Still Life: The Salon was held in Pittsburg, California at Erin Mahollitz’s home. A hot summer day of art.
The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Mary Louise Harrington, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Tao Graham, Lucy Beck, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, and Katie Osenga.
This month’s theme was “Still Life.” The art and the happy faces speak for themselves.
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.
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.
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.