/roots are artists who moved away from representation into pure abstraction- including geometric and math influenced artists- as well as pop/op artists. My work continues to be about vibration- but also texture. And although it’s mostly me who is confrontational- the work is inherently challenging because it simply no longer has anything to do with the tradition of quiltmaking.”

Masquerade.

Masquerade like many of J. Bruce Wilcox’s work captured my interest for their movement, and their vibration adding that whole other dimension to the art works. This work moves us into the great tradition of the Op Artists who I believe have to be some of the most interesting artists creating some of the more interesting art works of the 20th century. Think about it, a flat canvas, an art work that moves, it no longer stays still hanging up there on the wall. It is here and there, vibrating, flashing, swelling, wrapping, moving in and out, disappearing and reappearing. When I was in high school my art teacher was involved with the Op Art Movement. Myself and a few other budding young artists were invited to the opening of the Responsive Eye at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1965. How thrilled she was to have her work hanging in the same room as Josef Albers. The connection, she was one of the people who brought Albers and his wife Annie to this country. Masquerade by J. Bruce Wilcox could have hung brilliantly among the other works in the exhibition. Next up is the eye popping unfinished work that would cause Bridget Riley to applaud.

Existential Foundation

This work above is unfinished but we find it to be extraordinary. It captures the spirit of abstract art and brings it beyond. Truly on the way to becoming a masterpiece. (more…)

Trans Lifeline Benefit at Chez Est

Hosted by Mia E Z’Lay and Chez Est

Sunday November 25, 2018 4pm to 11pm

458 Wethersfield Ave. Hartford Ct.

There will be no entry fee! We will have a show every hour starting at 5pm. We have so many amazing entertainers who are donating their time and art. All money made from the shows will be donated to Trans Lifeline.
Mia E Z’Lay and Layne Alexander Gianakos will be running the event at Chez Est

If you are interested in donating and can not make it please message Mia or Layne. If you want to perform message us asap!

Please share with your friends and family!

Facebook Page HERE. 

We visited Open Studio Hartford for a short time on Saturday November 10. We present two artists whose work we viewed and hope to view again perhaps in a one person exhibition around town.

Robert Zott
We first became acquainted with the artist Robert Zott many years ago, don’t remember how we did or when it was but visited him when he was first living in Art Space Hartford. There was a showing in one of the art spaces of his photographs of tombstones and I got a chance to go to his studio and meet him and see more work by this artist. His work is not only funny but it is amazing to see the surnames of people, common everyday words that one would not expect to be a persons last name or that is a common last name but in this arrangement becomes no longer common but a work of art.

The Death of Color

6 B&W Photos, Edition of 3, 10X8 Gelatin Silver Prints, 29.5X36 overall.

What a way to start this article. Color has died and is buried, but immortalized on a tombstone. What a strange concept. Color has died.

Most of us visiting a cemetery would probably just pass by a tombstone unless the stone was an extraordinary work of art. If noticed on our visit the names Carpenter, Mechanic, Barber, Postman (now that would be one that I would stop and wonder about) Baker and Doctor we more than likely would just pass by, go about our business, mourn our dead and leave a plant or bouquet of flowers. But here in this arrangement the names and the stones take on a whole new meaning. Arranged together by the artist this work removes the stones from their individual stand and together become something new. “There Goes The Neighborhood” conjures up to us that the workers are invading some posh little place, invading with their aches and pains, their callous and bruises, their greasy hands, smelling like baked bread and hopefully Mr. or Ms. Postman has washed their hands after delivering all that mail. In “There goes the Neighborhood,” they rest together, in all their working class glory, regardless of what the upper classes may say, want or desire.

