Posts Tagged ‘artist

22
Oct
10

Philippe Decrauzat : Artist

Up to You
Acrylic on canvas
265 x 240 cm
2005

Exhibition view
‘Nowherenow’ : 2005
Kunsthaus Baselland
Muttenz/Basel

‘Slow Motion’ Series
Acrylic on canvas
Installation View, 2009
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NY

‘Slow Motion’ Series
Acrylic on canvas
Installation View, 2009
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NY

Exhibition view
Praz-Delavallade
Berlin
2008

Untitled #4
acrylic on canvas
210 x 95 cm
2008

With his wall paintings, films, sculptures, paintings, and installations, Philippe Decrauzat’s art is firmly rooted in the legacy of 20th century abstract art, using the formal idiom of Russian Constructivism, the visual effects of Op Art, or the reduced geometries of Minimalism. In spite of this, his works are characterized by their claim to maintain a certain critical distance to all these styles. Consequently, Decrauzat’s position with regard to Modernism is not at all as it appears at first glance. His practice is also associated with the methods and theories of experimental film or pop culture, the cinematography of science fiction, etc. The power of his work lies above all in a “compression” of modern modes of seeing. Beyond the Modernist logic of the optical, Decrauzat focuses on the eye, an instrument long excluded from the discourse of the period. [Extract : Secession]

Philippe Decrauzat : Praz-Delavallade

Philippe Decrauzat : Elizabeth Dee Gallery

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21
Oct
10

Zimoun : Installation : Sound Sculptures

186 prepared dc-motors, cardboard boxes 60x60x60cm | Zimoun 2010
Exhibition view: Arts Center Vooruit Gent, Almost Cinema, Belgium.

The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the ‘artificial’ and the ‘organic’. He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns. [Extract : Vimeo]

Zimoun : Video Reel

Zimoun : Selected Works

Zimoun : Cardboard Boxes

21
Sep
10

Charles Sheeler : Paintings

“Photography is nature seen from the eyes outward, painting from the eyes inward” C Sheeler

Charles Sheeler
On Shaker Theme #2
Tempera on paper
1956

Charles Sheeler
Composition around White
Oil on canvas
1959

Charles Sheeler
Windows
Oil on canvas
1952

Charles Sheeler
Aerial Gyrations
Oil on canvas
1953

Charles Sheeler
Ore into Iron
Oil on canvas
1953

“My interest in photography, paralleling that in painting, has been based on admiration for its possibility of accounting for the visual world with an exactitude not equaled by any other medium. The difference in the manner of arrival at their destination–the painting being the result of a composite image and the photograph being the result of a single image; prevents these media from being competitive.” Charles Sheeler

The American modernist Charles Sheeler (1883–1965) explored the relationships between photography, film, and more traditional media such as painting and drawing with more rigor and intellectual discipline than perhaps any other artist of his generation. As in a well-conceived scientific experiment, Sheeler used his own photographs and film stills as the basis for paintings and drawings, thus crystallizing the differences and similarities between them. Works in one medium manage to function as independent objects while also being inextricably linked to works in other media.

During Sheeler’s lifetime the essential role that photography played in his creative process was often criticized or obscured because the medium’s legitimacy as an art form remained controversial. In 1931 Sheeler himself — wary of being accused of simply copying his photographs, and at the behest of his dealer, Edith Halpert — began downplaying their connections. Yet the complex dialogue Sheeler forged among various techniques early in the century is one of his most innovative and important contributions to the history of American modernism. [Extract : Introduction : Charles Sheeler : Across Media]

Charles Sheeler : Across Media : Exhibition Feature

American Modernism : The Shein Collection

Charles Sheeler & Photographic Myth

15
Sep
10

Raymond Saunders : Artist

Drawing
mixed media, collage on board
50 x 48″
2000

Pittsburgh Series
mixed media on board
48 x 48 inches
2007

Untitled Painting
mixed media on board
48 x 48 inches
2005

Untitled Painting
mixed media on board
48 x 48 inches
2005

Pittsburgh Series
mixed media on board
48 x 48 inches
2007

Untitled : Beauty As Empathy
mixed media on wood
48 x 48 inches
2009-2010

Raymond Saunders’ signature assemblages are masterfully constructed and have a fresh and spontaneous quality that juxtaposes words and images from world culture with his personal artistic interests and preoccupations. Saunders’ keen sense of composition, form, and texture is balanced by his erudite use of color. His surfaces are spattered with expressionistic swaths of paint, richly colored, with delicately drawn figures, or inscribed with chalked words, names, and numbers. Saunders often uses materials from daily life such as handbills, comics, signs, old doors, which he has culled from his frequent travels. There is an abundance of invented and appropriated imagery and iconography which reference race, war, family, religion, poverty, wealth, people, and places amongst other subject matter. His powerful paintings and fluid spirited compositions combine to give the works a dense and engrossing narrative power. [Extract : Stephen Wirtz Gallery]

Raymond Saunders : Paintings

Raymond Saunders : Pittsburgh

Raymond Saunders : Beauty As Empathy

05
Sep
10

Eben Goff : Batholith Etchings

‘batholith etchings’
Aluminum plate monotypes
printed on Rives BFK
22″ x 30″ each, 2009

‘batholith etchings’
Aluminum plate monotypes
printed on Rives BFK
22″ x 30″ each, 2009

‘batholith etchings’
Aluminum plate monotypes
printed on Rives BFK
22″ x 30″ each, 2009

‘batholith etchings’
Aluminum plate monotypes
printed on Rives BFK
22″ x 30″ each, 2009

‘batholith etchings’
Aluminum plate monotypes
printed on Rives BFK
22″ x 30″ each, 2009

Eben Goff : Website

24
Aug
10

Peter Wegner : Artist

“Blue is the color of everything and nothing. It’s the color of potential: the blueprint of an unbuilt building, the blue line drawing of a graphic layout, the blue chalk of a contractor’s plumb line, the blue screen of a Hollywood montage. Blue is always something or sometime or somewhere else. And so it is with commercial paint colors, which tell us blue is the color of infinity, the wind and timelessness.” P. W.

If (Blue) Then (Blue)
alkyd enamel on hand-milled poplar
48,03 x 48,03 inches (122 x 122 cm)
2008

Alpha to Zulu (with pauses)
household enamel on MDF
58″ x 91″ x 1″
2010

Buildings Made Of Sky II
32 pigment prints
88,58 x 126,77 inches (225 x 322 cm)
2009

Buildings Made Of Sky II
pigment prints (detail)
88,58 x 126,77 inches (225 x 322 cm)
2009

Space, Time & the Weather
silkscreen & enamel on MDF
96″ x 316″ x 12″
2004

Floor to Ceiling Blues
die cut paper
156″ x 56″ x 20″
2004

The following quote reveals Wegner’s extraordinary powers of observation and the openness with which he encounters the world. His thoughts on the photographic series ‘Buildings Made Of Sky’ presents the theme of urban space in a totally new way, providing insights into his artistic oeuvre.

“Walking down the street one day in New York, I glanced up and saw an invisible building suspended between the others. It was upside down, the color of air. A few steps later it disappeared. Then, around the next corner, I saw another building like the first. I felt that I had stumbled upon something extraordinary, a secret city, luminous and strange. […] Soon after, I began the photographs that would become “Buildings Made Of Sky.” […] The important thing I’ve learned, is to focus on nothing. Believe in it, prefer it, and the buildings reveal themselves: buildings made of sky.”

[Extract : Peter Wegner Exhibition : Galerie m Bochum]

P,E,T,E,R,W,E,G,N,E,R, Website

Peter Wegner : Galerie m Bochum




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