Saturday, August 18, 2012

Art Exhibit in 2 Months: More Info To Follow

I am getting ready for an Art Show the third weekend of October, 2012 in Michigan.  The last time I was in a solo art show where I was one of the featured artists was May, 1992.  That was the first time I exhibited my work to the public. Now 20 years later, I am going to have an opportunity to show my work again.  It is my hope to put together a list of all the pieces I will be taking to this show in Michigan, and that the list will include the title, size, medium and price of each piece.  A few people have expressed an interest in buying my artwork.  I will try to post a photo of each piece, that will be in the exhibit in October, on my blog before the opening of the show so that individuals interested in purchasing a piece will have an opportunity to do so. (I will simply exhibit any artwork purchased before the show with a red dot.) My artwork will range in size and materials.  From wood pieces large and small that I have designed and constructed to pieces painted on envelopes that I have referred to as The Envelope Collection. Today is the third weekend of August, so, the show is roughly 2 months away. If anyone is interested in purchasing a piece of my political satire artwork, I hope you will contact me either on my blog, Facebook or by email. Thank you.  

Level Playing Field Out The Window by F.D. Zigler, acrylic on paper envelope.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saturday Is For Art: Altarpiece No. 2

Altarpiece No. 2 is almost completed.  Perhaps I can work on a few small details, or throw it against the wall to season it a bit. Either way, this is pretty much how it is going to appear when finished. There are things about this piece that I really like, and there are pieces of it I would have liked to have done a better job with.  I love the shape of the piece as I got my inspiration from an altarpiece in the Detroit Institute of Art. Now that I got that shape out of my system, I can move on to other things. The altarpiece is constructed of birch half inch plywood and popular with pine moldings and painted in acrylics.

Altarpiece No. 2 by F.D. Zigler, 2012.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Saturday Is For Art: 2 Small Wood Icons

Here are 2 small wood pieces that I made from some leftover wood.  The 2 Icons measure around 12.5 by 9.5 inches and are painted in acrylic. I like the one on the right best.  See, sometimes I like things right of center.

Mother & Child: An American Icon and Level Playing Field With butterfly by F.D. Zigler, July, 2012.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

President Baruch Shalom Obama?

Hating people is back in vogue!  Perhaps, hating people never went out of vogue.  I am to the age that I would have to stop and think about who I hate, or, if I even hate anyone.  I hate intolerance and cruelty, and monsters in the human form that have no respect for human life.

There are a lot of people that hate President Obama in the USA.  Several people say they dislike him because of his policies and his political ideology.  That is fair as we don't expect people like people who we disagree, or do we?  I don't like people that have a political ideology that fosters intolerance, cruelty and lies.

Since so much has been made of Obama's place of birth, his father's religion, his upbringing and his education, I have wondered: what would have been said about a President Obama had his father been from Ethiopia instead of Kenya, and his father had been a black Jew instead of a Muslim? (There are black Jews in Ethiopia and they have lived there for a thousand years or more.) Ethiopia borders next to Kenya's northern border.

What if Obama's first name had been Baruch instead of Barak? What if his middle name had been Shalom* instead of Hussein?  If his name had been Baruch Shalom Obama would he have been portrayed as a Jew if he claimed to be a Christian? How many people would have accepted his Christianity, or, would people say he is a Jew?  Would they claim that his policies have made him the worst U.S. President towards Israel?

Would people question his admission into Columbia or Harvard Law School.  There are lots of Jews that have attended Columbia and Harvard Law School?  Would people question how he earned his money?  Jews are known for knowing how to make a living and taking care of their families.

What other things would be said about a President Baruch Shalom Obama?  I can only wonder?

* Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, middle name is Shalom.