Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Jessica Zoob

A new horizon


Jessica Zoob creates paintings full of light, texture and emotion. In these short films she comes over as being a really joyful person.









Monday, 25 April 2011

chandeliers and teacups

On Safari cup and saucer

With a Twist teacup


My latest 'must haves' from Anthropologie:


Made by the South African collective Magpie




Sunday, 24 April 2011

Pamela Gaunt

Pamela Gaunt is one of my all time favourite artists.  I think her work speaks for itself.  She is a senior Lecturer at the Art Department, Curtin University, Western Australia.  Her work is beautiful, obsessive, intelligent, often working in multiple small pieces which create a much bigger installation  ... to be viewed from afar or in close-up.




A florid conversation
paint and collaged paper on aluminium finstock,glue


Shelf-less Life
cut-out curtains, textile medium, painted brackets.


Material Whimsies  1999




Wallpaper Cluster Flowers 2003
Laser Cut MDF, Wallpaper, Paint, Ink


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

mmu art foundation 2010

Some great work from last year .... just to whet the appetite ready for this year's upcoming degree shows.











Tuesday, 19 April 2011

pink and white


I have been away for a few days and came home to find my garden full of pink and white.











Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Glyndwr University Degree Show 2010



I was checking through my photos the other day and came across some i took at the degree show in Wrexham last year.  These were the pick of the crop for me, and the 3d work was exceptional in its professional finish. Unfortunately I do not have the names of the artists, but as i track them down i will add their names.  Also the battery on my camera failed very quickly ... so there were many treasures and artwork that i was unable to capture on the day!



fluttering ribbons

glass icicles

paper lamp


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

sunny days




After the glorious weekend we have just had (and I have very burnt cheeks to remind me!) i managed to take a few photographs with my phone.  We stayed in a beautiful little hotel, Castlemead Hotel, in Manorbier, Pembrokeshire.  To say that we had 'a room with a view' would be not doing the vista real justice. I grew up in the area and although many places have been developed since i left Manorbier is one of those tiny villages that time has let stand still.  It has a beautiful castle(although Pembroke Castle is certainly the most impressive in the area), a wonderful little church and a great bay.  



Manorbier Church

Room with a view

Manorbier Castle

Monday, 11 April 2011

Reels


Found these sitting in a cupboard at college.  I love the labels.



Thursday, 7 April 2011

Konstantin Dimopoulos



Konstantin Dimopoulos is an artist creating a wonderful landscape of blue painted trees at this year's Vancouver Biennale.  Not being able to see the trees in 'the flesh' my impressions are just from the photographs ... but they look stunning and of course the message that he is trying to talk about is very relevant.  On his website he talks about the project:


The Blue Trees is a social art action.  Through colour I am making a personal statement about the spirituality of trees and their importance to our very survival: trees are the lungs of the planet.
Colour is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time. The fact that blue is a colour that is not naturally identified with trees suggests to the viewer that something unusual, something out of the ordinary has happened. It becomes a magical transformation.
In nature colour is used both as a defensive mechanism, a means of protection, and as a mechanism to attract. The Blue Trees attempts to waken a similar response from viewers. It is within this context that the blue denotes sacredness, something reverential.
Trees are largely invisible in our daily lives, and it’s not until it’s too late that we realise how important they are to us both aesthetically and environmentally. Each year an area at least the size of Belgium of native forests is cleared from around the planet.
Yet while we do this we look at whether other planets can be inhabited, so we’ve got somewhere else to go once we’ve destroyed our own.
The colour used on the trees is biologically safe pigmented water. As an ephemeral artwork, the colour will naturally degrade and the trees gradually revert to their natural state.




Konstantin is sculptor and i love some of the other work that he has done ... especially the use of colour against the landscape.  In this respect he reminds me somewhat of Anish Kapoor.

And the wind whispered your name 2010
The Red Forest 2010


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