26 January 2013

Comme des garçons

Comme des garçons © Peter Lindbergh, photographer (1988)

Comme des garçons is a Tokyo-based Japanese fashion label headed by Rei Kawakubo, who owns the company with her husband, Adrian Joffe.

Comme des garçons Wikipedia
Comme des garçons Official site

Peter Lindbergh is a German photographer and filmmaker, born in 1944 in Leszno, Poland (the city was German between 1939 and 1945 and called Reichsgau Wartheland).

He moved to Paris in 1978 and started working internationally for fashion magazines. His mostly black-and-white photographs implement a pictorial language that takes its lead from early German cinema and from the Berlin art scene of the 1920s.

In the 1980s, he made a series of photos for the label Comme des garçons.

« In the works of Peter Lindbergh easily guessed by the influence of films and Fellini, Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, the eternal feminine 30-ies. and his love and admiration for both ironic Greta Garbo, Josephine Baker and Marlene.

If fashion is by definition created for, . to then go out of fashion, . his photos, . opposite, . survive the changing seasons and the ephemeral journals, . because they represent a warm friendly or whimsical look at the men blushing women, . are in cahoots with him and who graciously accepted signs of admiration,»


Peter Lindbergh Biography (dot ru: kinda lost in translation but still …readable and interesting!)

Peter Lindbergh Official site
Peter Lindbergh Wikipedia

Comme des garçons © Peter Lindbergh

 Comme des garçons © Peter Lindbergh (1988)

 Comme des garçons © Peter Lindbergh (1984)

 Comme des garçons © Peter Lindbergh (1980)

 Comme des garçons © Peter Lindbergh (1983)

Comme des garçons © Peter Lindbergh

19 January 2013

Single large or several small

Big Sloss Iron Furnaces, Birmingham

Big Sloss… Didn't know what Sloss meant before I clicked SLOSS debate @ Wikipedia. Oh I see, Sloss is an acronym. SLOSS.

The SLOSS Debate was a debate in ecology and conservation biology during the 1970s and 1980s as to whether a single large or several small (SLOSS) reserves were a superior means of conserving biodiversity in a fragmented habitat.

Oops, I am lost now. So let's click Sloss furnaces @ Wikipedia instead.

Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. It operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing it became one of the first industrial sites (and the only blast furnace) in the US to be preserved for public use.

Paintings of abandoned machinery and industrial ruins by Anna Held Audette

Leave the Slosses alone and let's hear about the American painter who created the atmospheric iron painting above, Anna Held Audette, how she sees her art.

My paintings comment on the melancholy beauty found in relics of our industrial past. 

 Factory (2005)

 Factory (1999)

Old New Haven, CT (2007)

Both the literal and evocative meanings of these subjects strike a responsive chord in me and provide variations on a theme that has been central to my paintings for a long time.

The relics remind us that, in our rapidly changing world, the triumphs of technology are just a moment away from obsolescence. Yet these remains of collapsed power have a strength, grace and sadness that is both eloquent and impenetrable.

Transfigured by time and light, which render the ordinary extraordinary, they form a visual requiem for the industrial age.
–Anna Held Audette

 Mingo Junction, OH (2006)

 Fog (1994)

 Helicopter 1 - Blue (1984)

Artists who have shaped my vision are as diverse as Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Piet Mondrian, Walter Murch and Franz Kline.

While my paintings are representational, their formal relationships are of equal concern to me.

 Sloss 1 (2002)

 Sloss Exterior (2002)

Snowplow at Scranton, PA (2006)

The ways in which the solids and spaces interact, the visual complexities of the shadows, and the changing surface qualities are all important considerations in each composition. 

 Suisun Bay XII (1996)

Weirton, West Virginia (2007)

I share the duality of this outlook with Charles Sheeler, another artist I admire, who also felt "that a picture should have incorporated in it the structural design implied in abstraction and be presented in a wholly realistic manner". –Anna Held Audette

American Landscape (1930) by Charles Sheeler

13 January 2013

20th century Ltd

Beautiful train paintings on my blog this morning. Enjoy my selection, the voyage and the day. Source: Highlands Station.

 20th Century Ltd by Fred Carlson

Atlanta Union Station, 1944 by Tony Howe

 5499 by John Murphy

 Buckeye Veteran by John Murphy

 Colorado Eagle in Pueblo by Fred Carlson

 Founding Fathers by Chris Nelson

 GMO Artesia by Tony Howe

 Going to Work by Fred Carlson

 New England Time Freight by Gil Bennett

 Kicking up Snow by John J Nauer

 New York Central's Finest by Fred Carlson

 Night Shift by Fred Carlson

 Niagara in Winter by Fred Carlson

 Northern Pacific's Finest by Fred Carlson

 Power for the San Juan by Fred Carlson

 Queen of the Norfolk & Western by Fred Carlson

 Quiet Night in Chama by Fred Carlson

 Ready to Go by Fred Carlson

 Santa Fe, Alco PA, Warbonnets by William Gardosk

 Susquehanna Afternoon by John Murphy

 Snow Squalls on the Modoc by Gil Bennett

Winter on the CN by Fred Carlson

09 January 2013

Woodsy scenes

Ull Hohn (1960 – 1995) moved from a small town in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany to West Berlin to study painting at the University of the Arts in 1980.

At this time the Neue Wilde were dominating West German painting with their neo-expressionism.

If you click neo-expressionism (Wikipedia), you'll see that Georg Baselitz is the first painter listed in the category Neo-expressionism around the world --» Germany. One of his paintings.

Two Meissen Woodsmen (1967) by Georg Baselitz

Ull Hohn was not interested in angry, masculine painting; he rejected the broad brushstrokes and craziness of the Neue Wilde. He preferred a more controlled style, which he saw as “serial color-configurations of pure painting”.

Four years later Ull Hohn moved to Düsseldorf. Yet by the autumn of 1986, he had left Germany for New York. He felt liberated in New York, far from the somewhat conservative and provincial environs of Düsseldorf.

By 1993, near the end of his life, Ull Hohn had completed an ambitious series of landscapes (above) predicated on the lessons of Bob Ross, a well-known TV painter.

Mountain Splender by Bob Ross

Ull Hohn also made Sex paintings.

Klaus Nomi - Valentine's Day from the posthumous album Za Bakdaz

Za Bakdaz is a collection of songs German countertenor Klaus Nomi was working on up until his death in 1983.The album was released posthumously in 2007.

Klaus Nomi was an exquisite man who loved coffee and pastry.