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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Santa Fe Clay Gallery

The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection
Held in conjunction with
2012 Summer Workshop Artists' Preview Exhibition.

February 24 - April 7, 2012
Arnie Zimmerman, Small World-Fools Ship, 7.5 x 13 x 18"
From the press release:
Santa Fe Clay is presenting Selections from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection. The Besser’s were prolific art collectors, and Sandy had a special appreciation for ceramics. Over many years, Sandy donated a substantial number of works to museums such as the Smithsonian Institution (D.C.), the de Young Museum (San Francisco), and the ASU Ceramics Research Center (Tempe). This is an impressive grouping of one family’s collection of figurative and abstract ceramic sculptures.
Santa Fe Clay Gallery
545 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Tel: 505•984•1122, Email: sfc@santafeclay.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Food Four

Mostly related to California's wine country, here are four videos about the art of food.
It is no secret that we enjoy Lidia Bastianich, (see our ealier story, "Tutti a Tavola a Mangiare!", April 18, 2011) and below we share a back-scene moment with her as she prepares for one of her shows.
Also, we share two videos of another favorite chef and teacher, Joanne Weir. Here, she "forages" in her neighborhood, then prepares and shares her "bounty" with hostess,
Mary Babbitt of "In Wine Country".
Last, but not least, we share a video of Napa's, Ubuntu Restaurant - not your typical vegetarian restaurant - also presented by Mary Babbitt of "In Wine Country". In 2010 we posted a story about Ubuntu, titled, "Vegetables - The New Meat?", November 9, 2010.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Designer, Patricia Wong

Patricia Wong creates an elegant tea set - simple, quiet, natural forms - with cups fitting comfortably into the hand.  Ms. Wong was born in Hong Kong and currently studies Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Find out more about Ms. Wong at her website. (Photographs, with permission, Patricia Wong)

Keeping a Journal

Journal from Peter Pauper Press
Last June I began to keep a journal. To date, my words and thoughts have consumed three booklets. Today, I started the fourth.
I began writing to reflect and find solutions and quickly discovered that my thoughts, written upon each line of each page, have provided me insight into my life. I have reached into the past, wished into the future, while distilling all of it in present time as I write and live my life. I have introduced my journals to books I'm reading, sometimes writing down important passages which are kept as  illumined treasures within quotation marks. Each day, no matter where I find myself, I allow my thoughts to travel from mind to hand to pen, draining my uncensored thoughts, feelings, and impressions onto each page. At this point, I venture out into the world wide web searching for an image of an ancient journal and, instead, discover a website introducing me to a 2010 documentary film, entitled, 1000 Journals. I incorporate this side trip, here.
Deciding to take this detour is similar to journal writing, where the pen twists and turns, loops over and under, dots an "i", crosses a "t", takes one thought and returns to another, describes a feeling or memory, finally completing the excursion either on one page or in another; a thought, perhaps completed in a future booklet.
While some journals display text, drawing and diagrams, mine contain writing only - descriptions of feelings, eternal ruminations of past encounters and fearful, non-existent, futures.
As I write, I never give thought to past journal keepers - the Japanese ladies who recorded their thoughts and dreams in the tenth century, or to those who walked the streets of Renaissance Florence by day while recording their thoughts in the evening at a beautifully carved wooden desk, or even James Cook as he set out to sea, recording the passage of each day.
Cook's Endeavour Journal, 1768-1771, National Library, Australia
Mostly, writing about thoughts and feelings in present time is enlightening. With each passing day and each entry, I understand that no challenge is too great to overcome. With time, patience and enthusiasm, the important things remain, while fears dissolve into illusive space.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Desert Garden Visit

Huntington Gardens

San Marino, CA

The first western gardens were those in the Mediterranean basin. There in the desert areas stretching from North Africa to the valleys of the Euphrates, the so-called cradle of civilization, where plants were first grown for crops by settled communities, garden enclosures were also constructed. Gardens emphasized the contrast between two separate worlds: the outer one where nature remained awe-inspiringly in control and an inner artificially created sanctuary, a refuge for man and plants from the burning desert, where shade trees and cool canals refreshed the spirit and ensured growth.  Penelope Hobhouse

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Emily Allchurch, Photographer

Photographer, Emily Allchurch
Tokyo Story: Lotus Garden (after Hiroshige)
In the prints of the so-called “floating world” known as Ukiyo-e, produced between the 17th and 19th centuries, beautifully illustrated local faces and scenes appear as fleeting events moving through time - existing in an ever-changing, ephemeral world.
Utagawa Hiroshige
Stylistically, Ukiyo-e employed elegant graphic outlines, unusual perspectives with unexpected cropping of imagery, vibrant colors along with open colorless fields free of modeling, and bold compositions. Considered ahead of its time, these techniques found their way into the work of post-impressionist artists, including Vincent Van Gough and Claude Monet.

Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of Pere Tanguy, 1887, Musee Rodin
A famous artist of that time, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), was a master at capturing the atmosphere of place. Each work, whether his “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido” or his great landscape series entitled, “Famous Places of Edo: A Hundred Views”, illustrates the artist’s genius at depicting the daily life and events of Edo.
Photographer Emily Allchurch, inspired by the Hiroshige's "A Hundred Views", traveled through Tokyo, documenting the city, ever mindful of the earlier artist's work. She refers to his prints as intimate "windows or doorways" allowing us a glimpse into his past.

Tokyo Story: Bridge (after Hiroshige)
Ms. Allchurch's work acts as a portal into the past, where digital imagery is manipulated and where contemporary Tokyo and centuries old Edo overlay and blend. The earlier period is differentiated by contemporary cityscapes, which include a Ferris wheel, bill boards, sky scrapers, graffiti, a sign with instructions to Mt. Fuji,  and other paraphernalia (and people) of today's city.
Tokyo Story: Cherry Blossom (after Hiroshige)
The artist, referring to herself as a "privileged observer", shot more than 6,000 photographs of the city. However, Ms. Allchurch does not strictly photograph and present. Instead, she digitally collages each work together by extracting pieces from any number of the original photographs to rebuild a new holistic image. In the end, the reconstructed work, assembled rom a multitude of fragments, is a remarkable accomplishment. At the heart of it all is a bow to tradition - respected in Japan - with an appreciation for artistry and a commitment to excellence.
Tokyo Story: Shrine (after Hiroshige)
Ms. Allchurch, born in 1974, lives and work in London. She completed her MA at the Royal College of Art in 1999. Her work is included in both public and private collections. "Tokyo Stories" was exhibited, originally, at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London. It was also exhibited at Diemar Noble Photography. Most recently, it was exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute for the Arts (MIA). MIA purchased the entire series for their permanent collection.
For more information about the artist, please visit the websites of Emily Allchurch and GBS Fine Art.
All images provided by and with thanks to both Emily Allchurch and GBS Fine Art.
Tokyo Story: Twilight Passage (after Hiroshige)

Tokyo Story: Willow Landscape (after Hiroshige)

Tokyo Story: Temple (after Hiroshige)

Tokyo Story: Bankside (after Hiroshige)

Thursday, February 2, 2012


HIROSHIGE (1797-1859)
From YouTube, "The Art of Hiroshige" (with permission, DigitalMillenium)
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