Home

Home is not always as glamorous as being in exotic places but it feels good and comforting all the same. In his piece, Home Sweet Home, Damien Hirst screenprinted a plate to look like an ashtray, a comment on the gritty comfort of home as well as the fragility of human existence.

Home Sweet Home. Damien Hirst. 1996. Screenprint on porcelain.

Home Sweet Home. Damien Hirst. 1996. Screenprint on porcelain.

Cigarettes are a common motif in Hirst’s work (even after he quit in 2006) which he uses as a metaphor for life:

“For me, the cigarette can stand for life. The packet with its possible cigarettes stands for birth, the lighter can signify God, which gives life to the whole situation, the Ashtray represents death […] being metaphorical is ridiculous, but it’s unavoidable.”


All the Directions

Today I’m hitchhiking in Romania from Suceava to Piatra Neamţ . Here’s a photograph by Romanian artist Mircea Cantor (who is exhibiting in the MNAC of Bucharest, see here). A hitchhiker with a blank sign, going in any direction.

All the Directions. Mircea Cantor. 2000.

All the Directions. Mircea Cantor. 2000.


Picasso Haute Couture

Fashion Photographer Eugenio Recuenco shoots a beautiful series inspired by Picasso paintings:

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Brâncuși

I’m off to Romania tomorrow on holiday, so here’s a sculpture by the great Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși. And when I return I will share all the cool new artists I discovered!

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The Kiss. Constantin Brâncuși. 1908.

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The Artist in his Studio


Wild Animals

La Rêve (The Dream). Henri Rousseau. 1910.

La Rêve (The Dream). Henri Rousseau. 1910.

Allegro Strepitoso. Carel Weight. 1932

Allegro Strepitoso. Carel Weight. 1932


Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour. Henri Matisse. 1951.

Madame de Pompadour. Henri Matisse. 1951.


Getting to Know Your Body

Here’s some Flash Fiction by Lydia Davis:

If your eyeballs move, this means that you’re thinking, or about to start thinking.
If you don’t want to be thinking at this particular moment, try to keep your eyeballs still.

everywhere-eyeballs-are-aflame-1888 Odilon Redon

Everywhere eyeballs are aflame. Odilon Redon. 1888.


Sun, Sol, Soleil

The sun is shining, summer is here, so here’s an artist with the sunniest of names: Sol LeWitt

A sphere lit from the top, four sides, and all their combinations. Sol Lewitt. 2004.

A sphere lit from the top, four sides, and all their combinations. Sol Lewitt. 2004.

Sol LeWitt’s study of spheres is a study of time and its relationship with art. Each photograph is simultaneously a documentation of the specific state of illumination as well as part of the artist’s abstract narrative. 


Dancing Fish

On attaching meaning where there is none:

“It was like when the music comes on at the Chinese restaurant and suddenly even the random movements of the fish in the aquarium seem choreographed, thick with meaning; then the music pauses and meaning abruptly disperses. The fish seem dumb, as do all the diners.”

From Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

(image thanks to AquariumFish.net)

(image thanks to AquariumFish.net)


The Numinosity of Clouds: Part II

I’ve found another wonderful example of clouds in art to add to the previous collection. This time the “clouds” are trapped in a resin cube:

Small Cloud Box. Peter Alexander. 1966. Polyester resin.

Small Cloud Box. Peter Alexander. 1966. Polyester resin.

The artist, Peter Alexander, was part of the Light and Space movement in the 60s. During this period artists in Southern California started using new materials like plastic, resin, and industrial coating to create sculptures and installations which blurred the lines between art, industry, and science. In his Cloud Box (1966), Peter Alexander made a cube with polyester resin and introduced some water vapour during the casting process.The result was the formation of white “clouds” inside the resin. A beautiful and poetic object which evokes the light and atmospheric conditions of Southern California.