Clare Ann Matz goes Video

“I have  always explored the relationship between music, the spoken word and video art with collaborations between poets and musicians and filmmakers. Having worked on various multimedia productions I have acquired a sensitivity towards the alchemy of combining these elements: the volumes and textures, the colours and forms. The rhythm and of course meaning of the lyrics all contribute in creating a message which reaches the viewer/listener on different levels and touches their unconscious world.”

Clare Ann Matz about her art.

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I met Clare some years ago in Thailand. I was impressed by her creativity and her way of life. She wrote an article on sl4artglobal. You find it here. Now she goes into video production and I was stunned to learn about her newest projects, which will be described in the following text.

Clare Ann Matz is a journalist, writer, performance artist, musician, painter and film director.  Born in New York City she has travelled the world extensively. She  has lived and worked in Italy since the early 1980s.

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She won the 1° prize “Città di Commacchio” at the Palazzo dei Diamanti of Ferrara with „Energy“ (1984). In 1987 she worked in New York City with the Japanese Butoh group Poppo and later that year she was a performance artist at the  Festival Kassel Documenta 8 with Italian dance/theatre group Kripton.

Clare hosted television shows for VideoMusic Italy and SuperChanel London from 1989 to 1995 and directed from 2000 to 2002 the TV show “Bande Sonore”  for Italia 1.
She performed at the Biennale in Venice in 1999 with the Progetto Oreste and again in 2006 with the Retrò project presenting „Le Città invisibili“ by Italo Calvino.

Currently she collaborates with The CAM Art Co. in New York City and poets and artists in Italy.

Recently, having studied music at the Venice conservatory of Music as a child and using modern electronic programs, she has composed a number of songs and wants to experiment with the extraordinary world of „Alice in Wonderland“ by Lewis Carroll. Jabberwocky is the first of this series of video/poems she is now working on.

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It is based on Lewis Carroll’s „Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There“ (1872). She sang it backwards as if reading it through a mirror and enjoyed the freedom that using sounds rather than words.

The animated graphic designs are made by artist Adam Pizurny. „Our collaboration was possible thanks to the internet, which offers exceptional information and opportunities. The possibility of exchanging files rapidly and elaborating them on line is a whole new experience in comparison with the pioneering days when all technical equipment was big and bulky and the results were often rough and unpolished“, states Clare.

If you or any other artist would like to collaborate with Clare for the next videos, please feel free to contact her.

www.clareannmatz.com

 

 

Patti Smith: Higher Learning, Parma

Patti Smith, Slippers of Pope Benedict XV, New York City, 2007, 10 X 8 in (25.4 X 20.3 cm) (Large)

Patti Smith, Slippers of Pope Benedict XV, New York City, 2007.

A review by guest author Clare Ann Matz.

 PATTI SMITH „Higher Learning“

120 photographs by Patti Smith and THE NY SCENE „Art, culture and the new avant-garde movement in the 70s – 80s“
150 works of art by Galella, Ginsberg, Gorgoni, Makos, Warhol …

Palazzo del Governatore
Parma, Italy
Until July 16, 2017.

Patti Smith, Auto Portrait 2, 2003, 10 X 8 in (25.4 X 20.3 cm) (Large)

Patti Smith, Auto Portrait 2, 2003.

Higher Learning is a meditative journey on creativity and the passage of time, presenting 120 black and white Polaroid photographs taken by Patti Smith during her travels around the world, its title comes from the record Land, published in 2002.

Gianfranco Gorgoni, Jean Michael Basquiat, NYC, 1983, Lambda print mounted on aluminum, 180x130cm, -®Gianfranco Gorgoni _ Courtesy Photology.jpeg

Gianfranco Gorgoni, Jean Michael Basquiat, NYC, 1983, Lambda print mounted on aluminum, 180x130cm, ©Gianfranco Gorgoni _ Courtesy Photology.

The exhibition, organized by the University of Parma, the City of Parma and produced by International Music and Arts, celebrates the work of Patti Smith in occasion of  the honorary doctorate in classic and modern literature awarded her by the University of Parma on May 3rd, 2017.

