How We Live – Eat, Play, Shop

Part 2: PLAY

Who plays? What kind of play? With whom? Where? What is played?

The word PLAY can call to mind any or all of the above. Here’s a little of my own exploration of the word.

Amusement parks entice with games of chance, rides and fun houses for young and old.

San Francisco, CA

State Fair of Texas, Dallas

State Fair of Texas

Adult play in casinos.

Choctaw Casino, OK

All together now! Group play experience. Did they all drink the Cool-Aid?

James Turrell, Guggenheim Museum, NY

Playing music – solo or group. On the street, at a market, near water, in a plaza or train station. We share the musicians’ enthusiasm as we pause to listen.

Barcelona, Spain

Before The Game, Boulder, CO

On The Bridge, Prague

San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Greetings from Nova Scotia

New York City

Music at the Met, NY

Lunchtime Serenade Chelsea, NY

Leader of the Band, Zagreb, Croatia

Portland, OR

Here’s playing with some serious concentration.

Concentrating on the Game, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Concentrating on the Game, Turkey

Here’s more work than play for one, more play for the other (waiting).

Rodeo Cowgirl, CO

Rodeo Gal, Colorado

There’s quiet play and taking a break from play.

Oregon Coast

Georgetown, CO

Kids! They know how to PLAY. Anytime, anywhere. Big kids, too!

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway

Richard Serra, Ft. Worth Modern

On The Roof At The Met, NY

Jane’s Carousel, NYC

Kids and Carousel, Zagreb, Croatia

What Do You See? Beaver Creek, CO

Aspen, CO

Thank you for sending your PLAY photos. Here they are!

Bruce Schlein

Barbara Moses – Israeli Soldiers Dancing

Ginger Mynat

Marla Shaman

Next time – How We Live Part 3: SHOP. In all its manifestations.

Send me your best shots as attachments, no larger than 1MB by December 27, 2017. Stop, look, shoot!

 

In Case You Missed It

The exhibit “Contemporary Collage” opened at the Lincoln Center Art Gallery in Fort Collins, CO on November 10th and included six of my collages.

For this exhibit I selected a group of collages from the series “Have Map Will Travel.” They deal with the kinds of relationships all my work addresses, color, shape, line and texture. I construct the collages on paper using my recycled prints (monotypes, collagraphs, etchings), photos (mine) and found paper.

In this ongoing series I add sections of maps, which I have photographed (I can’t bear to cut up old maps) and printed. The map shapes may or may not denote places where I have traveled. They help lead the eye in and around the collage.

Here are my collages and the gallery information.

Have Map Will Travel 2, collage, 22×30″

Have Map Will Travel 3, collage 22×30″

Have Map Will Travel 4, collage 30×22″

Have Map Will Travel 5, collage 30×22″

Have Map Will Travel 8, collage 24×20″

Have Map Will Travel 9, collage 24×20″

Contemporary Collage

November 10, 2017 – January 9, 2018

Reception: November 10 from 6-8 PM

Gallery hours: Tues – Sat, 12 – 6 PM

Lctix.com/exhibitions

Giustina Renzoni, (970) 416-2737

If you live near Fort Collins I hope you stop by to see the show which ends on January 9, 2018. Viewing art is always in season!

How We Live-Eat, Play, Shop

Life. I decided to explore three aspects of How We Live that consume so much of our time.

Here is Part 1: EAT

Where do we eat? We eat outdoors, in the summer in the mountains, where music and rodeos abound.

Avon, CO

Beaver Creek, CO rodeo

At a sidewalk cafe with friends (the four legged ones, too).

Calafate, Argintina

Austin, TX

Sometimes, alone.

Astoria, OR

Inside, outside.

Punta Arenas, Chile

Minturn, CO

Eagle, CO

Minturn, CO

If the outside is this good, the food must be, too. We hope!

Portland, OR

Newport, OR

Here’s the important part. What do we eat? Grab and go?

Oklahoma

Budapest

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Minturn Market, CO

Vail, CO

Sometimes it’s buried and slow cooked, then revealed bit by bit.

Chiloe, Chile

Often, it’s of the “Life is short, eat dessert first” variety.

Aspen, CO

Libations, too!

