Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Let me introduce you to two women who take their automatic drawing very seriously. Their art is about drawing as time based performance, but delve deeper into their oeuvres and the similarities start to dissipate and you begin to appreciate how their individual personalities shape their work.
Top image is of Morgan O'Hara, from her Website.
Bottom image of Gosia Wlodarczak drawing on and around herself; from her Website.
You'll find this to be an extremely fascinating visual and mental excursion that will make you think differently about drawing in general and your own efforts in particular.
Gosia and Morgan have both exhibited at Kentler International Drawing Space. If you're into Line and Drawing-for-drawing's-sake, you'll want to spend some time snooping around; amazing collection of artists. (Click on Archives and then an event . . . . You'll want to google some names to find out more because they don't have an Artists page.)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
There's a quip about "that nut didn't fall far from THAT tree" - meaning that they have characteristics much like their father.
Ross Bleckner is one of those artistic "trees"; a father of many of the styles you see today. Whether you're familiar with his work or not, you'll enjoy visiting his Website to revel in all the beautiful directions that he took his oeuvre. You'll also want to Google Image him to more fully appreciate an outstanding and prodigious career.
Top image from his Website.
Bottom image from his page at the Parrish Art Museum.
To make my point;
After looking at Damien Hirst's Blue Paintings at the Wallace Collection, go back to Bleckner's Website and look at the some of the paintings in the bottom three rows (which predate Hirst by 20 years) . . . .
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It wasn't that long ago that I was with a group of artists and the topic of discussion was - what's the next big thing in art(painting)/ where is art(painting) going ? Each of us took turns expressing our opinions. Since then it's dawned on me that actually, we're right in the middle of what's next. Well, not those of us in the group; because while we were busy wondering, other artists were, in fact painting "what's next", NOW. Obviously our group is out of touch with what's current and happening - most of which is off our radar. Each of the schools, isms and periods of art that we're familiar with were steps towards more creative freedoms of expression which, after gaining critical mass, have now caused an explosion of ideas and styles: almost too many to name or catalogue anymore. Things are moving at a fast pace and some of us are just not tuned in to the proper circuits to be aware of what's happening right now.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010
Sunday, January 03, 2010
When you encounter the work of Stan Gregory, your mind immediately wants to find the words. The lines he uses in his compositions have all the right angles, edges and cursive elements that define our alphabet.
But his work is not about words or calligraphy. Unfortunately he offers no insight on his Website, but there is somewhat of an explanation at his representing Gallery, Sundaram Tagore, where you can see some very different examples of his work.
With or without understanding the process, we can totally enjoy the colors and patterns as they tease us with their hidden meanings.