Happy Monday everyone! I thought we’d start the week with some loveliness from one of my favourite Portland artists, Mary Kate McDevitt. They must put something in the water over there, seriously!
(Image credit: Mary Kate McDevitt)
I want to share some amazing work by artist Peter Callesen. He takes something as ordinary as white copy paper and turns it into something remarkable.
Says Callesen of his recent work “Lately I have worked almost exclusively with white paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances. A large part of my work is made from A4 sheets of paper. It is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today. This is why we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.”
Distant Wish 2006. Acid-free A4 115 gsm paper and glue.
The Painter, 2010. 115 gsm acid free A4 paper, glue
Saving Himself, 2007. Acid-free A4 80 gsm paper, acrylic paint and oak frame. 47,5 x 37 x 7 cm
Cowboy, 2006. Acid Free A4 115 gsm paper, glue, acrylic paint and oak frame. 53 x 40,5 x 7 cm.
(Image credit: Peter Callesen)
Yes. I am considering changing the name of this blog to Pretty Art Prints With Inspirational Quotes 🙂
I know I’ve spent a lot of time highlighting these things lately but they speak to me, each and every one.
Why do I not have enough wall space to hang all this loveliness? I swear it’s a crime to limit my office to just four walls especially when there are so many prints by Angelstar Forever to choose from!
I got a lovely email from Boston-based artist Talula Christian the other day. I’m on a bit of a watercolour kick at the moment so I loved having a look through her shop. (The Paris print is my favourite – of course!)
Thank you to the lovely Adrianne for pointing me in the direction of these amazing book landscapes created by Guy Laramee. I’m so impressed by these creations. Artists amaze me.
“Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts?” – Guy Laramee
(Image sourced from Guy Laramee)
I’ve spent the last month with my head down finishing my first ever YA book (I’ll be posting more about it here) so I haven’t had much time to look for pretty paper things 🙁 I have had Dushan Milic’s site open in a tab for a couple of weeks though. I wanted to share some of his amazing illustrations with you. You can buy gicleé prints from his Etsy store 🙂
Samuel Beckett portrait (my favourite)
(Image credit: Dushan Milic)
This new silver foil stamped poster by Akimbo is gorgeous. It’s a delicious retro piece with a hint of ’70’s glam and actually evokes memories of sitting on our shag pile carpet watching Countdown when I was little (I have photographic evidence of this exact scene!). I love it when art does that.