Saturday, February 9, 2008

Kiki Smith at Penn

Artist Kiki Smith spoke at the Penn Humanities Forum on Wednesday, and artist Jay Rolfe was in the audience. And before the talk, artist Jay Rolfe went to the ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art) at Penn to see all the exhibits, and especially Kiki's work there as the fact of her talk was related to having work in the ICA show. Her work was in the "Puppet Show" exhibit and consisted of 2 white plaster portions of arms and 2 white plaster portions of legs hanging on wires from the ceiling. In the Puppet Storage part of the exhibit there was a photo of Kiki performing with a Punch and Judy puppet show in 1972, and 2 photos of her in her studio more recently without puppets.

Kiki's talk was interesting, as she started out flat and ended up excited and vivacious after talking about body parts, leaking body fluids, body organs, and of many of her paintings reflecting people feeling "isolated and thwarted." Surprising. Although her visuals were far from funny, she made funny comments that made her and the audience laugh. She really seemed to have fun talking about her work and made it enjoyable for artist Jay Rolfe and the rest of the audience.

Today's photo of the day is of a Kiki Smith sculpture, not one she talked about, but one I could find an image of. It's called "Pyre Woman on Haunches" and made in 2002.

That's the latest step of artist Jay Rolfe on his Journey From Starving Artist To 21st Century Picasso. You may view some of Jay Rolfe's Unique Artistic Idea, his innovative 3-D Shaped Stretched Canvas paintings, on his website at Artist Jay Rolfe uses vibrant color, 3-D, recognizable shape, and huge size to reveal beauty, touch emotion in a positive way, and create Uplifting Conversation Pieces.

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