WILD BEASTS: ” Les Fauves”

Before ever knowing what I was looking at, every time I have ever seen a work by Matisse I’ve been drawn to it. Though he painted traditional subjects – portraits, landscapes and still lifes – as opposed to abstractions, his use of “un-naturalistic” vibrant colors and “undisguised brushstrokes” produces something truly unique. Though I personally enjoy some abstraction, the distortion of reality  to express emotion draws me in as it introduces new possibilities to the world I see around me. Is my skin really tan? Is the sky always blue? Is the grass always green? I come to realize that, first of…

ANDREAS GURSKY

I first learned about the German photographer when a professor of mine suggested I look at his work. He knew I was majoring in architecture and was trying to motivate me towards this genre. I didn’t find it too compelling. I thought it was too restrictive. Then, I saw the beauty in restriction when I observed the seemingly infinite repetition and grand scale of Gursky’s work. Architecture is expressed through space and form. I was trying to devise a method to express this third dimension in a 2d format that would be more than a formal study of composition. I…

ANISH KAPOOR

Artist Feature Vol. 1 Born in Bombay in 1954 the Indian sculptor has lived in London since the early 70’s where he studied at the Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art Design. “Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. He sees his work as being engaged with deep-rooted metaphysical polarities; presence and absence, being and non-being, place and non-place and the solid and the intangible. Throughout Kapoor’s sculptures his fascination with darkness and light is apparent; the translucent quality of the resin works, the absorbent nature of the pigment, the radiant glow…

HOLGA, WHO?

TOY CAMERAS IN THE 21ST CENTURY Toy cameras, as they are lovingly referred, were first discovered by North Americans in the 1960’s. Originally fabricated in China, these inexpensive cameras contain the most rudimentary elements necessary for photography resulting in images full of distortions. So why are they still being produced and why are people like me interested in them? In this day and age of ever-escalating Megapixels low-tech cameras, such as the Holga and the Diana, are utilized specifically for the unpredictable kinks inherent in these cameras. Camera technologies continue to become more complex with every passing moment . It…

SALVADOR DALI in Florida?

So I recently discovered one of Salvador Dalí’s most important collections is housed right here in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sure, sure some “Miami-ans” might think the 4 hour drive is excessive to go look at some crazy paintings on a wall… but for those old-school folks, who still appreciate the first-hand experience of art, this is a true find. Given the limited nature of available art collections in South Florida (in comparison to major centers like New York, London, Paris…) this Dalí Museum brings to me a fresh sense of inspiration and hope right in my backyard- it reminds me…

ART AT THE DUMP

RECYCLED ART IN SAN FRANCISCO Wednesday, July 21 – Saturday, September 25 | Free For twenty years now San Francisco’s recycling program has hosted an artist in residence program that provides 24-hour access to the Dump to a handful of creative and dedicated individuals that repurpose and transform the raw materials into meaningful visual and formal expressions. Recology, Intersection for the Arts, and Hub Bay Area are pleased to present the exhibition, Art at the Dump: Twenty Years of the Artist in Residence Program at Recology at Intersection 5M. This exhibition celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the art and education…