Despite my appearance here each week, bringing you art news and other artistic points of interest (albeit, primarily to me), I’m not exactly what you’d call verbose when it comes to art critique. In English – when it comes to art, I either like or I don’t, I feel no urge to discuss the finer points of what the artist was thinking or worse, wants “us” to think.
Enter “Miss Carolyn,” an oft-described senior most-artists in my world, who will very shortly be officially in her ninth decade plus one on our lovely planet.
Miss Carolyn loves to talk about art in all its forms. Especially modern contemporary art. We could not be further apart in our approach to art. I will say this, it is my opinion that her style and especially her most recent works are more in keeping with current times (social, political etc.) than artists still in their second and third decade here on Earth.
At a recent sculptural exhibit at SITE Gallery, Miss Carolyn dropped this beauty of a quote on me.
“These artists are like astronauts, exploring the unknown (space),” she said.
She continued to elaborate that you have to get inside the mind of the artist to understand what they’re creating. She practically had to hit me over the head to sit down and listen, I was like a kid in the candy store.
At another exhibit, and I dare not say where, her comments were a lot simpler.
“Artists [work] are like flowers in the garden,” Miss Carolyn said. “Some are beautiful and leave you breathless, some you like okay, some you don’t like at all. Then there’s weeds, bugs and shrubbery.”
Carolyn Bertrand Hodges celebrates 91 years this week. Happy Birthday, Miss Carolyn! Her pen and ink work is available through SamaraGallery.com, and visit her on her web page at www.CarolynBertrandHodges.art.
Here are my two gems of the week for you – both Saturday evening.
Kiki Maroon, a friend, comedian, producer, radio personality, and international award-winning burlesque performer that I interviewed last May will once again present The Bayou City Burlesque & Circus Festival. I was unsure of what to expect even after interviewing Maroon, but I was floored – the event is like no other you will ever see. Yes, this is for adults, costumes do stay on and the talent Maroon finds is outstanding.
Visit the website for tickets and details, the show is Saturday evening at Warehouse Live – www.bcbcfestival.com.
Hardy & Nance Studios will present the third “10” by 10” Art Show” 5 – 9 p.m., that also coincides with their Third Saturday Open Studios. This show will have a literal who’s who in the Houston art scene and the folks at Hardy & Nance to a phenomenal job presenting. All work is a $100 or less. 902 Hardy St, Houston, Texas 77020.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.