One thing people may not realize is that as an artist, I have to keep a LARGE supply of packing materials on hand. Much of it consists of boxes and tissue paper or kraft paper, so I recycle whatever I can. For instance, tissue paper that ends up in return shipments can be used again in other shipments or I use it when wrapping gifts. Thanks to Design Sponge, I found a great use for corrugated cardboard- DIY cat scratchers! This is actually a photo of the first one I made modeled by Tiny, the cat. Warning: this project will give your Carpal Tunnel a workout, depending on the thickness of cardboard, so be sure to take many breaks. Cute results, though.
I’m a little late in posting about this but my work was recently featured on Chased, an online arts magazine based in Berlin. The feature includes many of my recent paintings from my series In Our Veins. Editor Sandra Ratkovic said of my work, “We like her surreal, very contemporary paintings showing animals and nature in a dreamy surroundings, sprinkling with an almost smart cruelty. That definitely makes you think about the pictures´ meanings. We ask ourself who did this to the animals, and what do they stand for.” To view the feature, go to this direct link: http://www.chasedmagazine.com/2012/07/gallery-phantastic-images-by-amy-guidry/.
I’ve just added a new painting to the In Our Veins series titled Vessel, and it is 4″ x 4,” acrylic on canvas, $100. It was created from a sketch I did three years ago (!) and just wasn’t able to incorporate it at the time. I was reminded of it when going through my sketchbooks the other day and found that it was perfect for this series. The moth, which I took artistic liberty with, represents life. It can be viewed as life either leaving the body or entering it, that is entirely up to the viewer. No matter how it is viewed, life is part of us for a certain period of time. It transitions from one living organism to the next. The body contains life- it is a vessel. To view a larger image, go to: www.amyguidry.com/vessel.html.
Another painting from the In Our Veins series has found a new home. Untitled (Desert) is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ x 4,” and will be joining a couple of my other paintings. It is actually a spin-off from one of my larger paintings, Heads II which can be seen here: www.amyguidry.com/Heads_II.html (and FYI Heads II is one of the paintings included in the upcoming show I’m doing at the Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, LA this September). View a larger image of Untitled (Desert) here: www.amyguidry.com/untitled04.html.
The UK contemporary art news site Beautiful Crime recently did a Spotlight feature on my latest body of work, In Our Veins. Editor Ruthie Holloway said of my work, “Balancing on the edge of both photorealism and pop surrealism, American artist, Amy Guidry paints nature with an intricate hand and an inventive mind. Drawing on various influential subject matter as varied as dreams and C.S. Lewis novel characters, Guidry’s world of strange, human-like and captivating characters of animals lends the viewer an unusual insight in to her surrealist yet photorealist painted world – check out the skeletal characters contrasted with the intricately painted rock formations as testament.” Many paintings from the series are featured which you can read about here: http://beautifulcrime.com/contemporary-art/spotlight-surrealist-painter-amy-guidry.
My next show is just around the bend as July is coming to a close. My painting Succession will be featured at Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX as part of their group exhibition, “100 Degrees.” The show will feature works by several of the gallery’s represented artists. The exhibit dates are August 4th through September 1st, with a Preview held during their First Thursday Artwalk on August 2nd, from 6-8pm. The official opening reception will be held August 4th, from 6-8pm. You can preview the show online here: http://www.wallyworkmangallery.com/group_show.lasso?itemid=792.
I’m a little slow to post these given my show at Barrister’s Gallery ended June 23rd. Nevertheless, I wanted to share photos from the opening reception for my 3-person exhibition, “Visions of the Unnatural World.” It was a really great exhibit and a great pair of artists – Nikki Crook and Monique Ligons – to show with. More photos are also online here: http://www.amyguidry.com/events.html.
I recently attended the Preview Party for the 2012 Art Melt at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA. My painting Survival of the Fittest was one of the works selected for the show by jurors Franklin Sirmans (Chief Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Ron Platt (Curator, Birmingham Museum of Art); and Thomas Neff (Artist and Professor of Art, LSU). If you missed the Preview Party and the opening reception, no worries as the exhibit will be up through August 3rd.
Just got my new postcards in! My new painting Succession is on the front cover as well as my upcoming exhibitions list on the back. If you would like to receive one, sign up for my postcards here: http://www.amyguidry.com/contact.html. (Just click on the postcard icon.) And for the over 500 (!) people that are already on my mailing list, be on the lookout for your new cards in the mail this week!
It’s time again for the Second Saturday Artwalk in downtown Lafayette! And the hours have now been extended so it will take place from 6-9pm! More time to check out more great art. Here is the line-up for July 14th’s Artwalk (and I will be participating this month as well so stop by and say hello!):
Acadiana Center for the Arts– 101 W. Vermilion St. / 337-233-7060
Main Gallery: May 12, 2012 – July 14, 2012- Southern Open 2012
Side Gallery: July 14, 2012 – August 4, 2012- Generic Art Solutions: “Bullet Proof”
James S. Mallia Galleria: June 2, 2012 – August 11, 2012- Inhabiting Horizons: Capturing Fleeting Spaces by: John Oliver, Emee Morgan and David Webber
Coca-Cola Studio: June 9, 2012 – August 4, 2012- Another Time: Paintings by Carolyn Scalfano Faulk and Eric Todd
Vault Series: July 14 – August 25, 2012- Gary Rock
Arts Co-op– 535 1/2 Jefferson St. / 337-344-8657 “Go Figure”-Figure Show and Body Studies
The Ballet Académie Gallery– 200 Polk St. / 337-280-0964 New Realm- Works by Amy Guidry
Cajun Spice– 535 Jefferson St / 337-232-3061 Phyllis Smith
Cité des Arts– 109 Vine St. / 337-291-1122 Danny Clanton
Gallery 549– 549 Jefferson St. / 337-593-0796 Group exhibition
Gallery R (at The Russo Group)- 116 E. Congress St. / 337-769-1530 Sonny Monteleone
Lounge Art Gallery– 402 S. Buchanan St. / 337-236-5570 “To the Water…………” group exhibition
Sans Souci Gallery– 219 E. Vermilion St. / 337-266-7999 Luis Perez
Zoom Photo Studio– 205-AW. Vermilion St. / 337-781-2036 Chris Perkins and Travis Gauthier