Nest by Coral Short

Artist statement by Coral Short

Nest by Coral Short
Nest by Coral Short. Photos courtesy of the artist.

Description:

Nest is an interactive sculpture that is about caring for our community’s cultural workers and activists. I encouraged the audience at The Hemispheric Institute Encuentros to unwind by finding my large, human-sized nest on wheels during the opening night of the festival. I pushed the portable sculpture around on the sidewalks and streets in between the different venues so people could relax. The nest was created out of woven willow as well as dried plants and dead branches from multiple foraging trips into urban nature. The velvety nest interior provided a great place to chirp with a friend or take a nap.

Collective Creation:

My background is in fibres and textiles. This project involved the use of both the warp and weft from my weaving days. Creating Nest was a very collaborative process involving many friends chatting and weaving at once. We soaked the willow first in a giant bathtub for days so it would be pliable. The structure became more and more massive, solid, strong, and realistic with each passing day. My creation team and I put about 200 hours of labour into this woven sculpture. We created it in my backyard in Montreal surrounded by snacks, birds, squirrels, and trees.

The Animal:

Over the years I have worked with both wolves and unicorns. But for many years, I have wanted to create a large nest with human birds. I was pleased it finally came to fruition. The ceramic egg was conceptualized and designed at the last minute, glazed and fired in the kiln, by my highly skilled friend Wai-Yant Li. This beautifully crafted object brought an even higher performativity to the work. People enjoyed the role they played as guardian of the egg. They seemed to deeply relish carefully holding the unhatched egg with an interesting sense of purposeful care and protection.

Social Practice:

Practicing intimacy through encounters within art has been the backbone of my work for years. I love to investigate themes of community, trust, and energy exchanges. This piece is no different in that I am caretaking in a fun, light hearted way for all my participants. Interactivity, I believe, is crucial within my art making practice as it breaks down the cold hard barriers between the artist and the audience. It also allows for people not only to touch the actual art but to be an integral part of it – something that has been disallowed by institutions for years. We all remember security guards at museums sternly telling us to step away from the art. Instead this art acts as an excuse for human interaction – the participant being at the center of this work rather than the art. The work was highly interactive with people chatting amongst themselves, with me, or with their friend. There was even some impromptu performances, music making, and dancing in and next to the work! Encuentro was a festival of over 700 performance artists, activists and academics from North and South America, so there was a definite joie de vivre in the audience.

My team consisted of:

Zuzu Knew, D.j. Fraser, Morgan Paige, Asher Faerstein, Troy La Biche Davis, Wai-Yant Li, Felix Foxglove, Lailye Weidman, Alexis O’Hara, Tif Flowers, Julie Matson and K Hanley. Photography by: Nikol Mikus Curators: Stephen Lawson and Shauna Janssen.

Nest by Coral Short
Nest by Coral Short. Above: the egg by Wai-Yant Li. Photo courtesy of Coral Short

Nest by Coral Short
Nest by Coral Short at The Hemispheric Institute Encuentros. Photos courtesy of the artist.

Nest by Coral Short
Nest by Coral Short at The Hemispheric Institute Encuentros. Photos courtesy of the artist.

About Coral Short

Coral Short is an international queer performance artist and curator. Coral has studied Performance Art at the Chelsea School of Art, London, U.K. Her recent performances include The Insiders, Flânerie, Nest and the collaborative performance Scream Choir. She curated Craftivism an art gathering with an exhibition, performances, installations, videos, workshops and a panel in New York in 2013. And the Craftivism short film programme, about queerness, feminism, and craft, for MIX NYC 2013. Coral is curently based in Montreal, Canada.

