Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Wonder: Paris, Reimagined

Can you imagine a Paris whose buildings, bridges, and monuments have no more than one or two floors? See how, in Paris, Archi'Illusion, Claire and Max re-conceive the architecture of the City of Light. A technical explanation of their achievement is found at Menilmonde (translation tool available).

"Celestial Orbit", the music in the film, is by Paul Mottram.

Paris, Archi'llusion from Claire&Max on Vimeo.

My thanks to The Creators Project, where I first saw the film.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Last Call (Poem)

Last Call

The music's done died,
the girls escorted home

by now. Time was when
I made my own moves,

my sweetheart in my arms,
turnin' heads, flaxen hair

sparklin' like a disco ball.
She liked the slow dancin'

best; me, the gettin' close
enough she'd lead, I'd follow.

Missus runs the T-Bone Bar
one hill over now, and I do

some sweepin' up after her
final call. When the last stool's

turned upside down, we shut
off the lights, take our bow.

© Maureen E. Doallas

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Muse: 'Happiness Is God'

I am the man who has seen affliction. . . .
~ Lamentations 3:1

If you are unaware of the New York-based nonprofit Spark and Echo Arts, take some time to browse its terrific offerings in Browse Art. The group's concept is to create or commission a work of art, music, theatre, poetry, dance, or film for every passage of the Bible, thereby "creating the world's largest multi-disciplinary illumination of the Bible" and "inspiring a refreshing type of artistic dialogue". 

The arts organization invites artists, thinkers, and creatives of all kinds to respond not only to the text and imagery of the Bible but to each other's talent. If you would like to be considered for a commission, the curation team asks that a work sample be submitted to Artists who are selected receive a stipend. Donations are accepted to support commissions by and stipends for artists. (Watch Sponsor an Artist video.)

New work is uploaded to the online gallery every Monday. 

Below is just one example of the creativity and inspiration you'll find on the site. In Happiness is God, a relatively recent addition to the site, Ryan Pendell, of Omaha, Nebraska, responds to the theme of destruction and Lamentations 3:1-18. In his statement about the work, Pendell writes, ". . . I took the text and destroyed it. I cut it up into pieces. Then I tried to figure out what could come out of it. The poem exists in a liminal space. . . ." His creation is profoundly poetic.

Happiness Is God from Spark and Echo Arts on Vimeo.

Echo and Spark Arts on FaceBook, TwitterYouTube, and Vimeo

(My thanks to Philip Metres at whose blog, Behind the Lines, I first watched the video.)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thought for the Day

In the poetry of the poet and the thinking of the thinker,
there is always so much worldspace to spare that each
and every thing — a tree, a mountain, a house, the call
of a bird — completely loses its indifference and familiarity.
~ Martin Heidegger

Quoted from Martin Heidegger "The Fundamental Question of Metaphysics" (1935) The article is found in Chapter One of Introduction to Metaphysics (Yale University Press, 2000).

Martin Heidegger, 1889-1976, German Philosopher

Among Heidegger's many other books is Poetry, Language, Thought (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2013), which includes "The Origin of the Work of Art" and "What Are Poets For?"

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Short

Today's short is the trailer for the film Song of the New Earth from Woody Creek Pictures. The documentary relates the incredible story of Tom Kenyon, a country singer, brain scientist/psychotherapist, and shaman and his efforts to "merge modern science, ancient mysticism, and sacred sound to awaken humanity's potential."

The documentary, directed by Ward Serrill, premiered this year at the Seattle International Film Festival. Screenings are upcoming in Portland, Oregon; Port Townsend, Washington; and San Antonio, Texas.

Song of the New Earth on FaceBook

Friday, August 15, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

Walker Art Center has published digitally Volume 1 of its Living Collections Catalogue: On Perfomativity. Take some time to explore it. It's just one example of how museums are using the latest tools and technologies to promote scholarly interests in art and improve access to art history information. Art Institute of Chicago has released online its interactive Monet catalogue. (Read "Monet Goes Digital".) A digital publication about Renoir is soon to follow. Marvelous resources! (My thanks to The Getty Iris blog for the links.)

