On the lighter side of the news, a horse named Cholla will be having a solo exhibition of his paintings in Venice next Spring. Yes, if you are pausing to re-read the first sentence, I did mean to type HORSE.
Cholla has gained notoriety as several of the horse’s paintings have been accepted into juried shows in the US and Europe. (The latest one: 3rd International Art Prize Arte Laguna, October 18-November 2, Mogliano Veneto, Italy). “The Big Red Buck” was accepted and included in the show, along with 1,770 other paintings.
As you can imagine, the reactions from the jurors after learning that the “artist” was in fact a horse, ranged from amusement to anger. I, myself, only wonder what exactly were the faults of the nearly 1400 paintings the jurors rejected?
A mystifying statement was made by Cholla’s owner Renee Chambers. She says the work’s acceptance into this and other international art shows, proves the horse has artistic talent.
“Yes, it’s a novelty that a horse can paint,” she said. “But it’s not about novelty anymore. It’s about his validation as an artist.”
According to a CNN article (See link below), “His artwork has been described as having the ‘fire of Pollock’ and the ‘fixed gaze of Resnick.’ I’d really like to have the names of the people who said that.
I decided to take a look at the paintings and see what all the hub bub was about. I’ll admit: paint has been applied to canvas using a variety of colors. Other than that, I really don’t see anything mind-blowing. If I owned Cholla, I’m sure these would be framed and hanging in a place of honor in my house. Much like the paintings my kids have done over the years. If you want to take a look and some examples, here’s their official link: http://www.artistisahorse.com/
A WORD OF WARNING: The website looks like Cholla the horse designed it himself. It’s very hard to navigate and the words and pictures are all over the place. You have to scroll down pretty far just to see some of the links.
I still think it’s worth a look, just to read some of the work’s titles. They really made me smile. And it was a nice break from the stress of the day. I started coming up with my own names for his work; “Fresh Hay” and “Unbridled Passion” came to mind.
Anyway, this story just proves that I have been surfing the internet too much. The art world is not going to be brought to its knees or anything. No one is being hurt and there are a lot of other important things going on in the world. The value of this story is only to distract you from an otherwise stressful day and revel in the ridiculous. I think I’m going to file this story in the “The Stuff Crazy People Do” folder and move on with my life.
So, Please, to all the fabric artists out there who have been rejected by art show jurors: You may be considering sitting your Persian cat Sofie at the sewing machine… You know, just to see if she has any talent. Take a deep breath, call a friend, and get back to work. Obviously jurors are fallible; even the established ones. You never really know what is in their heads when they choose artwork.
More on Cholla the wonder horse/artist:
Interested in paying $90 for a print of Cholla’s work? http://www.horseartcollection.com/artist.php?ID=0
See the artist in action! Be amazed! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vvz_nUHfwE