Saturday, June 18, 2011

Diane McGarel's new artwork, June 2011

© DJ McGarel

entitled, Future 2011


Sized: 16 x 20 inches unframed

Future 2011
Opportunities occur suddenly and sometimes decisions are made when emotions are much too close to be impartial. Like a mirror, emotions can cloud one’s judgment. Unfortunately only in hindsight can we sometimes view the problem objectively. Until then, like images in a mirror the reflection may appear closer then it actually is. Just like a passenger’s side mirror alters the reflections so does pain or anger clouds one’s better judgment. Situations or circumstances may be too close or painful to be viewed at the time impartial. Opportunities sometimes can be missed. It may be hard to notice the cracked window in the upper portion of this image. We sometimes race through life, like the biker with our head facing downward unaware of life happenings. So I ask you now, the viewer, are we a leader or a follower? Are you stuck in a traffic jam of life? We sometimes think our personal mistakes do not affect those around us. But sadly this is not true. Our lives are all intertwined, like a reflection, each affecting one another, the good along with the bad.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

New artwork: for Entanglement 2011

© DJ McGarel

entitled: Vision 25/30

Media: mixed media

two canvases sized 3 inches x 6 inches each

Vision 25/30: Vision was created because while printing the digital image for another art work, I neglected to notice that there was a previous piece of paper in the printer. This digital image printed on two separate sheets making the original print unusable. Since I hate letting things go to waste. I began to think of this as an opportunity instead of a disaster. Perhaps this is a way for me to think beyond the box? Be a challenge instead of a disability. Instantly I began cutting up the digital image and without conscious thought glued the prints onto two separate canvases. Upon completion, I stood back and took a long look at the image before me. It was that of an eyeball, a distorted entangled image of reality. My mind began to race with questions. I question do we as individuals view life without any preconceived preconceptions? Are we forever cursed to be haunted by past mistakes? Can one truly forgive the past, learn from our mishaps and begin anew? I wonder. I have decided to call this piece, Vision 25/30 because try as we must, in my opinion our preconceived notions of reality do shape the present as well as the future. Vision like perception varies in depths of reality and can never be a perfect 20/20. Life is never perfect. Just as one’s eyesight varies from person to person, so does one’s reality. It's important for us to embrace the challenge and not let a mishap cripple us beyond repair. 'Embrace, learn and empower,' that's my motto.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Frankfort Library June 2011

© 2011 DJ McGarel


© 2011 DJ McGarel
the second half of Being
media: digital

This work as well as others are currently on display at the Frankfort Library

Frankfort Public Library
2119 Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort, IL