One change you may notice is that we have made the artist's statement accessible from every page in the exhibition. As you are looking at the art, simply clicking on the artist's name, you will be taken to their statement. As always, please feel free to contact the artists about their art. Give them feed back, and if you are interested in purchasing any of the art, contacting the artist will be the best way to do that.
Labels are funny things. Can we avoid them? Do we need to avoid all of them altogether? Some of us may even have our identity wrapped around a label of one sort or another. As artists, does it really matter so much if you are from Japan or Australia or Peru? Artists are artists because they create something is a special way were there was nothing except for some raw materials to begin with. Yet we can't really escape using and in many cases adopting these labels of being a Japanese artist or an Australian, or Peruvian artist. I suppose some of it comes from national pride, and that is wonderful to be proud of where we are from, our roots. But bottom-line is that a French labeled artist is not necessarily better than a Indonesian artist, and more than a car labeled Chevrolet is really any better than a Ford. But you know, when we know where someone is from, we do find it interesting don't we?
Gender is a label too. In our opinion there is not a gender that has a corner on the art world. As artists it is pretty even between men and women as to who was given more natural talent. Likewise either sex may choose to work really really hard on their skills to be as great as possible. We are even in this respect, yet outside of that, there are some differences, and we here at the ArtisTTable have to really be happy that there are as many differences as there are between the sexes.
It goes without saying that this is a big topic. So it was without some discussion that our first Women's Show came to be a reality. We would be lying if we didn't say that before all the art was even sent in the show had its critics. While we understand there are serious gender issues out there, because of our neutrality on the artistic issue we thought it would be perhaps an cool social experiment to see what dynamics and aesthetics might emerge when cutting out half of the population. While this exhibition is truly impressive on many levels, it is too early to draw any conclusions.
Just in case you were wondering, yes, there is a second part to this experiment. In May of 2014 we will have a Men's Show. What will we discover? We don't really know. We are totally open and ready to be surprised, or not. But one thing is for sure, that is if a show for only women artists rubbed some people the wrong way, having a show for only men, is sure to raise some dander. But how can we not do one?
We must acknowledge Jo Murray, as her painting, Hot Gossip is our poster image for this show. Janine Covelli's Sleeper, Cristall Harper's Petticoat, Cheryl Rau's Drowning Eyes 9, Amy Thompson-Hill's Gasparilla Island, and Barbara Schilling's Steam Iron were used in banners at the top of our exhibition galleries.
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