Sunday, October 30, 2011

jen pack

the top two pieces by jen pack are in the show "recrafting history" at taylor de cordoba.

they are made from tiny scraps of chiffon, stitched together and stretched on a wood frame. i love the basket-like shapes- the pieces wouldn't be as interesting as rectangles.

baskets as textile art

from the book "baskets as textile art" by ed rossbach.

taking photos of pages in the library seems to be a good alternative to lugging home a heavy book and then scanning... though now i can't remember why the last image was included in the book.

Monday, October 24, 2011

one year!

i just realized that october 12th was the one year anniversary of this blog! i never would have predicted that it would last this long.... i love having a meeting place for the art, images, ideas, and random findings that inform my creative life.

here is some work by the artists i talked about in my first post; mark manders (top two) and robert gober (bottom two).

quiet morning

(image sources here)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

sculptures and gravestones

My new series of sculptures is inspired by gravestone renderings of 
pillows and books. In the Victorian era, gravestones, through their shapes and carved embellishments, symbolized ideas about death that words could not convey. For Victorians, gravestones shaped like pillows were a symbol of eternal sleep. Closed books 
represented the fact that the story of this life is over and open books were used to record a short biography of the deceased.

I love the way that these tactile, familiar objects become hard and permanent markers, removed from the mortal world and placed in the realm of eternity. A tangible object becomes a connection to the intangible.

My sculptures are made from papier-mâché and, as with gravestones, the weight of the pillows and books is changed. Organic forms often move through the sculptures, reminding one of the grass, worms, or roots that pass through the ground beneath the stone.

Monday, October 17, 2011

mindy shapero

high desert test sites

this weekend i went to high desert test sites with a friend. we definitely didn't see all of the art (it was scattered around joshua tree/29 palms), but this was our favorite piece. it's a combination crater/swimming pool by ball-nogues studio.

the event is hosted (?) by andrea zittel. i have always liked the clothing pieces that she made and was a bit surprised to see that she owns a pink iphone case.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

anton lieberman

i saw this sculpture today and liked it. the artist was really nice too.
the forms are made from cast pieces of cactus and asparagus.

Anton Lieberman, Growing, 2011

Plastic, foam, paint, glue, string, hardware

renilde de peuter

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

my grandfather and the botany club

he's the one in the center with the mandolin, surrounded by an adoring crowd of young botanists