Photographer, writer, southern literata Eudora Welty drawn on the 15th anniversary of her death. Eudora might mean "good gift" from the Greek eu and doron. Eudora is also the name of one of the five (!) minor goddesses.
Biography suggests that one speak about one's life. That's how it works. In the field of art. We use statement, biography, resume or CV. The differences are distinct and important. I have offered a more understandable and accessible version of your "about" statement even if you have titled it "biography". And while I translate this statement-biography to poke fun at artist statements in general, I wonder if Monzon or his gallery actually means to say what he/it has said? In other words, is the statement, like the paintings, also a kind of joke, and if so, why?
By collapsing of architecture, space, and art history, Lester Monzon's work dissects the notion of context. Colorful gesticulations conceal sections of rigid patterning, a tete-a-tete between abstract expressionism and hard-edge abstraction that implies a gentle lampooning of the taxonomic tradition. Monzon upends the formalism and segregation innate to the fine art world, and fabricates a composite genealogy of painting - a pithy resolution to an otherwise vapid debate. Monzon's luscious brushstrokes slyly creep into a Hirst-esque field of dots or Noland-like plane of stripes, like the resurrection of a once-declared dead practice through a satirical hand. In his recent work, Monzon applies this critique of contextual art to mark-making in public spaces; be it graffiti on tiles in a public bathroom, stains on the sidewalk, or the popularized notion of "street art.
Lester Monzon makes pictures that refer to architecture, how architecture sits in space and art history. Sometimes he paints in a messy way and sometimes he paints very precisely. In Monzon’s world, both of these actions refer to traditions of abstract expression and hard-edge abstraction. With this, Monzon offers an artist’s inside joke: my paintings, in capsule, offer a system of classification for art history. He doesn’t want you to worry about what issues* arise in the art world because you can accept his quick and concise summation of art history in place of others’ uninteresting and bland solutions**.
(Skipping ahead to technique without transition) Monzon uses a lot of paint. If this paint were a person, he is a sly personality that can impersonate dots or stripes (that Monzon associates with the artist Hirst (dots) and the artist Noland (stripes)). By impersonating dots and stripes, Monzon (or this sly person who is paint) miraculously brings dots and stripes back to life because they had been dead*. You should realize that this is satire.
These days, Monzon is taking his version of funny to the streets - literally. He is painting on dirty sidewalks, on the tile in public restrooms or in some place that is called “street art” that has been made popular.
** Monzon graciously removes the viewer from a “vapid” solution to a “pithy” one
In summary, I think Mr. Monzon might engage someone to write more precisely about how and why his painting and his work merits discussion and appreciation. This statement does no service to him, his work or to the viewer. The work can be satirical and difficult to understand. The statement should not. It should additionally be an explanation and give, if not a roadmap, at least a cardinal direction toward better knowing the work and the artist.
The layered symbolism that has developed surrounding the thistle flower begins with its spine-like stems and spiky blossom connected with the crown chakra or third eye. The color purple (named from this predatory mollusk!)has long been associated with royalty, good judgment and spiritual enlightenment. You can read more about additional connections that have been drawn throughout time and by varying cultures here.
Or you might recall or rediscover your own experience of the thistle through this painting.
What a thrill to be interviewed and featured in the "Artist Spotlight" over at The English Room. I have known designer + curator Holly Hollingsworth Phillips for about five years as we are perennial participants at The Southern Coterie Summit. In that time, I have enjoyed (+ studied) Holly's interior design + lifestyle blog, her strong and sophisticated color play, and - no surprise - her great skill in finding the best kaftans to be had across the globe.
Please enjoy the feature, all the great artists spotlights that have already been offered and all that Holly graciously shares via The English Room.
it's complicated; i cannot (tell a) lie.
SPALDING NIX FINE ART PRESENTS:
"FLORA & FAUNA"WITH NEW WORKS FROM KATHERINE SANDOZ & HEATHER LANCASTER
Opening Reception: May 12th
Exhibition Dates: May 12th - July 30th
Spalding Nix Fine Art is pleased to present Flora and Fauna, with new works by Georgia-based contemporary artists Katherine Sandoz and Heather Lancaster. The exhibition will open on May 12, 2016, and run through July 30, 2016. Sandoz's works represent FLORA with colorful and botanical-inspired abstract paintings, and Lancaster signifies FAUNA with elegant and graceful ostrich portraits.
About Katherine Sandoz - FLORA
With the marshes, waterways and people of the low-country offering perennial inspiration, Katherine Sandoz examines the everyday and offers work that celebrates what is precious and unique. With this show, Sandoz returns to the subject of flowers, reexamining botanicals through abstraction firmly situating the work in the realm of minimalism. "These paintings are as much about studying and representing botanicals as they are about paint itself, weather patterns, and the natural landscape," reflects Sandoz. She lives in Savannah, and her paintings and fiber works have been exhibited internationally.
