Archive for the 'animals' Category

02
Sep
09

Jon: Hubert Duprat’s tiny sculptors…

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French artist Hubert Duprat has formed an unlikely creative collaboration. By introducing artificial substances (gold, precious stones, pearls, etc…) into the habitat of growing caddis fly larvae, Duprat has developed a new sculptural method.

The larvae  normally build their protective cases from spun silk and substances found in the water bed like sand, twigs, and rocks. Duprat had the idea to supply captive larvae with alternate building blocks after watching gold prospectors in France sift for tiny pieces of the precious metal.

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08
Dec
08

Jon: The little things of Tiffany Bozic…

bozic2I just finished reading a really interesting interview with artist Tiffany Bozicover at one of my new favorite blogs, My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses. I had never heard of Bozic before, but was immediately drawn to her naturalist field study inspired macabre animal portraits. I must admit though that they do remind me more than just a little of recent Gaycondo profiled artist Walton Ford.

Where Bozic separates herself from Ford is largely a matter of presentation. While Ford’s paintings are meant to exist as (admittedly romanticized) depictions of historical events, Bovic’s work is more reminiscent of gothically and unnaturally arranged taxidermy. Upon viewing these creatures, they impact emotionally more as still life pieces than actual depictions of nature.

It should come as no surprise then that Tiffany Bovic was invited as the first artist in residence at The California Academy of Sciences. There she had free range to examine and interpret the thousands of taxedermied and preserved animal specimens on site. She then created an installation titled “From the Depths” consisting of both animal specimens (live and preserved) as well as the painting which they inspired.

I highly recommend checking out the interview with Bovic as well as her personal site which features a ton of additional examples of her work.

 

Here is a short film all about Tiffany Bovic and her view on the creation process….

08
Oct
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 9…

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

28.) “Freddy packed his suitcase. He would like to make a trip. Can he come and see you?”

29.) “Three strikes you’re out. Freddy likes to play ball. Grandma is the pitcher and Grandpa is the catcher.”

30.) “Freddy doing what little boys do.”

31.) “Freddy trying to get Darland’s attention (Grandpa’s).”

32.) “Andy is sitting in Freddy’s chair. He is telling him about how to plant and grow watermelon.”

08
Oct
08

Jon: The Large World of Walton Ford…

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I really think it is fantastic when I am lucky enough to find out about a modern artist that I instantly fall in love with. I just finished reading an interview with large scale water color painter Walton Ford in the October issue of Art in America magazine, and I am totally floored.

In the interview Ford discusses his early fascination with natural history field studies, such as those of famous naturalist painter John James Audubon, as well as the painted dioramas of the Natural History Museum in NYC. This inspiration is quite obvious when viewing his paintings, though his extremely referential style is stopped short of becoming gimmicky by the addition of macabre themes and political undertones.

Make sure to click the images below in order to view them in a much largrer format. It is worth the load time to see the detail. Trust me.

Falling Bough, 2002, 60 3/4 by 119 1/2 inches

Madagascar, 2002, 120 by 60 inches

 

06
Sep
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 8…

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

24.) “Do you know that this is Grandpa? He told Freddy that it was too cold for him to help deliver the papers.”

25.) “Freddy said ‘I can draw a picture.’ Look what he drew. Do you like to draw?”

26.) “Andy came over to play with Freddy. He let Freddy wear his fireman hat. Freddy will let him sit in his chair next.”

27.) “Grandpa and Freddy think it is funny for Freddy to put Grandma’s bra on his head.”

19
Aug
08

Jon: Meet Freddy 7….

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To find out exactly who Freddy is, check out the first post of the series here.

To see all of the posts, click the link in the bar to the right.

21.) ” ‘Merry Christmas to everyone!’ says Freddy. He wonders what is in the pretty box. Do you know?”

22.) “Grandpa and Freddy made a snowman. Do you think he looks like Grandpa? Freddy is so tired.”

23.) “Freddy likes to play hide and seek when it is too cold to play outside. Look! Grandpa found him. ‘There you are.’ “

02
Aug
08

Jon: “The proverbial cat lady. Yes sir, she’s a real hoarder….”

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via OMG Blog

“When I was a child, all I wanted was a kitten and my mom would not let me have one. So, she’s sorry now.

 

And here is the obligitory picture of our own little kitty sanctuary her at Gaycondo:

For another even more amazing video of the cat lady, keep reading….

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