✦ The Public Domain Review, a favorite site of mine, recently published photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron: "Julia Margaret Cameron in Ceylon: Idylls of Freshwater vs. Idylls of Rathoongodde". Included is an interesting story of Cameron's move to Ceylon with her husband and the influence of her new environment on her photography.

Disability Arts International is a relatively new Website that promotes the work of artists with disabilities. The site, developed by the British Council, includes films, blogs, and collaborations among artists worldwide. The resources section provides case studies, searchable databases of organizations, and arts policy. Artist and company profiles may be searched by art form, country, or curated lists.

✦ If you've been to the wonderful Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., you know the museum has its very own wax room by Germany's Wolfgang Laib. Most recently, Laib celebrated the completion of an underground wax chamber, more than 130 feet long, titled From the Known to the Unknown—To Where is Your Oracle Leading You (2014). Laib created the permanent installation on the grounds of La Ribaute, Barjac, France, a site that formerly was a silk factory and is now Anselm Kiefer's studio.

Read a post about Laib's new wax room for Kiefer at Experiment Station, the Phillips Collection's blog. Phaidon in 2013 published a post about Kiefer's studio.

✦ Today's video, from Art Beat at PBS Newshour, features sculptor and painter Humaira Abid, a Seattle resident originally from Lahore, Pakistan. View her portfolio.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In "Postcards from America: Milwaukee", at Milwaukee Art Museum, 11 Magnum Photos artists — Bruce Gilden, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Mark Power, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jacob Aue Sobol, Alec Soth, Zoe Strauss, and Donovan Wylie — present their perspectives on such subjects as the State Fair, highway infrastructure, women laborers, and students in Black River Falls. The photographers visited Wisconsin between August 2013 and April 2014 to create a collective body of work that provides an opportunity to see the region anew through outsiders' eyes. The exhibition continues through September 28. The exhibition images will become part of MAM's permanent collection.

MAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

MAM Blog

✭ You have another couple of weeks to see "Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art" at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. On view through August 31 are more than 50 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, as well as books, watercolors, and photographic prints, by such well-known visionary or self-taught artists as Mose Tolliver, Henry Darger, Thornton Dial, and Howard Finster, among others. Works by more than 30 artists are on exhibit. (See the checklist.)

FLLAC on FaceBook

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts, continues through November 23 "Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators". Focused on innovations in traditional techniques and materials, the exhibition features the work of some 50 past and present fiber artists, including Olga de Amaral, Linda Behar, John Cardin, Lia Cook, Eric and Martin Demaine, Arline Fisch, Chunghie Lee, Karl Lonning, and Jane Sauer. Highlights include a quilt woven from mylar and holographic film and a "Whisker Organ", comprising real cat whiskers that play organ music when stroked.

Anastasia Azure, Landau for the Maharaja, 2009
Plastic Filaments, Silver, Copper, Brass, Nylon Monofilament
36" x' 36" x 15"
Photo Credit: M. Lee Fatheree

Fuller Craft Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The exhibition "Kathe Kollwitz: A Social Activist in the Era of World War I" continues through November 16 at Dallas Museum of Art. Drawn from the museum's collection, the installation spotlights lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints by Kollwitz (1867-1945). Complementing these are artworks by Ernst Barlach, Max Pechstein, and Max Pollak.

Kathe Kollwitz Museum, Berlin

DAM on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Oregon's Portland Art Museum is presenting through September 21 "The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden", a special exhibition that explores the art, design, and evolution of the most famous garden in Paris, France, and celebrates its designer Andre Le Notre (1613-1700). Included in the show are more than 100 sculptures, paintings, photographs, and drawings by acclaimed European and American artists of the 17th through 20th Centuries, among them Pissarro, Manet, and Cartier-Bresson. A full schedule of programs and events, including lectures and tours, is ongoing. View the Image Gallery. A fee is charged for admission to the exhibition; tickets may be purchased in advance online.

