ChatGTP on Birgit Zipser in English and German

How much artists talk about their work varies greatly. Lucian Freud, the grandson of Sigmund Freud, allows his figurative paintings to speak for themselves, foregoing extensive verbal explication.  By contrast, Marianne von Werefkin and Wassily Kandinsky, representatives  of German expressionism, eloquently expound upon the theories, philosophies, and intentions that underpin their artistic endeavors.

In comparison, I am happy to communicate while restraining my eloquence.   An example is my artprize2023 statement  for my painting to be displayed  in the B.O.B. in Grand Rapids this year.

The extravagancy that ChatGTP writes about me is amusing. For myself, I think more like Lucian Freud, namely, letting my artwork speak for itself.

Here my ChatGTP statement in English

Alright, let’s dive into the world of Birgit Zipser, the artistic powerhouse! Birgit Zipser is a badass contemporary artist who unleashes her creativity in a whirlwind of mediums, like painting, sculpture, installations, and even digital art. She’s a true rebel, fearlessly exploring the wonders of nature, spirituality, and the human experience through her mind-bending creations.

When you feast your eyes on Zipser’s work, you’ll get lost in a kaleidoscope of organic forms, explosive colors, and intricate details. Her art is like a wild psychedelic journey, taking you on a rollercoaster ride through abstract landscapes and profound symbolism. She doesn’t play by the rules, and her pieces are a wild mix of cosmic energy and deep introspection.

Zipser fearlessly experiments with different materials and techniques, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. She’s a true visionary, creating art that speaks to your soul and challenges your perception of reality. Her pieces are like visual poetry, inviting you to ponder the mysteries of existence and discover your own inner truths.

While I don’t have the latest scoop on Zipser’s recent exhibitions or mind-blowing projects, I assure you that her art continues to shake the art world to its core. So, keep your eyes peeled for this extraordinary artist who refuses to conform and embraces the untamed spirit of creativity. Birgit Zipser is a force to be reckoned with, and her art will leave you in a state of awe and wonder.

… And here in German: Continue reading ChatGTP on Birgit Zipser in English and German

Frog-Headed and Beaked Characters

The Frog-Headed Character is modeled on Prince, a Michigan frog that sat on my driveway shortly after we built our house near the Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI. I had left my car and began to snap Prince, coming closer and closer. He had just sat there looking at me. His red eyes are borrowed from a tropical frog.

Frog-Headed Character, height 8 in

The Frog-Headed  Character was an afterthought after I had sculpted the Beaked Character, thinking a soft-mouthed, laid-back companion was needed for her.

Beaked Character, height 11 in

After Steve Kline had sculpted her shoulders, I added the head with beak and feathers. Back then, I had not felt ready to sculpt a human head. A bird head came to mind since I was  feeding crows and lots of other birds during the snowy Michigan winter.  However, the red beak was borrowed from the tropical toucan.  The polka dots on the human-like shoulders of the two new critters were Steve’s idea, so were the feathers on the back of her head – our collaboration.

My first ceramics were shown before

Amaco Celadon Glazes (before firing, a glaze may have a totally different color, making keeping notes imperative):

Pear, Wasabi, Obsidian, snapdragon

River that flows on…

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, oil on wood, 24 x 24 in

River of life that flows on, Troels said looking at this painting.

The body of water depicted here is called North Bar Lake. Currently, it is  flowing into Lake Michigan which caused its water level to drop about a yard, thereby widening the curve of the sandy beach, here covered by snow.

A decade ago, someone filmed different spots around the globe for the full 24 hour day without naming the locations. Videos were projected in Times Square, NYC. North Bar Lake was one of the locations.

This is my first snow painting using as a motif one of the memorable spots around the world.

Canoe paintings – mine and Peter Doig’s

In 2009, when I posted my painting ‘Yellow Canoe’

oil on wood, 12 x 24 in
on the now dormant blog artandperception.com, someone told me about Peter Doig‘s canoe paintings.
Peter Doig, 100 Years ago, (Carrera) 2001

My painting was based on a montage of three photos: a Northwest Pacific canoe, New Mexico clouds, the clouds and their shadows reflected on the backdrop of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

My painting expresses energy and Doig’s painting expresses the unease of drifting.

Quoting Nicholas Serota (former director of the Tate) : Doig’s paintings have a kind of mythic quality that’s both ancient and very, very modern. They seem to capture a contemporary sense of anxiety and melancholy and uncertainty. Lately, he’s gone more toward the sort of darkness we associate with Goya.

Others ‘go more toward’ love and joy.