First up: can art save your life? The artist Robert Moore thinks so. Good artist, good piece. Relatedly but sad, the well known Canadian artist, Mendelson Joe, has died. He wrote about it on his web site, here. RIP, good sir.
On a lighter note, here’s a funny story on the Italian futurists and pasta. Elsewhere in Europe, mystery artists! This is a good story on one such sculpturor from Amsterdam. And this piece highlights the mysterious artist Invader as he unleashes his art on Paris and the world.
Back in Canada, here’s a good story on one of my favorite contemporary Canadian artist, Peter Harris, over at CTV News. Down in the US, this is a terrible story on how San Francisco gallerist Collier Gwin was arrested for hosing down an unhoused woman in front of his gallery. Meanwhile over in Japan comes a wonderful story on what Kazuo Oga thinks about when he thinks about backgrounds.
I love Marcel Duchamp. Here’s a piece on his work, Network of Stoppages. Speaking of Duchamp, here’s an art book on Marcel Duchamp from Hauser& Wirth. As for other old artists, painter Jonah Kinigstein who lived until almost 100 and stayed figurative when the art world went abstract. Hang in there, artists.
I don’t want to forget to bring up this sharp commentary on the great Anselm Keifer, who is always a challenging artist.
Finally these are stunning: Miniature Ships Sail Atop Asya Kozina’s Extravagant Baroque Wigs of White Ships. Thanks to Collosal for this. Aslo from Collosal: Ruby Silvious garments (seen above).
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The last few days have been taken up with blogging about artists. Here’s one last one from Colossal: The Precious Nature of Water Ripples Through Maya Lin’s Sprawling Installations.
You may know Lin through her memorial work, but she is a brilliant artist as well. The image above is just a taste of her work featured in Colossal: you really want to go to that site to get the details.
After that, go visit her site for more fine work.
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Sticking with yesterday’s them, here are seven good pieces on artists that I’ve read recently that are good and worth reading:
- Unlike the Basquiats, these art works of Francis Hines really were found in storage and have been released to the public (hooray)
- This is a happy story: Ernie Barnes’s Sugar Shack Painting Brings Big Price at Auction
- This is a sad one: Matthew Wong’s Life in Light and Shadow.
- David Shrigley is always interesting. I see his work everywhere on social media. You may have as well.
- Gilbert and George, here talking about their epic Covid artworks are also interesting, not the least because of their conservative views. Unlike most conservative artists, they’re brilliant.
- Last but not least, Ema Shin. That beautiful image above is of her work. You can click on the link to see more of them and to learn what is the thought behind them.
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Over at Colossal they have a good piece on the Zen Gardens by Yuki Kawae. Check it out: it could be just the thing to calm your mind.
For example, practice slow breathing and watch this:
Over at Colossal they have the brilliant artistry of Alyssa Ki which combines weaving, macramé, and crochet to create such beautiful bouquets such as the one pictured above. Ki selects
yarn and rovings of raw wool dyed in natural pigments, (and she) crafts fiber-based wall hangings reminiscent of bouquets and overgrown patches of wildflowers. The perpetually blooming pieces blend multiple textile techniques and are teeming with macramé, needle-felted, and crocheted botanicals that sprout from a thick, woven foundation. Hanging from a knotty branch or bound by a ribbon, the floral works are ripe with color and texture.
Fabulous. For more on this, go to Colllosal and read up on it.
(Image via the story and the artist)
I love this! Not just for the design, but for the thinking behind the design. To see what I mean, read: An Anti-Smartphone With a Rotary Designed and Built by Space Engineer Justine Haupt | Colossal
Contrarian or anti-design patterns get us to rethink the technology we take for granted. One of the reasons I love it.
It doesn’t sounds like much, but it’s worthwhile going to check this out just for the beautiful images found there (like the one above): Black and White Analog Photographs Explore the Serenity of Long Meandering Roads |
From the good folks at Colossal.
You can see many more pictures of it here, at Colossal.
That is actual floor tile you can buy! The floor is flat underneath, but the different shaped tiles trick your eye into thinking otherwise.
For more on this trompe d’oeil, see: An Optical Illusion Tile System Designed by Casa Ceramica via Colossal
That photo above is just one of the many photos over at Via Colossal of Venice at night. Far removed from the tourist busy city of day. Well worth visiting Colossal to see the rest.
Your city should be so lucky as to have Jim Bachor filling your potholes with amazing mosaics such as this:
For more on it, see: Mosaic Vermin Invade New York City as Part of Jim Bachor’s Latest Pothole Interventions at Colossal. Also, search from him on Instagram: he posts regularly and he does a wide range of mosaics. And he travels, so maybe your city is next.
The wire tree sculptures by Clive Maddison are worth a look. Amazing transformation of simple wire into a complex sculpture. From Colossal. Link here: Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison
Over at Colossal they have a gorgeous collection of images by Visarute Angkatavanich of Siamese Fighting Fish in all their glory. Beautiful fish, captured beautifully in the photographs of Angkatavanich.
This is just one example of the stunningly intricate and beautiful multi-layered laser-cut wood artworks by Martin Tomsky featured over at Colossal. If you look carefully at the image you can see the layers of overlaid wood pieces.
I highly recommend you go to the site and see the rest of his work. Fantastic.
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