CREEKSIDE GRASSES

creekside grasses, painting, gordon smith

Creek Tangle A/2, 2009
Gordon Smith
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 67 in.

creek tangle, painting, gordon smith

Creekside Grasses #1, 2009
Gordon Smith
Acrylic on Canvas
67 x 85 in.


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October 18, 2009

KEVIN SCHMIDT

fog, photograph

Installation view, Fog, 2004
2 rollei medium format projectors,
medium format slides

fog, photograph

Fog study, 2004
Lightjet photo
24” × 24”

fog, photograph

Fog study, 2004
Lightjet photo
24” × 24”

fog, photograph

Fog study, 2004
Lightjet photo
24” × 24”

burning bush, art, kevin schmidt

Burning Bush, 2005
HD DVD
05:03:15

burning bush, installation

Burning Bush, 2005
HD DVD
05:03:15

face lake, photograph, painting

Face Lake, 2006
KEVIN SCHMIDT
Lightjet photo
48” × 48 ½”

little blue lake, photograph, painting, kevin schmidt

Little Blue Lake, 2006
KEVIN SCHMIDT
Lightjet photo
48” × 48 ½”

johnson lake, kevin schmidt

Johnson Lake, 2006
KEVIN SCHMIDT
Lightjet photo
48” × 48 ½”


sad wolf, installation

Installation view,
Sad Wolf, 2006
DIY projector video installation
00:04:11 (looped)

sad wolf, installation

Installation view,
Sad Wolf, 2006
DIY projector video installation
00:04:11 (looped)

sad wolf, installation

Still, Sad Wolf, 2006
DIY projector video installation
00:04:11 (looped)

sad wolf, installation

Still, Sad Wolf, 2006
DIY projector video installation
00:04:11 (looped)


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PRAIRIE

Kevin O'Connel

Semi #2, 1999
Kevin O’Connell
Platinum palladium photograph
4.75 x 6.5 inch

prairie erosion

Erosion #3, 2001
Kevin O’Connell
Platinum palladium photograph
4.75 x 6.5 inches

jet trail, kevin O'Connel

Jet Trail #4, #2/25, 2001
Kevin O’Connell
Platinum palladium photograph
4.75 x 6.5 inches


Prairie photographs by Kevin O’Connell


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PETER KRASHES PAINTINGS

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Best Seen From 100 Feet, #2
Peter Krashes
2004
oil on linen

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Best Seen From 100 Feet
Peter Krashes
2004
gouache on paper
52 1/2 X 79 inches

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Untitled
Petr Krashes
2001
oil on linen
72 X 78 inches

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More filled seats magnifies the message

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Some letters have to be written, but are best not sent.


Best Seen From 100 Feet, Peter Krashes


Best Seen From 100 Feet, #1
Peter Krashes
2004
oil on linen
78 X 140 inches




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October 14, 2009

WHATCOM MUSEUM - THE LIGHTCATCHER BUILDING

bellingham, whatcom museum new building

new museum, lightcatcher

The Lightcatcher building (opening- November 14, 2009) designed by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects will feature multiple exhibit spaces in new climate controlled galleries. The Lightcatcher is designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) Silver standard and includes a “green” roof, providing a venue for the Museum to offer programs around sustainability and conservation.


lightcatcher building-art museum, bellingham, wa


“The basic concept for this new museum is that museum turned inside out—to make the building as active on the outside as it will be on the inside. An iconic 36-foot-tall, 180-foot-long translucent wall, “the lightcatcher,” is conceived as the focal point and backdrop to a central courtyard that will become a new gathering place for the city. The exterior of the museum will be an invitation to engage in art and will allow pedestrians walking by to view the art and activity within” - Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects


October 08, 2009

ART MADE WITH NATURAL MATERIALS: WOLFGANG LAIB

wofgang laib, contemporary art, minimalism

Wolfgang Laib ar Work

wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials, pollen

Wolfgang Laib was born on 25 March 1950 in Metzingen, Germany. Laib studied medicine in the 1970s in Tübingen. From early on he had been interested in art, foreign cultures, Zen Buddhism and Taoism as well as in the mystics of the European middle ages.
Wolfgang Laib employs natural materials, such as beeswax, rice and large quantities of intense, yellow pollen that he collects by hand near where he lives in a small village in southern Germany.  He has spent time in the Far East and in New York.


