Diehl Gallery sends out announcements by the bushel; wisely, they’re letting the public know about artists new to the gallery as we move towards our busy summer season…YES, we are moving towards summer!
Artist Joe Andoe caught my eye. He paints horses (doesn’t he) among other subject matter, but what’s fascinating is his biography. He’s a wild man! He’s lucky to be alive! At least his press materials intimate as much.
New York Times columnist Janet Maslin wrote that Andoe lived a life “straight out of Chuck Palahniuk’s twisted imagination (the dude wrote “Fight Club.“) Mama was a gum-popping cutie. Little Joe was “a big slug of a baby.” Maslin writes Andoe’s mom rarely saw him during his younger years, and Andoe says his only explanation is that he “tried to stay the hell out of the way.” Popeye, the cartoon character, inspired Andoe to draw Popeye-like tattoos on his grandfather, and eventually Andoe became a “cowboy artist”. What an apt addition to Jackson Hole’s arts scene!
There’s a cairn in the world!
When children and free-spirited adults come across interactive public art happenings, it’s magic. It is STRONG medicine. Creating art-on-the-spot, coupled with the sense of leaving your own mark, forms indelible positive memories and connection. With luck, this is exactly what will occur when Jackson artist Bronwyn Minton unveils her Open Air Cairn exhibition project in downtown Jackson this summer.
“When you come upon a cairn, you pause. As if by magic, the mounds of stones appear in remote locations as memorials or trail markers. With delicate grace, they guide moments of wayfinding or reflection,” says Minton (or says Carrie Geraci, head of J.H. Public Art). Minton will construct a group of cairns with the center structure a towering nine feet high. That central structure will be ringed by tinier, fair cairns.
“Contemplative by design, the project would encourage group participation,” Minton wrote in her proposal to JH Public Art. “It would inspire people to think about the ways we navigate individually and as a community.” Minton was JH Public Art’s strong first choice, and her work—physically and symbolically—is a new marker for interactive, contemporary and place-appropriate art in Jackson Hole.
Congrats, Bronwyn! www.jhpublicart.org
“Fresh Poppies,” by Idaho glass artist Mary Mullaney, is just one of many gorgeous examples of glass art on view in the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s new exhibition “Crystallized Light: 40 Years of Glassmaking in the Tetons.” Curated by glass artist Ray Polito, the show opens Friday, February 22nd. A reception takes place that day 5:30 – 7:30 pm; the show remains up through March 15, 2013.
￼Blown glass vessels, kiln-formed and flame-worked glass, and a video performance piece are part of the event.
“The unifying theme of the exhibit is that these artists have all worked in the Tetons,” writes the Art Association. “Craig Zweifel built Jacksonʼs first glass studio in 1969. The next wave of glassblowers included Talitha Campbell Horn, Kent Fiske and Laurie Thal. Their studios and work laid the foundation for glass artists in the [Teton region] today.”
Smashing! But not if you’re careful. www.artassociation.org