Neo-Decadent

The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete


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The Academic Process, A Lecture

The Angel Academy of Art in Florence has just released this three-part lecture series on the academic process.  It is informative and gives one a glimpse at traditional atelier practices.

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A Weekend with Pablo Picasso

 

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I saw A Weekend with Pablo Picasso this weekend at the Alley Theatre in Houston.  Artist-actor Herbert Siguenza’s play is brilliant – Siguenza is on the stage alone for 75 minutes and is able to command the theatrical space.  He launches the audience into the at-once whimsical and harsh world of Picasso – an artistic space that is filled with both child-like wonder and wartime horror.

I particularly enjoyed how Siguenza actually paints while on stage.  He is the character-as-artist and the artist-as-character, a blending of identities that makes the audience question where fiction and reality begins and ends.  By the end of the play, the audience has come closer to understanding what a painter is.

The play is constructed from quotations of Picasso, which gives an added level of depth to the work.  The audience is invited to get to know Picasso, after all, they are his words.

Below are some of my favorite lines:

“It takes a long time to grow young.”

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.”

 


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Artist Talk at the CAMH

Last Saturday (February 12), I took my animation students from the Glassell to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston to listen to the artist lecture.  John Wood explained the impetus behind some of the works at the the exhibit (Answers to Questions).  Being able to listen to Wood talk about his work was fascinating (as well as funny!).  The obsession with quotidian objects and the desire to make them interesting was something I feel many artists can relate to.  We want to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.

This was an excellent experience for my high school students because it took them away from the narrative-centric animation class into another realm of video/film.  They saw that film can exist without narrative and without characters.  Objects can be interesting.


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MFAH Show – Feb. 10, 2011

The show at the Norma R. Ory Gallery (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) was a success!

Many people were there to see the artwork and they were interested in the Marks drawing that was on display.  The second piece on display was the oil portrait I did of Adi, a writer I met a Cornell.  I was also interviewed by a Communications senior at the University of Houston for an article about  Fine Arts education in the US and about the Glassell.  I will keep everyone updated when the article is published.

Photos to come.