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Which Print of Pelican Do Other Artists Say to Buy?

April is a very busy month in the art world.  There are a lot of public shows and a few private ones. For example, the work Pelican recently showed at an exclusive art show with the Tarpon Springs Art Association in Tarpon Springs, Florida. These private or member only art shows really test an artist’s nerve. It is like presenting a scientific paper at a medical symposium. There is no place to hide if something goes hideously wrong and your colleagues are going to scrutinize your work with every critical bone in their body.

The story behind Pelican is a rather simple one. I was sitting on a dock watching a local fisherman filet a large fish, a large friendly pelican suddenly showed up to see if any scraps accidentally fell in the water. It was like watching a family pet begging at the dinner table.  In the end it did not leave disappointed.

Pelican
Pelican

When I was in the process of choosing the type of print for the show, I discovered archival prints of this work look good. The work printed on canvas really has a classy artistic look.  But, nothing beats out the absolute beauty of Pelican printed on metal.   The gloss of the aluminum lends itself to showcase the pure whites in such a way that it looks almost self-illuminant. There is a serious wow factor to the print.

Pelican
Pelican

I soon found out I was no alone in this thought.  In fact, the biggest complaint or critique I had on presenting Pelican was a comment that the print on metal was actually too good for local fare. Other artists told me that if a patron has a white or black furniture theme in the home or office, then a metal print of Pelican is the print they should get.  It was the type of complaints that any artist wants to hear.

In Other News:

The gallery has experienced some very exciting growth opportunities recently by expanding its exhibitions

Monarch Butterfly 3
Monarch Butterfly 3

beyond the Texas border.   The newest members of the butterfly collection made a special appearance at the Tarpon Springs annual Art on the Bayou festival. White Peacock Butterfly 2 and Monarch Butterfly 3 was well received by both the public and other artists alike.

White Peacock Butterfly 2
White Peacock Butterfly 2

Future Happenings:

The gallery will exhibit local photographic works in a new two-person art show at the Susan Dillinger Art Gallery in the New Port Richey City Hall from May 2nd – May 31st.  The works will be on display during regular business hours.  There is no cost to attend and enjoy the art.  All art will be available for purchase.

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What Makes The Image Of A Stretching Pelican So Powerful?

If there were ever a case about the sheer visual power of a black and white image it would have to include “Stretching Pelican”.   Color is popular in the art world; there is no denying it. After all we see in color, dress by colors, and each of our world cultures have, in their own way, given colors specific meanings.

So why then is there such artistic fascination with the unseen world of black and white? What is the draw? We are able to see an object painted black or one colored white, but we don’t visualize the world in such a way.

This lack of an ability to simply turn color in the visual world off truly belongs to the realm of the artist. Artists love to take that which cannot be seen but by definition must remain imagined and bring them into the forefront of our understanding.

Thus we have Stretching Pelican.   This is a typical brown pelican. Very much like its name, this bird really isn’t much to look at in its natural color. Its weird shape and large size draw more attention than the plain brown of the plumage.  For lack of better commentary, it’s just  a large brown bird.

Don’t misunderstand; the bird is graceful and powerful in its own right. There are plenty of fish in the sea that fear the mere presence of such a creature. Its wings spread out in the tropical sun, gliding over the surface of the water with eyes fixed upon the fish below.

But, the color! The color is a burnt brown. The wings are brown. The head is brown. Even the magnificent beak is nothing more than a shade of boring brown.   Yet, if we take this image and remove the color an incredible sight opens before us.

Stretching Pelican
Stretching Pelican

The feathers of the wings become these awesome shades of blackness slowly contrasted with brilliant peaks of white. The feathers of the tail and body almost look rigid with the white sharp contrast set against the black interior of the feather.   The feathers almost look like a metal armor.

Indeed, each feather suddenly renders a level of detail and structure previously hidden to the human eye.   Such detail brings new ideas and thoughts into focus. We see armor plating where there is none; we see rigidity where there is only softness. The bird becomes artistic and open for interpretation. The feathers, wings and even head suddenly take on a new atmosphere. It’s up to the viewer to decide the overall meaning, but that is what photographic black and white photography is all about.

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Art Show! Opportunities with Animals

Welcome to our new online show!   Opportunities with Animals is a fresh view of animals from the lens of our resident photographic artist Andrew Chianese.

This show will remain online from June 1st – June 14th 2015.  All prints, and more, are available for purchase here or here.

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Coming Soon: Opportunities with Animals

We are so excited to announce our new upcoming show.

The show, titled Opportunities with Animals, will be on display June 1, 2015 – June 14, 2015.

This solo artist show will display the photographic artwork of Andrew Chianese and his artistic view of the natural world of animals.

The works presented will share a curated theme of the grace and emotive expressions of various animals Andrew has had the fortune of capturing through his lens. .

Join us on Monday for the launching of this online show.

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The Art Show Curator: A Glimpse Into the Future? Part 2

In our last post we discussed some of the problems curators deal with finding that perfect combination of artwork thus creating the perfect art show for both their clients and their gallery.

Currently, gallerists/curators  rely on the old-fashioned methods of data collection through sales reports, customer feedback, and various marketing campaigns to address the need for understanding what clients want to see. But often, these collection methods are slow, ponderous and often open to interpretation.

However, in the past decade the computer industry has improved the artificial intelligence of computers to the point where they may take over many of the tasks of trying to curate the perfect show. Advances with interactive technology such as Siri or sensor based data programs such as Nest allow for a possible look into the future.

Imagine walking into an art show and stepping in front of a blank panel. The computer sensors scan your face and using expression recognition software deduces what mood you’re in. Other sensors can detect the cologne or perfume you’re wearing, posture, tension in voice and respond by calculating out what piece of artwork would statistically offer you the most comfort.

It sounds rather cold and calculating doesn’t it?  But all the data processing would be done behind the scenes. All you would know is that suddenly a work of art with the greatest chance of improving your mood and providing the best experience would appear for your enjoyment.

So, our collector that loves sepia and sepia type formatted artwork will, with a single spoken sentence, enjoy work after work of art tailored to his particular desire.

Cargo
Cargo

What if you don’t like a particular form of art?  Imagine saying a simple sentence that you did not like abstract oil painting, and afterwards the computer makes sure you would never see one. It would be a custom tailored art experience for each person.

Names would not need to be collected and data not stored on individuals thus guaranteeing a person’s privacy. It could become a wonderful system to drive sales for the artist and the collector’s enjoyment.  While the actual system does not exist yet, the technology to create such a system either already exists or is in the development stage now.  Sci-fi technology and art working together to create the perfect show.

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