Saturday, January 29, 2011

Symmetry; A Butterflied Effect

Chris Johanson, The Sound of Energy in Space, 2010
Lauren Schofield, Kaleidoscopic Butterfly, 2006
Jo Jackson, Living Brushes, 2006
Maya Hayuk
Chris Johanson
Keegan Mchargue
Katy Horan, String Game
Dylan Martorell, Panter Cluster Rimbone Exhibition

 A symmetrical poem by Michael McClure from the book titled, Organism

Monday, January 24, 2011

Red Riding Hood

Petrina Hicks, Nastasja, 2006
Petrina Hicks, Lambswool, 2008

Cheong-ah Hwang, Little Red Riding Hood, 2010

Jillian Tamaki, Little Red Riding Hood, 2010

Kiki Smith, Born, 2002
Chris Buzelli, Lust (The Seven Deadly Sins), 2009

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lady with a Ferret

Lostfish, The Girl And The Ferret, 2007
Leonardo da Vinci, La dama Con L'ermellino, 1488 - 1490

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Slinkachu - Little People
Slinkachu - Little People
Slinkachu - Little People
Dalton Ghetti - Pencil Tip Sculpture
Dalton Ghetti - Pencil Tip Sculpture

Dalton Ghetti - Pencil Tip Sculpture
Willard Wigan - Needle Tip Sculpture
Willard Wigan - Needle Tip Sculpture

The three artists featured above focus (that's the operative word here) on creating incy-wincey sculptures that are large in their novelty and capacity to surprise, if not in their size. I was once rather chuffed with myself for owning a deck of playing cards the size of my thumb-nail. Needles to say, I lost it. There is something very pleasurable about infinitesimally small creations. Maybe they bring us closer to our atoms. Also, they do not seek out an overt attention-grabbing audience, but rather exist in reality as items of skill and virtuosity that require very direct experience and personal engagement from the viewer. A wee treasure waiting to be shared. 

Dalton Ghetti, who carves out his own niche as well as sculptures into pencil lead, uses three basic tools to make his tiny creations – a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. Dalton has never sold any of his work and only gives it away to friends. The longest Dalton has spent on one piece was two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Sudden Gust of Wind

Jeff Wall, detail from A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993
Jeff Wall, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993
 Serkan Ozkaya, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 2008
Carrie Marill, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 2009
Katsushika Hokusai, Ejiri in Suruga Province (Sunshû Ejiri), 1830-33
 "If you were a bird, and lived on high, 
You'd lean on the wind when the wind 
came by, you'd say to the wind 
when it took you away: 
That's where I wanted to go today!"

- A.A. Milne

Monday, January 17, 2011


Nagi Noda, Untitled, 2004
Rene & Radka, Under Water series, 2009
Sam Taylor-Wood, Self-Portrait Suspended, 2004
Ken Unsworth, "A Ringing Glass" Installation, 2009

haiku - floating leaf

floating leaf
an ant runs
round and round

by john tiong chunghoo 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Infinitely Infinite

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Room, 1965
MC Escher, Bond of Union, 1956
Job Koelewijn, Infinity Bookcase, 2008
Mona Hatoum, Infinity Soldiers, 1991-2000
Gary Baseman, Infinity Girl, year unknown

"The power of imagination makes us infinite." - John Muir (1838 - 1914)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yin and Yang

David Revoy, Yin and Yang of World Hunger, year unknown
Jakub Wojewoda, Sayeva, year unknown
Don Mak, Siddhartha and Jesus, 2005

The ancient Yin-Yang symbol is a sacred emblem that represents a coming together of all the universe's oppositions, from male and female, moon and sun to water and fire. Each half contains the seed of its opposite and from their union, harmony occurs. In the images above, greed spills over into the side of hunger and in so doing, ruins the balanced equilibrium. Black and white unite in love and finally, religions of the East and West (Siddhartha and Jesus) nestle alongside each other, representing cooperation instead of contradiction.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Enter the Labyrinth

Istvan Orosz, poster for the play Medeia by Sophokles
James Jean, Maze, 2008
Jaime Zollars, The Maze, She Breathes, 2009 

Labyrinths and mazes have always been metaphors for the human quest. A labyrinth is unicursal, meaning it has only one path and no dead ends. A maze is multicursal, with a series of paths that require many excursions of trial and error to escape; a metaphor for transcending pattern in order to achieve release. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Touch of Tretchikoff

Andrew Sutherland, The Kindness of Strangers, 2010
Lyndi Sales, (Tretchikoff & Me), 2010
Vladimir Tretchikoff, Lost Orchid, 1948

The above artworks by Andrew Sutherland and Lyndi Sales were created for an exhibition hosted by Salon91 in honor of Tretchikoff, also known as "The King of Kitch". The salon-style exhibition consisted of vintage archival prints by Vladimir Tretchikoff, printed under the artist's supervision, and contemporary responses to his work by established and emerging South African artists.

Tretchikoff's Lost Orchid juxtaposes simplicity with a sense of drama. Was the woman who wore the orchid about to turn into a pumpkin as she fled down the stairs? The teardrop is consistent with the artists belief that flowers are capable of feelings and even simple emotions.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Upside of Down

Daniel Firman, Wursa, 2008

In 1969, Georg Baselitz (below) painted his first picture to feature an inverted motif, "The Wood On Its Head." Displaying his work upturned gave the art world a bit of a shake, which is always a good thing. Since then, Baselitz has been a pioneer in turning the world upside down through his artworks. In an Op Artish way, Mequitta Ahuja's snake-like locks hypnotise the eye with their patterned charm. Above, Daniel Firman's mind-boggling elephant sculpture defies gravity as it does words.
Mequitta Ahuja, Wriggle, 2008
Georg Baselitz, The Wood on its Head, 1969