Sunday, December 11, 2011
This imaginative self-portrait, titled "Iris," by Moria Peters reminded me of all the different elements we had to focus on when we were creating our own portraits. It has a huge array of colors but they all blend and move together throughout the picture and create a sense of unity that can definitely be hard to achieve with such a numerous amount of different colors. There's soft, flowing movement and a myraid of different shapes that follow the flow of the painting. And while the subject of the piece is centered, I think the real focus-- the cascade of colors ascending upward-- raises away from the center, creating an interesting composition.
For my last blog post I decided to acknowledge the work of the street artist know as Bansky. The notoriously secretive artist from the UK has continued to shock, amaze and even offend many people with his simple and approachable yet profound images and messages.
Street art is a new generation of art using stencils, stickers, paint and sculptures to make a mark or even just liven up a big, blank, ugly wall, but the only problem is that it’s illegal. It is known as vandalism and the brave people who take the risk of committing a crime for the sake of art, must do so in late hours with the law on their back.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
This is one of many "book autopsies" by Brian Dettmer. He carves through the books to create extremely intricate 3D art so detailed and fragile it's almost like clockwork, making great usage of space and shape to create a sense of depth. Many of these art pieces are actually several books put together and cut through as one body to create larger, sculpture-like works. Others are modified so extensively they hardly end up looking like books, like this one:
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The 1000 Journals Project is an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels. The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity among friends and strangers. This awesome idea is only slightly flawed in the sense that you have a better chance at winning the lottery than coming across one of the original 1000. There is is this new 1001 journals (i think thats what its called) that you can go to and request a journal.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Though the artist doesn't present her name.. her website shows tons of material of book alterations. Apparently it's what she specializes in, but she also does shrines and other various things. Her technique is a little different than most examples I've seen because she covers each and every page with art and pictures (like a scrapbook) without using any of the actual lettering from the books. She also types up what she wants to put in the book herself, to glue in. She explains that the purpose of her work as an artist is one of revelation. Her work is detailed and complex so that something new is revealed withe very viewing.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Barton Lidice Benes is an artist dating back to around 1974. This specific piece is titled Livre Censure (or censored book). He started this technique after being on a train going to Philadelpha and was reading a biography about Nixon. He started scratching things out as he read it, and by the time he reached Philadelphia he had basically scratched out the entire book. After that, he started nailing books shut and tying them up.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Some really great examples of altered book pages by Will Ashford. He makes very visually interesting use of both his own media and the text of the book he has chosen, and has interwoven the images so well into the text that it almost looks like it's part of the book itself. He creates a dark, enigmatic feel in a lot of his pages that draws the viewer in and makes them wonder. He has some more excellent examples on his website that might help anyone having trouble incorporating text and media in a cohesive way.
This is a video of J.K. Rowling speaking about a new website experience, Pottermore. The video displays graphics of a book being designed through cut outs of the pages of the book to create other images. I think this is a very unique way to approach the 'humenent' idea that we have been talking about in class. In addition, the way that it was presented to the public was especially intriguing because it turned it into a digital, moving, object to tell the story that J.K. Rowling is talking us through.
Friday, November 4, 2011
He began with simple letters and then moved on to increasingly more complex typefaces. Depending on the intricacy of the letters, each artwork takes anywhere from a day to two weeks each to complete, using only basic arithmetic and an exacto knife as he does. He derives his inspiration from the content of the material he is working with. For example, he carved a recycle symbol on Robert Lamb’s A World without Trees.
An advocate of alternative energy and recycling, he rarely uses new books, but opts instead for books that may otherwise go to waste. He cuts, folds, and slices carefully, so as to preserve the books’ integrity. Recently, he has ventured into logos and symbols—an area he would like to pursue further.
This sculpture made by two Cuban artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz is entirely made from old shirts. The sparse use of color and near-symmetry are very powerful. It's particularly fascinating, because I imagine it would be very difficult to build a sculpture using objects as big as shirts. Each shirt would need to be very deliberately placed to give it the realistic aspect it undoubtedly achieves.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Fernand Leger, Propellers, 1918
This painting is by far one of my favorites on display at the High right now. The fluidity that flows from the shapes allows your eye to easily canvas the piece without being all broken up by the bright colors. The harmonious combination of both the geometric and organic shapes really makes this painting dynamic.
*If you have not seen this exhibit, go see it! There is free museum entrance every first saturday of the month for Fulton Country residents*
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Former high school english teacher and current artist Matt Kish, has spent the past 500+ days illustrating each page of Henry Melville's novel Moby Dick. That's one drawing per page, per day for 552 straight days. “Friends often question my obsession with the novel, especially since I am not a scholar or even an educator any longer, and the best explanation I have been able to come up with is that, to me, Moby-Dick is a book about everything,” says Kish of his hobby turned artistic business venture.
Project blog here
The finished project can be purchased here
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Less can be more quite often when it comes to color usage. The values in Sharon Cutt's portrait are not super intense, but the color she does use comes across very intensional. She builds an intense image without traditional use of intense color. Check it!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Man Ray, Self Portrait 1921
Man Ray is one of my favorite photographers. His images have this very soft and subtle look which gives the photographs an almost painted like look to them. He also has this great way of composing his images which make his images exceptionally strong.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
In this picture Amir uses mirror to get the reflection of other half of his face, he tilts the neck and sets the camera in such angle that in one shot taken with tripod gives the image of two people in which one of them is victim and the other one is potential killer but it's the same person.