On an awkwardly-shaped site along Australia’s Rye Beach sits the remarkable Klein Bottle House, designed by McBride Charles Ryan. I had no idea what a Klein Bottle was until stumbling upon this structure – and, actually, after skimming the explanation, I still seem to have little idea of what it is. The design is definitely intriguing, however! The plans themselves – seen below – are quite beautiful.
Victor Brauner’s “Surrealist”
In a 1924 “surrealist manifesto”, André Breton (1896 – 1966) declared Surrealism to be the “dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason“. Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989), the emblematic figure of Surrealism, rephrased this by admitting that “the only difference between a madman and me is that I am not mad“. Indeed, like a conjurer or magician the surrealist has to perform the trick of expressing “the real functioning of thought” by crossing the line of reason while retaining all the while his own sanity. And this is exactly how the Romanian painter Victor Brauner (1903 – 1966) pictured his own “Surrealist” (1947), a conjurer ready to do his tricks within a mad and undecipherable world. The instruments of his craft appear scattered upon a strange, half – animate table, objects that one would normally expect…
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In 1906, Marc traveled with his elder brother Paul, a Byzantine expert, to Saloniki, Mount Athos, and various other Greek locations. A few years later in 1910, Marc developed an important friendship with the artist August Macke.
In 1911 Marc founded the Der Blaue Reiter journal, which became the center of an artist circle with Macke, Wassily Kandinsky, and others who decided to split off from the Neue Künstlervereinigung (New artist’s association) movement.
Marc showed several of his works in the first Der Blaue Reiter exhibition at the Thannhauser Galleries in Munich between December 1911 and January 1912. The apex of the German expressionist movement, the exhibit also showed in Berlin, Köln, Hagen, and Frankfurt. In 1912, Marc met Robert Delaunay, whose use of color and futurist method was a major influence on Marc’s work. Fascinated by futurism and cubism, Marc created art increasingly stark and abstract in nature.
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(except maybe cheese)
You know when your eye is moving around a piece and everything feels fresh and natural? That’s called lookin’ at good art. I love it when artists play with composition, give your eyes a tour through the piece. Give them some positive and negative space to focus and rest in. And while I appreciate pieces that are detailed and completely covered in a manic sort of way, I LOVE simple, beautiful pieces of work with room for my eyes to breathe in. And that’s just what photographer Maurizio Strippoli provides. A good sense of composition is essential for any photographer, but in Maurizios photos space plays center stage instead of subject. They feel breathy, light, and refreshing as he frames ordinary objects in a spectacular way.
ahhh god that last one is so good!
See Maurizios website here.
First, here is the Fairy painting in the frame:
I made the frame out of corner molding, and have had a lot of “fun” actually getting this thing into the frame. Third attempt is in progress now, as I write. While the glue dries on that, I’ll relate the annoying tale. I made the frame just a little too big. Something about cutting the pieces with the miter box, and getting them the length I measured, eludes me. I can make the top and bottom, and the sides the same length without a problem, but it tends to come out too big once I get the painting in. I had the same trouble with the frame I made for this painting. Anyway, I liked the size because the opening was exactly the perfect size to not cover up any of the painting. I paint seriously all the way out…
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