sunny friday

Since I have returned from camping I just can’t seem to get into my regular pattern.  Isn’t that the way when you leave your normal routine?  Reality is always a slap in the face when you return.  I LOVE my reality, and I still feel that way.  So today’s post is really late – it is afternoon already. I have a lovely summer picture for you today.

Edward HopperThe Long Leg, Edward Hopper

There’s just something about it that is peaceful and lonely, and bittersweet, like the end of summer.  The colors are so smooth.  I want to be on that boat, leaning against the tilt and feeling the wind, hearing the rush of water as I skim over the rippled surface.

This painting belongs to the Huntington Library Art Collection, and it will become a new postage stamp on August 24.

Those familiar with classic art might know Edward Hopper for his famous painting, “Nighthawks”.

Edward HopperNighthawks, Edward Hopper

This was painted in 1942 and is part of the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. I remember it as one of the first paintings discussed in my freshman year of college art history class.

“The viewer, drawn to the light shining from the interior, is shut out from the scene by a seamless wedge of glass, a characteristic of Art Deco design. Hopper’s understanding of the expressive possibilities of light playing upon the simplified shapes gives the painting its beauty. Fluorescent lights had just come into use in the early 1940s, and the eerie glow flooding the dark street corner may be attributed to this innovation. The moody contrast of light against dark and the air of menace inside has been linked to film noir, a movement in American cinema that featured stories of urban crime and moral corruption.” – from the website, www.edwardhopper.info

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interaction with light and water

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is known for large-scale installations.  He often uses light and water to impact the viewer’s senses. He works in his Berlin studio with a team of 35 people who include artists, technicians, art historians and cooks.  (Just imagine the future Rowanberry Studio, up and out of the basement, with a full staff including a personal chef . . . heehee).

His projects are numerous and quite varied, as you can see for yourself on his website, olafureliasson.net. I am hardly projecting a whole vision of his body of work in this little blog – I am choosing such a limited amount of pieces to share.  It was hard to choose, but I focused on my favorite pieces that involve light and water.

Olafur Eliasson, Notion MotionOlafur Eliasson, Notion motion, 2005

This installation consists of three rooms, linked by a long, elevated wooden walkway. The movement of people walking through the space affect the ripples shown on the projection screen.  Read more about it here.

Olafur Eliasson, Yellow FogOlafur Eliasson, Yellow Fog, 1998/2008

Yellow Fog illuminates the Verbund building in the city center of Vienna, Austria. It rises up at regular intervals from the street level to the roof.  Read more here.

Olafur Eliasson, BeautyOlafur Elisasson, Beauty, 1993

Beauty involves the use of a spotlight, water, nozzles, wood, a hose and a pump. This piece is one of several in an installation entitled Your Rainbow Panorama.  Like Notion Motion, the art changes in response to the viewers walking through the space.

Just by looking at these tiny blog photos, I feel like I am standing in space, within light and color in an other-worldly, endless place. I can only imagine what it’s like to be there in person. Then to move . . .  and have the living art change to your movement . . . would be a completely immersing, all-encompassing art experience.