Back in the 80’s I worked for a major oil company where it was common on any manager’s birthday for a stripper to come in to give a lap dance to the birthday boy, in front of everyone in the company. Laws on sexual harassment existed since the mid-seventies, but no one seemed to tell the good ole boys about it, and who would complain, the pay and benefits were great.
Back in the 50’s women were still treated as chattel by many men in the US. Sexism was common in advertising and on television. One line that sticks in my head from Jackie Gleason’s show The Honeymooners was from the character he played, Ralph Kramden. Ralph would shake his fist at his wife Alice and say “to the moon, Alice”. We’ve come a long way since then.
“Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O’ sweet abandon!”
The group on Facebook was started by Michael deMeng.
“So here is how to play if you wanted to join in:
All you have to do is make a piece of art. (as simple or as elegant as you like)
Write a little note on it explaining that it is a gift
Also mention that if the finder would like to share info about its fate they can contact you directly i.e. email. Then you can share the info with us if you are so inclined. Its not a bad idea to leave you’re web address contact info…you never know…you might have created a new patron.
Photograph what you’re leaving behind
Then leave it…walk away…run…try not to get caught.
Keep your fingers crossed that someone lets us know what became of it. I certainly doubt that everyone will take the time to inform the group. A few artists have already been contacted by the “finders”.
If you prefer you can use the contact email: email@example.com we’ll be checking it often and share the results.”
This is a piece that I abandoned today at Lowe’s in Paris, Tennessee:
All quoted text is from the Art Abandonment site on Facebook. Join us!
The eBay ACEO group in which I participate has a mid-month photo challenge. January’s challenge used a photo I took of the Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan when I visited there in July of 2005. Below is my photo and my miniature painting. While realism is not my preferred style of painting I have used it for this exercise.
The landscape of the Silver Pavilion is all artificial. By that I mean there was not a lovely lake and forest where a temple was then built. It was all created by man. Construction began in February of 1482. It is called the Silver Pavilion because the intention had been to cover the structure in silver foil.
The painting was made using watercolor pencils and water soluble graphite pencils. ACEOs (art cards editions and originals also known as ATCs artist trading cards) must be 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 x 8.9 cm).