I love this work by Petey Brown. I love water. My favorite song is Nightswimming by REM. Using very simple figures Brown pulls the viewer from the quietude of floating to hands reaching for air…drowning. I find them very compelling.
Ai Weiwei was interviewed on 60 Minutes last night. He’s always interesting to listen to. Shy and somewhat self deprecating he is well aware of his advantages. He knows he can be outspoken and rail against authority in ways that others can’t. He says that’s why he does it…because so many can’t. He sees his mission to be the spokesperson for the unrepresented.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, on display in various spots in NYC reminds us of how it might feel to be caged…Perhaps most relevant now in a world of fences.
‘Marcus Tatton is a public space sculptor who brings inspiration from where he lives amongst the wild landscapes of Tasmania. Through his work Marcus explores the relationship between the natural and non-natural environments, how we humans interact with nature and the effect we have on the landscape.’ From his website
London Fieldworks’ Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven is a sculptural installation drawing on the ecology and biodiversity of two sites on opposite sides of London: Duncan Terrace Gardens in the East and Cremorne Gardens in the West. The installations are constructed from several hundred bespoke bird boxes mounted in two trees of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and reflect the forms of the surrounding architecture; a combination of Georgian town houses, and 60’s social housing around Duncan Terrace Gardens, and the World’s End Estate adjacent to Cremorne Gardens
Fouvry is Belgian. She paints landscapes, portraits and figures. She says that she likes her work to border on the edge of abstraction and realism. Here are some landscapes.
Every once in a while when I’m doing research I come to an image that just stops me…something about it that I find arresting. This portrait by Hans Krell who lived between 1490 and 1565 is one of them. This woman is so real! What is she thinking? Not really pretty but someone I know I’d love to engage with. The rest of his portraits…not so much. So this is all you get today!
I’ve posted many images because 1 or 5 don’t tell the story…but 8 or 10 begin to. I don’t know what the story is really but these beautifully painted images are very dark, odd and ominous. The limited palette, the strange subjects, the peculiar viewpoint all lead down a scary rabbit hole. You think there's a puzzle to solve or a message to grasp.
Kozloff became known as much for her politics as her work. She advocated against the dominance of a predominantly painterly, male, and overly-conceptual art world, arguing for the patterned and the decorative – with its sense of craft, femininity, repetition, triviality, and a more colorful or traditional “beauty” — as a foil to this status quo. Jack Hartnell
Kozloff has worked with maps for much of her career. I have always found them fascinating. I love technology…google maps etc…but there’s nothing like holding the real thing…or folding it!
I’m always amazed at how many paintings I see of chairs. Who knew that chairs could have such character. While chairs are not an easy subject they can be very engaging. These are just a few! Well…more than a few…
The artists are…in order Liza Hirst, Kevin Bean, Tom Homewood, Vincent Van Gogh, Gerhard Richter, Julie Ford Oliver, Paul Wright, David Hockney, Richard Diebenkorn
Fichter is a New Hampshire potter living in Peterborough. She works in porcelain clay which she says is like working with cream cheese…so who wouldn’t want to work with it! She creates beautiful pod forms that remind one of sea creatures….sometimes dangerous ones…with teeth!
'Carter’s painting lies between figuration and abstraction, illustrating both landscape and the subjectivity of looking, to reflect a perceptual and psychological experience of the world.'
I think what interests me about these paintings art those bold lines on top of a reasonably straight forward landscape. The lines really work...while they disrupt. Interesting.
Last week the well known local sculptor died after a short illness. He was 68. He worked with stone on a large scale and could amazingly (to me anyway), give it movement…scrolls, spirals, waves in granite! Great holes in slabs of stone, sitting on pedestals out in a field or a garden, offering a framed view of nature. There is an extensive exhibit of his work on view at the Ogunquit Museum in Ogunquit Maine. He was much loved and admired and will be missed.
I saw her work on BBC News the other night. She works directly on gallery walls…which then means…the work gets painted over! She is good with that…and I have to say, there was a beauty in watching the white paint roll lazily over her carefully detailed drawings.
' In her landscapes and cityscapes, atmosphere is, literally, everything. In diverse locations and ever-changing climates, sunlight is consistently active in these paintings, like a sovereign creative agent.'
Here is a quote from Jeremy Miranda
In my recent work I am interested in creating complex environments that are a hybridization of both interior and exterior spaces. I am influenced by memory, history, domesticity, architecture, landscape and how, when co-mingled, can generate new spatial relationships. I draw from a cache of collected photographs, sketches, plein air studies and memory, and employ an unplanned, intuitive painting process in an attempt to channel an ambiguous spatial narrative.
She paints wet in wet and often spends 12-15 hours straight on a painting.If I did that I’d have mud. She says while she’ll come back to it and work more…most of the work is done in the first session. She says that sometimes even an awkward painting is ok. I kind of like that attitude.
In 1966 I graduated from art school and headed for S. F. to join my then boyfriend …my now husband while he studied at his 5th college, Berkeley. I developed a friend ship with a guy teaching pottery at the SF Art institute and was therefore often in the ceramic studio throwing pots.
Ron Nagle was teaching there and producing wonderful, tiny, useless, cups with amazing, shiny, brilliant glazes. I think the part that intrigued me most was the ‘useless’ part. Ceramics=useful. But these tiny cups were so much more!!! And so Nagle has continued…making tiny, gorgeous sculptures.
How many ways there are to portray working boats! Domingue paints the NH seacoast…often around Portsmouth Harbor.
“I think of these paintings as pages from my notebook – although I don’t really keep a notebook, per se – pages from a mental notebook. They’re part of an ongoing meditation on what painting is, and how we understand the relationships that are created in these things we make and call paintings.” Christopher Brown
Elizabeth Hoy lives in Brooklyn NY and in Stonington Maine. She is the sister of Jill Hoy.