The small photographs, taken with a vintage Land 250 Polaroid camera, are a visual diary showing the locations, the furniture, the statues, tombstones, and other objects which belonged to artists who contributed in developing Patti Smith’s cultural heritage, including Herman Hesse’s typewriter, Frida Kahlo’s bed, corset, crutches and medicine bottles, Paul Verlaine’s revolver, Margot Fonteyn’s ballet slippers and other relics.

Printed with gelatin silver process in limited 10 copy editions the photos defy the modern concept of digital photography, most images are out of focus and badly exposed, as if on a nostalgic quest, a longing for artistic masters and mementos from the past.

Patti Smith, Hermann Hesses's typewriter, Lugano, Switzerland, 2003, Gelatin silver print, edition of 10, 14 X 11 in (35.6 X 27.9 cm)

Patti Smith, Hermann Hesses’s typewriter, Lugano, Switzerland, 2003.

A yearning which has been at the heart of Patti Smith’s visual work from the very beginning, and whose embryo can be found in the book Babel published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in New York in 1974.

Patti Smith, Pier Paolo Pasolini's grave, Giulia, Italy, 2015, Gelatin silver print, edition of 10, 8 X 10 in (20.3 X 25.4 cm)

Patti Smith, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s grave, Giulia, Italy, 2015.

Speaking about the honor of receiving a Laurea honoris causa Patti Smith comments:

„When I was young I dreamed of going to a big university. It is an honor to receive  the  Laurea honoris causa from Parma University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities of Europe. I have always believed in the importance of education, and receiving this award from this eminent institution for higher education both embarrasses and stimulates me. This exhibition is a homage to another form of education. The university of life, of travelling, of books, artists, poets and teachers.

The images are visual representations of the pilgrimages and of gratitude, an ongoing love and respect for our cultural voices, for their great works and the humility of their instruments. A brush, a typewriter, the beds on which they dreamed. The places of their eternal peace.“

Patti Smith, gods hand rome, 2007, gelatin silver print, 20.32 X 25.4 cm

Patti Smith, God’s hand, Rome, 2007.

Gianfranco Gorgoni, Keith Haring in Front of Queens Bridge_, NYC, 1985, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, 35,6x28cm, -®Gianfranco Gorgoni _ Courtesy Photology

Gianfranco Gorgoni, Keith Haring in Front of Queens Bridge, New York City, 1985.

The THE NY SCENE „Art, culture and the new avant-garde movement in the 70s – 80s“, produced by Photology in collaboration with the City of Parma, exhibits 150 images linked to the artistic environment which developed in New York City between the 70s and the 80s, when the city became the world capital of contemporary art and launched the Pop Art  movement and the Beat Generation.

The photographs exhibited illustrate a cauldron of art, sex, drugs, pop culture and literary avant-garde through the eyes of the artists that contributed in the creation of these movements: Galella, Ginsberg, Goldin, Gorgoni, Makos, Mapplethorpe and Warhol and others.

Christopher Makos, Altered Image-Portrait of Andy Warhol, NYC, 1981_82, 50x40cm, Installation of 9 digital pigment print, -®Christopher Makos _ Courtesy Photology

Christopher Makos, Altered Image-Portrait of Andy Warhol, NYC, 1981_82, 50x40cm, Installation of 9 digital pigment print, ©Christopher Makos _ Courtesy Photology.

However the alembic container of the Palazzo del Governatore purges them of the nitty-gritty, grubby, noisy reality of the Big Apple, distilling an essence of refined photographs, carefully enclosed in sober frames, which defy the very purpose of the exhibition, which is to illustrate the energy in the Big Apple in the 70s and 80s.

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Ron Galella, Mick Jagger, NYC, 08_09_1983, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, 25,2×16,3cm, ©Ron Galella _Courtesy Photology.

The exhibition is divided in two sections „The East Side“ with Allen Ginsberg’s „Beat+Pieces“ portraying the poets of the Beat Generation with refined gelatin silver prints, including John Giorno, Gregory Corso, Julius Orlovsky and other interesting players of the scene such as Annie Leibovitz, John Cage and Judith Malina.

