Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Laniakea Beach"

Aloha Friends!

I have just finished my second piece in my new series Places Close to Home 

Artist Statement: Places Close to Home are the places and events that one might experience that help define who they are and where they fall On the Spectrum.

Laniakea Beach, also known as Turtle Beach (not to be confused with Turtle Bay) has been a favorite place of mine on Oahu since I first moved here in 2008. It's a beautiful place where you can see gorgeous sea, endless sky and, more than likely, a sea turtle sunning him or herself on the beach. Every time I drive to the North Shore I have to pull over to soak in the view, it's worth it every time (even when it's raining!). Mahalo for looking!







Laniakea Beach
2015
Pencil on Paper
9" x 12"



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Thursday, May 14, 2015

"Places Close to Home" - New Series

Aloha Friends,

As I have been going through my old files, several themes are emerging that over several years have been ongoing and continuous. The first is mental illness, mental health and the wide range of mental experiences in between. These works often include portraits and abstracted images that represent and explore the mental health spectrum. On The Spectrum includes a collection of abstracted prints that go through the alphabet of mental health. To read more about it Start Here.

Places Close to Home is the second emerging theme. It is my most recent work in progress and is a collection of drawings and paintings that explore home as not necessarily a physical place, but as a feeling and an experience. This series is closely tied to the On The Spectrum series.  Places Close to Home are the places and events that one might experience that helps define who they are and where they fall  On the Spectrum.

Right now Places Close to Home includes only personal places and experiences but in the future will include selected places and experiences of people who inspired each letter in On The Spectrum.


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noun
  1. 1.
    the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.
    "I was nineteen when I left home and went to college"
verb
  1. 1.
    (of an animal) return by instinct to its territory after leaving it.
    "a dozen geese homing to their summer nesting grounds"

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Waimea Bay is the first official place/piece in Places Close to Home:


"Waimea Bay"
2015
Pencil on Paper
12" x 18"



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Boz Schurr





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Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Light Inside the Bell Jar - show in Savannah, GA!

Aloha Friends!

I have been selected to have some work featured in an upcoming show! When I first saw this show on the Collage Art Association website it really jumped out at me as something I had to apply for. As some of you know the majority of my artwork addresses how the western culture (my POV) views and categorizes mental health and mental illness. I believe there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings that surround mental health and it can effect our interactions and relationships in sometimes adverse ways. Below is the show's call to artists which really spoke to me and I feel relates directly to the ongoing themes in my art practice.
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The Light Inside The Bell Jar is a female-identified group juried show exploring themes of mental illness in women. It will be held at Sulfur Studios, located at 2301 Bull Street in Savannah, Georgia, May 7th through May 10th. This exhibition is being undertaken as a challenge to the clich├ęs of “hysterical women,” showcase strong female-identified artists, and create further awareness of mental illnesses.

This show is being curated as part of Savannah College of Art and Design Master of Arts candidate Sara Uhlig's Arts Administration graduate thesis project.

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"Aurora"
Dimensions Variable
Acrylic, Ink, Graphite and Mixed Media on Paper
2015

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"In ancient Roman mythology, Aurora is the goddess of the dawn, renewing herself every morning to fly across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun. She meets death everyday at the hands of the night, only to be reborn. She is resilient but she is also generous, spreading her light over everyone she meets, day after day after day."



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Also check out this cool write up about the show in Connect Savannah!


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Boz Schurr



All work is copyright 2014  Boz Schurr. Please do not use without my permission. Mahalo!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Kroc Center Spring Art Night "Alive" with live painting!

Aloha Friends,

This past week I was invited again by the Kapolei Kroc Center to do some live painting for their Spring Art Night. I am always very happy to do these live paintings since it gives me a chance to get out of the studio and interact with the community. This Art Night's theme was "Alive" and featured adult and youth artworks from the completed spring classes. They also had some lovely live music including the Kroc Center's youth band! I know I've said this before but if you haven't been to the Kroc Center yet, go. It's super fun and the staff are all lovely people.

Below are a few photos of me working plus the final timelapse video! Thanks for looking! I tried to start in the air and end in the ocean with my "Alive" theme. I am going to be at the next Art Night (fingers crossed) so if you have any suggestions of imagery please let me know! Mahalo!


