Light on colour

Art is not a thing, it is a way

Performance art, post European aesthetic annoyance MF’s


Painting with Squid ink

I am currently absorbded in the etheric colour range of Noodlers inks a diversion for the moment, and this is really appealing on a tactile level.

ekaterina smirnova


During my summer art residency in Rocky Neck, MA I came across of a very unusual media – ink from squids, that I fished out from the Gloucester bay. This ink was very intense black marking everything around me, including my clothes. Squid spit it out as a protection reflex, in the water it is more efficient however, as it works as an escape mechanism. The reason that it is black – the main component – melanin.

I though of collecting this ink and use it as my painting ink (long ago  Cephalopod ink was commonly used for writing). There is a system to collect it correctly, but I did not know it then: squid ink harvest. It was a mess to collect this ink, I spilled it many times, squids would fall into my cup occasionally, they were slimy, so hard to hold. Ink was diluted with salt…

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More Artistic Influences – Anselm Kiefer

The Ohio Expressionist

To the Unknown Painter, 1983
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

German artist Anselm Kiefer is a contemporary German artist who was born March 8, 1945 shortly before the end of World War II.  Kiefer’s work explores the themes of destruction and rebirth.  I have been intrigued by his work since my first introduction to Kiefer in the early 1980’s at the Carnegie Museum of Art while I was a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Kiefer describes his own artistic process as stimulated by Beuys’s philosophies: “Painting, for me, is not just about creating an illusion. I don’t paint to present an image of something. I paint only when I have received an apparition, a shock, when I want to ‘transform’ something. Something that possesses me, and from which I have to deliver myself.  Something I need to transform, to metabolize, and which gives me a reason to…

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work in progress Raven

Berlin marks 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall with installation by artist Christopher Bauder who recreates it using 8,000 illuminated balloons.

Click on this image to read more and type “balloons 8,000” into Google image search.

Urban Calligraphy

RETNA @ Berlin

& that's possibly Herakut in the background.

If you like RETNA, you may like Chaz Bojorquez AKA Señor Suerte

The paint brush versus the spray can
It’s not easy being an aging street artist. It’s physically demanding. Young kids are jockeying to take your place, or your spot to paint, anyway. And a night in jail is rougher when you’re 55 than at 25. Keep reading

To be Frank

Inspiration for Frank Gehry’s PARIS | Louis Vuitton Foundation building.

Frank Gehry salutes journalist

Source Guardian UK ; Frank Gehry has described 98% of modern architecture as “shit” and given a journalist the middle finger salute at a press conference.

Gehry, architect of many renowned buildings such as the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, was in Oviedo in northern Spain to collect the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize, which King Felipe of Spain was due to present on Friday.

A press conference in Oviedo on Thursday got off to a bad start when a journalist asked whether Gehry’s own architecture was just about spectacle. Gehry’s response was to give the journalist the finger.

A long silence followed before a different reporter asked whether “emblematic buildings” such as his would continue to be a feature of modern cities.

“Let me tell you one thing,” he replied. “In this world we are living in, 98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that’s it. >>> Full story

Further reading

Fondation Louis Vuitton: Paris’s most exciting new building in a generation

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly,
is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

Kurt Vonnegut

When Life Imitates Art

Botticellis Zipporah which inspired Proust to fall in love with Odette causing him to write À la recherche du temps perdu also fascinated Ruskin as much as it did Swann. There’s a famous passage where Odette opens the door with a cold, she’s sulky, her hair is loose and undone, her skin is patchy, and Swann, who has never cared about her until that moment, falls in love with her because she looks like a Botticelli girl from a slightly damaged fresco. Which Proust himself only knew from a reproduction. He never saw the original, in the Sistine Chapel. But even so – the whole novel is in some ways about that moment. And the damage is part of the attraction, the painting’s blotchy cheeks. Even through a copy Proust was able to re- dream

something all his own from it into the world. Because – the line of beauty is the line of beauty. It doesn’t matter if it’s been through the Xerox machine a hundred times.

the westologist

What did Oscar Wilde mean when he wrote that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”? Simply put, this quote from The Decay of Lying (1891) is about how art affects the way we look at the world around us. Take fog, for instance:

J.M.W. Turner, Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight, 1835, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

One of Wilde’s ideas is that we appreciate the beauty of fog in nature today because painters, such as Turner, revealed that beauty.

Another famous example is how Nietzsche was moved by the works of Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain. These two masters gave Nietzsche his most intense emotions in front of paintings, so whenever he saw a beautiful natural landscape after that, he saw it as a Poussin or Claude Lorrain painting, which his writings confirm:

Nicolas Poussin, Landscape with Ruins, c.1634, Prado Museum, Madrid


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American perfomance artist easily baffles world with sublime genius