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An American Sentence, A Shoe Poem, & A Call to Artists

January 12, 2009

Yesterday was my birthday, the moon was full, so I took the day off.

trying-by-art-predator-small4Yes I did I took my birthday off from the blog for the mountains. Where we stayed I could pirate wifi but it was erratic at best and besides, I had slopes to ski and friends and family to enjoy!

After finding the following call to artists, I knew what to add to my American sentence (above in orange) for this post for the Poetry Train and Read Write Poem.

“trying” was published December 1996 for ARTLIFE’s Limited Editions 16 Anniversary Issue (sweet 16 never been kissed!) You may notice I made a few changes between that version and this one, the biggest being a move to 3 line stanzas except for the pair at the end and a new close.

today and possibly tomorrow
it feels like i’m trying on men
like i’d try on a pair of shoes

their names even match up
a pair of phils
both with x’s named christine

a pair of daves
a pair of bills
a pair of matts

a pair of tims
a pair of erics
now a pair of sams

they join a closetful of memories
with the odd ken, ron,
miguel, ze, robert

i don’t know what to do with them all
some look good but don’t feel good
some feel good but don’t look good

some cost too much to keep around
some are just too fashionable to pass up
even if they aren’t my style

i keep trying to find the perfect fit
they never work out
they begin to hurt

the memories still do
i love each of these men in some way
i love every pair of shoes i try on

my closet my bed stay empty
of my cinderella’s slipper and prince
i’m still trying them on

looking for the perfect fit
the one for happily ever after

Remember my post “Fun Game: Throw Your Shoe at President Bush”? Well, here comes a Juried Exhibition: Farewell SHOES for Mr. Bush!
In reference to the life that we, the world, have been breathing over the past eight years – thanks to our fine leaders in politics – we would like to salute them and wish them the “best” with a unique fun and participatory farewell gesture exhibition.

Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush is a shoe art exhibition open to artists of all mediums and from around the globe, who will have an opportunity to express their feelings on a shoe or pair of shoes. Participating artists are encouraged to explore innovative, evocative and genuine creations and to transcend the outside layers of the shoes. Shoes of all sizes (size 10 not required!) materials and provenance will be transformed into expressions of political, visual art, or simply a “farewell”.

The selected entries by the jury will be exhibited at DECORAZON gallery in Dallas, Texas in an installation curated by Hugo Garcia Urrutia and MK Semos, DECORAZON gallery directors.

To participate in this exhibition, the artist’s application package must be received by DECORAZON gallery no later than 6 pm on Friday January 30, 2009. This application package contains:

• Completed entry form;
• Entry fee of $15 for each entry, no limit per artists. One entry form per every pair of shoes. Shoe pairs with different concept require a separate entry form and fee
• All selected entries would be displayed at the discretion of the curators.

Our panel of judges will review the received shoes and select those entries that will be part of the Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush exhibition. Artists whose entries are chosen will be notified by February 2nd, 2009 through email and would be invited to the opening reception on Thursday February 5th, 2009. We apologize for the limited time to create the entries, judging and installation due to the revealing historical moments that we are facing.

• All entries including “Shoes”, entry form and fee: due by 6 pm January 30, 2009.
• Note: this is not a “postmark” deadline.

• Opening Reception: Thursday February 5 from 6-10pm
• On view from February 5 – February 16 (Presidents’ Day), 2009.
• Place: DECORAZON gallery – Bishop Arts District – 417 N Bishop Ave. Dallas, TX 75208 USA

• Packaging used to deliver entries should be labeled to include the artist’s name, artist’s residence city and country, entry titles, and medium if applicable. Please place a small label inside each shoe with this information.
• All entries that are not sold during the exhibition period will be shipped back to the artist’s with the appropriate pre-paid return shipping labels.

Special Awards
• Best in Show
• Best Conceptual Shoe
• People’s Choice

• $500.00 – Jury’s Choice

Sales and Exhibition
• Selected shoes will be exhibited and placed on sale at the gallery from February 5-16, 2009. DECORAZON gallery, would request 50% commission on all the transactions made during the exhibition. Artists should include a suggested sales price which would be finalized by the discretion of the gallery. All entries are recommended to include an artist’s bio, CV, and a short explanation of the artwork. Artists with other gallery representation are responsible for negotiating their commission with their gallery.

About the Jury

BENITO HUERTA is an artist, writer and curator. He is the co-founding editor and a current Board Member of Artlies. He is the director of the Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington, an independent curator, a participant in numerous public art commissions as well as in institutional collections throughout Texas. In 2002, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art awarded Huerta with its Legend Award.

