On March 7th (last saturday), Cafe Hey held an opening night for its Gasp! Arilla art show, held at the same time as the Raymond James Gasparilla Art Show. The Cafe Hey version was small-scale, local, and intimate, much like the cafe itself.
Marie Bydlinski had two paintings in the show.
"Surveillance", Ms. Bydlinski says, is about the difference between the way we present ourselves and how others perceive us. Note how the print coming out of the Polaroid camera is of a vibrant flower, and the image on the LCD screen on the digital Nikon depicted is of a Godzilla-variety creature. The newer technology apparently capturing the old almost conveys a message about our living in a simulation.
The painting depicted at left, titled "Life", is about mortality, and how we move through life knowing it lies ahead.
I found both of these works too literal. More telling than showing, and locked into one meaning (monosemic). One of the strengths of art is its potential to carry a multiplicity of meanings simultaneously (polysemic). The explanations provided by the artist also reduced the range of possibilities in the works.
Amber Antonelli had several works in the show, but I couldn't find the name tags.
The above image shows a multimedia work with intricate patterns, a lunar form encircling a heart, flat-nosed pig-like (?) figures around the woman, whose hand reaches toward the heart, with the words "I want her heart" on their necks, which seems like a hint about consumption. I couldn't make out some of the words, but the work is strong and seems like some sort of feminine quest for love and/or self.
Interesting, beautiful work.
You can see more of Amber's work here: [Link]
Allen's site can be found here [Link]
She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Cafe Hey for putting together a good show, and for being a great hangout.
1540 N. Franklin Ave., just north of the interstate, downtown Tampa.