|Artist Jimmy Talarico|
I’m excited to share that I was asked to submit a talk of mine about artists and empathy for consideration for SXSW 2020! If you feel so inclined, I would appreciate your support. Speaker applications are weighted based on public votes. Please click the link below and vote! Thank you!
Excited to have shipped our latest commissioned piece going to Boise, Idaho. Jordan and Makala, thank you so much for the privilege of creating this piece for you. We hope it becomes a legacy heirloom for your family as you continue to expand your story.
We want to stake so much of our lives or beliefs on absolute truths. But we don’t understand truth absolutely.
Think about an aspen tree. If never seen outside of summer, we would describe its leaves as green and would swear to death that was the truth of an aspen tree. But if observed any other time of year, we could describe the same leaves as a vibrant golden in autumn, or nonexistent if only seen in winter. All of these examples are truth about an aspen tree, but none of them are absolute. The truth of the aspen tree will always be limited by man’s perception of it. Funny how our perspective is the limit to our knowledge. It’s almost like we need the perspectives of others to give us a more complete understanding of truth. Like it requires relationships and empathy.
All things are influenced by some thing. The near-symmetry of nature. Consider a stalk of wheat. The seeds have a pattern and we want to rationalize that the pattern is symmetrical. This is how FL Wright would design, imposing symmetry on the near-symmetrical. But measure the seeds and we’ll most likely find that their distances apart all vary. This is due to the plants response to things that promote life or deplete life. Sun, water, nutrients, seasons... There are no closed systems and all things are influenced by some thing. Including me. And including you.
Another show! Saturday is the opening reception for the Art Across Montana juried show in Miles City, Montana. I've never been to Miles City, but I'm looking forward to the adventure. We are making it a family trip and I'm looking forward to the 4 hour drive (yes, in Montana you can drive for 4 hours and still be in the same state, not even halfway through actually!) And in case you'd like a reminder, these are my two pieces that were selected for the show.
I was asked to show my work this Friday night at the Livingston Art Walk. My pieces will be at 121 S. Main St so come on by if you're in the area... and tell your friends!
I will be presenting never-before-seen-in-public work, "Exposure & Vulnerability" and "Truth & Perception" amongst others.
This show will feature a handful of artists from within CTA Architects Engineers. Come see what happens when technical designers embrace art as a tool for expression.
I had a client for my day job who asked if I could design a replica schoolhouse that would look like its 100 years old to house a sculpture by an amazing artist (who needs to remain anonymousl for the time being). I said yes.
I collaborated with a friend in our office who is also a contractor, Max Anthon with JXM Design & Associates, and this is where we ended up. He has two more weeks to go but is doing an AWESOME job.
Can't wait to see this space filled with a sculpture made from woven willows. It will be beautiful. Oh, and I was interviewed on site today for a documentary they are filming of the process. The owner's rep really likes my art and asked me to talk about how the concepts I explore with my pieces helped in designing this project. So that was amazing. This schoolhouse is for the Tippet Rise Art Center located near Fishtail, MT.
Just found out I had two of my pieces juried into the WaterWorks Art Gallery Art Across Montana show in Miles City, Montana! This was my first time entering a juried show so I couldn't be more excited for the results.
For those who may not know, for juried shows an outside juror is selected to review all submitted work and to pick the best work that will be on display for the length of the show. This show will have "Best of" awards announced at the opening reception on June 27th. A truly exciting honor. Now on to the next one...
Doilies and seashells. That's what I was asked to use. The doilies to reflect how prim and proper Carol was, always with her hair done and jewelry on. The seashells to reflect her home state of Florida, and a life of comfort she left to begin a new life with her husband in rugged Montana.
I have been thinking about how I 'went public' with my art after I created For Helen, my first ash, wax, and flower piece. It was for my mother in honor of her mother. And now I have For Carol created for my mother-in-law in honor of her mother. I had a good relationship with Grandma Carol. We enjoyed teasing each other. And all though I know she'd be quick to point out areas of this piece that could have been improved, I hope she would have appreciated it. I was honored to be asked to make this in her memory. Carol, you are missed.
What happens at the intersection of Truth and Perception? Where our constants are questioned and our ideals lose grounding? It can be uncomfortable and thrilling if we are open to the answer.
I wrapped this one up last night. Not sure if I want to add any subtle accents yet so I'll let it hang for a day or two to feel it out.
I'm really happy with the colors, especially the patina on the copper. This had quite a few experimental elements and was a rewarding experience.
Jimmy & Melinda Talarico
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