July 2nd, 2014
While diving in the British Virgin Islands last week, I happened upon several vessel-shaped sponges that reminded me of Eva Hesse’s cylinder-shaped sculptures, seen below right. At first, I just assumed these shapes were coral, but upon further investigation, I see that they’re actually sponges, sometimes referred to as “vase sponges.” I didn’t realize this before, but a sponge is actually an animal, although they do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, sponges rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food and oxygen and to remove wastes.
Do you think Eva Hesse ever did any scuba diving to get some inspiration for her work? I don’t see anything online that suggests that she did …
July 1st, 2014
Is it just me, or does this rock formation (below left) seen at “The Baths” in Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands look a lot like E.T. in profile?
July 1st, 2014
The Artsology blog has been quiet in recent days as the result of being out of the country with a lack of internet connections. But we certainly weren’t lacking in visual adventures, as we were sailing and diving in the Caribbean on a short vacation. There’s something about sea coral and underwater life that just can’t be replicated in an artist’s studio … here’s a couple shots of some of the underwater beauty that we were so fortunate to have seen and experienced in the British Virgin Islands. Below left we have a purple Branching Montipora Coral, and below right we’ve got a Flamingo Tongue Snail resting on a Gorgonian “Sea Fan” with some Brain Coral in the background.
June 17th, 2014
On June 24th from 4 – 8pm, Lower Manhattan will be hosting another version of “Night At The Museums,” which includes free admission to museums and historic sites in the area, including the National September 11 Memorial Museum, The National Museum of the American Indian, the African Burial Ground National Monument, and many others (click here for the full listing of venues).
“Night At The Museums” is part of the 2014 River To River Festival, featuring free arts events from June 19 to 29 throughout Lower Manhattan. For more details, visit the “River to River” site here. All events/venues are free, although some require advance reservations. Make sure to visit the web sites linked here to find out specifics.
June 12th, 2014
Many people around the world are very excited about the start of the World Cup today, and FIFA officials and the Brazilian government wants to promote that excitement, as evidenced by the street art images on the left side of our three pairs of pictures, below. But some Brazilian street artists have a different opinion, as evidenced on the graffiti murals shown on the right side of our pairs below.
Note that the bag of money being dropped in the toilet below right has the words “public money” written on it in Portuguese, reflecting all of the money spent on stadiums that may go relatively unused (or certainly “under-used”) after the World Cup.
June 11th, 2014
I’m always one to enjoy a big art fair, and try to get to as many as I can when they happen in NYC. However, one of the biggest art fairs of them all, Art Basel, is due to open on June 19th and run through the 22nd. Unfortunately, it’s not in the Artsologist’s budget to fly over to Basel for this fair, but fortunately, Artsy.net has it covered, with their Art Basel Preview, which launched today. I think I’m going to spend some time with this, so I can see what’s going on over there, and see what I’m missing.
Artsy’s coverage of Art Basel includes over 2,000 artworks from over 150 of the world’s top galleries plus picks from art world insiders. There will also be a Field Guide to the fairs, a guide for young collectors to all the fairs in Basel, such as Liste, the young contemporary art fair, and a feature on “14 Rooms,” a live project at Art Basel curated by Klaus Bisenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Check back to the Artsology blog in the week ahead, we’ll highlight some of our favorites from Art Basel. Click on the image below to go directly to Artsy’s preview.
June 9th, 2014
I’m generally a neat and orderly person, but I guess the act of painting doesn’t always find me keeping the paints in their original order.
June 6th, 2014
Projekt722, an artist-run exhibition space located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is opening a new exhibition this Saturday, June 7th, titled “Charm & Strange,” featuring work by Marguerite Day (below left) and Adie Russell (below right).
Curator Fred Fleisher writes: “The thoroughness of their investigation is like exploring at a particle level (“Charm” and “Strange” are two quark “flavors”), but in their art, as in particle physics, it is not definitive answers at which they arrive, but a multitude of simultaneously occurring possibilities.” For more on Marguerite Day, check out her website here. To learn more about Adie Russell, check out her website here. If you’re in the area, swing by for the opening reception, which takes place from 6-9pm tomorrow night.
June 6th, 2014
Check out our feed at Instagram which includes a number of photos from a trip to Italy in the early 1990’s. A couple favorites are the shadow of Michelangelo’s David, below left, in Florence, and an example of “scratchiti” as seen in Rome, below right.
June 5th, 2014
This painting by Jay West, titled “Sailor’s Last Voyage,” caught my attention at the recent Scope Art Fair. But I didn’t realize how prominent the reflections on the glossy surface would be captured in my photograph until I got home and saw it on the computer. Scroll down to see a video about Jay West, and in the video you can actually see him working on this exact same painting!