Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Art Wynwood Part 3

Craig Alan.  "Portrait of Van Gogh."  U.S. California

A close-up reveals that Craig Alan composes his portraits of hundreds of
little doll-like figures.

Craig Alan.  "Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat."  California

Close-up of  "Portrait of Basquiat" showing tiny figures.

An aisle at the art show revealing some booths and galleries.

Bas Meeuws.  "Bouquet."  Dutch.  Composed Photo.
One of the German galleries from Munich was showing two fascinating
Dutch photographers.   Bas creates flower pictures reminiscent of the great
17th century Dutch flower paintings.  But they are much more complicated 
than they look.  These are digitally-composed photos.  Bas photographs 
individual flowers all year long and builds up a large digital library.
He can then create an infinite number of bouquets which he makes up.

Bas Meeuws.  "Bouquet."  Dutch.   Composed Photo.
Bas then creates this photo by joining a dozen or more photos and eliminating
all traces of joining;  it takes 40-100 hours to create an image.  The photo is
 then printed on dibond, a panel of aluminum compound with polyethylene.
 This is then covered with acrylic.
The result is a stunning glossy photo 48x48 inches, or whatever size you want.

Josef Albers.  "Homage to the Square."  German-American
Albers was a famous art teacher, and his most famous exercise asked
students to relate three or four rectangles of color to show how
colors react with one another.

Francois Morellet.  "Sphere."  French.  Stainless Steel.
Morellet is a prominent French artist in painting and sculpture.

Francois Morellet.  "Sphere."  French.  Stainless Steel.
This is a complex work made up of hundreds of rods of stainless steel welded

Francois Morellet.  "Ten Lines."  French.
Morellet often painted in the style of geometric abstraction.

Roy Lichtenstein.  "Imperfect."  U.S.  1988  Silkscreen
Lichtenstein is most noted for his Pop Art, comic book inspired works.  In this work,
he uses the Ben-day dots and striped-shading of those works, but in a totally
abstract composition.

Juan-Carlos Rivero.  "Memories as Metaphors."   Spanish.
Juan-Carlos explores feelings of displacement and alienation, as
well as dreams, in his works.

Dari Perez-Flores.  "Three Circles."  Venezuela.  Op Art.
There are strings hanging from nails along the top of the painting.  As you walk by, your
eyes register movement across the surface of the painting.  It is a variant on the works
of Venezuelan masters Cruz-Diez and Soto.

Ken Greenleaf.  "4th Polarity."  Wall Sculpture.  New York and Maine.
Greenleaf works with shaped canvases and forms which invite you to make
connections to make them whole.

Reymond Hendler.  "Barbara's Way."  1976.
When I first saw a reproduction of this work before going to the show,
it left me unimpressed.  But the subtle pink and grey-green squares did
not appear.  In this photo, they are clear and add interest and tension
to the work.

Susan Vecsey.  "Cobalt Silver."  2017
Vecsey is part of the movement of Color Field painting, using large
areas of color to evoke feelings.

Bridget Riley.  "Daze."  English.  Print
Riley is the grande dame of British Op Art.  She has been creating
wonderful paintings and prints in the style for half a century.

Ms Daniele van Zadelhoff.  "Man with Collar."  Dutch.  Photo
Ms Van Zadelhoff is the second fascinating Dutch photographer I met.
She creates works which hark back to the Golden Dutch Age of the 17th century.
Yet, they are not mere copies and do not attempt this.  The backgrounds are
dark and mysterious.  But the men are contemporary.

Daniele has some wonderful photos of children.  They might
be taken from a Murillo or Rembrandt or Velasquezo painting.
Maybe they are waiting to pose for one of the painters.

Daniele van Zadelhoff.  "Adam and Eve."  Dutch.  Photos.
These are life sized, dark photos.  They harken back to the paintings
of Rembrandt and Lucas von Cranach.  They are perfectly real,
and yet they are more.  The photos were fascinating.

Robert Motherwell.  "Black with No Way Out."  1963.  Litho.  U.S.
Motherwell's works always draw me.  This is certainly related to the great "Elegy"
series, yet there are substantial differences as well.  Abstract Expressionism.
The lrger black forms seem to be violent and expanding and pushing.

Jesus Soto.  "Tige Vibrant."  1967  Venezuela.  Op Art.
The hanging stick sways slowly and makes the painted lines behind it
vibrate and move.

Er Ruscha.  "End."  California.  Litho.
The signs of wear and tear are meant to be there;  I looked closely.

Ed Ruscha.  "Mountain Standard."  California.  Watercolor.

Keith Haring.  "Dogs Barking."  U.S.  Litho.  Graffiti Art.

Antonio Marra.  "Diamonds."  Geometric Abstraction and Op Art.

Claire Shegog.  "Dancing Figures."  England.
The circular pattern is made up of thousands of tiny cake-decoration figures
which have been hand-painted.

Close-up of some of the tiny figures in the Shegog painting.

Sipho Mabona.  "LRS."  Switzerland.  Folded Paper.
Sipho is reputed to be the greatest master of origami in the world.  He constantly
invents new forms.  He has made a life-sized elephant in origami with a huge sheet of
paper.  In this case, you would not know what the form would finally be until you had
made all the folds.  He sells these sheets as works of art in themselves.

Erika Harrsch.  "Bill Butterfly."  Mounted in case.  Mexican-American.
In addition to studying art, Erika studied entomology for seven years to understand
insects thoroughly. She uses the butterfly as a metaphor for gender, identity, nationality,
migration, delicacy, art.  She cuts the precise forms of various butterflies out of cotton paper,
and then handpaints them as currency of various countries, which is also delicate
and fleeting, but very valuable.

Erika Harrsch.  "Euroespecimenes."  Mexican-American.
In these 24 cases, Erika has painted differentspecies of butterflies as the currencies of
European countries which surrendered their individual paper currency to adopt the Euro.
Like exotic dead butterflies, these bills now exist only in museums and have no life or
 value.  Erika was born in Mexico, but for the past 14 years, she has lived in New York.

Erika Harrsch.  "Two Euroespecimenes."  Mexican-American.
Her paper butterflies are mounted in their boxes with the same pins used by
entomologists for insects in museums cases.

Erika Harrsch.  "Cuba Balance of Trade."  Mexican-American
The form of each butterfly is absolutely precise and correct, but they
are pained as the currencies of various countries where they would
be found..

Erman.  "Her Gown."  Cut-paper.  Cuba.

Close-up of Erman's "Her Gown."
Erman is a Cuban artist who deals with displacement and alienation in his works;
he is also a designer of wedding gowns.  He has here created a beautiful white dress
out of cut-paper.

Rafael Barrios.  "Red Steps."  Argentina.  Iron.
This is a flat piece of iron, cut and painted.  The illusion of
3D forms is created by different colored paints.  Op Art.

Rafael Barrios.  "Blue Rectangles."  Argentina.  Op Art.
This is a flat sheet of iron, cut and painted to give the illusion of recessed panels.

Roberto Cavaliere.  "Silver Flames."  Italy.  Aluminum.

Aldo Chaparro.  "Untitled."  Blocks of Wood and Paint.  Peru.
Aldo is a Peruvian sculptor who now works between Lima, New York, and
Mexico City.


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