Cascades of Plastic by José Luis Torres—beautiful but so tragic! Please offer your reading of these works as comments.

I must work with this artist some day. I love these plastic installations. What do you make of them? Please add your thoughts as comments. 

La colección, Cambridge Galleries 2014.

La colección, Cambridge Galleries 2014.

La colección, Cambridge Galleries 2014.

La colección, Cambridge Galleries 2014.

 

From the press release:

 

A monumental installation for José Luis Torres in Ontario
 
Montmagny, June 10th, 2014 – Artist José Luis Torres recently completed a three-story high installation in Cambridge, Ontario. Torres was invited by the Cambridge Galleries/Idea Exchange to produce his ephemeral piece integrated into a public space. The piece was inaugurated May 30th and will remain on display until October. 
 
Torres’ participation in this event was integrated into CAFKA, one of the biggest biennial contemporary art events in Canada.  In addition to the Canadian and international artists selected by the CAFKA team, the organization also requested the assistance of curators working in the Waterloo region for their selection assistance. This is how Iga Janik, curator for the Cambridge Galleries/Idea Exchange, came to suggest the Argentine native, now established in Montmagny. 
 
Torres’ piece, part of his “La colección ” series, was integrated in to the face of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge campus building. A multitude of colourful plastic objects were assembled with the use of cables in random cascades and fits perfectly with the event objective: attract attention, stimulate contemplation, curiosity and exchange.   
 
Torres used the aspect of exchange as the jumping off point with the general public by inviting them to supply objects that could be used in the piece. Remaining items were found at recycling centers in the Cambridge area. For José Luis Torres, the result is a scene that provokes a diversion of the senses with the objects having acquired a metaphoric energy and a collective second life. 
 
For more information or to see images, please visit www.joseluistorres.ca and www.torressculpture.wordpress.com 
Source : Tintamarre communication créative 
 

Milwaukee: Charles Andresen – The Green Gallery

Mudhead Payoff by Charles Andersen

The Mudhead Payoff

Charles Andresen

Reception: June 7, 6 – 9 pm

Exhibition: June 7 – July 13, 2014

Milwaukee, WI — The Green Gallery is proud to present its first solo exhibition by Charles Andresen. The first of the so-called “throw paintings” were executed during the artist`s last year at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Spoonfuls of viscous acrylic were flung at the canvas, producing unforeseen patterns upon impact. Rather than an exercise in formalism, Andresen saw this method as an extension of Surrealist automatism and a way of discovering imagery through the process of painting. From 1992 until 2000 the surface designs were created by drawing fluid lines of color from squeeze bottles onto pigmented gel resting in a Tupperware container. This mass was then scooped up from beneath with a putty knife and deposited onto the horizontally tilted canvas.

Since 2000, lighter colored gel in the tub has been inscribed with darker paint on plastic utensils or polystyrene letters, which upon hitting the surface splay out into distorted lines. Through the decades Andresen`s palette has ranged from black and white through pastel colors, earth tones, bright prismatic hues, metallic pigments, and even translucency. Since 2012 he has added the “nocturnes” composed of light colored lines atop deeper grounds.

For twenty five years Mr. Andresen has been employed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan where he continues to live and work.

Charles Andresen was born in Arizona in 1964. At an early age he was exposed to the culture, art, and rituals of the region`s Native American tribes. While still a teenager he became the art critic for Phoenix New Times, the local weekly newspaper. He moved to Philadelphia in order to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and train as a realist oil painter. However, while on the East Coast in the mid-1980s he became much more excited by the trends in current painting then being exhibited in New York City and moved there months after his PAFA graduation in 1988.

via Charles Andresen – The Green Gallery.

Mark Gagnon on popular culture

I just received these jpegs from painter and illustrator Mark Gagnon. Meet the cast of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks drawn in pen and ink from screen grabs.

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Gagnon has a knack for representing characters generated by the culture industry–politicians, stars, sitcom personalities– wrapped in nostalgia, as if they are long lost friends.

Photographs of the Great Lakes by Robert Burley / Please send me links to artists doing work about the Great Lakes

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Click here to visit the webpage for this series by Canadian photographer Robert Bruley.

Click here to visit the webpage for this series by Canadian photographer Robert Bruley.

Art Seed Grants Program – A New Grant Program Though Racine Arts Council

ArtSeed-Grants-Program.

Carrie Moyer’s Painting

Carrie Moyer's paintings on display at the Tang Museum.

Carrie Moyer’s paintings on display at the Tang Museum. Click the image to see a slide show.

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I visited Carrie Moyer’s studio a few years back in New York and was blown away. She works large — so that her paintings are in dialogue with the tradition of abstract expressionism, colorfield, and minimalist painting. She weaves universal themes characteristic of modernism together with the synthetic textures and contemporary sensibility of graphic design to make a kind of painting that is absolutely singular. I would never miss a chance to see her work in person but am always happy to receive her exhibition announcements.

2012 in review: Scene Unseen

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

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