Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cercuri: Anai Greog

The Romanian artist known as Anai Greog was another Society6 discovery for me - so wonderful! I love the consistent circular format and the colorful palette of the images, and how they manage to be simple yet complex at once! I can envision them blown up to the size of giant murals or panels, as textile patterns, or just as small objects to meditate upon in whichever functional format they appear.


"The Circles rise from a very personal place, and their purpose is to inspire and create emotion. Any emotion is good.

It was never in my plan to create art, it came as a surprise. Interestingly enough, I'm a psychotherapist and while learning to become one, I had to undergo a serious journey into my unconscious (I am still traveling) and by doing this for a while, it became really easy to me to express myself through shapes and colors. I always had a natural tendency to scribble and draw, but only recently it grew in a coherent form that I had the pleasure to share with others.
I was  first inspired by mandalas which I discovered trough the work of Carl Jung. I find the shape of the circle to be the most generous with me, it gives me limits but also freedom to grow all kinds of worlds inside.

I approach the creative process as a game and I am always curious of what will come out. Most of the times I don't know what I am doing. The shapes flow, the lines arrange themselves, I just allow it and I'm there to make it happen."

"There once was a circle looking for shapes, and some shapes looking for colors. This is their story."

Monday, April 9, 2012

☷: 35mm Spring :☷

I bought a little toy camera as a birthday present to myself this year and took a couple days off work just walking around in the sunshine, snapping shots while the earth was busy bursting. It's such a treat in a world of instant image gratification to actually open up a physical package of developed pictures! There's something about that mystery and anticipation of not knowing how the photos turned out, waiting to be disappointed or pleasantly surprised, usually a mixture of both. I love how the colors look with this camera/film, so saturated and flat! The perfect companion for these gorgeous, unseasonably warm days...




Thursday, April 5, 2012

French set!

Last Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of joining my friend Tracy on her radio show Cause and Effect (airing every Thursday from 7-9pm EST on Richmond Independent Radio WRIR 97.3 fm) for our second annual All-French show in honor of Richmond's French Film Festival - the biggest of its kind in the whole United States! Tune in to the podcast linked below for two hours of '60s & '70s French pop, soundtrack, psych/prog, late '70s/'80s synth & cold wave and more!! And for anyone out there from France who may be reading this and happen to listen: please accept my most heartfelt apologies for any (many) mispronunciations! The set list for the show can be found via the link as well. Collecting vintage French records is a love of mine, so getting to do a show like this is truly a treat!!

⪥⪥⪥⪥ Listen here! ⪥⪥⪥⪥

Here I am enjoying some of the tracks in the studio, taken by Tracy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In Rainbows /\/\/\/\/\/

Prism party!!

Image sources:
(1), (2),(3), (4), (5),(6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12)


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gunta Stölzl: Form and Color

German textile artist (and sole female Master of the Bauhaus) Gunta Stölzl created beautiful weavings of colorfully dyed fibers that incorporated the ideas of modern art and the Bauhaus vision. She guided the Weaving Workshop from personal, pictorial and decorative tapestry weaving to the production of innovative, abstract and geometric textiles for domestic and industrial use.

"The Bauhaus period was, for all of us, like a chamber of unalienable pleasures."

"...His [Itten's] first words were about rhythm. One must first educate one's hand, first make the fingers supple. We do finger exercises just like a pianist does. In these beginnings we already sense through what it is that rhythm occurs; an endless circular movement begun with the fingertips, the movement floods through the wrist, elbow and shoulder to the heart; one must feel this with every mark, every line; no more drawing that is not experienced, no half-understood rhythm. Drawing is not the reproduction of what is seen, but making whatever one senses through external stimulus (naturally internal, too) flow through one's entire body; then it re-emerges as something entirely personal, as some kind of artistic creation, more simple, as pulsating life."

Gunta Stölzl, 1897-1983

Monday, April 2, 2012

:: Sylvia Sleigh ::

Some days you just need a handful of beautiful paintings to gaze upon, full of life and extraordinary detail to the human personality.

Chelsea Garden, 1967

Arakawa & Madeline Gins, 1971

Linda Rosencranz,1968

Marianne Benedict, 1970

A.I.R., 1978

Working At Home, 1969

"I do think things have improved for women in general; there are many more women in government, in law and corporate jobs, but it's very difficult in the art world for women to find a gallery".
Sylvia Sleigh, 2007

Sylvia Sleigh: 1916-2010
Sylvia Sleigh on wikipedia
Sylvia Sleigh