Amy Ross’ drawings, watercolors and collages have a surreal effect. The drawings are rendered in the style of scientific illustration . It is not easy to distinguish at the first glance where the leg of the mushroom starts and the leg of a human being begins. People’s heads are morphed with mushroom legs and birds are actually flower buds on magnolia trees - Amy plays with similarities and differences of nature’s shapes.
Legshroom With Bird
collage on paper
10 x 8 inches
Matthias Merkel Hess made these 28 terra cotta self-portrait flower pots for his 28th birthday. Each pot was planted with a nativis updated regularly e California trees chosen specifically for a friend or family member and then given away. Matthias Merkel Hess is currently receiving MFA at the University of California . He also the founder of the Eco Art Blog (one of my favorite eco blogs) with a focus on visual arts and the environment.
I love this painting by Danna Ray of new growth on a tree that was cut down . Danna writes: “I grew up in a log cabin in the woods of rural South Carolina. Surrounded by forest and lots of crayons, I enjoyed drawing tiny bugs, and tiny plants, and tiny kittens driving trucks.”
SEVEN DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS is a title of the show in Gagosian Gallery, NY and series of gelatin silver prints by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Photographs in the show are of the sea and its horizon in locations all over the world. The photographs are taken different in time of the day and with different exposure time. All the photographs have remarkable sense of stillness and eternity. The ocean is still and seems as though it is floating in space and we are floating with it. Hiroshi returns to the same subject repeatedly to reveal the “subtleties that he finds in the primordial sea, site of the origin and emergence of life as well as of eternal continuity”.
Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo. In 1970 he moved to Los Angeles to study photography at the Art Center College of Design. Now he lives and works in New York City and Tokyo.
Vladimir Collection carried and perfected the tradition of the 18th century European trompe l’oeil, meaning “nature in artifice” tradition. Plates are reminiscent of giant cabbage leaves, sunflowers and lettuce leaves. Teapots, sugar bowls and vases are in the form of melons, pumpkins and lemons. Besides tableware, Vladimir Collection produces metal and porcelain flowers in realistic style. Each flower and leaves are naturalistically painted and each terracotta pot is designed and handmade. All collections are handmade in New York and signed by Vladimir Kanevsky, an artist, designer and craftsman who has been perfecting the art of porcelain inspired by nature for almost two decades.
Not only Vladimir Kanevsky is a great master of porcelain craft, he is also a very talented sculptor. He is inspired by human body - naked, solitary and vulnerable. Vladimir explores human condition, sensations and the search of self. I also think that earth tones of the terracotta and the fact that a lot of his figures face the earth, his sculptures are a lot about connection with the world, beyond self and losing self.
My friend Sergio is making New York City more beautiful by restoring and creating new architectural stone ornaments, reliefs, figures, gargoyles and public monuments. I like how they are not entirely symmetrical and organic.
Besides stone conservation Sergio is currently working on a documentary about atlantic rain forest. Sergio writes: “Some areas of the Atlantic Forest have been designated by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve because of their outstanding biological distinctiveness. Others, equally distinctive, beautiful and rich in species diversity and endemism, are still unprotected.
Until interrupted by human encroachment, continuous areas of forest extended for thousand of miles, linking the Great Araucaria Forest of Southern Brazil to the Amazon jungle. Many plants and animals have evolved travelling throughout the tropical and temperate zones of the New World. This flow is essential to maintaining the rich gene pool and species diversity of the area. The fragmentation of these forests places many species, including some existing only there, under critical threat of extinction”.
Webite for the film: ATLANTIC FOREST 911.
These are so awesome! They are animal pelts knitted from 100% nonwool yarns by Becky Stern.
This ia a drawing of a tree by Amy Talluto. Amy draws and paints a lot of trees, forest and nature landscapes.
This is Kim Holleman’s study for her Trailer Park installation sculpture. Kim Holleman constructed a park with little paved road, a bench, a fountain sculpture and some greenery inside of a one small mobile trailer. Theoretically this trailer can be parked and be a functioning park anywhere it goes for everybody to see and enjoy. I saw this piece when it was parked in Williamsburg near Black and White Gallery. There is something exciting about jumping inside a trailer car and ending up in a relaxing atmosphere of a beautiful park. Of course, it does not always work this way.
*below: Inside the trailer
Boris and Kenny are my favorite artists with whom I went both to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and La Guardia high school of Music, Art and Performing Arts in New York City. Their installations are absolutely stunning! The image below portrays one of their installations called “Below the Highline” and is a dying pocket park as they called it.
