Odilon Redon 1840-1916

September 10, 2011

So I know I have already touched base on this artist but you know what sometimes it is completely worth reviewing your favorite artists again. Granted I’m pretty sure I have never posted about him on this page so at least this is not a duplicate.

Odilon Redon was a French symbolist artist, draughtsman, and printmaker born in 1840. His work ranges from fantasy, to landscape to portraits and each have their own unique qualities. However, I must admit that I am a biggest fan of his works between 1880 and 1890. During this time he focused primarily on Charcoal drawings and Lithographs, which were a great combination allowing him to create similar tones, textures and atmosphere. A lot of the work created at this time is considered his Niors. I have chosen a few pieces of work which really influence me and I hope you enjoy them. I do recommend taking some time to investigate his work since it is full of so many interesting images and ideas.

The Dream Finished by Death 1887 charcoal

I primarily chose this image because of the atmospheric qualities it possesses. Such a ghostly undertone of a skeletal figure creeps from within a mass of cloud or smoke. It is eerie and yet intriguing and lures you in the way that I suppose death sometimes does.

The convict 1881 charcoal

In this image the color of the paper really helps create such a strong mood. The convict in this image has such an expression of longing for what he has lost, gazing out the window at a freedom he no longer possesses. The composition of this image also has such a strong read, forcing the figure to be squished into the righthand side of the image space and curled into himself as if it is the only comfort he still has.

araignee (spider) 1887 Lithograph

This image for me shows such a whimsical crisp image, utilizing the similarity to drawing in the lithograph.

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Minor White & Sal Sirugo

April 12, 2011

Minor White was an American painter born in 1908. He wasn’t so much into the arts until after college when he began to dabble in poetry and later moved to photography. His work followed world war II and were not extremely ground breaking but they had a distinct style which he had developed under the teacher Meyer Schapiro. His photographs were images of mundane everyday things, doorways, water, sky, but was the way in which he captured them that engaged the viewer. Easily relatable and understood the images would spark a memory or emotion within the viewer. His work inspired me in its simplicity using fundamentals as his most prominent feature and really paying attention to the influence of light. I hope you enjoy!

Titles:

Two Barn and Shaddow, 1955

Haggs Alley, Rochester, 1960

Sandstone Lobos, returning wave, 1950

Snow Shapes, High key, 1958

Sal Sirugo was born in Sicily in 1920 and was soon moved to America by  his father. He served time in the war and was severely injured needing over 3 years of recovery time, which is when he began to explore drawing. Eventually he moved and began to study at  Brooklyn Museum Art School and Art Students League. There he pushed his technique and his natural voice of exploration. His funds were limited to a mere $10 a month for supplies so he used only black and white paint. Eventually having this limited palette encouraged him to push the works depth and movement. He has worked in many styles always exploring something new and has been recognized for many awards. I loved his abstract landscapes. It is said he was influenced by a Chinese art exhibit in Boston and you can definitely feel the influence in some of the pieces I chose. Also there is a rawness to some of the pieces that I greatly admire.

Ginny Bishton

April 5, 2011

Ginny Bishton is a Los Angela’s based artist who uses her daily routine and food as inspiration for her artwork. She takes numerous amounts photos of her day and color sorts them to use later in her work. She also has used many versions of soup to get perfect coloration in her food which she later would eat. I love that her work would never allow a complete outsider to understand how close it is to home for her, without the help of a title, but every part has something to do with her. Her final execution of her pieces is what some might refer to as obsessive or maybe just labor intensive, either way it what draws me in and why I love this work. Hope you love it too!

“Blue, green” 2005

“Walking #2” 2001

“Walking #8” 2001

“De nada” 2009

theses are the soups photos!

Lee Bontecou

April 5, 2011

I love when I find artists who truly inspire me and influence the way I start thinking about my process. Lee Bontecou, was from Providence Rhode Island and made some her most influential works early in her career. After studying in New York and winning the Fulbright scholarship she began creating large-scale wall reliefs made from scavenged materials that were found close to her studio. She was a master at welding and building armatures which she would then bind canvas and other fabrics to the armature. He other works are interesting especially her galaxy like sculptures she created during a self-imposed exile from the art world. She totally worth reading about and learning from her moves as an artist. Hope you enjoy the images!

“untitled,” 1961

“untitled,” 1959

“untitled,” 1980-1998

Alberto Giacometti

October 11, 2010

Alberto Giacometti was a swiss artist who was the son of a neo-impressionist painter. Art was in his blood and he stuck with it until his death in the 1960’s. His first major show was in 1948 at a gallery in New York, it was this show that put his name out there. Primarily focusing on his elongated emaciated figures. He also did paintings, drawings, and prints but his sculptures are my favorite. Below I’ve included a couple of images of both sculpture and drawings.

These are the two artists I decided to post today. I came across Anselm when searching the Moma archives and Lisa actually did an artist talk at my school the other night that I was unable to attend due to monitoring.. Boo. I was curious about her work though and now sadly enough I wish I could have attended the talk. Her pieces are controversial in the way they depict the female figure but are so intriguing and eye-catching. One can not just walk by without stopping and thinking about the image. Below are a couple of the pieces I especially liked hope you enjoy them as well.

Next is Anselm Kiefer who is a german painter and uses painting to show the violence that once ran though that land. The paintings seem to have a pysicality to them and emotional charge that amplifies the experience. Below are two paintings “Seraphim” & “Margarete.”

Martin Louis

October 5, 2010

Martin Louis was an artist born in Australia who fell in love with New York. He had his first successful exhibition in 1929. He had made a name for himself in Commercial art but when the depression hit he was forced to leave New York.  When he returned sadly enough his work was never again to get the recognition it deserved and many say he was long forgotten as an artist. The work he produced was primarily print including drypoint and etching and were very interesting. His dramatic use of light and the effects of weather on different scenes were great. Most of his work is of city life in New york. I hope you enjoy the work.

Little Penthouse

Haunted