Sunday, December 14, 2014

Razzle Dazzle: Geometric Abstraction's Link To World War I

Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting, was a family of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards. Credited to artist Norman Wilkinson, though with a prior claim by the zoologist John Graham Kerr, it consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other. Unlike some other forms of camouflage, dazzle works not by offering concealment but by making it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed and heading. Norman Wilkinson explained in 1919 that dazzle was intended more to mislead the enemy as to the correct position to take up than actually to miss his shot when firing. (source: wikipedia)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Judy Chicago / Breakthrough Years / 1972-1975

"After struggling for a decade in a male-dominated art community, I decided to take the risk of being who I was as an artist and as a woman. I attempted to reconcile my personal subject matter and style with a formalist visual language. Finally I threw off those earlier, more abstracted methods in favor of a clearer and more accessible imagery." - Judy Chicago

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rene Daniels: Perspective As Painting

René Daniëls (sometimes written as René Daniels) (Eindhoven, 23 May 1950) is a Dutch artist.

Daniels is regarded as one of the most eminent Dutch painters of his generation. In his work he links art and its rich history to literature and everyday life, following in the footsteps of, amongst others, Marcel Duchamp and René Magritte. Ambiguity and double meanings play an important role in what he calls "visual poetry".

He has exhibited regularly at home and abroad, until in 1987 the age of 37 he was affected by a brain haemorrhage. All materials in his studio were housed in the Stichting René Daniëls and documented and preserved by the Van Abbemuseum. (source: wikipedia)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kara Walker

The black silhouettes of Kara Walker

The amazing short films of Lotte Reiniger

"Däumelinchen" by Lotte Reiniger

"Papageno" by Lotte Reiniger

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Patterned Places

Camara Municipal, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

Versailles, France

Senado Square, Macau

Terazza Mascagni, Italy