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Legacies; Goodbye Helen Frankenhaler

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, HISTORY, POETRY, SCULPTURE, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2012 by echostains

On 27th December 2011, the death of New York Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenhaler was announced (b 1928 Manhattan USA).  The artist was 83 years old when she died at her home in Darien Conn. Frankenhaler, influenced by Pollock poured thinned oil paint which was diluted with turpentine directly onto canvas to achieve lyrical use of colour (her ‘soak stain’ technique). This technique, which was adopted by Pollock, Morris Louis (1912–1962), and Kenneth Noland (1924–2010 )helped lead and paved the way for a newer generation of abstract painting which became known as Color Field painting. Like Pollock, Frankenhaler also worked on the floor  pouring diluted paint onto the canvas and allowing it to soak through to produce the illusionistic stains.

Mountain and Sky

Her work was included in the 1964 exhibition Post Painterly Abstraction, which was curated by the critic Clement Greenberg who promoted Abstract Expressionism.  Frankenhaler’s work has been exhibited over 6 decades (1950s onwards) and has had several retrospectives.  She is also one of the artists I originally referenced when I first conceived the Echostains project in 2002.  This year sees the 10th anniversary of my project which has just grown and grown!  More news of this later in the year.

Poetree

From Frankenhaler’s legacy to a rather curious and  anonymous ‘gift’ which caught my imagination. Last year in an Edinburgh library, a series of sculptures began to appear.  The first sculpture, placed on a table in the Scottish Poetry Library was most appropriately carved from paper, mounted on a book and bore a tag with the library’s Twitter account number on @byleaveswelive  This is what it said;-

It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.… … We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.… This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. a gesture (poetic maybe?)

Next to the Poetree sat a paper egg with a scattering of words which when put together made up the sentence “A Trace of Wings’ by Edwin Morgan (see here) Despite local news coverage, no information has been found about the maker of the work.

more mystery

Then in June 2011, another paper sculpture was received, the donor this time chose The National Scottish Library as it’s recipient.  The sculpture is in the form of a gramophone and a coffin and is sculpted from a copy of Ian Rankin’s ‘Exit Music’  The tag reads;-

For @natlibscot – A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. (& against their exit)

In these days of Kindle  (smacks of Orwell’s 1984 to me) nothing beats the tactile thrill of holding, caressing, smelling, –  the physical page turning, the owning of and even the dog earing of  the physical object of a BOOK.   A physical object that holds so much of our dreams, imagination and is our portal to another world. It’s wonderful that these paper sculptures should pay homage to this – long may they keep popping up!

There are more of these sculptures

Helen Frankenhaler’s obituary here and here

Frankenhaler portrait  and more information about this artist  here

Sky and Sea by Helen Frankenhaler from here

Paper sculpture Poetree image  from here  and gramaphone sculpture from here with thanks!

Information and more images are available from this site with thanks!

Barbera Hepworth’s birthday (January 10th)  read my post about her here

PLUS

Its back! The original and eclectic Bookstains!

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Happy Birthday Leonardo and Hart Benton!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , on April 15, 2009 by echostains
st-anne-virgin and child -and-st-john-1498

st-anne-virgin and child -and-st-john-1498

Happy Birthday Leonardo Da Vinci 1452 and Thomas Hart Benton  1889!  Two very different types of artists, seperated by 400 and odd years.  One Italian, the other American.  No one can dispute  Da Vinci’s expert draughtsmanship, nor the cleverness of the man, that some say was born before his time because of his inventive ideas.  BUT, I am not very keen on the way he draws womens bodies.  Did they really have masculine bodies in those days?  I don’t know if this is because he couldn’t get hold of women models and has used men instead, but I find his women tend to look very masculine.  Why is this?  When it comes to mens bodies, well the drawings speak for themselves.

vitruvian-man-leonardo-da-vinci

vitruvian-man-leonardo-da-vinci

The other artist who shares his birthday is American Thomas Hart Benton b. 1889 Missouri America.  He was one of what was known as a ‘Regionalist’ painters, along with John Steuwart Curry and Grant Wood. 

thomas-hart-benton

thomas-hart-benton

His paintings and murals comment mostly about the Midwest and are about ordinary people taking care of business and generally getting on with life’ s hardships.  His style is fluid and influenced by El Greco. 

benton_mural-parks-the-circus-and-the-press

benton_mural-parks-the-circus-and-the-press

Muscles on the working man are exagerated, forms elongated.  The style is very individual and recognisable.  Hart Benton also taught art from 1926 – 1941, Jackson Pollock being one of his more famous students.

benton-the-sources-of-country-music-inc-various-cultural-influences-steamboat-banjo-player-train-fiddler-etc

benton-the-sources-of-country-music-inc-various-cultural-influences-steamboat-banjo-player-train-fiddler-etc

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Update 31st December 2009: Has a new Leoanardo painting been found? article HERE

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp

Happy Belated Birthday Dear Dripper!

Posted in ART with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by echostains
pollock action-painting

pollock action-painting

Google informed us that it was Jackson Pollock’s birthday yesterday. Well, belated Birthday Greetings!  He was born 1912 Wyoming USA and would have been 97 yesterday if he hadn’t died in 1956.  He studied under Thomas Hart Benton (b.1889 – 1975 USA) 

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thomashartbenton-boomtown-1928

 He started pouring paint on his canvas’s in the early 1940’s after being introduced to liquid paint in a workshop in 1936.  Pollock used sticks, syringes and even hardened old brushes  as applicators with household paint for his ‘drip’ technique.  An example of Pollock’s technique  ‘Summertime’ Number 9A’ was made by pouring and dripping paint over flat canvas.  In ‘Action’ painting, the physical Act itself is as important as the finished work as it is a form of Expressionism: sometimes called Gestural Expresionism.

summertime-pollock

summertime-pollock

 

Willem de Kooning (b. 1904 – 1997 Netherlands) was another Abstract Expressionist, along with Franz Kline, Marc Rothko and Philip Guston amongst others. 

kooning_woman_v-1952-53

kooning_woman_v-1952-53

When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.

 There is nothing like really putting yourself into a really big canvas.  I like to use my brush tied to a long stick, and to dart in and out: going up close and coming out again.  Here’s one I did earlier.

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aqua-sulis-

  • If you fancy yourself a bit of a ‘dripper’, have a go here – great fun!

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp