Arts The Goddess, Art, and Me
posted by September 22 at 12:52 PMon
This weekend brought a most exciting email to my in-box, from the one and only Goddess Kring:
it’s nice that you mentioned my art gallery exhibit in your “last days” write up for sept 5th 2008. thank you for spelling my name and the title of my show, and the art gallery name correctly! ha!
it’s however creepy and bizarre to me that you didn’t talk about my actual photography or artwork and instead mentioned some strange and negative conversation two people had i don’t even know who drank too much wine at the opening. what a lack of actual substance in your words about the opening i had. i spoke with quite a number of intelligent and interesting people that night about my work and art in general and what it means to do self portraits etc. the snide snotty style of the stranger always shocks me! …but then again the only bad publicity is no publicity. i’d love it if the stranger had more sincere substance in their articles.
First, being called “creepy and bizarre” by the Goddess Kring feels like winning a trophy.
Second, Kringen shouldn’t take Last Days’ lack of substantive comment on her photography exhibit personally—the column regularly focuses on smaller happenings at official events. For instance: Instead of writing a review of the Sex and the City movie, I’ll share the report of the Sex and the City audience member who watched a drunk frat girl try to pee in her purse on opening night.
Regarding her art, Ms. Kringen supplied me with her “statement about the meaning of my gallery exhibit” (sic throughout, bolds are mine, and special props to Shannon for capitalizing Myself):
Self Portal: Amplified Chameleon photographs by Shannon Kringen
I tend towards being an introspective person. I use my camera to create Self Portraits that amplify and exaggerate different aspects of Myself that would otherwise remain hidden within and silent.
A chameleon like variety of Passionate Self Portrait Photographs capturing very different facets. From black and white high contrast to full color in natural light with face paint to the distorted face reflected in chrome. Images that symbolize the paradox of being one person and yet having many different sides to oneself simultaneously. The Self Portrait could be seen as a metaphor using the I to represent the Macrocasm of how many different cultures we have on the planet yet it’s all one humankind.
In other news, when I shared this email with my fella Jake, he brought up the fascinating fact that Shannon Kringen has been one of the most prolific life models for Seattle art students for over a decade. (Her only competition: the man they call Naked Santa.) And while an exhibit of Shannon Kringen photos of Shannon Kringen sounds less than interesting, an exhibit of 10 years of Seattle artists’ renderings of Shannon Kringen sounds potentially interesting, or at least more interesting than Self Portal: Amplified Chameleon. Heck, I’ll curate this exhibit myself….Got a drawing of Shannon Kringen in your portfolio you want to share? Scan it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org! If the results are interesting, maybe I’ll share them here!