A friend sent me the link to the video below a few days ago and, well, I forgot to go look. Until last night, that is, when I found myself kind of transfixed by it. It shows the work of Holton Rower of New York, who uses a system of pouring paint to achieve a result on plywood; as the colours turn, it's almost like a lava lamp in acrylic. The above is a sample from Rower's website.
M.C. Escher's work is always fascinating, even though I tend to think of it as the type of posters I bought in university to cover up my wall. Here's a video from the BBC that looks an artist who understood geometry as well as art.
Look familiar? An attractive lady lying down with a bendy snake? It's just one of many recreations involving bits of Lego; if it's not ringing a bell, here's the orginal: Richard Avedon's iconic early Eighties portrait of Nastassja Kinski and a boa constrictor.
On Friday evening, an exhibition of St. John's artist Helen Gregory's work opens at The Rooms' art gallery. Unrequited Death is in line with themes that Gregory has been exploring for years, about decay, death, natural history and found beauty. I've gotten to know Helen through the years, and am looking forward to the show. (You have lots of time: It runs until May. The curator is writer Lisa Moore; in February, Gregory will give a lecture on the exhibition.)
Here's a fascinating video on Helen's process, using thousands of images taken in stop-motion fashion, and then speeded up considerably. (And keep an eye on the cats!)
On Monday, Royal Albert Hall in London will let spectators see some art that could be viewed otherwise only by staff, road crews and performers lingering in the loading bay, far below the stage. On the walls are graffiti-style depictions of people who have performed at the Albert Hall. More details of the LOAD exhbition here; click here for a set on Flickr of what it looks like.
"I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment.' " - Andy Warhol, who died 22 years ago today (Note the can of soup at the bottom...)
When we were in New York last month, we made a point of seeing a show at the Museum of Modern Art called Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night. Some of the paintings belong to MoMA; others were brought in from Europe. I hadn't realized how much of Van Gogh's work concerned themselves with dusk and night-time, Starry Night being an obvious exception. You can see the exhibit online at the link above.
The show continues until early January. Long lineups, no surprise, so get there early if you have the opportunity to go. I couldn't get over being able to look at Van Gogh's strokes - thick, heavy, full of vigour - so close to the actual canvases. A detail from one of them, the Dance Hall in Arles, is the basis for the current banner of this blog.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.