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I’ve just begun to rediscover Eugène Atget, one of the great photographers of the early 20th century.
His straightforward compositions belie the heavy subject matter he brings to each image. Each exposure is a meditation on impermanence & solitude.
These are photographs that remind me of the world at dusk, when colors become indistinct, shadows run into each other, and foliage turns into a black profile against the sky.
His pictures seem shrouded in a gray mist, which (in a way) reveals as much as it conceals.
images: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
With their incongruous forms, unnerving color schemes and various other unsettling elements, Vincent Fecteau’s meticulously made sculptures belie the many formal decisions made by the artist in completing each work.
He has said of his working process, “I like to work on a group of pieces all at the same time, spending long periods just staring at things and trying to activate or access a feeling that somehow relates to what I’m trying to make. …When I’m open to things but not fixed on an objective is when I’m most likely to discover a connection that helps a piece feel more resolved.”
Source: Matthew Marks Gallery
I came across a great painting by Celia Gray at the Ackland Museum Store in Chapel Hill. Her paintings are made with encaustic (wax mixed with pigment) applied in soft, ethereal tones. I love the way they almost seem to glow…
images: Celia Gray
When you think of plaster, you probably think of a material smoothed onto walls. But this simple material – a mixture of powdered gypsum and water – can be magical in skilled hands. Alberto Giacometti, famous for his bronze sculptures, sculpted all of them out of plaster first:
In fact, plaster has been one of the most important artistic mediums for thousands of years – which is why I’m so impressed by the freshness of a new collection by Stephen Antonson.
Using plaster as his main material, he sculpts all sorts of decorative objects. From mirrors to candlesticks and chandeliers, Antonson’s elevates this humble material to serene beauty. My favorite is his lamp for Dessin Fournier:
image 1 & 3: West Elm
image 2: tumblr
images 4 : Stephen Antonson