March 26, 2018

Weekend discoveries



Recent discovery of the writing, and artwork, of Joseph Nechvatal. This piece about the Met's Michelangelo show has particularly delicious insights and vocabulary. Learn more about Nechvatal's work here.

Neuroesthetics- "a concept that encompasses new possibilities of aesthetic experience and the capacity of works of art to effect and sculpt the materialized brain" (curator Mathieu Copeland)
and was conceived by Warren Neidich in 1995 while lecturing at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Dive in and learn more at Artbrain.org and in Jonathan Fineberg's epic book: Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain.


The Flying Seagull Project:  Incredibly inspiring non-profit project aiding refugee children through dance, theater, and art.

 

November 14, 2017

Weekend Discoveries


15th c. Giorgio Vasari forms in Florence from Carlotta Fuchs


Susanne Roewer at Galerie Kornfeld: brilliance


Berlin Hauptbahnhof 

looking through palms in Amsterdam Botanical Garden

palms in Amsterdam Botanical Garden
Ij at dusk in Amsterdam

Nao Takahiro painting

Fran O'Neill painting

Susie looking through the trees in Santa Fe


November 13, 2017

new painting from my Berlin studio

new new on the wall

sans wall

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November 6, 2017

Studio Soundtrack

GoGo Penguin: This music changed the direction of my work in Berlin. I have been listening to it nearly non-stop since learning about it mid-October. It's elevating, penetrating, intense yet wistful, and absolutely brilliant.  A blend of "modern jazz, acoustic electronica, and classical music." In awe...




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UokxELNWkJ4



Artist Admiration: Hilma af Klint

Painting the unseen...

The pioneer of abstraction

"Visionary painting"

"Energy is eternal delight." -William Blake

"Hilma af Klint assumed that there was a spiritual dimension to life and aimed at visualizing contexts beyond what the eye can see. When painting, she believed that she was in contact with a higher consciousness that spoke and conveyed messages through her. Like many of her contemporaries, she was influenced by spiritual movements, especially spiritualism, theosophy and later anthroposophy. Through her paintings, she sought to understand and communicate the various dimensions of human existence."

 The Dove, Noi by Hilma af Klint. Photograph: Albin Dahlström/Courtesy of Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk

Hilma af Klint, Untitled #1, 1915, oil and gold on canvas (private collection)
Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 3, Ynglingaåldern, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet


Hilma af Klint
De stora figurmålningarna, nr 5, Nyckeln till hittills-varande arbete, grupp III, serie WU/Rosen, 1907
© Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk/Foto: Moderna Museet, Albin Dahlström





Hilma af Klint, The Swan, No. 1, Group IX/SUW, 1915 Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

"Between 1906 and 1915, Hilma af Klint created her central oeuvre, her Paintings for the Temple. It comprises of 193 paintings in various series and groups. The overall idea is to convey the knowledge of how all is one, beyond the visible dualistic world. The temple to which the title refers does not necessarily relate to an actual building but can rather be seen as a metaphor for spiritual evolution.

Hilma af Klint described her process: “The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings, and with great force. I had no idea what the paintings were supposed to depict; nevertheless I worked swiftly and surely, without changing a single brush stroke.”

Hilma af Klint, Hilma af Klint From A Work on Flowers, Mosses and Lichen, July 2 1919 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk/Photo: Moderna Museet, Albin Dahlström
"Hilma af Klint’s imagery is full of symbols, letters and words. Symbols are like doors into another dimension. For Hilma af Klint, her entire work was about conveying the messages she received, and to shed light on the great existential issues.

It would be pointless to translate the symbols and letters in Hilma af Klint’s works into definite, unambiguous terms. They must always be seen in relation to the entire context. In her notebook Symboler, Bokstäver och Ord tillhörande Hilma af Klints målningar [Notes on Letters and Words pertaining to Works by Hilma af Klint] she attempts to clarify the complex meanings of the various signs. Here are a few general explanations:

The snail or spiral represents development or evolution. The eyelet and the hook, blueand yellow, and the lily and the rose represent femininity and masculinity respectively. Wstands for matter, while U stands for spirit. The almond shape arising when two circles overlap is called the vesica piscis and is an ancient symbol for the development towards unity and completion. The swan represents the ethereal in many mythologies and religions and stands for completion in the alchemical tradition. In Christianity, the doverepresents the holy spirit and love.
Terminology

Esoteric and occult denote “the science of the hidden dimensions”. Western esotericism is a mixture of Neoplatonism, Hermeticism, Jewish kabbalah and the three occult “sciences” of astrology, magic and alchemy.