“There Goes The Neighborhood”

6 B&W Photos, Edition of 3, 10X8 Gelatin Silver Prints, 29.5X36 overall.

Artists such as Robert Zott take which is available arrange it as only an artist can and present to us something we have never seen or most likely never thought of. By the hand of the artist our dearly departed become together with others, art. This working of Zott’s can not be an easy process, finding a cemetery, walking around finding a tombstone. He walks the cemetery searching for stones with just the last name. No first names, no birth date or death date, no epitaph. What a joy it must be to find a stone with a name, a name that can become more than just another name. A name and a stone that fits into the parameters that the artist has set for his work. Some of us are old enough to remember the Dick, Jane, Sally and Spot books that we learned to read from. You know the old, Run Dick Run, See Dick Run, See Sally laugh, Laugh Sally laugh or something like that. In the hands, mind and eye of the artist this series takes on a whole new meaning. A meaning that is closely associated with the death of Dick by drowning and the idea unless he is cremated he will end up under a stone. Just another name, another stone in another cemetery somewhere for an artist to find someday. Bon Voyage a French phrase  usually translated in English to “goodbye”, “have a nice trip,” “safe journey,” Yes, Bon Voyage Dick where ever you end up or down in the case of drowning or being buried in your grave.

Bon Voyage

12 B&W photos, edition of 3,
16 x 20″ gelatin silver prints, 97 x 84″ overall.

Zott reminds us of the endless possibilities all around in our world for the making of art. But yes it takes an artist to draw out these possibilities, to show us what is indeed possible and in doing so presents us with a new way of seeing the world. It takes an artist as John’s said, to “take something, do something with it, do something else.” As a child I use to go to a cemetery in my hometown. There was a tombstone, a cube standing on one corner with the name Day. That’s all just Day. I remember how all of us kids admired that stone. I wondered this morning where Purple was buried in this hometown cemetery. (more…)

Bread and Puppet Theater in New York City Dec 5th to Dec 16th!
Public · Hosted by Bread and Puppet Theater and Theater for the New City

Bread and Puppet Theater returns to Theater for the New City for it’s annual December residency!

Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave, New York, New York 10003
Show Map

Tickets · On Sale November 1 at 12 PM
theaterforthenewcity.net

Dec 5th- Dec 9th: The Or Else Opera – Eisler/Brecht

A paper maché puppet opera, punctuated by melting ice drops under a starry sky made of garlic. The composer Hanns Eisler, a major Brecht collaborator, fled the Nazis, joined the Berliner Ensemble and now enters the 21st century’s humanity, it’s giant fears and overcrowded spirit, at the moment of re-occurring fascism. In musical collaboration with The Pi Ensemble.

Dec 13th- Dec 16th: The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a large-scale puppet spectacle that explains and teaches riot and rebellion against intolerable situations with the help of state of the art paper-maché weaponry and the appropriate riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band.

B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus: “Tigers roar, apes drum their chests, horses neigh, and celestial grasshoppers teach ICE agents the basics steps of grasshopper rebellion dancing. A paradise investigation team analyses the earthling’s relationship to paradise, while major representatives of Mother Earth attend a festive Puerto Rican dance of liberation from natural and political disaster.”

*Bread and aioli to be served following all shows! & The Cheap Art Emporium will be open for your perusal.

tickets available at http://theaterforthenewcity.net

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please contact joe.yes.yes@gmail.com for more info if you are interested in volunteering. For more information go to HERE.

Not to be missed. Catch a train, get a bus, down to La MaMa for this important festival. You want to see puppets, real deal puppets? Check out this festival to see what some of the best puppets ae doing these days.


From LaMaMa

Series Curator: Denise Greber
The La MaMa Puppet Festival showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by artists from around the world. Curated by Denise Greber, this year’s series focuses on diversifying the voices, stories, and perspectives shared onstage, with the goal of uplifting marginalized identities within the puppet community. The festival highlights interdisciplinary works from female artists who explore issues such as cultural identity, Black Lives Matter, the refugee crisis, and the disability experience. Programming also includes family events, the annual Puppet Slam, La MaMa Coffeehouse Chronicles, and Jump Start: a weekend of works in progress.

Puppet theatre has been an integral part of La MaMa’s programming since 1962, when Ellen Stewart invited puppet artists from Korean to perform their production of Head Hunting by Pagoon Kang Wouk. Through the Puppet Festival, La MaMa continues to support both emerging and established artists whose innovative work enriches the field of puppetry. The festival is under the leadership of Denise Greber (Director and Curator) and Federico Restrepo (Producing Director).