About Heather Lancaster - FAUNA
Heather Lancaster is an Atlanta native who hails from a family of artists. For this show, Lancaster continues to explore one of her most inspiring subjects, the ostrich. Experimenting with scale and a variety of materials, Lancaster deepens her connection to drawing, anatomy, and the stillness of portraiture.
About Spalding Nix Fine Art
Established in 2003, Spalding Nix Fine Art offers fresh-to-the-market works, currently including Degas' "Study of Horses and Riders," and Picasso's "Feu de Bois."
The gallery uniquely offers contemporary works in a sumptuous setting filled with period antiques. Whilemaintaining a selection of fine 18th and 19th century European paintings,Spalding Nix Fine Art features Modern and Contemporary works, with recent shows including George Braque, Andre Derain, Paul Gauguin, David Hockney, Henry Moore, Frank Stella,Sally King Benedict, Marc Chatov and Sarah Lamb.
In addition to offering art for sale, Spalding Nix Fine Art is the Southeast's leading art appraisal and art advisory firm.
This painting and those made by some twenty other savannah artists will be made available by silent auction on April 1st, 2016 from 6-9 pm at Non-Fiction Gallery in Savannah. All works are inspired by Flannery O'Connor and her works. Proceeds benefit the Flannery O'Connorchikdhood Home.
Please email me if you wish to bid by proxy.
Why are art dealer/brokers such connoisseurs of human relationships?
They tend to be highly sensitive people, often with very particular threads of interest. They spend their time canvassing the world and its objects for more information to support their own theories revolving about their chosen subject or subjects. Because art so often employs storytelling - or its making does - art brokers can match people with art and objects. The best ones do this with a passion equal only to the that of the object's maker. This informs them when they consult or advise in matters of art or the heart*.
If you find yourself unable to find a gift, symbol or presentation of your profound and unconditional or unconventional love for someone, find an art broker. They see the past, present and future with a lens focused on beauty, love and expressions of all materials and manners.
Prove you really care for someone's future by giving the gift of art. Paintings, drawings and sculptures (plus) last - a very long time. They contain messages, symbols and sentiments that are universally understood. Art has eons-tested efficacy in pulling heartstrings.
Find a piece that can speak all the words you cannot or the ones you want remembered.
This small-sized, but meaningful painting, housed in a hand-made, free-standing frame, is now available through Spalding Nix Fine Art.
Begonias suggest symbolically the promise of mystery, rare finds and the rich and sweet darkness of desire. Its energy is that of a wide-eyed and compassionate child of nature. The perennial flower is associated with the sacral chakra and the number nine. A rub made from crushed flowers and leaves will aid in healing sores, cuts and burns.
Azaleas are known as symbols of abundance, fragile passion and from the Chinese, "thinking of home" as well as a representation of wealth. If you place azaleas, very toxic if prepared properly, in a black vase, this constitutes a death threat. A flour made from the dried flower and mixed in a carrier acts as a pesticide and medical research suggests that parts of the Chinese azalea can treat varying respiratory and rheumatic illnesses.
The bee's important role in our ecology is echoed throughout time in myth and in presentations of contemporary culture. While they are often symbols of royalty, power, vision and creativity, they are also considered symbols of Cupid's "sting" as well as of love, courtship and marriage. In Chinese works of art, if the bee appears on the flower, there is a suggestion of fruitfulness within the marriage or partnership. Within Hindu symbolism, a pairing with the lotus means reincarnation, on the forehead says transformation. Six is the sacred number of Venus the goddess of love and bees work in sixes - that is to say, hexagons. Numerologists believe 6 represents love as is multiplies odd and even (2,3) but is highly stable, symmetrical and balanced. Six energy is creative, conciliatory and nurturing. (Azaleas often offer six petals at the base of the flower.) Color associated with six is red and indigo.
Back county roads in Metter. Dogs and horses nipping at your heels.
A bonfire rings in a new year best.
We took a hiatus from roasting oysters this year which has been an annual tradition since 2005. Then it rained for the first time in 11 years on this night.
An apt totem for the beginning of 2016, the noble king of the marshes signifies new experiences, filtering and discarding what is not beneficial, discernment, rebirth, creativity and vision. Additionally, this steadfast migrator draws power from the water and is considered to be a heart healer. His color arrives from the pigmenting of the food (carotenoids, especially) the bird eats.
This appears to be a darker version of an Autumn Pink Icicle Sasanqua but I can't be sure as I can't confirm.
Happy new year to all!
For an artist whose work appears incredibly minimal or extremely intricate (or both?), but either way, puts a LOT of work into their work - like fingers to the bone, "the no-hands award" goes to Andres Bedoya.
Mother Nature at it again!