Kurt Gledhil went to the Setouchi International Art Festival and took photographs of what he saw there. The results are art in themselves. Colossal has some of them results HERE. (And Spoon and Tamago has a recap of the festival itself. Check that out HERE.)
You know how much I love the color field painters. I always thought that Mark Rothko's work would provide enough inspiration for contemporary quilts to keep you busy for a lifetime! Over at Painters Table, Sharon Butler writes about a modern color field painter, Sue William, and her show entitled WTC, WWIII Couch Size (on view at 303 Gallery in New York through February 22) HERE.
Sue Williams 1280
Colossal has highlights from the Sony 2014 World Photography Awards shortlist (pretty!!!) HERE
A new take on the "drawing on stones and bones" thing that was big in the late 70's. French graphic designer DZO takes it to a whole new level HERE
Stone by DZO
I don't know if you're familiar with the textile artist, Tracey Lawko - but I just found out about her and her work is wonderful! I'm linking you to her landscape gallery HERE, but check out the rest of her site while you're there.
Li Hongbo makes incredible paper sculptures that are flexible. Christopher Jobsen says, in part:
Li Hongbo’s stunning, stretchable, paper sculptures, inspired by both traditional folk art and his time as a student learning to sculpt, challenge our perceptions. With a technique influenced by his fascination with traditional Chinese decorations known as paper gourds—made from glued layers of paper—Li Hongbo applies a honeycomb-like structure to form remarkably flexible sculptures.
They can currently be seen at the Klein Sun Gallery in New York, but if you're not there you can hve a look at them at Arrested Motion's blog HERE
Over at the Wooster Collective, Sara blogs about outdoor artist Alice Pasquini who's work is now being seen on walls and garbage bins in Madrid. Ms. Pasquini is a bit like Banksy, (only, being female, far less well known, but, in my opinion, more talented). *ahem* Her work can be seen at the Wooster Collective HERE
This has been making the rounds, so you may have seen it; but mixed media artist Anila Quayyum Agha has made incredibly beautiful wooden sculptures whose purpose is to cast the most amazing shadows on the wall - so both her sculptures and their shadows create two kinds of art.
Agha says of her show,(currently a finalist at the 3rd Annual See.Me. Year in Review Competition) :
The Intersections project takes the seminal experience of exclusion as a woman from a space of community and creativity such as a Mosque and translates the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up in Pakistan. The wooden frieze emulates a pattern from the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and co-existed in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference. I have given substance to this mutualism with the installation project exploring the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence with in a public space.
Picture HERE at Twisted Sifter, with links to her website and the competition.
Emily Spicer reviews the exhibition A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany on view at The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House in London, UK. Her review is at Studio International HERE (and it taught me a lot!)
If you like landscape art (as I do), check out Art Contrarian's overview of Russian landscape artist Isaak Levitan HERE
But Does It Float has some wonderful photographs of contemporary painter Lia Melia's work HERE
Hyperallergic talks about the "nightmarish history of Spanish drawings" HERE
Maria Calandra visits the studio of painter Loren Munk, (an artist who paints both "maps" and more traditional subject in a traditional way) and whose show You Are Here will be on view at Freight + Volume Gallery, New York from February 13 - March 15, 2014. That conversation can be read at Pencil In the Studio HERE
Contemporary Art Daily shows off Thomas Schutte's sculpture HERE
"Roadsworth"'s chalk drawings (another outdoor artist whose substrate are roads) can be seen at Colossal HERE
Over at Art Critical, John Goodrich writes about Lois Dodd's oil paintings, (whose show, Lois Dodd: Recent Paintings can be seen at the Alexandre Gallery in New York) and whose subject matter is nature. There's something peaceful, and rather happy feeling, about here work. His review and a few photos of her work can be seen HERE
I LOVE it when artists talk about process, I always learn something, or confirm something, or end up bemused and confounded and just take that away to puzzle over (lol). Anyway, contemporary painter Suzanne Kammnin talks about hers over at Tilted Arc. You can find that HERE
Seung Hoon Park's photographs for his ongoing series Textus are made from cut up bits of film strips have a distinct patchwork feel to them. Prints are available through the Susan Spiritus Gallery and can be seen HERE.
Back to the Wooster Collective, they have a great video of other street art in Puerto Rico (I guess that's the theme today!). That video can be seen HERE
Over at Brooklyn Rail, Donatien Grau talks about the 'theatrical brutality" of Cezanne and Gaugin's work. His writing gives quite a bit of insight into the two artists and their friendship, and I also learned some things I didn't know about the period. You can find that HERE
I could go on and on, actually ( I read over a hundred art and art-related articles in that period!); but I'll leave you now with a post by Mirka Kaster over at Exploring the Art of It, in which she has written an article entitled "Arguing with the Supremacy of Abstract Art". Intriguing! you can find that article HERE
Hope you have a great weekend and I'll ee you on Monday with lots of work (it's been very busy over here at Studio Kit!)