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Tomorrow, September 5th is the official opening of the Emerging Artist show at the Plum Art Gallery in St.Augustine, FL. 5-9pm. The show runs from the 5th-27th of Sept. I am so excited to be showing at the gallery, my comparison paintings will be on display and for sale.

If you cannot make it to the gallery, but are interested in purchasing any work please contact the gallery at, 904-825-0069 This is a link to their website, http://www.plumartgallery.com/

You can view all of the comparison paintings on my website in the painting sections for 2013 and 2014.

www.johannafalzone.com

I will be present at the show, so come by and say Hi!

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I have four new paintings up on my website, they are comparison paintings of myself with Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, and Courtney Love. These paintings go alongside the ones with Debbie Harry and Gwen Stefani. There will be 5 more added next week that I am currently working on.

www.johannafalzone.com

Also, I have completed a 3.5 year long video art piece that recalls my memory of Kurt Cobain’s death. It’s a long story, but here is the video. If you go onto my vimeo page there is an explanation of the video, which I high recommend reading because it really gives you some insight into what this means to me and what all of the imagery represents.

https://vimeo.com/91046239

Finally, I have been updating Underexposed, my blog for emerging artists every couple of weeks. Yesterday I posted about Kurt Cobain as a Visual Artist. It’s great, I’m really proud of it, so check it out!!!

http://underexposedart.wordpress.com/

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So I had an amazing trip to California, drove the Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego to San Francisco and of course made stops in all the places I have wanted to see and spent a couple of days in each. Anyway this journey was not only to see California, but to see if this is where I would like to relocate myself, and yes its definitley on the top of the list. I also traveled to Chicago to visit family and get a feel for the area again although it’s the same as I remembered it 6 or 7 years ago, and it’s still my second home, so of course Chicago is on my list for relocation. While staying in Chicago my cousin and I made a trip up to Milwaukee for the Melvins 30th Anniversary tour, and mainly because Mudhoney was going to be playing with them, and if you don’t know, you know now, I am a HUGE Mudhoney fan. I like the Melvins, but Mudhoney, man, they are insanely good, and their set was amazing, Mark Arm’s voice has not changed at all, still got the chops!

Now that I have been back from that long month of traveling I have been working on new paintings and continuing my Female Protagonists in Film series. The newest paintings i have done are two 5″x5″, called Me + Gwen Stefani and Me + Debbie Harry. Also, I made the decision to go completely organic with my food, after a long time of knowing how bad non-organic food is for your body I have decided to bite the bullet and just pay extra for the food that’s not genetically altered with hormones and pesticides.

Also while in Milwaukee, I went to their art museum which is FANTASTIC, they have the best and largest Contemporary Art Collection I have ever seen in a museum, its was great, and when I say Contemporary I mean work made after 2000. They had an exhibit called 30 Americans which showcased the work of African-Americans, and OMG it was breathtaking. A bunch of Nice Cave’s work was there and he’s amazing, and finally I got to see one of my absolute favorite painters work in the flesh for the first time, Kahinde Wiley. They were godly, perfect, just absolutely unbelievable, and the best part is, it’s not as photo realistic as we think, and I appreciate that in an artist. He captures the sense of reality without losing the brushstrokes, and his wallpaper is probably the most realistic and detailed part of his work and that’s what brings these works to life. He’s the bomb. They had three large works of his, although everything he does is large! I was very pleased with that museum, they do a great job not only on special exhibits, but the permanent ones too. Same goes for Art Institute of Chicago, their Fashion and Impressionism exhibit was gorgeous, they had garments from that time period to accompany many great works, including early Monet’s are which before the age of impressionism really took power, meaning they are done in realism, and they are beautiful.

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Joan of Arc would be proud,

Apparently me being political over Facebook gets me into trouble, so I guess I can gloat here. I’m going to celebrate with powerful feminist women.

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These events left a profound impact on me in my childhood as I witnessed them on television and how they affected the people around me and myself, and shaped me into the person I am today.

I couldn’t find the exact clip I saw on TV, but you get the idea.

I was captivated by this performance, still am.

This news changed me more than anything in my life. At the time I didn’t know that it was going to affect me the way it did, but I guess you could say this was the person I would soon find myself having a large amount of empathy for. It was not just about the sadness I felt while watching this as a child, but the fact that it was going to become more relevant to me than I could have ever imagined as a three year old.

(The discovery of Weezer and their video for Buddy Holly was actually from the installation disk from Windows 95 to promote the new video for the band in 1994 when we got our first computer, I loved watching Happy Day’s and my parents rushed me over to the new computer to watch this video.)

Courtney, yes. What more can I say.

I was obsessed with Gwen Stefani’s bindi’s and also the black patent leather shoes and fishnets she wore at the 1997 Billboard Awards.

My parents forced me to watch many movies with them that gave me many fears, Psycho scared me so much I took baths until the second grade when I realized taking showers was a big kid thing and if I wanted to be cool I had to brave it out and take a shower. I seriously thought someone was going to come in and stab me.

Thanks Mom and Dad for the awful visual images that I always remember because of this film. This scene is the one that scared the little toddler butt off of mine!

Out of every scary movie my parents had me watch this one was by far the most horrible. I had nightmares every year after seeing this film in December, I would wake up in a panic and I would scream for my mom and run to her room. Finally sometime in the 4th grade I had a dream where Chucky and I made a truce and became friends and never had another nightmare about him again.

I was a huge Spice Girls fan as a kid (still am) my Mom video taped this for me when it was aired on TV.

This is also not an exact video of what I saw on TV, but there were many news casts about Geri leaving the Spice Girls. I always said she would rejoin them, and I was right.

I remember everyone including myself being sad when this news came about. I felt so bad for her sons that I drew them a picture and wrote them a sympathy letter and asked my mom to send it to them.

I watched this whole scandal unfold everyday on TV before and after school. Kind of hard to forget. But I still think Clinton was a fantastic president despite his personal mistakes.

I could go on forever with videos, but you can see how pop-culture has influenced me and why my art revolves around it.

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Note: This was an unpublished post from a couple of weeks ago.

Self explanatory… some of you might be able to handle this and some may not, its all a matter of being open and personal preference.

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So I am about to look at and read the little excerpts in Tim Biskup’s Jackson 500 Vol. 1-4 and I have posted some images of my favorite parts of Marie Claire’s October 2012 issue.

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