Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The word Pointillism immediately brings to mind the Impressionists and Pointillists of the late 19th Century. Some may even know the name Georges Seurat, who seems to be the most famous of the practitioners of that oeuvre. At that time, the object was to break a scene down into it's most basic of elements - single brush strokes of color, and let the viewer's eye blend the colors and perceive the tableau, instead of using the brush to blend. In the years since, artists have applied that same principle to abstract painting. Peter Young and Andrew Forge come to mind. Gastone Biggi pretty much mastered this oeuvre in the early 90's, and in the 40 plus years that Kuno Gonschior pursued this, he took it right on into (pointillist) Minimalism.
Here we are in 2008 and pointillism has evolved into a celebration of itself. It's definitely cut the apron strings to realism and now stands on it's own or works as just another prop in any composition. These "points" can be any size, both large or small, whether painted or made of collage.
Both of these paintings were done in 2007. In John's mixed media work, below, these orbs of nuanced colors seem to just hang and float there with no apparent purpose other than to entertain us. On the other hand, Glenn's work (left) gives us some other realistic clues to work with. Even though his orbs are front and center and an integral part of the composition, they remain very neutral, making them open to interpretation. Fascinating how similar the color tones are in these two works. So we've come quite a ways from painting realistically and copying nature using small brush strokes or points of color, to actually constructing abstracts that celebrate the dots of color, themselves.
Top image, Glenn Fischer's, "A Boy With Guns Means Business", 16"x20" from his Website.
Right is John Belingheri, "Dipthong Azure", 78"x88" , from his page at Andrea Schwartz Gallery.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
And all the pics show the artworks laying on my bed because I had an urge to photograph everything quickly, obviously, and so, well that's just tough.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
What a cool support for a painting; or so I thought. You could paint on both sides and go for a 3-D effect. At the time, I was renting a duplex with 3 other guys and was the proud owner of one of those big old clunky easels. So there was this desktop, begging to be painted, standing there on my easel and I painted a painting of my easel. What ever you paint on the backside has to be done in reverse, which is kinda cool. At the time, there were these wonderful, huge art supplies around Atlanta - talk about your out of mind experience ! So you'll notice that several kinds of paper are incorporated into the "Easel" painting on you right. Another thing I discovered were the acrylic paint, felt tip marker pens. It was a blast, graffiti-izing the painting, top left, titled, "Hi Scotty".
In the 19 years that I lived in the Atlanta area (mostly Marietta) I moved over a dozen times. Some places were conducive to painting, others, not so much. But where ever I went I took all my paintings with me - until I decided to move up here. And then over the course of several weeks, I went through my drawings and paintings over and over and talked myself into throwing away almost every single work . The goal was to pack my car as lightly as possible and if it wasn't important, it couldn't come. On the one hand I'm happy not to be burdened with so much stuff. On the other, it was a shame to think so poorly of my work. Fortunately, someone invented the camera.
Both photos will enlarge.
Friday, January 25, 2008
So when I saw an advert for a show of his spray paintings, I had to check it out and am glad I did. The above image, "Untitled 7363.127", is not from his current show at the Madison Ave Gagosian Gallery. It's from Artnet.com, where you can see 59 of his works; 19 of which are the "sprays". What's immediately apparent is that these are 2-dimensional sculptures. They're quite uncanny and give insight into his oeuvre.
You'll also want to read his "Chronology" from his Estate Website.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
That's exactly the same reaction I had upon seeing a painting by Begona Maza Martinez.
You'll enjoy visiting her website, which is just a little different than the norm.
After navigating that first page, and seeing other impressive abstracts in the same genre, click on the big red square in the upper right corner to actually enter her site and let the fun begin . . . . . .
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Titled, "Small Stars In The Universe", it's a poignant story of life and death. The little boy at the top is saying "I will be the arc angel 4" (and of course, the little boy in the box). And the man, sitting on the fence, looks the other way.
The title is, and it says - "You can get there from here, all you need is a little T"
it's a joke, get it ?
Saturday, January 19, 2008
This was a big painting - lots of dots. So to get me through, I thought about an aerial view of the house and yard we grew up in. I can point out the driveway and the fireplace out back and the place where I tossed out my dead goldfish onto the neighbor's drive, the back stairs - you get the picture . . . . When it was all done, my friends told me to reverse the panels. They said it looked better that way. So, here it is. And I did a great job of making a frame for it !
