Nothing gets me more excited than finding creatives in unusual places using their creative imagination in innovative ways. Particularly if it’s in a silly way that makes us busy Type A’s stop, take notice and breakout in childlike giggles! On … Continue reading →
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything on here. Lots of things have happened this Fall and boy has it been a wild ride! Unfortunately, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy I have been a little preocuppied helping out with recovery efforts. I hope to be back into the groove of things shortly and share some of the stories of the creative people, art, and wonders of my city, New York and the rest of the World.
Our Iconic TV series (which we'd like to thank everyone for visiting/commenting on etc.) left us with a feeling that we still have more to do with this idea and today we present what we actually did. Instead of TV series this time we coded a famous painter through three icons. We realize this might not be so exciting for people who are not into art history but for us this was challenging in a good way and satisfying.
If you’ve ever looked up close at a digital photograph, computer screen or any other display device I’m sure you’ve noticed the tiny colored dots or squares that come together to make up a picture. Those dots or squares are called Pixels; the smallest picture elements that are often placed on a two dimensional grid. For years many artists have implemented this method of creating images to create their own interpretations of images. Some with literal translations of dots and squares of paint or ink on canvases or paper yet others have used more curious and inventive items in place of the pixels. One such artist is Christian Faur.
Christian Faur developed a technique in which he painstakingly places crayons into frames to reproduce the effect of pixels in a photograph. Each piece is composed of hundreds of crayons of different colors to match the values of the colors in the original photos. The end results are texturally intriguing abstract pieces of artwork when looked at up close and beautifully precise photographic images when looked at from a far.
Faur’s inspiration for this body of work comes from his childhood love of crayons. He goes on to explain in his own words;
“My earliest memories of making art involve the use of wax crayons. I can still remember the pleasure of opening a new box of crayons: the distinct smell of the wax, the beautifully colored tips, everything still perfect and unused. Using the first crayon from a new box always gave me a slight pain. Through a novel technique that I have developed, I again find myself working with the familiar form of the crayon.
Because of the three-dimensional nature of the crayons, the individual surface images appear to change form as one moves about the gallery space. The images completely disappear when viewed from close up, allowing one to read the horizontally sequenced crayon text and to take in the beautifully colored crayon tips — all the while being reminded of that first box of crayons.”
You can view more of his amazing work on his website.
If you haven’t had a chance to go to the Brooklyn Museum to see the “Keith Haring: 1978–1982” exhibit I strongly suggest that you drop all your plans this weekend and go!
This exhibit is the first large-scale exhibit that explore Haring’s early career. Starting from his arrival in NYC, his experimentation with videos as a student at SVA, his notebooks and journals that show his fascination with Semiotics, the opening of his studio and the life altering relationships he made with other iconic artists, to his work as a Street Artist wheat pasting his photocopied collages and famous subway chalk drawings. The exhibition includes a number of very early works never before seen in public: seven video pieces including Painting Myself into a Corner (his first video piece) and Tribute to Gloria Vanderbilt; collages created from cut-up fragments of his own writing, sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings and documentary photographs. A total of 155 works on paper and over150 archival objects.
I have to say, despite seeing Haring’s works first-hand in the streets of NYC as a kid in the late 80’s, this exhibit was really eye opening. What I found particularly fascinating were Haring’s journals. Seeing a glimpse of his creative process, word play and his deep understanding of Positive/Negative Space was a real treat. His word puzzles are nothing short of fascinating. You can literally spend hours trying to decipher and analyze them.
However, a word of caution to parents. The exhibit does have some drawings that some adults may not find suitable for children. If you’re not too familiar with Keith Haring’s work and plan on going to the exhibit with children in tow, my suggestion is that you first look at some of Haring’s work online before making that decision. I wouldn’t want you to run into the same issue we had with my friends little dimpled monkey who asked, “Um, Why is that guys thingy on that dogs butt?! That’s gross!” So…Yeah!
The “Keith Haring:1978–1982” exhibit will be at the Brooklyn Museum through July 8, 2012