Monday, July 18, 2016

Inside the Mind of an Artist + Spencer Tunick's Nudes + FOOD: Baked Zucchini Chips

Detail of art installation: "Yellow Sphere",
medium: translucent plex & steel wires,  220 cm diameter
by artist Lulio le Parc
EDITOR'S NOTE: In our ART 2 section, the subject matter of Spencer Tunick’s art photos is the nude figure. These images may be inappropriate for some sensibilities and for some work and family situations. Please do not scroll down to view this article if art photographs of male and female nudity, in all shapes and sizes, will offend you, your coworkers, your family, etc.- Thank you.

ART 1
Looking inside 
“The Mind of an Artist!”

For the most part, artists and creative people make their work alone. So "self-talk" is generally the only conversation going-on, in the artist's studio!

• From art critic Jerry Saltz:
“While artists stare at the blank paper/canvas they say their mantra:  I Can't Draw. I'm A Fake. I Can't Schmooze. What I'm Doing Doesn't Matter. I'm Poor. I’m Doomed Because I Did Not Go To The Right Schools. No One Cares About My Work. I'm Not Original….” Does this sound familiar to any artists you know? It's easier to find reasons things aren't working out for you, rather than saying to yourself, "Screw it - I'm doing it!" Just go for it!

• The Creative Process 
as it unfolds in the mind of an artist:

1) This is going to be awesome!
2) Making this “work” is a bit tricky.
3) This is crap!
4) I am crap!
5) Hold on, it’s is starting to work again - I may be OK.
6) WOW, THIS IS AWESOME!  
7) I'M AWESOME!

• Make It Work
An instructors while I was in art school said: 

“As soon as you make a single mark on that expensive paper or canvas, whatever you paid for those materials has just vanished - you've ruined it - it's now worthless! As an artist, your job, using your talents and knowledge, is to make that paper or canvas have value AGAIN!”
- Jack Atkinson

• The Power of a Schedule 
Productive artists do not wait for motivation and inspiration to strike, but simply set a schedule for working on a consistent basis - this easy to say, but hard to do.

• The Power of a Place to Work
Research studies on willpower and motivation back up the statement: “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.” 

• Visual Art does not need words to communicate.

• Why Do So Many Fine Artists Say They Have Trouble Making Money?
Starving is the word so many people put in front of the title "artist". Art is like professional tennis, there are few at the very top of the profession doing very well. In fine art, 25 to 100 art stars are wealthy beyond comprehension! Again, just like tennis, the 200th best artist in the USA has little fame and usually is not making a ton of money from their art. What creates this phenomenon in the world of professional fine art? The easy answer to this question can be found in the motivation most artists have for being an artist, i.e.: 
ARTISTS 
HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, 
NOT SOMETHING TO SELL!

Most artist struggle with this delima, they just want to do their art, and hope someone will come along and promote them, creating the recognition they deserve.

Get real! In today's world, this is happening less and less. 
To Artists: get up off you butt, go around showing your work and make it happen for yourself!

AGAIN / EDITOR'S NOTE: In our ART 2 section, the subject matter of Spencer Tunick’s art photos is the nude figure. These images may be inappropriate for some sensibilities and for some work and family situations. Please do not scroll down to view this article if art showing male and female nudity will offend you, your coworkers, your family, etc.- Thank you.

ART 2

Photographer Spencer Tunick 
turns thousands of nude bodies
into environmental sculptures,
then takes his pictures.


Photographer Spencer Tunick's request for volunteers never fails to attract thousands who want to participate in his mass photos of humans gathered together, completely in the buff. 
Each participant has a different reason for being involved. Whether wanting to accept or celebrate their (youthful or aging) bodies or just to experience a once-in-a-lifetime experience, that all participants say is "freeing", with nothing to hide and all of your physical imperfections exposed to the world in broad daylight. In these mass nude photographs the anxiety of being nude is diminished as the crowd disrobes, and distinctions between bodies begin to be barely distinguishable and certainly insignificant.

His latest project was at the opening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland where 100 women gathered naked in a field across from the convention center. The project rejects the sexualization and objectification of the female nude figure. Instead, Tunick’s images present the nude as something naturally empowering, courageous and his work is a collaborative effort.