The 8th La MaMa Puppet Festival Fall 2018 has been made possible with support from Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, Puppet Slam Network, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and public support by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Cultural on the Arts. Additional support from Cheryl Henson is gratefully acknowledged.

For more information and to buy tickets see:  http://lamama.org/programs/puppet-festival/

INTRODUCTION:

Anyone who reads this blog knows that we have published articles on earthworms off and on. We just love them what can we say. We celebrate the earthworm as our friend, a friend that should be cared for and a friend that we should keep off of fisherman’s hooks and never spray the ground they live in with insecticides which is one of the biggest dangers to the earthworm.  Want to care for the earth then start with the lowly earthworm which does so much for the planets health. We have been busy working on this collage of found interesting facts, pictures, and videos for your viewing pleasure.

Since it is spring time even though it is damn chilly outside we thought, Hey why don’t we republish that wonderful collage about earthworms for anyone who is getting into that gardening spirit.  Since we all agreed to go into our archives and find this work we will publish it for your viewing pleasure.

Information on The Earthworm. 

“It may be doubted whether there are any other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world as have these lowly, organized creatures, ” Charles Darwin. (1)

When it is stated that in this vast array of creatures the lowly, segmented earthworm is probably the most important to mankind, the uninitiated might aptly declare that such a statement sounds neither logical nor reasonable.  That little slimy thing, that small creepy thing, good only for fishing bait, and to chop in half and see if they grow themselves back together again. (they don’t). Yet few creatures equal the burrowing earthworm as an essential to better health and greater growth to plant and vegetable life, and, therefore, indirectly is of the utmost importance to man. Now we all need our plants and vegetables, this is true and we need these things without a chemical side dish to worry about. So get up, boys and girls give a salute to the worm, say thank you, thank you. From the small and slimy we get great things.

Earthworms doing their job in the vegetable patch.

Earthworms in the garden

The burrowing earthworm is Nature’s own plough, her chemist, her cultivator, her fertilizer, her distributor of plant food. In every way, the earthworm surpasses anything man has yet invented to plough, to cultivate or to fertilize the soil.

Red Worms the best for the job.

Red worms are nature’s waste-renewal units.  They don’t simply consume the waste, they turn it into something far more useful: nutrient-rich compost.  Red worms cut the composting process down to a third of the time it would take without the presence of worms and eliminate the need to turn your compost! (one less thing to do around the farm, take a break at that time.) Got a compost bin get some worms, stick them in, feed them, water them and all the plants you grow will say thanks farmer Abbey.

Can we say it? Yes we can. You know us yes we will.

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There is nothing short of a revolution here. Has been for a billion years. Earthworms survived the great calamity that killed off the dinosaurs and been ploughing the earth ever since. We’ve been ploughing the earth for a billion years and we plough the earth still. This unpaid handy worker goes about its business creating a revolution in farming, a revolution in the way we produce our food, a revolution in our health, and a revolution in the way we treat our waste. The worms are like the masses, working together the worm has power, individually they are powerless, but together now they are capable of breaking down and transforming all kind of biodegradables, including perhaps the rot that permeates our society. Take a tip from the earth worm, oh you artists you. Take a tip from the lowly worm. Join the revolution.

What are those tiny little mounds almost like a sandcastle we see on the ground?

These here? Earthworm castings on the dirt.

Earthworm Castings are the excretions left behind by worms after they finish digesting the organic matter that makes up their diet. The process of creating worm castings is probably the most efficient means of recycling kitchen and yard wastes.

Benefits of Worm Castings in the Garden

More than just a great plant fertilizer, castings are also a terrific soil amendment, plant growth enhancer, and the gardener’s ultimate compost. Earthworm castings are clean, odorless, and can be used indoors and outdoors to provide a boost to all of your plants.  Indoors, castings can be added to potting soil or mixed into the containers of established houseplants. (5) Outdoors in the garden spread worm castings and incorporate them into the surface soil levels of your raised beds. Castings can also be added to the bottom of the planting hole when setting out transplants, or scratched into the soil surrounding established flowers and vegetables. Worm castings are loaded with beneficial soil microbes and other soil organisms that will help restore life and health to depleted and worn out garden soils. (more…)

Frosty O’ Flaherty

Posted: March 13, 2018 in *Celebration*, art, Fun

Today was a snow day (paid for not working) so we went out to play. We built a snow creature name Frosty O’ Flaherty in Pope Park. Frosty will reside there until some kiddies knock him down or someone steals his outfit.

