Thursday, July 24, 2014

condensate diabetic door

The best reason to join the PINK church, where you don't have to repent.

"Squeeze your paints like a millionaire,"  Robert Genn

Still here, alternating driving around in horrific traffic and sitting at home making hexagons.  I really have never been bored in my life, always have something to do, some place to go, a friend around, a good book, a good meal, whatever.  I feel myself bordering on bored.  My days are spent cleaning out closets and moving piles around.  I'm sick of cooking, sick of shopping, and sick of having to take the dogs down the elevator to pee.  And because they are bored too, it happens very frequently. 

I miss my studio more than anything.
Today Im on a search for some cotton knit fabric-  I want to touch it before I buy so I can make something Alabama Chanin-ish.  I took the Craftsy class and am going to wing it as far as I can here with no materials, then finish the embroidery when I get back to Ganymede, my little world-in-a-storage-facility.

But enough about me, I have managed to find some cool stuff to show you, just by accident.  There is SO much out there to get excited about- 

  Seung-Hwan Oh
The visual result of the symbiosis between film matter and organic matter is the conceptual origin of this body of work.The process involves the cultivation of emulsion consuming microbes on a visual environment created through portraits and a physical environment composed of developed film immersed in water. As the microbes consume light-sensitive chemical over the course of months, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale. This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed.

Kendal Murray’s miniature sculptures stage dream-like narratives that are played out by microscopic identities with giant personalities. Short stories and tall tales are enacted in a range of playful and dramatic scenarios that are imbued with social, symbolic and personal meaning. Glass teapots, grass-covered purses, mirrored makeup compacts and open books set the stage for each scenario, offering the delight of the unexpected, the puzzle of a question and the possibility of a dream escape into make-believe worlds.

Squirrel Time:
Not a very good squirrel, a bad facsimile actually, but this guy looks like he's being attacked.  Nice.  I bet his mom is so proud.  My son came home from camp one year with this haircut, though when done by a tent full of 12 year olds, even less appealing.  I lived in fear it wouldn't grow out before school started.  It didn't, he got a buzz clip September first, overgrown fat squirrel hit the floor.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

tungsten coverlet chain

“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.”
~ Bertrand Russell, b. 18 May 1872

Nope, I am NOT in this show (sniff) but two of my crit group members are.  If you're in the area, this is a fabulous museum and a prestigious show so GO!  I hope to be at the opening if Somebody hasn't made other plans for me (grrrr).  Fuller Craft Museum-  here's the link to the show information.

High excitement around here-  I'm getting ready to go sit for this guy for a few hours. Fortunately it's a lovely day and we may get outside for some walking-around and park time.  Today is his mom's birthday and she is going out for one whole hour, but I'll encourage her a bit to extend the time but not leave town!  He is starting to make the strangest faces...

I bet he would like these-  today's lesson will be BAAAA BAAAA.  We'll report on if I am a failure at animal noises in spite of my experience pretending to be a crow when crows are around.  Sometimes I even get their attention.  Let's hope I can do it with Mister!
UPDATE:  He wasn't all interested in my animal sounds, all he wanted was to crawl and grab electrical cords!  He found a lamp cord hanging down and I grabbed it just in time, he pulled loose the intercom wires attached to the baseboard, he found an extension cord way under the couch and was bound and determined to get it.  He has just started crawling and is hell bent to get at everything he's been just looking at all these months.  Tried to feed him, NO way!  Gave him a bottle and he flung it.  He just wanted down and to get into something.  But the little gnome does it with such a good nature...  Awwww.  Oh.  Yeah, I said I would never DO this with grandkids, didn't I?

How about I gave him back to his mom with a big black and blue forehead due to me not stopping him in time from bashing into a radiator, looking up, and going back a step and bashing into it again!  Little critter didn't even cry.  I think I'll get him a helmet before he gets a bike.  Is there a grannie abuse line at DYS?  