Chicano Park iPhoneography by Tina Rice

Artist statement and photos by Tina Rice / COMBO APPS: Mobile Extreme Editing

 
Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

Artist Statement by Tina Rice

Tina Rice: I’m a photography/mobile based artists. Everything I do now is from my iPhone and iPad. All my traditional photographic education came from Grossmont College and MOPA Workshops. The Digital Photography came from taking two classes at Grossomont and self taught from Flickr. I taught myself how to use a lot of the photo and art software programs. This is how I learned, how to push and manipulate pixels, since I could not do it in the darkroom anymore.

2010 when I got my iPhone 4, it changed the way I photograph and edit photos. After learning how to push pixels on Photoshop, it was easy to do this with mobile photo apps. I taught myself how to edit photos using different combination of applying photo apps on top of each other. I wanted to learn more about other photo apps and buy more of them. I was into two websites, iPhoneography (no longer exists) and Life in Lofi: iPhoneography. The websites provided reviews on photos apps, but didn’t really tell you how to operate them or go into real details.

Since I wanted to learn more with no blogs out there to teach you anything about Mobile Photography or Editing. On New Years Day 2011, I decided to write my own blog posts called Combo Apps: Mobile Extreme Editing with only a handful of readers. Today I have a few thousands readers, test photo apps for developers, write product reviews for mobile photo gear, a guest writer for Life in Lofi: iPhoneography and helping out Dan Macrolina with Mobile Masters. I even help out Android Mobile Photographers. Marty Yawnick, who publishes Life in LoFi, has quoted:
Tina Rice is The App Jedi of the Mobile Arts Movement. She dosen’t just execute a few photos apps well but hundreds of photo apps really well…!!!

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

Chicano Park iPhoneography

The photos that are shown from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series are taken from my iPhone 4S and edited on my iPad. The apps that were used are ProCamera (n/a), Snapseed and PicBoost. They were taken at Chicano Park. Chicano Park is over 40 years old, iconic to San Diego and part of the Hispanic Community. It is one of the most beautiful parks in San Diego with the large colorful murals, painted under the overpass to Coronado Bridge.

The park has had a lot of cultural and violent history, today the park is safe to walk around during the day and snap a few pictures. It a quiet park where you see people walking in, out and around the park, playing handball in the racquetball court, people sitting at the benches socializing or tossing a few hoops at the basketball court. You will see the occasional drunk who has passed out on the grassy knoll.

I’ve been down there twice to take photos. The first time with my DSLR and a photographer friend. The second time alone with my iPhone, early in the morning on an overcast day during May Gray.

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

About Tina Rice

Tina Rice was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is a photographer, blogger and out artist, who publishes step by step tutorials on extreme editing with apps on iDevices and other mobile devices at her website Combo Apps: Mobile Extreme Editing. Along with in-depth app reviews, products, mobile photo essays. You can find and follow her on Instagram @ashcroft54 or see her artworks at her Flickr photostream.

Related Links

Chicano Park iPhoneography, an essay by Tina Rice, 2013
COMBO APPS – Tina Rice’s blog
Tina Rice at Flickr

Suzie Pindar – Endless Possibilities

Dream by Suzie Pindar
Suzie Pindar – Dream, 21cm x 29.7cm, black edged wood frame 32.5cm x 42.5cm

Endless Possibilities – a group mixed media exhibition

Camden Image Gallery
174 Royal College Street, Camden, London
March 8 – 20 2014

UK artist and queer woman Suzie Pindar takes part in the exhibition titles Endless Possibilities at Camden Image Gallery in London. Suzie identifies as a Self Expressive Artist.

Artist Statement by Suzie Pindar

“I feel now as I have got stronger, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, that I am no longer surviving, or existing, I am finally living, embracing the world and all it has to offer through my art. I look at the world differently, I feel empowered by it, and I take much of my inspiration from life, lust, and love and how someone makes me feel. Random thoughts, circle my head today, contemplative, positive energy, excitement, friendships unfolding, breathing life, inspired deep in my core, wanting to share, expose, the beauty that one feels for …..”

