"I always pet a dog with my left hand because if he bit me I'd still have my right hand to paint with."
Happy Birthday, Juan Gris!
José Victoriano (Carmelo Carlos) González-Pérez (March 23, 1887 – May 11, 1927) was a Spanish painter and sculptor. Although born in Madrid, Gonzalez spent most of his life working in France. Gonzalez adopted the name Juan Gris in 1905 to try to sound more distinctive. Along with his countrymen and friends Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso, he helped to create Cubism.
Give CW Roelle a wire and he'll mold it into one of the most intricate pieces of art you've ever seen. No subject is out of reach for Roelle, as he creates animals, people and even buildings all with some bent metal wire cables. The result is a monochrome masterpiece and the product of many hours of focus. I bet now you feel embarrassed that you can't even tie your earphones neatly around your iPod.
Eiko Ojala, master of the construction paper cut-out, is back with a vertical landscape of incredible detail. From the tops of snowy peaks, all the way down the mountainside to the warmth of a log cabin, Ojala crafts a sweet story.
Happy birthday Joseph Csáky!
Joseph Csáky (March 18, 1888 – May 1, 1971) was a Hungarian artist and sculptor closely associated with the avant-garde movement, as well as the De Stijl neoplasticism movement. During World War II, he fought alongside the French and was a member of the French resistance, and later became a French citizen. Csáky also experimented in the styles of Purism and Cubism, and designed several pieces of furniture for Jacques Doucet. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, and despite a shift to more representational sculptures in his later life, Csáky is still regarded as one of the forefathers of Cubist sculpture.
Jellyfish with a brooch
The Daily Dish is an ongoing project by artist Klari Reis, who creates a new petri dish painting every day. Reis plans to keep the project going for all of 2013. Reis' creations are not only stunningly beautiful and hypnotic, but awesomely named as well. Favorites of mine include Beam me up Scotty, Clam mouth, Paris Hilton, and Jellyfish with a brooch (above).
These are not conceptual sets for a film that will never reach its funding goal. These are the images that resulted from the combined minds of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez. These artists, who call themselves "Los Carpinteros" (The Carpenters) have an interest in architecture, furniture and sculpture - specifically when they're able to merge all these things together into one destructive worldscape. They also love lego. Los Carpinteros have been creating artwork and making installations that play with notions of space, function and physics. If they did ever design the landscapes for a fantastical film, I'd be first to add it to my Netflix queue and never have time to watch.
Engineered by David Cox, "A Million Times" is is an art installation which takes a meta-analytical approach to measuring time. The project is from Stockholm-based studio Humans since 1982, and will be at Design Days/Victor Hunt Gallery from March 18-21, 2013.
It was a different time when our teachers would let us run around the museums on school trips. We'd go explore the gift shop, hide from our friends - essentially, we learned nothing. These days, we have technology to make sure that no longer happens. The Cleveland Museum of Art teamed up with Local Projects to make the experience of visiting a truly interactive day out. Touchscreens, Apps and the world's largest microtile wall made it possible for people to really connect with the artwork. Machines could recognize silly faces or funny poses and connect them with a similarly structured sculpture or painting in the museum. Thus learning was no longer a semi-important chore, it was a machine telling you: this is what you will learn now.
"Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody"
Happy Birthday, Piet Mondrian!
Piet Mondrian (March 7th, 1872 – February 1, 1944) was a Dutch painter. He is best known for his linear grid paintings consisting of black lines, white spaces and colored blocks. Mondrian termed his work "Neo-Plasticism" after spending years exploring still life, impressionism and abstract, non-representational images. He mainly used the colors red, yellow and blue. Throughout the course of his life, Mondrian lived in the Netherlands, Paris, London and New York. His paintings hang in museums around the world today.