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials, rice, marble

Wolfgang Laib
Rice House, 1990
marble and rice
7 3/8 x 25 3/8 x 4 7/8 inches


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials,

Wolfgang Laib
Ziggurat, 1999
Beeswax, wood


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials,

Wolfgang Laib
Ricehouse, 1988/89
White marble, rice, pollen from hazelnut


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials,

Wolfgang Laib
The Five Mountains Not to Climb On (Die fünf unbesteigbaren Berge), 1984.
Hazelnut pollen, height: approximately 2 3/4 inches.


wolfgang laib, art made with natural materials

Wolfgang Laib
Milkstone, 2001
Marble and milk
2 3/8 x 23 7/16 x 28 3/4 inches


Milkstone sculpture is a block of marble into which very shallow depressions are sanded and then filled with milk.


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September 08, 2009

TERRI ZUPANC PRINTS AND PAINTINGS

ink single brushstroke painting, terri zupanc

Untitled
Ink on paper, 33 x 60 inches
2002



These works of ink and watercolor on Chinese paper are influenced by Terri Zupanc’s continued interest in Japanese and Chinese painting and Zen Buddhism. Zupanc’s forms record a moment in time. Terri: “my interest in simplifying form has continued into an interest in simplifying process, with many of the pieces being done in one breath.”

contemporary ink painting, terri zupanc

Terri Zupanc
Untitled, 2002
Watercolor on paper
30 x 30 inches


japanese ink calligraphy inspired painting

Terri Zupanc
Untitled, 2002
Ink on paper, 55 x 70 inches


contemporary ink painting, influenced by zen buddhism

Terri Zupanc
Untitled, 2002
Ink on paper, 30 x 30 inches


terri zupanc, contemporary etching

Terri Zupanc
Untitled(Creek) 1997
etching, Edition of 35
24 x 22 inches



etching, contemporary

Terri Zupanc
Untitled(Brown Creek) 1997
etching, Edition of 35
24 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches


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September 07, 2009

SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

mushrooms of england, scientific illustration

john james audubon, finch bird scientific illustration

john james audubon scientific illustration

john james audubon, blue birds

Falcon, scientific illustration by John James Audubon

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration poster

mushroom illustrations poster

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration

mushroom illustration, podosinoviki

hummingbird, scientific illlustration

Hummingbird

hummingbird, scientific illlustration, detail


Humming bird, detail


bird scientific illustration

Crimson necked bullfinch


September 06, 2009

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

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Brunonia Serica
Ferdinand Bauer
1760-1826
from Floral Illustrations of New Holland

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Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
15th or 16th century
Gouache on vellum

old botanical illustration

From Vienna Dioscorides

old botanical illustration

From Vienna Dioscorides

old botanical illustration, grape wine, Codex Anitia Juliana

Botanical Illustration from Codex Anicia Juliana, AD 512

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From Vienna Dioscorides

lower illustration, botanical, Ferdinand Bauer

Banksia coccinea (Scarlet Banksia)
Ferdinand Bauer
Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae
Early 19th century


botanical illustration for brooklyn botanic garden, adele rossetti morosini

Adele Morosini Rossetti (for Botanic Garden)
Rosa Abraham Darby
Watercolor , color pencil, tempera on paper



clifornia flowering plant, botanic illustration

California flowering plant


california snow flower, botanic illustration


California snow flower

peruvian flowering cactus, botanic illustration


Peruvian flowering cactus


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September 05, 2009

COEXISTENCE…...MINEO MIZUNO

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I ♥  Mineo Mizuno sculptures. Mineo Mizuno was born in Japan and currently resides in Los angeles, CA.  Water-drop/pebble like large ceramic forms are covered in small holes in which mosses are planted.


July 18, 2009

CLOUD SCULPTURE

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Cloud sculpture by Jennifer Forsberg.

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PAINTINGS OF NIGHT SKY - CONSTELLATION SERIES - ALEXANDRA PAPERNO

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ALEXANDRA PAPERNO
“Lepus”, from the “Star Maps” series
2003
Mixed media on canvas
150 x 120 cm


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I really like these paintings by Alexandra Paperno. Alexandra was born in Moscow, studied art in New York at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and currently resides in Moskow.  In Constellation Series Alexandra paints night sky, star maps and stars. Vladimir Levashov writes about her work : her paintings are set on the “borderline between abstraction and figurativeness, between the image of an object and the interpretation of its attributes. However, it is not always exactly the maps. Sometimes it is a globe, sometimes – just a single star. The star, however, may as well turn out to be the “Grey sun”. Not a point, but a tondo (a professional term), a circle, expressively painted over with the most low-key, the most complicated colour. It so happens that the sun is not exactly the sun, and the stars are more like points, celestial nebula – coloristic surfaces, but altogether – it represents sheer painting. Nevertheless, it is not “merely painting”, not a superficial formalism, but a huge mass of deeply emotional substance. It is the very thing, which the night sky represents for each of us: fairytale, mysterious and inaccessibly sublime. And the best art for it is nothing else but a map”