Steamboat, Springs, CO

Here are YOUR photos for EAT. Thanks for participating. It’s enlightening to see what catches your eye.

Moses Hoskins – NYC

Bruce Schlein – NYC

Marla Shaman – Dubai

Robert Weitz – Buenos Aires

Stan Feld – Alaska

Next up: How We Live Part 2: PLAY.

Send me your best shots as email attachments no larger than 1MB by November 16, 2017. Color, black/white, altered, camera, phone. Anything goes!

Le’s be PLAYful!

 

 

Come To The Bath House

I will have several collages in an exhibit called “The Essential Nature” at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. It opens with a reception on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 7-9PM. The Bath House Cultural Center is at White Rock Lake, a delightful place to be on a balmy late summer evening.

The collages are from the “Have Map Will Travel” series. They combine pieces of my etchings, monotype and collagraph prints (recycled) and all kinds of found paper. Maps are there, too. The emphasis is on spatial, shape and color relationships. The story is your story.

Here is a sneak preview of the collages. Come see the real thing. I hope you can join me and a terrific group of artists showing a variety of work at the end of summer, almost fall.

Have Map Will Travel 8, collage, 24×20, 2015

Have Map Will Travel 9, collage, 24×20, 2015

Exhibit Information

The Essential Nature
The Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther Dr.
Dallas, TX 75218

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 2, 2017  7-9PM
Exhibit runs through September 30

Art-Fashion-Technology

I recently saw a fabulous exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” is magical. This young Dutch designer marries art and science to exquisite effect. Her work made me look long and hard and think a lot about what fashion is all about, what the possibilities are.

Ms. Van Heren is inspired by art, architecture, science and technology. She describes each collection in terms of its influences. Is this “wearable art?” Maybe. The creations cover or encase the body and in fact, are presented in runway fashion shows, although I can’t imagine anyone walking in the shoes shown in the exhibit. A video shows they can! She utilizes traditional handwork (still) but also incorporates materials made with a 3-D printer, materials not associated with garment construction. The results are “other-worldly” and mesmerizing. There is a notable absence of color, which places greater emphasis on structure.

Sometimes she collaborates with other artists such as the architect Daniel Widrig and Jolan van der Wiel (shoes).

The Refinery Smoke collection (2008) utilized thin gauge woven metal to create a giant pouf.

Refinery Smoke collection

The Crystallization collection (2010) incorporated 3-D materials for the first time.

Crystallization collection

Crystallization collection

The Escapism collection (2011) combined handwork and 3-D printing, creating a lace-like garment without needle and thread.

Escapism collection

The Capriole collection (2011) has acrylic sheets wrapping around the body or prominent spikes.

 

Capriole collection

 

Capriole collection

The Chemical Crows collection (2008) was made entirely by hand, including fan-like shapes from umbrella ribs.

Chemical Crows collection

Chemical Crows collection

The Radiation Invasion collection (2009) looked to science and its relation to the body for inspiration.

Radiation Invasion collection

The Synethesia collection (2010) took science as its starting point.

Synethesia collection

The Magnetic Motion collection (2014) was made in collaboration with Philip Beesley and combined 3-D printing with handwork.

Here are the shoes!

 

The exhibit will continue on to Cincinnati, Phoenix and Toronto. Run, do not walk, to this exhibit!

 

Around The Corner, Across The Street

I love to go wandering, close to home and far away. Small towns or big cities, urban or rural, present opportunities to look around with fresh eyes. I can turn a corner in places as different as the Recoleta Cemetary in Buenos Aires and the woods surrounding the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas and be surprised.

Recoleta Cemetary

Crystal Bridges Art Museum

I come upon busy scenes and quiet ones. A street fair in San Telmo, a piazza in Florence. I can turn a corner  and see a striking piece of contemporary sculpture whose curves echo those of the nearby buildings. Intentional or not, it’s a great sight.

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Lucca, Italy

Anthony Caro in Florence

I meet the grand and the intimate. There are sights that make me want to stop and linger to look at details, to get more of a feel for the place. Homer and Anchor Point, Alaska have drop dead gorgeous views around every curve of the road along with weathered boats and cozy cafes. If I remember to look up in cities in Italy I find personal shrines, lovingly composed, around almost every corner.

