Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Monthly Challenge

Untitled (1948)
© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lee Krasner [Lenore] :: (1908-1984) :: American painter.
"“Untitled” (1948), is erudite yet playful, it shows off the artist’s virtuosity with the drip pouring technique that Pollock was to make famous.
Krasner produced 31 documented “Little Image” paintings from 1946 to 1950, a half-dozen of which are now lost.
Krasner's ''Little Image'' series from the late 40's includes grids of hieroglyphic signs that call to mind the pictographic works of Adolph Gottlieb, and small-scale allover webs of spidery white lines on black that echo Pollock's ground-breaking cultivation of the allover field. Original or not, these paintings have a fine material and optical concentration, suggesting that Krasner's talent may have been best suited for more intimate ways of working.
 Krasner struggled for critical acclaim in her own right, rather than merely being regarded as Pollock's wife. Of these two painters, Jackson Pollock is more famous than Lee Krasner, but without her support and promotion of his artwork, he may well not have the place in the art timeline he does. Both painted in an abstract expressionist style. Krasner left a legacy to establish the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, which gives grants to visual artists. "

Here are 3 links to read more about Lee Krasner.

Your entry this month can be influenced by the colors, pattern or whatever you choose to focus on for your creation. Just remember to include at least one art bead in your design.

The Prizes:
A winner will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on January 1st.
Our sponsors this month are sponsors: Mary Harding, Marsha Neal and Cindy Gimbrone, please visit us tomorrow to see the prizes! 

Featured Designer of the Week:
From all the entries during the month, an editor is going to pick their favorite design to be featured every Monday here on the ABS. We want to give our participants more time in the spotlight! Our Featured Designer will be this Monday, so get those entries in soon.

How to enter the Monthly Challenge:
1. Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.

***Beads by themselves and beads simply strung on a chain or cord will not be accepted.***

2. Upload your photo to our
flickr group. Detailed instructions can be found here and click here for a
tutorial for sending your picture
to the group. If you can't upload to Flickr, send your entry and information to Heather.

Please add the tag or title
to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.

Deadline is December 31st. Photos are approved by our moderators, if a photo hasn't followed the guidelines it will not be approved. You may upload 2 photos a day.

What is an Art Bead?
An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.

*** A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.

p.s. If you have a blog, post your entry and a link to the ABS challenge to spread the beady goodness.

1 comment:

SummersStudio said...

My hats off to you at ABS for choosing to feature a painting by Lee Krasner for the inspiration work.