A little bit of art in your life

I feel like this week has been a very art - heavy week. I have seen a lot of amazing work that I've been inspired by and wanted to share with you. 

There are only a few things that make my heart pitter patter like a really wonderful, beautiful, thought provoking piece of art. When I say art I am thinking of oil paintings, drawings and sculptures but also well designed interiors and exteriors, beautiful makeup, tattoos and design. I am thinking of unique and inventive crafts and clothing and recipes that combine ingredients that shouldn’t work together – but do. Creativity in all forms is such a wonderful gift and one that I appreciate so much.

 I remember my first official art class, the teacher taught us our very first lesson within a few seconds of entering the class. He asked us “what is 6 times 6?” To which of course everyone shouted 36! He quickly cut us off and shouted “No! Not in here it isn’t.” We were all silenced, slightly puzzled and he said, “In here it is whatever you want it to be.” That lesson really stuck with me, that art was about an individual experience, individual emotions, thoughts or perspective.

 Since then, after years of studying art, artists and theories I understand how much more complex it is than that. Art courses are for the most part still focused on a particular canon of artists that are considered ideal, “the masters”, people like Monet, Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Warhol. Some artists and scholars have done a lot of work in the last few decades to uncover the experiences of those who were excluded from these lists; women, other cultures, crafts people etc.  As well as to question and undo the very tightly weaved notions about what constitutes art. Is a blank canvas a piece of art if it hangs in a gallery? Is an Instagram account worthy of an exhibition? At the very forefront of this debate is often the discussion of art versus commerce. At what point, have you “sold out” - and if a large corporation is sponsoring work is it still art?

 There are no real answers to these questions – there is too much gray matter and only a wide variety of opinions. But they are things that I do think about often, and things that I find myself often explaining to others, why I believe that a blank canvas could be considered art, or a why I think a signed Urinal is so important.

 That’s the thing I still come back to, that I love beyond everything else. That only you have to like it, only you have to be moved by it, and only you have to see its value for it to be important and for it to be art.

 All of that to say - that today, I’m sharing some of the things that I have loved, seen, or thought about this week. Here they are;

An architectural firm and Watchmaker CITIZEN have paired to create a beautiful installation piece called "LIGHT is TIME". It's made up of 65,000 watch baseplates hung on black thread in a dimly lit room. The effect is that of raindrops or shimmering lights.  It's in Tokyo right now but you can watch a virtual tour below. 

Thomas Yang, Cycling enthusiast has created a series of architectural works using bicycle tires. The two you see here are titled "Bicycle Mon Amour" and "The Unforbidden Cyclist" Yang has created other well known landmarks as well, he prints 100 copies of each and sells these and other cycling related works on 100copies.net. 

A little bit of product design art here which I love - German brewery Warsteiner collaborated with artists, Stefan StrumbelAaron De La CruzBrooke ReidtNychos123KLAN and INSA, to create this fun and beautiful collection. Warsteiner is interesting in that it has a history of collaborating with artists going back to 30 years ago with Andy Warhol who depicted their "tulip glass" in one of his works.

UNELEFANTE is a Mexican gift and party store that sells unique and creatively designed products. Including these artisanal chocolate bars based on artwork - for example the "Tableta Pollock". 

As well as this stunning and colourful packaging that was inspired by Mexican embroideries.  Lovely!

Artist Cayce Zavaglia creates amazing photo-realistic portraits by embroidering each and every single line. The back of the final product is interesting as well as it shows all the work/thread involved in each piece. The work is beautiful and her process is fascinating, watch the video below to learn more. 

Kerby Rosanes, is an artist from the Philippines who creates intricately drawn pieces like the one below. He calls them "doodles" but Rosanes has managed to convert this doodling into his full time job. 

Lastly, Artist Hannah Rothstein has created prints of thanksgiving dinners - as plated by famous artists like Rothko, Pollock, Picasso and Mondrian. Prints are being sold now, with 10% of the profits going to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. It's kind of a fun approach, and one of the more unique Thanksgiving projects I've seen! Her website here

Anyway, these were just a small portion of the many wonderful things that I've been looking at this past week. I hope you enjoyed them too!

xo, 

Jany