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Final time lapse:






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Boz Schurr




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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Recycled Rain Project - upcoming show!

Aloha Friends!

I am very pleased that I will again be included in the Recycled Rain Project at the Olymic Mills Gallery in Portland Oregon! This annual art show in focuses on water issues and encourages artists to become resourceful with their ideas and materials. It is always a fabulous show with incredible artists! I feel very fortunate to be included. Check out my pieces below and mahalo for looking!

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

The Recycled Rain Project was founded to help bring awareness to local artists and the various water issues facing both our state and other’s abroad.

The Fourth Annual Recycled Rain Project opens May 9th 2015 at the Olympic Mills Gallery Space in Portland, Oregon.  All juried artists will create original works with collected rainwater. While the subject matter in the paintings is varied, the over all concept is to bring to light simple ways that we can rethink the way we use water.

As part of the exhibit we will also highlight everyday things that individuals can do to make a difference. A portion of the sale of any works are donated to a water-based charity. We hope to do our small part to start a greater movement to help other’s realize what a precious commodity we have and ways that individuals can help make a difference here and abroad.

For RR 2013  we were able to add a children’s component to RR with the addition of RAINDROPS – a children’s gallery.  Now in our third year we want  to continue help educate children on the environment and bring them closer to art.

We are currently seeking classroom partners. Please contact sara@therecycedrainproject.org for more information regarding a classroom collaboration.


Here are the pieces I will be including in this year's show (Don't worry, these pieces each used recycled inks and materials):


On the Spectrum (Asperger's Syndrome) 
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11"
$100 (unframed)




 To read more about this piece and my On The Spectrum Print Series Click HERE.


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On the Spectrum (Bipolar Disorder) 
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11"
$100 (unframed)




To read more about this piece and my On The Spectrum Print Series Click HERE.




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Boz Schurr

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Fregoli Delusion)"

Aloha Friends!

I have been busy in the studio this week! After traveling it's always a bit challenging to get back into the swing of things. I am really missing Japan, but I am happy to be back teaching and sleeping in my own bed. I do miss all the marvelous sake though... Thankfully I have my pictures and some beautiful memories to reflect on.

Anyway, this print marks the 6th print in my ongoing screen print series. Whew! Only 20 more prints to go! It seems like this series is taking forever and at the same time is moving very quickly. Hopefully once I hit 10 or 12 prints I'll get them all out for a group shot. Thanks for looking! And remember this series is all about perception and personal narratives, so if you have a personal story please don't hesitate to email me or leave a comment. I always want to hear from you.


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On the Spectrum is a 26 part print series, one for each letter of the alphabet, that explores interactions of mental illnesses, developmental disorders and perceived normalcy as abstract landscapes. Please read my artist statement for more details.

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Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.


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On The Spectrum (Fregoli Delusion)
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11" 
$100 (unframed)






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The Fregoli delusion, or the delusion of doubles, is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. The syndrome may be related to a brain lesion and is often of a paranoid nature, with the delusional person believing themselves persecuted by the person they believe is in disguise.

A person with the Fregoli delusion can also inaccurately replicate places, objects, and events. This disorder can be explained by "associative nodes." The associative nodes serve as a biological link of information about other people with a particular familiar face (to the patient). This means that for any face that is similar to a recognizable face to the patient, the patient will recall that face as the person they know.

Tibbetts, Paul. " Symbolic Interaction Theory and the Cognitively Disabled: A neglected Dimension." Jstor. Winter 2004. Web. 28 September 2011 Symbolic Interaction Theory and the Cognitively Disabled: A Neglected Dimension

Mojtabai R (September 1994). "Fregoli syndrome". Aust N Z J Psychiatry 28 (3): 458–62. doi:10.3109/00048679409075874PMID 7893241

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Boz Schurr

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Art Teacher Planner (Work in Progress)

Aloha Friends,

I was looking back over my posts and it looks like (from what I've put here) that I'm only working on the print series and teaching. But there is so much more going on than that! Before I start posting some up coming shows I wanted to post a few more doodles from my teacher planner. I do these mostly during meetings and other places where I either really need to pay attention or to help pass the time. There have been studies the suggest that tapping, moving or drawing helps students' concentration and makes for better information retention. I'm not sure if it's true but it seems to work for me!










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Boz Schurr


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