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Gary Hume: American Tan (paintings)

Gary Hume: American Tan (paintings)

45-year-old Gary Hume a British post-pop painter, paints glossy ambiguous images on aluminum. His recent show at White Cube in London, features extremely cropped images of cheerleaders mid twirl, leap, and split.

It takes your eye a moment to recognize the body parts within the flat swaths of color, line and form. Thus, they become enigmatic, distilled down to their essential details causing the viewer to furrow their brow in concentration trying to decipher not only the pose and limb but also the tension of who and what we are looking at.

A cheerleader is so familiar and such a part of our visual lexicon but Hume imbues each figure with mystery, decontextualizing them while at the same time taking away the usual objectification of the female subject on his sleek aluminum surface.

Here’s a comprehensive article about the show and Gary Hume that fellow art lover/blogger Mike sent my way knowing I’d dig. Thanks Mike!

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Pedro Reyes’s Capula Sculptures: Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle.

Capula Sculptures by Pedro Reyes at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park.

us inside Capula Sculpture by Pedro Reyes at Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

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 1970’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 →

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Kunz and Chauvennes

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I wonder if Anita Kunz (one of my favorite modern illustrators) was inspired by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes? I just discovered his work at Musée d’Orsay in Paris. I was struck by his boldness, the way he contrasted colors, and by his use of narrative. He’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 Pierre’s regardless of her commercial clientele.

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Interview with Journal Maker: Tyler Bender

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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 →

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