Thursday, June 9, 2011

Art Foraging - The Latest Catch

Art foraging on the web...sometimes remarkable; always eclectic.

Maryna Baranovka's work reminds me a bit of Linda's at Vulture Peak Muse

Rockwell seems out of place among these innovative, contemporary artists but I couldn't resist including this painting I'd either never seen before or never noticed. I love the perspective from above. When I see such great work from Norman Rockwell, I am reminded of what an amazing illustrator he really was. ~P.S.

 Ebb and Flow
 New York
 Richard Long: Flow and Ebb opens with an overwhelming and head-tilting painting on the gallery’s double-height, first floor wall. Created specifically for the space, the painting comprises an immense black circle, which is cut by an arc of light-brownish mud. Nearly spanning the entire wall, the work pushes the gallery-goer back on order to take it all in.  The rest is here at Art Culture.

 Alex Bag
Le Cruel e Curieux Vie Du La Salmonellapod
2000 video still
 (straaaaaaaange! As is much of the video art I've seen at MoMA and Mass MoCA)

 A Whore in the Kitchen


  1. personally i love the top one, the texture and color of course!! ;) thanks for the recognition, sweets...
    these are all good one way or the other and the rockwell, you're right, never have i seen this perspective, not that i have studied the man's work... he does peek around the canvas and such but nothing from above. the ball would be very cool in RL and the "thingy" is just gross and have no desire to pursue it further(trembling).
    probably the whore in the kitchen is my fave here because it just is. firstly that title is perfect and makes you look for the whore-of course! but also it's wonderful --all the overlays of thought that have gone into it. at least to my eye. tho the one next to it where the artist mixes all three, oil, WC and acrylic to get the effects he's after, is fascinating as i have tried that and did not come anywhere NEAR's gorgeous, and might i say , hard to do!!!

    have a good one, my dear. xoxo

  2. ooh, you've scoured up some goodies, as only you can do! For the first time you've creeped me out with the Baranovka. it's too bizarre for me. I did visit Vulture Peak Muse and don't find the similarity - I love Linda's colorful work. what a mix you've served up today. I have my fave - the Christy Langer, but I suspect there's something for everyone here. it's WILD! have a great weekend Gina.

  3. Wow. What a strange and interesting collection you've put together this time. The first is indeed reminiscent of Linda's work but darker and more strange. I'm assuming the artist is Russian which would account for the dark primal colors. I could happily live with one of Linda's mysterious and beautiful mixed media paintings whereas this one is disturbing.

    I like the Norman Rockwell one a lot too. The different perspective he used in this one make it seem much more realistic than many where he used a more conventional approach.

    The hairy ball is pretty spectacular.

    The others are interesting too but the video was a little too visceral for my taste. You know me - decorative all the way. The Langer sculpture is quite magnificent.

  4. Wonderful as always. I love the Norman Rockwell painting.

  5. Christy Langer - I took a liking to, but Alex Bag, I thought was from outer space, but eye catching.

  6. WOW, thats a big feather you have - lol.

  7. Linda - my favorite is also The Whore in the Kitchen. It's intriguing. I have looked and looked at it. By the way, I like your Moon Woman better than the painting I posted. :-)

    Ms. Becky - I should've linked you properly. Not all of Linda's work looks like this, though there is recent self-portrait entitled Moon Woman, where you will likely see the similarity I am referring to.

    Susan - I didn't care for the video either. Nothing to latch onto there, even if I do like octopuses!

    Thanks, Yogi!

    Stewart - the better to tickle with, my dear! ;-) (I honestly don't know how to make it smaller but it's my to-do list.)

  8. And what a catch!

    The first three produce a weird and surreal sensation ... and yes, there is some of Linda's essence in the top one. The second is like a view in a dream, where you are there but not there. The third .... hairy!

    The others each have their own unique aura .. and the deer is so beautifully sculpted. I would like to feel its smoothness.

  9. Aguja - I too was quite taken with Langer's sculpture, even knowing that the lack of dimensionality doesn't give it justice. I'd love to see it up close and personal, and as you said, perhaps sneak a touch or two! ;-)

  10. What an intriguing set.

    I think the Baranovka is the only one I can say I "like" - though I can see the reach and accomplishment of many of these. I also thought of Linda when I saw "untitled," because of the technique and a little because of the colors, as well.

    The Rockwell is fascinating. His work usually makes me smile, and then I move on to something more challenging or emotional. I guess that's one way I experience the difference between illustration (even when it's as wonderful as Rockwell's or Parrish's) and other less restrictive forms of painting. Which makes me realize that almost any art will fail to enthrall me, no matter how great the performance, if it is bound by a certain number of conventions or rules. I like my art and artists more immediate and unruly, and their tools used with more freedom, and without feeling that they have to clean up all traces of themselves or the process that created the work. Just the why I hate it when studios polish all the finger movements from a guitar recording.

    I don't get Whore in the Kitchen... I mean I can see that the image has hints of stylized sexuality and kitchen events, but the connection seems arbitrary to me - I don't understand the juxtaposition. Maybe it's an inside story...

    The last image in this set puzzled me at first - was I looking at a sculpture or a painting? I had to check out the link to verify my guess that this is a work in porcelain. At least I was right that this is a sculpture, rather than a painting. The interview you linked to is fascinating. There is no end to the different ways and reasons to create.

    Thanks, as always, for sharing these.

  11. What a wonderful mixture! (Though the octopus was too eclectic, even for my catholic tastes :-))


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