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Art of the Day Break

June 28th, 2011

Oye readers! I’m taking a bit of a break from Art of the Day (and posts in general) for the time being. Hope to resume posting very soon, so do check back now and again… & thanks for your support & readership!


[posted by: C Way at 9:38 PM]

[file under: misc]

Art of the Day: A Day at Storm King (Works by Alice Aycock, Chakaia Booker, Hans Hokanson, Ursula Von Rydingsvard)

June 21st, 2011




       Chakaia Booker
       Foci, 2010, Rubber Tire, Stainless Steel

       Source for 1st picture: flickr user alexdanielletravelling
       Source for 2nd picture: flickr user researchgirl




       Hans Hokanson
       Helixikos Number 3, 1969, Bronze

       Source for 1st picture: flickr user dabvembarb
       and 2nd picture:




       Alice Aycock
       Three-fold Manifestation II, 1987, steel

       Source for 1st picture: picasa user muriel
       and 2nd picture: flickr user janejai1000



       Ursula Von Rydingsvard
       LUBA, 2010, cedar, graphite, bronze
     Two new things for Art of the Day. First, my longest break since I began this whole daily (hah!) art-writing project. Sorreee. (But, as you’ll see, I’m trying to come out of the deep freeze tonight with a big proper ice-crackin’ thaw). & Second, instead of posting stuff I’ve never seen before and may never see in the flesh, today I bring you pieces I’ve actually beheld/beloved & basked in the presence of & belingered about & around. Namely, artworks I just saw last weekend at the gorgeous, sprawling Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York (about 1-1.5 hrs outside of Manhattan depending how you get there). The wealth of artworks (115ish or so) were integrated throughout the landscape in all manner of ways: nestled meekly in and among woody rambles, installed upon & boldly yawping from knolls & prospects, tucked behind cricket-strewn tall grasses, spanning burbly creeks, shooting up & out of the flatlands stark and mystical, serenely wave-carved into the earth itself. Even if the Storm King tract were art-less it still would’ve been a lovely Saturday full of upstate New York early summer breezy beauty. The addition of well-curated, occasionally breathtaking sculpture harmonizing (or playfully contrasting, and in fact creating a whole range of concords & even discords) with the surroundings made the whole day even more memorable.
      Some words about one the pieces shown above: Chakaia Booker’s “Foci”, the piece I looked forward to most. What a beauty. It dominated its surroundings with equal parts menace & firm earth-deity stewardship; sturdy & tall like a Zulu warrior shield, creepy like some ominous fire-blackened signpost, proud & awesome & low-voiced like some ancient spirit of the forest. I circled it carefully, watching how at all angles it revealed itself, its parabolas & barbs & scales & rubber sharkteeth, feeling that special humming joy you get in your gut & chest when you’re in the presence of art that moves you fully: in form and content, structure & spirit, architecture & emotion, texture & movement.
     I want to let the work of the stellar photographers cited above speak for itself, but I’ll just say two more things about the pieces I chose: 1) they were my favorites of the small portion of total Storm King artworks we managed to see (definitely looking forward to returning in the fall), and 2) as terrific as the above photos are, it goes without saying that there’s nothing like experiencing these pieces in the flesh (esp. in good weather), so make the trip, pay the $12, picnic at the cafe, get a little tipsy, & go enjoy the hell out of the treasure that is Storm King.


Check out more of Alice Aycock’s work at

Check out more of Hokanson’s work at

Check out more of Rydingsvard’s work at

Check out more of Chakaia Booker’s art at

And please be sure to check out the photography of all the talented folks mentioned above under each artwork, especially if you want more Storm King related stuff.


[posted by: C Way at 10:12 PM]

[file under: ART OF THE DAY ||| sculpture]

June 15th, 2011



       Lucien Clergue
       Toro, ca. 1960, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print



       Kazuma Koike
       Bull / Roots, 2006, Watercolor, ink on paper



       Paul Emsley
       Bull, 1994, chalk on paper

     A bit caught up in life things, sorry for the delayed posts y’all. Here are some bulls, three different takes. The first by great photographer Lucien Clergue, of whom Picasso was an admirer apparently. I like this sentence from Wikipedia: “He also worked on a series whose subject was carrion.” Tells you a bit about the guy, and puts his bull photo in context: What a savage piece. Conveys the pitch of fury bulls are brought to by toreadors. In that furious set of its teeth. Absence of eyes too: the creature’s become all angry teeth-gnash. Even in (apparent) death, the poor beast’s rage consumes it.
     The Koike presents a different bull: bull as tree, stout and proud and strong, no toreador spears out of this one’s back. Broad and implacable with a support structure anchored in the earth. Beast of the earth, not of burden; not yoked to plow, but tied in a different way, & to nothing that mankind has built.
     Finally there’s the Emsley. Bull here as apparition, emerging from the void with blurred & eerie luminescence. Sleepy eyed and with a seeming plume of cold air spouting from its nostrils. This is the bull to fear. Neither earth watcher nor outraged victim. Spirit of vengeance, rebuking the harness & the twirling red cape. No, no, that’s wrong: this bull is beyond those instruments of its kind’s oppression. It’s not even a bull anymore. It’s been transformed to pure, unthinking, dispassionate retribution. No valuation, just simple action. The inevitable justice of avalanches, anthrax.

Check out more of Clergue’s photography at Monroe Gallery.

Check out more of Emsley’s work at

Check out more of Koike’s art at


[posted by: C Way at 1:23 AM]

[file under: ART OF THE DAY ||| photography]
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June 14th, 2011

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[posted by: C Way at 6:29 AM]

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June 11th, 2011



       Julie Soefer
       Fish, 2011, pigment print



       John Greer
       Cosmic Fish, 2007, engraving on paper



       John Alexander
       Fish Head, 2010, charcoal and watercolor on paper


Check out more of Soefer’s photography at

Check out more of Greer’s work at

Check out more of John Alexander’s art at


[posted by: C Way at 12:14 PM]

[file under: ART OF THE DAY ||| photography]