Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On exhibit

I'm honored to have work included in On The Fringe, Explorations in Fiber 
opening August 22 at Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in Fairfield, CT.



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Searching for Roy G Biv 4 - Violet - Update 2

Welcome to the Search for Roy G Biv! We're up to violet - or as I learned the rainbow - purple. This month's offerings are mostly from my current visit to Philadelphia and feature accents of the color as in the case of Laura Petrovich-Cheney's When I Am 64 with its one purple square.


 chalk drawing at art camp

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game at the theater

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When I Am 64, 2014
salvaged wood

currently on exhibit at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia 

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 a party on hold at The Oval, Philadelphia


 a section of Kaleidoscope 
summer installation on the Eakins Oval, Philadelphia

Click here for Newsworks article and photos 

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Philadelphia mural

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lobby of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building 

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If you're joining the search, just leave a note for Julie or myself and we'll be happy to link to your post. Stay tuned for updates!

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Need more violets? You're in luck! Head on over to see what awaits from

Mary Ann at Blue Sky Dreaming
Elizabeth and Susan at PGFiber2Art 
Roaxanne at Ideas in Cloth

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Margaret at Charlton Stitcher 
Maya at take diversion 

have joined in the search and found luscious violets so hop on over for more purples. 

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You may have noticed the list below. As we did in 2014, Julie and I decided to complete the year with colors. So even though Roy G Biv has been found, we're finishing out 2015 with brown, gold, grey, pink and blogger's choice. We hope you'll join us!

August 20 -brown
September 17 -gold

October 15 -grey
November 19 -pink

December 17 - blogger's choice

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Philadelphia - The Art of the Brick

Did you play with Legos as a kid? I did and still do occasionally - simple structures, usually buildings created with my daughters. Nathan Sawaya has taken the humble Lego and turned it into true art.

It's my good fortune that The Art of the Brick is currently on exhibit at The Franklin Institute. The beginning of the exhibition featured masterpieces such as Mona Lisa, The Scream and The Kiss which Sawaya has re-created with Legos.

While those works are impressive, it is his own creations that caught my attention. Below are my favorites. I tried to photograph the accompanying tag to be able to list the info, but with 3 summer camp groups of little ones wandering through also...well...a few were missed. Sorry about that!

 The Art of the Brick






Facemask
piece count: 10,770
122 x 102 x 46 (cm)

"This is a self-portrait. I used dozens and dozens
of photos of my head from all angles to use as
a basis for this over-sized sculpture. It took over
a month to create this sculpture"

Facemask detail

Facemask side view


Swimmer
piece count: 10,980
33 x 198 x 75 (cm)

"In this piece we only see above the surface.
The viewer's imagination is permitted to fill
in the rest of the sculpture below the surface.
It took 15 days to create Swimmer."

Swimmer view 2












Yellow
piece count: 11,000+
89 x 33 x 71

"Probably my best known piece. Yellow always
draws a lot of attention from adults as well as children.

Why? I think we grown-ups appreciate how
cathartic 'opening oneself up to the world'
can be for our souls. And the kids? Probably
because yellow guts spilling onto the floor
looks cool. For me, this piece is about the
metamorphosis I have been through on my journeys."

Yellow view 2

Yellow view 3
 
Red Dress
 piece count: 62,750
54 h x 34 w x 44 d

Red Dress

Dress
 Dean West
type C photograph
Kodak Endura
43 h x 59.5 w
 
Dress detail

Hands
piece count: 15,161
55 x 98 x 63

"This piece is literally my nightmare. My hands
are my most important tool. Hands took three
weeks to create. I used over 15,000 bricks to create it."

Hands detail

Hands detail


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Philadelphia - Tuesday

I'm in Philadelphia for a few days to gallery hop and just enjoy wandering the city.


One of my favorite things about Philly is the murals.


This is my first visit of 2015 and it seems a lot of building is going on. But first, existing buildings must be removed and they leave a beauty of their own.

The Center for Art in Wood and The Clay Studio were two of my stops today and the works below are those that caught my eye. Enjoy!

 Alexis Nutini, Crosstalk full

Crosstalk, 2015
oak plywood and zip-ties
108 x 60 x 1/4 in. 

 Alexis Nutini, Crosstalk detail

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 Patrick Coughlin, qing-hua chinoiserie chinoise full

qing-hua chinoiserie chinoise, 2015
ceramic
18 x 30 x 18 in.

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Kelly Stevenson, Noise full

Georgia State University
Noise, 2015
ceramic, mixed media

 Kelly Stevenson, Noise detail

  Kelly Stevenson, Noise detail

  Kelly Stevenson, Noise detail

  Kelly Stevenson, Noise detail

  Kelly Stevenson, Noise detail

 Kelly Stevenson, Noise detail
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