Friday, April 30, 2010

And the Winner Is. . .

Congrats to @IvetteMeans! She won the print in my retweet contest! Stay tuned for more giveaways. http://sorteie.me/hcb

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm Giving a Print Away on Twitter!


"Frame"

I am giving away a limited edition print of the "Frame" painting.

To enter:
1) Follow @dawnokoro on Twitter.
2) Tweet "RT @dawnokoro: Just entered #dawnokoro art giveaway http://bit.ly/9Kgry"

-Must enter by 5/1/10 12:01am est.
-You can enter as many times as you want, as long as your tweet includes the link and hashtag.
-Winner will be chosen randomly through www.sorteie.me.
-Winner will be announced on Twitter and this blog on 5/1/10.

More information about me and my art:
www.dawnokoro.com
www.dawnokoro.com/prints.html (prints)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Women of Notre Dame Part 1

Earlier this year, I was invited to speak and exhibit work at The University of Notre Dame. While I was there, some of the students volunteered to pose for future artwork. I needed to use the sun as a light source and these young women were gracious enough to pose for me outside despite the cold and snow. Here are a couple of the drawings that I made; both are colored pencil on paper. I will post more this week.


Erdina (graduating this semester)! 6x6 inches


Amber (recent grad)! 6x8 inches

For more information about me and my artwork, visit my website www.dawnokoro.com.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kenya Robinson Open Studio at LMCC


Kenya Robinson, who I previously blogged about here, is holding an open studio this weekend.

Join The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as they open their Workspace studios to the public for one weekend only, with an opening reception, open hours, and a reading. Meet the 20 visual artists and 9 writers in their studio spaces and see what they’ve been working on since September 2009.

An RSVP is required. Click here for additional information.

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Drawing "Booty Shake and Share"


This drawing is called "Booty Shake and Share." It is colored pencil and watecolor on paper 9x8 inches.

A lot of young women record videos of themselves dancing in their living rooms, then upload them to video sharing sites like YouTube. This drawing is based on a still frame from one of those videos.

For more about this project, click here.
For more information about me and my art go to my website www.dawnokoro.com.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Drawing



For this drawing, I had a model pose for a photo. I used color pencil and watercolor on paper. The drawing is 8x8 inches.

Click here to see yesterday's blog post about why I am doing these kinds of drawings.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Value of a Conversation: Carrie Mae Weems


"Mourning"2008

"Carrie Mae Weems uses colloquial forms—jokes, songs, rebukes—in photographic series that scrutinize subjectivity and expose pernicious stereotypes. Weems's vibrant explorations of photography, video, and verse breathe new life into traditional narrative forms—social documentary, tableaux, self-portrait, and oral history. Eliciting epic contexts from individually framed moments, Weems debunks racist and sexist labels, examines the relationship between power and aesthetics, and uses personal biography to articulate broader truths" (source Art 21).

When I met Carrie at my last art show, it was just amazing to be in the presence of an artist who I have been reading about for so long. She was carrying a small camera and taking pictures of everything around her. We talked about my art process, etc.

One of the things that stood out to me in our conversation was that she sternly expressed that in her experience, it is very difficult to get one's due respect as a female artist. She very tongue-in-cheek added that its even rare to get so much as a compliment or acknowledgment from men in the art community. Being female, of course that concerns me. I will have to remain aware, put my blinders on, and press forward.

Carrie Mae Weems has work on exhibit at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York through May 22nd.
More info http://carriemaeweems.net.

Progress on My New Project



Lately, I have been scaling back from the paintings and instead opting to make drawings. Drawing with pencil feels very natural to me as this is where most of us started as children.

You will notice that the way I am presenting my subjects is different from my previous work. Why? I am studying the way women put themselves on view through technology. I am studying this by:

-viewing social networking sites and advertising
-having women pose in my workspace to recreate some of these images
-conducting an online survey
-writing an essay about my experience and findings
-memorializing these women through paintings and drawings

Although some of the images that I have come across sadden me, I am also intrigued.

Update: Drawings for the "Selfsploitation" project are here. My essay about the project is here.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Value of a Conversation: Lauren Kelley



I recently visited Lauren Kelley's studio; she is an artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The Studio Museum's artist in residence program provides artists with a stipend and a space to create their work. I went to see Lauren to chat and ask for some advice.

Lauren's work explores the female disposition in a demanding and oversexed world. Some of her work includes stop-motion animated videos reminiscent of children’s programs that were launched in the 1970s and ´80s. My eyes lit up when I saw the miniature set that she was working on. In addition to the colorful set, there were dozens of Barbie doll bodies, heads and trinkets everywhere-- it all really tapped into the child in me. We went to visit a doll maker who may assist with her current project. I can't wait to see the final product.

She asked me what I was working on. I told her that I had this grand idea, but was unable to make much progress because I didn't feel that I had all the resources that I needed to make it happen. Upon hearing this, Lauren encouraged me to not get stuck on one idea and to experiment using the resources that I do have.

I am now working to move forward, even if that means working in a different medium or using a different method than expected. I don't want what I perceive as a lack of resources put a halt to my creative output.

The Studio Museum is hosting an Artist in Residence Open Studio on April 11th from 1-6pm. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and preview their new work as they prepare for their upcoming summer exhibition.

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