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Turning over a new leaf – or two

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS, SCULPTURE with tags , , , on March 15, 2012 by echostains

It’s about time we had some more unusual art on here.  A while ago I posted about  artist Willard WiganWillard Wigan sculpture who micro sculptures can only be viewed through a microscope (tiny worlds between heartbeats)  I contrasted the micro art with the work of Hyperrealist sculptor Ron Meuck whose gigantic realistic sculptures have a unerving quality about them.

A new art form has been emerging from China over the last few years.  The process called leaf carving, involves careful precision, as the artist scrapes the outer layers of the leaf, exposing an almost transparent surface. The leaf veins are left intact to give stability to the sculpture.

The leaves preferred by artists are from the Chinar tree, which is native to India, China and Pakistan.  The leaves are considered to have ‘lucky’ qualities and resemble maple leaves and are best suited for sculpting owing to the distribution of their veins.

Each carving can take months of careful work.  But once finished, preserved and framed, the finished art should last decades.

From minute leaf sculpture to these 3D leaf sculptures.  the news may be a couple of years old, but it’s news to me:-)  Apparently a mystery artist  left leaf sculptures along the water of Leith, Edinburgh in the autumn of 2010. One of the figures was dressed in green wellies,and a flat cap.  Next to it,  two charming leaf children clung to the railings.

The Leith river seems to have provided inspiration for Anthony Gormley too.  You would think that  life-sized cast iron  figures would last a little longer than leaf ones, but two of Gormley’s six figures apparently fell victim to the Scottish and were pushed over by heavy tide.

Art officials have insisted that the figures were ‘designed to be tipped over’  Art lovers thought the sculptures had been stolen. 

Leith locals had taken the sculptures to their hearts, donning them with bikinis, Y-fronts and even a MacDonald’s uniform!

 

 

Leaf sculpture video from hldx9 with thanks

Willard Wigan sculpture image from here

Ron Mueck image from here

Leaf sculpture at Leif image from here

Anthony Gormley’s river sculpture images from here

Electric Figures in the Landscape

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, SCULPTURE with tags , on August 26, 2010 by echostains

Angel of the North

 

I do like seeing figures in the landscape – these monuments. When Antony Gormley built his Angel of the North there was outcry at first.  But that statue has become part of the landscape and is a welcoming sight to travellers.  The material the artist used has aged and giving the statue  a lovely patina. But what about the millions of pylons which there are no outcry about – though they are in every green space?

transforming the pylons

Electricity pylons are everywhere – standing in our landscape, we don’t even notice them half the time.  They are not aesthetically pleasing to the eye – but we tolerate them or just pretend that they’re not there.  Architects Choi+Shine who are based in Massachuset have invented these figurative pylons whose gestures will correspond with the environment.  For example, a figure on a hill shall be made ‘climbing’ the hill etc.

I love the idea of these figures becoming part of the environment and was quite excited about the idea – until I came to the end of the article.  It has been decided by Landsnet  (the company who own the pylons) to NOT to go ahead with the project after all.  What a shame!  Who else would have liked to see these figures?

 Oh well, we will just have to keep pretending the pylons aren’t there….

Read the story with more images here

Angel of the North image from Here

Gormley’s ‘One and Other’: Brian Sewell’s ‘Critique’ (or Rant!)

Posted in ART, DESIGN, RANTINGS, WATCHED with tags , , , , on October 5, 2009 by echostains

another plinther

another plinther

Tuning into Antony Gormley’s ‘One and Other’ live project, the guests this week were the art critic Brian Sewell  and writer, comedienne Sandy Toxvig.  Sewell was scathing about the work, he doesn’t agree with it and says it detracts from the National Gallery.   It is also ‘ A futile waste of time’and ‘no one is worthy of that plinth and it should be empty, because no one could fill it, no one is worthy!  He then goes on to say that  Nothing should have been done and that the plinth loses it point by placing someone on it.  Controversial eh?  One thing abut Sewell is that he always speaks his mind lol!   He was soon ushered off to make way for Sandy Toxvig’s more liberal view.  She liked it because it drew attention to stuff that was happening in the world and made people look upwards.

