Carla Falb

Carla Falb
New Jersey based artist Carla Falb finds inspiration in the roller coasters that tower above that state’s Atlantic Ocean beachfront resorts.

Her portrayals, based on her own riding experience and photographs, are at times more or less abstract. In their swing toward realism, blurred with speed and imbued with the disorienting sense of chaotic motion, at the other end of that spectrum, calm and sculpturally geometric.

There are two series on Falb’s website (accessed from a hidden pop-out menu at left), one of roller coasters, the other of nightlife and exotic dancers.

Paintings from both series have been selected for an exhibition titled Euphoria: New Paintings by Carls Falb at the Alumni Sales Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, here in Philadelphia. The show is on display until July 28, 2013.

The recent storm damage to the New Jersey coast prompted a more straightforward representation of a roller coaster from Falb that is currently the frontspiece of her website, depicting the Jet Star coaster that was washed out from Seaside Heights (above, second from bottom).


KIm Jung Gi

KIm Jung Gi
Despite some glaring flaws in its presentation, this time lapse video of Kim Jung Gi drawing a complex panorama in markers, across two walls at 90° and apparently without preliminary sketch, is fascinating.

Starting with a driver’s face, he goes on to draw cars, bikes, scuba divers and a variety of animals and people, including a self portrait (in red) near the end.

Though there is music initially, it quickly ends, and the video runs an hour and a quarter. James Gurney suggests listening to podcasts while watching.

Unfortunately, the video is marred by a presentation that includes a line advertising a website that features Kim Jung Gi’s work (along with other artists), that is unnecessarily overlapping the image and annoyingly animated.

In addition the video (frustratingly, inexplicably) ends abruptly without a good view of the finished image, and I haven’t been able to find a still of the final piece.

There is another, much shorter drawing demo here. I’ve included links to Kim Jung Gi’s other sites below.

Watching this kind of stream of consciousness drawing reminds me a bit of a time I got to watch Jean “Moebius” Giraud draw convention sketches for an hour or so — seemingly effortlessly.

[Note: some of the images on the linked sites (though not in the video) are distinctly NSFW and not suitable for children.]

[Via Gurney Journey]


Eye Candy for Today: Emil Carlsen still life

Still Life with Fish, Emil Carlsen
Still Life with Fish, Emil Carlsen

In the National Gallery of Art, Washington; use “Zoom” control.

Early in his career, the Danish-American painter spent six months in Paris, where he studied the still life paintings of Jean Siméon Chardin, apparently to great effect.



Mirage, Iker Maidagan and Dana Terrace
Mirage is a 10 minute animated short from Iker Maidagan and Dana Terrace, (with help from others listed in the credits).

The short was created for their thesis project as students at the School of Visual Arts and is remarkably sophisticated in its storytelling and overall realization.

It starts with an Inuit boy making a discovery while fishing, and goes from there into an engaging series of events I’ve tried not to spoil with my screen captures above.

[Via Michael Ruocco on CartoonBrew]


Daniel Adel (update)

Daniel Adel
For hundreds of years, artists have been studying drapery, both as garments and backgrounds for still life, and more abstractly as a subject in which is revealed the play of light against complex folds, waves, valleys and ridges — in effect, a microcosm of light in nature.

Daniel Adel evidently sees that microcosm, finding continuing fascination with the subject of strongly lit folded or draped cloth, but pulled in his imagination by invisible forces of oblique gravity and force of air into shapes that seem both physically improbable and perfectly naturalistic.

At times, in his recent work, he reveals that his windswept draperies are embracing bits of statuary; elements of putti or cherubs peak from under the flying folds.

Adel’s interest in the subject extends into fascinating variations: black folds against light backgrounds; similar forms like wings, swirling surf and foam; and my personal favorite, intricate wads of crumpled paper, with their contrasting crisp and soft edges, subtle ranges of value and shimmering areas of translucency.

Adel’s recent work will be on display in a one-person show at Arcadia Fine Arts in Soho that opens this Saturday, June 15 and runs until June 28, 2013.

During the exhibition you will be able to see a preview of the show here. After that the link will change to the next exhibition, but you can see a continuing gallery of Adel’s work on the Arcadia site here.

On Adel’s website you will find not only additional example of his work in the motifs mentioned above, but more traditional subjects of landscape in watercolor, as well as portraiture, along with examples of his work as a professional illustrator.

Within those seemingly disparate subjects you will still see Adel’s fascination with drapery, cloth and the play of light against brightly lit surfaces.

For more, see my 2007 post on Daniel Adel.