Artist of the Month: Judy Chicago

The fourteenth artist that will be highlighted is: Judy Chicago

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According to her Wikipedia page: “Judy Chicago (born Judith Sylvia Cohen; July 20, 1939) is an American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for her large collaborative art installation pieces about birth and creation images, which examine the role of women in history and culture. During the 1970s, Chicago founded the first feminist art program in the United States at California State University Fresno (formerly Fresno State College) and acted as a catalyst for Feminist art and art education. Her inclusion in hundreds of publications in various areas of the world showcases her influence in the art community. Additionally, many of her books have been published in other countries, making her work more accessible to international readers. Chicago’s work incorporates a variety of artistic skills, such as needlework, counterbalanced with labor-intensive skills such as welding and pyrotechnics. Chicago’s most well known work is The Dinner Party, which is permanently installed in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The Dinner Party celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout history and is widely regarded as the first epic feminist artwork. Other notable art projects by Chicago include International Honor QuiltThe Birth Project, Powerplay, and The Holocaust Project.”

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This is perhaps the most personal Artist of the Month for me. So much so, that I moved Judy to this month because I couldn’t wait to talk about her.

I was first introduced to Judy Chicago while I was still an art student at Rivier College. My mentor presented me with a copy of Judy’s “Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist” and I remember him stressing the importance of this book… and I will admit that, at the time, reading yet another book, was not high on my list of things to do. The book then traveled with me wherever I lived for the next thirty years… always with the intention that I would get to it.

Over the years I tried to read “Though the Flower” but I never seemed to get very far and, over time, the book tended to simply live in a box. I am firm believer that you will be able to complete a book when you are ready to hear what it is trying to say.

And it wasn’t until recently that I was “ready” for the message of “Through the Flower” and finally completed it. The impact of this book has been nothing short of monumental for me – I cannot remember the last time I felt such a connection to another artist in regards to their struggle, work and experiences. I felt as if Judy was speaking just to me. She voiced all of the things that I had been thinking about art: about the process of creating, about the struggle and doubt, about my feeling about the art world. Everything.

My mentor was correct all along: read this book.

My only regret was that it took me thirty years to read her message. Please, if you have a chance, pick up a copy of “Through the Flower” and read it.

As Judy is a living artist, I am doing things a little differently this month. Judy is the first artist I have come across with simply so much about her readily available and in addition to the links below, I will be posting videos of Judy talking about her work and projects on my White Rooster Studio FB page, so please make sure to check in during the month.Capture3

Please check out the following:

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From the Studio: Pismo 12 (L), Pismo 14 (N), Pismo 16 (P) & Pismo 17 (Q) Completed!

I realized this morning that it has be a while since I had posted a studio update – and that in the past eight weeks I had been much more productive than I had thought.

Since my May 2nd post I have completed four more of the Pismo Series pictures: Pismo 12 (L), Pismo 14 (N), Pismo 16 (P) & Pismo 17 (Q):

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 12 (L), Completed, Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 14 (N), Completed, Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 16 (P), Completed, Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 17 (Q), Completed, Photograph

I have decided to re-do Pismo J (10), despite having completed what I consider to be a successful picture, because it had been pointed out to me that the letter J turned out to be much larger than the other letters in the series. I think the issue was that although I had been using 12 inch letters, the overall design of the J should have been reduced by a couple of inches to make the collective appearance of the letters when lined up to be more uniform – see example below: 

With 18 Pismo Series pictures completed, this project has officially reached ~69% completed… there are only two pictures left I have decided to re-do: Pismo 10 (J) and Pismo 23 (W) (yep, still struggling with this one),  which leaves four that I have not experimented with yet and one in progress Pismo 19 (S).

The initial group of Pismo Series pictures have been professional scanned and have been all uploaded to the Pismo Series gallery on my website.

I have also added all of the complete letters to my Etsy Shop for prints, so please check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteRoosterStudio if you are interested in purchasing any.

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Artist of the Month: Grace Hartigan

The thirteenth artist that will be highlighted is: Grace Hartigan

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Portrait of Grace Hartigan in Life Magazine, May 13, 1957

According to her Wikipedia page: “Grace Hartigan (March 28, 1922 – November 15, 2008) was an American Abstract Expressionist painter and a significant member of the vibrant New York School of the 1950s and 1960s. Her circle of friends, who frequently inspired one another in their artistic endeavors, included Jackson Pollock, Larry Rivers, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem and Elaine de Kooning and Frank O’Hara. Her paintings are held by numerous major institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. As director of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting, she influenced numerous young artists.”

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I was late to the Grace Haritgan party and first learned about her while reading “Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art” (2017) by Mary Gabriel. Not only was it wonderful that these Ladies were finally being recognized, but the book was so well written and the subject matter so captivating that it was difficult to put the book down. I cannot recommend this book high enough, if you have an opportunity, please check it out.

I will admit that this book was the one that sent me into an 18 month long journey to learn more about the New York School and it’s artists… and the love affair is still not over. I find myself constantly being drawn back into the world of the New York School in my personal reading despite my recent attempts to “branch out”  by moonlighting in the Renaissance.

