Saturday, May 10, 2008

Rachel Whiteread




Rachel Whiteread (born 1963-2003) is a British artist, best known for her sculptures, which typically take the form of casts, and first woman to win the Turner Prize.
Whiteread is one of the so-called Young British Artists, and exhibited at the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition in 1997. She is probably best known for Ghost, a large plaster cast of the inside of a room in a Victorian house, and for her resin sculpture for the empty plinth in London's Trafalgar Square. -Wikipedia Last Updates May 4, 2008

Ryan McGinley






Ryan McGinley at:
http://www.ryanmcginley.com/

Ernest Neto





"One of Brazil's most famous artists, Ernesto Neto creates room-sized environments for the viewer to navigate through and interact with. By using light, stretchable fabrics and organic shapes, filled occasionally with scented spices, Neto's work allows the viewer to experience the work through all senses, creating a spatial labyrinth for the journey through the passages in the room. Currently, Neto is collaborating with Merce Cunnigham on an exhibition called "Dancing on the Cutting Edge," where his sculptures become sets and costumes for the choreographer at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. He exhibited with the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia (2004) and worked with Carnegie International (1999). Neto was the Brazilian artist for both the Biennale of Sydney (1998) and the Venice Biennale (2001). ArtForum has reviewed his work several times, including his exhibition with Galerie Max Hetzler in 2004."
-Daily Serving at: http://www.dailyserving.com/fiber_arts/

Birgit Dieker


Rosi
Birgit Dieker
2007 MATERIALS: Worn clothes
SIZE: h: 184 x w: 60 x d: 60 cm / h: 72.4 x w: 23.6 x d: 23.6 in


Heile Heile (II) 2006
antlers, bandages
55 x 120 x15 cm
Foto: Marcus Scheider



Wirbel 2002
clothing, styrofoam, steel
h 640 cm
Foto: J├╝rgen Baumann

For more of Birgit Dieker's work see:
http://www.birgit-dieker.de/index.htm

Maria Nepomuceno



Superflux 2
Maria Nepomuceno
2007, Installation
MATERIAL: Sewn ropes

Alice Maher



Alice Maher
Biography

Myriapod (diptych)
2007
charcoal on paper
64 1/2 x 45 inches each
163.8 x 114.3 cm each

Friday, May 09, 2008

A Katharine Hepburn Kind Of Inspiration



An excerpt worth reading from "Kate Remembered" by Katharine Hepburns' close friend and biographer A. Scott Berg:

After more than ninety years of challenges-personal, professional, emotional, and physical-Kate was surrendering, and seemed happy doing so. "Life's tough for everybody," I heard her say more than once, "and that's why most people become victims." She lived most of her life as a contestant in that great struggle, always pushing herself hard, riding the wave and sometimes swimming ahead of it. "The natural law is to settle," she once said. "I broke that law."

Because Hepburn lived so long, for so many years ahead of her time, most of her fans forgot or failed to realize that she broke other "laws" in her lifetime as well. The biggest was that she refused to live as a "woman" in what was very much a man's world. She conducted her acting career as any freelance actor might, seldom seeking the protection of a studio or a manager or agent. She conducted her personal relationships with that same independent spirit. Her initial response to any interdiction was always, "Says who? Just watch." In so doing, she became a hero, someone men and women of all ages had to admire.

* I really appreciated this sentiment. It may sound preachy, but often times I find that it's important to be reminded of great role models past and present. Especially in a day and age where the media so constantly bombards us with figures who seem like cheap knock offs rather than the real McCoy.