Lino Tagliapietra

Posted in glass, sculpture with tags , on January 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Italian sculptor Lino Tagliapietra began his career working in the island of Murano’s glass furnaces and factories.

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After many notable commercial artistic endeavors he began an independent sculpting career in 1990, and is now one of the most accomplished glass blowers in the world.

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His pieces are complex and multi-layered, often containing a depth and sense of movement that are almost…organic.
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Lino Tagliapietra

Nemo Soda

Posted in art, candy coated nightmares with tags , on January 23, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Nemo Soda draws us into a fairy tale world where the inhabitants are twisted, sickly and strange…

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The fine-lined detail is out of this world, nearly dizzying, inviting us to look closer…and closer still.
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These drawings contain worlds within worlds. I let my eyes wander over them slowly, delighting in the tiny surprises that eluded me at first glance.
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Nemo Soda

Kelly Denato

Posted in art with tags on January 22, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’m going to let a quote from Kelly Denato’s artist bio speak for her work, since I love the way the writer phrases the elusive emotions in these pieces.
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What inspires Denato is the beauty of optimism, and its inherent tragedy, just before disappointment. Her paintings, which are marked by darkness as well as gleeful exuberance, are emotional expressions of this elusive pursuit for meaning and the simultaneity of ill-fated happiness.

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Denato’s painting technique is characterized by meticulous and tiny strokes layered on a textured background. Her colors are glistening and candy-like, often lifting her characters out of darkness as if they have been carved by lacerating colors.

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Her genius is her ability richly layer paint while still employing economy in the use of her line, maintaining an empathetic sense of gesture. Her characters are often floating and tangled, drawn with a masterfully delicate illustrator’s hand and an eye for the whimsically sardonic.

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Kelly Denato’s

Eva Jospin

Posted in nature, sculpture with tags , on January 20, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Bill, for sharing Eva Jospin’s large scale cardboard cutout forests.

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They’re rather like meta-forests, made from the wood that once comprised trunks and branches…deconstructed, formed into products…then cut, glued, arranged and layered to resemble their original form.

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From the Source:
The forest – an incarnation of nature in the wild – is above all the setting in traditional storytelling of tests of courage, and can be a gloomy or initiatory place. The forest is also where one encounters oneself. This walk through the forest initiates the visit to ‘ Inside’, which is also an inner journey.

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To look at a forest is an optical experience that challenges the typical laws of perspective in western representation. Facing visually the depth of a forest means to forget the horizon, it means to get lost. And is not the danger of getting lost the only risk tied up to that natural labyrinth that is a forest?

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Eva Jospin

Eduard Gordeev

Posted in photography with tags on January 19, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Sometimes I see images that are so hyper-real, I can’t believe they’re paintings. I believe Eduard Gordeev’s work is one of the only portfolios that ever tricked me into thinking I was looking at utterly brilliant hyperrealistic paintings when it was indeed a collection of photographs.

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I love his rain-drenched urban landscapes…distorted, obscured, until they become glowing abstract textures with only an echo of the unadorned features beneath.
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Eduard Gordeev

Peter Ferguson

Posted in art with tags on January 18, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Peter Ferguson has been a successful commercial artist with many high profile companies on his resume. But his online portfolio shows a darker side of his work (literally and figuratively).

This animal’s pose…too wonderful…I can’t.
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These surreal vignettes remind me of Northern Renaissance art…with a postmodern twist.

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One almost has to strain the eyes to fully make out the complex images within Ferguson’s warm, muted tones. And then there are the sea creatures…droves of random sea creatures.

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Peter Ferguson

La Specola Anatomical Collection

Posted in anatomy, antiques, destinations, museums with tags , , , on January 17, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

La Specola Anatomical Collection is on my list of top destinations if I ever make it to Europe.

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La Specola is part of the Museum of Natural History in Florence and contains perhaps the largest (and best known) collection of antique anatomical models. It began as the personal collection of the Medici family, and opened in 1775 to the public.

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According to Atlas Obscura the museum “also houses some wonderful taxidermy, including now extinct specimens and a very questionable-looking hippopotamus.”

I obviously can’t hear the term “questionable-looking hippopotamus” without being deeply intrigued.

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Of particular note is the presence of anatomical Venuses…idealized female forms with their insides exposed. These medical models were a valued educational tool, but evoke all kinds of emotion with their brilliant, uncanny craftsmanship. Some look dead, some look as if they’ve been skinned alive. Others are semi-erotic.

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Have any of you visited La Specola?

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La Specola Anatomical Collection

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