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Le blog de l’artiste peintre franco-américaine Gwenn Seemel. Les articles sont en anglais et en français, et souvent ils sont bilingues.

Having opinions about art / Avoir des opinions sur l’art

2011 . 07 . 05 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

When people say that they don’t know enough about art to voice an opinion about it, there’s a problem.

Quand les gens disent qu’ils ne connaissent pas assez sur l’art pour avoir une opinion là-dessus, il y a un problème.

Over the last year and a half, Subjective had a lovely tour throughout the Pacific Northwest. It debuted at the North View Gallery in Portland and traveled to the Corvallis Arts Center, the Pence Gallery in Bend, and the Art Festival Museum in Edmonds, Washington. It was supposed to show again this month in Portland, but the venue where it was slated to exhibit suddenly closed. 

Subjective the book is still available through my site here.

La série dont je parle est Subjective, et, depuis le début de 2010, elle a fait une tournée à travers la région. Elle a été exposée à Portland, Corvallis, et Bend en Oregon, et à Edmonds dans l’état de Washington. Elle devait être montrée à nouveau ce mois-ci à Portland, mais la galerie où l’exposition était prévue vient de fermer.

Subjective le livre (dans l’anglais originel) est en vente sur mon site ici.

painted portraits by Becca Bernstein and Gwenn Seemel

Becca Bernstein and / et Gwenn Seemel
Partner / L’époux
2010 and / et 2009
acrylic on wood and canvas / acrylique sur bois et toile
36 x 60 inches (combined dimensions) / 91 x 152 centimètres (les deux ensemble)

- On comment books and the psychology of feedback
- Partner
- How to write an artist’s statement

- Right and wrong in art / Le correct et le pas correct dans l’art
- The role of the artist / Le rôle de l’artiste
- Prickly / Piquant

CATÉGORIES: - English - Français - Philosophy - Video - Subjective -

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(2) Comments / Commentaires: Having opinions about art / Avoir des opinions sur l’art

-- James -- 2011 . 07 . 11 --

Hi Gwenn,

This post seems like as good a place as any to share an opinion I’ve had about some of your own art for a while now. When I first started reading this blog, I didn’t really run into any of the videos, so all I had in my mind as a picture of you came from your self portraits - and when I finally saw one of your videos, I was very surprised at how much younger you were than I thought! Looking at your self portraits, I always feel like I’m seeing you ten years older - maybe it’s something deeper or sharper in the wrinkles you paint on your face. This doesn’t seem to happen in your other portraits, just the ones of yourself.

And I don’t share this opinion as a criticism necessarily - just an observation. It may be that you’re showing some aspect of yourself that’s only possible in a painting.

Enjoying your blog, as usual!


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-- Gwenn -- 2011 . 07 . 11 --

That’s funny: I always think I’m flattering myself when I paint my portrait!  At the same time, I consciously try not to flatter myself too much because I wouldn’t want people to catch me in the act of flattering myself.  Maybe what you’re seeing isn’t an extra ten years so much as the aging effects of my neurotic self. smile

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