The installation took place in an old West Chelsea truck garage underneath the High Line Elevated train tracks. Boris and Kenny filled the space with torn grass and logs from cut down trees, dead trees, dead leaves, branches, dirt, bushes, paint and stereo system with bird sounds.
They made similar installation in the Summit High School, NJ and they called it ” A Tree Falls in Summit”. They created a forest classroom for students of the school to enjoy. Below are some picture details of this installation.
Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors are so detailed and realistic. My favorite part about his paintings are the tiniest grasses and hairs that are visible. Not a lot of people can master this technique.
On January 16, 2009, Andrew Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, after a brief illness. He was 91 years old
Drawing of a naked tree in the winter. Watercolor, pencil and graphite on paper.
One of my my favorite drawings by Carson Ellis, artist from Portland, Oregon.
Reform School is a store, web shop and collective based in Los Angeles, CA.
Billie and Tootie write about their store: “We definitely wanted to talk about how sustainable design is a huge focus for us, and that green living is important to us, not only in business but in our personal lives as well. We wanted to be eco-friendly without being too in-your-face about it. The last thing we wanted was to be another shop selling all things hemp & bamboo ( not that we don’t love hemp & bamboo)”
To visit: Reform School.
Ancolie (Aquilegia vulgaris L.)
36cm X 29 cm,1503-1533
The Great Piece of Turf
41 x 32 cm
This is a sculpture by Johannes Vanderbeek who lives and works in New York and
is represented by Zach Fueuer Gallery. (images taken from Zack Fueuer Gallery). I believe this tree’s leaves are made out of metal and wax. Looks very natural from far away but leaves are shiny and have small portions of unnatural blue pigment when looked at closely.
Brie Harrison is a printed textile designer living and working in London. I love her patterns inspired by nature, traveling and children’s books.
Taken by Adrien Casey in Massachusetts, near where he lives.
This photograph is by Andrea Galvani. Andrea Galvani was born in Verona, Italy in 1973. He lives and works in Milan and New York.
It looks like the rabbits were relocated to the North Pole or are trying survive Ice Age. I think this photograph can be about global warming and mass extinction.
Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell Library of Ornithology is surrounded by Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary that is teaming with birds and plants. More than four miles of trails wind through a variety of habitats used by birds and other wildlife. The library itself has one of the world’s largest repository of wildlife sound recordings, contains over 160,000 individual recordings representing more than 50% of the world’s bird species. When you walk into the library you see giant books of beautiful old life-size illustrations of birds, photographs of birds and long aisles on books about birds. Cornell Library of Ornithology is an amazing place to visit.
Russian amateur folk artist Vladimir Ovchinnikov have been painting his town Borovsk, population of 12,000, a place of cottages slouching on grassy slopes, with murals. I think this is a great idea to use city walls instead of canvas. I would rather see folk art on buildings than bare brick walls.
*note: the cat inside the window and the church reflection on the two images above are painted
I love this drawing by JEANA SOHN. It reminds me of Walter Benjamin’s Angel of Progress. “A Klee painting named ‘Angelus Novus’ shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.”
This photograph is from Tema Stauffer‘s American Stills. Tema Stauffer is a photographer based in Brooklyn. Tema teaches at The School of the International Center of Photography. I wish horses run around like this all the time. Lots and lots of beautiful white horses. Everywhere.
Yeni Mao is an artist currently living and working in New York City. He works in painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Yeni created ceramic vase that is two siamese birds with no heads. This is a weird and extremely beautiful object that changes meaning when flowers are put into the vase.
I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would
I’d rather be a hammer than a nail
Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would
Away, I’d rather sail away
Like a swan that’s here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world its saddest sound
Its saddest sound
I’d rather be a forest than a street
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would
I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would
New show at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, country’s most accomplished botanical artists. So absolutely beautiful!
One of my favorite online galleries, Humble Arts Foundation featured photographs of Angie Smith. I instantly fell in love with her artwork. Angie’s photographs remind me of Chinese ink landscape paintings where a person is the size of a small ant lost in between giant mountains, fields and forest. In these photographs, civilization, humans, society is in the conflict with nature, elements and gravity.
Walton Ford’s paintings are “as much a tutorial in flora and fauna as it is as a scathing indictment of the wrongs committed by nineteenth-century industrialists or, locating the work in the present, contemporary American consumer society”
The “vertical planter” is a re-designed drain system where rainwater gets captured in the upturned branches. All kinds of moss and grass seeds will eventually sprout in the upturned branches - planters and make the city even more green. In Seattle, where it rains a lot, this idea is very compelling.