Spiritualism shares the conviction that it is possible to make contact with the spirits of the deceased. Modern spiritism was spread thanks to the Fox sisters in the USA in 1848.

Theosophy is a general doctrine incorporating inspiration from various religions and spiritism. The religions are regarded as different expressions of one fundamental truth. Theosophy teaches that the origin of everything, divinity, is inherent in every being. The Theosophical Society was founded in New York in 1875 by Helena Blavatsky and others. There is also an older form of theosophy that is significantly different to the newer version.

Anthroposophy is a life philosophy that originated in theosophy. Rudolf Steiner, who was the leader of the German branch of the Theosophical Society, left theosophy in 1913 to set up the anthroposophical movement. The two philosophies have a great deal in common, but anthroposophy in general has a stronger Christian element.

According to legend, the Rosicrucians were an esoteric society in Germany who engaged in alchemy in the early 17th century. Today, there are many secret orders that claim to uphold the Rosicrucian traditions."

Notes from reading the entire Moderna Musseet website and The Guardian article:

-Hilma’s attempts to access the other side

- "There is a feeling that everything about this handsome city is a pledge against the dark, a wait for the light."... sounds familiar...

- Hilma is like Leonardo – she wanted to understand who we are as human beings in the cosmos.

- Hilma was “mathematical, scientific, musical – curious”. Spiritualism, she reminds us, was more intellectually respectable then. Yeats, Mahler, Mondrian, Kandinsky – all were in its thrall.

- She was a conduit first, then an interpreter.

- Seeker

- Cartographer of the spirit

January 17, 2017

Soul Sea: First Paintings of 2017

Natalia Wrobel, Soul Sea (diptych), oil paint on canvas, 72" x 120", 2017







Anchor words that came up during the process of painting these pieces were: Soul Sea, Terra Santa, Creating Space, Lines of Energy...

July 14, 2016

Beijing Large Scale Private Commission

Here are some images from a four-panel commission I recently completed for a collector in Beijing, China. Each painting is 40" x 48", so in total, the commission measures over 13 feet. 


February 4, 2016

Sammlung Boros Kunstbunker

Experienced a radically mind-opening art experience at the Sammlung Boros Kunstbunker today in Berlin. Three truths about the power of art became increasingly clear as we walked through the bunker rooms with our guide:
1) Art elevates and challenges how we perceive reality. It poses questions to the viewer that necessitate contemplation and interaction. By nature of response, the viewer is transformed.


 2) The space in which it's housed influences the art and vice versa. The Boros Collection is housed in a 1940s former war bunker. This building went through many transformations- Red Army war prison, textile warehouse, fruit warehouse during dire communist times, and a techno/sex club in the 90s before it became the unique gallery space it is today.


 3) Art is meant to be shared. Christian Boros bought the space in 2003 to house his growing contemporary collection. As a result, we are all able to experience his important and  dynamic collection of thought-provoking contemporary works.



November 19, 2015

Painting Details

I have been working on this painting for over a year. Over time, it has been six different paintings-from minimal washed soft blue landscape to start, to decadent jewel tones, to all-over bleached pastel (titanium white wash,) to sun-drenched golden tones (yellow-ochre wash), back to jewel tone (cobalt, ruby, emerald) to it's current state of grays in various tones- both cool and warm, blues, whites, sepias, silver, platinum, gold, copper, and pops of lichen, moss and sage green. I've attached some detailed images. I'm giving this piece the time it deserves. But I think we are almost near it's final state! I am loving this process.







November 18, 2015

Studio Sountrack

Here is my current favorite song, Near Light, by Ólafur Arnalds. Pulling at my heartstrings..


Here is an incredible video of Ólafur manipulating his piano to alter and soften the piano sounds, as well as a live recording of his album, Living Room songs, played with family and friends in his living room. 




Photography Inspiration


A dear friend just sent me these incredible Michael Wolf photographs of Parisian rooftops. I'm in love with the linework, the neutral tones- warm sepia and cool blue-gray- and focus on geometric forms natural to that urban landscape. Love Paris and praying for a peaceful Paris and world.



source: Yellowtrace





Weekend discoveries

Recent discovery of the writing, and artwork, of Joseph Nechvatal. This piece about the Met's Michelangelo show has particularly de...