Seashore

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Image courtesy of Heels and Wheels

Roy Lichtenstein is my favorite pop artist. He didn’t only paint comic book style scenes. In fact, he also sculpted (I’ve seen two of his Brushtrokes sculptures in real life) and experimented with a variety of materials. Landscapes are a subject he tackled throughout his career. When you think about it, these landscapes are not that far from the comic book universe, as they would work as background and they are stylistically similar to Lichtenstein’s most famous artworks. His landscapes are also some of the pieces where he experimented a lot with materials. In a lot of the seascapes he made he used Rowlux, which is a holographic plastic-y material that he found quite fitting to represent the undulations of the sea. I chose Seashore because I like the visual rendering of the paint dotting better than the Rowlux, but you can check out the exhibition catalogue of the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky that took place last summer at Guid Hall here

Above we have an oil on plexiglas  painting from 1964 which belongs to the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Lichtenstein uses his usual dotting technique to render the different layers of the sea, sky and rocks. This was painted on different layers of plexiglas for added depth. As always with Lichtenstein, it’s interesting that the small elements, bold lines and tiny dots form the complete picture. This painting only has 4 colors. No nuances in shading or anything. It’s simple but it has a dimension, which is something that I particularly appreciate with Lichtenstein in comparison to some other pop artists.

Untitled Series by AmourAmelia

All images courtesy of AmourAmelia

This set was created in November 2014 by a young photographer who goes by the name of AmourAmelia.I particularly like the fact that these photos are portraits and landscapes at the same time. It gives them quite a strong identity. Otherwise, I think she has really good editing skills and is worth checking out (click here for her website).

Duane Michals Seasons Sequence|Perceptions of Nature Exhibition

All pictures courtesy of The New York Review of Books

These four chromogenic prints are respectively entitled The Wintergarden’s White (2006), In Spring All Seems Green (2007), Summer is a Carnival of Cotton Candy Pink (2007), and Autumn is the Pot of Gold at the End of August’s Rainbow (2007). I came across them at a retrospective of the American photographer called “Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals” at the Peabody Essex Museum (review coming soon) which ended on June 21. They were displayed in this order, winter to autumn, except horizontally. These photographs actually belong to the Carnegie Museum of Art although they are not currently on show.

These are not Duane Michals’s most famous works, but they are part of his most recent. He is mainly renowned for his sequences of black and white photographs, which constituted the bulk of the exhibition. I was attracted to them because they were in colors and were landscapes rather than portraits, but also because they had this peculiar fan shape that made them stand out from the rest of the exhibition. They all represent Michals’s garden in all four seasons from the same angle which is simple and straightforward.

I figured this set would be appropriate to introduce my new exhibition, Perceptions of Nature. This exhibition will explore the relationships between artists and their environment, how they interpret it, how they use it, and how it affects them. In the meantime, the Metal Colors exhibitions will still be running because the advantage of this being a blog is that I don’t have space limitations and therefore I can still post artwork relevant to all exhibitions.

Reflections

All photos courtesy of Sebastian Magnani

This photo set is a current project by Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani. The pictures were shot in various locations and explore the effects rendered by a spherical mirror lain on the ground. I find the relationship between the ground and the sky, as reflected in the mirror, to be super intriguing. It’s not often that we get to look at the floor and at the sky at the same time and it’s interesting to see how they may or may not be related. The mirror is the connecting point between them here and sometimes, what’s reflected in it can explain what we see on the ground. In other cases though, it’s like they’re two different worlds. What I also like about these pictures is that the floor serves as a sort of frame for what’s reflected in the mirror and I think it’s a fitting one because it’s what naturally falls under this reflection.

Ok enough deep talking, you can check out the rest of the pictures here.