Thursday, February 28, 2008
"Fabrication," tape, 2006
"Exploding Airplane," styrofoam, 2000
Heide Fasnacht is today's artist -- and no, it's not just because she was born in Ohio. (I have had the Cleveland Cavs' jam "Come on, Cavs" in my head all afternoon.) But this is on a different plane. I like her use of color and how she choses specific materials to examine and deconstruct physical space.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
1997 Tax File, shredded paper and glue, 2007
This time of year especially, it encourages me that someone can still find creativity in their taxes. Lubelski manipulates the paper into 3-D coils and redefines the experience most people encounter with their tax documents.
The visuals floored me in, “A State of Mind,” a documentary about two young North Korean female gymnasts as they prepare for the city’s Mass Games. This communist society’s celebration involves innumerable performers and unprecedented practice time. I guarantee that the footage of the Games will leave your color palate fully satiated!
It made me want to:
1. find my rotary phone collection
2. pick up the accordian again
3. eat kimchi
4. go to the gym
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
They are suddenly all the rage again. This past weekend I saw a puppet set in the Berkshires with metal bins filled with felt creatures and water works equipment. Now the U of Penn's ICA is hosting a puppet show of their own.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Today's artist, Korean-born New Yorker Ik-Joong Kang, collected and arranged over 38,000 children's drawings from 135 countries and created this piece, "Amazed World." I believe the show has been traveling since 2002. Makes me miss drawing with kids. Also makes me want to build forts!
My dislike for this overly "loved-up" holiday has brought me back to the scary side of love, as shown by artist Kaari Upson. She takes a story of a playboy she once dated and teases/tortures the audience as the lines of her true identity are as blurred as they are exposed. From the Hammer press release: "He became her obsession. Her lover. Her nemesis. Her muse. Her father. This was not even about finding out who Larry was anymore. She had crossed the line and blindly leapt into an alternate world. As [Upson] explains it, 'The objective reality of the man I construct collapses into the subjective fiction I create, until they merge and I am more him than he is.'"
This piece by James Rosenquist is the first and only piece I have ever liked of his. Is this because:
1. the title, "Hommage to Frank O'Hara" makes me think of Frank O'Hara, whom I adore?
2. the murky blue water with reflecting flag reminds me of fourth of Julys spent on the Chesapeake Bay?
3. I found this image in an antiquated box that clearly had not been opened for 20 years, thus giving me a rush from art ghosts past?!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Often art catches my eye and urges me to make the artist of said piece the Artist of the Day here. More often than you would believe, once I do a shred of research on the artist, their collection leaves me flabbergasted that I ever liked anything by the artist in the first place. I am left startled that I sought out after a mere aberration. And then there are times of joyful glee and surprise when I discover that I adore his or her entire line. This brings me to Alida Cervantes and her cohesive, playful and skillful portrait series; today's AOD.
Kris Cox, mixed media, 2007
This painting makes me think of:
1. My brother and my secret language (that we seriously need to archive now before our minds start turning to oatmeal)
2. Nike, and consequently, the fact that I should run more
3. The children's cult classic, "In a Minute" where everyone keeps telling a baby kangaroo to wait. "Just a Minute" could have been equally as effective for title options.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
LA<->ART Gallery currently shows Scoli Acosta's take on throwaways. Egg crates mingle with utility tape, balancing on painted bricks and sound generating machines. I was impressed with how much of the work had been completed within mere days of the show's launch. It seemed to fit with the Los Angeles vibe of urgency for the new and fresh. Overall, Acosta created a fun-derland of unique craftsmanship and stood out as an artist of note.