Shapeshifter at AVA: Telephone [Photoblog]
ShapeShifter Gallery is a contemporary moving gallery, highlighting forward thinking artists, helping to evolve Chattanooga’s art scene. This gallery features one night gallery shows taking place in variant spaces throughout Chattanooga. ShapeShifter gallery is dedicated to providing a new and affordable take on art collecting in our fine city. (Via Shapeshifter)
This article is a documentation of Shapeshifter’s “Telephone Show,” an art project/exhibition based on the childhood game, “Telephone.”
“The game starts where one child whispers a sentence into the ear of another child, that child then whispers what they heard to another child, and so on. As the sentence is passed along, it changes. Some of the children want to make it more silly, some simply didn’t hear it correctly. By the time the sentence gets to the last child, it has become a completely different sentence.” (Via Shapeshifter)
6. Carrie Pendergrass
When I first saw my inspiration piece, I was kind of scared because it seemed so close to being like an architectural rendering. I knew that something like that would be really difficult to do (and not really “me”) via my current medium of no-press monoprinting from Gelli plates. As I
examined it more, the buildings began to remind me of ordered crystalline forms. I decided it might be interesting to create my own stencils of stylized crystal shapes. In order to capture the
three-dimensionality of the inspiration piece, I made a second set of overlapping stencils to represent some of the facets of the crystals. I didn’t want to go too crazy with color since his was just red and blue, so I decided to go with somewhat muted primaries and black to make it
more graphic. I kept it as precise as I could and ended up liking the minimalist vibe.
7. Christine Bespalec-Davis
Right before the winter holidays I received the art I would work from but decided to wait for the chaos to die down and let the idea of it mull around in my head a bit. Suddenly, it was Christmas and my family was speeding 9 hours to Nebraska to watch my father in law pass on
from this world into the next with his family, and all the complications that go with it by his side. After living in a hotel for a week and long drives across the frozen Midwest, I found myself with a looming (or, admittedly late) deadline. I had considered doing a painting or a lino cut, but i decided I wanted something impulsive -- not over thought or heavy handed. I was emotionally exhausted, but making art has ALWAYS been a coping mechanism for me. WHILE THIS piece is not emblematic of what i was going through, the IMPULSIVITY of making was extremely therapeutic for me at this time. I sat down in the center of my living room floor with a stack of old magazines and fabric scraps and began cutting and arranging-- playing with primary colors and the linear qualities of the artwork before mine. I finished at 1am, snapped a picture and emailed it before I could change anything. Then I packed it away. I didn't look at it again until my family had moved cross country from Chicago to Chattanooga.
15. Eric Rivera
I was dealing with an image of an artist baby, and wanted to explore that by making some raw tattoo flash on a found object record sleeve, because of how much baby tattoo flash imagery is out there...the naivete of child art/tattoo art/outsider art...a piece of tattoo flash art is so interesting...it's low brow. It's made on junk paper, it is not that original...but it can make the artist good, living wages if someone wants the image, whether or not it is sold in a gallery. Although it may not be worth anything now, one day if it just floats around in the world long enough, it will be grossly inflated in value, assuming tattoo popularity continues to grow in this world. Unless, perhaps, the bubble bursts, which is fine too, as long as the Western world is RE-TATTOOED. After hundreds of years of systematically stamping out indigenous tattooing everywhere, the missionaries did this, “idiots,” while looking for riches. The tattoo is low brow but also is the most important human art form in all of history and it's tentacles are important in film, music, photography, fashion, etc, etc...For every sexy teenager who gets a face tattoo and thus 85 million hits on their youtube opiate addiction anthem rap song, tattoo art is strengthened and destroyed at once. TATTOO is eating itself and being reborn right now. It is the most important and interesting art form in the world currently, and maybe always was, and always will be.
16. Mark Leamon
All I did was take old drawings and paper clippings from a family kitchen drawer and try to reconstruct a memory of hanging out at my Grandma’s house while waiting on my Mom to get off work, watching my Grandmother sew and quilt as we lie waiting and watching the CBS
Saturday Night Special
19. Myles Freeman
I rotated her image 90 degrees, tilted my computer screen back so the image was distorted into purely tonal information, and made an under-painting of similar tones and blotches. From there I added and subtracted details from her work, and interpreted those details very loosely. At a certain point, fairly early in the piece, I no longer worked from her image or referred to it in any way. It just became its own creature. The thought process was based on the idea of memory and communication being filtered constantly by our preferences, desires, and general worldview. We see them as we want it to be, and that is how they are to us. Ultimately, the painting is about the isolation of trying to communicate in the modern world, where the idea of the telephone is antiquated, and numerous media platforms compete for each of us to be our preferred mode of communication. Information is passed on and distorted, down the line. The result, for people like me, who have a hard time communicating under the best of circumstances , is increased loneliness. The corporate message behind technology is a promise of increased connectedness and increased meaning- to me, they've delivered a sort of splintered chaos, a whirlwind of words and noise with very little substance, and a confusing array of choices for talking and listening.