American Art – Part I of IV: Cary Weigand
Artist statement: “Let me touch the earth and paint it with color and I will show you who I am.”
In the words of one critic, “Cary Weigand, born and raised in Hawaii (6th generation), earned both her BFA and MFA from the University of Hawaii in 2003. In 2006 she received a grant award from The George Sugarman Foundation for sculpture.”
Here is part of the Artist Statement of Spanish painter Giner Bueno (born 1935): “It is difficult for a Valencian painter to escape the luminosity of our land, to escape its color and its contrasts. I am captive of all that and in my paintings I try to reflect, within the Impressionistic school, the joy of our beaches, of our festivals and of the life of the villages in the interior of our arid and rugged Valencia.”
From the Music Archives – Part I of II: Elbridge Bryant
Born 28 September 1939 – Elbridge Bryant, an American vocalist, actor, and one of the founding members of The Temptations.
According to one critic, “Mu Boyan was born in 1976 in Jinan, Shandong Province of China. Mu graduated from the Sculpture Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in 2005.”
From the Music Archives – Part II of II: Ben E. King
Born 28 September 1938 – Ben E. King, an American singer, songwriter, producer, and co-composer of “Stand by Me,” ranked #25 on the Recording Industry Association of America’s Songs of the Century.
American Art – Part II of IV: Roy Lichtenstein
“I’ve always felt like I was on the margins. Once upon a time that’s what independent used to mean.” – John Sayles, American director, screenwriter, editor, actor, and author, who was born 28 September 1950.
John Sayles has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay – for ‘Passion Fish’ (1992) and ‘Lone Star’ (1996).
Here is one critic describing the artistry of Peter Schipperheyn (born 1955): “In the annals and history of Australian art, sculpture has forever taken second place to the art of painting. It is a fact that the landscape has been the source of eternal inspiration for the Australian artist, and painting is the medium for the expression of the landscape theme in art. The figurative traditions, the ultimate source of inspiration for Western sculpture, have therefore received essentially scant attention in Australia.
Peter Schipperheyn is one of the rare exceptions to that rule. His art and vision is wholly inspired by the great figurative traditions in Western art: his delicate drawings reflect an extraordinary sensitivity for the human figure, whilst his majestic marble sculptures are expressions of the grandeur and vision that aspire to the greatest European traditions. He is currently unique in Australia; no other living Australian artist has so totally dedicated himself to seeking a truly contemporary expression of Western art’s most inspired tradition.”
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” – From “Moby Dick; or, The Whale,” by Herman Melville, an American novelist, poet, and short story writer, who was born 1 August 1819.
In the words of one critic, “(Melville’s) contributions to the Western canon are the whaling novel ‘Moby-Dick’ (1851); the short work ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’ (1853) about a clerk in a Wall Street office; the slave ship narrative ‘Benito Cereno’ (1855); and ‘Billy Budd, Sailor’ (1924).”
In my opinion, “Moby Dick” ranks among the great works of fiction in world literature.
Some quotes from “Moby Dick”:
“Call me Ishmael. Some years ago–never mind how long precisely–having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off–then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”
“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody’s expense but his own.”
“Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure. Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks. Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.
Consider all this; and then turn to the green, gentle, and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself? For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half-known life. God keep thee! Push not off from that isle, thou canst never return!”
“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”
“There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar.”
“Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries–stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.”
“Queequeg was a native of Kokovoko, an island far away to the West and South. It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
American Art – Part III of IV: Kevin Red Star
Kevin Red Star (born 1943) is a Native American artist. He is a member of the Crow tribe and lives in Lodge Grass, Montana.
Below – “Crow Indian Riders Mountain Trail Ride”; “Evening Mountain Horses”; “Crow Indian Parade Riders”; “Crow Tipi 9”; “Spirit Ponies”; “Crow Indian Man Dancers and Sisters II”; “Black Bird – Crow Indian Woman”; “Herd of Red Horses”; “First Snow.”
A Poem for Today
“The Wild Iris,”
By Louise Gluck
At the end of my suffering
there was a door.
Hear me out: that which you call death
Overhead, noises, branches of the pine shifting.
Then nothing. The weak sun
flickered over the dry surface.
It is terrible to survive
buried in the dark earth.
Then it was over: that which you fear, being
a soul and unable
to speak, ending abruptly, the stiff earth
bending a little. And what I took to be
birds darting in low shrubs.
You who do not remember
passage from the other world
I tell you I could speak again: whatever
returns from oblivion returns
to find a voice:
American Art – Part IV of IV: Carrie Anne Parks
Here is one critic describing the background of Carrie Anne Parks: “The recipient of an Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship in 1994, she has special interests in architectural tilework and environmental sculpture. Her figurative drawings and ceramic sculptures are exhibited nationally and have been published in numerous books on contemporary ceramics. Recently, her work won awards in the 2nd Cheongju International Craft Competition in Cheongju, Korea and the 29th Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition in Peoria, Illinois.”