All posts tagged sculpture

National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum

In Washington, DC you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to free museums. With access comes familiarity–and having favorites becomes very easy indeed. Paul Manship is well represented in these galleries, and his sculptures of animals embody the mythology and fable they depict. I’m fond of his dogs–whose manes, feathered tails, and fluffy butt-tufts remind […]

Nature, Conscience in porcelain

“In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment.  These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops.  They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones.” (via Kate MacDowell)

A Visit

June 8th, I remember an excellent patriarch–and an excellent family–with a visit to the cemetery. It’s a tradition that I find massively comforting. The cemetery is a busy one, but the plot is quiet and and speckled with trees. Last year I roamed around The Garden of the Crucifixion: And The Garden of the Apostles: […]

Natural Logic

(via Samuel Wood) Hooray to Twitter for introducing me to Samuel Wood’s work. Its foundations are in nature, but it’s also undeniably cerebral. From the “about“: …a sculptural process centered on the theme of discovery and an imaginative journeying through art. …objects gathered in a natural logic by their mineral properties – both wood and […]

Book Arts

I’m heartbroken! The book arts class I was scheduled for this semester has been cancelled. In memoriam, here are some amazing examples of book art. (via The Book Surgeon 15 pieces – My Modern Metropolis) (via Girl with a Pen) (via Izmia) (via Rose Colored Glasses) Ah! What could have been…

Rat King

(via Rat_King.jpg (JPEG Image, 600×446 pixels)) German artist Katharina Fritsch The earliest recorded sightings of a rat-king (a group of rodents bound together through an accidental knotting of tails) date back to the Renaissance, and subsequent recordings have served only to inflame the unsettling reputation of this phenomenon. Fritsch’s Rattenkoenig (Rat-King), is a large-scale sculptural […]

The Genius of Evil

(via beauty nursed on darkness) The focal point of this photo is Le Génie du Mal and it’s breathtaking in all the best ways. It is located within the elaborate pulpit of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Liège, and depicts a classically beautiful man in his physical prime, chained, seated, and nearly nude but for drapery gathered […]