I am not sure how I found the site Queer Artists but I am so glad I did. It is a site for queer artists from all around the world to post their work and have discussions. Also a wonderful chance to learn about what is happening in different places. Just recently we had a discussion about older men when a hot beautiful older man posted a “young photo” and a older photo” of himself and a short essay written to the young. Well what a wonderful can of worms was opened there. We talked about our generation fighting for our civil rights,  before and after Stonewall, we talked of watching our friends and lovers die of AIDS, of young bodies and minds compared to older bodies and minds, we talked of art and the art world and how hard it was for many older artists to get an exhibition in a gallery or show. Concerning the last idea we talked of the ways that older artists and as a matter of fact any artist who is LGBTQ could bet included in a gallery showing. Folks at furbirdsqueerly said, “Hey,” we should publish this discussion with links.” We have readers from all over the world and this way queers who check out our blog can check out both the article an the site.

I want to first copy Han Van der Mijn  ( Mr. Hot who since as become a friend on facebook) posting that set off the discussion and then a link to the discussion.

A discussion that has been going on for decades in the gay male community but one that is still valid. Let’s remember all of our queers who are older now, they stood up and fought the powers that be many years before the young were even a glimmer in their old man’s dick. Fought off some horrible homophobia to get all of us to where we are now. Let us remember also many folks in our community suffer from all sorts of trouble because of the injustice that is thrown their way and the injustice and hurt caused by straight families, the church and by bullying in the schools. It is a wonder and a testament to us that we have survived. That we flourish. It is a testament to the many in our community who lived through it all, got past it all and live on today. Who worked together to throw off the straight jackets that society wanted us all to wear. One thing through all of this and let this be told in every corner of our community and to the world, WE ARE NOT GOING BACK! We as a community have so many outside distractors so many who want us dead we should have no time for bickering among ourselves.

Here is Han’s posting:

“To all the gorgeous, beautiful, athletic and smooth skinned boys: yes, you look good and sexy and bla bla bla.
But remember: you will inevitably age and the tattoo on your back will lose its structure, your skin will dry up and oh lord! all the pubic hair you have been shaving till this day will turn GREY one day.
I kid you not.
I have been there too, you know.
I am an hopeless old fag in your eyes but let me tell you something boys: you will deteriorate into your worst nightmare.
So.
Show some respect, would you?
And for all the gay men who have my age: please take yourselves a little bit more serious and be proud of what you achieved.
We survived AIDS for pete’s sake!
And if you want to share pictures here, or anywhere else, of gorgeous, beautiful and athletic young guys, please do.
But never ever underestimate yourself or pull yourself down; that is sad, pathetic and unnecessary.”

Here is the link to the full discussion: 

Here is a link to the site Queer Artists.

If you don’t like to see a lot of cock, balls and ass (some seem to think that is the only queer art) then please stay away from the site. (at one time many curators thought that art about AIDS was the only “Gay” art) But there is a lot more. I can say one thing it is refreshing to see queer erotic art being brought to another level by many artists working today. Think back how many nude men have you seen in painting? Yes we know all about those ancient warriors with their tiny dicks (another discussion for another time) but how about paintings and drawings that really show what it is all about. How about paintings and drawings that show our queer eroticism?  We have so many talented artists in Queerdom so many artists who are really good at what they do.

We realize that people from all over the world visit our site every day. We do hope that you will check out the Queer Artist site.

We wish to extend our New Years Greetings to all of our readers, friends and foes. furbirdsqueerly in this incarnation will continue into another year. When we take a look at our readership from all over the world we say, yeah we had better. It always amazes us when we check out the stats at the end of the year to see folks from all sorts of places who came for a visit. We have had people from Zimbabwe, New Caledonia, Uruguay, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia , France, Norway, Japan, Finland, South Korea, Singapore, French Guiana, Chile, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Norway, Philippians, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Bolivia, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Cambodia, many more, and of course the United States. We have had people from every continent except Greenland and mainland China. Here is a map from our stats.

