Thursday, March 22, 2018

BEAUTY: Digital Collage--Luis Toledo

Luis Toledo. Graphic artist. Maximalism.

"Death, spirituality, necessity, beginning and end.
Death is just one more step in which we abandon the skin to continue our existence with another form. The liberating end. Another aspect of life, so vital and necessary as life itself.
The mirror that our eye escapes from, but nevertheless, charges against without remedy in these images.
The other side becomes visible, evident, melted with the reality from which was never separated.
Skulls, skeletons, insects, fungus, bodies with no face and solitaries expressions, abstract and geometric forms, all in an unmaterialized arsenal.
The reality ( material ) is obvious, monotonous and predictable. It is easy than to understand the fascination of the author for the none-material and spiritual part of life and how they are related and represented.

Time, past, present and future and eternity.
The definitive illusion follows its path in a clock-time rhythm.
We run desperate after each second trying to stop it, trap it, take it, use it. “ Time is gold” they say, but in reality is only a measure like weight or height. Your life is not the time that has been until the moment, of course not. It is necessary that we are conscious of the present moment, taste it, enjoy it.
This is an idea that is developed in each work with fraction complexity inviting the spectator to stop and appreciate with care each detail.
An attention call for the consumer society, and even more, for the constant images designed to use ans throw. Something that the author calls out : “ hurry kills”.
The brief instant becomes the key of eternity.
The use if images and aesthetics picked up from the past, mixed with abstract and contemporary forms, transport us into a un-timed territory; and in here, present, past and future mix in a symbolic reality."

Top to bottom: Offering Ritual; Portrait; Thangka; The Secret; Logic of a Dream; The Mushroom Garden

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Per Anders

Now that spring is finally here in Northern California, I'm going to mark it by sharing Per Anders' daisies which have a nearly-retro feeling to them. I grew up in an era where prints like these would be on a wallpaper in a friend's parent's bathroom...

As we saw in a previous post about Anders here, these works are quite large which makes me love them even more.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy Vernal Equinox 2018!

Happy Spring Equinox! The day and night are of equal length today. Perfect symmetry.

Monday, March 19, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Elena Lunetskaya and Andria Shengelia

My abstract kick continues. Russian painters Elena Lunetskaya and Andria Shengelia apparently work on their canvases in tandem. Just like yesterday's abstract artist Per Anders here, the pair call these images landscapes and while they are abstracted, one can still see the fields and cliffs in the shapes and placement. And of course I love their beautiful, fresh, spring-like color palette.

Top to bottom: Pastoral; Silver Creek; The Lake; Spring; White Gully; White Sea Tide

Sunday, March 18, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Per Anders

I seem to be on an abstract kick these days. I love the color and free yet blocky brushwork of Danish artist Per Anders. Yet despite the initial abstract appearance, closer inspection reveals that these works are landscapes (a village with rooftops or a small bay with sailboats) or still life images (fruits at an outdoor market).

What is not apparent from the images above is that these are impressively large-scale works.

Friday, March 16, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Andrea Soos

Andrea Soos' particular style of abstraction appeals to my love of color and mark-making...

Top to bottom: Edge Of; Fears behind Me; Fire that Blinds Me; For Awhile; Locked In Your Sights; Means So Much; Shape I'm In; Thoughts Inside

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

We lost one of the most brilliant minds in history. He died on pi Day...seems fitting.

BEAUTY: Painting--Travis Louie

Brooklyn artist Travis Louie created a new set of paintings and drawings for a recent Seattle gallery show called "The Present Past." His usual anthropomorphic creatures featured in the show but this time all the subjects were actually endangered species. The gallery, Creatura House, stated, "These works depict endangered animals in Louie’s trademark Victorian daguerreotype painting style. Unlike previous works, the eyes are in color for all these creature’s illuminating that these species are still alive and need support and protection."