brian sewell (the poor luvvy)

brian sewell (the poor luvvy)

But Sewell hasn’t finished yet….It  (the live installation) has nothing to do with art according to Sewell, these people are not artists he says, they are daubers.  He then goes on to insult  the  people that are on the plinth , saying that they are there because they arent worthy of anything.!  The plinth is very telling when its empty according to Sewell.

a merry plinther taking the air

a merry plinther taking the air

Sewell is hilarious when he is rattled (and he IS rattled!)  Plinther 1941 made a photo mosaic of Antony Gormley, made of lego.  This was chosen because of the building block element. The plinther explained he wanted it to reflect the product……..  probably multi faceted?  Sewell  socks it to em with ‘ it could have been anyone ! futile crap!  Poor Sewell, he is in a  bad mood lol!   He said he would sooner have blank walls that any old rubbish.  He also makes the point of the plinthers not  being seen from below, or even heard properly.  That the plinthers   can’t be seen except on TV, and that these  people know that….grrr!

They then went on to show, ‘entertainers’ playing guitar, quoting Shakespeare, playing the mouthorgan….reading a fairytale….mmm beginning to see what you mean Brian darling!

looking up to the plinthers

looking up to the plinthers

Toxvig likes it because it makes us look upwards  instead of our mobiles.  Sewell says ‘nothing works on the plinth, it just doesn’t work on that level. Its worse than BB in it’s dieing throws!’lol!  Toxvig says that the plinth is treated as a giant soapbox and applauds it.

Well, I was laughing my head off  at Sewell in a strop, until I saw the woman protesting about him slagging off  Liverpool.   

liverpool, Sewellfree at the moment....

liverpool, Sewellfree at the moment....

Dreena  Boyle Liverpool said it made her blood boil when she heard Sewell badmouthing her city ( and MINE, too, I was born in that fabulous vibrant city!).  She now refers to him as  Brian Sewer and insisted that Sewell had missed exceptional art from all over the world by his dismissive attitude.  Sewell however was unrepentant, and when given the opportunity to retract, would not, advising that ‘a trench should be dug round the city and it should be towed off to sea!’   Much as I respect Sewell as a critic (some of the time) as a man he is an incredibly pompous snobby git and seems to  celebrate  the fact (by himself I suspect).  I myself was appalled by his ignorance (and he’s far from ignorant)…it must be down to snobbishness (or he’s never been there? in that case he is ignorant to be judging a place he’s never been to).  He is going soon he said.  Well expect a warm Liverpool welcome mate – you’ve earned it!

Tate Liverpool, one of the many cultural  attractions

Tate Liverpool, one of the many cultural attractions

Read about Sewell slamming Liverpool HERE

Marvel at the shortsightedness of the man HERE..and  HERE and laugh!

Antony Gormley’s One and Other: More

Posted in ART, DESIGN, WATCHED with tags , , , on September 26, 2009 by echostains

antony gormley plinth with cardboard cutout figure

antony gormley plinth with cardboard cutout figure

I managed to catch half an hour of the live streaming on Sky Arts tonight.  Presented as usual by Clive Anderson, the guest commentator was Dan Cruickshank.  His top 5 were  Nicholas Cornwall who spent his hour putting sticking written names of people around the plinth: a kind reminder not to forget them perhaps?

a merry plinther taking the air

a merry plinther taking the air

Hiker Celia Clayton built a dry-stone wall.  Kate Davis slept in a sleeping bag (by choice) therefore subtly  drawing attention to the plight of the many homeless people who have no choice (and half the time, no sleeping bag).  Paul Crofts made a man out of mirrors………….. (?)  and Cruickshank’s top pick was Amy Wineslinger (?) who started out looking like a draped statue, before stripping and turning into what looked like an exhibit from Professor Gunther Von Hagens ‘Body Worlds’ exhibition!  I wrote a post about him HERE.  Ms Wineslinger had painted her body to look like  she had been plastinated – Great fun lol!

