Tag Archives: American artists

Torn

Seclusion or isolation

Soothing temptation

Alone amongst others

Other answers possible

Art work by Leonardo Drew

Direction

Seeing outwards is much easier than looking inwards

The adroitness of articulating judgment

The ineptness of moving forwards

Solid and mellow; mercurial dispositions

Quicksilver-learning

Golden lessons

Pictures of paintings by Jacob Kassay

Quadruple

(x4)

Expecting less equals increased sanity.

Speaking one’s mind may hinder happiness.

Having a temper is a test of others’ sentiments.

Tastes testify of one’s experience.

Expressing fragility enlarges strength.

Training thoughts helps extinguish fickleness.

Fondness paves the way for firm affection.

Fear-facing ferments self-assurance.

Paintings by Garth Weiser.

Aesthetic transformations

The more I get involved in the arts, the more fascinated I get by artists’ creative processes.

It is not rare that a piece of work will gain enormous inspirational value for me once I discover how it was conceived and then executed.

That is how I came to appreciate Mary Henderson‘s paintings a great deal more.

Crossing the thin line between hyperrealistic painting and photography, her images are selected using real pictures from personal pages on the internet which are then refrozen into something artistically more significant.

In her own words:

In translating an image from snapshot to painting, I can explore the ways that visual content is changed when it is moved from the medium of casual photography – a form associated with impermanence and reduced aesthetic demands – to the realm of figurative art, which bears the burden of aspirations to permanence and high aesthetics. By cropping, editing out or compositing information – and through the more tactile, physical manipulations of color and surface that allows – the emphasis of the image is shifted to pieces of information that may have been peripheral in the original picture.

Which raises the question: do snapshots of oneself really convey permanence of the chosen moment?

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Worlds within

Some statements:

1. I’d rather befriend the brightest and deepest of people even if they sometimes are unable to enjoy the present moment.

2. Difficult or slightly unadjusted people often conceal whole universes of creativity, inner poetry and expressivity.

3. One should never express all thoughts  in one’s head in spoken words; for that there is writing.

4. Once you’ve been to the deep core of a person and back unwounded, you will always love and cherish that person’s true self.

5. Novel perspectives should always mesmerize.

All images by Louise Lawler.

Creating art, crushing cars

A seemingly vague idea or impression engraved in one’s mind which only surfaces long after it was first seen or caused is never to be neglected.

Upon seeing John Chamberlain‘s sculptures at a gallery in New York, my first thought was one of curiosity: were the pieces welded together or simply placed one against the other?

But then, as I return home and am faced with the difficulties of moving about, the images of his sculptures rose in my mind, bringing about the question: how outdated really are cars?

Cars cause pollution, create stress and foster vanity, besides being an undeniable token of social difference. Many are those who have come to detest automobiles in favor of the more environmentally friendly and democratic public transportation systems.

In an era when cars have become as disposable as plastic tableware, it is really delightful that Chamberlain chooses to bend them and use their (cheap) metal as if they were simple sticks.

It is as if by crushing one of the modern days’ most controversial yet apparently innocent icon, a new road is being built and shown to us.

Brilliant.