an evening walk 

eva hesse

“…a series of small sculptures by Eva Hesse that are essentially fragments rescued from her studio. They are fragile and diaphanous in substance, almost anti-sculptures. 

A year before her death, in 1969, Hesse wrote of her desire “to get to non-art, non-connotive, non-anthropomorphic, non-geometric, non-nothing; everything… It’s not the new, it is what is yet not known, thought, seen, touched; but really what is not and that is.” Though not quite there, or not quite anything, the works, nonetheless, feel significant and demanding. As Leslie Camhi wrote for the New York Times blog, though the work in the exhibition seem closer to prototypes to autonomous works of art, they are compelling in revealing those familiarly Hesse-ian themes: “plasticity, an engagement with ephemeral materials, the elusive and incomplete nature of memory, and a redolent corporeality.”

via pale and artobserved.

The notion of "peeling back", of taking away in order to expose, of getting to the essence and attempting to reveal the essence alone, asks for an ongoing exploration. It is also what very much draws me to Eva Hesse's work. Beauty of the object becomes consequential. I really love these pieces..

karin johansson

Karin Johansson
Necklace: White Corner 2013
Gold, oxidized silver, enamel, reconstructed pink coral, acrylic
photo by Johan Hörnestam

Karin Johansson,  
Necklace: Between 2012 
Gold, oxidized silver, enamel, reconstructed onyx, reconstructed pink coral, acrylic 75 cm
 photo by Johan Hörnestam

New Places – Abstractions Of A City

“In the beginning, a variety of many-coloured images of a city: meeting points, streets, people, blue skies, night and day. Capturing the pulse, the movement, or the silence.

Sketching, cutting paper, creating a map of sorts in my studio, micro and macro at once as my perspective. Picking out colours, choosing materials, thinking about my purpose, reflecting on meanings and limitations. Giving each element its shape, assigning it a size and its place, connecting it further to circumscribe in to space, having it all transform into a necklace.

No up, no down, playing around the neck, constantly finding new directions”

from here

And here is a view of Karin's beautiful studio. 

from here.


Here is a wonderful work by Silvie Deutsch.

The description below is taken from Slivie's blog unmakings (very much worth the visit):

"I investigate the animate nature of my surroundings—how everyday objects teem with labor, history and potential. Things are always in the making; they exist as a dynamic entanglement of units interconnected in their presence, always becoming, always formed by their relating. Using detailed processes, I revert objects to their nascent stages of instruction, then destroy and rebuild. Through this process that I call unmaking, I address the importance of making itself. To unmake materials, I have to re-member their becoming. I have to recognize all the components that make up the knotted structures we depend on to begin with, and how these structures are ordered.

Development and growth exist in contingent relation to integrated and entangled networks of shifting orders of culture and space; there is no stasis in this tidal expansion and ebbing. I am deeply aware of the interconnected and evolving nature of things, and as I suture these representative structures together (maps, roads, evidence of “women’s work”, body parts, clothes, patterns), I find that I can discover abstract, strange and often grotesque forms in the joining of things that do not belong. Meaning builds and recedes, like the tenuous knitted structures in my videos. There is no meaning in just one word unit, as in a stitch or sculptural fragment. The meaning comes from it all amassing. "

anish kapoor

What a privilege it is to see and experience Anish Kapoor's work.. 

Here are more photos I took at MCA in Sydney.

domestic tales ~ an ode to the mundane (#3)

Djurdjica Kesic, Domestic Tales ~ An Ode To The Mundane seriesink drawings.

dienke dekker: basket project

A very interesting and beautifully made project by Dienke Dekker.

"The basket weaving craft as the inspiration for a project about imitation and reinterpretation of crafts. From imitation of bamboo structure, the step was made to silkscreen printing on silk and other textiles with custom paint stamps, resulting in a series of archetypical objects."

the burning house

I've discovered this interesting project The Burning House via a great blog SF Girl By Bay.

As it reads on The Burning House site: "If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question." 

Everyone is invited to submit their selection. It is interesting to scroll through the images (and descriptions) and get a sense of values people hold dear.

Here are a few images..

Name: Rachel
Age: 26
Location: Venice California
Occupation: artist

Name: Alexis Owen
Age: 30
Location: Atlanta, GA
Occupation: artist, grad-school dropout, fun person

Name: Ana Santl
Age: 19
Location: Graz, Austria
Occupation: Photography student

Name: Elle Jane Townsend
Age: 29
Location: Leicester UK
Occupation: Baker

Name: Marie Yläoutinen
Age: 17
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Occupation: Music student

Name: Zina Shareef
Age: 20
Location: Uppsala, Sweden

the art of bread making

Dutch oven bread via OEUVRE.

domestic tales ~ an ode to the mundane (#2)

Djurdjica Kesic, Domestic Tales ~ An Ode To The Mundane seriesink drawings.

more to come..

compass ~ isabelle rudolph

Isabelle Rudolph, 


260 x 230 cm

"Rudolph’s central sculpture, Compass (2013) is an assemblage of hard rubbish—cupboards and furniture salvaged from the streets of Melbourne. This reflects Rudolph’s exploration of the potentiality of discarded items as new and appropriated architectural forms. Positioned in the centre of the gallery, the openings and closings of the drawers and doors form a compass that map out multiple landscapes and destinations. " 

via here.

catherine truman

Catherine Truman, White muscle brooch / English Lime wood, paint silver, steel

Catherine Truman, White puff leaf brooch / English Lime wood, paint, silver, steel

Catherine Truman, White Bag brooch, English lime wood, paint

Today, at Gallery Funaki, I was lucky enough to see (and touch) the beautifully and thoughtfully made pieces by Catherine Truman. The top two pieces apeared in her recent show Some Uncertain Facts. And the bottom image shows the work that appeared in Wood exhibition at Velvet Da Vinci (where my work also took part). Catherine's carvings and overall treatment of the pieces is simply poetic.  So very inspirational. More on Catherine Truman here.

the playground

The Playground
By artist/illustrator Camilla Engman and sculptor Per Agelii.

pat perry

Intricate, evocative and poetic drawings by artist and illustrator Pat Perry.

"Michigan-based artist and illustrator Pat Perry explores a close relationship between nature and urbanity. His work means to digest the indigestible and acquaint himself with new places and situations every day." via here.