1923 aka Heaven and 1925 aka Hell by Max Hattler

1923 aka Heaven and 1925 aka Hell by Max Hattler, A symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World by Augustin Lesage
1923 aka Heaven (images above, top five) and 1925 aka Hell (above, bottom 5) are two animated film by Max Hattler that were inspired by two paintings by French outsider artist Augustin Lesage.

The two paintings are both named A symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World, one painted in 1923 (above, middle left) and one in 1925 (middle right).

Hattler’s animation loops are just that, motion and sound, no story, and they repeat phrases and sequences with variations in color and other characteristics. They are exercises in rythym, pattern repetition and recursion. They were created over a five day period with students at the Animation Workshop in Viborg , Denmark.

You can see more of Hattler’s animations on his website; I’ll try to post more about Augustin Lesage in an upcoming post.

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Art-o-Mat (update)

Art-o-Mat: Lindsay Matthews, Paula Griffin, Lee Fenyves, Julie Armbruster, Asya Soloian, Janie Reavis-Cox, Carrie Price, Jessica Guptill
So you’re standing in front of a beautifully refurbished vending machine; you put in your golden token, make your selection, pull the selection knob, listen to the delightful “clunkity-clunk” that means your selection has arrived in the vending tray; you reach down and pick up your… art?

Yes, if the vending machine is one of the over 90 classic vending machines around the US and Canada that have been converted to Art-o-Mats, vending machines that dispense original works of art.

I first wrote about Art-o-Mat in 2006; the idea was started in 1997 by artist Clark Whittington. There are now over 400 participating artists, creating small cigarette-pack size works in various media, and selling them inexpensively (usually $5 US) in Art-o-Mats.

On the Art-o-mat website there is a list of machines by location, as well as a selection of images of various Art-o-Mat machines and a list of sample works by various artists, linked to pop-up images of some of their Art-o-Mat works.

There are also guidelines for artists who would like to participate.

For those who wish to purchase Art-o-Mat art, but can’t get to a machine, you can now order an Art-o-Carton of 10 works online for $99.

There is also now a Flickr gallery of Art-o-Mat related photos.

Hey, can I bum five bucks? I need to get a pack of art.

(Images above, below the machines: Lindsay Matthews, Paula Griffin, Lee Fenyves, Julie Armbruster, Asya Soloian, Janie Reavis-Cox, Carrie Price, Jessica Guptill)


Jim Denevan

Jim Denevan
Making lines in sand or earth with a stick is probably the oldest form of drawing practiced by human beings; followed, perhaps, by using a burned stick to make marks on rocks (charcoal drawing!).

Many of us (myself certainly included) still love to make drawings in semi-wet sand at the shoreline; making exquisitely brief marks to be erased by the surf of sun in a matter of hours or moments.

Jim Denevan is an artist who makes his works in the sand and earth, but in a much more elaborate and large scale manner. He makes his marks with a stick or rake, stirring up the sand to make it darker and walking carefully while making the pattern.

I didn’t come across an explanation on his site for how he measures the patterns out on a large scale.

As large as his beach drawings are, they pale in comparison to the size of his earth drawings, one in particular.

The drawing shown in the bottom two images is wider than the island of Manhattan (you can see it superimposed in one of the images). Denevan made it by driving in circles on a dry lake bed (where driving is permitted by the government and some land speed records have been set). The smaller circles were made by hand with rakes.

There is a zoomable version of this piece on his News page.

This work, like all of Denevan’s sand, earth and ice works, was fleeting and no longer exists.

Ars brevis.


Alchemeyez: Visionary Art Conference

Alchemeyez: Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, Alex Grey, Luke BrownVisionary art might be loosely described as an attempt to express the inexpressible, to make manifest a visual statement of an inner mystical or visionary experience that is almost universally categorized as one that cannot be directly described in conventional terms.

Still the desire of artists to create some form of expression in response to such experiences is a strong one, and has produced some fascinating visual art, often astonishingly intricate, intensely colorful and suggestive of transcendent states of consciousness.

Whether that appeals to you or not is a matter of personal preference, of course, but the art itself is notable as a specific and unique genre; with many visual and compositional characteristics descended from tantric art, mandalas, thangkas and other sources of imagery from India, China, Japan and Indonesia.

Alchemeyez is a 3-day conference on the Big Island of Hawaii on June 10-13, 2010. Attendees include an extensive list of widely recognized names in visionary art circles, including several I’ve profiled previously on Lines and Colors: Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, Alex Grey and Android Jones.

Though there isn’t a great deal of art featured directly on the conference web site, the page that lists the participating artists features a representative piece by each artist, a short bio and, when available, a link to the artist’s web site, where you can find additional examples of their work.

(Images at left: Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, Alex Grey, Luke Brown)


Dan Hillier

Dan Hiller
Dan Hillier is a UK artist working in the tradition of Max Ernst’s Surrealist collage (see my post on A Week of Kindness, also here).

Using similar source material from reproductions of Victorian engravings, Hillier combines various images, and unlike Earnst, adds some pen and ink modifications of his own, to create disconcerting, horror-tinged images.

There is a gallery of his “altered engravings” on his site, along with pen and ink drawings and other works. Hiller also has a blog in which he posts about his most recent work, including the piece above, bottom, which is a still from an upcoming animation in collaboration with Tom Werber for an indie single by Losers.

An interesting aspect of Hillier’s work is showcased in a blog post about a number of people who have chosen Hillier’s images as subjects for tattoos.

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Cheeming Boey

Cheerming Boey
Cheeming Boey draws on styrofoam coffee cups with a sharpie pen.

Those of us who have a tendency to doodle on whatever surface is handy may not think that surprising, but the degree of skill and work that he puts into his unusual medium is outstanding.

His subjects range from cartoons to detailed stippled portraits to elaborate decorative drawings inspired by the style of Japanese prints.

The drawings use the entire circumference of the cop, connecting with themselves in a continuous band. The flicker set of his cup drawings features them set against a mirror and also often includes multiple views of the same cup.

There is a photo sequence of his process and a video as well.

Boey’s cups sell in galleries for $120 to $220 and are sometimes placed in plastic cases. There is an article on him on the OC Register.

You’ll often hear disparaging remarks about unorthodox art materials, particularly when they’re not “archival”. I dont’ know about the Sharpie ink, but Boey’s styrofoam “canvas”, as any eco-warrior will tell you, will last for a long long time.

Addendum: The Sharpie blog has an interview with Boey

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