ELISA JIMENEZ is an interdisciplinary artist, primarily in fashion design but also including writing, drawing, painting, performance art, and art installation. Born in Texas, Jimenez is the daughter of sculptor Luis Jiménez and graphic designer Vicky Balcou.

Vogue discovered Jimenez as “the scoop” and consistently has acknowledged her as being at the forefront of the new avant-garde as well as one of the top 10 American Designers in the independent realm. Her designs have appeared in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Dutch, Black Book, Paper Mag, Jane, and Trace. She has worked for a number of actors, musicians, films and television programs, including: Melissa Auf der Maur, Cher for her Believe album, Jennifer Connelly for her character in Requiem for a Dream, Marisa Tomei, Courtney Love, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City, Pink, Cameron Diaz, and art photographer Cindy Sherman. Jimenez was invited to be in the Barbican Gallery’s exhibit and book Rapture: Art and Fashion Since the 1970s, curated by Chris Townsend of London.

In 2007 Jimenez was a contestant on the fourth season of Project Runway, a reality show on Bravo in which designers compete against each other in various fashion challenges to win $100,000 to create their own fashion line, among other prizes.

PHILLIP COLLINS is the retired Chief Curator (since December 2007) at the African American Museum, Dallas and the newly appointed Executive Director/CEO for the Memnosyne Foundation.

Mr. Collins has curated over forty five exhibitions and has served as Treasurer on the Texas Association of Museum (TAM) Board in Austin, Texas. He has served on numerous local boards for cultural institutions which include the Arts District Friends, the Mexico Institute, Contemporary Cultures and numerous city and statewide cultural committees with a focus on the visual arts, cultural diversity, and arts education. He has developed art education programs, exhibition designs, fabrications, and art installations. Collins has written art reviews and essays for local, state, and national catalogues, periodicals and other related publications. Collins has served as juror for art exhibitions locally, statewide and nationally and is currently engaged as a freelance curator who is engaged with ongoing projects nationally and internationally.

Among many awards and commendations, Mr. Collins was awarded the 2004 Artist Advocate’s Award by the Visual Arts Coalition of Dallas. In November 2004, Mr. Collins was awarded the Creative Arts Award for Community Service by the Dallas Historical Society, and the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service and Volunteerism by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc. In October 2005, Mr. Collins was appointed Cultural Affairs Commissioner for District #2 for the City of Dallas Cultural Arts Commission. Currently Mr. Collins serves as Vice Chair of the Public Arts Committee for the Office of Cultural Affairs Commission.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2009 12:20 am

    Hahahahahahhappy Birthdayayayayayayay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. January 13, 2009 4:05 pm

    Happy belated birthday. Hope you had a great day off!

  3. January 13, 2009 5:37 pm

    thank you, Paul & Cocoyea! HAHAHAHa & YAYAYay!

  4. January 13, 2009 10:10 pm

    Happy Birthday, I hope you had a good time on the slippery slopes!

    Love the shoe poem and yes this version reads better than the other.
    I just wonder if you could say:
    I love each of these men the same way
    I love every pair of shoes I try on
    I love each of these men in some way
    the same way I love every pair of shoes I try on

    Just a thought, you can always delete this if you don’t like it.

  5. January 13, 2009 10:13 pm

    Thanks, Andy, for the suggestions, esp the second one! I appreciate your feedback!

  6. January 14, 2009 2:23 am

    Happy birthday – a fun and lively post –

  7. January 14, 2009 5:24 am

    happy belated birthday!
    your shoe poem is so funny! i love the rhyming pairs.

  8. January 14, 2009 10:05 am

    Happy Birthday.

    Great invite… hmmm… I may have an extra pair lying around.

    And yes, i AM moving over to wordpress… I’m even having a moving sale! :-)

    my blogspot blog will be phased out by the end of the month. I’m just keeping it for now while I work on the new one. I’m still learning how to use it.

  9. January 14, 2009 10:25 am

    Happy Birthday to you
    from a squeaky blue shoe.

  10. January 14, 2009 4:15 pm

    thanks for the birthday wishes, Tumble, Annamari, Danika, and Brad!

    danika, i’m going to move you over on my blogroll NOW! i’d love to see a post comparing and contrasting the 2. may 30 is the next sf wordcamp–maybe i could set up a WP bloggers poetry reading???

    if anyone makes a shoe for the show, please post about it on your blog (with pictures!) and link here so we can go see! in fact, i’ll post about it again in a few weeks and see if anyone’s made some art!

  11. January 15, 2009 12:42 am

    Happy belated birthday. You’ve no doubt enjoyed your special day outdoors skiing, wow, good for you! ;)

    The shoe poem — a delight to read. The names add to the notion of variety. And the line that mentions ‘hurt’ — just the right touch of hindsight.


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