A little sketch book spread.
A little sketch book spread.
On Labor Day we attended a wedding in Seattle at the Olympic Sculpture Park. The reception was held inside a huge room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the art and natural scenery.
Suspended from the high ceiling were two amazing and interactive sculptures entitled Capula XVI and Capula XVII by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes. Woven strings of vinyl stretch taut over angular and round white metal, creating the look of a bird cage mixed with a 1970â€™s hanging basket chair. The vinyl makes the piece pliable and inviting.
Initially guests eyed the sculptures inquisitively as they entered the room, circling them and gently poking at them as though they were alien ships, watching other guests gingerly slip inside their round opening and settle into the anti-gravity center. Once inside it felt pleasant to be floating and gently swaying, the weight of your body pressing into the vinyl like a reclining beach chair. Continue Reading →
I wonder if Anita Kunz (one of my favorite modern illustrators) was inspired by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes? I just discovered his work at MusÃ©e d’Orsay in Paris. I was struck by his boldness, the way he contrasted colors, and by his use of narrative. Heâ€™s called a Symbolist. Anita is called an Illustrator.
Illustration sometimes gets a bad rap for being ‘commercial’ but I think Anita’s work is very symbolic and her painting chops as refined as Pierreâ€™s regardless of her commercial clientele.
I was so thrilled about Tyler Bender’s recycled book journals that I posted about him and about my recycled sketchbook. Tyler was kind enough to let me do a follow up with a wonderful interview. I was a big fan his journals before but after finding out more about him am even more obsessed with his work. Here’s the interview:
What gave you the idea to make these splendid journals?
As a teenager I found a 1920’s book entitled “a dictionary for boys and girls”. I was so mesmerized by its design I wanted an excuse to hold it and use it everyday, so I found a way to incorporate it into my life. It was like being in touch with another time.
Where do you get the old books?
Schools, libraries, thrift stores, friends. Customers also have the option of providing their own book for re-purposing.
Where do you get the paper that fills them?
Everywhere: Craigslist, friends, sometimes office supply stores, and as much as I can use from the books themselves. Continue Reading →
I’m so excited that Art MoCo featured my paintings yesterday. It’s a fantastic web magazine that I check everyday. I always find interesting art in all media to look at from all over the world. I really love their interpretation of my work. Here’s what they said:
“The topic of women and food can be a touchy one, so it is fascinating to see painter Samantha Hahn approach the subject. Hahnâ€™s works are bold statements with very clear visuals, yet there is, at the same time, room for interpretation. Examining why and how we eat is key, and there is no shortage of emotion and reasoning involved. No doubt viewers will see these three provocative paintings quite differently. Some will question their own relationships with food, others will be cynical, or perhaps disgusted, some will sigh and wish we could all simply enjoy our food â€“ but all will react in some way.”
and here’s the link to Art MoCo’s post.