Writings plays a big part in Suzie’s creative work. She presents some of her writings at her blog http://artistsuziepindar.wordpress.com

Primal HeArt by Belle Ancell

Text & photo: Belle Ancell, Canada

Photo by Belle Ancell
Amber Dawn, writer. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

Artist Statement by Belle Ancell

Belle Ancell: The Primal HeArt series is from a photo project I was invited to participate in out of Toronto, Canada called the 10×10 Photography Project. The Project invites ten photographers from across Canada to create ten portraits of individuals who have contributed to the LGBTQ arts in their community. Those 100 portraits were shown at a Gallery in Toronto in June 2013 and also published in a photo book.

My series honored Vancouver artists and the primal heart connection to their artistic expression. I invited my ten subjects to choose words that described what their artistic expression evoked for them. These deeply intimate words were then spray painted onto their bodies by artist Carole Lagimodiere, and they were photographed semi nude.

I have experienced firsthand the vulnerability of sharing one’s art with the world and I felt that having them pose in the nude would help to illustrate that vulnerability. I also love how light and shadow can create texture, form and beauty when photographing the human body.

I endeavored to create an atmosphere of collaboration with my subjects with poses and lighting that would suit their personalities and to some extent their gender expression. Instead of posing, or imposing upon the individuals I photographed, I endeavored to create a space for them to express their heart connection through their chosen text and their body movement.

Photo by Belle Ancell
Gwen Haworth, filmmaker. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

Photo by Belle AncellMiss M, DJ. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

Photo by Belle Ancell
Noam Gagnon, dancer and choreographer. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

Photo by Belle Ancell
Eileen Kage, taiko drummer. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

About Belle Ancell
Belle Ancell is a queer photographer. She was born and raised in the Kootenays and currently lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her primary focus is on intimate portraiture to create compelling images that reflect the visually unique qualities of her models. Belle took part in TransgressionNow, the curated visual art exhibition of the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver 2013.

Melisa Ljubovich a Queer Artist From Bosnia

Text and images: Melisa Ljubovich
Melisa Ljubovich
Pastuvka in Zürich (Bosnian female horse in Zürich), a self portrait by Melisa Ljubovich
 

Artist Statement by Melisa ‘Mel’ Ljubovich

LogoMel Ljubovich: In major parts of the Balkans being transparent and queer, despite your work and other activities, are not getting on well with the general public nor with the queers themselves. Why? Are Balkan countries still places on Earth only meant for traditional nationalism and all its subtopics of sexism, normative behaviour, and lot of other ‘Gods’? – I consider this region to be one of the ‘not lethal but pretty messed up danger zones’ for queers, together with Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belorussia.

It look so silly when one need to write being transparent and being queer, when it is all supposed to be inside one fat word: QUEER, but on the Balkan queers need it spelled out in this way. One more difference is that Balkan queer culture has new face in every Balkan country. I have experienced it; some I just love and others totally horrified to me. How can a queer identity / lifestyle seem awful to queer person? To a queer artist?

I see queer as a term that describes a strong person, conscious of his / her freedom and possibilities, who is proud. S/he can make anything visible and resolve to be rude or polite, be a musician, who doesn’t want to talk to people, be performer, who tries to reach the souls of other people or a painter, who will ‘steal’ personalities and place them on paper. The term queer is founded on the queer theory, art and culture, it is not just about fucking in night clubs, but we, queers must contribute to our queer culture!

My life is pretty much outside everything this concept holds. I’m doing my painting and literature research in Bosnia, living as queer as I really wanted to live, but breathing freely only when I get outside our dear danger region. I cannot say I’m leading a bad life, not at all, but when one wonders, how come that nobody has decided to kill me yet? Because I have broken all the unwritten traditional rules and norms, then I know I’m not living at my full capacities here.

Ever Sleep by Mel Ljubovich
Ever Sleep by Mel Ljubovich

Goodbye Delirium by Mel Ljubovich
Goodbye Delirium by Mel Ljubovich

Related Link

Mel Ljubovich’s art blog