Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Macho Feminism" by Richard Schemmerer

You can Google or download to your desc top or search on Wikipedia but you can't relive historical events.

Gloria Steinem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Steinem is one of the names that are engraved in the collective psyche another is Susan Sontag http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Sontag who broke the glass ceiling in publishing was still denied to Hillary Clinton. Today we have Miley Cirus twerking for feminism and Beyonce having her legs sculpted by a trainer to have a thigh cap in honor of the afore mentioned.

At least former Eurhythmics lead singer and now solo star Annie Lennox calls them out as the cheap hussies they are. These singers trying to ride on the coattails of capitalistic machoism to re-brand feminism as the emasculation of the female. I am not in the business of writing a dissertation on contemporary feminism but I am an observer that supports equal rights under the protection of the law.

I see plenty of men who a run like slaves by their women so sexism goes both ways. Machosim is another outgrowth of our insecurities with living next to each other. We seem to be cut up inside ourselves between our feminine and masculine aspects and depending which part we suppress we have to deal with the consequences.

collages made from photoshopped pages of un-natural beauty magazines

Delaney Allen at Nationale

Getting Lost

Delaney Allen at Nationale

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Sometimes to find what we really need what is truly good for us we have to get lost. Other times we are trying to find to hard and are getting lost in the process.We get lost in our thoughts and enter a land of wonder or we hike a long rarely used paths and loose ourselves in the beauty of nature. Art can do these things for us. Art is a portal that allows the mind to travel freely and to explore a variation of possibilities. Life is a journey of exploration and this exhibit invites us to follow in the footsteps of the artist to see the world from someone else's vantage point.

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Portfolio submissions
Wanting to focus on present projects as well as the work of artists we represent, Nationale is unfortunately not accepting submissions at this time.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

David Berkvam at Nebraska Gallery

Invasive species

David Berkvam at Nebraska Gallery

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Only humans declare other species an invasive species but nature works on the premise of survival of the strongest. Before the advent of the industrial revolution we where still part of nature now we declare ourselves it's master. We stepped into the role of the gods each one of us in their own right. The irony is that now we have become the invasive species that threatens the balance of the planet as a whole. We took an anointed position but we proofed in the process that we are no as gods.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ellen McFadden at Ampersand PDX Gallery

Stripes are not dots are not a camouflage for something else. Stripes are/is what you see is what you get. It is about the feeling they let surface of joy and happiness. We don't need a reason to like something it just does based on our pre-conditioning. These paintings might be two dimensional but they evoke feelings of dimensionality even beyond the third dimension of space to enter timelessness.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hsin-Yi Huang and Sally Squire at Guardino Gallery, Portland

Hsin-Yi Huang and Sally Squire create a beautifully symbiotic exhibit. Both artists dazzle with an obsessive knack for details and surprising design choices leaving you with a sense of awe.

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