TITLE: Ay, Tu Apestas! (Oh, You Stink!)
MATERIALS: Acrylic on canvas, metal and ELECTRICITY!
DIMENSIONS: 5' w. x 8' h
The phrase 'everyone's a critic' is never more true than
in the art world. Many viewers are often quick to judge the
artwork before giving themselves a chance to truly observe the
art and explore it's messages. My project "Ay, Tu Apestas!"
(Oh, You Stink!) evaluates the judgmental relationship that
occurs between the viewer and the work from the paintings perspective.
Literally turning up it's nose, the artwork rotates about the
room observing the audience. Metal and acrylic have been incorporated
into the piece to express the resiliency of one's convictions,
canvas to express how judgments are woven into our existence,
and electricity to emphasize the power of opinion.
"Ay, Tu Apestas" (Oh, You Stink!) is the first
of many collaborations between local artists Paul McCall and
Pete Brady. Paul McCall's work has been exhibited at regional
galleries, museums, and public spaces including Center on Contemporary
Art (CoCA) and the Washington State Convention Center. Paul
has also been the recipient of awards from the Edwin T. Pratt
Fine Arts Center and Artist Trust. Pete Brady's expertise encompass
stainless steel, aluminum, brass, pewter, and bronze. Brady's
extensive career includes more than six years of teaching the
art of metal fabrication at Clover Park Technical College. In
his spare time he builds and races stock cars and has served
as president of the Outlaw Racing Association.