Saturday, April 2, 2016

Television and other stories

So I confess I do watch a lot of cable tv. Blindspot is a show about a woman with amnesia who is discovered with tattoos over all of her body, naked in New York's Time Square. On her back is the name of a FBI agent, Kurt Weller. The tattoos on her body predict crimes or events that the FBI try to solve or prevent. It becomes apparent that the woman has the equivalent of Seals training and has past secrets that have been erased from her mind.

Okay, so now I have a problem because how did the tattoo designer or someone know these events were going to occur months ahead of time? Who is orchestrating this? Is it ESP or is there a massive plot against the FBI and for what reason? The storyline is starting to introduce another group from her past. But who can trust who? And the whys are getting larger.

Another show I watch is Lucifer. The character of Lucifer is not only fascinating but played very well by Tom Ellis. He leaves hell to come to earth, rejects his Father, burns his wings and decides he doesn't want to go back. He opens a nightclub and enjoys the temptations of sex and vices in the city of Los Angeles. He links up with Chloe, a beautiful homicide detective and aids her in solving cases. However, he starts to become more human and starts to do some good. As he becomes more human, his body is no longer invulnerable. Before he could be hit by a bullet and not bleed, but now he does. There is chemistry between Lucifer and Chloe, but complicated by her ex-husband who brings troubles of his own.

I'm waiting to see where these two shows go with the plot lines.

So how is the Saga of Sandra? I've been the Vancouver Art Gallery four times to see the MashUp show that runs to June 12. It's a history of collage, readymades, appropriation, mixed media, music, sound, writing, architecture and video that fall under art production that remixes or 'mashups' ideas and/or objects and makes them new. The exhibit occupies all four floors of the gallery. My favourite floor was the 4th, where there are works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Kurt Schwitters, and Marcel Duchamp.

The gallery had a replica of The Fountain, a urinal signed by R. Mutt. A tour guide told this story that Marcel Duchamp wanted to submit this work to an exhibit but couldn't because he was on the board. He gave the idea to a female artist who took on the pseudonym R. Mutt, but the piece was rejected and Duchamp resigned. The original ready-made was destroyed.

The first floor has more contemporary versions of MashUp art production. However, I would agree that it takes perspective and time for art trends or styles to be established and recognized as such. In today's world, art is for everyman and may be created and possessed by everyman because of technology. Anything can be art. Put it on a pedestal or nail it to the wall and it becomes aesthetic or a comment on art, politics, or society. A person with a Smartphone can have access to a multitude of images with a touch of a button, or take photos, record and alter using a built-in camera.

As an artist, I am influenced by many art styles and life experiences. At this point, I am still exploring, which artists should do. A friend of mine explained that not every painting needs to be a masterpiece. This did a lot to break down the feeling of artist's block. It's not that every work has to be a marketable success, but that I as the artist am fulfilled with doing it. Have fun, throw paint!

2 comments:

Lisa Rosenberg Sachs said...

Hi Sandra, Your shows sound pretty funny. I don't think I've heard of them. Maybe they're not on the air in Chicago. It wouldn't matter though because I've become addicted to HGTV especially House Hunters International. It takes up all my TV vegging time. That and Jeopardy. Do you watch those?

Sandra Yuen MacKay said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for writing! I've seen one episode of House Hunters International. Jeopardy is a classic! Do you ever watch Storage Wars or Pawn Stars. They are very entertaining! Years back I watched Cheers, the Six Million Dollar Man, Gilligan's Island. Ah, the list is long. Cheers Sandra