08.02.2009

February inspiration

I wish I could say this was mine, but just found this and other beautiful work of Sam Weber while browsing through random artist sites. I like starting a Sunday like this; wake up when you feel like it, have a long breakfast and lots of tea, with a good book or reading through my favourite blogs. On my side I have the company of Myfish racing himself like crazy around his bowl... The pictures underneath are from my last week's adventure with Trine (who also took these sneaky photos), when we went on a small gallery tour. We were mostly taken by the intriguing drawings and sculptures of Charles Avery and his exhibition The Islanders. I really liked his detailed drawings of strange characters, cartoony yet realistic. See better quality pictures of his work here.

Another artist shown in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art was Gerhard Richter and his photorealistic painting series 48 Portraits:b/w portrait heads of 48 dead white male European and American intellectuals (scientists, writers, composers, philosophers, but no artists) derived from pictures in an encyclopedia (information from this page). Although the pictures are originally paintings, they were reprinted on photographic paper; I like it when something is different to what you first assume. Also, when I first entered the room I never thought of whom was actually portrayed, because of how they are all lined up in the same format and style, very anonymous- which is the opposite of how you know the personas presented (names like Albert Einstein, Stravinsky and Norwegian writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson!).

Kristin meets Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson:) Some more work from Richter's website; love the blurry, ghostlike effect!

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