Allen Ginsberg, Francesco Clemente, Greenwich Village, N.Y.C., June 1992, Gelatin Silver Print, 30x40cm, -®Allen Ginsberg Estate, New York_ Courtesy Photology.jpg (Large)

Allen Ginsberg, Francesco Clemente, Greenwich Village, N.Y.C., June 1992, Gelatin Silver Print, 30x40cm, ©Allen Ginsberg Estate, New York_ Courtesy Photology.

Gianfranco Gorgoni who focuses more on visual artists with both b/w as well as striking, large Lambda color prints depicting Richard Serra, Francesco Clemente, Claes Oldenburg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

Nan Goldin’s Cibacrome „Everyday“ photographs recall the more familiar atmospheres of those years.

There are also two films: A documentary by Gianfranco Gorgoni about the owner of renowned art gallery Leo Castelli and the work of Swiss filmmaker Albert Schepflin shot in Sandy Daley’s room at the Chelsea Hotel with a soundtrack by Patti Smith chanting the poem „Thief“.

Patti Smith, Winged Cherubim, San Severino Marche, 2009, 14 X 11 in (35.6 X 27.9 cm) (Large)

Patti Smith, Winged Cherubim, San Severino, Marche, 2009.

The second section „The West Side“ begins with Andy Warhol’s „Instant Polaroids“ of artists and the jet set which gravitated around each other including Jane Fonda, Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, John McEnroe, Joan Collins, John Denver and artists Jasper Jones and Roy Lichtenstein. „Altered Images“  by Christopher Makos is a series of stark portraits of Andy Warhol in normal clothes, but heavy facial make up. „Not a drag act but 8 wigs, 2 days and 349 shots“, as Makos recalls, to capture the king of Pop Art in his multiple facets. At last Ron Galella’s „Disco years“ are just that, Polaroid pictures of celebrities at the Studio 54.

Patti Smith, Gabriele D'Annunzio's bed, Brescia, 2015, Gelatin silver print, edition of 10, 10 X 8 in (25.4 X 20.3 cm)

Patti Smith, Gabriele D’Annunzio’s bed, Brescia, 2015.

A small room with just one large photograph of a skull is dedicated to Robert Mapplethorpe yet one can spend a good hour there (they have placed comfortable benches) watching a clever 2016 HBO documentary film by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. „Look at the pictures“ depicts the extra-ordinary life of the controversial photographer through interviews with friends, school mates, colleagues, clients and gallery owners, plus historic footage, drawings made as a child, multimedia experiments at Pratt Institute and of course many exceptional photographs. Especially touching is the extensive interview with Robert Mapplethorpe’s brother Edward and the trial during which the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center was charged of obscenity twenty-five years ago.

Patti Smith, Michelangelo, David, Florence, 2007, Stampa su gelatina al bronuro d'argento, 35.56 X 27.94 cm (Large)

Patti Smith, Michelangelo, David, Florence, 2007.

As one exits the gallery a final room houses the double screening of Andy Warhol’s 1967 film „Chelsea Girls“, maybe an interesting experiment for the time, but quite insignificant after the overwhelming experience of a full immersion in Robert Mapplethorpe’s world.

Patti Smith, Columns (Gabriele D'Annunzio's garden), 2003, Gelatin silver print, edition of 10, 10 X 8 in (25.4 X 20.3 cm) (Large)

Patti Smith, Columns (Gabriele D’Annunzio’s garden), 2003.

 

 

The Image of Motherhood, Parma

Michelangelo Pistoletto: Venere degli stracci, 1967,   Cittadellarte,  Fondazione Pistoletto  Biella.

Michelangelo Pistoletto: Venere degli stracci, 1967, Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto Biella.

A review by guest author Clare Ann Matz.

In this miracle of mater lies the mystery of life.

Palazzo del Governatore
Parma, Italy
Until June 28, 2015.

August Rodin: La Danaide, 1885.

August Rodin: La Danaide, 1885.

