Monday, November 23, 2015

BEAUTY: Painting and Drawing-- Adriana Varejão

I will confess that I have had a recurring dream for most of my adult life about places like saunas, large public bathrooms, spas, and pool areas. The common element, of course, is tile.Often these places are underground (almost like subterranean caves and grottoes). In Jungian psychology, water may represent the subconscious. I have spent time in inner life in many environments that are completely tiled and Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão really taps into my visual dream language with her fascinating Saunas and Baths series of drawings and paintings.

Top to bottom: Green Sauna; Mme. F.; The Dreamer; The Mystic; The Obsessive; The Seducer

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BEAUTY: Painting--Liza Lacroix

The large abstract works of Liza Lacroix are so musky and earthy. Her appealing, rusted canvases look as if they are smeared with feels appropriate for this time of year.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The New Colossus of Rhodes

When an earthquake struck Greece in 226 BCE, it destroyed the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. At 98 feet, the Colossus was a magnificently towering statue of the god Helios erected to celebrate Rhodes' victory over Cyprus.

But now an international team that includes architects, civil engineers, an archeologist, and an economist (!) are planning to build a modern version of the Colossus of Rhodes to be used as a cultural center, a library, a restaurant, an exhibition hall, and a lighthouse. Legend--and drawings and etching from hundred of years after its destruction--has it that the original statue straddled the entrance to the port of Rhodes, but this is now generally accepted as false. But the modern Colossus, will straddle the port mouth in a stunning feat of construction and tower over the city at 492 feet. Unfortunately, the project has yet to be funded... but if it ever is, look at how awe inspiring it will be:

Visit the Colossus of Rhodes Project website for more information.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BEAUTY: Installation--Konstantin Dimopoulos

Sculptor and performance/installation artist Konstantin Dimopoulos has created a moving, site specific art installation called The Blue Trees in which the trunks of groups of trees are painted a saturated blue. His natural water based pigment has colored trees at spots around the world including London, Vancouver, and various cities across the United States.

From Dimopoulos' Artist Statement:
"I think of the Blue Trees as a project that has a strong regenerative aspect to it, an organic artwork that is continually changing and evolving from site to site. From season to season the trees grow through the cycles of nature and the colors also begin to change and disappear. There is a sense of time as a part of the concept. Time that determines our own existence is measured through these trees."

Here is the installation in Houston, Texas showing the trees during the different seasons. The blue trunks look spectacular against the orange and yellow leaves of autumn.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Futuro House

Originally designed in Finland by Matti Suuronen and built in 1968 to function as a portable ski chalet, The Futuro House was an extension of Modernism from Northern Europe, and the intense interest in both the Atomic Age and Space Age at the time. The pods were licensed to be built around the world but many of them have succumbed to age and the elements. Thankfully English artist Craig Barnes has restored one of these retro mid-century gems and rents it out for events. It is currently on a terrace at the University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins for their program "Slivers of the Future." Through this coming April of 2016, Craig Barnes will hold presentations about the house, its history, and its restoration. Visit the link below for info and tickets:

A very personal note: when I saw these photos, I had a visceral reaction and a flashback to a dream I had when I was in my late teens/early 20s. I was reading a lot of C.G. Jung at that time and naturally, he and his writings made a tremendous impression on me. In the midst of this Jung exploration, I had a dream in which I entered a vehicle of the same size and shape as this Futuro House. And as is usual in dreams (or at least my dreams), I understood a fact without being told: this machine was invented by Carl Jung. Inside was an arrangement of seats around the perimeter, just like in these photos. I sat. The vehicle moved by spinning, being powered by some kind of elemental force in the universe. As it spun and moved forward pressing down into an ocean, into the earth itself, the passengers, meaning myself, were pressed back. And somehow, the spinning of this structure made a whirling sound which grew in intensity the more we traveled. The whirling was like music, like every string instrument playing every note and chord at once, a sound like every sound in creation, a glorious, beautiful circular sound that was literally transformative, transcendent, and metaphysical...bridging those physically present with that which is beyond the physical. It was quite an overwhelming dream, one I have not forgotten and probably never will. You see, I am still waiting for that kind of transformation and transcendence...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BEAUTY: Painting--Heiko Müller

I love the animal paintings of Heiko Müller. He says, "My art comes from an urge to explore. I like the countryside. I like a good view. And once I’m face to face with a lovely scenery, I feel immediately tempted to find out what it’s concealing. The dark goings-on behind the façade of nature, you might say, or the hidden machinations of the animal kingdom."

Top to bottom: Australopithecus (Deeply Moved); Caught; Friends; Guard; Monkey Forest; Standing Cat In A Sheepcote; Twisted Deer; Untitled (Way To School)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Porta Estel-lar

This interactive art/theater collaboration between Eduardo Cajal (owner of the air plane), Playmodes, and MID (Media Interactive Design) takes audience members on a six-minute journey to outer space and other dimensions using state of the art lighting and sound. Entitled Porta Estel-lar, it was installed in Spain in the Ciutadella Park during the Barcelona local holidays of La Mercé, September of 2015.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paris, France

Thinking of Paris...and France...and the whole world. Our hearts and minds go out to victims, their families and loved ones, and all touched by this tragedy.

World War III is now fully underway: it is being fought piecemeal, in different cities and countries around the world. But it is happening.

The Origin of Colors

This is fascinating! Click to enlarge.

From Lapham's Quarterly.

Friday, November 13, 2015

"Before The Dawn" at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Regular readers know that I was lucky enough to land tickets to see legendary Kate Bush's instantly-sold-out show "Before The Dawn" last year in London--I saw the show late in its run, in September, 2014 and reviewed it here.

And now, as part of an exhibit entitled "Make/Believe," some costumes and model set designs for her show are on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London until January 3rd, 2016. Take a look at the photos below, via Kate Bush News, of the exhibit followed by photos of the actual sets.

Photo: Ken McKay/REX

Photo: Ken McKay/REX

Photo: Ken McKay/REX