Archive for March, 2010

Julie Mehretu

Since we are going to be talking about Julie Mehretu in class, I thought I would post some of her beautiful paintings! Her work focuses on systems and the movement into the in-between. Currently working in New York City, she has become a prolific artist in the contemporary art world. Mehretu’s work is generally made up of paintings and drawings. It is made of fragments, movements and layers, and represents a broad range of influences. From her smaller movements to her large-scale explosions, Mehretu brings an expressive visual language into the art world that deals with reality today as much as it deals with the biography of herself as an artist in the twenty-first century. Her work has made itself known in the branded galleries and museums around the United States and in Europe. Her work has also made its debut in the auction houses in New York and London. She continues to stand strong as a contemporary artist in the twenty-first century and continues to create narratives of time, space, and the in-between.

Stadia II, 2004

ink & acrylic on canvas

Grey Space (distractor), 2006

ink and acrylic on canvas

Dispersion, 2002

ink and acrylic on canvas

Jill Greenberg

“Mala Centerfold”

Capturing primates in a classical manner.

kathe kollwitz

so life recently has been filled with working on my senior exhibition pieces…which i have chosen a topic close to my heart, but also one that is super depressing. the earthquake in haiti. but i’ve been a little stuck lately until i remembered the artist Kathe Kollwitz. she is awesome, focused on the tragedies of life including poverty & war. the way she captures emotion has really struck me. its insane.

Don Hertzfeldt

Don Hertzfeldt is by far one of my favorite animators. His drawings are simple but unique. “Rejected” is one of his awesome short films he created. Definitely worth watching if you enjoy animation and want to have a good laugh!

Space is Process

Olafur Eliasson is a Danish artist who is interested in the extent one may have an impact on their world. An essential aspect of his art is that it directly involves the viewer in a space that is traditionally not accessible to the viewer for participation. Popular mediums of Eliasson’s include light, mirrors, shadow, color, wind and fog. The following piece is titled ‘slow-motion shadow in colour’ 2009 and until 2 days ago, it was on show at the 21st century museum of contemporary art, kanazawa, japan.

“with this exhibition, eliasson re-proposes the idea of the art museum, to be seen not just simply as a facility in which to view art in a context which is removed from society, but more as a public space, with the potential to engage society and the urban environment. a space in which to question our presence within this world.” >>

Here is a link to a list of Eliasson’s works (coupled with small images of the works) from his website:

———–> your sky <————

Create a sky map to show the entire sky as viewed from any given location at any specified time and date (past, present and future). A stereographic projection is used, as is the convention for printed star maps.

Alexa Meade’s Acrylic on Flesh

Really amazing. Alexa Meade paints people and objects to create the illusion that they are 2D paintings on canvas. Visit her site as well as her flicker page to see her work.