Wednesday, October 9, 2013

technical difficulties

Seem to be having some issues with my links on the main page - may have to take them down and put them back up.

In the meantime, here are two new bookmarks for you:

Article on The Textile Blog on nature:

-the Management

Damn that's awesome

Remember when you were in high school art class and that one girl was just obsessed with making  weird amorphous sculpture from chicken wire and translucent plastic and the results weren't quite what she was aiming for -- that's because I think she was aiming for THIS.
Unwoven Light - Soo Sunny Park

I think she's using chain link fencing rather than chicken wire but still - yeah - this is so incredible.  Soo Sunny Park, you are a badass. This is super cool Hattip to The Jealous Curator.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A treat! Well, I think it's a treat.

Well, I slept TERRIBLY last night but as a result I've rediscovered something delightful at 4 am, namely the work of Scott Campbell, aka Scott C.  His stuff is such a joy - don't know why I haven't been keeping up with him more. 

Do you know his stuff?  Of course you do, it's lovely.  Stuff like this:
Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell
 And not just little paintings, sometimes big ones like this:
Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell
That last one is crazy amazing, isn't it?  Sorry, I'm really effusive right now, I am verrrrry tired.
These are off his tumblr, which you can find here, or you can go to his website and buy prints and paintings here.

All of this I knew before last night, but what I did not know was that he also offers the occasional live stream of his work.  Which is rad.  I took a look at a couple videos in my insomnia and learned two things: how Mr. Campbell uses photoshop to bring his drawings together (which surprised me) and also that Mr. Campbell is the spitting image of a former colleague of mine.  The first of these two things is definitely the more useful information - not really sure what I'm going to do with the latter fact now, other than permanently linking those two people in my head, but there you go - you never know what you're going to get when you see people's livestreams.  I highly recommend them when you are unable to sleep.  Wait.  Hells that sounds like a backhanded compliment.  Just...if you want to learn a little bit more about this guy and his process, check out those videos.  Yeah, that's more what I meant. The studio tour is fun, because a lot of studio tours online are all schmancy-fancy.  Scott just takes you through the tchotchkes on his shelf over his desk.  You can see those videos and livestreams here.

That's it for now - I'm off to go drink enormous amounts of coffee -- you all have a lovely day out there, internet people!

--sidenote -- I've added links to a documentary on color to the Colors page.--

Monday, October 7, 2013

in which I talk about Anthony Gerace a bit and dither about my own work

Hey.  Have had this...collection of colors in my head for a long time now.  6 months maybe?  I've been stuck on 'em since I started a still life that's really gone to hell and that I haven't been making a lot of progress on.  But the colors involved - those I can't stop thinking about.  And they're not really colors or an aesthetic that I particularly ... I wouldn't say that I don't enjoy them, but they're not colors I generally like to work with.  Spring greens, brick reds, greyed out pale blues, white, faded out blacks.  Cannot stop thinking about them.  Maybe I'll just splash 'em down without particular regard for form and see what just feels so.... advertising.  As when advertising is trying to hit nostalgia. 

Not that art can't take on advertising's efforts at nostalgia and come out the other side with something interesting and subtle.  Came across the name of Anthony Gerace today over at We And the Color.  Go check it out.  These two particular images of Gerace's grabbed me:

There Must Be More to Life Than This – Photo Collage by Anthony Gerace
There Must Be More to Life Than This – Photo Collage by Anthony Gerace
There Must Be More to Life Than This – Photo Collage by Anthony Gerace There Must Be More to Life Than This - Photo Collage by Anthony Gerace
There Must Be More to Life Than This – Photo Collage by Anthony Gerace
 Links to more on the artist and his site over on the original post, but I have to include here a link to the artist's tumblr.  It's neat.

I think when it comes to taking on advertising and advertising's style and messing with it subtly two of the handiest ways to go about it are through the vehicles of pop-art painting/printing or collage.  Or both.  Something that's going to be sufficiently referential to the source material's style and also something not particularly substantial or heavy.  Advertising is sticky, to take that side of it on I think you need to aim for something really ephemeral.  I think Gerace has really got that going on well here in this 'There Must Be More to Life Than This' series.

I'm not so hot at creating work that does this.  I like heavier art and thick rich paint colors which is why I am personally irritated that I'm so bitten with the bug of those nostalgic flat advertising colors.  I haven't done a collage piece since forced to at school.  Despised it, but perhaps that's on the horizon now.  Maybe it's the necessary consequence of being forced to watch so much CNN at work.  Hmm.  Well, as per usual, we'll see where it goes.  Knowing me, even if I manage to make a collage without killing anyone it'll still be gilded or partially carved into a plank of wood or something.  Can't kick my medieval-habit, don't think I ever will.