Listened to a talk tonight by Julia Holderness
There was no mention of “the theatre workshops at the Bauhaus” that were in the blurb & what attracted me.
Wonderful exploration of metaxy, medial aspect, “truth”.
Exhibitions | University of Canterbury
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Working with a range of archival materials from the Macmillan Brown Library & Heritage Collections, Julia Holderness explores her own textile making alongside that of artist and teacher Florence Akins (1906-2012). Akins’ documents relate to her teaching of textiles at the Canterbury College School of Art, and include lecture notes and other instructional resources such as colour diagrams. Holderness reworks them and presents their possible entanglement with the international Bauhaus movement. Connections are also made with Florence Weir (1899-1979), currently the only known New Zealander to have studied at the Bauhaus. In 1936 Weir designed the costumes and sets for a local Christchurch production, and these were said to have been inspired by her time at the Bauhaus. The production was never staged publicly, and in the absence of any surviving documentation, Holderness imagines these designs in an appliqué series. This exhibition is part of a Visual Arts PhD in practice-led research at Auckland University of Technology, in which Holderness develops practices of fabrication, approximation and invention to interrogate archives and their construction of art-historical narratives.
“…construction of art-history.” ?
Without the art Gallery out of action this is a wonderfully innovative exhibit. I was moved to see that with many of these buildings gone, their heritage can survive.
Now I wonder how much wabi sabi influenced the work of Jackson Pollock and those whom bought calligraphic ideas from japan like Mark Tobey
Born: Centerville, Wisconsin 1890
Died: Basel, Switzerland 1976
tempera on paper
sheet: 47 x 36 in. (119.4 x 91.5 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Not currently on view
I am always impressed by the enthusiasm this artists has for her simple abstract images. Inspiring.
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It must be a lot of fun to play with paper and glue, and come up with these fairly small collages. (this one is 8″ x 8″)
I like this poem by David Dominguez.
And I found images of the portrait, and the watermelon paintings as well.
Yesterday afternoon, I hung a framed print in the living room—a task that took two head-throbbing hours.It’s a wedding portrait that we love: Frida and Diego Rivera.I wonder how two people could consistently hurt each other,but still feel love so deeply as their bones turned into dust?Before Frida died, she painted a watermelon still life;before his death, Diego did too.I want to believe that those paintings were composedduring parallel moments because of their undying devotion.If I close my eyes, I can see melon wedges left likecenterpieces except for the sliceDiego put on the table’s corner—one piece of fruit pecked at by a dovethat passed through a window.I know that I won’t be building a bookshelf anytime soonand that the chances of me constructing a roll-top deskare as slim as me building an Adirondack chair that sits plumb,but I’m good with the spackle and putty knives in my tool belt.The knots in my back might not be thereif I had listened to her suggestions,and I could well have done without two hours of silenceover a few holes in the wall.But somehow, life has its ways of working things out.This afternoon, I shut the blinds,turned off the TV, lights, and phone,and massaged my wife’s feet to fight off a migraine—her second one this week despitethe prophylactics and pain killers that we store in the breadbox.For once, I’d like to experience what she feels:nausea, blindness, and pain that strikewhen the cranial vessels dilate,fill with blood, leak, and make the brain swell.Earlier, an MRI triggered the reaction as it mapped her headwith electrical current, gradient magnets, and radio waveshammering her floundering eyes.For now, we have our room, the bed frame, and the mattresswhere she lies as I knead her toes.Come nightfall, I hope that we’ll sit in the patio and watchthe breeze stirring the lemon, lime, and orange treesthat I planted along the back fence.On certain nights, the moon turns our lawninto green acrylic where we sip Syrah and mint teauntil all we know is the soundof our breathing among the whispering leaves.
David Dominguez, “Wedding Portrait” from The Ghost of Cesar Chavez. Copyright © 2010 by David Dominguez. Reprinted by permission of C&R Press.
Perhaps this was the portrait:
An experiment in automatic drawing
I put myself in a receptive state of mind and let my hand just move without attempting to direct it, Ouija-board style.
This is in the tradition … Mark Toby, Jackson Pollock, letting nature come through … nature’s handwriting.
Going to this exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art just before the psychodrama conference really warmed me up to Matisse, or more accurately to doing my own sketching.
More images follow. I’ll put up another post with Matisse drawings I found on the net.
I like these, and most of his work. There is a sense of line texture and colour that I like. His smoothing of the world and boldness. It is these qualities I seek in my work.
Interesting Illustrator. Nice blog.
Went to the apple store in San Francisco today and heard iPad artists talk about their medium. I particularly liked the work of hgberk in flckr There is also a show on in San Francisco I might try to get there next Tuesday.
It has been just over a year since the release of the iPad and already it has inspired an exciting new world of digital art. Artists and programmers are using the iPad as a digital canvas and are creating radical new artwork that pushes the bounds of imagination. Future/Canvas showcases a variety of different artistic pursuits involving the iPad from interactive art to photography to painting. Taking place during the Apple World Wide Developer Conference, this is a must-stop destination for iPad enthusiasts who are interested in art. The original Future/Canvas was the first ever multiple-artist iPad art show held in December 2010 at The Box Factory in San Francisco. Our goals is to encourage the creation of iPad art by bringing together the diverse range of people necessary to create it in an environment that demonstrates the possibilities of the medium.
Wonderful use of the tools by Eric Molinsky New York
Thursday, October 21, 2010 R Train.
Got this via Louvre iPhone app. Cropped. Wonderful!
This is from “Where Grows the Bitter Herb” by Ben Powis