The opening last evening of SCULPT 2015 at The Al Green Gallery, of an exhibition of new works from the members of the Al Green Sculpture Studio & School was a very well attended festive affair. The work was displayed in a salon fashion among the works from the private collections of Lindy and Barry Green. The marriage of sculpture, painting and print works made for a visually stimulating and compelling exhibition.
At about 200 kmh, with an iPad mini.
Likely a shellfish farmer. No ‘sculpture’ here, but a meditation on simplicity, harmony, symmetry and composition that can inform artistic practice.
Outside the Fukuoka railway station, this piece, ‘Draped Mother with Child’ is currently masked by a framework of Christmas lights populating the whole square. I recognized it as a Moore right away. Quick research indicates Moore is much respected in Japan!
Hakone is a vacation area, less than 2 hours from the 13 million people of Tokyo. No surprise it’s well developed, but the mountain landscape still sets the boundaries of human endeavour. One absolutely lovely synthesis of these two is the outdoor art museum with its magnificent sculpture garden, featuring modern Japanese and western large pieces. Henry Moore again figures significantly, as do many other western masters and major artists, but when I publish photos of pieces coming out of Japan (on my return home), I think you too will find fresh minds and hands at work that can inform our own work.
I attended the Royal Winter Fair last evening, a yearly ritual. I could not resist viewing the butter sculptures. Our Nicholas lent his hand to this endeavour when he was a student at OCAD I am sorry I have none of his images to share, however here are some of this years creations.
My vote went to ” When Pigs Fly”
I want to thank all the members that made the effort to come to last nights lecture. Thankfully we ended up having a decent turnout. I am sure they would all agree that it was an excellent instructional and informative talk. Blake was generous in fulfilling a promise to his teacher to share the knowledge bestowed onto him.
To those of you who were unable to attend, I am trying to organize him to come again when next he comes to Toronto. I know that it was beneficial to anyone interested in figurative work, however many of things discussed could be applied to any art practice. I would also like to thank Stefania for connecting us, and to Mary Ann who provided the necessary equipment to project his images and trouble shooting the few glitches we had.
In 1950 Frank Lloyd Wright designed a home for son David and daughter-in-law Gladys, on 10 acres in the middle of citrus grove at the base of the Camelback Mountains that was completed in 1952 and was his last residential masterpiece. It is one of the 3 spiral designs and was the precursor to The Guggenheim in NYC. The home was bought by a wealthy individual to preserve it for the future, and they are also striving to get it recognized as a heritage site. However like with so many of these places they are always in need of funding to maintain them. This is complete environment, in that there is no room to insert your own personality into the space. He designed every element from the lights, carpets to the furniture. If you’re were to want to live in a Wright designed home you would have to be committed to living totally with Wright’s concepts. Although the home is fascinating and has many beautiful elements, like the curved hallways leading to the various rooms and the way the wood patterned ceilings and carpets enhance the flow the space, I find his ceilings a bit too low for my likings. One of my favourite aspects of each of his buildings is the mixture of materials, from local boulders, cement and the use of wood. I actually prefer them from the exterior. The reception at this home was a nice conclusion to the conference.
This was by far the most interesting of the 3 studios we visited. He is both a painter and a sculptor. His entire home is a work of art, from the tiled floors and kitchen tiles to the painted furniture and doors, entrance and railings. he is about to turn 60 and is thinking that it is a good time for a retrospective of his work to date. For more information on him I suggest you visit his web site: whonelson.com