THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, CHARLEY HARPER

charley harper poster the rocky mountains

One of my favorite posters by Charley Harper - The Rocky Mountains.


December 21, 2009

SUNS, MOONS AND TREES IN SHAKER DRAWINGS

shaker-gift-drawings

shaker-art

shaker-drawings

shaker-drawing

shaker-gift-drawings

shaker-tree-drawing

Images from the book Heavenly Visions:Shaker Gift Drawings and Gift Songs.

shaker drawings, burning bush

swhaker drawings, wreath


NEW PAINTINGS BY WALTON FORD

walton ford at paul kasmin, watercolor painting, Borodino
Walton Ford
Borodino, 2009
watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper

the island, watercolor painting by Walton FordWalton Ford
The Island, 2009
watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper

New paintings by Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin Gallery. 


CATEGORIES:   ART, NATURE,

December 19, 2009

EXPERIENCE OF LOOKING

lichen drawing

Lichen, 600 Years

Deborah Feilier: “Silently watching bees amongst lavender, snowflakes fall against the sky, lines eroded by water over mud or stalactites formed below foot are, for me, moments of awe.“Silence gives us the opportunity to experience a new kind of sensibility, it gives us another, better, opportunity for contemplation: experience itself.” Herman de vries(1)In making visual equivalents for this elusive experience of silent watching, I appropriate lines from the outside world - something in opposition to myself - to create a still and contemplative personal space. I am driven by my interests in the interface of different disciplines - science, art, psychology, language and thought, geology - and I am conscious of their various strands looping in and out of my work “

river crossing drawing

River Crossing

” Whilst the repetition of line is governed by underlying structures, such as the shadows cast by the arc of the sun, or the growth rate of lichen, the painting is more to do with the experience of looking, rather than a literal representation. [....] I am interested in connections with traditional Chinese landscape painting and the romantic works of Casper David Friedrich in expressing ideas of experience and the central role of nature in our lives. Shirazeh Houshiary, Michael Landy’s “Nourishment” series and Agnes Martin use the fragile line to create stillness in work that is both intensely personal whilst speaking of collective experience. Edwina Leapman’s paintings are of particular interest – for her programmatic application of paint, as well as her shared interest in Taoist themes of discovery and respect for the natural world”

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Frozen Time


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December 05, 2009

INVOLUNTARY PARKS

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Involuntary Parks by Caitlin Parker.

“The continent’s imperiled rims therefore become a new kind of landscape, the Involuntary Parks. They are not representations of untouched nature, but of vengeful nature, of natural processes reasserting themselves in areas of political and technological collapse. An embarrassment during the twentieth century, Involuntary Parks could become a somber necessity during the twenty-first.” —Bruce Sterling


November 25, 2009

NATURAL AND CREATED ENVIRONMENTS

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

Laurie Sermos’ photographs deal with the visible intersection of natural and created environments. Within these modern landscape images, nature or constructed environments of nature are represented as places to be considered and looked at. The environments photographed are often places built with an intended functionality. However through the act of photography, we are able to pause and engage with these environments in a way that allows for a different kind of reflection.


CATEGORIES:   ART, photography,

GARBAGE PILE IN THE FOG

garbage dump in the fog

garbage dump

garbage pile

garbage pile

Guatemala City Dump by Misty Keasler


CATEGORIES:   ART, photography,

ANDREW WYETH

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CATEGORIES:   ART, DRAWING,

November 24, 2009

SKY DISSECTED

Sky Dissected - watercolor by Anastasia Ugorskaya

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CATEGORIES:   ART, NATURE,

November 18, 2009

DERSIRE TO COMMUNE WITH NATURE

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Youngsuk Suh:  “For the past three years, I have been living in the central valley of Northern California and this has afforded opportunities to observe a variety of human activities within natural environments. Many of these activities take place in less-regulated (or private) lands and seem to be a more direct expression of our desire to commune with nature. The images in this series are monuments to this individual desire. One travels away from civilization in order to be immersed in ’pure’ nature only to discover oneself an alternative civilized institution. Yet despite the cynicism implied in the study of modern travel, the genuine desire for close bodily contact with nature cannot be ignored. No matter how illusory the “nature” experience may be, one stands at the peak of a mountain yearning to be profoundly moved. Instant Traveler collects these traces of longing”


CATEGORIES:   ART, photography,

November 17, 2009

HEALING POWER

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Emma Kunz was aresearcher, healer, and prolific artist, who also discovered the healing rock powder AION A, which has helped thousands of people on their path to recovery. 