Today I am concentrating on paper constructions it seems.  I just happened to have both of these artists on hand and they came together:

in progress

 Marcelo Daldoce’s Origami Watercolor Works Conceal And Reveal The Human Figure Between The Folds

Paper artist Mandy Smith and creative director Hal Kirkland have recently collaborated on an interactive paper sculpture that invites people to experience the world’s most recognizable instrument of death, head first. The project titled "Paper Cuts" brings a new twist to this infamous apparatus while arousing people’s natural fascination for the macabre. Every time the paper blade falls a camera is triggered to capture the terrified expression of the those who have put their neck on the line for art.

 Chawne Kimber, 'Squirrelzilla Can't Quilt', above
and this one too-  'Behold My Nuts'.  I'm thinking this lady could be my new BFF.

creep curricula accept

In my line of business, there's no better feeling than having a real nice work that you're really satisfied with. (Gregg Allman)

 Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War.A fascinating show that has largely been under the art radar, it tells the story of American slavery through period quilts, fabrics, and textiles. Amid the lavish patriotic quilts, colorful hand-sewn flags, and refined period costumes, a darker and more gruesome story is woven through the exhibition.On the right is a quilt made by Lucinda Ward Honstain of Brooklyn to commemorate the Civil War and chronicle post-war life. The quilt is also the most expensive quilt ever sold at auction, as it fetched $264,000 at Sotheby’s in 1991. Lucinda Ward Honstain (1820-1904), “Reconciliation Quilt” (1867), cotton, appliqu├ęd. (International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

New yarn bomb found in Ireland via Facebook-  each little cobblestone has a warm sweater, so pretty!

Today we made a plan to go visit the new Newton Wegman's supermarket.  I wanted Ty to see how cool a supermarket could actually be!  We didn't need any food except for a chicken for the dogs so that's all I planned on buying and told him so.  Well, HA.  He did a bit of impulse shopping that cost me next week's food budget.  Fortunately I had started out with the small cart they offer, rather than the regular one, because he filled it overflowing.  I can barely jam it all into my refrigerator.  He remarked on how nice everybody was, and he should know-  he talked to everybody..

OF course they are 'nice'-  this place was started in Western NY where you can sit at an intersection for a half hour waving at the other cars who are waving at you to go first.  Nobody moves-  they are too NICE to.  So TY started asking everybody we interacted with where they were from and sure enough, they were all from western and central NY state somewhere.  I used to shop in Wegmans when I was trying to help out my aging parents long distance-  would always stop and stock up before getting to their house because I knew the spices in my mom's rack hadn't been touched in 20 years, and anything on the second shelf and above was highly suspect because she couldn't reach that high.  So I have always had a soft spot in my own WNY heart for the place, and was beyond happy we now have one of our own.  Now I have to figure out how to talk them into expanding to Florida, preferably near me.  

  When admiring California-based artist Sam Larson’s artworks, you might think you’re looking at a mostly blank piece of paper. But squint a bit and you’ll see that his illustrations are no larger than a penny!
To prove the size of his works, he places a penny right beside it. His drawings include images of cowboys, bison, lumberjacks, and bears. ‘I gather my inspiration from the American West’, Larson says. ‘I like to get out into the mountains and desert whenever possible’.

 Yes, this is now happening in a Tokyo museum: an interactive exhibition about poop, toilets and all that sort of thing. Even space toilets are featured. A major highlight, as these pictures show, is a giant replica of a flush toilet playground, probably a Toto, where kids wearing turd hats climb on it with the help of a ladder, and then fall in down a slide. Can’t tell if the toilet seat is up or down though…

And a warning to all of you if you see me in a line for anything at all-  change immediately to the other line, ANY other line!  I am the pink bear...

STAY IN QUEUE from Laboratoire Ferdinand Lutz on Vimeo.

And finally a cute little mid-century wooden squirrel pin sent by a reader the other day-  how I wish it didn't have a sold sign on the page, but I can enjoy him here with his little green ball instead.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

handyman pierce lutz

Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature. I prefer to see with closed eyes. (Josef Albers)

We just got back from the Peabody Essex Museum up in Salem where the purpose was to see the Turner exhibit.  But we got there 15 minutes before the next bunch could go into the Chinese House so we also did that. TY loved it-  a house built in 1800 and in the same family for almost 2 centuries.  In 1982 it was sold to the museum and dismantled and reconstructed in it's entirety, including the furnishings, in the museum courtyard.  And the fun thing is we went through it with a young Chinese family who apparently didn't speak much English.  The father would listen to the audio thingy and then tell his wife and little boy what to look at.  After we went through the house we watched the video they made as they reconstructed it tile by tile, board by board.  

