by Timo Daehlie
The old Neanderthalers used stones and carved their prays inside their caves. Their results are considered to be the first human artworks. As mankind evolved so did their tools. The Greeks sculpted statues out of Marble, the dutch grandmasters used oil paint and modern youth spraycans to vandalize public properties. The future generations have the privilege to carry tools like Photoshop, inworld build menu and blender for example. Beforehand an interesting development and personally I am very curious to see where it will end.
I was lucky to bump into a glimpse of this future when I noticed work of Shirah Bare. She was one of the first who responded to Marianna Monentes call up for artworks at her Sculptures Expo I wrote about in my first article ((http://www.gcgsun.ca/magazine/exploring-articles.)) When you look at her creations, and of course artworks of other people on that place, it becomes clear art will be pushed onto another level the coming years as a result of modern techniques tools.
Apart from the technique and tools it also intrigued me how Shirah have choosen her themes for her works. It obviously clear she wants to raise questions for the public. Draw a windmill for example and everybody will look at your technique and performance, maybe some will mention they have a windmill nearby, but when you create a wired globe with rotating objects inside and a spider on top above a woman on her knees you have to puzzle for a while to discover why its named "Gossip". In my opinion a great talent if you are able to create works that can be seen from different perspectives.
I had a little chat with Shirah as well to verify my findings of her other creations and to compliment her. A funny and remarkable point during that conversation was Shirah denying to be an artist. Just like me, but when you control the techniques, tools and have a mind to think outside the box and leave spectators with question then you are simply an Artist.
Curious to see why artworks are called Gossip, Connected, Chaos and Illuminated Dance? Visit the Odyssey of the Mind at region "Cedar Spings" or drop by at Shirah Bare's region "Reflections" for a cup of coffee and a chat.