Saturday, January 1, 2011

On the Eighth Day of Christmas...

The sweet side of Gorey, I guess.   :-)  

This is the eighth day. By now I am  turned into a lizard, for sure.



"If this were really me, I would have a red ribbon tied to my tail".  ;-)  I wish you'd find the ante-dote for this, please!"


Friday, December 31, 2010

Pagan Sphinx Entertainment Highlight for New Year's Eve

On the Seventh Day of Christmas...




 Georgia O'Keeffe
American

Happy Birthday Henri Matisse ( December 31, 1869-November 3, 1954)

 Self-Portrait


 December 31, 1869-November 3, 1954


"If I trust my drawing hand it is because in training it to serve me, I forced myself never to let it take precedence over my feelings."   ~ Henri Matisse



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Linking to a lot of Photo Memes

Our end-of-the-year trip to Mass MoCA

Up the Mohawk Trail from Greenfield up through the foothills over the Berkshires and into the town of North Adams, home of the Mass MoCA - the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Above is the Sign, Signs contribution

In the Building 5 Gallery:





Above images:

Re-Projection:  Hoosac
2010
And coming on January 4, a new photo meme called Signs Signs, hosted by Lesley, to which I will be linking. 





 Alyson Shotz
The Geometry of Light
2010


What is the red thing behind the door in the photo above, you ask?

Orly Genger (b. 1979, New York)
Big Boss, 2009–2010
Rope, paint

Created with 100 miles of knotted rope Orly Genger’s installation commands the space
with a towering wall that bursts through the architecture and falls into a riotous spill
of material. Forcing viewers to rethink their path, the distinct elements articulate
the structural potential and strength of the rope as well as its softer side. Genger’s
work often grapples with a male-dominated history of sculpture and with the legacy
of artists such as Tony Smith and Richard Serra. Hand-working her industrial material
in an adapted crochet stitch, Genger introduces a traditionally female-identified
craft process into an artistic idiom associated with a certain muscular bravado. Yet
Genger’s own process — which has her wrestling with large amounts of the heavy
material — is overtly physical. (Images of body-builders are pinned to Genger’s studio
wall). The “Big Boss” of the title might refer to the labor the rope demands of Genger,
or perhaps to her mastery over the material. Painting the rope a vivid red, the artist
matches the material’s presence with an equally forceful color.








Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen
(b. 1979, Portland, Maine, and b. 1976, Little Falls, Minnesota)
White Stag
2009–2010
Paper, wood

Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen have been working with paper since their
first collaboration in 2005. The versatility of the material — which can be flat or
volumetric, smooth or textured, buoyant or heavy — allow the artists a wide range of
possibilities for their large-scale installations which they describe as “investigations
of the uncertain territory between imagined and physical space.” At MASS MoCA the
duo has responded to the museum’s industrial, brick architecture with its imagined
opposite: a fantastical, old growth forest fashioned from twisted, crumpled, and
draped rolls of paper. The ghostly image of the decaying natural landscape, however,
mirrors in some way the fading industrial landscape embodied by the museum’s
repurposed factory spaces. Spanning two floors, the installation appears to grow from
one gallery to the next, joining the separate spaces and providing viewers a different
perspective on the labyrinthine building.


Window Views and Doors

Thursday, December 30, 2010

On the Sixth Day of Christmas...

a little spoof to make you smile. What exactly was it my true love gave to me on the sixth day?  ;-)




the original in case you haven't heard of it, which of course you have...but just in case you forgot...not everyone knows everything...I for one, cannot tell a Chevy from a Ford, unless my nose is right up against the letters.  But then again, that could be because I am by now quite blind, except to beauty, for which I have a constant craving.  :-)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ABC Wednesday - X

I couldn't think of an artist, off the top of my head, whose name; first or last, starts with X. So I did a google search and came up with an artist I'd never heard of before. Thanks ABC Wednesday!  And what a bunch of nice people they are!


X is for Xavier Deshoulieres
 French Artist

Learn more about Xavier Deshoulieres by visiting none other than the hoity-toity Website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy . Oh là là !



Peace, love and all groovy things,
Pagan Sphinx


On the Fourth Day of Christmas...

Norman Rockwell

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