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A Living Likeness

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED with tags , , , on August 22, 2010 by echostains

 

acrylic on a flesh canvas

A long time ago I came across camouflage artist  Emma Hack whose work I found innovative and impressive (see my post ‘Discovered and Recovered).  Another post featured camouflage artist Lui Bolin.  This artist played with the idea of invisibility to make political statements  here .   Alexa Meade is different type of artist though – one whose art that I have yet to come across.  She likes to paint  people to look like paintings –  the results, I think are pretty impressive! 

a brush with time

Sometimes the ‘painting’ will sit in front of a painting.  It’s hard to see where the person starts and the painting ends.  The model becomes a living trompe l’oeil (realistic imagery to create an optic illusion).

The work is multi layered, a mixture of painting, video performance and installation and the results spectacular.  I especially like the ones in the gallery setting.  The model is given a new ‘skin’ to wear which she or he  can inhabit for a few hours – here today and gone tomorrow. This plays with our sense of permanence and impermanence and also, I suppose it leads us to question our own mortality and our place on life’s canvas – when we are ourselves the canvas on which life is written on. 

 There are a lot of questions to be asked and addressed – which I think makes for very interesting art which is both visually stunning and mentally challenging.

There’s a lot more of these ‘paintings’  each one more astounding than the other from Alexa Meade’s website here and also from here .   Final image from here

Dust to art

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED, ART VIDEOS with tags , , , on July 12, 2010 by echostains

Texan artist Scott Wade saves on water by not cleaning his car and turning the result into art.  He makes images in the dust by using brushes, and rubber paint shapers rather like charcoal.  Instead of adding paint he scrapes back the dust to reveal his art.  He travels with his drawings, his car is his  a mobile gallery.  He does fine art – but he is not precious about  it.  His work is washed away by the rain, but he is quite philosophical,  comparing the process to life itself  which is ever-changing.  His work is one moment in time – here today and gone tomorrow, like us all.

video from Car Art

Uncovered and discovered – Kathy Waggoner

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED with tags , , on June 22, 2010 by echostains

The Taster by Kathy Waggoner

It seems an age since I last put any teapots on my blog.  It’s getting more and more difficult to find unusual ones that I like.  However, I have lately come across ceramicsist artist Kathy Waggoner and I find her work intriguing.  Her works explores identity, in myth, form and stereotypes.  Why do I like these – probably because they ARE stereotypical – but they have an indefinable edge to them.

every woman?

You can also see the artist’s interest in native cultures and her patronage to third world women.  Highly decorative and very tactile looking.  She is not really a teapot maker, more a ceramicsist.  A lot of her work can be seen here

the jar of mysteries waggoner

The Taster image from here

Vase from here

Lots of her work here

My 550th post

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED, BEHIND THE PAINT, BODIES IN PRESERVATION, Echostains Blog Spotlight, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , on June 4, 2010 by echostains

I’ve reached a little milestone with this post, and the last time I looked back was on my 500th post.  So I think it’s time for another look over my shoulder.  I’m still blogging every day (in fact I need to look back when I first started this daily blogging and see how long it’s been).  New categories have been added (Behind the paint and Art discovered and uncovered, Bodies in preservation (oooh forgot about that one – must do another post on this very soon).  I also did my first blog spotlight and am working on my second at the moment.  I hope to do interviews with all my blogrollers.  I’ve also started putting some poetry that I like on (whilst neglecting my own efforts on Bookstains:C )  Here’s some memories of past posts (the posts are still there in the categories.)

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Art uncovered and recovered – Gideon Rubin

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED with tags , , on May 30, 2010 by echostains

boy

I have just discovered the artist  Gideon Rubin.  His expressionistic art, does not rely of the facial features to put across mood or sentiment, he lets the body language speak for itself.  The artist uses subtle tones to convey mood and meaning into the blank expressions of the figures. 

Here’s a quote by the artist;- 

“Quickly scraping an old image and putting down a new one on top was my own way to express markings of time. I cover the canvas over and over again with an image observed or imagined. Focusing on tonal variations, applied on small or large canvases, my paintings seem to create a sense of gloom – a pale light that, far from being colorless, contains purple, orange, blue and crimson. I try to create an image embodied with mystery, like a deja vu, as if seen before; an image lost, much like a memory. ” (sweet-station) 

 

It is fascinating how we automatically fill in the ‘blanks’ of the faces, using our own emotions to interpret the body language.  I’m not sure how this works, or even if everyone interprets differently, but here’s my intepretation (for what it’s worth)  How much does it  differ from yours? 

 

The top image coveys to me contemplation, that the boy is concentrating his thoughts.  There is an air of seriousness about him, he isn’t smiling but he isn’t sad either – just thoughtful.  The second image seems expectant to me, like he is anticipating something, sitting back and waiting.    The third image is interesting because it shows a relationship between the two girls.  My thoughts are that these two are sisters.  The blonde girl is bolder than her dark sister, who holds her back protectively.  I get the feeling that the dark-haired one is frightened and perhaps more timid.  These are only my interpretations – it would be interesting to see others. 

  Lots of his portraits here in this excellent site 

more about this artist’s work here

Discovered and uncovered – Emma Hack

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED, ART VIDEOS with tags , , , on May 19, 2010 by echostains
find the model...

find the model...

I’ve only just discovered Australian artist, 37-year-old Emma Hack and already I am entranced by her work.  Emma describes herself as a Diverse multimedia artist, Skin illustrator, photographer and Sculptor.  She camouflages her model’s bodies by painstakingly painting them.  She then positions the model against the wallpaper then  photographs them.  See how she does this in this video.  It is worth watching through to the end to see the end results – which are amazing!

Tropical Palm with butterflies Mandela

  The designs are quite intricate and she got some of her earlier inspiration from art nouveau  designs.   The artist started out as a children’s face painter. It took her 10 hours to paint the guitar to promote the Adelaide Guitar Festival.  There are lots and lots of fabulous images on Emma Hack’s website – including the film here

Emma Hack wallpaper

 The guitar image from here (with a write-up about it.  Wallpaper image from here Flowery wallpaper with birds here

The video is by weensyweb

Cheesy Art?

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED with tags , , , on May 10, 2010 by echostains

Some people think that Elvis is a little cheesy.  I don’t, I can quite see why people like him – he exudes glamour and talent.  The art is by http://www.EclecticAsylum.com and the artist paints with cheese puffs on velvet.  Yes, that’s right – cheese puffs!  From what I can see, he sorts the puffs into different tones (you thought they were all yellowy orange didn’t you?) well, this wouldn’t seem to be the case judging by this video.  First the artist draws Elvis using a cheesy puff, next comes colour.  I must say I’m quite bemused by this – and find it quite entertaining:)

Uncovered and discovered: Maya Angelou

Posted in ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED, POETRY with tags , , on April 30, 2010 by echostains

Maya Angelou

I came across this poet the other day and was very touched and moved by this beautiful poetry.  Maya Angelou (born 1928 USA).  She has been called ‘America’s most visible autobiographer.  She wrote this poem in 1965 and I think it’s as relevent today to our human situation and the things we take for granted – things we think we want and those which shall eventually imprison us.

I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream
Till the current ends and dips his wing
In the orange suns rays
And dares to claim the sky.

But a BIRD that stalks down his narrow cage
Can seldom see through his bars of rage
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
Of things unknown but longed for still
And his tune is heard on the distant hill for
The caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
And the trade winds soft through
The sighing trees
And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright
Lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams
His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom.

Lots of information about this poet here

Lots of her poetry here

Maya Angelou website

Image from here