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Vancouver Art Gallery visit – Ken Lum

August 21, 2011

Why go to the PNE when you can see fun house mirrors at the VAG? Today I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery to view their current show “The Colour of My Dreams – The Surrealist Revolution in Art”. However it was the solo show of Ken Lum’s work over the last 30 years that made a greater impression on me. Up on the second floor I stepped behind a wall into a maze of mirrors. Within a few feet I had to tell myself to heed the warning sign to “walk slowly” so I would not bump into a mirror. My walk was an exercise in brain control. I had to tell myself to keep calm. I had to concentrate on where I did not see a reflected image of myself so that I could walk in that direction. I believe good art should affect you in some way. This piece of Ken Lum’s deeply affected me. I don’t know if I have ever felt scared by a work of art before. It was a relief to see the exit. Yet, once out, I wanted to go back in and experience it again.

You can see a review of “Mirror Maze with 12 Signs of Depression” in The Vancouver Sun.   http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/cultureseen/archive/2011/02/09/ken-lum-fracturing-the-self-in-mirror-maze.aspx     You have until September 25th to walk through the maze yourself.

Painting for Process Not Product

August 25, 2010
Blue Bow, by Tiana, 2010

Blue Bow, watercolour and ink, 4"x6", Tiana 2010

It’s hard to distance oneself from our money driven society, from those unsaid rules that adults cannot play like we did when we were children, but must produce products that will pay our bills. I’ll admit that I have been stuck in this predicament. When your day gets clogged with chores who has time to play just for fun? Lately I have been trying to get back a little of that play time for myself, whether its dragon boating, digging in my garden, or improvising on the piano. For some reason my visual art is a little slower to return to a playful state. In my early 20s I was churning out all sorts of art experiments from collages on recipe cards, to drawing mazes, to making paper pulp and forming it into masks, to writing poetry out of random words cut from magazines. The last few years my art production has focused on examples for teaching, commissions, and a few pieces for shows. Since I don’t have a full time job now, I’ve got the time for fun, for experimentation.  But why, as an adult, is it so hard to let oneself play?

This painting of a boat in Steveston is a quick piece (4 to 5 hours) I did this week. Unfortunately I cannot report that it was done just for fun. There is a call for artists for Richmond’s Cultural Days and that’s what helped me get my paints out. However, it’s creation has spurred me into creative thoughts and hopefully into some fun creative production. Oh to be more carefree and create for the enjoyment of the process instead of always thinking of income potential.

Let’s Begin. 1,2,3…GO!

July 20, 2008

The road to fame begins, the quest has started, we’ve unleashed the hounds, the horses are out of the gate,  the countdown has commenced, I’ve started the engine, now give it some gas, and we’ll be off and running!

Welcome to Tiana Kaczor Fine Arts

This is a place to connect to the creativity that flows out of me. Whether you have come by just to observe, or you plan to purchase, all are welcome. Without you I would be nothing. Well, not nothing, but a lot less. I tend to feed off of others. That’s often where the best creations start. So inspire me with your comments, your project ideas, your links to others. In return I promise to give you the best that I’ve got. Let us learn from one another, create together, and build a path to … well I’m not sure, because we haven’t got there yet, but let’s hope it’s a fun journey.

Artists draw from all areas of life to find inspiration for their creations. In this blog you will not only find information about my specific creative activities in visual art and music, but you will also find comments about anything in my life that I feel will be of interest to others. Politics, literature, entertainment, anything that I come across is fair game.

Every week something new to exhibit, share, sell, or discuss. I hope you will visit me often, and tell your friends! To start off I’ll give you a maze. It seems fitting now to go back to mazes. I have drawn them during times of change in my life. Perhaps I am looking for a new direction, a new path. I have a feeling this will be an exciting one. Am I ready? You bet! 1, 2, 3 . . . GO!

10"x16" ink on paper, 1993

Stars and the City 10"x16" ink on paper, 1993