Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fluid Thinking

First, let me say that I'm so thankful that they shot this video in a location without graffiti: isn't that stonework wonderful.

This young man takes himself and his moves seriously and it's a pleasure to watch him work his magic.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lovely, Lilting Letters

Barbara Rae Schaeffer's paintings are born from a fascination with ancient texts and affinity for the physicality of the paint itself. She seems to condense all that we love about calligraphy and script into these colorful works.

This image is from the Muriel Guepin Gallery and you can visit her Website for a more complete picture.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Painting Murals

If you've ever wondered how the street artists go about making a mural, well then this video is for you. It's very straight forward in showing how they use the tools of the trade.

Originally spotted on Lee Quinones Blog.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Extruded Pointillism

Fernando Orellana is a wild and crazy artist - no, really he is. Just check out his Website.

The work above, was made by extruding play Play-Doh in the shape of little cars and then encasing them in clear epoxy on panel. Just click on the extruder box (at his site) and away you'll go - there's even two videos to show the process.

Image is from justthreethings.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Crude Portraits

George Condo has made a great career of painting his clown/monster-people "portraits" and his big Show at the New Museum provided plenty of those. Although I appreciate them and the stories they evoke, my true love are the works where he cuts up a bit; abstracts things with movement and gesture (especially his mixed media pieces). Most of those somehow remind me of De Kooning. This particular work goes even further, almost invoking graffiti and helps one to comprehend some of the inherent similarities in disparate art genres.

Image from AllArtNews.

Monday, September 12, 2011

the 0,O,o paintings


These oil on panel or canvas paintings by Carol Diehl make me laugh; they're wonderful!  Basically we have realistic scenes that are hijacked by different sizes and shapes of O's and somehow it works. There's nine in this series ( 2003 - 2010 ) on her Website .  And each series is so completely different from the next that you'll wonder how in the world she ever came to this particular train of thought.
While you're at it, check out her Blog, Art Vent.
She's also a Contributing Editor for Art In America.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Words and Music

Give a rock-star (more or less) some art supplies, turn him loose and you've got Magne F. His works are enigmatic word compositions.

Visit his Website to see more or visit Paul Stolper to see his drypoint and monotype Exhibition titled, Alpha Beta.

Image is from UPPERCASE.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Labor Day Lite

Happy Holiday.

I've always had a soft spot for doing a painting on a holiday. There's something quite special about the combination of holiday feelings mixed with the anticipation/inspiration of making a new work.

The words say "What u gonna do" and the pieces of collage are quite personal. That red piece on the right is close to 30 years old and each of the others have their own special story.

I'm sure this will get one more layer of effort, (there's at least 7 so far) but for the moment I'm thoroughly enjoying the results.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Subliminal Iconography

I've had many a conversation with a fellow artist about how we humans learn from visual icons and how little it takes for our mind to recognize familiar shapes and work them into a context or train-of-though equation. Joshua Marsh teases us with his simple and colorful compositions of everyday objects and for just a moment we naively/innocently enjoy the "abstractions" before suddenly recognizing the familiar shape. These have the feel of old fashioned after-dinner jokes with friends.

Image is from his Website.