Artist

Jakub Geltner – NEST

Czech artist Jakub Geltner‘s “Nest” project is a series of sculptures feature CCTV cameras and other surveillance objects installed in public spaces. The project expressing the artist’s interpretation of artificially-infested urban environments.

Nest 05, Sculpture by the sea, Aarhus, Denmark, 2015

Nest 05, Sculpture by the sea, Aarhus, Denmark, 2015

Nest 05, Sculpture by the sea, Aarhus, Denmark, 2015

Nest 04, Installation on a former elementary school, Sokolov City, 2012

Nest 04, Installation on a former elementary school, Sokolov City, 2012

Nest 03, Installation on skeleton structure of a former KV KSC, Ostrave City, 2011

Nest 03, Installation on skeleton structure of a former KV KSC, Ostrave City, 2011

Nest 03, Installation on skeleton structure of a former KV KSC, Ostrave City, 2011

Nest 02, Installtion on on Church, Libechov City, 2011

Nest 02, Installtion on on Church, Libechov City, 2011

Nest 01, Sculpture on Vltava waterfront, Prague, 2011

Nest 01, Sculpture on Vltava waterfront, Prague, 2011

Nest 01, Sculpture on Vltava waterfront, Prague, 2011

Please visit http://www.geltner.cz/ to see more work buy Jakub Geltner.

All images courtesy @ Jakub Geltner

Francisco Ugarte

I recently discovered this amazing Mexican artist Francisco Ugarte,  lives and works in Guadalajara. Ugarte uses lines, forms, space and light to create beauty and serenity.

Untitled (White Neon), 2009, Neon light

Untitled (Oaxaca), 2009, Black painting and black glass

Untitled (Light Boxes), 2010, 5 light boxes and paper

Paper Sculpture, 2013, Bockingford paper and letter size sheets

Untitled (Objects From the Studio), 2013, Furniture, boxes, desk lamps and wood

I Wish I Could Paint A Beautiful Landscape 7 Times, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas

Dialogue (Pencil and Sunlight), 2007, Digital print

Untitled (Process) 1, 2014, Acrylic paint on cardboard

Untitled (Lines Series), 2013, Graphite on paper

Untitled (Black and White Reflections), 2003 Digital prints and clear glass

Self-Portrait (Drawing), 2012, Graphite and charcoal on paper

Untitled (Light Box with Slides), 2014, 108 intervened slides on a light box

ntitled (Projections at Ground Level), 2011, Projectors and slides

Image courtesy @ http://www.franciscougarte.com/

Happy Birthday Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky, the father of abstraction, is believed to have had synaesthesia, a harmless condition that allows a person to appreciate sounds, colours or words with two or more senses simultaneously. In Kandinsky’s case, colours and painted marks triggered particular sounds or musical notes and vice versa.

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky

Composition VII

Composition VIII

Yellow, Red, Blue

Composition X

To the Unknown Voice

Swinging

Happy Birthday to Henri Rousseau

Today is the 170th  birthday of French painter and Post-Impressionist mastermind, Henri Rousseau. Best known for his fanciful jungle landscapes and primitivist works.

Extraordinarily, Rousseau never actually saw the tropical scenes as he never left France. His exotic jungle paintings are the fantasies of a city dweller.

All images are from Henri Rousseau.net.

Copyright © 2008 – Present http://www.HenriRousseau.net. All Rights Reserved.

Alfons Schilling – Rotationsbilder

I wanted not only that the painter moves, but also the painting“. – Alfons Schillings.

In the 1960’s, the Swiss born, Vienna based painter Schilling, influenced by American “action painting”, became one of the first artists interested in ‘Rotationsbilder’ (spin-paintings); paintings produced on large vertical discs, turning at speeds up to 3 times a second. This technique has been used since by many artists including Damien Hirst

Alfons Schilling in studio, 1962

John Deakin

John Deakin was an English photographer, best known for his work centered around members of Francis Bacon’s Soho inner circle at the legendary private members’ club, The Colony Room.