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After some difficulty, I have located an affordable copy of “Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan” (2015) by Cathy Curtis, so despite my recent efforts, I know I will be even further immersed in the New York School as soon as this book arrived on my doorstep.

As much as I am excited that these two books are available, along with Grace’s journals from 1951-1955, I am disappointed that it took until 2015 before Grace’s biography was published.

I think one of the main reasons I started the Artist of the Month blogs were so I could explore the lives of these women, to see what drove them to become artists, what they overcame and to learn about their ideas on art. I am endlessly intrigued about the artistic process and spending time with these women allows me the opportunity to absorb and incorporate some of their ideas into my work and studio practice.

Please check out Grace discuss her art and process in the 2009 Smithsonian American Art Museum video below: 

Please check out the White Rooster Studio Facebook page during the month of June for more photos of Grace and images of her work.

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New items, new vendors

In 2018, when I conceived the idea for the Pismo Series, the idea was to continue my relationship with VIDA and design new statement bags, clutches and candles using my new images.

Recently, VIDA has decided to discontinue making candles (which I am incredible disappointed about)  and I found out the hard way that VIDA’s design software MIRRORS the images on the “back” of the statement bags and clutches. I reached out to their tech support and found out that this is how the software has been all along, it didn’t matter before as I wasn’t using text, but now I am and there was a TEXT button in the design program, so logic would say that the image would not be mirrored… so, I have been searching for new vendors to partner with for the Pismo Series. Check out the “front’ and “back” of the statement bags with Pismo Series images: 

Maybe I am making a bigger deal out of this that it really is, but to me, having the C mirrored on the back of the bag just looks like a production mistake. Who knows? Maybe people really won’t mind the overall design.

I started looking for a vendor for the bags first, because I promised my college roommate that I would make her a Pismo 3 C statement bag… about a year ago… so I was a tad overdue. Thankfully, she is an incredibly patient woman 🙂

First, I found Shutterfly, who offered a tote bag that had promise, so since Mother’s Day was coming up, I thought I would test out the tote bags and would (HUGE Spoiler Alert) gift the bags to each of my sisters: 

While I like the totes, they were a little smaller than I would have liked, but they did have a great reinforced bottom, which was a huge plus.

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Then I researched and tested a cross-body tote bag with adjustable straps from Zazzle (see left):

The tote size was significantly bigger and I liked the idea of the adjustable strap. I also liked that the canvas was white, which was more in line to what the totes I had designed with VIDA looked like, so there were a lot of pluses with this one. And best of all: the image is NOT mirrored on the back 🙂

So, #Roomie, better late than never – here is the Pismo 3 C tote bag I designed – as soon as it is safe for us to get together, it’s all yours.

 

 

 

And because I really wanted to be able to continue to offer candles, I tested Shutterfly’s glass non-scented candle, again as a Mother’s Day gift for the best sisters anyone could ask for 🙂 20200503_115811

I thought that they came out pretty good… the only thing is that I didn’t like that I was not able to use the entire image because of limitations with Shutterfly’s design program. But I liked that once the candle had burned down you would still have the glass with the image on it and the candle prices were affordable.

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But I still liked how VIDA made their candles, by wrapping the image around the candle, so I continued to look and, once again, Zazzle came to the rescue:

They offer several different size pillar candles with the image wrapped around the candle – perfect, right? Now, all I have to do is test one out 🙂

 

I am going to deliver the tote bags and the candles to my sisters soon and once I have some feedback, will decide which vendor to use going forward.

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From the Studio: Pismo 5 (E), Pismo 9 (I) & Pismo 10 (J) Completed!

I’ve made some changes to my studio time over the past couple of weeks – I am now up to two studio sessions during the week + spending as much time as possible in the studio on the weekends and have been able to make significant progress with the Pismo Series since my last update post on March 22nd.

Since my last post, I have completed Pismo 9 (I), Pismo 5 (E) and Pismo 10 (J) – ironically, all three of the pictures were re-dos, the originals were all started (and failed) in 2019.

When I began the Pismo Series, there really wasn’t any clear pattern to which letter I worked on, I had originally focused on letters of family members names, but now that I have completed 16 pictures, I am more focused on “filling in” the letters that I had skipped over or had to re-do. The reasoning behind this is: I had needed to complete 13 Pismo pictures to create a calendar this year and decided to focus on the 1st 13 letters so there would be some order to the calendar. To date, I have completed all of the letters needed with the exception of Pismo 12 (L), which I started on 4/30/20 – meaning the 2021 Pismo calendar will be completed well ahead of schedule 🙂

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 9 (I), Completed, Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 5 (E), Completed, Photograph
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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 10 (J), Completed, Photograph

This means that the Pismo Series has officially reached ~61% completed… there are only two pictures left I have decided to re-do: Pismo 12 (L) – now in progress and Pismo 23 (W),  which leaves eight that I have not experimented with yet.

Looks like I will be taking another run to the scanners soon as I now have 5 additional pictures completed since my last visit 🙂

The initial group of Pismo Series pictures have been professional scanned and have been all uploaded to the Pismo Series gallery on my website.

I have also added all of the complete letters to my Etsy Shop for prints, so please check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteRoosterStudio if you are interested in purchasing any.

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