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Juan Gris: Profile in Collage

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Juan Gris, Cubist co-originator of collage and found-object art.

Oryza sativa by Ziva

This is one of a series celebrating and reinterpreting the glories of botanical subjects as portrayed in classic wood engravings.

Yellow Jessamine by Ziva

This is one of a series celebrating and reinterpreting the glories of botanical subjects as portrayed in classic wood engravings.

Ancestral Star

Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s verge. -- Lord Byron, English poet (1788-1824)

Pitcher Plant

This is one of a series celebrating and reinterpreting the glories of botanical subjects as portrayed in classic wood engravings.

Planetary Assembly

Although he is skeptical, the work of assembling planets goes on, patiently winding into itself threads of personality and intelligence...

Romare Bearden: Profile in Collage

The life of Romare Bearden (born in Charlotte, NC, 1911; died in New York, NY, 1988) bears out Joseph Cornell's famous dictum, "Collage = Reality." As an African-American artist, Bearden collaged his artistic vocation together with the economic reality of earning a living as a social worker. Within his artwork -- particularly his magnificent collages

The New Pharos

The storming sea washes over the jetty-stones and the lighthouse at their end...

Da Vinci Star

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”

On Interpretation & Interaction

People who look for symbolic meanings fail to grasp the inherent poetry and mystery of the image. -- Magritte Magritte's thesis represents one possible position in the perception of art; there are others...

Star of Enlightenment

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

Bentham Star

“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet”

Collage for Toy Trains: The Art of the Obsolete

The previous blog post looked at Charles and Ray Eames's 1957 short film Toccata for Toy Trains, and speculated on our ancestors' attitudes toward technology. This post continues that train of thought...

Collage for Toy Trains: the Art of Obsolete Technology

"...In a good old toy, there is apt to be nothing self-conscious about the use of materials: what is wood is wood, what is tin is tin, what is cast is beautifully cast. It is possible that somewhere in all this is a clue to what sets the creative climate of any time, including our own." -- from the spoken prologue to Toccata for Toy Trains, by Charles & Ray Eames

Are You Dehiscing for Love?

DEHISCENCE: A botanical term that describes the opening of a hollow plant part to release seeds or pollen...

Max Ernst: Profile in Collage

Max Ernst (born in Brühl, North Rheinland, Germany 1891; died in Paris, France 1976) was an entirely self-taught artist. Like many young European men of his generation, he was drafted and saw action in the First World War. The revulsion Ernst and his friends felt at the horrors of the War led them to form

The Human Cave

In moments of reflection, one becomes aware of the weight of others pressing in on one's life, of their judgments and scrutiny...