Archived entries for art
Considered by some as the “greatest living calligrapher”, the work of Hassan Massoudy is downright beautiful.
“When I think my gesture is just right the interior conflict ceases, even if that sensation only lasts a few minutes. It is a moment of joy when the alphabet is no longer an instrument of logic but an attitude of writing, a pure sensation that can easily come into contact with the poet, who has probably been through the same process. This calligraphy reflects my vision of the world, it has become the desire that the world should be thus, with a new harmony and new freedom.”
- Hassan Massoudy
I’ve been slowly making my way through the I Read Where I Am site, which features essays on the future of reading by the likes of Ellen Lupton, Erik Spiekermann, James Bridle, among many others.
Also of note is The Autonomy Project newspaper, which is an “international collaboration between art/education/research institutes and organisations, practitioners and thinkers… (that) seeks to redefine and redress the issues around autonomy in the fields of art, design, theory and cultural policy today.”
You can download issue #1 here
And issue #2 here
I’m eager to learn more about the work of New York-based artist Paul Pagk.
“Pagk’s works look Minimalist, but they are not. Where Minimalism worked with intelligible gestalts, Pagk’s geometry is irreparably unintelligible. His geometrical pieces are the ruins of a gestalt that, like Humpty Dumpty, cannot be put back together again. The lack of connection between them makes for a peculiar esthetic disorientation, but then again his disconnectedness lurches to the autistic side of autistic-contiguous experience, renewing it through the backdoor.” – Donald Kuspit
While I haven’t yet fully digested the ideas behind the work of Berlin-based artist Jorinde Voigt, I thought I’d go ahead and post her work now anyway, as it’s pretty amazing. (Click the top image for a full view.)
From an article by Hans-Jürgen Hafner:
“…Jorinde Voigt (b. 1977) analyses the medium- specific, i.e. the formal, technical, conceptual and content-related potentials of drawing, which she pushes to their limits: the way in which, seen from afar, the artist’s compositions – from small formats to large-sized strands of paper – appear like swift gestural materialisations of forms, while a closer look reveals the individual strokes to be signs, carefully distributed arrows, oft-repeated words, structuring diagrams, or ordering lists; the way in which each work, behind a rhetoric of draughtsmanship, stages as its actual motif a system (of meaning/ordering) based on a kind of visual grammar of obviously reference-laden symbols. Thus drawing and writing are made to coincide.”
I recently procured another hefty dose of Higgsian joy in the form of Soundscreen Design’s Artist Music Journal No. 3. Comprised of photographed-to-scale works from his notebooks and archives, this journal is a must have for those of us who appreciate not only Higgs’ vast aural output, but also his poetry and tattoo art. Pretend that you can pretend to understand and just order it.
The glorious return of The Baffler brought with it the incredible work of Benjamin Edwards on it’s cover (The Tower, 2009, pictured above, top). There is a ton of work to get through on his site, but you should at least watch this short video of the artist discussing his series The Triumph of Democracy.
Also— “Lately it’s occurred to me that the world my paintings have been about all these years is crashing down before our very eyes. If my work was ahead of the curve over the last ten years, visualizing capitalism and consumerism on steroids, now it seems that things have passed me by. Whatever paintings I make now necessarily look back on this era that is ending rather than anticipating something to come. The world as I have always known it, one of growth and sprawl, technological acceleration and anxiety, ever-increasing complexity and capitalist frenzy driven to unseen, dizzying heights—that world has been turned on its head. When I was making Convergence, I wanted to express a feeling that energy and speed were so intense that a flurry of fragments was momentarily held aloft. Now we see that when the consumption stops, it’s all just an illusion.” -B. Edwards
Incredible work from Tuscon, Arizona-based artist Dimitri Kozyrev that uses modernist/constructivist methods of rearranging space. From the artist’s statement:
“My interest in the intersection between actual, physical landscape and mental landscapes, coupled with recent world events, led me to reflect on the ruins of war and the human impact wars leave behind on landscape.”
Spanish artist Roberto Mollá‘s work is simply incredible. Using grid paper as the foundation, his exploration of space sets up a “multi-dimensional world – which allows our minds to grasp what time might look like if it is layered rather than linear, or how space might appear if dimensions existed one upon the other”(via whitewall). Urban Omnibus has a great interview with Mollá that is well worth the read.