|c 2010 Melanie Millar, Spin2, oil and acrylic on canvas, 58"x60"|
Sunday, October 31, 2010
such amazing work. you must look at this closer to appreciate--click to enlarge. as explained in the press release below, this is one of a series of works that are collaborations. evans and sharma took turns passing the painting back and forth. the image below shows this particular painting in three stages of collaboration. if you go to julie evans website you can see more work and more documentation of the development of several paintings.
Julie Saul Gallery NY
Julie Evans and Ajay Sharma
Cowdust: Collaborative Paintings
November 4-December 23, 2010
In the second gallery, Julie Saul is pleased to present Cowdust, a series of collaborative paintings by New York artist Julie Evans, and Indian miniature painter Ajay Sharma. This is Evans third exhibition with the gallery since 2007. Evans and Sharma met in 2003 while Evans was studying miniature painting in Jaipur on a Fulbright Scholarship and they became close friends. Despite the enormous cultural differences between them, their shared involvement with miniature painting caused Evans to suggest a collaborative project creating work together over a specific period of time.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I have been thinking about doing a post on moorish glazed ceramic tile
in doing some research i came across these images of carved stone surfaces from Alhambra and decided to look at that instead of tile.
these articulated surfaces made me think about Frank Lloyd Wright's use of "textile block" in some of his projects.
this PERFECT little house is the Millard house, built in 1923 in Los Angeles for Alice Millard. i saw pictures of this house in a back issue of Architectural Disgest from 1979 which i bought at a second hand book store in houston in the early 80's. i was instantly enchanted and actually have recurring dreams about this house. I say little because it is little. it is also known as la Miniatura.
it is a three story building. the first floor is a dining room and kitchen. the dining room opens onto a terrace and the magnificent gardens.
the second floor is a living room and guest bedroom. the living room opens onto a balcony that overlooks the garden.
the third floor is a master bedroom and master bath.
Wright's son later designed a 2nd building on the property with additional living space. recent real estate fliers describel it as a 4 bedroom 4 bath house. but in its original conception it was little. and utterly perfect.
this isn't la Miniatura, but another example of a Wright project using his "textile-block" construction.W architectural writers have made the (lame) case that Wright's use of textile block is NOT decorative. modernist defensiveness i say. they say that the block is integrally organically linked to the construction. i get that, but all that means to me is that it is perfectly integrated ornamentation.
i think its a magical and ingenious. concrete block is transformed into delicate articulation, much like the carved stone surfaces of alhambra.
the other thing about this construction is the way the pierced blocks dapple the light in the interior.
is this not a perfect union of light and space?this pierced stone made me think about indian jali work or jali stone; carved, pierced stone work. stone transformed into delicate filigree. as much about light as about substance.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
this is the current state of a 40"x40" canvas i am working on.
this represents several layers of painting glazing.
in the past i have haphazardly documented the development on my paintings.
my thought is to post the development of this painting.
unless i change my mind.
it may be a little bit like finding out how sausage gets made.
you might not want to know.
or i might not want you to know.
Friday, August 20, 2010
These are new handmade rugs. Ravishingly beautiful in reproduction. I bet even more beautiful in person. there are art thinkers/writers who have described rugs as the original abstract art form. I could devote an entire blog (not just a post) to rugs and carpets, old and new. hhhhmmmm. but i will for sure have some more posts on this blog on the subject.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
what do these two images have in common?
photo by tudor mitroi
|photo by Tudor Mitroi|
all of the images in this post are works by Damien Hirst
Tudor Mitroi, an art school friend was in Houston last week. He told me about a Damien Hirst show he had seen in Los Angeles a couple of years ago. We were talking about the decorative in contemporary art. He used the word "beautiful" to describe the show. I have never heard that word used in connection with Damien Hirst. I am ambivalent about posting Hirst's animal corpses on my blog. I think they are obscene.
The work from the recent Gagosian show is composed of butterflies.
|photo by tudor mitroi|
|photo by tudor mitroi|
|photo by tudor mitroi|
once you know who made these gorgeous works, i think you re-evaluate your response. knowing who made them, they become sinister, morbid. whats the difference between dead mammals and dead insects?
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Friday, July 23, 2010
artist work spaces are fascinatig. i love seeing where and how people work. i am thinking about finishing out my garage and turning it into work space. the space i am in now has amazing 14ft ceilings, sublime light. i have mixed feelings about giving up the space itself and giving up a certain physical and psychological distance between home and work,
i think of all these, this is my favorite space
I like the dog on the floor under the table. i wish my dog would come to work with me. she hates my studio. the building is very close to train tracks and the noise and vibration of trains going by terrifies her
the black and white photo makes in even more serene
who could work in this space with the amazing view? is it a studio or a boat?
this happens to be ross bleckner's studio, pretty serene