June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
My niece recently acquired P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go! for her growing literature collection (She’s 2.5). In the 24 hours since the book arrived at the house she has already learned a good percentage of the book, I think due to the Seuss inspired genius of captivating images to accompany language learning. Images so captivating in fact, that this one in particular made an indelible impression on my own 2 year old mind when I read it almost 30 years ago.
June 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Above: Robert Cox, Watershed
Below: Robert Cox, Confluence
Small works are usually realized and experienced up close, but they’ve got to have enough presence from afar to pull you in. These two pieces above by artist Robert Cox do just that. Layers of graphite on film float atop a base of watercolor on paper. He has said that his work represents a mapping of miles traveled along mountains and bodies of water in the South. They bring to mind how physical places and our memories of them change and flow. They are currently hanging in the AVA Micro Analysis Exhibition. I had the privilege to also exhibit my 10 x 11″ piece Migrate, pictured below. It is part of a body of work that looks at the potential of storms to change the direction of our lives.
May 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’m experiencing a new attraction.
Well actually its an old attraction, but it’s getting refueled.
Partly by this:
I saw this book for the first time at the CAA conference in February. Now I’m getting to peruse it a little more thoroughly and I’m newly fascinated with what drawing can be. The book is a catalog more or less of a couple of modern and contemporary drawing shows held at Skidmore. I’m taking it slowly and only a fraction of the way through.
When I got to the spread of Ernesto Caivano’s work, I had to pause a little extra. His combination of impeccable draftsmanship and rich imagination rooted in a variety of source material from asian screen prints to geometry to renaissance literature enchanted me. I was reminded of another favorite draftsman of mine, Aubrey Beardsley, who shared similar influences. In Ernesto’s work there are stories within stories that allow the viewer to begin to use their own perhaps rusty imagination again. But they are not fantastical tales that do not apply to contemporary issues. They contain current ideas such as how we alter the landscape and how it changes us and the abundance of information in the universe and how little of it we can actually understand.
Drawing is so alluring in this technological world!
February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
Each week I have decided to spend some time perusing the art periodicals in our library for some much needed invigoration. This week’s came from Yamini Nayar’s photography featured in the February issue of Art in America. Now, I do respect photography, but I have to admit that I was caught totally off guard by the painterliness and collage quality of this work. Nayar creates sculptures and mini dioramas that she photographs and then disassembles. Check out more of her work here.