Hazel and Charles Morrow-Jones
February 22 through April 18
I Want To Be An Artist Too
I Want To Be An Artist Too
Welcome to the MJA Photographic 'I Want to Be An Artist Too' show at Barcelona!
The advent of digital photography has been a boon to MJA, allowing experimentation without costly film acquisition and development. This permits them to shoot many more pictures of their thumbs, much more rapidly, with the occasional accidental good photo slipping in. Travel to exotic locations also helps - the show features photos taken in Schiller Park, Park of Roses and even near Chillicothe!
Major influences during this early neo-Ohio period included Paul Simon (“Kodachrome”) and Pat Benatar (“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”).
By a happy accident, MJA has been able to spend considerable time in eastern Germany, particularly Dresden and Berlin. During these periods, it would have been impossible not to be influenced by the work of Johann Karl Friedrich Rosenkranz (e.g., Kritik der Schleiermacherschen Glaubenslehre) and Karl May (particularly Der Sohn des Bärenjägers).
MJA has also been spending increasing amounts of time in Key West, since global warming will have it submerged within the next fifty years, despite what Donny and the Know-Nothings say. Many photos, including the White Heron series, have resulted from MJA's visits. Influences: Dani Hoy (“Drunk on Mallory Square”), Michael McCloud (“Tourist Town Bar”), and especially Groucho Marx (“Coconuts”).
George Wilhelm Frederich Hegel ('Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.'), Sonny and Cher (' ...and the Beat Goes On'), and Led Zeppelin’s 4th album (Stairway to Heaven).
Almost all the photos in our "I Want To Be An Artist Too" show were taken with one of two Nikons: a 3100 with a 55-300 mm zoom telephoto lens or a Nikon 5100 with one of a variety of lenses, including an 8 mm fisheye, a 35 mm 'normal' lens, and an 18-55 mm wide-angle zoom. All images were printed commercially on photosensitive canvas using ink-jet technology. So there.
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.A word about availability: Most images can be purchased in different sizes and can also be ordered as sets of note cards or post cards. If you’re interested, drop us a note at MJA.Photographics@gmail.com
Photo transfers, acrylic paint, and resin allow me to create work that seems like a throwback to a time before photoshop, when photos were manipulated by hand. This technique is accomplished by collecting images from a wide array of sources and recombining them into my own surreal landscapes. I sometimes use up to 50 different transfers to create a single piece of art. In this manner, I am an appropriation artist.
I love creating my art because it feels as though I am creating another time and place using images from everyday life. The images I select are taken from times both past and present, and the artistic technique I employ allows me complete creative freedom. I strive to show the layers of life in my paintings.
My influences come from life, and I draw upon both ordinary and extraordinary life experiences as inspiration for my work. These experiences are then translated into new visions of reality by using pre existing photos documenting real life. To me, there is no better way to illustrate life than by using a diverse collection of snapshots from life itself.
Artists who have influenced my work include Wayne White, Gunther von Hagens, and Julien Pacuad.
Barcelona's own Michael Taylor
C. Michael Taylor was born in Columbus, Ohio with a love of all art forms. He spent his childhood copying caricatures from a book left to him by his father while always looking for something new in art.
Michael graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a degree in illustration. He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators and has met many of his idols including Mark English, Brad Holland, and Jack Unruh. After a brief stint living in San Francisco, Michael returned to Columbus and briefly taught at CCAD. He has had many successful shows both here at Barcelona and other galleries in the area.
Michael is inspired by many art forms including modern and illustrations, however his largest influence comes from Bauhaus artists, specifically Klee and Kandinsky. With the goal of creating something original, Michael has used realistic and decorative elements as abstraction, brought abstract elements forward while pushing more realistic elements back, even combining them in playful ways.
This show exhibits layers of primitivism, constructivism, abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, pop art, impressionism, and post impressionism all with modern sensibility.
Oh, Michael just might be your server tonight, let him know what you think!