Friday, 29 January 2010

Coeur de pirate

About a year ago, I went to see Coeur de pirate, a 19 years-old singer and songwriter. And still, I am under the spell of her light poesy and sweetly perfumed music...

Thursday, 28 January 2010

White Instinct

I have always liked white sculptures: their simple color inhances their subject and the beauty of the material. Great examples of such sculptures are those of Beth Cavener Stichter, an artist using stoneware to represents the animal instinct living in each human. In her artistic statement, she says that she wants "to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human. The figures are feral and uneasy, expressing frustration for the human tendency towards cruelty and lack of understanding. Entangled in their own internal and external struggles, the figures are engaged with the subjects of fear, apathy, violence and powerlessness."

 Beth Cavener Stichter, Olympia, 2006

Beth Cavener Stichter, Run, 2006

Beth Cavener Stichter, A Second kind of Loneliness, 2009

Beth Cavener Stichter, Diminuendo, 2008

Beth Cavener Stichter, Study for Hare Leaping Over Nothing, 2008

Beth Cavener Stichter, Your eyes have their silence, 2009

Beth Cavener Stichter, Render, 2009

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Pop Surrealism

In Mark Ryden's work, subconscious and memories are intertwined with cultural references in highly unsettling compositions. Uneasiness, incomprehension, fascination and admiration are just a few of the uprising reactions when confronted to the sweet, pop-culture filled but also grotesque and politicly incorrect atmosphere of the paintings. Inspired among others by Bosch, Bruegel and Ingres, Mark Ryden presents his work under names such as "The Tree Show", "Blood" and "Bunnies and Bees". Here are some of his latest paintings and drawings from the collection called "The Snow Yak Show".

Mark Ryden, Long Yak, Oil on canvas, 12" x 30", 2008

Mark Ryden, Sophia's Bubbles, Oil on canvas, 30" x 90", 2008

Mark Ryden, Heaven, Oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2008

Mark Ryden, Snow Yak, Oil on panel, 11" x 15", 2008

Mark Ryden, Grotto of the Old Mass, Oil on canvas, 24" x 36", 2008

Mark Ryden, Long Neck Yak, Graphite on Paper, 15" x 9", 2008

Mark Ryden, Girl Sleeping on a Yak, Graphite on Paper, 10 1/2" x 13", 2008

Mark Ryden, Yak with Babies, Graphite on Paper, 7" x 10", 2008

Mark Ryden, Young Yak, Graphite on Paper, 13 1/2" x 10 1/2", 2008

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Artist's Studio

An artist's studio is a shelter where one retreats from the surrounding world of realities to enter an intangible, imaginary one. And this you do at your own risks... If you are successful in entering your own imagination, you never know what you are going to find, how you will change or the way people will look at yourself and at your work afterwards. But the danger lying in the creation process is an indissociable part of the experience, and the studio is the laboratory where it all happens. 

This is why images of other artists' studios are most intriguing to me: it is as if they held the keys opening a few doors of the mystery surrounding an artist. Here are some of my favourite artistes' studios.

Salvador Dali's Studio... seems a little bit too normal, no?

For many other artists' sudios, including Jackson Pollock's, Andy Warhol's and Claude Monet's, I invite you to visit MadTeaParty.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Tracks and Traces

A few days ago, treasure huting on the blog Artodyssey, my imagination, flighty butterfly, has a been caught by one of Sol Halabi's paintings...

Sol Halabi, ? 

Intrigued, I could not rest until I had found who this painter was and if the rest of his work was as intriguing as this artpiece.  Argentinian painter born in 1977, she says "When I work with something wrong I cover it or do without parts of it and then I like the remnants. Instead of throwing the work away I remove or I paint over it again and what lies beneath usually comes to the surface and I like this because it’s like working with tracks or traces".  

 Sol Halabi, Noche

 Sol Halabi, El descubriento

Sol Halabi, Donna con Corno

Sol Halabi,  El mago

Sol Halabi, Primavera otra vez

To learn more about Sol Halabi and many other contemporary painters, I invite you to visit Artodyssey.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Friday's Special treats

Desperately searching for my lost appetite, I have found these mouth-watering arrangements by Amy Atlas. Not only the colours, the textures and the shapes combinaisons are appealing, it seems I can smell and taste those treats just by looking at the pictures.  Thanks to Fiona at Cafe Cartolina for this sweet discovery!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Light and Shadows

A hint of light piercing trough darkness strongly attracts me in an image.  When it goes deeper than a a juxtaposition of colours, when the theme of the art piece reflects this battle between light and shadows, I am truly hypnotised. Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa, a Spanish painter born in 1872, produced a few paintings with these qualities. Reminding me about his contemporary Gustav Klimt, I love the combinaison of floral patterns, of white women surrounded by darkness and of evanescent exotic elements.

I have had many of those pictures in my files for so long, I do not remember all the sources... but you can find many of them at Artodyssey.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Victorian house

I have found my dream houses! My only concern is that my furniture may not all fit in it: they are about 20" high and  14" wide.Well, I guess that those dream houses are very well named...

These beautiful Victorian doll-houses have been made by Wood Victorian Dollhouse Miniatures.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Le sens propre

Here is a delightfully sweet video for Adobe CS4 created by the Brasilian studio Blacklist’s Cisma.  Thanks to LiW Labyrinthe for this discovery! 

Monday, 18 January 2010

Ice sculptures

In a previous post, I have spoken about the deep uneasy feeling I have when confronted to the emergence of beauty in the middle of tragedies.  When a negative event produces what seems such inappropriate appearance of beauty, I feel I should not look, that it is sinful to like what I see, but yet I am attracted to those images.

Some days ago, while visiting Damn Cool Pics, I happened upon photographies of the frost destroying the harvest of oranges in Florida. Though I have an idea of the impact such a loss can have on people already striken by depression, I can not help but to be fascinated by those pictures.