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July 07, 2009

FLOATING ECO-ORIENTED BARGE HOUSE

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The Waterpod is a floating art project, community and living space on a barge. The structure is built from recycled wood, billboard sign material, metal and powered by a hybrid solar/wind system that also runs all on-board equipment.  The barge also incorporates a garden with vegetables (lettuce, sunflowers, corn, eggplant and e.t.c ) grown with purified water from the vertical agriculture. Four artists live on the barge and are very friendly to talk to you about their project.  There is also a chicken coop made from recycled shipping crate previously used to ship artworks. 


July 03, 2009

VIRTUAL FISH AQUARIUM

I love the idea of a virtual interactive fish aquarium mainly because you do not have to have a real fish aquarium and because by adding it to your desktop, website and google you can look at it every time you go on your computer.
P.S ( It is really fun to feed them!)
You can change the fish colors, fish food color and background.  This is how my fish aquarium looks like:

virtual interactive fish aquarium


July 01, 2009

DRAWING OWLS…

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This drawing by Karin Uusikorpi of an owl is incredible.  I found it by accident by looking through flickr.  Karin writes about herself:  ” I am a prairie girl born in Saskatchewan and raised in Northern Alberta. I draw, paint and play with colour. I eventually will get back to making things out of clay. I have made art in some form or another since I was little & still do. I am always picking stuff off the ground and saving it for future use - I am a self proclaimed ‘packrat’ and ‘magpie’ that routinely tries to cull the collection of stuff”


May 29, 2009

STILL LIFES WITH WILD STRAWBERRIES

Flemish Painter, Osias Beert,  Still Life with Cherries & Strawberries in China Bowls


Osias Beert the Elder
Still-Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls
1608 Oil on panel
19 5/8” x 25 3/4”

One of my favorite Flemish vanitas paintings is “Still Life with wild Strawberries” by Osias Beert the Younger. Vanitas is a type of still life painting popular in Northern Europe in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th - 17th centuries. The word “vanitas” is Latin, meaning “emptiness” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity. Paintings executed in the vanitas style are meant as a reminder of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death.

Osias Beert's Still lide with Strawberries


Osias Beert the Younger
Still Life with Wild Raspberries
Oil on Panel
11.2” x 15.6”

STILL LIFES WITH FLOWERS

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Pieter Brueghel the Younger
Still Life with Flowers
1601-1678



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Jan the Elder Brueghel
1607 Oil on wood
98 x 73 cm



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Brueghel Jan the Elder
Still Life with flowers in a Glass


May 26, 2009

HOUSES ON BUILDINGS

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This is a Folk Architecture Monument by Tomas Dzadon, Chezh Republic. Tomas writes: “The mistake is made. The socialist urban projects destroyed the marvellous countryside. I grew up in such an utopic project. I was lucky to be able to watch the Tatra mountains from my window. Finally that blocks were not so bad. The proportion changed. From family houses to 13-floor blocks. From houses built by their owners to flats built by the regime”. 


TRAVELING BOOK LIBRARY - BOOKMOBILE

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Projekt Mobilivre - Bookmobile Project is primarily based in Montreal and Philadelphia. It is a trailer converted into a small mobile gallery and library that showcases handmade books and zines from all over the world.  Traveling through Canada and US, this bookmobile visits community centers, schools, colleges, libraries, festivals and artist-run centers.  I happened to run into Mobilivre-Bookmobile while I was studying at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was stunned by the idea of a traveling gallery/library. 


traveling book library and portable zine gallery

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Bookmobile is a vehicle designed as a traveling library.  Slumgullion,  is a collaboration project that strives to create community, empower young voices, and promote literacy and the humanities through the book arts and zines. It is based in Missoula, Montana.  Slumgullion’s bookmobile exhibits handmade books, art zines and is just like a regular bookmobile only it is bike powered!



