Tag Archives: Photography

Anxiety and Nostalgia: The Art of Aida Muluneh

“We exist between the anxiety of the unknown future and the nostalgia of the familiar past. We bear the burden of our duality.” Photographer Aida Muluneh has spent most of her life without a place to call home. At a … Continue reading

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Unknown Spaces: The Photographs of Willa Nasatir

Today I’ve chosen to write about the photographer Willa Nasatir and to use her work as a way to begin a discussion about artistic process. Many of you reading this blog are students or beginning artists just learning how to … Continue reading

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Art and Design

In December it will be three years since we published our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. In structuring that textbook we decided to use simple real-world examples of the design elements and principles. We opted to demonstrate the application of … Continue reading

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Sophie Calle At Fort Mason – Part 2

Last week I wrote about the French artist Sophie Calle and her exhibition Missing at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. I discussed two of the four works shown. Today’s post looks at the other two components of that … Continue reading

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Sophie Calle At Fort Mason – Part 1

Last weekend I found myself at Fort Mason in San Francisco. An old military base, Fort Mason is now home to an assortment of arts and cultural organizations housed in its historic buildings. It’s a beautiful site fronting on the … Continue reading

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Crossing A Cultural Divide: The Art of Sanaz Mazinani

Speak a new language, so that the world can be a new world. – Rumi This quote from the 13th century Persian poet and scholar Rumi is an apt one to use in discussing the work of the Iranian-Canadian artist … Continue reading

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Doug Aitken’s Electric Earth at the Geffen Contemporary MOCA

(Oops, I admit that I failed to take adequate photographs at the exhibit and so in some instances I’ve used photos I found online of the same projects but shot at a different venue.) On my recent trip to Los … Continue reading

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A Visit To The Museum: Jananne Al-Ani

In a recent post I mentioned that I’d visited the reopened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. With it’s new addition the Museum is large and a strategy was needed for this first visit. I decided to ride the elevator … 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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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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