The Turner exhibit was very well done-  many Turner seascapes gathered from far and wide and juxtaposed with his contemporaries the he influenced.  As soon as one of the other artists approached his prominence, he would veer off into a new direction so it was fun to follow that.  Personally I didn't get emotionally involved until he very late work which they can't peg as finished or in progress.  It became extremely impressionistic at the end and I fell in love.  To boost my new found appreciation, they had a painting blown up to fill an entire wall, about 30' long and I decided I NEED that wallpaper.  Sand at the floor, sea through the middle, and sky at the top, all visible brushstrokes and soft color blends.  Gorgeous.  

I'm doing something different today-  somehow I started looking at the Islamic marbleizing technique and it led me to more, and then more and different stuff,  And how could I not share with you, my inter web BFFs in cahoots!

Painting on Water (Turkish Ebru))

Simple Suminagashi (Japanese)

Ink and Water technique

Accidental Painting Technique

Acrylic and Shaving Cream  (ICK!  Editorial comment)

But you can use the shaving cream method on fabric too- semi-Ick factor

Poured Acrylics Technique

Norway’s Bergen Public Library has a lovely Flickr album of antique book paper patterns dating from 1890 to 1930, brought to our attention by Slate Vault. While there are plenty of geometric shapes and floral touches, there are also unique designs like a grid of unicorns and fantastic birds, as well as marbled paper.

Whew.  That calls for a squirrel, doesn't it?
Looks like he's eating his chia pet today.

Friday, July 18, 2014

bunyan numb pathos

"For me, art is everything. When I make art I get lost in another world."
—Mosi Clayton, Age 10
Today, with no pressing plans (for a change!), I will go off and do some art peeping at the DeCordova.  They always have a knock out summer show introducing new or emerging New England artists.  I so miss doing the docent thing there but once I started disappearing to Florida I wasn't available for the tours.  I really liked the format-  the docents would be given the artist's bios in advance and then be required to interview them about the work, or their theories, or whatever-  just get information that will transfer to the audience and make the work more understandable for them.  Then we would all get together and share that information as we walked around looking at the art.  So, for each show we had in-depth background about the artists and the work to share.  I guess I was kind of selfish about this-  I really wanted the info myself and in the process wanted to talk and talk and talk about it.  Plus the docent job dovetailed nicely with teaching.  I really miss it.  

Which brings me to doing the same thing here-  checking out artists that might not be very well known, and sharing the information I gather.  Life doesn't change, circumstances do!

Israeli artist Chaim Machlev is a Berlin-based tattoo artist, otherwise known as Dots to Lines. Working primarily with black ink (“I believe that black is the nicest color for tattoos; it is closer to our source than any other color,” he said in a recent interview), Machlev’s designs are complex line-based works that weave across skin with fluid, stunning precision. Incorporating mandalas, insects, and other images into his geometric tattoos, Machlev’s work go beyond simple designs into minimal, extraordinarily detailed works of permanent art. Mary Beth, take note.

Today's 'rule' from James Victore:
Translate this to our medium:  No one crew what your QUILT looks like if your CONTENT is not worth 'reading'

Take your time and see how many references you can find in each image!  Don't neglect backgrounds or looking for the artists themselves!  Amaziing.  Cuban-American artist Cesar Santos thoughtfully blends disparate styles and elements in a series he calls “Syncretism.” Santos’ amalgamations present representations from Renaissance, Modern, Classic, and Contemporary work, all blended together to create a pastiche of imagery. While combining genres, forms, and time periods is not a necessarily unique approach, it is Santos’ execution that is most impressive. Skilled technically in multiple painting styles, Santos is able to render images that appear uncannily similar to their references. Recontextualizing these images demonstrates the evolution of painting techniques while maintaining the universality and persistence of particular themes.

Our squirrel has a hole in his head and seems a bit concerned.