Finding and photographing my own Georgia O’Keeffe

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When I was in St. John recently, there was some variety of palm tree outside of our rental house that had some blooming flowers on it. I’m not a botanist, so I’m just guessing here, but from an image search it appears this tree might have been a “bottle palm,” or for those who prefer […]

Funerary Urns from Rome, Japan, and Prince

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I saw an article in the NY Times the other day that was a one year follow-up to the death of Prince, and the image accompanying the article showed the urn that holds his ashes. As can be expected with something from Prince, it’s not your ordinary funerary urn; it’s a model-sized reproduction of his […]

Viewing art of the underwater type

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I’ve been on a brief hiatus from posting to the Artsology blog due to spending a fantastic 5 days on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I did a lot of snorkeling on this trip, enjoying all of the sights one can see while swimming alongside coral and tropical fish. It’s […]

Perriand and Mondrian

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It amazes me sometimes how much Piet Mondrian has inspired such a wide range of artists, architects, designers, and more. There’s Mobiado phones inspired by Mondrian, a kitchen design inspired by Mondrian, a “navigation concierge” hologram inside a GPS wearing Mondrian-inspired clothes … why, even Mother Nature has a bird that looks like it spent […]

John Langley Howard repurposed for current political art

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I saw this street art poster (below left) in New York City back in November, and the message of “immigrants work, immigrants vote” was clearly related to the presidential election. But the image stuck in my mind, because I knew I had seen it somewhere before … and then I remembered, it’s from one of […]

Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights, brought to life

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I happened upon this video for the band “Odonis Odonis” which takes Hieronymus Bosch’s masterpiece “The Garden of Earthly Delights” and brings it to life via animation. I can’t find specific information on who did the animation, but the video was directed by Lee Stringle for Odonis Odonis, an industrial punk combo out of Toronto. […]

A darker Gauguin: art by Alan Prazniak

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I saw some paintings by Alan Prazniak at the NADA Art Fair, and there was something about this one in particular that felt like a darker, people-less Gauguin … I think a big part of the Gauguin feeling is that the texture of the canvas (or is it burlap, as Gauguin sometimes used?) comes through […]

Tim Okamura’s Rosie the Riveter

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I saw this painting by Tim Okamura at the VOLTA Art Fair, below left. It’s titled “Rosie,” and it’s an obvious reference to the J. Howard Miller poster of “Rosie the Riveter” (below right) which was commissioned by the Westinghouse Company’s War Production Coordinating Committee in 1942. Okamura is a Canadian-born artist who has lived […]