Monday, 29 August 2016

Nahid Kazemi V

Even a weekend off is a busy weekend.
This weekend was spent at the Edinburgh book festival seeing and sometimes meeting my heroes. Starting with Iranian illustrator Nahid Kazemi, whom I have featured here many times.
Nahid read from her new book 'The orange house and led a short collage workshop or children which Freya and I participated in.

Below are some of Nahid's illustrations from 'Alive Again' by Ahmadreza Ahmadi.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Amalteia I

Portuguese illustrator Amalteia  in this series has made funny illustrations using photogrphic elements through collage.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Simone Lia I

Last month I attended a conference 'Beyond Picture Books' at CSA that I didn't really expect to enjoy or even stay to the end of as I had to drive home to Scotland that day. However, I found myself gripped and stayed to the very end, driving all through the night to get home. One of the speakers was Simone Lia and I love her! she was enigmatic, quirky and very, very funny and all of these great qualities travel through her hand and into her work.
The images above are from Simone's 'NEW' book 'They Didn't Teach this at Worm School' of course it's a winner for me as it has two of my favourite things, 'birds' and 'worms'. I bought it at The Fruitmarket Gallery last week and I think you should treat yourselves to.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Chris Raschka I

I have been completing lots of research for my dissertation in the last few weeks, and yesterday whilst I was busy referencing, this book by Chris Raschka was mentioned in a lecture. I wanted to see what it was like, especially as Chris Raschka had already been mentioned as being a very interesting illustrator, because he was so musical and how his music had transcended into his illustration style.

I do love this books layered colours and shapes they speak eloquently of music to me, and remind me of the many wonderful 1950'2 1960's Jazz album covers.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Art Late III: Made to be Broken

Made to be broken is a powerful instillation and performance piece. which was performed at Platform 16 Edinburgh. A collaboration between Paloma Proudfoot, Aniela Piasecka and Jamie Robson. As you can see from the images this was a very physical and challenging show. Violent interactions accompanied by music, interspersed with silence, stillness and breath. 

The performance was concluded with the smashing of one of Paloma Proudfoot's fine ceramic pieces to gasps of the audience. What was astounding was the nervous silence, the tight chests of held breath during the physical interactions of the performers (Aniela Piasecka and Jamie Robson) and then the out pouring of breath as the breaking of the ceramic artefact.

"The vulnerability of these pieces is emphasised by the ritual performance Piasecka and Robson have developed. Just like the sculpture they will interact with, the routine steadily breaks down, delving further with each repetition into the self-defeating impulse at the heart of the work. With each fight, the broken remnants of sculpture become heirlooms of their ill-fated relationship." 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Art Late II. Jo Spence

The second delight in the Art Late tour was an exhibition of Jo Spence's work at The Stills Gallery. Jo's collaborative self portraits put a mirror up to the world that shaped her, personally and societally.
"Traditionally, the portrait is typified by the notion that people can be represented by showing aspects of their 'character'. We understand the portrait differently. Instead of fixity, to us it represents a range of possibilities which can be brought into play at will, examined, questioned, accepted, transformed, discarded. Drawing on techniques learned from co-counselling, psycho-drama and the reframing technique we began to work together to give ourselves and each other permission to display 'new' visual selves to the camera." Rosy Martin and Jo Spence

Jo Spence (1934-1992) questioned and challanged everything in her photography it is raw, confrontational and deeply personal, and though she died over twenty years ago now, her archive of 'questions' to normaility still needs answers today. 

Art Late I: Damián Ortega

Last week, I was very lucky to be treated by my friend Colleen, to an 'Art Late' event, in which you toured a selection of the Edinburgh Festival art events. This meant that you  were able to enjoy new exhibitions, art and artists that you would not necessarily have aimed to see.

At the Fruitmarket Gallery we were able to spend time among the purpose made exhibition by Mexican artist Damián Ortega. These works created from clay in its various states was an earthly tribute to the forces of nature with sequences of waves and erosion by rivers represented. The sculptures are a powerful display of geography in motion. His sequential sculptures explain and break down events into an understandable 3D diagrams of the effect of most powerful forces of nature wind, water, earth and fire

Above, Piles of stacked terracotta tiles indicate the earth, they have been ground away when the clay is drier to show the formation of a valley. 
Below are sequences of waves, surging and crashing, made with wet clay.

Damián Ortega was a political cartoonist his comic strips satirizing the darkness of 1980's Mexican politics with humour and shrewd perception. Now his clarity of vision is taken into sculpture he still lays out for us a clear sequence of events, but all is not quite as it seems, Damián is also commenting on the other unseen forces that shape humanity.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Friday, 19 August 2016

Blair Thornley II

Blair Thornley's style and alphabetical content struck a cord with Harriet van Reek's work from earlier in the week. Blair often uses peacocks, her work is quite dark, often humorously mirroring your thoughts on a bad day and I love it! See her Instagram it will make you smile.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Harriet Van Reek II

More beautiful work by Harriet van Reek, this time, a beautiful poignant portrait of the life of Enid and Egon Schiel. 
Edith and Egon Schiele was the tenth in the series of children's books produced by the Haag Gemeentemuseum in collaboration with publisher Leopold to introduce and celebrate artists in the museum's collection.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Harriet Van Reek I

Letter soup by Harriet van Reek

Lettesoep is a magical book by Harriet Van Reek exploring letters with a love, that is a joy to behold with its whimsy and fun.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Martijn Van Der Linden

'Alle Vissen Vonden Olifant' written by Henk van Straaten and illustrated by Martijn Van Der Linden, a story with a steadfast elephant swimming in the ocean and beguiling its creatures.

This lovely elephant was originally made using a hand print.
"the idea of ​​printing real skin was good! I made a copy of my own finger and saw immediately that this is the way it was. Arose beautiful lines, kind of like an elephant without legs and trunk. But very small. I did not know how big the elephant in the book had to be exact, but I ran quite a risk if I could make it without consulting a dwarf elephant from.It was bigger. I pushed my hand on the ink pad and made a print. There he was! My elephant! And exactly the right size!" Martijn Van Der Linden