“Despite being a full-time artist in Manhattan for seven years, I never established a meaningful relationship with an art organization. That changed completely when I moved to Victor, connected with Shari Brownfield, Todd Hanna, Chas Marsh, Mark Nowlin and The Art Association of Jackson Hole. They hosted my first show out West in the Summer of 2016, and since, I’ve witnessed the incredible impact they have made on our community. When the wonderful Jill Callahan mentioned the Whodunnit show, I was happy to contribute. I’m excited to see who ends up with my piece, and, from what I’ve heard, it’s one helluva party!”
So many goodies sailing in via snail and email! Spoiler alert: there’s likely to be a lot of stream of consciousness in this post…
That word, “email,” today reminds me of that childhood rhyme: What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy dogs’ tails; and what are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. Here are a few art snips, laced with sugar n’ spice.
My first reactions to the work are very different from what seems to be the artist’s intent. Vogt declares: “I present issues that, if seen from an objective standpoint, seem completely incongruent with that which is preached by those in power. My goal is to neither persuade nor dissuade anyone: rather, I wish to open the gates of discussion surrounding these issues so that meaningful dialogue can replace archaic sound bites.”
I see quilt-like designs rendered using various media, and I sense more is happening in Vogt’s art-soul. Doesn’t matter, it’s all subjective. Like it. www.diehlgallery.com
Here’s an upcoming film class taking place at the Art Association. “Motion Picture Fundamentals,” with Leigh Regan, Tuesday, February 4 – March 11th, 6-8 pm. Cost: $150 for A.A. members, $175 for non-members. Description: “The class will start with a hands-on technical run-through of camera operation. Students will view and study film scenes as examples. Whether you want to learn better techniques to shoot a family video, create a YouTube video or have aspirations to make your own film, this course will give the tools and creative inspiration to boost your shooting to the next level.” Where is she, and what is she filming in this image, I wonder? Can we go there? www.artassociation.org Phone: (307) 733- 6379.
An opening reception takes place at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery on Friday, February 7th, 5-8:00 pm for two new exhibitions: Lee Hall’s “Visual Poetry” and Robert Motherwell, “A Collection of Works, 1970 – 1990.”
You know Motherwell’s work, and my hope was to find a snagable image of Piggott’s mailer depicting Hall’s “Italian Fragment,” an abstract acyrlic on paper recalling gorgeous ancient tile work. Hopes dashed. Instead, get an idea of Hall’s style, fine geometrical arrangements and mixes of color from the image above, a collage on paper. Visit www.tayloepiggottgallery.com.
Drove by ITP after dark the other evening. Lights on, painters painting in there. Nice.
All around town, vintage-style poster art, large scale murals and paintings are gaining presence. Could we be missing the alpine spirit of the 50’s? And really short swing skirts? A few weeks ago as I browsed a local gift shop, a staffer commented that a Philadelphia couple had, upon seeing a replica of a national park poster on the wall, exclaimed to each other “That’s it!” The couple paid about $35 for the print, and the storekeeper was surprised, as she didn’t think the poster would be a big seller. She wondered out loud why the print would appeal, and I offered that it depicted a nostalgic vision of a wintry Greater Yellowstone region. It was a classic.
“In my art I try to capture the universal human spirit from a female’s point of view. Everyone should be able to achieve their hopes and dreams no matter their gender, race or religious background,” says artist Holly Manneck, whose work can now be found at Horizon Fine Art, on King Street.
People, says Manneck, all want and deserve the same things: a sense of belonging, security, the ability to make choices and realize dreams, to grow and act with compassion. Judging from her work, I believe there’s another spiritual element Manneck values: Joy.
Our dreams often merge what we wish for and what is with pure imagination. Manneck illustrates the elation of “ordinary” experiences—-bike riding, skiing, swimming, a walk, celebrity crushes—-by overlapping them with specific physical place, layering texture, her own photography, color and humor into each piece.
The world moves like greased lightning, technology has changed us as a society, and it’s a constant effort to keep up. Manneck hopes her art reflects simpler times, allows a moment to slow down, allows the luxury of reflection and sense of pure fun. No checking your messages, no texting from the car. Pas de “tweet.”
“Holly’s works are so perfect for our area and are such a different take on vintage images,” says Horizon Fine Art’s Mary Rossington. “They captured my interest immediately, and we are thrilled to welcome Holly as one of our artists.”
Manneck recreates these women in part to give them a greater voice than they may have had during their lifetimes…outside of sports, I’d say! Plenty of exceptional athletes here! She wishes to convey the strengths women openly enjoy and employ today…and will tomorrow. Go see them. www.horizonfineartgallery.co
See Glass. See Glass at Rocky Vertone’s Full Circle Frameworks Gallery beginning Friday, June 5, 5:00 p.m. Go home at 9:00 p.m. But have lots of fun those four hours.
Steven Glass, a local Jackson Hole artist, will show his new mixed media work that, according to Vertone, “…resembles contemporary/urban/graffitti compositions….” Glass applies multiple materials to glass; the glass is his canvas. Vertone describes the works as bold and graphic; my eye is seeing an abundance of pastels, not the usual graffiti/urban shade of pale. Pastels add a dreamy quality to Glass’ compositions, which are said to be visual descriptions of thought.
Thoughts are dreams, aren’t they? Faceless figures are positioned in nebulous, rainbow space. They float. Some of Glass’ subjects seemed plucked from a hip fashion layout. Others are lost in thought. Lost, thinking, taking a breath before whatever happens next, happens. Glass may be trying to convey the thought process, his own developing thoughts, rather than thoughts themselves. Incomplete storylines are suggested.
Vertone tells us he’ll attempt an on-line opening! Does that mean hidden cameras? Cool! Voyeurism! You, looking at us, looking at Glass, looking at his thoughts.
Host: FULL CIRCLE FRAMEWORKS
Start Time: Friday, June 5 at 5:00pm
End Time: Friday, June 5 at 9:00pm
Where: FULL CIRCLE FRAMEWORKS AND GALLERY