Endless Renaissance at Bass Museum in Miami -
I saw this show recently and found it to be thought provoking. It’s open until March 17th. The Bass Museum’s mission is to explore the connections between historical collections and contemporary art.
Hans-Peter Feldmann’s work challenges the pretentiousness of the art world, and in this show he does this by altering found formal, realistic portraits and over painting adjustments such as a clown’s nose or crossed eyes. The dark portraits, lit overhead looked a bit washed out in the bright contemporary space. The docent told me they looked more effective with the main lights out and lit only by the overhead picture lights, and promptly turned off the main lights to show me! ( it was a quiet day at the gallery)
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook took a Manet to a Thai Village, and I watched an English sub-titled Video of farmers and villagers sitting in the middle of a rice paddy, looking at the work and talking about it. It was fascinating to watch them discuss the painting, trying to make sense of it in their context, trying to find things in common. At one stage they even talked about whether the painting could be of a rice field!
A couple of my paintings were damaged slightly when i brought them back from Australia. I just found a really good article on the Canadian Conservation Institute website that explains how to wrap a painting for transport - techniques for both framed and unframed paintings are covered.
View from window on flight from Michigan to Texas
I just discovered this photo - its a work in progress of a drooping sunflower - Acrylic on Board. I left it in Australia, so will have to wait to finish it when i get back there later this year. I like the layers, colors and loose brush strokes.
I love my IPad
Weeks blur into months
as I take online courses in poetry and literature,
read Ernest Hemingway’s account of feasts, infidelity
and his creative process, visit
Ikea countless times to buy artificial flowers, pot stands
and side tables that I assemble watching every episode of Mad Men.
Moving on to the first two seasons of Sons of Anarchy,
I buy new brushes and paints, reorganize
my IPhoto library, avoid lists of to dos and plans, (because they change)
knit head bands,hats and scarves, visit MOMA and FIA,
always flexing the ankle, as I wait
for the ligament to heal and spark to ignite.
Echidna at Healesville Sanctuary