Conceptual Art

Recently I watched a thought provoking film by Dr James Fox on the subject of conceptual art.

My take on conceptual art is that it’s visual art that you see through your intellect. It’s an idea hidden in an object. It’s the anti-decoration.

I made an example – probably my one and only attempt at conceptual art!

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As you can see, it asks a question. The answer is, of course, “ur”. You are. You are the difference between this being a gourd and being a god. It makes you think, so it’s conceptual art. Isn’t it?

Linnea Strid

Here’s a photo realistic painter who knows how to paint water. She paints other things as well, all in this fantastically lifelike manner, but it’s her representation of water reacting with people and objects that is really intriguing, and skillful.

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Linnea Strid is a Swedish artist living in Uppsala. She has a website at:

http://www.linneastrid.se/

Giuseppe Colarusso

Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso takes everyday objects and converts them into items that have no useful value. A square rolling pin, for instance, or a keyboard of Egyptian hieroglyphs, a hammer with an electrical cord and so on.
Here’s a few more.

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The man’s a genius!

Spencer Tunick and the Smurfs

Spencer Tunick has done it again. He assembled a record 3,200 naked people on a cold day in Hull, painted them four shades of blue and photographed the result.

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The installation is called Sea of Hull and according to Spencer it represents many things including the spread of the oceans, rising sea levels. But is it art?

Museum of Fine Art, Houston

Today I went to the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas. This institution is more than a building housing art, it’s a conglomeration of public galleries nestled in the leafy and surprisingly traffic calm Museum District of Houston. The museum is fortunate to have acquired an eclectic and exciting collection of art through the generosity of its principle benefactors.DSC00901

The range of art is impressive – pre-Columbian artefacts, Spanish gold, early European religious paintings, Roman statues, busts and sarcophagi – but I was particularly interested in the collection of abstract impressionist art from Picasso, de Kooning, Franz Kline, Pollock, Hopper et al as well as some terrific pieces from the impressionists – Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Renoir.

Ouside, you can sit in the sculpture garden and eat lunch, or just contemplate, surrounded by pieces by Rodin and others.DSC00942

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Here is the museum’s website:

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Paul Fowler

These abstract landscapes by Paul Fowler display his mastery of the changing moods ofimages (2) the Kent coastal marshes.

His pictures are uninhibited and spontaneous; they’re the essence, the quiddity, of the scene without striving to be photographic. The result is hugely appealing.downloadimages (1)

On his website Paul Fowler tells us: “I like to employ a range of materials and techniques in my work, often water based media – acrylic, watercolour, ink – on a variety of surfaces from paper to board, canvas to driftwood. The paintings explore the landscape and coastline of Kent, its flora, fauna and endlessly changing light and atmosphere. Paintings are begun in the field, after an initial period of walking, sketching, observing and committing a place to memory. From this starting point the work starts to take on a life of its own, with chance and accident in the painting process being an important factor in the finished painting”.

Worth a visit: Paul Fowlerimages (3)