Today I dropped off three art pieces at the Butler Art Center,
next Friday is the opening for the Green Art Show.
Once again I used rabbits and a 'little pink house"
to discuss land use in the U.S.A.
This first jar is Green Space.
A pure environmental eco system.
The top is closed, meaning contained system.
The second jar is Displacement.
I put news paper over the opening then cut it, pushing the paper inward.
As in man pushing into the environment.
The last jar is a Brown Field.
The news paper lid is pushed out of the jar,
man leaving the environment.
Leaving junk and decay.
I think this is the last time I use rabbits
and the pink house in my art work.
Ready to find new ways to talk about land use.
When I dropped these pieces off they were in a box.
I filled out paper work and left.
Later I thought, maybe I should have explained what these pieces are about.
When I got home I found the road I live on lined with electric and phone company trucks.
We have had a lot of rain and high winds.
There was a landslide on a hill above the road.
Several very large trees fell over knocking down power and phone lines.
I decided once I got home to call the art center to make sure they display the pieces together.
I had to use my cell phone...not a cell phone fan..stress...I can never hear what people are saying.
Anyway, the person who answered had just put my jars on display.
And it seems he had them in the wrong order.
So I'm thinking, people are not going to get the message.
I originally had planned on making the scenes inside the jars very elaborate but
due to time restraints I went with simple.
I'm rather happy with the simple look.
But very worried that people will not understand the message.
Also worried that these piece are not "house friendly" decorative art.
I once took a class from a successful artist who was giving advice on
how to get your art career going.
One rule was to never enter shows with low entry fees, they usually are not worth your time.
With this show, I broke that rule big time.
Still being optimistic!