Sunday, August 15, 2010

Edward Curtis, Hidden faces

the grizzly bear, 1914
the cowichan mask, 1912
Dog costume, 1914

mythical birds, 1914
Edward Curtis documented the hidden spiritual life of Native North Americans. The book Hidden Faces, 1996 collects some of the magical and strange ritual costumes used in dance, ceremonies,and rites.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Daniel Sporerri

I am inspired by the Swiss artist Daniel Sporerri today. He "snares" objects found in chance positions and disorder by affixing them to the table top and hanging it on the wall like a painting. He calls these assemblages "Snare Pictures". He even snared a dinner he had with Marcel Duchamp. While he left most of his process to chance, his art is personal and clearly guided by a strong sense of color and shape.