shopping on monday

A little bit of shopping this week.  Just for fun.  Imagine you have the money to buy any and all of this wonderful art for sale! Let’s see . . . I’ll start with this:

Etsy:  copper cuffArtist “Febrarose” from Etsy, Continental Divide bracelet, $175

Artist Deb Horvath lives and works in Colorado Springs, and maybe you can tell that her inspiration for this piece is the Rocky Mountains. It was created from two copper cuff bracelets that were formed separately, then cold connected. Applying a heat patine created the lovely colors.

Febrarose from EtsyArtist “Febrarose” from Etsy, Aspen bracelet, $179

Febrarose:  Etsy artistFine Silver, PMC, Leather Dangle Earrings- Studded Ecuadorian, $69

Febrarose has an Etsy shop that can be found here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/febrarose

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gorgeous bubbles of glass

Being a glass artist, this medium is something I never get tired of admiring.  I have not tried blowing glass, shaping blobs of liquid from a furnace to transform them into vessels, or sculpture.  I can only imagine the delicate touch required to create “Shipment from California”, by glass and installation artist Hiromi Takizawa.

Hiromi TakizawaHiromi Takizawa, Shipment from California
blown glass, neon, wood

I wonder if they pop if you were to touch them, very gently?

Hiromi Takizawa(same piece,different view)

Hiromi TakizawaHiromi Takizawa, Crossing the Pacific Ocean, 2007.
Blown glass, neon, wood.

She was born and raised in Japan, inspired by native artists as a child.  She now lives in California, but her work is influence by both cultures. See more of her work at: www.hiromitakizawa.com. Her portfolio also features more pictures of the iridized glass bubbles – wonderful.

scheduled blogs

I prepared for being away for a few days by writing my blog entries and scheduling them for posting each day.  Much to my surprise, I came home to find that none have been published in my absence, though when I look them up, they are scheduled to post every day.  Hmmmm.  Sorry about the lapse in entertainment.

I’ll have some interesting photos to post soon . . . when I get past cleaning camping gear, wading through emails, doing laundry   . . .

tagging along with the rest of the crowd

When every other art blog features an artist, does it mean I should stay away?  I hate to be such a follower, but when it comes right down to it, I love this artist’s work, and I still want to share it. In researching, trying to find out a bit more to tell, I find page after page of bloggers featuring his work.

brooks shane salzwedelbrooks shane salzwedel, Thorned and Honeysuckle 2009
23″ x 40″ mixed media

My fellow art bloggers feature picture after picture, but no one has much to say about the artist and his technique. Doing a little more digging, I found that the pictures are created using layers of resin and graphite.

Brooks Shane SALZWEDELBrooks Shane Salzwedel, Untitled #3 2008
24″x14″ graphite, tape,resin

He studied at Pasedena’s Art Center College of Design.  His work became smaller, and success came in the form of belt buckles that became an award winning line of fashion in boutiques throughout the U.S.

Brooks Shane SalzwedelBrooks Shane Salzwedel

Some of my favorites are works done in tiny tins.

I guess the art crowd found him much sooner than I did, but have you ever heard of him?  No?  Then mission accomplished.  My aim isn’t so much to be cutting edge as to find cool things to share, and give you a little info as well.  I hope you enjoy!

intricacy

When you think of papercut art, do you thing of grade school scissors and snowflake patterns?  Take a look at the work of artist Chris Natrop:

Chris NatropChris Natrop, Glitterati Swamp Thing
watercolor, iridescent medium on cut paper, fluorescent fixtures, color gel overlays, 2010

I love how he overlaps, and uses colors to imply shadows . . . are they shadows?  Or just overlapping papercuts?

Chris NatropChris Natrop, Reflector Thicket
46 x 38 inches, acid-etched polished stainless steel, nickel-plated brass pins, 2010

Natrop uses a stream-of-consciousness approach to his art.  Often he works on enormous sheets of paper stretched out vertically on his studio wall.  He spontaneously cuts away the paper to create his art pieces.

Chris NatropChris Natrop, Great River Mash-Up
water color, glitter and iridescent medium on cut paper, distressed two-way acrylic mirror, magic string, fluorescent lighting fixtures with colored gel overlays, LED light panels, reflective Mylar, overhead lighting, oscillating fan, 2010

 “I try to make sense out of the vagaries of existence, and pull from the silent beauty of the world.” – Chris Natrop

misty color from the sea

From the coast of Cornwall . . .

Jonathan FullerJonathan Fuller, No29, Sea Glass & Wood

Jonathan Fuller creates wall sculptures from collected sea glass.

Jonathan FullerJonathan Fuller, No22, Sea Glass & Wood

 The ultimate recycled artistic material, it is garbage, broken pieces of glass from industry, littering, shipwrecks and cargo spills.

Jonathan Fuller
Jonathan Fuller, No28, Sea Glass & Wood

 The bits of glass are tumbled and polished smooth by the friction of water and sand. As it becomes more popular, it is harder and harder to find on the beach. Collectors have taken to gathering up the colorful bits.  Now it is manufactured for craft use and found in bags at Michael’s. That only makes me appreciate Fuller’s work all the more – as he creates from salvaged pieces along the Cornwall coast where he lives.  See more of his work:  www.jonathanfuller.co.uk

between painting and sculpture

German-born artist Anselm Kiefer is currently exhibiting at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. His work has been displayed in major museums throughout the world.

Anselm KieferAnselm Kiefer, Laßt tausend Blumen blühen!

His work is diverse and compelling.  From the image above, a spring-like, airy painting, to the image below, a dark, foreboding work, I am drawn to his creations, and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe because the influence of mythology comes through in his pieces, and I love the history and magic of storytelling and fairy tales.

His subject-matter ranges over sources as diverse as Teutonic mythology and history, alchemy and the nature of belief, all depicted in a bewildering variety of materials, including oil paint, dirt, lead, models, photographs, woodcuts, sand, straw and all manner of organic material. By adding found materials to the painted surface of his immense tableaux, he invents a compelling third space between painting and sculpture. –from White Cube

Anselm KieferAnselm Kiefer, Shulamith , 1983
Oil, acrylic, emulsion, shellac, straw and woodcut fragments on canvas

Many of his works are huge pieces of art.  Take a look at the one pictured below – it is approx. 12 feet by 18 feet wide.

Anselm KieferAnselm Kiefer, Zim Zum, 1990
Acrylic, emulsion, crayon, shellac, ashes, and canvas on lead, 149 3/4 x 220 1/2 in.

For his exhibition at MoMA in 1988-89, they actually had to reinforce the museum walls to support the weight of the huge, often lead-covered canvases.  It is interesting to hear Kiefer talking about his work and the process.  (See You Tube video) He takes photographs wherever he goes, and uses them for inspiration.  He speaks of finishing a painting, then not being satisfied with it, so he placed it on the floor and threw dirt on it.  Then he let the painting bake in the sun, drying and cracking the soil.  Then he continued with more layers of paint.  Considering the long lists of materials in his paintings, and their size, I can see how heavy his work must become.

Anselm KieferAnslem Kiefer, Burning Rods
oil, acrylic, emulsion, and shellac on canvas with ceramic, iron, copper wire, and lead

In 2007 he created a permanent installation in the Louvre – the first living artist to have that honor since Georges Braque in 1953.