Anchor Point, Alaska

Anchor Point, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Different things with different messages around different corners.

Florence, Italy

Honey Grove, TX

I’ve learned from looking to expect the unexpected not just around the corner but across the street. Here’s some eye candy from the La Boca area of Buenos Aires.

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos, Aires

I check out the facades of old buildings as I amble along the streets of downtown Dallas.

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

I look across the street at walls, store windows and doors all over the world. They get my attention.

Greenville, SC

Ashland, NC

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lucca, Italy

I look across the street and wonder what’s next.

Dallas

Honey Grove, TX

Often, there’s the “cute.”

Anchor Point, Alaska

Anchor Point, Alaska

And the downright funny.

21c.Museum Hotel, Ark.

Thanks for sending your photos for Around the Corner, Across the Street. I love the variety. Here they are.

Alice Schlein-Geese Crossing Road

Audrey Greene-Alligator

Bruce Schlein-NYC

Daniel Feld-Secret Slot Canyon Utah

Diane deMoye

Elizabeth Greene-Paris, TX

Gabriel Shapiro – Ft. Worth, TX

Ginger Mynatt-Grayson County, TX

Rochelle Jaye

Moses Hoskins

This will be the last All Things Photographic blog for a while. Have a great summer. Look around wherever you are. Your patience will be rewarded. Remember to expect the unexpected.

 

Shadow Play

Shadows are ubiquitous. We see them, dawn to dusk, sharp and well defined on a bright, sunny day to barely discernible as daylight fades. They can be softly veiled in pale, indoor light.

We see shadows on the ground or on a wall. It’s a thing of a thing. Or a person. Sometimes the shadow is cast on another object or surface, neither ground nor wall.

Shadows layered over shadows dance together. They make graphic patterns with lines on sidewalks. They make their own abstract shape when cast by sculpture. They can be solid, block like or delicate and lacy. They can’t be contained as they zigzag up and down steps. They’re like wispy tracings or sharp and hard edged depending on the light.

If the shadow gets our attention do we also look for its owner, the thing that cast it? It’s marvelous, isn’t it, that we can tell that the flat shape represents a three dimensional object? But what? It’s sometimes hard to tell, I admit.

The following photos show shadows that I’ve captured, here, there, and everywhere. As you will see, I’ve cast a wide net.

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

St. Jo, TX

Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow

After The Rain

After The Rain

Edwards, CO

Cafe, Edwards, CO

Bridge in Woods, CO

Bridge in Woods, CO

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Screened Off

Screened Off

African American Museum, Dallas

African American Museum, Dallas

Atrium, Dallas

Atrium, Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, NM

George's Place

George’s Place

Louise Campbell, Very Round Chair

Louise Campbell, Very Round Chair

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

 Round and Round

Round and Round

Circular

Circular

Zigzaging

Zigzag

El Anatsui

El Anatsui

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Woodcreek Ranch, TX

Juan Fontanive - sculpture

Juan Fontanive – sculpture

Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL

Lisbon

Lisbon

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Courtyard Dallas

Courtyard Dallas

Here are some photos that YOU sent for SHADOW PLAY. Thanks for taking the time to share your vision. Shadows are everywhere, aren’t they?

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Alice Schlein

Alice Schlein

Audrey Greene, La Guardia airport

Audrey Greene, La Guardia airport

Diane deMoye, Biltmore Estate

Diane deMoye, Biltmore Estate

Jeanne Sanders-Shadow Casters II

Jeanne Sanders-Shadow Casters II

Moses Hoskins - Isfahan

Moses Hoskins – Isfahan

Stan Feld

Stan Feld

Phillip Goodman

Phillip Goodman

RoriKnudtson_DeadReckoning_FEB2016 copy

RoriKnudtson_DeadReckoning_FEB2016

I am happy to also include this link from Rori Knudtson.

http://www.theinfiniteseed.org/

Theme #8 is AROUND THE CORNER, ACROSS THE STREET. Show us the familiar and unfamiliar of either or both. Email your attachments no larger than 1MB by May 15, 2017.

 

 

Details

To see details is to notice the parts isolated from the whole. Without the context we focus on an object’s lines, shapes, colors or textures.

