My entry from Year 3 of ArtPrize September 2011 (my second year participating)
Title: The Timeless Instamatic Livingroom
Medium: Photography, Vintage Objects/Furniture
Artist: Kate Lichtenstein
This piece was inspired by my love of all that is vintage. All photography on the wall is original work by myself using a digital iPhone3 camera and anywhere from 2-6 different apps for editing. Photos were made to look instamatic and resemble Polaroids. I was inspired by the use of the popular smartphone app Instagram in which digital images are run through filters and made to look old-timey. I wanted to show people the world through my eyes. My favorite decade of all time is the 1960s and I love colors together: light pink, turquoise/teal blue, burnt rusty orange, oaker yellow and moss green. This piece included 2 vintage chairs and many objects from my basement. One of my favorites being the birdcage off to the left side, as well as the use of clocks and radios, hamburger telephones, and teapot plants! I even got to incorporate a wonderful vintage floral 1960s suitcase that I found at the local antique store. Many thanks to Grand River Music for allowing me to borrow their retro suitcase fan amplifier, it worked so well and really fit with this piece, and boy did it bring compliments! What a lovely time!
|Painted by Kate Lichtenstein - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Painted by Chris Lichtenstein|
Another artist's entry in this year's ArtPrize included dozens upon dozens of wood cut sculptures of children that were distributed to numerous people around the city to be painted and decorated in a number of unique methods. I was lucky enough to paint one with acrylics. Mine is the photo on the LEFT. This little boy is colorful but has a theme. His sneakers were painted as the night sky with little gold stars (inspired by the big red stars one would normally see on a converse shoe). His shorts are to resemble the earth, grass, leaves and trees. Moving up into his shirt we enter the blue sky where puffy clouds float and a rainbow shoots across from right side to upper left shoulder. Even higher, the collar of the shirt is a ring representing outerspace, black with lots of white stars and planets. And his roux hair with tones of orange, yellow, and gold swirled together represents the Sun. This venue was right outside of the Children's Museum, just a block away from my venue at Grand Central Market & Deli. The face, arms, and legs of this boy were at first painted, however soon replaced with mirror specifically cut to fit. (and I like it much better with the mirror, splendid idea artist!) The photo on the Right of the bigger woodcut spray painted by Chris Lichtenstein is my mother's piece that she painted for this particular artist's entry.
My entry from year 2 of ArtPrize September 2010 (my first year participating)
Title: Poprocks & Coke (or Untitled)
Medium: Sculpture- Recycled Materials (explained in paragraph)
Artist: Kate Lichtenstein
Venue: Grand Central Market & Deli
This piece was inspired by the idea of sculptures that are created from repeated shapes and patterns. In order to accomplish this I had to first pick a shape/object. I chose pop tabs (from tin cans). This life-size electric guitar Sculpture (the body and neck of the guitar) is/are carved from foam using a small metal zig zag saw, by hand. The body was then covered in regular tin foil that you would find in a kitchen. The neck was covered by gaff tape, most commonly seen/used in a theater. The pop tabs were then carefully hot glued onto the foil one by one in a scaled pattern (similar to the way someone would lay shingles on a roof). The knobs of the guitar are made from 3 recycled bottle caps (bottom left red, orange, black). A piece of recycled wood from a kitchen sample was glued onto the body of the guitar (left side) and smaller oblong popsicle stick material ovals were glued on top of that. On the neck of the guitar are sequins used as the dots on the fretboard. The tuners at the end of the neck are made from 6 recycled Miller caps that were carefully bent in half using pliers. Cardboard tubes and wooden beads were glued on to the end of the neck in order to hold the "strings". These guitar strings are actually recycled Bonzai wire of different gauges. Some silver sharpie was used in order to draw on the metal that would normally separate frets on the neck of a typical electric guitar. Before ArtPrize this piece was also displayed in a high school theater lobby. I have had an offer from someone who wanted to purchase this item, however at the time it was prior to ArtPrize 2010 and I had to decline. However, today I would be willing to talk ;)