Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Chris Raschka I

I have been completing lots of research for my dissertation in the last few weeks, and yesterday whilst I was busy referencing, this book by Chris Raschka was mentioned in a lecture. I wanted to see what it was like, especially as Chris Raschka had already been mentioned as being a very interesting illustrator, because he was so musical and how his music had transcended into his illustration style.

I do love this books layered colours and shapes they speak eloquently of music to me, and remind me of the many wonderful 1950'2 1960's Jazz album covers.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Art Late III: Made to be Broken

Made to be broken is a powerful instillation and performance piece. which was performed at Platform 16 Edinburgh. A collaboration between Paloma Proudfoot, Aniela Piasecka and Jamie Robson. As you can see from the images this was a very physical and challenging show. Violent interactions accompanied by music, interspersed with silence, stillness and breath. 

The performance was concluded with the smashing of one of Paloma Proudfoot's fine ceramic pieces to gasps of the audience. What was astounding was the nervous silence, the tight chests of held breath during the physical interactions of the performers (Aniela Piasecka and Jamie Robson) and then the out pouring of breath as the breaking of the ceramic artefact.

"The vulnerability of these pieces is emphasised by the ritual performance Piasecka and Robson have developed. Just like the sculpture they will interact with, the routine steadily breaks down, delving further with each repetition into the self-defeating impulse at the heart of the work. With each fight, the broken remnants of sculpture become heirlooms of their ill-fated relationship." 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Art Late II. Jo Spence

The second delight in the Art Late tour was an exhibition of Jo Spence's work at The Stills Gallery. Jo's collaborative self portraits put a mirror up to the world that shaped her, personally and societally.
"Traditionally, the portrait is typified by the notion that people can be represented by showing aspects of their 'character'. We understand the portrait differently. Instead of fixity, to us it represents a range of possibilities which can be brought into play at will, examined, questioned, accepted, transformed, discarded. Drawing on techniques learned from co-counselling, psycho-drama and the reframing technique we began to work together to give ourselves and each other permission to display 'new' visual selves to the camera." Rosy Martin and Jo Spence

Jo Spence (1934-1992) questioned and challanged everything in her photography it is raw, confrontational and deeply personal, and though she died over twenty years ago now, her archive of 'questions' to normaility still needs answers today. 

Art Late I: Damián Ortega

Last week, I was very lucky to be treated by my friend Colleen, to an 'Art Late' event, in which you toured a selection of the Edinburgh Festival art events. This meant that you  were able to enjoy new exhibitions, art and artists that you would not necessarily have aimed to see.

At the Fruitmarket Gallery we were able to spend time among the purpose made exhibition by Mexican artist Damián Ortega. These works created from clay in its various states was an earthly tribute to the forces of nature with sequences of waves and erosion by rivers represented. The sculptures are a powerful display of geography in motion. His sequential sculptures explain and break down events into an understandable 3D diagrams of the effect of most powerful forces of nature wind, water, earth and fire

Above, Piles of stacked terracotta tiles indicate the earth, they have been ground away when the clay is drier to show the formation of a valley. 
Below are sequences of waves, surging and crashing, made with wet clay.

Damián Ortega was a political cartoonist his comic strips satirizing the darkness of 1980's Mexican politics with humour and shrewd perception. Now his clarity of vision is taken into sculpture he still lays out for us a clear sequence of events, but all is not quite as it seems, Damián is also commenting on the other unseen forces that shape humanity.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Friday, 19 August 2016

Blair Thornley II

Blair Thornley's style and alphabetical content struck a cord with Harriet van Reek's work from earlier in the week. Blair often uses peacocks, her work is quite dark, often humorously mirroring your thoughts on a bad day and I love it! See her Instagram it will make you smile.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Harriet Van Reek II

More beautiful work by Harriet van Reek, this time, a beautiful poignant portrait of the life of Enid and Egon Schiel. 
Edith and Egon Schiele was the tenth in the series of children's books produced by the Haag Gemeentemuseum in collaboration with publisher Leopold to introduce and celebrate artists in the museum's collection.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Harriet Van Reek I

Letter soup by Harriet van Reek

Lettesoep is a magical book by Harriet Van Reek exploring letters with a love, that is a joy to behold with its whimsy and fun.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Martijn Van Der Linden

'Alle Vissen Vonden Olifant' written by Henk van Straaten and illustrated by Martijn Van Der Linden, a story with a steadfast elephant swimming in the ocean and beguiling its creatures.

This lovely elephant was originally made using a hand print.
"the idea of ​​printing real skin was good! I made a copy of my own finger and saw immediately that this is the way it was. Arose beautiful lines, kind of like an elephant without legs and trunk. But very small. I did not know how big the elephant in the book had to be exact, but I ran quite a risk if I could make it without consulting a dwarf elephant from.It was bigger. I pushed my hand on the ink pad and made a print. There he was! My elephant! And exactly the right size!" Martijn Van Der Linden

Monday, 15 August 2016

Maranke Rinck and Martijn van der Linden

Maranke Rinck and Martijn van der Linden have created a picture book celebrating and inspired by Dutch artist, designer, Constant Nieuwenhuys  (21 July 1920 – 1 August 2005) and his anti-capitalist, utopian city; New Babylon.
"The project of New Babylon only intends to give the minimum conditions for a behaviour that must remain as free as possible. Any restriction of the freedom of movement, any limitation with regard to the creation of mood and atmosphere, has to be avoided. Everything has to remain possible, all is to happen, the environment has to be created by the activity of life, and not inversely." Constant Nieuwenhuys 

 The  New Babylon project consumed Constant from 1956 to 1974, resulting in an incredible portfolio of collages, drawings, plans, paintings, texts and models exploring the development of the city and society..

Maranke Rinck and Martijn van der Linden have collaborated to create and wonderful vision of Constantine's imagined future world, for children to pour over and imagine their own worlds, where anything is possible as long as you can imagine it.
Thank you for the inspiration Stephanie of Kinderboekwinkel Nooitgenoeg.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sophia Touliatou I

Sophia Touliatou is an award-winning Greek illustrator whose work has a wonderful charm, exuberant Palette and fantastic composition of textures, line, and mark.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Kate McLelland

There are so many wonderful authors and illustrators appearing at The Edinburgh International Book Festival and I have enjoyed looking through all of their portfolios. Here is a star-crowned tiger by Kate McLelland who is appearing on the 19th of August.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Marek Jaromski Obraz

Paintings by Polish painter and graphic designer Marek Jaromski Obraz. Marek's paintings can be very abstract and are often a blur of repeated subject and mark. These two examples however are more like strips of film recalling a sequence of images. The painting above has a cyclist pushing his way through promenading birds. The bottom image reminds me of a collection of photographs from a dreamy country walk pigeons,cows and then an angel.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Seeking beauty

I wanted to share some of the joy that I have seen in the last few days when I have let my wellies lead me astray from deadlines and pressure to explore and see beauty.