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October 31, 2012
I have always been a huge fan of photography as it captures moments in time and suspends them. Adam Fuss contines with that thought and uses a very old
process that was at one time in vogue called daguerreotype. Which sounds too involved but is really an easy explanation. Daguerreotype means -an early
photographic process with the image made on a light
sensitive silver-coated metallic plate.
In celebration of halloween, I thought these images were very ghost like and appropriate as halloween kicks off our Fall Season!
Born in London, Fuss grew up in rural England. Interested in his naturalistic surroundings, he began documenting them through photography. Fuss lives and works in
New York City and has shown extensively internationally since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1985. His work is distinctive for its contemporary re- interpretation of
photography’s earliest techniques, particularly the daguerreotype and the camera-less photogram. Fuss states that in order for any photographic technique to work, it should be
personalized and transfigured into a greater metaphor, engaging processes that take place in the natural world.
October 30, 2012
Hiroshi Sugimoto left his native Japan on 1970 to study art in 1971 at a time when Minimalism and Conceptual art, both of which informed his art practice. He was inspired by the systemic
aspects of Minimalist painting and sculpture.
In his Portraits series, commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim, Sugimoto rekindles the dialogue between painting and the medium of mechanical reproduction. Sugimoto isolated
wax figures from staged vignettes in waxworks museums, posed them in three-quarter-length view, and illuminated them to create haunting Rembrandt-esque portraits of historical figures,
such as Henry VIII, Napoleon Bonaparte, Fidel Castro, and Princess Diana. His painterly renditions, lush with detail, recall the various paintings from which the wax figures were originally drawn. Through layers of reproduction—from subject to painting to wax statue to photograph—these images most consciously convey the collapsing of time and the retelling of history. Based on the
long-standing association of black-and-white photography with the recording of truth, Sugimoto’s photo-documents playfully reveal the illusion of this assumption. Sugimoto’s Portraits provide photographic “evidence” of historical subjects and events previously not captured on film.
October 29, 2012
A friend of mine who owns a gallery is in love with Braco Dimitrijevic’s art and his whole raison d’etre! So, I did some research and found him to be fascinating in his philosophy and reasoning.
I hope you enjoy this post!
Braco Dimitrijevic, one of the pioneers of conceptual art, had his first one-man exhibition at the age of 10. In 1963 he made his first conceptual work, The Flag of the World,
in which he replaced a national flag with an alternative sign. It marked the beginning of his artistic interventions into urban landscapes.
Over the past forty years he has exhibited extensively all over the world.
Dimitrijevic gained an international reputation in the seventies with his Casual passer-by series, in which gigantic photo portraits of anonymous people were displayed
on prominent facades and billboards in European and American cities. The artist also mimicked other ways of glorifying important persons by building monuments to
passers-by and installing memorial plaques in honour of anonymous citizens.
October 26, 2012
You know by now how much in love with Young British artists I am! I think their work is cutting edge, has an “i don’t care what people think” attitude, which of course follows yours truly,
and delights in bringing forth such an individual voice.
Fiona Rae is one of those Young British Artists who, alongside, Damien Hirst, rose to prominence in the 1990′s.
October 24, 2012
It never ceases to amaze me where artists get their inspiration from. I am personally asked that question a lot, but never has it come into my focus, a scientific aspect to my being intellectually curious.
But as the saying goes, ” that is what makes horse races”!
Francis belongs to a generation of primarily non-objective painters whose formal repertoire nevertheless
draws considerable sustenance from a wide range of previously
unavailable images now in general circulation due to the invention of the electron microscope as well as notable advances in telescopic technology. In Francis’s case the obvious
associations between microscopic images of spores and sperm and the fundamentals of creation, allied to an avid personal interest in mycology, clearly informed the paintings for
which he first gained recognition in the early 1990s.
October 23, 2012
Sebastijan Dračić is another one of those younger-generation Croatian painters, whose work draws plenty of attention lately. His specific artistic expression
builds a nearly immobile, quiet frame that captures a mystical atmosphere caused by someone’s recent departure or uncertain presence
Dračić’s work – portrays his preoccupation with interiors as a reflection of a certain state, as well as a place of subtle commentary.
Dračić’s spaces do not evoke real place; on the contrary, melding real and imaginary segments intensifies an impression of a dreamlike atmosphere, which
draws the viewer into intense, often amazing spaces of some nameless presence, something that eludes the sight, but not the feelings. There are number of
possible referential foundations on which these imaginary landscapes can rest. And the very title of the cycle points to one – The beginning and the end of the world.
