Wednesday, October 29, 2014

brushwork albeit cicero

Today was my Stitch group, always a nice way to spend a Tuesday morning.  We basically just sit around a big table and do knitting or needlepoint, or whatever we are working on. Nice to hear the gossip and the people slide down from the northeast for the season.  Things are poppin' already, the traffic is getting thick and the stores are full again.  I really love summer down here when you can get around so easily.

We got our house photographs today but the realtor isn't happy with them so I now have to go through the place AGAIN hiding things, clearing surfaces, polishing up.  TY will be out of town so I will be able to make it look good in no time without his shoes by the door and his newspapers on the tables.  I will stash the doggies in the studio again, air condition them and give them a peanut butter kong-  they will never know I'm gone.  I do hate to leave them because IF they decide to bark, I have offices on both sides they will bother.  

I took a break from the studio today, a break from dealing with Comcast and Apple and my own OCD electronic anxieties.  It absolutely frosts me I can't figure this out, but my latest is, since the modem keeps kicking out unexpectedly, it's either the cable into my modem OR perhaps the electric line.  SOMETHING is phasing in and out and turning off the modem.  I have every expectation my brand new Airport is fine but it's not getting the signal it should.  Anyway I will be back there tomorrow and fiddling more with it.  
 amazing 'helper' dogs retrieving a ball from the pool

mad dogs out in the noonday sun, Englishwoman inside taking pictures of dogs too dumb to come inside.  Note-  four steps to their left is a pool but they are SCARED of it.  Sigh.

 Spanish street artist Pejac recently took a trip to Istanbul, using his time there to give the city a few new windows (in his own illusory street art style of course). His work fits seamlessly into the local architecture and would probably be missed if they weren’t so interesting and different. While in the ancient city, he created a piece that looks like a keyhole, a gothic arched window, and a tiny window with massive wooden shutters.

A selfie is a shot of one’s self, yes, but it is characterized by the blatant self-importance of it, the self-promotion, the self-self-self. It is, generally, a tactless and shameless documentation of ME. The only statement being made, if any, is a call for attention. We have only recently, as a society, begun to feel comfortable enough to do something once considered impolite or, selfish. While art could easily be argued to be some of these things, such as egomaniacal (and this would be an eternally long argument), you could hardly consider a conceptual portrait to be in the same ballpark, or game, as a selfie.Finland-based artist Iiu Susiraja  work is not an anti-selfie, it is simply art. If we compare her work with a generic selfie, there are some major differences in intention, audience, and presentation. What is the intention behind the piece; is the artist working as a medium to transmitting a message that reaches beyond the mere documentation of her own existence, or is it tepid self-promotion? 

Get that squirrel out of here!  Run down your little Lego steps, squirrel, run!

Whew, a Squirrel Journal (from C&B) for him to write down his adventures.  A squirrel on a bike.  Like that would happen...

Oh, how wrong I can be.

Monday, October 27, 2014

captivate clarendon chrome

John Baldesarri

You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences. (Stella Adler)

Off today to do more battle with Comcast and mess about with the thirty things I've got going in the studio.  And drive by the lot to see if anybody's there!  We made friends with our new neighbors-to-be last night because he is keeping a close watch on everything happening there-  maybe a bit TOO close, but I have a feeling this might be great theater for them!  And I've decided I really need some help with this process, a different set of eyes looking at what I am doing and what I want the place to look like.  Our builder is a nice guy, he built an then renovated our current house so we have a 20 year history with him,  but I am not trusting that we are on the same page yet.  We'll see if we can find someone today that won't have visions of grandeur and want to put up floor to ceiling heavy chintz draperies.  I'm an open window kind of lego-squirrel!  
And BTW, I've received a few purple-stove comments, and rest easy that as much as I love that stove, I will pick something a bit more conservative, still a color, but more in line with what might still please me 10 years from now.  Thanks all for the permission and encouragement to get the purple, it's running in second or third place right now.  I LOVE your feedback, thanks so much.  But really, if your new neighbor asked you over for coffee, would you love to see a purple stove or would it brand hr as a nut job from the get-go?  

Today I have limited my 'art' choices to Lego art-  it's quite amazing what people do!  One day at Urban Outfitters I found a little envelope of the tiniest little Legos to build a parakeet.  I spent hours on the thing-  about 2" high, then had enough pieces left to make part of another one.  More hours...  But he is way cute, and it is very satisfying to concentrate on something besides sewing for awhile.  My boy grandkids are still too little for regular Lego, but you can bet at first chance I will be the one who gets the Big Set!  

