Raw audio + finished video from a 20 minute interview on June 29th, 2013 of Christopher Healey. Conducted by Hamilton Artists Inc’s Curatorial Assistant Caitlin Sutherland, and Gallery Assistant Samantha Roketta, about my exhibit Mexico ii featuring paintings by my mother Beverly Healey and digital collages by me.
I’m the first artist for this video interview series for the Inc, and was glad to help out this way. I really appreciated being able to articulate more of about the show and the process, and yet still feel like I forgot to mention a couple of key points – of course. That is, essentially, my work is about death and the “thinness” of our existence – which is one of the reasons I used the sunlight and the materials I did, such as the skull and white plastic. My Mom’s oil painting portrait work is about life, and the richness of an individual’s character and immortalizing it.
One of great things I enjoy about the culture of the Inc is involvement with some young graffiti artists – one in particular has been very involved. He got very excited telling me about the impression my Mom’s work made on him during the member’s exhibit “Oh my god it was so good – no offence, but it was the best work in the gallery… it’s like a 17th century painting by on old master… no one else came close to it – no offence to your work or anything – it was totally sick. If she gave me her one of her paintings, I would walk out of the gallery and never do graffiti art again.. I’m serious!..”
This was awesome feedback for my Mom 🙂 Especially since we live in an age where street artists usually end up as the new art stars.
I’ll update this post when the video is available. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of the exhibit below:
Christopher Healey & Beverly Healey – photo by Joanna St. Jacques
10: tilt-shift photography (oooo, the city / horse / waif girl looks like a toy!)
9: words mechanically produced on an image (it cost at least $50 to do this, so you better pretend to be interested by it)
8. dilapidated architectural photographs (it’s like a new building, but more ironic)
7. buy 500 of the same object and arrange it in a grid (“the artist challenges our preconceptions of everyday objects by transforming them into new realities …. “)
6. take a map and mess it up with some random information (“the artist challenges our preconceptions of everyday places by transforming them into new realities …. “)
5. a) find old photographs of whatever b) stick them in a lightbox! (hello 70% of MFA thesis exhibitions)
4. pay a shop or team of people to make art for you (“the artist challenges our preconceptions of everyday art by transforming our expectations into new realities …. “)
3. collect electronic equipment, motion sensors and projectors and apply open-source software to make them do things when people walk by (designed to impressed Luddite art writers for grant-worthy reviews)
2. make long tonal audio art works on your PC (sorry, probably a mac) at home with whispering sentences that are very personal and intimate. broadcast softly in whimsical installation that is site-specific.
1. get very good at writing and apply for public art commissions by referring to obscure French philosophers, mathematical formulas and complementing the hell out of the architect who is making the building. the resulting art should be a series of coloured squares that do not offend anyone.
… a combination of the above techniques will result in highly innovative work. apply with caution.
So, I figure I have seen about 5,000 works of art in the last year (most of it online, mind you) and have been to about 500 exhibitions (no word of a lie) so of course I notice trends and directions. However, there are some cliches and degraded mimicry going on that needs to be pointed out. Not that some people doing some of the stuff below is not very cool or worthy, but unfortunatly most of it is not. Some of the cliches below have been haunting rental galleries for decades, others are propoganda of the trendiest galleries in Toronto.
10. Grainy polaroid photographs of skinny girls with tabbit masks. goddamn hipster douchebags. urgh.
9. Nude in a landscape somewhere. watch out for the cheeseball avalanche. blerk.
8. Drama masks on a canvas with paint splatterd on it…. burn after seeing. bwah.
7. Photo transfer on canvas …are you trying to be the new Robert Bateman? idiots producing and buying this shit.
6. Neon lighting words – proof some can be just as bad writers as artists. pfft.
5. Hudson Bay blanket & colours – try to stand out on Queen Street West, not blend in. whatev.
4. Vinyl cartoony flowers and characters on walls. pokemon is hokey art.
3. Victorian era style images of animal and people … but… omg.. with surreal elements! oh no!…. yawn….
2. Architects doing site specific work. Golly, would you like more whitespace? Could you possibly be more boring?More de-humanizing? More mini-institutional… yes you can.
1. black and white photographs of your damn family history. oh look! here’s my mom and dad on vacation somewhere! here’s a locket of hair! it’s in a lightbox! …. please shoot me in the foot so I can feel alive again.