The exhibition aims to explore the sacred and archetypal aspect of motherhood and its fundamental role in the Mediterranean culture through a selection of archaeological and artistic masterpieces, from ancient Egypt to ancient Rome, from the fifteenth century (Filippo Lippi, Pinturicchio, Luca Signorelli) to the Renaissance (Bernardino Luini, Correggio, Andrea Mantegna, Paolo Veronese, Giambattista Tiepolo, Rosso Fiorentino), nineteenth (Francesco Hayez, Auguste Rodin) to the twentieth century (Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Felice Casorati, Gino Severini), up to the contemporary (Lucio Fontana, Francesco Messina, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Bill Viola).

Luca Signorelli: Annunciazione, 1491, Pinacoteca Civica  Volterra.

Luca Signorelli: Annunciazione, 1491, Pinacoteca Civica Volterra.

One hundred masterpieces from more than 70 museums and private Italian collections, on what the value of procreation and the responsibilities motherhood have represented and continue to represent in the life of every human being. The fascinating exhibition takes the visitor through the symbols of motherhood, in a territory where thought meets techniques, colours, designs, and where nothing should have limits.

Bill Viola: Emergence, 2002, Courtesy of the artist.

Bill Viola: Emergence, 2002, Courtesy of the artist.

The first breathtaking section draws the visitor into a milky coloured neutral space where feminine mysteries connected with the cult of Isis and Demeter are represented by the bust of Isis in basalt of the XXVI dynasty of the Egyptian Museum of Florence and the precious statue of Persephone (III. century BC) from the Civic Museum of Lucerne, stand silent looking out on the onlookers. Ancient depictions of the Great Mothers ’steatopygous‘ and the Greek-Roman theme of fertility and motherhood, which was considered for centuries the physical representation of the constant ratio of Humanity with the Divine. Among the most important works of this section one can see primitive female idols (Mother Goddess) such as the famous „Venus of Savignano (Mo)“ from the Ethnographic Museum Pigorini of Rome and the „Mother of murdered man Urzei“ from the Archaeological Museum Cagliari, as well as the Artemis Ephesia from the Vatican Museums.

Francesco Hayez:  Portrait of Teresa Zumali Marsili with son Giuseppe, 1833,  Museo Civico Lodi.

Francesco Hayez: Portrait of Teresa Zumali Marsili with son Giuseppe, 1833, Museo Civico Lodi.

The second section gives the symbolic turning point in the artistic representation of motherhood after the recognition of Mary as the Mother of God at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.

Building on the artistic / religious experience of Byzantine icons the images go from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century Tuscan painters with precious masterpieces on canvas and famous “Madonna and Child” by Filippo Lippi to Andrea Mantegna, from Pinturicchio to Rosso Fiorentino. It is worth taking your time and sitting down to marvel at the incredible masterpieces painted by Veronese and by Tiepolo!

Dea Madre, IV BC, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari.

Dea Madre, IV BC, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari.

The thirds and fourth sections include the transformation of the family within the bourgeois century which has changed the ideal of sanctity of motherhood. The third section analyses the strong social imbalance created by the industrial revolution that would lead to the recovery of motherhood as a new value, here exemplified by the kind of portraits of Francesco Hayez and Domenico Induno.

Dea Iside, XXVI dinastia, Regno di Amasi Museo, Egizio, Firenze.

Dea Iside, XXVI dinastia, Regno di Amasi Museo, Egizio, Firenze.

And at last the emancipation of the female figure from archetypal themes with art of the twentieth century and the vanguards. What emerges is female a figure in competition with the newspapers and media, in which the woman, freed from the exclusive condition of mother, causes a change in the art of his own iconography. Sacred motherhood becomes seductive femininity and the sense of procreation gives way to a conceptual aesthetic representation. The modern artistic research of a new female archetype is seen through the works of Michelangelo Pistoletto, Max Kuatty, Bill Viola, and the famous Italian graphic icon, creator of the character of Valentina Crepax (which this year marks its 50. anniversary).

Salvador Dali's Space Venus, 1977.

Salvador Dali’s Space Venus, 1977.

It is a wonderful trip through the world of motherhood, but especially through womanhood. And it is an invaluable trip through time and space. The only true pity is that the curators Annamaria Andreoli, Elena Fontanella and Cosimo Damiano Fonseca didn’t include any women artists! It would have been interesting to see how women represent the female archetype.