Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Why the Puffin?

Visit the Puffin Foundation’s website and you will find the answer to that question. This Non-profit organization seeks to assist artists and art organizations who are excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender or social philosophy. artist Ildikó Kalapács of Spokane, Wash. has recently been awarded her second grant from this foundation for her work in topics of interest that are typically shunned or censored due to politics or their sensitive nature.

Kalapács' first grant for $1,000 was awarded in 1999 for her creation of a bronze/wood sculpture called "Dialogue." It includes two nude figures standing on a horizontal wood/bronze cross, at the cross-roads, facing one another, going opposite directions. Between them is a rotting tree. One female figure stands alone in a cross-position, holding her arms out.

Kalapács' latest award of $750 is for a sculpture called "Bearing." It shows a nude barefoot woman walking on stones. On her head there is huge basket which contains a man puffing on a cigar and holding an AK-47 gun. "It's very simple. I think it is very timely to create this piece considering the international political climate," says Kalapács.

“The criteria [for the prize] are that I show the sculpture in a non-gallery setting so a bigger population is exposed to political art,” says the artist. Her sculpture will be shown at the Spokane Unitarian Church. For details click here.

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