Friday, February 29, 2008
The new Hi Fructose is due out any day, and it's looking good! I wrote articles about Xiaoqing Ding and Naoto Hattori.
I'm really proud of Hi Fructose and being a part of it. Because I'm crazy I have two other projects in the works, hopefully at least one will come to fruition. If something happens I'll post about it because it's art related of course. I like to have multiple irons in the fire at all times.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 9:55 AM
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sylvia Ji has a great new show at Corey Helford, all the paintings have a Catrina theme. I couldn't swipe a pic of their site so the one above is an older piece I believe. My folks just moved to Mexico and when I was there I picked up this Catrina, she's pretty fantastic.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 1:14 PM
Friday, February 22, 2008
No, that is not some crazy abstract painting above, it's a photograph of a glow worm cave! You can see more wonderful pictures here...
Below is a photograph by Olaf Otto Becker...it has a painting like quality as well. It reminds me a little of of Bocklin's "Isle Of The Dead", in its grandeur and aloof mystery.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 7:07 PM
Thursday, February 21, 2008
"Fixed Duckling" by Lisa Black
My Dad just sent this over- the steampunk-ian taxidermy of Lisa Black. I have to say I have very mixed feelings about taxidermy art. On one hand- I feel a corpse is a corpse, an empty shell, and to make stuff from it is not a bad thing at all. There is a society of "rogue taxidermists" that make fantastical beings from roadkill (and probably other unsavory sources such as previously euthanized shelter animals, dead zoo animals, lab specimens, ect), and I have to hand it to them. There is a preciousness and squeamishness about death that is not healthy for society, and for this group to not only have a laugh about it, but also create some very interesting things from it is fascinating to me.
I also have zero problem with the work of Gunther Von Hagens, who makes art (dressed up as science, but in reality it's pretty freaked out, crazy stuff) from donated cadavers.
On the other hand, I once watched a Joel Peter Witkin documentary where he was searching for props for one of his baroque grotesque photographs. He uses everything from bits of cadavers to people with birth defects or missing limbs as characters in his work, something I found interesting, usually.
However, in the documentary he went into a bird store (I think this was at a market in Mexico if memory serves), picked out a bird, and asked to have it killed so he could just have the wings. My stomach completely flopped over. WRONG. Wrong, wrong, wrong. What a head spinning nightmare, to kill a living creature so you can make "art". Not only that- he asked so cavalierly that it compounded the horror of it for me.
Now- if he had asked for the bird to be killed so he could make a stew, somehow that would seem different, right? Art is not the same as food. Or is it? Is it food of a different kind? The bird doesn't care if it's art or in a stewpot, (it'd rather not be in either place I'm sure)...so why should I care so much? I guess I feel that art serves as a reminder man can transcend higher than base instinct, that art serves as a foil against the fact we must kill to eat, that there is a transcendent quality to life that rises above the fact we have to behave as murderous thugs to survive. (I'm a vegetarian, but I hold no illusions to the fact my survival depends on millions of teeny deaths in the production of what I eat and how I live.)
I feel I have to explore this question because of my intense reaction, but I'll tell you...frankly to purposely kill an animal to make art is total bullshit to me.
What do you think?
A tamer Joel Peter Witkin image, but I love this one...
A piece from Von Hagen's "Body World" exhibit
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 9:19 AM
Monday, February 18, 2008
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A collector just turned me on to the work of Maya Kulenovic- wow! She has four different series of paintings on her site, faces, still life, buildings, and landscapes and they are all very, very different and very, very amazing. Bleak, in a beautiful way.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 2:15 PM
Monday, February 11, 2008
The "Cabinet of Natural Curiosities" show at the Roq opened last Friday and it was really fun. Packed all night, people seemed to love it. Here's some snaps...
Yumiko Kayukawa dropped by to say hi to Chris Ryniak
Brian Despain poses with the hippest cat in Seattle, artist Maurice Caldwell
John Brophy with his painting "The Blue Baku"
Lisa Petrucci with her painting and a lil' bat by Chet Zar
Chris Ryniak and Robert Hardgrave spent the evening looking for "blog content".
Kamala Dolphin Kingsley's dog Otis stole the show
Jim Woodring poses with his painting and the gadget that lets him see into other dimensions.
Artist Laura Plansker gets the vapors with her piece "Vapeurs de Rongeurs"
Artist Jennifer Zwick stopped by to say hi, I blogged her recently but did not know her. Now I do! Blogging is good for you.
Collector Grady West (aka Dina Martina!) dug Christian Vanminnen's painting so much he actually let me take a picture of him.
Brian Despain poses 4th grade style with his painting "The Accidental Usurper"
Uber-collectors Jo David and Marlow Harris came and saw the sights...
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 7:16 PM
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
A few nights ago several of my cohorts went with me to go see Liz McGrath's awesome band Miss Derringer, who I can best describe as goth-western-murder-ballad-a-go-go. You can see a few pics of the insane cuteness that is Liz here.
Thanks Jo David and Marlow Harris for the pix!
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 9:35 PM
Tonight Kenny went to the Art walk while I stayed at the gallery finishing up for tomorrow's opening. He called me all excited about Bratsa Bonifacho, who he met at Foster White Gallery for Bonifacho's opening. It was so cool to hear Kenny SO excited about art he'd seen...we both collect art but he was over the moon about Bonifacho's work (the dog paintings from the 80's) and of course made instant friends with him. (Kenny confessed to me that when he was talking to the artist he got so excited he accidentally gleeked on him. THAT'S appreciation!) Maybe I'll meet him tomorrow at the opening at the Roq.
Posted by Kirsten Anderson at 9:17 PM