Excellent article on brilliant #artist, art guru and #teacher, my friend Carl Heyward.


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Contemporary art is full of contradictions, new and old messages, reinterpretations and reconsiderations based on ephemeral technologies and new interactive languages. Thought and Word, as well as the artistic gesture, took importance to the work view as “opus” or “doing” until the beginning of the avant-garde. One hundred years have passed since the historic day of 1917 when Marcel Duchamp, the founder of modern art, capsized a common urinal and signed it on behalf of R. Mutt. His action outraged the critics and bewildered the public; since then, the art system has laid its foundations not only on the art pieces, the artists and the discussion of art but also on its function and the need to share it.
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If one starts considering the hidden messages in the contemporary artwork as the artwork itself, it becomes possible to understand that…

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Sylvia Toy St. Louis’ Exhibition List and Videography

Year of creation: 2008

Psychotic Artifacts. Exhibited in The Revolution Will Be Televised, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2008.

Year of creation: 2010

Depression As Geography. Exhibited in ‘CologneOff VII, Marrakech and Turkestan, 2011.

Year of creation: 2011

Indigo Lady. Selected for L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival, Femmes Fatales Grand Jury Award, 2016.

Indigo Lady pre-production videos. Exhibited at Galerie Chartier, West Haven, CT, 2013; KAPAS Film Festival, Spain, 2012.

Runnn. Exhibited on Skye Arte TV, Italy, 2013-2014.

Traveling To: Exhibited in STREETVIDEO Art on the streets of Paris and at Larcade Gallery, Paris October 2012, March 2013.

TYFTB (thank you from the bottom), (remastered and re-released 2017). Pre-production video screened at Galerie Chartier, West Haven CT, 2013.

Year of creation: 2013

running out. Exhibited in Pineapple Underground Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2014.

Year of creation: 2014

before chill: Selected for Creative Arts Film Festival and awarded Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography, Online festival, 2016.

Year of creation: 2014

The Sound of Being. Toured internationally in Magmart F.I.V.E., 2014-2015. Exhibited in CCIFabrika “Now&After17,” Moscow, RU, 2017.

Year of creation: 2015

The Blue Lady. Exhibited in 1974-1978 UNL Alumni Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE, 2016.

Passages, a Myth. Excerpt, PASSAGES, A MYTH | DISCOVERY OF THE PREGNANCY OF THE KING, exhibited in Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece, 2016 and at Visual Container, Milan, IT 2017.

Year of creation: 2016

THE HARPY by Sylvia Toy. Selected for Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, September, 2016.

VOICE, a performance art movie. Selected for Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, 2017. Awarded Honorable Mention laurels by Los Angeles Underground Film Forum, 2016.

VOICE Festival Cutting 2. Exhibited at VisualContainer TV (2016 and 2017) and toured in HearteartH to Barcelona, Berlin, Milan (2016).

VOICE Festival Cutting 3. Exhibited in Underground FilmFest, Munich, Germany (2017).

VOICE Pre-production videos. Exhibited in International Video Art Exchange Program, Marrakech (2016) and in the Chemcraft Exhibit, CM Projects, London (2015).

Year of creation: 2017

THE HARPY Tribunal. Exhibited on Art Web Gallery, La Spezia, IT, online June-July 2017.

KILLER JANE by Sylvia Toy. Exhibited at Klanghaus, Oakland CA, May 2017.

KILLER JANE Pre-production videos. Selected for L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival and awarded a Femmes Fatales Grand Jury Award, 2016.

CREDO: A PILGRIM. Created for Democracy Scrabble, Visual Container, Milan, December 2017.

Draw Like a Big Girl

My father taught me foreshortening by making me sit and draw for hours with my left hand half open, palm up with my bent fingers pointed towards me. Hours and hours. Failed drawing after failed drawing.Finally one day, after working so hard that I started a migraine, I realized that I had done it – I had succeeded in foreshortening my fingers. What a triumphant moment. And then, immediately I had the most terrifying epiphany of my life: “There is no going back – I will have to draw like a big girl for the rest of my life.” It is inevitable that curious creatives, like cats who get stuck on the roof (yes, the roof, and there was noone else at home to climb the fire escape to rescue her except me, an acrophobic), it is inevitable that the curious find themselves at technical points of no return. That is what happened to me this week when not only did I make the most complicated animation of my new career in stop motion, I combined live action with the animation – that is, I beat my brains out trying, gave myself a migraine, had my tentative moment of triumph and realized with horror: “Oh my god, why did I have to learn something this hard? Now, I’ll have to animate like a big girl!”

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Just because it’s performance art doesn’t mean I’m naked

First of all, let me tell you that you have to have made $100 on Google social media to have a check sent to you. After blogging and YouTubing for over 10 years, I have about $40 in Google credit to my name. Second, yes, I also advertise my Twitter account a few times a year and my Facebook pages every other month or so if FB is sending me a lot of tips – they stop bugging you for a while if you boost a post. But I spend very little, and in the last six months, less and less.Rule 101 of arthouse is your work is never going to be popular in the mainstream or go viral. Rule 102 of arthouse is your legacy is probably toast unless your work gets documented by writers and or acquired/archived/preserved by museologist curators. As artists, especially those of us who just insist on making up absurd, impossible stories, characters and worlds, we almost all operate on our own dime. My monetizing and advertising is merely symbolic affirmation that I am my own boss, am not starving and suffering in some garret, and am never going to be invisible (even when I’m dead if possible!).So sharing my amusement and bemusement about YouTube’s refusal to monetize some of my CREATION videos is neither complaint nor criticism. It knocks me off my seat laughing that the YouTube bots think I’m naked in some of the scenes of CREATION. I am not now, never have been and never will be naked on camera while I’m still breathing. Most people cannot even imagine how prudish it is possible for a human being to be! That said, I am absolutely thrilled about this new feature-length (75 minutes) roughcut. I have made so many preparatory, test and experimental videos for my project, CREATION, that a brother and sister in art have encouraged me to mash up about 75 minutes, short feature length, of CREATION clips. When my instinct finally convinced me I should try it, I realized that, as can happen to anyone, I have a box to think outside of. While I will continue shooting character and story development for CREATION, I am hoping the new ‘challenge’ project, SEQUENCE 32, has loosened me up.Much thanks for peer-friends help fellow artists grow.

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