Sunday, February 19, 2017

Red No. 16

Red No. 16


When I started the Red Series and included photo references to the Japanese American relocation during WWII I did not know it was almost the 75th anniversary President Franklin Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066.  Now we have another president signing executive orders dealing with issues surrounding people of different nationalities.  The coincidence is not lost on me!

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Emidio Bernardone - http://cargocollective.com/emidiobernardone/COLLAGE

I love the simplicity of this collage artist. So expressive with just three elements.  Click on the link to see other works by him.


Cry


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Red No. 15

Red No. 15
During WWII many of the interned Japanese Americans volunteered to join the military.  They were frequently assigned duties in the European theater.  The photo is of a family whose son was in the army.

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I just love Massimo Nota's work.   http://www.notamax.it/wordpress/




Friday, February 17, 2017

Red No. 14

Red No. 14
What a lovely family!  To think we put people through the relocation camps just because of who they were considered to be.  Thank goodness our government, twenty-five years later and after being lobbied, decided to apologize for this misdeed. There was controversy in who got paid first even with that apology.  The words by the investigative congressional commission are strong.  Executive Order 9066 was wrong......."incarceration a "grave injustice" motivated by "racial prejudice, war hysteria and the failure of political leadership."  Come on Washington, think what you are being asked to do once again!  The wall between the US and Mexico will not solve the problem.  No barriers have ever done that!  The Great Wall of China failed!  The Berlin Wall failed eventually! The walls in Israel are not working!  The Iron Curtain is no more!  THINK!

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Lars Henkel is an artist that I discovered recently.  I found a book of his work that has been published in Germany.  Some of the work is quite bizarre.  If you do a Google search of Lars Henkel you will find more of  what he has produced.





 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Red No.13

Red No. 13
I found some tissue paper Japanese labels in a favorite store in Ballard, WA.  I am not sure if they were labels for sake containers or made for some other reason.  Because the Japanese internment during the 1940's comes to mind during this difficult immigration time, I thought I would honor those who were interred.  Why is it we do not learn from history?  Why is it that it seems many of this country's leaders forget that our country was built on the backs of immigrants?

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The link below is a video interview with actor George Takei about his family's experience in an internment camp in Arkansas and in Northern California.




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Red No. 12

Red No. 12

I haven't used the crow target for some time until the Red Series.  Randall Plowman first introduced it to me in one of his online classes.  I also have one that someone gave me, found at flea market I believe.

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This short film is well worth watching.  It is called Gallery Invasion.




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Red No. 11

Red No. 11
Are you like me, constantly on the lookout for ephemera?  I see something and think "I can use that sometime!"  My eye is always looking at color and composition and pattern.  I can't seem to turn it off.  The same thing happens to my brain.  Even when I am not thinking of something an idea just pops into my head.  I guess the old brain is solving issues even in the subconscious.  It happened yesterday while I was reading my book Eleanor and Hick.  Perhaps a word on the page sparked the thought which was the solution to something I was working yesterday.

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Eleanor and Hick - A new biography on Eleanor Roosevelt and her friend Lorena Hickok by Susan Quinn.  I highly recommend this book if you are into biographies and Eleanor Roosevelt.  It personalizes both she and Lorena.  I have been surprised by some of what I read especially the instances of racism and antisemitism.  I guess it was the times and I am pleased that Eleanor worked on her issues with these two challenges.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Red No. 10

Red No. 10
Yesterday I decided to try burning a vintage photo to see about achieving the look like the one in this piece.  I was totally successful with my idea of wetting the portion of the photo I did not want to burn and lighting the dry portion on fire.  It worked like a charm.  One just has to make sure there is a water source very close by to douse the flames when the desired look is achieved.

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My last entry for CODEX is an accordion book I purchased from an artist from China. Unfortunately I do not know much about her other than her name Jue Li.  The accordion book is just a little treasure full of portraits of men.  It has a simple binding of a heavier card stock that has been decorated with lines and circles (other side).  Sometimes simple is best as in this case. :-)