Bill Whitman is an amazing photographer living in Concord NH. There is a wonderful show of his work at the Kimball Jenkins Estate right now! Go over there on your lunch hour. You won’t be disappointed. You might wonder…are these paintings or photos? Whitman intuitively knows everything about composition and color. He wanders alleys in Boston uncovering small masterpieces in the detritus of city life. He is an unassuming giant, soft spoken with a dry sense of humor that shows in his images. You can find him on instagram…thief_of_light59
Altfest always paints from life, drawn towards domestic plants, vegetables and more recently, male models. Altfest immerses herself in an intense analysis and personal engagement with the subject that pushes her vision beyond the real.
Italian artist Francesca Colussi started embroidering patterns and grids on found photographs four years ago when she discovered a small vintage shop down the street from her house in North Wales.
Purcell’s work brings to mind…the boxes of Joseph Cornell, the illustrations of Maurice Sendak, the drawings of Edward Burne-Jones
-Janet Malcolm, The New Yorker
Rosamond Purcell is one of the great photographers. She has captured the history of objects by photographing them in Romantic decline: books scourged by worms, petrified food-stuffs, biological specimens gone wrong, the inexorable entropic winding down of everything.
-Errol Morris, Filmaker
These glowing pieces are made from Lucite that is painted with gouache or other colorant. They are small. The work is exacting.
Don’t they glow though! The artist lives in R.I. and shows her work internationally.
“I have always been interested in vessels and the ideas of containment, protection, and the mystery they evoke. They possess the quality of containing almost infinite possibilities: stories, dreams, passions, nightmares, kept safe within if only metaphorically.” From the artist. You can see Ernster’s work at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon NH
She was born in Iran but has lived in the US for some time. Her background of gardens, family, loss (related to the 1978 coup) are a major factor in her work. The first image is hanging at the Hood Museum. It’s huge, layered and really beautiful. Worth a trip! And…the Hood is FREE!
She was fascinating to listen to!!! So many ideas. She was incredibly direct and willing to present herself as she really is.
‘In June 1993, Hammond asked the poet, John Ashbery to recommend titles for future paintings. A week later he faxed her 44 titles. By December 1994, she had employed 13 of the titles, "reusing one four times and another twice.
The Times spoke of Hammond's "predilection for systems. For decades it has been her practice to limit all her paintings to mix-and-match selections from a total of 276 found images." Since this article was written, Hammond has moved in new directions; she no longer limits her painting to a body of found images.
Many of her works are based on dreams, such as a recent series of works in which butterflies are laid over maps of various countries. She explains her approach to painting thus:
Painting is a cross between high philosophy and cement work. My biggest way of relating to this concept of time and labor is that it is an entry point for reaching the unconscious. The layers of paint have more to do with duration than texture. I see it as a function of time, like the idea of chanting. Certain things can begin to happen because you're with the painting for long periods of time.’
‘Brunetti began traveling through Europe with his partner, Betty Schoener in their self-contained computer lab on wheels, making color images of cathedrals, churches and cloisters from between the 11th and 14th centuries. The structures are very large as are the images- up to 10 feet tall.’ NYT 2018
It takes them a year to produce a single image. They lead a monastic life with little contact with the outside world. TThe first of these images is on view at the Hood Museum.
Last Friday we went up to the Hood Museum to an arts symposium. There were 4 sessions. We managed to get to only two…sad. But…never mind, they were entertaining and enlightening. So I will spend several days showing the work of some of the artist who were there. One of the things that became oh so clear to me is that you have to read about contemporary art. The whole “one picture is worth a thousand words”…just doesn’t apply anymore. And, while I find that annoying, I also find artist’s methods, ideas, backgrounds and philosophies just fascinating. I know. I know…you are all dreading the thought that I’m going to start analyzing art. Well I’m not. I’m not smart enough and certainly not a good enough writer to manage that. I DO hope that on occasion you will try to go to an artist’s website…or listen to a linked video. After listening to 4 very different artists I realized how important their process was to their work. Food for thought.
A Native American herself, Romero’s photographs of tribal communities challenge viewers to rethink the history-and future-of Native American photography. She works closely with her communities and in collaboration with those who pose for her. Many are friends and family.
‘…though her ideal, I think, isn’t so much to create something finished as to capture the pulse of a scene or a body beneath its surface—its impermanence.’ She paints images of refuge which perhaps relate to her family’s history as Russian émigrés. These refuges often appear as huts in the woods. Goodman paints outside…not so much plein air but as if it were her studio.
#1. Greyhounds are anxious dogs. This is an anxious installation. Are the dogs made anxious by an intruder? Is that intruder us? Are they anxious because their master/mistress is?
#2. Saddle, Towel, Wrapper, Throw, Sheath, Cloak, Sleeve, Blanket, Carapace, Hull, Pommel, Shell
All of these words clearly define this piece. But the one that seems missing for me…the Handmaid’s Tale. These forms remind me of the white bonnets worn by the women with their long red robes.
‘Rauch is widely celebrated for his visually captivating compositions that bring together the traditions of figurative painting and surrealism into an entirely new kind of aesthetic experience.’ Somehow these paintings often feel like history paintings. Maybe it’s the uniforms…or the feeling of uniforms. But then…none of it makes any sense. He was born in East Germany, behind the wall in 1966. Maybe that has something to do with it?
Smilde is a Dutch artist living in Amsterdam. While I read all the information; the artist statements, the reviews, etc. I don’t really care. I am charmed by the clouds in enclosed spaces and the thoughts they evoke…for me. I see Chartres, Versailles or Marie Antoinette, Gaudi, Vermeer…and others.
David Tress uses lots of paint along with torn paper that helps to give his landscape painting a really, truly 3D quality! He lives and paints in England.
James Dodds (b.1957) is a British artist. His paintings and prints are inspired by boats and boat building. After being apprenticed as a shipwright in Maldon, Essex, he studied at Colchester School of Art, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. His work follows the coastal variations of the simple workboat.
Showing at the Currier Museum in Manchester NH.
This exhibit is truly amazing. Designs and patterns. Color and texture. So much more than I expected. Don’t miss it!
In 1999, two South African women, Ntombephi Ntobela and Bev Gibson, established an artist’s community on a former sugar plantation in the rural outskirts north of Durban. The goal of the Ubuhle (Ub-buk-lay, Zulu for “beauty”) community was to use traditional bead-art as a way for women to develop a skilled trade and become financially independent. Since then, the work created by this small, tightly-knit group has experienced meteoric success and has been shown internationally, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian in 2013.
Artist’s studios are always fascinating to me. So here are a few. They always seem to include the artist…I just want to be a voyeur and look at the space!
In Order I Hope: Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Camille Claudel, Howard Hodgkin, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent