Hibiscus Fish

Image courtesy of Limzy

It would seem like I have become a Sunday blogger but I guess this comes with actually having a job and trying to have a social life too.

Anyway I’ll make it up with really great art (at least I think so), starting with this super illustration/mixed media print by Taiwanese artist Lim Zhi Wei, who goes by the name of Limzy. She works mainly with leaves and flowers, both on paper and as installation.

Her Blooming Fish series is probably my favorite, and you can check it out here. I had such a hard time picking only one for the blog. I like this series because I think it’s one of her most original artwork. Her more fashion-oriented Flower Works is beautiful as well.

If you like her work, you can follow her on wordpress here and check out her shop here.

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Two Crabs

Image courtesy of the National Gallery

So today I’m sharing my favorite Van Gogh painting. Two crabs, 1889. It’s displayed in the National Gallery in London right next to the super famous Sunflowers, which I think is a shame because it gets overlooked a lot. There’s usually a huddle of tourists trying to look at the Sunflowers hiding it. So if you do happen to visit the National gallery don’t miss out on it.

And now a bit of the history behind this painting. It is believed that Van Gogh was inspired by a woodcut by Hokusai  that he saw in a book his brother sent him the same year this painting was made. This isn’t the only crab painting by Van Gogh, there is another one in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam but I didn’t get a chance to see that one in real life yet.

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).

Untitled-Tara Donovan

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This monumental sculpture by Tara Donovan is composed of hundreds of Styrofoam cups glued on an aluminium structure. It is attached to the ceiling in one of the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This sculpture is interactive as it can be perceived differently according to the space it is in and the changing light. It is very reminiscent of natural processes, as the artist says that her art “tries to mimic the ways of nature”; but at the same time it is made of a non natural material, which provokes an interesting dialogue.

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Hydrangeas and Swallow

Image courtesy of the MFA

I saw this woodblock print by Hokusai (from an ink and color on paper illustration) at the MFA during the Hokusai exhibition. This piece from 1833 struck me as my favorite among all the artworks that were displayed, so I decided to share it here. It’s still part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, as was all the content of this exhibitions, but it is not currently on display.

Papare Series

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All images courtesy of Gonzalo Fuenmayor

All images courtesy of Gonzalo Fuenmayor

This photo set by Gonzalo Fuenmayor was realized in 2014. Chandeliers were hung to banana plantations, lit, and photographed at night. The concept behind these piece of art follows from earlier works by the artist, examining ideas of identities and colonial history. Here, these ideas are taken even further as Fuenmayor combines the banana plantations, which are associated to a violent history; and the chandeliers as a symbol of luxury and opulence to study how decoration can mask ugly circumstances.

Again, these photographs are a social and historical study of colonial Latin America. They are based on the idea of contrast and harmony, and how opposing concepts can interact and complete each other. You can look at the rest of the set over here or see Fuenmayor’s exhibition at the MFA.

Icarus Complex

Image courtesy of Gonzalo Fuenmayor

Image courtesy of Gonzalo Fuenmayor

This charcoal on paper drawing by Gonzalo Fuenmayor was realized in 2011, as part of a project entitled “Tropicalia” which explores mixed identities in colonial Latin America. He uses strong symbolic imagery to represent clichés of exoticism with the banana plants and Victorian luxury and opulence with the chandelier for example. The point is to find equilibrium and harmony within this contrast of cultures.

This art actually sets the stage for a photography project which I will post about tomorrow done in 2014, where Fuenmayor takes these concepts even further, so make sure you come back to check out the Papare project. In the meantime, you can look at more of his works on his website or head to the MFA to see his first solo exhibition which is on until September 13.

Thistle Window

DSC_1212This stained glass window comes from the James A. Patten house in Evanston, Illinois; which was designed in 1901 by architect George Maher. It was originally in the Great Room, next to the fireplace, and it forms part of a group of three identical windows. The one pictured is exhibited at the MFA Boston and the other two are in the Met Museum and the Huntington Library.

This example is the only one I have seen in real life and I really appreciated to see it exhibited on a real window. Way too often, stained glass in museums is exhibited on an opaque wall which really doesn’t render the effects of light on the colors properly. That’s also why I chose to use my own picture here rather than the one on any of the websites that have one of the windows; but if you want to see it more in details you can just look up “Thistle Window” on the MFA’s website.

PS: I know this isn’t conventionally an archaeological object but I’m posting it in the archaeology gallery by elimination. And also because I don’t want to open an architecture gallery because it’s not really my thing and it wouldn’t be very rich.

Mandala 5

DSC_1111I colored this mandala illustrated by Montserrat Vidal in 2015. This illustration is inspired by designs from the Casa Lleó Morrera in Barcelona, on of the buildings that are an icon of modernism in the city. You can learn more about this house here.