(Source: All photographs and the source for the text was first published by the huffington post and authored by Priscilla Frank. Please go to their link (below) for the complete story, more details and more photographs. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/100-women-just-got-naked-together-at-the-republican-national-convention_us_578cc902e4b0867123e1bf86 )

Spencer Tunick at Mexico City's Zocalo square on May 6, 2007.

Spencer Tunick at Mexico City's Zocalo square on May 6, 2007.

Spencer Tunick at Mexico City's Zocalo square on May 6, 2007. A record 18,000 people took off their clothes.

Spencer Tunick in front of the Gaasbeek's Castle on July 9, 2011.

Spencer Tunick  in the northern Portuguese village of Santa Maria da Feira on September 13, 2003.

Spencer Tunick in downtown Munich on June 23, 2012.

Spencer Tunick in front of the Sydney Opera House on March 1, 2010.

Spencer Tunick a three-dimensional body sculpture at the Museum Kunst Palast in Duesseldorf on August 6, 2006. 

Spencer Tunick at San Sebastian's Kursaal auditorium on April 22, 2006.

Spencer Tunick in a vineyard of Pouilly-Fuisse in Fuisse on October 3, 2009.

Spencer Tunick at the Ernst Happel soccer stadium in Vienna on May 11, 2008.


Spencer Tunick in downtown Munich on June 23, 2012.

Spencer Tunick in front of the Sydney Opera House on March 1, 2010.

Spencer Tunick in front of the Sydney Opera House on March 1, 2010.

Spencer Tunick in the Europarking building in Amsterdam on June 3, 2007. 
Spencer Tunick in the northern Belgian city of Bruges on May 7, 2005. 

Spencer Tunick on the Aletsch glacier on August 18, 2007 a Greenpeace campaign highlighting climate change.


Spencer Tunick pillow fight  in front of the Gaasbeek's Castle on July 9, 2011.

Spencer Tunick Saatchi Gallery in London on April 15, 2003.

Spencer Tunick taken at Hot Springs New Mexico


Spencer Tunick at RNC shoot. Photo credit Huffington Post / Lindsey Byrnes, July 17, 2016. LINK:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/100-women-just-got-naked-together-at-the-republican-national-convention_us_578cc902e4b0867123e1bf86

Detail of a production still from Spencer Tunick's shoot at the RNC.
Photo credit: Huffington Post / Lindsey Byrnes, July 17, 2016. LINK:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/100-women-just-got-naked-together-at-the-republican-national-convention_us_578cc902e4b0867123e1bf86

(Source: All photographs and the source for the text was first published by the huffington post, the RNC story was authored by Priscilla Frank. Please go to their site, {link below} for the complete story, more details and more photographs. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/100-women-just-got-naked-together-at-the-republican-national-convention_us_578cc902e4b0867123e1bf86 )

SINCE IN THIS ISSUE ALL READERS HAVE PREVIOUSLY ACCEPTED NUDITY PRESENTED IN THE PURSUIT OF ART - Here is an interesting video. It shows the animation process and how knowledge of anatomy is a huge asset in animation of humans.






Animated run by Vladdesign44

FOOD
Oven Baked 
Zucchini Chips

INGREDIENTS 
1 (large) zucchini, cut into 1/8" - 1/4" slices
1/3 cup whole grain breadcrumbs, optional Panko
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, reduced fat
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Kosher or sea salt to taste
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons low-fat milk

DIRECTIONS
Thinly slice the zucchini with a mandolin slicer. Mix all dry ingredients together, except zucchini. Dip slices in the milk then dump them into a gallon size bag filled with the dry seasoning, shake to coat, dump onto a cookie sheet, bake at 425F until crispy brown.
Serve warm or at room temperature. 


Until later,
Jack

ARTSnFOOD is an online magazine dedicated to providing artists and collectors around the world with highlights of current art exhibitions, and to encourage all readers to invest in and participate in "The Joy of Art"® and culture. All rights reserved. All Concepts, Original Art, Text & Photographs in this posting (which are not credited) are © Copyright 2016 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All gallery, event, museum, fair or festival photographs were taken with permission. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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