Monthly Archives: May 2016

Pattern and Decoration: The Mud Structures of Tiébélé

Burkina Faso is a small landlocked country in West Africa. It was formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta. Near the southern border of the country is the small village of Tiébélé. In Tiébélé is a compound of hand-built, … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Altered Chairs

I recently came across this calligraphic letter “T” by Marc Andre Robinson. Rather than apply pen to paper Robinson has deconstructed a large assortment of chairs, using their inherent linear elements as the strokes that form the letter. What a … Continue reading

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Cecil Touchon’s Typographic Abstractions

I have to admit that for most of my life I’ve been oblivious to the form of the text I use when I write. I love to read and I know that at the back of some books there’ll be … Continue reading

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Peter Fischli and David Weiss: Serious Play

The Sausage Photographs:The Fashion Show Rarely do I sit at my desk laughing out loud when I write this blog. In fact, I can’t remember ever feeling like I was going to fall out of my chair from laughing while … Continue reading

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Seven Magic Mountains

Long time readers of this blog will remember a post titled Earthworks: Art and the Land. In it we talked about artists creating monumental abstract art works – often in remote locations of the American west. These works draw our … Continue reading

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Painters and Optical Devices (Part 3 Richard Estes)

This is the third and final post in a series describing how artists have used optical devices, cameras and photographs to aid and inform their representational paintings. The first post looked at the work of Johannes Vermeer. The second post … Continue reading

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Painters and Optical Devices (Part 2 Degas)

This is the second of three posts looking at how some representational painters have used optical devices and photography in their quest to capture images of the world around them. In the first post we described aspects of Johannes Vermeer’s … Continue reading

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Motel Rooms and Parking Lots – Exhibiting Outside the White Box

This last weekend in San Francisco was absolutely beautiful – warm and sunny, the perfect day for a walk by the bay. It was also a perfect day to get out and see some art that wasn’t being shown in … Continue reading

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