I took a wonderful and inspirational trip up the California Coast between X-Mas and New Years. The Redwood forests were especially spectacular.
It was a sunny 75 degree weather day at the beach on Christmas Day. Despite this the Santa Monica beaches are rather empty! So spent a lovely X-Mas day biking to the beach and writing in the sand with my husband.
video link to watch: gold diggers of 1933 -violin sequence
Magnetic Fields song with the lyrics about Busby Berkeley:
I should have forgotten you long ago
But you’re in every song I know
Whining and pining is wrong and so
On and so forth, of course of course,
But no, you can’t have a divorce
I haven’t seen you in ages
But it’s not as bleak as it seems
We still dance on whirling stages
In my Busby Berkeley dreams
The tears have stained all the pages
Of my True Romance magazines
We still dance in my outrageously beautiful
Busby Berkeley dreams
I find these fascinating!
Perich made his own machine to create his large scale paintings.
“In 1977-78 I designed and built an electric painting machine (an early predecessor of the ink jet printer/scanner) and in 1979 I had my first show of electric paintings at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York. I was an early pioneer of electric/digital/computer art.” -Anton Perich from his website
I have been thinking about these systems of security and technology and ways the artist can use these perceptive cues. Like most inverted images (negatives,x-rays, night-vision goggles, etc..) your familiar surroundings are transformed into unrecognizable or otherworldly. Our familiar possessions are heightened to a state of perception that harmonizes form and color and brings them out of every day reality. Sort of like vintage Lomography photography and it’s ability to heighten our perception of the world with it’s inherent saturation of colors and distortion of form. At once recognizable and abstract the question of what is seen and what is hidden is something I am interested in exploring in my paintings.
I spent March 25-April 12th in Lyon France in participating in a residency at the Les Subsistances compound along the Saone River. Les Subsistances is an institution that focuses on a cross discipline approach to avant-garde performance art in the 21st century. While in residency the group of artists, actors and designers from my graduate program in Dallas Texas participated in workshops and attended the annual Week End Ça Tchatche performance art festival. It was a very exciting trip there are many more pictures on my flickr account (also on the top right of this page). Participating in this trip gave me much inspiration and was exciting to see the blurred boundaries between art, dance, theater, circus, projection, sculpture, installation etc…Lyon is a beautiful city it reminded me of Paris and Florence Italy I enjoyed actually living in France while in residence we felt like we were part of the community rather than tourists. We went to the markets, worked all day, walked everywhere, and started to have our favorite places to return to. The art museums were wonderful and we also visited many galleries.
These magical photographs by the artist depict the museum period rooms of said museum with the imaginative addition of woodland critters. Knorr, whose previous work is more of a documentary style has departed from the real to the realm of fables. Inspired by Aesop’s Fables the animals offer a stark contrast to the perfection of the interior elements. In a man made interior they take on human characteristics. They look just as lonely in the large rooms as a solitary human would, but perhaps their docile manners are a bit to good to be true. The fox appears as tame as a lapdog and the pigeons flutter about not distressing the satin. Would it be more alluring to see them act more beastly, as one would expect in such a well designed and historically pristine environment or is that too expected? Perhaps, the more intriguing aspect is the harmony in which they seem to exist leaving us to ponder on their interaction instead of their intrusion on our turf.
Now on view in “Fables-Photographie” at the Paris Musée Carnavalet
My little sister recently purchased a retro fish-eye lens camera to take to Europe for the summer. Then I remembered my neighbor in Boston a few years ago showed me the beautiful almost eerie photos she took with her HOLGA. I just rediscovered and learned more about these amazing low tech cameras that have recently gained popularity. These are retro all plastic cameras that give you amazing keyed up colors, light leaks, distortions, and a dreamlike other-wordly view. The photo effects are very much in the same vein as my recent ‘Thrill Seekers” paintings you can see on my website. Which will explain why this pink Ferris wheel caught my eye. (www.colleenshull.com) As a painter I like to use photography as one of my source materials.LOMA Cameras were made in Russia in the 1980’s and have a devout following of photographers who brought them back in the early 90’s donning the name, “Lomography“. In 1991, the Austrian founders of Lomography discovered the Lomo LC-A. As the company states, they were “charmed by the unique, colorful, and sometimes blurry” images that the camera produced.”
They have a website (www.lomography.com) with examples of photos, various models for sale, info on what film to use, and the 10 Golden Rules. Including “don’t think, shoot from the hip, be fast, and approach your subject as close as possible.” Although they are becoming a staple of the Urban Outfitters store and hipster marketing I see this camera as timeless and not a trend. They run from $40-80 and I will be searching for mine on EBay soon…