This is the final image of the music of Marvin Gaye, Mercy Me. This artwork’s submission offers another opportunity for an upcoming exhibition that has an environment theme. Early this year, I decided to not take part in any Art Fairs. To make up for that lost exposure I made plans to apply to Call for Artists opportunities available in the state. This spring I submitted my artworks to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, The Trout Museum, and to the local ArtsWest Exhibition. They accepted me at both ArtsWest and the Trout but I missed the outstanding chance to show in Madison. After applying for those shows, to my surprise, I found no other new up-and-coming Call for Artists chances to show in the state. That was the motivation for me for this local show.
While working on Mercy Me, I received a new Call for Artists from the Pablo Center for the Arts for their 2nd annual Art show. This is the same show last year that rejected Mozart’s Turkish March. This year The Turkish March is on view at the Trout Museum. Rejections are a part of finding your way. Although disappointed by not being a part of the Pablo’s grand opening, I moved on with only minor surface damage. With that in mind, for this year’s Pablo show I will up game and create another even more outstanding artwork: The Blue Danube from 2001 Space Odyssey. Under time constraints I felt it was now time to finish Mercy Me.
I saved time on Mercy Me by not installing the music hardware. If the artwork makes it into the show, then I will upgrade Mercy Me with its accompanying music. I then reconsidered the time-consuming job of hand painting the words for this artwork. That resulted in finding three digital images of painted wood in different stages of peeling. Those images are the backgrounds for the printed words Mercy, Mercy, and me. I have always painted the words in my artworks knowing that art reviewers judge the quality of the craftsmanship. For times’ sake printing saved a day’s worth of work, besides adding meaning to this artwork’s message: our responsibility for maintaining our environment. The collage works by Pablo Picasso, and the combines by Rauschenberg, and my age made me reconsider the value of saving time. I appreciate craftsmanship but the message should judge art. Mercy Me took 22 days to complete.
Scott Von Holzen