Posts tagged ‘color’
Great installations by artist Kaarina Kaiakkonen.
This is one of my absolute favorite types of art – everyday materials reapplied just for the sake of being reconsidered (as color? as fabric?), rather than to even be environmentally conscious or to have a recycled-aesthetic. (Not that those aren’t good reasons for reapplying everyday materials, but I just love when its just for the sake of the piece only)
IMAGES: (top to bottom) here // here // here // here
“Using hundreds of second-hand shirts Finnish environmental artist Kaarina Kaiakkonencreates site-specific installations suspended above roadways or inside large warehouse spaces. Her most recent work Are We Still Going On? (top images), was conceived at Collezione Maramotti, a private collection of contemporary art in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and involves hundreds of children’s shirts hung in rows to resemble the interior hull of a giant ship. The shirts are organized by color on each side of the skeletal boat to represent a sort of symbolic dialogue about gender. You can learn more over on Art Texts Pics and see a brief video of the piece here. (via global art news)” (via Colossal and Hattip to Chris at his amazing blog!)
We don’t talk and we’re not really friends, but I wish we were. And it was your birthday last week. And I noticed, and didn’t say a word. I wanted to do something even totally casual – facebook at you or something – but I know the time has passed. It would be weird if I did it, it would totally be a big deal. So I will just say Happy Birthday to you in the universe, and hope somehow the carma-rules work? I hope it comes back to you. And also, I have a blog, so I can do this if I feel like it
If we were friends, last week I would have done some of this for you probably, except more awesome.
(They are like a bunch of art installations, except there is a black and white excuse to do/make one)
All this stuff came up on Pinterest last week, and I didn’t even plan it or look for it, it was just all over my login-to-pinterest page. So, there that is. Anyway, have a great birthday! I’m thinking about you, and I hope you are having fun in your life.
Elizabeth Peyton and David Hockney are artists who both use pencil crayon really, really well. And that’s super interesting to me, because its not something you see a lot in fancy art and its extremely affordable and accessible.
Notice how Hockney uses the pencil crayon more in a general-shading way, whereas Peyton uses the lines of the pencil crayon really effectively to show planes and volume and direction. Both of them mix and layer colors so well, which add such a sense of detail and depth to the pieces. I find with the colors and the texture of the pencil crayon, each of the pieces have a hardness and a sense of defined shape, but also a softness in their layering, the shades used and the way the drawings often fade into the background.
Anyway, enjoy! Back to studying..
I have loved Maya Hayuk’s work for quite a while. Even though the geometric, neon-y, graphic shapes thing is kinda trendy right now, she has actually been doing it for quite a long time, AND she does it really, really well. She choses ways to present her work on surfaces or in ways wherein the contrast is actually really beautiful and where it accentuates her piece. I think that in the way she presents it, it is really not a trend at all. Its feels so much more honest than so many of the other geometric artwork pieces I’ve seen, and her use of color is PHEnominal.
The first time I ever heard about her was from the Etsy Handmade Portrait video that featured her and her work, and I really recommend giving it a watch. All the videos in the Handmade Portrait videos are amazing, but this one is one of my favorites, and is one I have watched over and over.
“San Francisco illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where she grew to love the trees and animals that surrounded her. That love is now expressed through her paintings and drawings.”
I first heard about Lisa Congden from the MyLoveForYou blog and podcast. The podcast has such a great interview with Lisa, and I highly recommend anyone who’s interested in her work to give it a listen.
I love Lisa Congden’s work because of her humble start up, but also her drawing and painting style, her use of color and her subject matter.
Lisa is a self-taught artist, who was one of the earliest art-bloggers on the web. Over time, as her art improved and style clarified, she developed a strong following and eventually became a full-time artist. I love that, from the beginning, she always had such a great fearlessness towards color. She runs this very fine line between loud and strong color use, and simplistic shapes, but I would never say that the two are balanced. I like that she is more stylized than clean and minimal. To me, it makes the art seem more real and personal, because real life is not as clean as minimalism, often.
I love that she does not mind being a bit quirky or fun or kitch-y or folk-art-ish. Her paintingss have such heart, simplicity and depth, but stay fun.
In the podcast interview with Lisa, when asked what one piece of advice she would give to herself, back when she first started, Lisa responded with:
“Don’t really worry about what other people think. I had this perception when I started out, that as an artist, unless you went to school for art, you were like cheating. What I didn’t realize is that art is what you make it. Its not about your technical skill, its not about, like, there are some well trained artists who purposefully fuck things up because they don’t want it to look textbook, but I had this perception in my head that somehow it was cheating or somehow that I was a fake. So, I was really worried about how people trained as artists were going to think of my work.. that was just my fear of not doing something the right way. I don’t have that fear at all anymore. I realized that if you make work that’s interesting, even if its super primitive on some level, and people enjoy looking at it, then its good art. Its not about your training or whatever. … I think, [I would tell myself] ten years ago: Don’t worry what other people think. Keep doing what you’re doing. Just keep trying to make your work as good as your work can be.”
-> Conclusion: Even if you untrained, inexperienced, etc., JUST START doing what you want to do. Don’t wait till school, or until you get trained, or until stuff is good enough. EVERYONE has a crappy learning curve. EVERYONE. Teach yourself, get some practice in, do SOMETHING. Because this is your LIFE and if you know what you want to do, just start already!
In another interview she did with The Great Disconect, Lisa discussed her internal conflict with becoming an artist and her need to directly ‘give back’:
“I went into teaching right out of college because I wanted to give something back to the world. My whole identity was wrapped up in what I gave back every day; that was how I felt good about myself. One of the hardest things for me to overcome when I made the decision to leave my career in education was this sense that I was abandoning my commitment to give back to the world and I felt so much guilt about it. For me, that was the hardest thing about becoming an artist.
I do think I still struggle with this a little because it is so important to me to feel like I’m doing something good in the world every day, but I’ve been able to realize that there are many ways for me to give back. I think when you’re doing something you love in the world every day—if you get up and you’re excited about what you do, it’s good for everyone. I do volunteer occasionally and I also sit on the Board of Directors for an arts non-profit here that supports artists and works with low-income youth to expose them to art.”
Although it is totally silly, when considering industrial design as a future career, I know that I, too, had this same internal debate. I knew it was wrong to feel this way, but I totally had to get over this feeling that going into design was a ‘cop out’, because I couldn’t hack it doing engineering. I could hack it! I just need to do what I love, and what I am so good at! Anyway, I feel you Lisa.
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