Fine Art Friday – Installations

An art installation usually involves many parts that are intended to be viewed as one singular work of art. They are often site-specific work, created for a particular space, and are typically large scale.

They trigger more of your senses than, say, a painting on a wall. They envelope you, transform the space you’re in. Make you feel like you’re not just a viewer, but part of the work itself.

Here are a few art installations I wish I could see in person.


First, just for the first day of Spring. origami butterflies flying above a clean white space. So peaceful.  “Dream Colourfully” by designer Adrian Koh for Dream Interiors x Elixr.  From Fun of Art.

Dream Colourfully

 

Gabriel Dawe‘s work has been on my radar for a while. I was excited to see Apartment Therapy highlight it recently in a post, 9 Eerily Beautiful String Art Installations.  From his bio, “Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms.”

 

From Pakistani artist Anila Quayyum Agha, ‘Intersections’ consists of laser-cut wood, a single light bulb, and a 6.5′ square cube.  It uses light and shadow to create geometric shapes reminiscent of a “pattern in the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture, and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and coexisted in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference”.

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Baptiste Debombourg’s site-specific installation uses two tons of broken glass to “flood” the Abbey Brauweiler, a former Benedictine monastery in Germany.  The artist’s site only describes the piece with a quote from R. Martin Gard (French author and winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature) :  “The mind is everything. The material is the servant of spiritual”.  Found at My Modern Met.

 

And finally, Janet Echelman’s work – wow.

From her website: “Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light — and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.”

Below, “The work is designed to be an ephemeral, floating form above Marina Bay, where the lines between sky, sculpture, and water become blurred.”

Yep.

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Color Inspiration – Strawberry Ice

The sweetest of Pantone’s Spring 2015 colors, Strawberry Ice makes me long for dewy mornings, warm evenings, and cold desserts. Here are a few things I’ve found to be pretty in pink.

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Thanks to Inspire Bohemia for this huge collection of plate display ideas!  This is a project that I keep meaning to do at home. My husband’s mother left him some beautiful china, including a gorgeous set with pink flowers. Lots of inspiration here.


Some plant ideas.

Indoor: succulents in pink and green.
Simply Succulents has a large variety to choose from.

 Sempervivum Leucan Rebrum S-1131

Outdoor: Pink Mulhy Grass. Looks like cotton candy when it blooms!

Spectacular photographs by Shihya Kowatari who photographs leaves and flowers under different colored lights. Check out more of her work at cuded.com.

Incredible bird brooches by artist Julia Gorina. Found at Beads Magic.
Julia Gorina is extra talanted jewelry artist. She makes amazing and wonderful alive birds brooches. She use silk, vintage fabric, seed beads, sequins, different glass beads and other nice high quality materials.

Colorful watercolor print over at Sweet Magoo. Check out her other work. I love the llama.
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Green Bird Things In Honor Of St. Patty’s Day!

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.


Not a bird, but a birdcage! I love birdcages, but I never want to see a bird in one.  I have a couple of pretty ones that I used in my wedding, and some succulents just a propagating away.  I’m totally doing this project from from Rainy Side Gardeners.

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Teapot Birdhouse from Robin’s Nesting Place. How sweet is this?! Projects like this get me rethinking how I look at thrift store or yard sale items that may be broken or missing a piece.  I like that color, also.  Lucite Green for Spring!

 

How about this graphic print from Sanna Annukka? Go over to her site to see lots more Finnish inspired works!  Found at Animalarium.

 

And some clover, just for St. Patrick’s Day.  This is Vermont (from birds and blooms of the 50 states) from Dutch Door.

vermont (from birds and blooms of the 50 states)

 

Now off to enjoy a pint of Guinness. Cheers!

 

In Bloom

Well, hello color!
It’s 82 degrees today – weren’t we just snowed in a few days ago? Color is blooming everywhere and I love it. The only thing on my mind today was getting out in the warm sunshine with the baby. Not much else got done, but I’m ok with that. The one thing though… I need to remember to stock up on allergy medicine. Achoo!

Sharing a few photos from today. Now go outside!

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Fine Art Friday – Ceramics

Happy Friday!

Today I’d like to highlight a few ceramicists that have caught my eye lately.  One day, I’ll write more about how fascinating this medium can be. But for today, enjoy:


I keep seeing Beth Cavener Stichter’s work popping up around the internet, and for good reason. Her large scale anthropomorphic pieces are at technically masterful, beautiful and visceral. From her artist statement: “I want to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human. The figures are feral and uneasy, expressing frustration for the human tendency towards cruelty and lack of understanding. Entangled in their own internal and external struggles, the figures are engaged with the subjects of fear, apathy, violence and powerlessness.”

 

The precision of Matthew Chambers‘ pieces is astounding. The rhythmic concentric layers of clay remind me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Whatever it is, it keeps drawing me in and I can’t stop looking at them.

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Katherine Morling‘s lifesize “3 dimensional drawings, in the medium of ceramics” is a whimsical sketchbook come to life.  Spotted at The Jealous Curator.

Boom by Katharine Morling

 

Yep, this is ceramic. Reminiscent of one of my favorite pop artists, Jeff Koons, Brett Kern creates these totally fun pieces cast from inflatable dinosaurs, astronauts, whoopie cushions, and other awesome items. Found at bfree pottery.

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Color Inspiration – Lucite Green

One of Pantone’s colors for Spring 2015, Lucite Green evokes a mid modern mood that feels fresh again. It also reminds me of the sea, and the sea always makes me happy,

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It looks great with gray in this geometric pillow cover from Nirwa on Etsy.

Geometric Pillow Cover in Mint, Teal, Aqua, Blue, Gray and Brown / Geometric Mint Cushion / Modern Pillow Cover / Mint Pillow / 45x45cm

I like the fresh, clean feel of these triangles from Benton Park Prints.

Abstract Green Triangles, Triangle, Green, Green Art, Green Print, Green Artwork, Green Poster, Triangle Print, Triangle Art, Teal, Art

CanisPicta has lots of fun, colorful items, like this pillow cover.

OMBRE Throw Pillow 16x16 Graphic Print Cover Couch Art Home Decor Geometric Seafoam Teal Blue Green Aqua Turquoise Beach Ocean Mint Tiffany

I love it with navy blue, like in this cute bedding collection from Nordstrom.

I wouldn’t feel complete without a including a bird. Here’s a gorgeous owl piece from artist Michelle Morin.

Artwork by Michelle Morin - http://www.michellemorinart.com/

This is a new fridge from Big Chill. Maybe in my dream farmhouse one day…

…along with this KitchenAid mixer.

KitchenAid® Artisan® 5 qt. Stand Mixer

And now I want to be here. Summer Shine by Amy Hamilton.

Summer Shine Canvas Print

Have a happy day, everybody!