PG and the Art of Collective Mythmaking VI

It’s that time again! The Ides of March were upon us when PG Cafe and Gallery opened their awesome annual group myth-themed show. Our work will hang until April 20 and there’s some awesome stuff there this year. I’ll try to do a posting of a few different pieces if I get the chance, but admittedly March is one of my more insane months so we’ll see. Possibly closer to show closing to remind people to get out there!

In the meantime, here’s the piece I have in the show. Some lucky person has already claimed the first 16×20 archival canvas of “The Return of Cortes Quetzalcoatl,” but I’ll try to have smaller prints in time for Spring YART.

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The story behind this one is pretty simple: there’s an old story that Moctezuma II may have tried to welcome Hernan Cortes because he believed the conquistador was actually the returning god Quetzalcoatl. If this was the case, Moctezuma’s mistake may have cost his people everything.

However, many historians believe this story is just a myth.

So, either the anecdote is a myth, or Moctezuma and his people were destroyed by believing the myth of the returning god. Either way, I figured it was a nice piece for the Collective Myth-Making show! It’s pretty darn dark though…behind the skeletal Cortes (who resembles a conquistador Grim Reaper) burns the once-stunning city of Tenochtitlan.

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The Politics of Imagination

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is currently hosting a group show of female illustrators! I’m privileged to have my stuff hanging next to the art of several truly amazing women.

Here are a few highlights from the show but as always, if you want to see more…you’ll just have to go!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1784848931818966/

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MORE ON THE ARTISTS!

Melissa Erwin

Pin Aw

Jenn St-Onge

Amy Wilke

Jasmin Garcia-Verdin

Stephanie Osborne

Kamilah Jones

(…and I was in there too.)

PREMORSE solo show at PG

I have a solo art show of 39 pieces ranging from $20-$90 up at PG Cafe & Gallery, 1418 W. Franklin Street, Evansville IN. Show runs until October 12.

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Here’s some pieces for sale at PREMORSE:

Sorry for the photo quality, they’re just phone snapshots. I was told by the people who attended the opening that the printed and framed art was in fact more bright/brilliant than the art as it appears online, so make of that what you will.

TWIN SOLO SHOWS: STURM UND DRANG

“Twin solo shows” probably sounds a little weird, but basically I’ve got exhibitions running concurrently at The Dapper Pig and Blick Art Materials, both in Evansville, Indiana. They both run through June!

Each show is all 16×20 canvases, all $85 each which is WAY less than my canvases typically go for. So feel free to go take advantage of the sale! I think it’s something like 20 works in all, possibly more. (I hung the shows in a bit of a flurry.)

FROM THE STURM ARTIST STATEMENT: You’re seeing half of a double show I’m doing here & at Blick Arts for the month of June. The shows are “Sturm und Drang” (Storm and Stress) and this is the STURM part! I’ve had a rough year as a mom and a daughter, but I’m still hanging in there with the ones I love. This show is our victory.

STURM (STORM), hosted at The Dapper Pig, includes The Pretty Sun and Lunar Rainfall, two works centered around the idea of natural storms and destruction (world-ending in the case of The Pretty Sun).

Blick Art Materials hosts DRANG (STRESS), the more deeply personal half, and includes a portrait of my youngest son, who’s bravely facing some challenges, and 100 Keys, a scene from the recurring nightmare of a close friend of mine.

Spring YART 2017 got in the paper!

The print and online versions of the Courier and Press featured an article on our art show!

I’ll update with a photo of the print article (which features my work, “Perelandra”) at some point, but for now I’ll leave you with a couple of phonecaps of the online article. I was especially thrilled my “Art is not just for the privileged” comment got in, since I had just done a lot of soul-searching on this very subject in my last article.

100 Keys

100 Keys is taken directly from the description a friend gave me of her recurring nightmare, some years ago. When she first saw it, she said I had “taken her breath away.”

100 Keys will later be completed as a short comic.
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