On a lazy day, if I'm in town mooching around the museums and galleries I like to pop in to the art reference library and flip through some of the magazines. Out comes the camera to make take-home images, names, articles, which I then "research" at leisure. Here are a few of the highlights of yesterday's browsing -
Bed" (1955). Nadaleena Mirat Brettmann's show is called "Hermes Rags" and each work contains an "original Hermes scarf" as well as acrylic paint and house paint. So, works with an inherent monetary value - unlike the quilt in Rauschenberg's raggedy piece.
At top right is an article on Lauren Seiden - subtitled "a graphite-obsessed artist chases a new thread". Here, beautifully presented on her website, are some laboriously-made graphite pieces -
Matthew Satz's show. Who he, that his gallery pays for a double-page spread? Mind you, it does look good; and he's showing in Miami and Houston at the same time -
said. He has "taught himself to create conceptually-driven art." He is revisiting his tar-and-feathers technique and is also know for his smoke paintings, made by lighting hundreds of matches and capturing their smoke.
Which leave two images from my original compilation. Top right, "Phantom Bodies: the human aura in art" - photogram, Medusa, from the series Home and the World, by Adam Fuss. The tones are produced by the amount of light that gets through the layers of fabric. Bottom right, a painting that reminded me of Adrian Berg's "un-naturally" colourful landscapes.
So there we have it - threee hours of "leisure" spent satisfying my curiosity about not-quite-random contemporary artists. I hope one or other of them inspires you to seek out more of their work (online?) or read about how and why they do what they do.