Friday, November 30, 2007
After showing this to my nephew, Jonathan, he got all inspired and built himself a bunch of cardboard ramps and did his own "tricks". You can see the video of him on my Sept 30, 07 post. You'll see that right in the middle a wheel comes off, which pretty much ends it.
Here's the original, inspiring video.
( I think this is from Yourdailymedia.com )
Thursday, November 29, 2007
It seems that whenever I come across an artist who just yanks my mind and makes me crave to see more of their work and study the methods of their oeuvre, that the trail runs cold too quick.
I came across some images of Thomas this afternoon and then this evening bumped into a few more. This image is from his Website where you'll find 11 images.. His site is nice enough, but I sure would like to see more and to learn about the story behind each one.
Just what is the thought process behind these fascinating works ?
When you go to his site, the index is spokes of a turning wheel. Double click on the menu item you want to see.
Here's another intriguing image from Friends of Calligraphy, but again not as much info as you'd like.
You also might want to go Here and snoop around.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Here we have another artist who's interested in using words as the subject matter for his paintings. And he breaks them down into their smaller components, the letters, and allows us to just appreciate their existence by presenting them to us in a clean, light, bright colorful way.
Where would we be with out letters and words? But for a little while we can appreciate this visual song of praise for these humble, over used workhorses in our lives.
You can see more of his work by visiting his web site http://www.parazette.com/
Both images are from ArtBusiness.com. The top image is from one post and the bottom image from another post from their San Francisco Gallery Openings. I check their site daily to see what new shows have opened out there.
Please do visit their site. There's a trove of articles pertinent to you , the artist and much, much more. http://www.artbusiness.com/
He's currently showing at the Marlborough Chelsea until Dec. 8.
Check out the new paintings in the show HERE. SWEET !!
By now you ought to know how I feel about graffiti, calligraphy; all things writing-in-painting. Maybe I was one of those children who had the secret desire to color outside the lines or maybe just make lines and color that had no rhyme or reason. Either way, it's all about "gestural". How relaxing it is to look at these paintings and let your eyes follow the lines across the fields of color. There's no plot or politics. The mind always searches for identities, for clues and when the eyes see work like this I believe it relieves the mind.
James Kalm at YouTube has a new video titled "Cruising the Upper East Side" in which he visits 3 Galleries. In the middle segment of the tape he visits Knoedler & CO and the Michael Goldberg Exhibit.
both images are from Knoedler & Co's site at Artnet.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I'm still always amazed when I encounter images like this. Just the thought that words or a sentence could be the sole content of a painting really does it for me.
The background to that thought is that maybe you're doing a realistic piece and there's a particular thought that you want to get across. You would use visual props and hope that people "get it". A way harder situation is abstraction. You've got this important idea and yes you can pull it off with visual cues, but mostly you'll probably have to rely on the title to get your point across. Well, here, the title IS the painting; "We are all naturalized citizens of the simulacrum".
In my own personal experience, it was very hard to break away from realism and cubism. Those were the only styles I knew. Well, let me re say that. I would emulate my artistic heroes at the time; Picasso, DeKooning and a few others. As I got further into abstraction I tried to find my own voice. What did I have to say ? Well there's always room for another pretty picture in this world but it's even better when those paintings have meaning. And so that's how I came to write in my paintings. First I was including the title and date, then random thoughts . . . . Finally there's that wonderful freedom of just writing, just letting loose and letting the thoughts flow, whether it's words, lines, colors, shapes - doesn't really matter.
As for Miss Schor, it sure is hard finding images of her work. Got any ideas ?
image from upenn.edu
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
That's just 2 of countless sides to what we consider to be the art market and I for one am a sucker to read all about it hoping to further educate myself in the kinds of knowledge that are available. There is important art with good reasons why. There is also art that is a good investment. Imagine how ego-stroking it must be to own a new, important, contemporary art work that's a good investment and also in the art history books. The short of this is that money does make the market; but it doesn't necessarily mean that it's the best art.
I don't have millions nor do I currently have the kind of place where I could hang good paintings by other artists if I could afford them. But what's wonderful is to be able to appreciate art, or rather to let yourself appreciate art; to let something speak to you. Those are the wonderful kinds of moments in this life that we cherish. This is a favorite painting of mine that has to hang in a narrow hallway at the moment. A while back I took it to a friends gallery and it was such a treat to see it under spotlights from 20 or so feet away and be able to walk up to it and around it. In the proper setting it has a lot of depth and movement.
Titled; "A Rose Tulip/Conquest Of Titans" 1989
Friday, November 16, 2007
Back when Dale's garage was a studio and he was kind enough to share it. Lots of fond memories and lots of paintings. And the light was fantastic !
Thursday, November 15, 2007
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Saturday, November 10, 2007
One thought is how things can twist and turn and what seems like a clear choice might turn into an adventure. The other thought is in relation to the old saying " may the road rise to meet you.
In a way this was a continuation of my dot (abstract pointillism) motif.
Sort of a magnification of the small dot unit to where you can see how unique each one is and yet they all make up a whole picture. Kinda like us and life.
There's a star character running towards us on the bridge. Is the man behind him just another person? Could it mean trouble ? Or maybe he's a guardian angel in disguise.
Visit his web site creightonmichael.com
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
As I said in the earlier post, you just don't hear about abstract pointillism and so it's hard to search for it. You mostly stumble across artists here and there. So I'm doing my part and collecting names. If you know of any others please contact me.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Anselm leans towards Minimal with lots of flash and sparkle. It's great to see his work show up at auction and command top prices. It's always worth the time, to Google Image him, he just keeps on getting better.Kopenhagen
where you'll find the interview with him. Among other things he talks about how and why he uses the PVC-foil in some works
Both of these images are from Artnet.com, where they have 14 examples of his
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
The long story is that I had two, full page ads saved from the NYTimes and once the canvas was gessoed, the above mentioned ads got affixed to it. The first one to get colored with Conti Pencils and pastel was the guy. Did pretty good if I do say so myself. Then started on the girl. Well I can only do realistic for so long . . . . . so I kinda let loose a little on her a little bit.
So I stood back and pondered, and yawned - bore ing. Then an idea struck, I started laughing and grabbed a tube of yellow paint and gave her a crown - right out of the tube. With more laughter I added his neck chain and heart and some more hearts, all straight from the tube. Till I got done doing the moustache and beard and glasses on her I was about doubled up laughing my heart out. That was really fun.
Exhibited it several times, but the reaction seemed to be some questions or negativity. People were trying to read too much into it. Well, our annual Palette Award Show was coming up at the Arnot Art Museum and I thought - if ever there was a place where maybe someone could appreciate this painting it would be there in the Museum, so I entered it in the Show. I got an Honorable mention and more than a few people had a good laugh. It's not the kind of thing that would ever sell in this 3-horse town, so after the show I just gave it away.