Painting/ Drawing  Lego Guernica:  The bas-relief replica is considerably smaller than the 137.4-by-305.5-inch original, measuring just 14.5 inches across and 7 inches in height. While it took Picasso about a month to paint his gloomy antiwar masterpiece, which depicts the bombing of the titular Basque town by German and Italian forces on April 26, 1937, Watson created her version in under two days, using more than 800 Lego bricks.
And some other copies of iconic art rendered in Lego~

Hmmm, they just look like bad photos of the art, low resolution, pixilated!  

 Brazilian artist Valentino Fialdini, who specializes in architectural photography, told Modern Met that the Lego pieces were an attempt to create his own architecture. He captures these mini worlds and then blows them up in large photos, causing a distortion in perspective that makes them feel life size.
Note the minimalist hallways he’s created. They remind me of white box galleries with a splash of color at the end of a long sterile hallway.  Indeed, these seem less like Lego structures and more like buildings in themselves, until you start paying closer attention to the reflection of the materials. And that’s when you realize that, yep, they are indeed Lego.

BRIDGE:I recently came across the work of street artist Megx, who painted a bridge in Wuppertal, Germany, to look like it’s made of gigantic Lego blocks. The photos look convincing, with the signature grooves seemingly carved into the bridge, while the colors gleam bright over the street. It’s amazing how the bridge, which appears to previously have been drab concrete, looks so much more lively now.

LEGO is celebrating 50 years in Australia with an array of installations across the country, with the most recent set up in the rural town of broken hill, new south wales. residents of the outback locale were surprised to wake up to a life-size forest made up of 15 four-meter high pine trees and flower sets recreated to a 1:1 ratio of the original pieces, and then supersized to be 66 times bigger.

Nathan Sawaya, a New York-based artist who creates very nice pieces using some unlikely things, mostly LEGO bricks. He seems to be the most prolific of the Lego artists, with some realistic and exacting copies of portraits, logos, large and small sculptures ... all made of bricks.He only uses commercial Lego he purchases so he claims ANYBODY can do this-  I don't think so... He is currently touring North American museums in a show titled The Art of the Brick, an exhibition focused exclusively on LEGO as a way of art

LITTLE GUYS: An art installation with 1200 wee Lego men by the English studio Acrylicize.

And, in the spirit of Lego art, I also have some squirrels for you today-
 a gray,

 and a red

Take your pick!

or me, 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

bath bootstrapped lunar

Burroughs Jack o' Lantern- really invites you right up to the porch, doesn't it?

I went back to the studio this morning holding my ethernet cable in my hand, plugged it in and waited...and waited...and waited.  Started and restarted the new modem, and then fiddled away on the monitor trying to get my internet to work.  I did get it sporadically and was finally able to access NPR, but it cut out and wasn't registering a full signal.  I guess I'll call Comcast back tomorrow and wait for them for a couple more days. I hate being in the studio without my internet, OK, I'm spoiled.  And I also miss my printer and need the internet to do that too.  
I was able to finish spraying two more baskets bright silver, and leave them in the sun to dry.  Also finished appliquéing the second lobster on my blouse and have decided to resume the hunt for good clam fabric- has to be littlenecks, and shiny black/purple mussel fabric.  I hope to get that underway tomorrow, one more big lobster to go!  

I brought my shiny baskets home and substituted them for the old basket-colored baskets in my closet-  one holds socks, one holds small purses, and so on.  The good part of the day was that I managed to toss a bunch of stuff I wasn't using or never will use.  Kay would be so proud of me-  now just to haul it off to Goodwill and get it out of here.  I also went through both linen closets and eliminated orphan washcloths and other stuff, reorganized little bottles and boxes into the old baskets-  Moving this 'stuff' will be very easy in baskets.  

Things are a little grimm out there in the inner-tubes tonight, a little marginal art for your pleasure.  So, let's explore bowling balls!  Yup, spooky Halloween bowling balls-


Hail Hail, the gang's all here.   Given the spooky time of year, I was thinking about the beautifully designed zombie head  13th Street bowling balls by illustrator Oliver Paass for ad agency Jung von Matt 2011 TV promotion for German Horror Channel 13th Street. This got me wondering about frightening-looking bowling balls and which, if any, were available to buy.

And sure enough here's a sampling of what's available, all from Brunswick~  Bet the Bog Lebowski and Dude would have loved these.

And we're back to squirrels today, I have a few more to share, actually enough for 10 more years of blogging!
Camp Squirrel, but it's a to scary he can start fires, isn't it? Kind of evens the playing field.