May 02, 2009

SOMETHING TO READ: GRAPHIC NOVELS

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Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir in a comic book form in which Marjane describes her unforgettable childhood, growing up during the Islamic Revolution.
Waltz with Bashir - is a 2008 Israeli animated documentary film and graphic novel written and directed by Ari Folman.  The film was conceived as a journey in search of Folman’s lost memories from the 1982 Lebanon War. Folman designed the film as an anti-war message.


April 08, 2009

I LOVE: TAPESTRIES WITH TREES

Unicorn in Captivity Tapestry

Above:The Unicorn is Penned, the Unicorn Tapestries,
circa 1495–1505,
the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York City


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Above: Woodpecker
1885
by William Morris


April 01, 2009

I LOVE: CHARLEY HARPER’s PRINT THE DESERT

Charley Harper poster - The Desert

I love Charley Harper’s print, The Desert. 


March 15, 2009

WHY DO I LIKE ROBERT BORDO’S PAINTINGS

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robert bordo painting, snow, design squish blog

Robert Bordo is a painter and teacher at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is originally from Montreal, Canada but currently he resides in upstate New York.  Why do I like Robert Bordo’s paintings?  I do not really know.  Probably because they feel very free and traditional at the same time. 


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March 09, 2009

CLOUDS

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Benjamin Hemmendinger
Clouds
2009
Lithograph


Ben Hemmendinger graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is really good at painting clouds and his mom, Gail Kort, is a professional cloud painter.  I believe Benjamin painted only clouds for a year or two while studying at Cooper (although I could be wrong).
Now Benjamin resides in upstate New York.
(This posting is created by me, Anastasia Ugorskaya, watercolor/drawing artist and Cooper Union graduate)


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March 05, 2009

COOPER UNION

cooper union new building

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cooper union new logo, design squish blog

Apparently, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art now has The Institute for Sustainable Design. It was created in 2008, with support from philanthropist Jack Rudin, as a resource for education, research and public understanding of the principles and methods of sustainability in all design disciplines. “:Central to the mission of the Institute is the development of innovative pedagogies in architecture, art and engineering that will be models for the transformation of learning and practice for a sustainable future” The inagural lecture of Institute for Sustainable Design NEARLY TRAPPED:  DESIGN IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES was held at Cooper a few days ago by Paul Sears, distinguished professor of environmental studies and politics. 

Also, now Cooper Union has a new logo and soon will have a new building with green features.  The building is designed for sustainability, energy efficiency and air quality:

1. Innovative heating and cooling technology
2. An outer layer of semi-transparent mesh screen will create coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter.
3. Carbon dioxide detectors throughout the building will automatically dim power and ventilation when rooms are unoccupied.
4.  A co-generation system will produce some power for both the new building and the Foundation building, reducing the need to tap into the outside electrical grid.
5. The deck surface of the green roof will be covered by a layer of low-maintenance plantings.
6. The low-flow plumbing devices and the green roof will save more than 600,000 gallons of water annually.

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March 03, 2009

SNOW COVERED

painting snow, Amy Bennett, design squish blog


painting snow, Amy Bennett, design squish blog

Today is a snow storm in Brooklyn.  Speaking about snow storms, artist Amy Bennett constructs paintings where houses, villages, roads and trees look small, like tiny toy models.  In a lot of her artwork, snow is taking over.  Amy writes that her art is a lot about isolation and quietness and by transitioning her models into winter, seemed to fortify these senses. 


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March 02, 2009

MORE DRAWINGS OF TREES

pink trees watercolor

I made this watercolor/drawing of naked winter trees when I visited Pennsylvania. Watercolor, color pencil and graphite on paper.


February 19, 2009

EPONYMY

vintage store in park slope

I am happy to show some of my watercolors at the Eponymy gallery and store.  It is owned by Andrea Miller and located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. The store is a mix of vintage and designer clothes, antique mirrors as well as tightly curated modern photography from emerging artists of Humble Arts Foundation.


VIJA CELMINS DRAWINGS

vija celmins, charcoal drawings of water

Vija Celmins
Untitled (Big Sea #2)
1969
graphite on acrylic ground on paper
33 1/2 x 44 in.


I love Vija Celmins drawings of the surface of the ocean.
“Vija Celmins immigrated to the United States with her family from Latvia when she was ten years old. She and her family settled in Indiana. Celmins received international attention early in her career for her renditions of natural scenes, often painted from photographs lacking a point of reference, horizon, or discernible depth of field.” “Celmins’s work demonstrates a remarkably close engagement with the natural world mediated by photography. Celmins has said her images dispel romantic notions of the sublime in nature.” - Wiki


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February 18, 2009

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