Queen II by Patricia Basillades
Welcome and we appreciate that you are visiting the ArtisTTable's 39th online exhibition, Art in the Time of Corona. It's been a crazy ride the last many months. 2020 showed us a lot of new things. Many of which we never thought possible let alone anything we could imagine in our own lifetimes. Our theme for this show has tried to address some of these challenges if you will.
From time to time we jury our own exhibitions, this time around the roll of juror fell upon ArtisTTable co-founder, Royce Deans. It's a difficult and thankless job generally, but someone has to do it so it is with 'thankfulness' that we express heaps of appreciation for the work he's done without really expecting any thanks at all.
This exhibition was designed to be able to show case the work that artists created under the duress of a pandemic and under multiple and ongoing lockdowns and quarantines. We look to the arts to help us deal with life's challenges. We look to artists to help make sense of it all. I think this show displays the depth of interest concern and involvement that has been shown by all. It was a pleasure to see the artists that reached down deep to start new work. Others that started making art for the first time during the pandemic. I hope you enjoy this show as much as I enjoyed reviewing all of the art - Royce Deans
Corona Time Landscape - Marina Leviton
Corona has equaled quarantine not for nearly a year now. When lockdowns are imposed and self-quarantining is necessary the outside world is often only available to us in a mirror or out the window. The time that we have spent in our homes has been both a time of frustration and introspection. This painting expertly portrays the perspective we have all felt in one way or another as we do what is required.
Somewhere Between - Deborah Perlman
This piece is so aptly titled as it is indeed somewhere between abstraction and being a pretty representational landscape. I am drawn to the similarity we see here to Deborah's Mangrove pieces. She has also take the assemblage nature of that work and given it real dimension while at the same time flattened out the individual shapes.
Queen II - Patricia Basillades
This piece of art as well as the other two that Patricia submitted give us a wide range of ways that images can be made, from collage, painting, pen and ink. These different styles communicate to me that there are so many different ways that we have all dealt with the pandemic. We all have different things that we have missed doing and special places we might have been planning to go. While we all have our own favorite things we have missed. Seeing people’s smiles might be one that is on everyone’s list.
Self-Portrait - Sandy Belyea
This is fresh look at the self-portrait. The beautiful line quality explains the subject for us and the splash of flesh tones applied at a jaunty angle across her face infuses her with warmth so that we want to know more about Sandy.
Plane - Liz Dillman
A wonderfully rendered graphite drawing the tells the story of this old warbird in such away that makes us think that we might actually be able to understand how this avionic technology actually works.
Doggies - Kathleen Keller
This incredibly passionate portrait of these two miniature long haired dachshunds exudes the fun that they must be to have around the house.
Orlogin / Time Machine / Floor Clock by Eyal Meirovich
If Doctor Frankenstein was a mechanical engineer he very well may have constructed such a marvelous assembly of mismatched parts of discarded pieces of machinery to tell us all what time it is.
Sin City - Jacki Rosen
Billy Joel sang that he’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. This rendition of Sin City makes the place seem really rather appealing and perhaps when all the travel restrictions are lifted I will book my trip.
Victoria Alone - Richard Waldron
The sentiment of being alone or isolated is one that we have all felt at more than a few occasions since last March. Victoria gazes at another day realizing that as long as she can’t go anywhere there is very little reason to get dressed.
The Million Eyes - Dorsadaf MO
Quilling you say? It may have been considered by some as a lost art form until now. I am intrigued how the pandemic has opened up avenues for so many to explore their creativity from baking bread to even quilling. I love how this work by Dorsadaf bridges old world sensibilities to the throughly modern time of corona with fresh colors and intuitive composition.
The Studio Award is give to an artist that exhibits a consistent and unique studio practice. Michael Hassig’ collages transport us to fantastical worlds and in this particular series of work takes us to a different historical era as well. He does this with careful artistic choices by surgically dissecting vintage prints and reassembling them into perspective altering landscapes and narratives that give us a sense that we are all a bit more steampunk than we ever thought possible.
Shira vd Wouden
This distinction is awarded to the artist that displays a body of work that is cohesive and shows depth of skill. Shira’s paintings of the Girl with Scarf just lift the corners of our mouths to form the most the delightful smiles. No matter the weather we expect that she will get to where she needs to go.
Staff Pick Award:
Golden Linings - Rosie Burns
The Staff Pick Award is give to an artist and piece of art that both requires special recognition and squarely aligns with the theme of the show. Golden Linings by Rosie Burns gives us the hope that we all privately want to have. That the way we come out on the other side of this pandemic will be better than what we thought was normally wonderful before.
Urban Sprawl - Christine Jiwan Ra
I was attracted to the images of Christine before I read her artist's statement. The images of her textile constructions allow me to make my own story...But after I read her statement, I realized how deeper the story she tells goes. As a voluntary immigrant I can totally be relate to the search and long for memories. Christine chooses to deal with her trauma of moving from home to home on different continents and cultures and trying to belong by using the material that is most close to our skin, that is the fabric of the clothes we are wearing. That artwork that I have chosen for this award has to do with "inside-out" negative and positive, yin & yang and even the landscape from point of view of the airplane. Very emotional. Please read her artist statement, you may feel the same.
At in the Time of Corona People's Choice Award:
We hope that you will all take the time to vote in the People's Choice Award for this special exhibition. Your vote will in fact help to determine the winner of this award. It's one more way that you can be part of the art.
We would like to announce that Astrid Slettevold is the winner of the People's Choice Award for our previous show, "Are You Serious?". You can see Astrid's winning entry, Emancipation by clicking Here.
The artwork chosen to represent this exhibition is by the Third Place winner, Patricia Basillades, titled, Queen II.
If you read this far, we thank you very much, we appreciate your interest and engagement in the arts and in particular the work that has taken to put this show together. We truly appreciate all the women in the show and the great work they do.
Now please Click Here and go enjoy "Art in the Time of Corona" now.
Art in the Time of Corona Exhibition Artists:
PATRICIA BASILIADES - USA
SANDY BELYEA - USA
ZOE BURKE - USA
ROSIE BURNS - England
AVLIN CODNER - USA
AMANDA D'AGOSTINO - USA
LIZ DILLMAN - USA
TALI FARCHI - Netherlands
GEORGI GEORGIEV - Bulgaria
MICHAEL HASSIG - USA
KATIE HILL - UK
DEB JEDYNAK - USA
FRANK TERENCE KEEN - NL
ANNA KEISAR - Israel
KATHY KELLER - USA
IRA KRASNITSKY - Israel
ALISON LAM - Canada
ANAND MANCHIRAJU - India
MARINA LEVITAN - Israel
CECILIA MARTINEZ - USA
PERCY MCLAIN - USA
EYAL MEIROVICH - Israel
DORSADAF MO - Iran
ZEHAVA NETER - Israel
TIRZA OREN - Israel
RAYMOND PEREZ - USA
DEBORAH PERLMAN - USA
GAYLE PRINTZ - USA
CHRISTINE JIWON RA - So. Korea
PAUL ROSE - USA
JACKI ROSEN - USA
CHRISTINE SCHENK - Austria
MAYA TZUR - Israel
KAYE VAN EIJDEN- So. Africa
SHIRA VAN DER WOUDEN - NL
TAMAR VAN DER WOUDEN - NL
MICHAEL WAGNER - Germany
RICHARD WALDRON - GB
MICHELLE WHITE - USA
NANCY WILKINSON - USA