Thank you, Steve.
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A fantastic piece in a stunning space. I’d love to make it to France to check this out.
Co & Isa’s photostream contains some of the best shots I’ve seen of Kapoor’s new knockout.
(This video used to embedded here, but that broke sometime along the way.)
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Finding Emilie. One of the best episodes of Radiolab, ever.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
(Very cool kinetic sculpture. Links are rotting fast.)
"I Am the Walrus" 20x16
The success of the last couple paintings gave me the confidence to try a bigger canvas. I’ve done insect paintings before, and I love the sculptural forms joining up with such brilliant colors. I had the strange experience of coming back to this painting later in the day and finding myself a little shocked, almost feeling like someone else had worked on it for me. I guess that’s when you know you’ve really gotten into the right headspace for making art.
George Coll lives west of Loveland, my home town - and paints his ass off. Visit George’s blog, and marvel at the sheer quantity of beautiful plein air paintings.
Rick Nilson paints awesome crabs.
Leah Giberson paints cleverly stylized scenes with bold geometry and edible shadows.
Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity.
Erik Christopher Zeeman
Amazing linework from Lu Cong. They’re paintings are stellar as well.
Really like the combination of digital iconography (pixelated imagery) with wood craftsmanship - and color!
(Couldn’t locate the source on this one.)
Absolutely stunning builidng by Shigeru Ban. The roof structure of interwoven wood beams and steel was inspired by Chinese hats.
I’m not sure the roof and what it covers interact all that well - there is too much contrast between the materials to convey a unified program. I really do dig the organic flow of the roof - so much more elegant than anything Gehry can muster. (Click the picture to see more, from designboom.com).
The artists here certainly won’t share this problem because the power to rise above self-consciousness is almost a defining quality of artists. Artists are superb at switching off awareness of self. As you can tell if you watch one eat. Others of you however, fellow non-artists, might understand what I am talking about. And talking is the problem. While I could not be more delighted that we live in a verbal world, I do understand the pleasure in occasionally laying language aside and letting some other non-verbal part of our brains take over. For you cannot explain a work of art in words. A painter makes a painting out of paint – paint is its language. If you can define it, nail it, comprehend it in words then something is rather wrong. A work of art is precisely that which remains when you have run out of words to describe it. The works that move us most are those that have the most life and power in them when the talking stops. If an artist could have said it in words, well then they would have done. Instead they have said it in paint, or stone, or bronze, or glass or whatever medium they may have chosen. “All art is at once surface and symbol,” Oscar Wilde wrote. “Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
(Edit - he did this last year in the Nevada desert, a few miles from Black Rock City of Burning Man fame. The piece has been erased by weather and off-roaders.)