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'... at one point I found myself standing before an oil of a horse that I
figured was probably a self-portrait judging from the general execution ...'
- Peter De Vries
From potters to printmakers
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair shows you artists in action

by Christine Slovey
Would you like an opportunity to
learn something during the Ann Arbor
Street Art Fair other thanjusthow many
people can be packed into the city? The
fair does have certain elements more
interesting than rubbing elbows with
doing their culturalduty-checkbooks
in hand. For instance, a little known
aspect is "Art in Progress" occurring
throughout the Art Fair. These demon-
strations are aregularevent, butappar-
ently no one knows about them unless
they've "happened upon" one in the
years past.
The demonstrations may not be as
touching as the (in)famous throwing
scene from "Ghost" but there will be
potters, sculptors, painters and
printmakers explaining and showing
you the creative process-- from inspi-
ration to final product. Okay, they may

do some of the inspiration work ahead
of time, but whoknows --things could
get pretty spontaneous. Youcan ask the
artists questions while they work; like
why they think their particular media is
the best(I have iton good authority that
." most people have seen a
pot thrown on a wheel, but
hardly ever get to see it
done effortlessly, with
flowing technique.'
-I.B. Remsen, potter
they all believe this). Scott Hartley,
who will be demonstrating watercol-
ors, points out that "how much you
learn depends on how much you know
already," but at least the demonstra-
tions add some excitement to the fair.
I.B Remsen, who will be demon-
strating his Slip Decorated Stoneware

says, "... most people have seen a pot
thrown on a wheel, but hardly ever get
to see it done effortlessly, with flowing
technique." Slip, by the way, is colored
clay in a liquid form. Remsen feels
strongly about the demonstration as an
opportunity to deepen the Art Fair ex-
perience. "I believe in public educa-
tion. You get to meet the people who
make the art and you get to learn some-
thing." And, let's not forget, this is a
chance to do something aside from
pushing through massive crowds of
people to look at a lot of art you can't
possiblyaffordon anaveragestudent's
There are eighteendifferent artists tak-
ing part in the demonstrations. Artist,
media and demonstration times can be
found in the Art Fair Guide, available
at the information booths.

Frida Kahlo and her self-portrait from 1949
Madonna's favorite
All you could ever wanted to
document about Mexican artist
Frida Kahlo - in 60 minutes

Frida Kahlo: A Ribbon andProvostexpressKahlo's sufferings
Around a Bomb and sorrows most eloquently, her pain
seems almost self-pittingly unreal, al-
dir. Ken Mandel most insufferably melodramatic.
The half-documentary, half-dra- Kahlo'snumerousfriends,studentsand
matieperformanceefilm about Mexican acquaintances add totheKahlo persona
artist Frida Kahlo, Ribbon Around a by relating anecdotes that provide bits
Bomb, wouldbe better categorized as a of information about her and what she
PBS special, or more crassly, a special was like. But only her paintings truely
double episode of In Search of.... The
mix of real photographs and footage of If you only know that Kahlo
Kahlo, two women (Cora Cordona and was Diego Rivera's wife, or
QuigleyProvost)actingscenesasKahlo that she is Madonna's
from her diaries and letters, and, most favorite artist, A Ribbon
importantly, Kahlo's painfully beauti- Around a Bomb will confuse
ful artwork itself gives this 60-minute the hell out of you
documentary a dismembered feel, es-
peciallywheninterviewswithherfriends reveal her torment.
and Cordona's uncle, Nazario Chacon Mandel, however, never even let's
(reading his poem "Cancion de mi you choose your focus in her pictures:
Sangre") are woven in. the camera moves over each one point-
If you only know that Kahlo was ing out details it wants for you. A Rib-
Diego Rivera's wife, or that she is bon Around a Bomb is certainly inter-
Madonna's favorite artist, A Ribbon esting, and after picking up a short
Around a Bomb will confuse the hell biography of Kahlo, it will make you
out of you. Creator Ken Mandel put evenmorefascinated with thisfascinat-
together bits and pieces of her life with ing woman.
nothing to hold on to- no chronology A Ribbon Around A Bomb opens at
or dates to place Kahlo's feelings in a the Michigan Theater on Friday.r
relationship with time. Though Cordona -Annette Petruso
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