Francis Bacon, 1952

William Turnbull, 1951

Keith Vaughan, 1951

Barbara Hepworth, 1952

Oliver Bernard, 1952

The Colony Room School. L-R: Timothy Behrens, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews at Wheeler’s, 1962

George Dyer, 1964

John Deakin: Bruce Bernard, Jeffrey Bernard

Francis Bacon and George Dyer, 1960s

Girl in Cafe, late 1950s

Tony Abbro, Abbro and Varriano, newsagents, Dean Street, Soho, 1961

Roger Mayne, 1957

J.P. Donleavy, 1950s

Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, the exhibition currently on show at The Photographer’s Gallery, will give you a glimpse of Soho’s streets and bohemian characters in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Images via  The Photographer’s Gallery and  http://www.filmsnotdead.com/

Wearable Art by Atelier Ted Noten

Ted Noten is a Dutch jewellery designer and conceptual artist.  Best known for his intricately sculpted accessories, such as a pendent featuring a mouse wearing a small pearl necklace, and his acrylic handbags containing guns. Since 2005, Noten and his design team, Atelier Ted Noten has broadened their repertoire to include other design objects and art installations.

Turbo Princess

Turbo Princess, the conceptual piece Noten designed in 1995 –  a pendant featuring a mouse wearing a pearl necklace encased in acrylic. The piece gained him international notoriety and the iconic ‘Princess mouse has become a recurring theme in his work.

The physical impossibility of wealth in the mind of someone owning

Murdered Innocence attaché case

In 2012, Atelier Ted Noten introduced the ‘7 Necessities‘, a collection of essential items for the ‘Modern Woman’. In Noten’s own words: “What does every woman needs in a survival kit, under any imaginable circumstance, in order to ‘be her own man’ without forfeiting her femininity…”.

The 7 objects are crafted in a 3D printer in nylon and hand decorated with precious stones, silver and gold.

Trophy Helmet

Trophy Helmet: The rabbit fur-lined helmet contains tools for finding ‘eternal love’, which includes a radar device and a telescope.

Chastity Belt

Purse of Wonders

Interior of the Purse of Wonders

Purse of Wonders: A fold-out purse with whale sperm oil for anti-wrinkles, wedding rings, drug paraphernalia, and a crystal ball to predict the near future.

Dior 002 Gun

Inside view of Dior 002 Gun

Dior 002 Gun, The White Edition:  This handgun conceals a 4gb thumb drive for snapshots, personal data and corporate secrets; it also hides a Dior lip-gloss, a sparkling diamond, various white pills and other necessities any worldly woman would like to carry with her.

 

David Hammons

David Hammons is an American conceptual artist working in a variety of media including performance, installation, sculpture and printmaking. Beginning in the 1960s in Los Angeles, and then later in New York, Hammons set a compelling precedent for with his witty approach to infusing art into life and vice versa.

In the famous street performance Bliz-aard Ball Sale (1983). Hammons stood on the street alongside other vendors on Cooper Square, selling his neatly arranged rows of snowballs in different sizes (from XS-XL). In this iconic piece, Hammons draws attention to both the arbitrary nature of the art market and the precarious financial conditions of many working-class New Yorkers.

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The Beautiful and Talented Lee Miller

Lee Miller was one of the most important female photographer of the 20th century. A beautiful fashion model, later became Man Ray’s muse  and a surrealist. Lee was also a fearless photojournalist during WWII.

Lee Miller by George Hoyningen-Huene, Vogue 1928

Lee Miller by Man Ray, 1930

Lee Miller by Man Ray, 1929

Joseph Cornell by Lee Miller

Tania Ramm and Bell Jar by Lee Miller, 1930

A bombed chapel by Lee Miller, 1940

Women with fire masks by Lee Miller, London, 1941