Here are some architectural details from ancient stone edifices to a new bridge whose details seem like line drawings against the sky.

D's Palace, Sp;it

D’s Palace, Sp;it

Cathedral, Zagreb

Cathedral, Zagreb

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas

Iceland’s Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavek has a mostly clear glass and steel façade. You can see buildings in the distance as well as the structural detail when you get close.

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

The distinctive character of a wall, an unusual door handle and metal grillwork look different up close.

DUMBO, NYC

DUMBO, NYC

Kumrovec

Kumrovec

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

Japan

Japan

What walls are made of or what’s on them provide great visuals.

Japan

Japan

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

 

Windows have an added dimension when looking for details. Looking through them adds a bit of color, which enhances the detail.

Dallas

Dallas

Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC

We walk on floors, inside and out. Get low and see their textures, lines and shape.

African American Museum ,Dallas

African American Museum ,Dallas

Lisbon

Lisbon

From bright and shining vintage cars in museums to not so bright and shining, just old, we’re drawn to their colorful details.

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Antique Car Museum, Warrenton, TX

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Auto Museum, Moncopulli, Chile

Minturn, CO

Minturn, CO

Then, there is ART. When I stand back and look at the entire piece, i.e. a painting, or move around a sculpture I have one kind of experience. When I move closer I can see the parts (details) making up the whole. I can see how light affects the surface. I can see the negative spaces. I can isolate the colors and textures.

Michelle O'Michael "Metamorph"

Michelle O’Michael “Metamorph”

Juan Fontanive

Juan Fontanive

In my paintings and collages there is the “whole”, composed of many parts in dialogue with one another. A closer look reveals the details.

#1271 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24x24, 2013

#1271 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24×24, 2013

#1271 Untitled- Detail

#1271 Untitled- Detail

#1294 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 36x36, 2015

#1294 Cecelia Feld Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 36×36, 2015

#1294 Untitled-Detail

#1294 Untitled-Detail

#1301 Cecelia Feld Remembering The Things You Forgot collage 22x30 2016

#1301 Cecelia Feld Remembering The Things You Forgot collage 22×30 2016

#1301 Remembering The Things You Forgot-Detail

#1301 Remembering The Things You Forgot-Detail

#1303 Cecelia Feld Chasing The Unexpected collage 30x22 2016

#1303 Cecelia Feld Chasing The Unexpected collage 30×22 2016

#1303 Chasing The Unexpected-Detail

#1303 Chasing The Unexpected-Detail

A big thanks to those of you who sent me your shots of DETAILS. Here are some that I selected.

Al Padwa

Al Padwa

Bruce Schlein Home Napkins

Bruce Schlein Home Napkins

Theme #7 is SHADOW PLAY. I hope you will participate.

Send me your photos as email attachments no larger than 1MB by April 3, 2017.

Encounters

Encounters. What I encounter, meet, come upon, find. Or, encounters between people, their conversations, their interactions.

Some encounters fall into the category of “weird and wonderful.”

A Yard For All Seasons

A Yard For All Seasons

A Man's Home Is His Castle

A Man’s Home Is His Castle

India

India

Canton, TX

Canton, TX

 

Close encounters, up close and personal.

Settler's Crossing, TX

Settler’s Crossing, TX

India

India

 

Places that you enter and just stare in awe.

St. Michael's Cave, Gibraltar

St. Michael’s Cave, Gibraltar

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

 

Person to person encounters. Musicians or people talking are oblivious to those around them. Oh, to be a fly on the wall!

Prague

Prague

Vietnam

Vietnam

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Denison, TX

Denison, TX

 

Strange sightings are all around. Close to home and far away.

Abandoned

Abandoned

Up A Tree, Lyons, CO

Up A Tree, Lyons, CO

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

 

My encounters with sculpture have me trying to understand it in relation to its material, size/scale and location. How does the setting influence how the sculpture affects me? Cemetery or museum? Outside, in front of a museum, or inside? Sculpture park?

La Recoleta Cemetary, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

KAWS

KAWS

KAWS

KAWS

Todd Kurtzman

Todd Kurtzman

 

I have had wonderful, serendipitous encounters with people all over the world. Kids, especially, are funny, warm and welcoming.

