Friday, May 30, 2014

Silent Auction- "Restoring Austerity"

Restoring Austerity
Joel Henry, a.k.a. “Bearface”

Description of work:

Always gaining inspiration from the unjust degradation of societies and people around the world, this piece promotes an avant-garde form of art that expresses circulating issues.  Current political and socio-economic instability around the world has left people stranded and out of place.  “Restoring Austerity” represents the coalition of these displaced people and their struggles.  Alien in nature and concept, this piece invokes ideals of curative restoration of misplaced people across the globe.

About the Artist
Bearface, born and raised in Albuquerque, is a 28-year-old artist who primarily works in graffiti art and painting. Consequently his paintings are influenced by Abstract and graffiti art and an “infinite amount” of color use. His favorite interest is transferring these styles into canvas paintings primarily using acrylic paint, opaque markers, and a myriad of other mediums. Several of his paintings include his trademarked cartoon character, “BearFace,”a character that represents daily life ranging from a state of grumpiness to the “plain Jane.” He values blending the genres of graffiti, abstract art, and cartoons mixed with simple designs to create a unique style of original painting.

Poem by Natalia Trevino
No Third Eye

Your take my large green head and roll it in your mouth like it is a new kind of gumball.
And my eye at the end of my flowered tongue is not the third eye

they always talk about. It is not the first or second eye that floats at the front of my head.
Some dancers talk about the need to curl their toes and spin on a point,

the need to tell a story without words, without the locks we wear
on our helmets.

Didn’t you know the grass in the field grew into your lungs
the day you flew that kite?

Didn’t you know I became this color because I had a thing for bees?
And I could tell you a thing or two about their fight. 

The day I saw the tree heavy with avocado growing out of that concrete slab--
The day we decided we had to let the tree go-- after its long service--

The day you held me at a distance because
you had an allergy to the gardens on my tongue--

that was when it came, that sole eye
the one that says

we are both awake.

About the Poet-

 Born in Mexico City and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Natalia is the author of Lavando La Dirty Laundry, which came out in January 2014. She is an Associate Professor of English at Northwest Vista College and a member of the Macondo Foundation.  Natalia completed her Master’s degree in English at The University of Texas, and she also graduated from  The University of Nebraska’s MFA in Creative Writing. Her poems have won the Alfredo Moral de Cisneros Award, the Wendy Barker Creative Writing Award, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, and the San Antonio Artist Foundation Literary Prize. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals including  BordersensesBorderlands, Texas Poetry Review, Sugar House Review, and Voices de la Luna. She has been anthologized as a poet, fiction, and non-fiction writer, with essays in Shifting Balance Sheets: Women’s Stories of Naturalized Citizens and Complex Allegiances: Constellations of Immigration. She is finishing her novel, La Cruzada, a testimony of an immigrant mother's journey. Having experienced a bi-national childhood, she hopes to raise understanding between people on both sides of the Mexican-American border. She lives with her husband and son just outside of San Antonio.

Starting bid- 400

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