The forest of monumental proportions reflects its life in the singularity of each tree, and vice versa. Just as a tree cannot grow if its roots are not well embedded in the soil,
a man cannot exist separately from the environment that maintains and shapes that existence. It is a vision of an individual and the universal experience of life,
and the worlds in which they interweave.
October 22, 2012
Silence and soundless – this is doors in eternity.
On this page you get acquainted with artworks of the petersburg artist-visioneer Andrew Polushkin madded in traditional and digital technology.
Esoteric dreams and drug-trips, myths of dim worlds and myth’o'mading of subconscious, hallucinations experience, caught in web of attention and fixed with material reality.
- here is bases and headwaters of creative activity of A. Polushkin
October 19, 2012
Continuing on my bender of graffiti, Kenny Scharf plays right into this group of amazing talents. There are hundreds of these amazing artists. So the next time you pass graffiti on a wall somewhere, think of all the ideas that really go into these amazing statements!
As a child Scharf was fascinated by television and consumer culture. Sitting only inches from the television screen, young Scharf became obsessed with vibrant and
surreal imagery of cartoons and low budget sci-fi films. Optimism oozed from these dewy forms of popular culture, reflecting an era when the medium of television was still new and shiny.
While a young artist living in New York in the 1980s, Scharf and other artists of his generation were drawn to works originating from contexts outside gallery spaces.
Whether that was graffiti, or parties at the famous Club 57, Scharf sought to incorporate his works within situations that anyone and everyone could relate to and more importantly,
experience. Like Warhol before him, Scharf became interested in merging the highbrow with the lowbrow, and began working towards ways of incorporating pop-culture into
his paintings. As a way to rebel against the highly academic work that was being shown at the time, Scharf’s work reflected an Eden filled with animated colors and fantastical
subjects ranging from the Flintstones and the Jetsons, to imaginary characters that could cast either gloom or euphoria onto the desired canvas.
October 18, 2012
An established artist on the street art scene and a homegrown southwest talent, Mau Mau has been putting his artwork on canvas and bombing public spaces for over a decade.
As well as his exploits in the art world, he has worked on video animations for Dizzee Rascal and The Herbaliser and created album covers and logos for Skitz (including the new release Sticks Man) Rodney P, Roots Manuva and Estelle.
Mau Mau has quite literally tagged the world – painting pieces all over the UK, America, Jamaica, Thailand, and Australia. His distinctive style often comes with a message – ideas prompted by political and environmental topics and served with a typically ironic British twist.
In the most ironic fashion, graffiti art has transformed the craft of art and merged it to produce a new form of visual protest; none of which would be possible to view in large
circulation without the aid of the digital camera, a quick upload onto the computer and of course your effort. Graffiti’s witty and provocative nature resonates upon a garage door, a water tower,
a sidewalk, and speaks to millions who may never reach the location before city officials delete it forever. The brilliance of engaging an audience to become co-conspirators is genius.
Although the work is two dimensional it is also a sculptural piece in many ways in view of the objects, building walls, lamp posts etc.
October 17, 2012
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I am in love with the work of Shepard Fairey! His , what is now, iconic political campaign poster for Obama, is one of the most amazing examples of his work. There is a fabulous movie called, Exit Through The Gift Shop, a must see! All about graffiti artists, many of whom you will recognize.
Fairey created the “Andre the Giant as a Possee” sticker campaign in 1989, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design(RISD).This later evolved into the “Obey Giant” campaign, which has grown via an international network of collaborators
replicating Fairey’s original designs. As with most street artists, the Obey Giant was intended to inspire curiosity and cause the masses to question their relationship with their surroundings.
The Obey Giant website says: “The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker.” The website later goes on to contradict this statement however by saying that those who are familiar with the sticker simply find humor and enjoyment from its presence. Those who actually try to look deeper into its meaning only burden themselves and often end up condemning the art as an act of vandalism from an evil, underground cult.
Originally intended to garner fame amongst his classmates and college peers, Fairey states, “At first I was only thinking about the response from my clique of art school and skateboard friends. The fact that a larger segment of the public would not only notice, but also investigate, the unexplained appearance of the stickers was something I had not contemplated. When I started to see reactions and consider the sociological forces at work surrounding the use of public space and the insertion of a very eye-catching but ambiguous image, I began to think there was the potential to create a phenomenon.”