Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
If you follow what's going on in the contemporary art world, then you're familiar with the work of Ed Ruscha.
Rather than try to say anything important about him or his work, I'll let you read this very scholarly dissertation about his painting "Mean As Hell". Although it's specifically about the painting, it really "nails it down" in explaining Ed's oeuvre.
What attracted me to this video and the main reason I'm sharing it is the simple honesty with which he speaks about his career and the reasons for becoming an artist. It just doesn't get any simpler than this; and that's why it's so inspiring.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Seeing this image of Adam Fowler in no way prepares you for encountering his work.
Surprising and honest they are at once obvious and mysterious. Each piece starts as a gestural drawing using either pencil, graphite stick or graphite crayon. After the lines are made he removes the negative spaces in the drawings with an x-acto knife. Some works will have as few as 4 layers or individual sheets while others have as many as 74 layers in the finished piece. The lines differ in width and tone, relative to the drawing tool he used in the beginning.
He's represented by Margaret Thatcher Projects and several of the 13 images of his work are photographed from different angles to give you a better idea of the work involved.
Click the thumbnails on his Website for a generous enlargement; click again for a ginormous pdf version.
d.e.n. Contemporary has 3 images of framed work and here's a review from NYArtBeat.
Images are from artist's website.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Top image from Artnet.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
From studying architecture, to working for a gold exploration project in the Arctic, to designing postage stamps for Greenland, Ina Rosing certainly has an interesting life to inform her oeuvre. Her mixed technique includes bursts of color and writing in the paintings. Although she uses crayons and spray paint, her passion is to - " . . . make the oil paint work in different ways and talk in different voices. My main concern when I paint is the paint itself. The colour and texture is more important to me than the subject matter." This partial quote is from her BIO at GV Art London. You can view installation shots of her Show, The Importance of Beauty and also view many more images of the work in the catalogue (pdf).
When you visit her Website, you'll need to other click and then choose "open link" to enlarge the thumbnails.
Image is from Amelia's Magazine.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It doesn't matter whether it's readable or not, paintings with writing in them or on them attract me like a high voltage magnet. For me there's just something amazing about written words as content and composition.
Bottom image from the Tapper-Popermajer art gallery.
Ludmila Pawlowska's oeuvre is at once masculine and yet there's no mistaking the feminine side. Maybe that comes from the feeling that her paintings are constructions rather than just brushwork. You'll find a beautiful blue painting and she describes her work Here.
She's represented by Galeri Elise Toft where you'll find 10 images.
Ludmila is also represented by the Tapper-Popermajer Art Gallery where you'll find 14 other images of her work.
You'll get a better picture of this interesting woman by wandering around her studio.
Top image from Galeri Elise Toft.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I would imagine that if you showed the top image to a child, they might be convinced that it's a picture of what Heaven will be like; one of the activities that they would be able to participate in - forever.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
It's been a great privilege to watch several artists that I follow, change direction in their oeuvres. Just amazing to see the little morphs at first and then the full blossoming as their style grows and matures.
I'll have to admit that the early works of Gunther Forg are not my cup of tea; but these later pieces practically make me giggle with delight. There's something simple and childish and honest that makes you want to say "hey, look" to someone who's only into realistic art. Even though his new works seem very different(mush prettier and open), as you get an overview of his work, you can see that these are still connected to what he's always been about.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My latest painting titled "the really truth" is at once a triumph and joy to look at, but also a lesson-learned.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This image is intellectually stimulating and rib-tickling on so many levels
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Calligraphy and graffiti can be very ordered forms of gesture and writing. If we travel a little further afield, where mark-making, scribbling and writing converge, that's where we'll find Hans Staudacher. If you're unfamiliar with the man's work I've included plenty of links that will wet your appetite for more from this important artist.
Galerie Ernst Hilger has a 3 paragraph Bio that explains his oeuvre. As you look at the 19 images of his work, notice the dates and you'll more fully appreciate the influences in his career.
Galerie Gergersdorfer has 6 images Here, and 7 more Here.
You'll find another 8 images at the Judith Walker Galerie.
And for 4 totally huge enlargements of his work, Galerie Seidler has 3 0n This page and 1 at the bottom of This page
The top image is from jmcfaber.
The painting, from Galerie Gergersdorfer.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
After making the case that graffiti is just another form of calligraphy, which we'll call graffigraphy, it stands to reason then, that there would also be artists making Abstract, Graffigraphy.
A good case in point would be the work of West One.
I came across his work at the Galerie Magda Danysz quite a while back, but couldn't find out much else about him and wondered if he had just dropped out of the scene. This time 'round though, I came across this short piece in HypeBeast and he's doing just fine. Like many other graffiti artists these days he's learned how to join the system and turn a pretty penny.
You'll find a great slideshow of his work, including installation shots, Here.
When you visit his Website, check out Walls and Trains.
Top image from westonefc.com.
Bottom image from Hypebeast.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
This tilt shift - time lapse video starts out tame enough with some still shots and then really breaks loose at 1 min, 28 seconds.
I especially like the last 40-some seconds; it makes us reflect on "all-in-a-days-work" in a different way.
To resume our train of thought about calligraphy and graffiti, I'd like to reiterate that technically, there's no difference between the two. At the moment, and in general, you might say that calligraphy is done by a paid professional indoors using pen and ink or watercolors and that graffiti is done by a non professional, outdoors with spray paint and markers. And, as we all know, that is starting to change. The term Graffiti includes cartooning, wheat pasted images, tagging, lowbrow art and simple defacement, so I'd like to officially introduce the word graffigraphy to identify graffiti that is just writing. The easiest way to make my point is to give you the link to HandSelecta, where you can watch 30 different, short (most are under a minute) videos of graffiti artists writing a word or two - showing their style. Here are two examples from that site.
Even though you're watching graffiti being made, you instantly recognize that this is calligraphy.
So - lets call it Graffigraphy.
Now our conversations on this topic can be clearer and more intelligent since we've identified this part of the genre more precisely
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Have you ever wondered what a sonic boom looks like ? Probably not. Well, this is what one looks like - it's actually a physical event.
You'll find another great image of a different plane/different angle Here.
The image is from evil live and the caption reads quote A U.S. Navy sonar technician Roald Dejarnett captured an Air Force F-22 Raptor executes a supersonic flyby over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
pic: Navy News unquote.
This is a meaningful picture for me because I worked for a furniture moving contractor for Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA a while back. Our work took us to almost every building in the plant. I've got more stories than you've got time to listen. What an experience it was to help with the set up, and then watch the big presentation and roll out of the F-22.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
I've long suggested that Ab/Ex (abstract expressionism) needs paring down to better identify the many disparate oeuvres within it's shadow; names that would more precisely steer our minds in the right direction. Ab/Graff might also end up being a huge umbrella type label, but it certainly gives a better clue as to the content we'll be experiencing.
A great review in Art Lies gives us more information on the cartooning aspect in his career.
You'll enjoy the candid studio visit, video above, from chron.com; it really helps to see these large canvases in context.
He's also represented by the McMurtrey Gallery.