So we say to ourselves, what else should we be doing. If someone from Cambodia visits once how can we get that person to come back again? How can we get people from Sweden to come on board? punkpink will be doing a run down of our stats to see what folks who came for a visit looked at. We want that international appeal as well as the next gal.

One thing we like to do at the end of the year is mention furbirdsqueerly’s greatest hits. What type of essays and article drew people to our site during the last year. This is not to say that we will monkey these posts just to keep the momentum going.

So here goes just a few our greatest hits for 2017!

Coming in at number one is an essay that we wrote back in 2008 when we worked with the group Queers Without Borders. It was in response to a local gay magazine The Metroline who wrote that there were no drag queens at Stonewall. (contrary to what everyone else who was there, (he was not) said about that night. The piece “No Drag Queens At Stonewall You Say, We Say Take A Flying Fuck was republished in 2011 on furbirdsqueerly when once again this same question reared its ugly head. This essay continues  to get hits and has links to the Stonewall Veterans Site.

Of course we noticed when we go local folks from this area come over to see what the fuss is about. (yes we love to cause a fuss, upset apple-carts and ruffle the feathers of the enlightened class) One piece a tribute to an artist who we think is tremendous, makes art, no questions asked is the artist Marc Burns. We wrote the essay Marc Burns At Art Space, A Wonderful Art Experience For All Of Us was a review of the artist’s show at a local gallery. Many people noted that our review was the better of the few but most of the people where enamored over a review which to us was flat and dry but was published by a well know critic on a well known web site. Oh well what can we say. Some have soul, some do not, some are afraid to say and we do not. I suppose though in the long run to the top I would rather a review by an art site rather than a little anarchist communist blog sitting in Hartford Ct.

front banner of jeri and us.

Our essays on LGBTQ Pride always get quite a bit attention we notice that folks in Europe really dig reading them. This is a post of 14 essays written over the years. The above photo’s are some of the members of Queers Without Borders attending PRIDE in NYC.

Our latest work J. P. Morgan and the celebrating of misdeeds is gaining readers everyday.  What we enjoy about this one is that folks from not only here but around the world are reading this essay. The lesson that rang true through-out the essay was the words of Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, “Don’t give up the fight, Don’t dare surrender! No War But Class War. No War But Class War!”

Close to home but with resounding all over the country was our essay, Rip It Down Or Let It Stand, an essay on the removal of the Colt Memorial in a local park. In future essays we will be exploring other statues, and memorials that we feel should be removed.  One such statue is a new one of the Rev. Samuel Stone, a rev. from the late 1600’s who tortured and persecuted women who were declared to be witches.

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Our essay Center Church: Is An Apology In Order From The Church For The Persecution of Women continues to gather readers.

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Photo-button worn by furbirdsqueerly R. Nelson, taken by Kerri of Real Hartford.

One essay, a very important one, Greetings To All How Gather Here Today: A Leaflet From Furbirdsqueerly to The LGBTQ Community and Allies. A rallying call against single issue struggle the essay began this way:

“Today as concerned queers we gather with others who oppose the regime in Washington DC. We gather to raise our concerns not only to this nation but to our community the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and allied. Many years ago, when our movement was young we learned that as LGBTQ folks we were here, there and everywhere. We learned that as Queers in the Gay Liberation Front we could not survive unless we formed a united front with others who at that time were under attack. We fully understood that we must not only seek the liberation of our people but of all people and join with the movements around the world in solidarity and in fighting for liberation. Later we learned from the great Black, poet, author, philosopher, teacher Audre Lorde when she said, “There is no such thing as a single issue, as we do not lead a single-issue life.”

Of course many folks visit our main page and archives. (probably wondering what is a furbird anyway.)  So we will be doing more one page articles, photos and other quick readings. The above articles are just a few of our hits from the past year. We will continue to work against this unjust system doing what we can and supporting those who do. So from all of us at furbirdsqueerly    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!