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Still life – Momento mori

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Zdzisław Beksiński, Untitled, oil on fibreboard. 1984

by Maureen Fitzmahan

Momento mori –  “remember that you have to die.”  Momento mori  is an interesting facet of the still life genre.  The artist often places a skull in his still life among other symbols of life and death.

I must admit I find much of what I have seen in this genre to be quite disturbing.  Late 20th and 21st artists like to shock, so there are a lot of images that make me feel very uncomfortable if not disgusted.  I don’t like slasher movies or horror movies.  I don’t like violence (just murder mysteries without the blood and gore, thank you).

But, in the better pieces of art that represent this genre there are elements of spirit, poignancy, deep truths.  These pieces are also aesthetically beautiful.  Death and beauty. A powerful combination.

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Still Life (Salon #3-Series 3)

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mbfitzmahan. A Moment. Pittsburg, CA. 2017

Our next Salon is on Saturday, July 8.

“STILL LIFE” is the theme.

Why show art?

by Maureen Fitzmahan

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mbfitzmahan. Zoey. Berkeley, CA. 2017

1) Art is one of the extraordinary ways human beings share experiences or emotions that we are unable to communicate in any other way. 

Beauty, love, hope.  Loss, fear, hate.  Awe, faith, excitement.

The soulful moments we experience walking into St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.

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mbfitzmahan. St. Mary’s Cathedral. San Francisco, California. 2015.

The giggling kind of fun we feel when we hear the beat and the sound of Bruno Mars singing “Downtown Funk.”

These are moments of art.

Despair, yet chasms of deep beauty, felt by reading Emily Dickinson’s poem, There’s a Certain Slant of Light.

Complete terror of war in Huynh Cong Ut’s photo during the Vietnam War.

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Huynh Cong Ut. 1973.

2) Art is a way to chronicle the cultures of human society.  What we wear, how we eat, how we move, what we like to do, what we value, how we are born, and how we die.

Art connects us to one another.

How to feel empathy.  How to appreciate a different culture.  How to sympathize with those we think we hate.  How to better understand those we like.

It is important that we bring our art to the world.

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Salon 3.2 – Genesis

by Maureen Fitzmahan

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Zoey, Tony, Brian, Annelise

The 2nd Salon* of the 3rd series of The Art Junket was hosted by Ana Perches.

The Salon was attended by 13 artists: Erin Mahollitz, Katie Strange, Maureen Fitzmahan, Tony Jones, Brian Nelson, Tao Graham, Randolph Torres, Annelise Dohrer, Ana Perches, Katie Osenga, Lucy Beck, Zoey Olbum, and Kate Sbani.

This months’ theme, Genesis, inspired many of us to do a reexamination of our work and our work process.  For those of us who have been around for a long time, I believe that our work has reached new heights. We have many new members.  The diversity of work and members is seen in the kind of art being produced.

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A Night Out Among SF’s Mission Murals

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by Maureen Fitzmahan

The Mission- Balmy Alley, San Francisco.

Our Art Junket mural expert, Kaitlin Strange, guided us through the history, process, and techniques used in creating the Mission’s famous artworks.  Katie, an intern for Precita Eyes, was one of the artists who painted some of the murals in San Francisco. Katie wrote her Master thesis on the murals of San Francisco.   She has an intimate understanding of San Francisco murals and how they are created.

The Artists

 

The Fun

 

 

MBFitzmahan Photography On Display

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mbfitzmahan. Romani Child. Evora, Portugal. 2008

by Maureen Fitzmahan

Encouraged by two years of working with the Art Junket, I have decided to show my work out there in the streets.

No, really! The streets of Old Town Pittsburg.

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