September 24th to November 12th, 2016, 12:00pm to 4:00pm,
The Hammond Museum's Fall Exhibits
Setptember 24 th, to November 12th, 2016
Of Pirates, Mermaids and True Love:
100 Years of Tattoo Art
Guild Hall Gallery
Last day November 11th, 2016
The exhibit Of Pirates, Mermaids and Love: 100 years of Tattoo Art in association with Lift Trucks Project is a compilation of antique “flash”. Flash referred to the artwork created by the tattoo artist and displayed on sheets of paper for the customer to choose a design from.
Tattooing became popular during World War II. Some of the more popular tattoo artists such as Sailor Jerry, British tattoo artists Tom Berg and George Burchett and husband and wife teams Joe and Mabel Darpel, Dainty Dotty and Owen Jensen have pieces exhibited at the Hammond.
Some pieces in the exhibit with numbers crossed out or taped over represent the fact that the piece was used for years and shows that the cost increased. Tattoos were particularly popular at carnivals and at ports where sailors landed. Pieces such as the larger than life size cut out tattooed figures of girls in the exhibit would be used at the entrance in a carnival to draw in people.
Some of the more popular themes were love, travel and superstition with sailors getting tattoos to remember their loved ones at home or to provide them with a safe journey. Homeward Bound with a ship in full sail by tattoo artist Chris Nelson is one of the pieces representing a safe journey.
“I’ve always been fascinated by beautiful things. Having had the good fortune of being born in Florence, I was able from an early age to see the numerous works of art left to us by our ancestors. I never could explain why such genius lived and worked in this city of ours. It was certainly also the merit of the patrons from that time. Drawn by the exposure to and experience of art, I always painted and by the time I was 40 I became successful as a part of a group of painters that worked with Kens’Art Gallery in Florence. But soon afterwards I casually approached working with ceramics. Although my colleague painters criticized my choice, thinking of that medium as a minor art, it gave me the greatest satisfaction. Through ceramics an new three dimensional world opened to me, that of sculpture, which I am still exploring. “
3 D Installation by Anonda Bell
“This is exhibition is titled Colliding Worlds as I am exploring the intersections between constructed and natural environments.
The exhibition is comprised of only two works, each a large wall based work created from hand cut paper. One is titled “Extinct: Botanicus” and is the complete work. The other piece, a nine foot wide paper spider is from a larger series on the theme of biophobia.
“Arachnophobia” is from the series “Biophobia”, and is titled after the very common fear of spiders. “Biophobia” is defined as a sense of dis-ease in nature, and a derisive regard for climates and environments which are not man made or at least modified significantly by people.”
- Anonda Bell