In this interesting video, curator Richard Putney discusses the life and accomplishments of Notre:

Portland Art Museum on FaceBookTwitter, and YouTube

Thursday, August 14, 2014

'12 Minutes About Peace'

Below is the trailer for 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute animated shorts on the theme of peace. The series was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Each short was made by a Flemish animator, and each animator was permitted to portray the theme in any way, with or without dialogue, in narrative or abstract form, provided the result did not exceed one minute. (My thanks to Flanders House, where I learned of the project.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

'Purvis of Overtown' Documentary

The art of Purvis Young is equal parts 
calligraphy, music, and graffiti. . . .
~ Purvis Young Profile at Souls Grown Deep*

I learned recently that the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has acquired late artist Purvis Young's The Struggle (1973-1974), which is on view in the East Wing of the museum.

Like his other work, The Struggle, too, is painted on scavenged wood, which Young would gather from around the Overtown neighborhood in Miami, Florida, where he lived. It's a marvelous example of a cityscape that, as SAAM's curator of folk and self-taught art Leslie Umberger writes, "is iconic of Young's themes of challenges and persistence."

Highly prolific, Young (1943-2010), who was born and died in Miami, is the subject of the documentary Purvis of Overtown (Souls Grown Deep Foundation), below, which is well worth the time to view. 

PURVIS OF OVERTOWN from Souls Grown Deep Foundation on Vimeo.

Purvis Young Website

Purvis Young Murals

Purvis Young Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Purvis Young Collection at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Bruce Weber, "Purvis Young, Folk Artist Who Peppered Miami With Images, Dies at 67", The New York Times, April 24, 2010

Purvis Young at Outsider Folk Art Gallery

Souls Grown Deep on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

* Written by William Arnett (Do read the entire profile of this fascinating and important artist.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tell Me a Story, I'm Listening (Poem)

Tell Me a Story, I'm Listening

Fragment 1

The sun, the burning hour-
glass on the horizon, huge
and red and lizard-low.

Fragment 2

The waves stretched
like clouds, shipwrecked fish
crates on shore.

Fragment 3

The island slab, the mountain
surrounding the land, the boat
in the dark with no oar.

Fragment 4

Tranquility disturbing
the mind at sea, deep hum,
small, quick moans.

Fragment 5

Sighs of a single fly—
dust in the mouth, eminent
domain of the last gecko.

Fragment 6

Hands bleached, like bones,
like branches, like sticks
motionless five years.

Fragment 7

Crumbs, a bread bit,
thoughts of the crows,
the buzzards, their tools.

Fragment 8

The locals tired of cursing
salamanders, the grab and hold,
the squall of fighting.

Fragment 9

Reserve of chiseled stones,
tactical moves, tactical gaps,
sweat, the hourglass vanishing.

Fragment 10

Water once more, ice in plastic
summer cups, distance
to fading land growing.

Fragment 11

Springs of sunlight, beggar of day-
dreams, the flash of sky
glanced, her gaze, the echo back.

Fragment 12

Salt tang on bodies, stars
silently falling, luck and faith
like love, like food.

© 2014 Maureen E. Doallas

I invite you to try your hand writing a found poem using two or more of these fragments.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Muse: Gregory Orr Interview

. . . Lyric poetry is the individual self. . . a song, the affirmation
of human possibility and dignity. . .  .
~ Poet Gregory Orr

Below you'll find Richard Michelson's interesting 19:09-minute interview with poet Gregory Orr, who also is an essayist, nonfiction writer, and lecturer on poetry. The interview was taped June 12, 2014, for WHMP's The Bill Newman Show: Northampton Poetry Radio.

During the interview, Orr talks about the death of his brother, his social activism, the writing of lyric poetry, and his recent work, which he says he sees as a continuum, "part of a flowing thing" emanating from all that has come before.

Orr, who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, has published at least 10 poetry collections, most recently River Inside the River (W.W. Norton, 2013), the chapbook The City of Poetry (Quarternote Chapbook Series, Sarabande Books, 2012), and How Beautiful the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2009).

Orr leads a poetry workshop at Glen East, which this year was held at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Ellen Rolfes, "Poet Gregory Orr: Poetry Is 'Concentrated Testimony' of Being Human", Art Beat, PBS NewsHour, September 30, 2013 

Alex Dueben, "Gather the Poems Together: A Conversation with Gregory Orr", The Paris Review, September 12, 2013

"Gregory Orr: The Making of Poems", NPR, February 20, 2006