Sunday, August 29, 2010

woulda coulda shoulda


Shahzia Sikander received formal training in the tradtion of Persian minature painting in her native Pakistan.  She was in Houston in the early ninties as a Glassel Core Fellow and showed in Houston galleries.  She showed small works on paper as well as large site-specific wall installations.  One of several of my regrets is not acquiring one of her small paintings. Since then she has gained impressive international prominence. 

                                                                                                                                                                           her work draws on imagery from both the Persian and Mughal, Islamic and Hindu traditions.  In 2006 she was the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

i am going to try this

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

someone tell me: how is this not "fine" "art"

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.


These rugs are made from recycled sari silk. You can see more at ABC Home Ethos Collection