Gunther Von Hagens and one of his exhibits (the delightful plinther looked a lot better than this fellow)

Gunther Von Hagens and one of his exhibits (the delightful plinther looked a lot better than this fellow)

Read what art critic Brian Sewell thinks… HERE

Watch the live stream HERE

One Week – A summing up

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on September 20, 2009 by echostains

Choclatea tony Carter one of many past teapots I have featured in past weeks

Choclatea tony Carter one of many past teapots I have featured in past weeks

Well that time has come around yet again.  It’s Saturday evening when I’m typing this, but you’ll be (hopefully) reading this on Sunday, thanks to the scheduling tool.  As usual it’s a quick one as I have to work.  So really just a quick summing up of the week.

Sisters, could they be Bronte's?

Sisters, could they be Bronte's?

Mr Von Grosny lets us know how the quest to prove his painting is the REAL Charlotte Bronte (and her sisters) by Landseer  is coming along – with some interesting developments! HERE

antony gormley plinth with cardboard cutout...I think

antony gormley plinth with cardboard cutout...I think

I managed two ‘Weird and Whacky Design’, Baked bread with disastrous consequences…….. had a bit of a nosey at  Antony Gormley’s plinthers.  I found some new teapots, dreamed of chocolate bars I have eaten (how sad is that lol!) and reminisced about the Ingoldsby Legends……  More coming soon!!!!

Anthony Gormley’s ‘One and Other’: What are they up to now?

Posted in ART, DESIGN, exhibitions, SCULPTURE, WATCHED with tags , , , on September 14, 2009 by echostains
antony gormley plinth

antony gormley plinth

 
I thought I would have a peek and see how Antony Gormley’s  Plinthers are going on: it’s been a while since I last looked.  I watched Anthony Gormley’s ‘One and Other’  highlights with Clive Anderson and Grayson Perry, (which reminds me, I MUST write about this interesting Turner Prize winner ….)

Grayson Perry wins Turner Prize 2003

Grayson Perry wins Turner Prize 2003

 

The idea is to fill the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square with a random member of the public.  Each living ‘statue’  will fill their one hour of fame with ever they wish to do, thus representing a cross section of the British public. Well, what a palaver eh…. the man who proposed – was this a stunt or not?  I felt a bit sorry for him actually if it wasn’t a stunt.  The female scientist who is studying in Manchester was doing some interesting scientific experiments, the  downside of this though was that she is that she sounded a bit muffled when explaining.  Grayson Perry is right though when he says there are too many show offs , and for me, far too many ‘appeals’ (all in good causes, I may add), I felt that the plinth was  being used as a soapbox just a little bit too much.  I too loved the young girl who just sat there in a foetal position hugging her knees and looking very vulnerable.  I actually found this quite moving. Take a look here and read about how she felt and what she actually decided to do HERE.  Well done Claire R for your honesty!
See whats happening at the moment HERE
And if you haven’t heard about Gormley’s project (where have you been?)  Information HERE

Read another of my posts about Gormley and his sculpture HERE

Read what art critic Brian Sewell thinks… HERE
 

My 231st Post, Not to be the Last one…

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, HOME, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2009 by echostains

I can’t believe it’s my 231st post already!  Where does the time go?  So far, I have managed to blog approximately 226 days out of the 231, so I’m very happy with that!  The next update I will do is when I reach my 250th.

So what have I actually written about? (in the last 11 posts) and did I actually get round to doing any more in my altered book (answer: NO).  I commemorated Modigliani and Degas’s birthdays.

Modigliani

Modigliani, see his birthday

Modigliani, see his birthday

Degas

Included more Weird and Whacky designs.  Looked at how Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project was coming along, and  I dipped into my archives (YES I have got archives lol!)

angel_of_the_north,one of many he did earlier

I reviewed ‘Daphne’ by Justine Picardie – a book I recently enjoyed.

daphne by justine picardie

daphne by justine picardie

Oh and I enjoyed a night out at the tiny Circus Tavern in Manchester City centre!

the circus portland street manchester

the circus portland street manchester

Things to do include working on my altered art book (and I know I KEEP on saying it…), writing some more in my Art I LOVE section, including some more teapots…and well, just loads and loads!

UPDATE:  I have now completed over 300 posts!  See HERE