David Hockney Paintings on iPhone and iPad

July 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

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After making hundreds of drawings on an iPhone (using the Brushes app) and sending by email to friends, David Hockney is now trying the iPad. One of the most influential British artists Hockney, who is 72, has explored the possibilities of art on faxes, polaroids and photocopies in the past. He now uses his fingers to draw straight on the monitor of his iPad. The possibility of replaying his final product and see himself drawing has fascinated him, as well as the bright colours of the lit screen.

“What makes the iPad better than the iPhone is its larger size. The iPhone was more about the relationship between the hand and the ear, whereas this is all about the hand and the eye and makes for far better co-ordination.
“What is also unique is that with the iPad you can actually watch a playback of your drawing. I have never watched myself actually drawing before.” said the artist to The Guardian.

The works are made mainly in the morning when he is still in bed and the subjects are sunrises and flower vases.

Summer Reading

July 23, 2010 § Leave a comment


photo by me

No recent releases here but I stand by this selection as being able to keep the interest of any art lover – with a couple of other subjects and styles to spice things up. You may even find some of them in a bargain bin. If that happens, snatch it and you won’t regret.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake
I Bought Andy Warhol

Seek My Face
Mistress of Modernism
The Private Lives of The Impressionists
Naked
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
Doce Cuentos Peregrinos
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Expendables
Lives of The Artists
Annie Leibovitz at Work


Jessica Stockholder at the Palacio de Cristal

July 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Born in Seattle and with an art degree from University of British Columbia, Jessica Stockholder has been exploring multi-media installations for many years. Now her work takes the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid courtesy of Museo Reina Sofia with an installation titled Peer Out to See. The work was planned for this bright space and includes several elements and many colours. I love the central column formed by shopping and waste baskets, bowls, and other objects made of plastic. Subtle and vibrant, this work reminds me of Frank Stella, Rauschenberg, Miró.
Familiar objects transformed with witty humour and a clever sense of colour.
Stockholder lives and works in New Haven and currently directs the undergraduate program in sculpture at Yale University.

Rodney Graham is The Guardian’s Artist of The Week

July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rodney Graham's Good Hand Bad Hand (2010)

Shady dealing … Rodney Graham’s Good Hand Bad Hand (2010), courtesy of
the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photograph: Ken Adlard

Rodney Graham is artist of the week in the London’s Guardian. In Vancouver, his piece Dead Flowers in My Studio can be seen at the Contemporary Art Gallery until August 22nd, part of the group show Triumphant Carrot. The exhibition includes works by the likes of Jeff Wall (another Canadian legend) and Sam Taylor-Wood.
You may remember my comments on the Rodney Graham band at the Candahar during the Olympics.

From The Guardian:

Why we like him: For his film The Phonokinetoscope from 2001, Graham took acid and rode a bicycle backwards. While the soundtrack that accompanies this feat suggests 1970s-style delirium, the everyday footage suggests a chasm between inner states and outer reality.

Art rock: Graham formed new-wave band called UJ3RK5 (“you jerk” – the five is not pronounced) in his twenties with Jeff Wall, while his current ensemble, the Rodney Graham Band, morph between country rock, folk and psychedelia.

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RootsXDouglas Coupland Pop-Up Store Launch in Vancouver

July 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

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“I want people to get in here and say: Is this an art gallery or what is this?” said Douglas Coupland of the Roots pop-up store last night. The cocktail party was pretty much like any gallery opening. I saw many of the faces I usually see at art events around town, there were art and colours everywhere and wine was served ( Unoaked Chardonay from No99 Wayne Gretzky Estates). Kris Krug was my ‘plus one’ for the evening and took a great shot of me against a background of colourful targets.

The store will be open through the 28th  – “or longer” added Laura Simpson, PR of the brand.

With that I am done with local celebrities I wanted to meet in person. The list was Arthur Erickson (who I had the luck to meet before he passed), David Suzuki, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Douglas Coupland.

Cartier-Bresson at West Vancouver Museum

July 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

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A rare exhibition of 25 plates of French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson runs at the West Vancouver Museum through August 28. The photographs were selected from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada and date from the 1930s and 40s. Master of the Instant includes highlights of Cartier-Bresson’s work like the widely recognizable Behind Gare St. Lazare that for me defines his quote about the decisive moment: the puddle-jumper is caught in mid-air while his image is reflected in the water below. His ability to capture a crucial moment has many more examples throughout his extensive body of work.

There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.

Cartier-Bresson, quoting 17th-century Cardinal de Retz on the preface of his 1952 book The Decisive Moment.

Canada Goes Electric – Roots x Coupland

July 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Roots had a good reason for giving the design of a clothing and accessories collection to an outside designer for the first time: they got renowned Canadian  writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland to do it. Coupland’s first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized the title term, which refers to Americans and Canadians who reached adulthood in the late 1980s. Coupland is a prolific artist and his work comments on Canada and pop culture.

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“For more than 10 years I’ve been intimately exploring what it means to be Canadian,” says Coupland. “This partnership with Roots is an amazing opportunity to keep that dialogue going with an even wider, more diverse audience.”

The collection, called Canada Goes Electric, hits selected stores July 8th. I bought a tote through the Facebook pre-sale page, and you can see that and other images in the slide show above. This alliance makes perfect sense to me, as Coupland’s blend of national inquiry and commercial instinct is in just the right balance here. The effect is playful, provocative, and most importantly, the clothes look terrific.


The Cheaper Show No9 Preview

June 24, 2010 § 3 Comments

I just got back from the preview of The Cheaper Show No9. Exciting stuff! Over 400 works from 200 artists will be sold for $200 each this Saturday. The preview attracted artists and supporters to the W2 Storyeum, a very comfortably sized venue that will accommodate the expected 3,000 people on the day of the show. Last year 1,770 art lovers lined up to get in the exhibition. Tonight I could see people taking notes hoping to fetch the best works in a couple of days. Rumour has it that some collectors pay good bucks to have someone standing in line for them.

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Favela Painting

June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn are known as Haas&Hahn. The duo started working together in 2005, when they filmed a documentary for MTV in Rio about hip-hop at favelas. Inspired by that visit, they embarked on a project to bring works of art to unexpected places, starting with painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil together with the local youth.

Their most recent work takes the central square of  Santa Marta hill (below) spanning over 34 houses. Their ambition is to paint an entire favela. I am donating to the project here.

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via It’s Nice That

The Cheaper Show 2010

June 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

Cheaper 8 - The Art-Buying Crowd

Cheaper than a One Night Stand was started in 2001 by Vancouver-based artists Graeme Berglund, Steve “Breadman” Cole and Syx Langeman (known then as the collective Fracture Industries) as a new format to promote talented and underexposed artists. The concept was very simple: to have a one night art show with dozens of artists and with over a hundred pieces of art, all for sale at one affordable price.

On June 26th, The Cheaper Show No. 9 will have 200 artists (chosen from the original 950 submissions) and 400 pieces of work – all selling for $200 per piece. The new space is twice the size as last year’s,  now at W2 151 West Cordova Street. The show became so big and relevant that Mayor Gregor Robertson is going to declare June 26th The Cheaper Show Day for the city of Vancouver.

Just on a side note, last year the line had 1770 people when the doors opened at 7pm. So plan your strategy carefully.

I will be at the preview on the 24th and hopefully get some good shots for the readers of the Art Monitor. Stay tuned.