The coolest part is the poem that goes with it.
"The hounds of ill gotten
were baying at noon.
their reward too soon. "
Cool, eh ?
That was pretty much an on-going experiment I was doing for a while. Guess you could call it Surprise Painting. You do an abstract and do pointillism on top; the whole while, trying to completely ignore what's underneath and at the end it's a big surprise how it turns out. Hey, I thought it was a valid idea at the time. In a way isn't that in the same category as automatic writing ?
"Bippity & Bop" was a blast to make. Carefree and fun immediately come to mind. And as per my M.O, there's a sentence in there. It's one of the harder ones to read. I think I even stumped myself last time I tried. This is the kind of stuff I like and it's all Me.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This is such a good example of calligraphy being the sole content and context and composition of an artwork. For me, it's a pleasant combination of pleasing colors and action gestures. The fact that it actually says something is an added bonus.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Ten of my paintings are on display there, for the month of January. I'm pretty much connected to my computer at the hip and hadn't gotten online since Friday. So a quick stop at the library for emails and a couple quick shots of my paintings made sense. Of all the places we can hang our paintings in our Art Club's circuit, the library is the best; lots of ambient natural light and then spotlights right on the paintings.
As I said, not such hot pics. But would like to point out that I thought these ( paintings) were a particularly successful experiment on my part. Canvases that wrap around the sides can be a bit expensive and to tell the truth, most of the time it's a slight distraction to have to paint over the edge. So I made these panels, and we are talking cheap-O! Take a 2x2, quarter inch birch panel and if you don't like square, just whack some off the side. They have really cheap 1x2's, or something like that, that you make into a frame and glue and nail the panel onto. Won't go into detail here, but there' two simple pieces of wood on the back that I finish with a felt strip and they hold the work out from the wall about an inch or less. To blend everything together and give texture I applied a self-leveling floor compound, with my hands, for the ground. It's kinda messy and fun. Then paint !
The top painting - Elegant Warrior. Bottom - Siamesian.
Now I don't know all that much about fish - but to me that is ONE ugly sucker ! But wait, there's more. And I do mean MUCH more. Image is from Carplines. Go there and be amazed.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
These are two great examples from my "Newspaper Paintings" series. It was shortly after 9/11 and everything seemed so much more political and heavy and I just felt compelled to respond.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
It's really quite a pleasure anymore, to search for abstract calligraphy. There seems to be a new surprise around every corner. Who knew ?
Found the web site of Richard Widhu and had a good laugh at one of his categories - "Legible Calligraphy" - of which this is one. Top image is "John Cage Quote", watercolor on paper, 17 x 20. With his impressive resume, Richard is a calligrapher, sure enough, but he's one of the more creative ones when it comes to mediums and materials. Most of his work is ink, and watercolor and in some he'll also use colored pencil, graphite, pastels and acrylic. In others he includes leather, tin, lead and gold leaf or silver leaf, to name a few. But whether abstract or legible, there is a purpose and sensibility to his work. His Artist's Statement is very sane and down to earth and you'll enjoy seeing all the different sides to his oeuvre at Widhu-Art.com.
This image, "Arnamag IV" Acrylic, paste on paper - 19 x 24.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
I must be dreaming ! This is just too good to be true; that an artist would include both abstract calligraphic gestures and pointillism in the same painting. This is Shane Guffogg and he has a really wonderful, oeuvre. He does oil on paper and canvas and his oil paintings typically have 50-60 layers of translucent colors that have been mixed with a glazing medium which causes them to glow as if they have their own light source. He also works in watercolor, gouache, and pastel on paper and does traditional etchings on zinc plates.
If you ever want to read an artist's biography that sounds like they lived a charmed life - read his here. Although he has his biography on his own site too, I'm giving you the slightly extended one from the Lawrence Asher Gallery where you'll find 6 works from 2006.
You must visit Sane's web site and enjoy these undulating, glowing gems. Shane Guffogg.com.
It's on the oils from 1996 - 2000 and the watercolors from 1999 that he did the pointillism. And it's as though he was adding a grill in front of this glowing maelstrom to help contain it. In the following years he abandons the dots and replaces them with cursive linear work that at once contains the energy and yet gives the painting even more depth. All his works are beautiful and challenging, but you'll see that Shane has definitely caught his stride in the later paintings. Be sure to read his Statement.