There’s an ass involved in this exhibit. Spoiler alert: it’s not the donkey

Donkey exhibit image via Their Turn.net
Donkey exhibit image via Their Turn.net

The Frieze art fair in New York has a donkey on display as an “exhibit.”  The “artist” is Maurizio Cattelan.  The donkey is left standing around in an empty room with a chandelier above.  What?  This has no meaning, no message, nothing.  The artist thinks it connects humans to animals.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Instead, this donkey is on display, an object for our entertainment.  This is no different than going to a zoo, other than the pointless chandelier.

Many people are up in arms over the welfare of the donkey.  Of course the show promoters argue that the donkey has it “good” and much better than being in a barn.  Then again, are animals meant to just live out their lives in a barn?

This is not the first time animals have been used as “art.”  Last year there were a dozen horses cooped up in a gallery.  And in 2014, tortoises had i-Pads screwed into their shells for an “installation” piece by Cai Guo-Qiang.  These are just recent examples that have made headlines.  Unfortunately, there are others.  In every one of these cases, the artists and the gallery owners all argue that the animals are fine and unharmed.  There is no way that they can know this.  They just issue some sanitary, generic statement to put the public at ease and go about their day.  The animals are not their highest concern.

There is no reason why live animals should be used as art.  If you were to replace the animal with a child, you would get a call from Social Services, so how is it any different for any other living being?  There are ways to get your message across without using live animals.  You’re an artist, get creative and figure out another way.  I paint animals, I focus on our connection to the natural world, and I also deal with difficult issues such as habitat destruction and extinction, just to name a few.

If you really want to make a statement, how about going vegan?  How about not supporting companies that test on animals?  How about rescuing animals rather than using them?  That’s a far greater statement than this so-called art.

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New Work

"Bridge" by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 6" x 6"; $450; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
“Bridge” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″; $450; (c) Amy Guidry 2016

I’ve recently finished a new painting in my In Our Veins series.  The title is Bridge and it is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high.  Bridge features two mountain rams, linking them to the mountains, serving as a bridge connecting all of nature.  View the painting online here: http://amyguidry.com/bridge.html.

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"Insular" by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 4" x 4"; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
“Insular” by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 4″ x 4″; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2016

One of my newest paintings has just found a new home.  Insular was recently featured in my newsletter earlier this week.  It is an acrylic on canvas, 4 inches by 4 inches.  It is what I call a “spotlight” piece inspired by one of my previous paintings, Expatriate.  View Insular online here as well as the remaining few 4″ x 4″ paintings: http://amyguidry.com/change.html, http://amyguidry.com/support.html, and http://amyguidry.com/bind.html.

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In Progress

Evolution of another painting I currently have in progress.  It started out as just a little sketch on the corner of an envelope (because you never know when inspiration will strike.)  Then the initial rough layer of paint on canvas and a close-up detail of a ram in progress.  Acrylic on canvas, 6″ by 6.”  I’ll post the finished painting soon- in the meantime, the rest of this series can be found here.

Sketch by Amy Guidry; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Sketch by Amy Guidry; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Work in progress by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 6" x 6"; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Work in progress by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Work in progress detail by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 6" x 6"; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Work in progress detail by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″; (c) Amy Guidry 2016

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Opening Night

A few photos from opening night at Gallery 549 this past weekend.  The group exhibition includes my paintings Sustain, Ascension, and Vital.  The show is open now through May 6th at Gallery 549 in downtown Lafayette, LA.

"Installation view of "Vital," "Sustain," and "Ascension" by Amy Guidry; all acrylic on canvas; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
“Installation view of “Vital,” “Sustain,” and “Ascension” by Amy Guidry; all acrylic on canvas; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Amy Guidry and her paintings "Vital," "Sustain," and "Ascension"; all acrylic on canvas; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Amy Guidry and her paintings “Vital,” “Sustain,” and “Ascension”; all acrylic on canvas; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Opening night at Gallery 549, Lafayette, LA
Opening night at Gallery 549, Lafayette, LA

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In Progress

Painting in progress by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 4" x 4"; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Painting in progress by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 4″ x 4″; (c) Amy Guidry 2016

I am currently working on some new small paintings, one of which is this 4″ by 4,” acrylic on canvas.  This is the initial rough layer of paint with some detail added to the ocean and sky.  The finished painting will be posted here soon.  In the meantime, check out the rest of the series here.

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"Evolution" by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4" x 4"; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
“Evolution” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4″ x 4″; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2016

My most recent painting from my In Our Veins series has found a new home in Portland.  The title is Evolution and it is 4″ by 4,” acrylic on canvas.

There are two remaining 4″ x 4″ paintings from the series available:

http://amyguidry.com/bind.html and http://amyguidry.com/support.html

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New Work

I’ve just finished two new paintings in my In Our Veins series.  The first is titled Ascension, an acrylic on canvas, 8″ wide by 8″ high.  The second painting is part of my smaller series at 4″ by 4.”  The title is Evolution and it’s also an acrylic on canvas.  View the paintings online here and here.

"Ascension" by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 8" x 8"; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
“Ascension” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 8″ x 8″; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
"Evolution" by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4" x 4"; $100; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
“Evolution” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4″ x 4″; $100; (c) Amy Guidry 2016

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Sundog Lit

Cover of Sundog Lit, Issue 10, featuring "The Sum of Its Parts" by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 11"w x 14"h; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
Cover of Sundog Lit, Issue 10, featuring “The Sum of Its Parts” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 11″w x 14″h; (c) Amy Guidry 2016

Literary journal, Sundog Lit, recently published my work on the cover of their latest issue.  My painting, The Sum of Its Parts, is featured on Issue 10, available now.  More details can be found online here: https://sundoglit.com/2016/03/11/issue-10/.

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New Work

"Life Force" by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 6"w x 4"h; $200; (c) Amy Guidry 2016
“Life Force” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 6″w x 4″h; $200; (c) Amy Guidry 2016

I’ve recently finished another small painting in my In Our Veins series.  The title is Life Force and it is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 4″ high.  View the painting online here: http://amyguidry.com/life-force.html.

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