India

India

Boy - Chiloe, Chile

Boy – Chiloe, Chile

Boys - Chile

Boys – Chile

Kids - Calafate, Argentina

Kids – Calafate, Argentina

 

Encounters can be underfoot or on the wall.

Underfoot - Dallas, TX

Underfoot – Dallas, TX

Underfoot - NYC

Underfoot – NYC

On The Wall, Argentina

On The Wall, Argentina

Ghost Sign - Greenville, SC

Ghost Sign – Greenville, SC

On The Wall - Lisbon

On The Wall – Lisbon

Encounters – anywhere and everywhere.

Here are some notable “encounters” from you, dear reader. Thanks for opening our eyes and hearts to the world around us.

Elizabeth Greene-Birds Hilton Head

Elizabeth Greene-Birds Hilton Head

Marla Shainman-Wadi Run Jordan

Marla Shainman-Wadi Run Jordan

Robert Weiss -Nike of Samothrace

Robert Weiss -Nike of Samothrace

Stan Feld-Cambodian Monkey

Stan Feld-Cambodian Monkey

Theme #6 is Details.

Send me your photos as email attachments no larger than 1MB by March 6, 2017.

 

Crazy For Collage

I often construct my collages on acrylic painted paper. For a recent group of collages I layered stencil shapes cut from discarded prints (monotypes, collagraphs, etchings) and other found paper on the painted background. I needed one more element to make the collage POP. I found it by using acrylic “spreads.” Never heard of them? Spreads are made by painting acrylic paint or paint + gel medium on a releasing surface like plastic, letting it dry really well, then scraping it off and gluing it to the collage paper. They’re a little tricky to make, but they’re fun to make and fun to incorporate into the collage. They add texture and a bit of 3-D to the flat surface.

Here are some examples from the “Hidden In Plain Sight” series.

#1296 Hidden In Plain Sight 1, collage, 16x20", 2016

#1296 Hidden In Plain Sight 1, collage, 16×20″, 2016

#1297 Hidden In Plain Sight 2, collage, 16x20", 2016

#1297 Hidden In Plain Sight 2, collage, 16×20″, 2016

#1298 Hidden In Plain Sight 3, collage, 16x20", 2016

#1298 Hidden In Plain Sight 3, collage, 16×20″, 2016

#1300 Hidden In Plain Sight 5, collage, 16x20", 2016

#1300 Hidden In Plain Sight 5, collage, 16×20″, 2016

I continue to use pieces of my photographs, like the underfoot and graffiti images with discarded (you could say re-purposed) prints and found paper. May I say “ephemera?” It sounds so much more sophisticated. The compositions extend in all directions on a white background.

Here are a few recent examples.

#1301 Remembering The Things You Forgot collage 22x30" 2016

#1301 Remembering The Things You Forgot collage 22×30″ 2016

#1302 Internal:External Forces At Work collage 22x30" 2016

#1302 Internal:External Forces At Work collage 22×30″ 2016

#1303 Chasing The Unexpected collage 30x22" 2016

#1303 Chasing The Unexpected collage 30×22″ 2016

 

Sometimes you have to go “small.” Same idea, collage on painted paper. What happens when you try to downsize? What do you pick and choose to take? Ugh, you say. Well, I have to make the same sort of decisions every time I look at the paper. I made a series of “minis” called “Mini-Go-Round.” They are 6×8”, a lot smaller than 16×20”, 22×30” or 29×41”, my usual sizes for collage. How would you design a collage on a small piece of paper?

Here are my “minis.” Remember, they are small.

#1304 Mini Go Round 1, collage 6x8" 2016

#1304 Mini Go Round 1, collage 6×8″ 2016

#1305 Mini Go Round 2, collage 6x8" 2016

#1305 Mini Go Round 2, collage 6×8″ 2016

#1306 Mini Go Round 3, collage 6x8" 2016

#1306 Mini Go Round 3, collage 6×8″ 2016

#1309 Mini Go Round 6, collage 6x8" 2016

#1309 Mini Go Round 6, collage 6×8″ 2016

#1321 Mini Go Round 18, collage 6x8" 2016

#1321 Mini Go Round 18, collage 6×8″ 2016

Have you made collages? What’s your approach?