CATEGORIES:   ART,

November 15, 2009

BLIND DRAWING

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Blind drawing by William Anastasi.


CATEGORIES:   ART,

CERAMIC SUPERORDINATE ANTLER CHANDELIER

antler chandelier, miller studio

antler chandelier, miller studio

‘Seconds’ are items, which, in some way, are not quite right. They are imperfect and therefore of lesser value. But who made these rules that we use to judge perfection? Who says the decoration has to be in the center? Who says a whole bird is better than half a bird? Who says a flower can’t grow down? - Jason Miller

Ceramic Superordinate Antler Chandelier by Jason Miller (Miller Studio)


November 11, 2009

ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

andy goldsworthy

andy goldsworthy

andy goldsworthy


CATEGORIES:   ART,

November 03, 2009

BIRDS

 bird

bird print

inuit art, bird print

Birds by Kenojuak Ashevak. Kenojuak Ashevak was born in an igloo in an Inuit camp, Ikirasaq, at the southern coast of Baffin Island. 


ENVIRONMENT SENSITIVE STREETLAMP

environment sensitive led lamp, candelabrum

Streetlamp pole by Vancouver based artist Germaine Koh. Custom LED chandelier responds in real time to wind speed, wind direction, humidity, and rainfall “A large chandelier with blue LED bulbs hangs from a sleekly modern lamp post, sprouting from the green roof of the Convention Centre West. The LEDs are animated by exterior weather conditions — glowing, sparkling or dimming in response to humidity, rain and wind, measured by sensors integrated into the electronic system. The lights grow brighter with relative humidity, and individual LEDs flash when rain falls, while gusts of wind dim or flicker the side of the chandelier that they hit. On clear and calm days, the piece remains constant. ” - Germaine Koh.

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Above: another piece by Germaine Koh. This is a site-responsive installation with plants and soil transplanted from vacant land. Plants and seeds in the soil continue to grow over the course of the show.


CATEGORIES:   ART,

PAINTING SNOW

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Ben Reeves

“These works highlight formal structures while causing the figurative image to slip away within an apparently abstract field: the language of representation supersedes its subject. Reeves investigates the inevitable gap between ‘reality’ and representation: a space where the world is rationalized through visual conventions.”


CATEGORIES:   ART,

October 21, 2009

LANE CODER

white forest, still, photograph, lane coder

still lake, photography, lane coder

ocean, photograph

landscape, photograph

city, smog, photograph

landscape, photograph from above, river

Beautiful photographs by LANE CODER.  Found on ART RUBY


CATEGORIES:   ART, photography,

October 20, 2009

TREES BY ED PIEN

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CATEGORIES:   ART, NATURE,

October 19, 2009

AUREL SCHMIDT

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Burn face, Aurel schmidt

Vancouver and New York based artist Aurel Schmidt.


CATEGORIES:   ART, NATURE,

ISLANDS AND BREATHING SPACE

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Island #2
Janaki Lennie
oil on canvas

Island
2008

My artwork is a response to my immediate surroundings and in a larger context to our complex relationship with the natural environment. My recent relocation from downtown Houston, Texas to St John’s, Newfoundland represented a dramatic shift in my point of view. I have been inspired by the wonderful coastline of this province and its unique social and political situation to explore the mystique that islands hold in our culture and history.
Islands fire the imagination, sometimes as places of entrapment or dread but more often as alluring utopias shimmering on the horizon, promising a serenity normally absent from modern life, an image often at odds with the reality of their isolation.
This series of paintings explores the island as an ephemeral vision, slightly beyond reach, embedded in an uncertain atmospheric space and separated, sometimes by distance, sometimes by the trappings of urban existence. The nostalgic pull of this island dream persists. - Janaki Lennie

breathing space, ainting

breathing space, painting

Breathing Space
2006

For the last several years, I have explore the possibility of calm in the midst of chaotic contemporary experience, which is believe is often characterized by a profound disconnection between people and the natural world. They present the natural world as the experience of space itself; her images push man and nature to opposite sides.  The images are softened models of industrial sites and/or intensely lit tree limbs existing together or facing each other.  Her colors suggest distortion of light through pollution, another unseen sense of man’s presence. The final result is a strangely beautiful and surreal illumination of an imaginary window of space and stillness of time. -Janaki Lennie


CATEGORIES:   ART,

October 18, 2009

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.


CATEGORIES:   ART, NATURE,

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)


CATEGORIES:   ART, photography,

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


CATEGORIES:   ART, NATURE,

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

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