Still Life: Ron Mueck at Work – Short Edition, de Gautier Deblonde, 2013.
Un film inédit de Gautier Deblonde réalisé avec le soutien de la Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain et présenté en exclusivité dans l’exposition Ron Mueck.
Vivant à Londres, Ron Mueck a exposé dans les musées du monde entier, au Japon, en Australie, en Nouvelle Zélande et au Mexique. Son exposition à la Fondation Cartier est un événement d’autant plus exceptionnel que les opportunités de voir ses œuvres sont extrêmement rares. Travaillant lentement dans son atelier londonien, il fait du temps un élément privilégié de sa création. Ses figures humaines, réalistes à l’excès, mais qui jouent sur des changements d’échelle surprenants, demeurent aussi éloignées du naturalisme académique que du pop art ou de l’hyperréalisme.
Based in London, Ron Mueck has had highly acclaimed exhibitions around the world from Japan to Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, but shows of his new work in Europe have not been frequent occurrences. Mueck works slowly in his small North London studio, making time itself an important element in his creative process. His human figures are meticulously detailed, with surprising changes of scale that place them as far from academic realism as they are from pop art or hyperrealism.
Recreating a figure from a Chinese painting in the gongbi style. Gongbi paintings are characterised by meticulous brushwork and highly coloured palettes.
Chinese ink is made in a solid form, and needs to be ground and mixed with water. A full-size line drawing, known in Chinese as huago, is made on paper with a brush and ink. The outline of the figure is carefully drawn.
A piece of silk is selected for its weave and texture. Raw silk is non-absorbent, so it needs to be treated in a process called sizing. A solution of glue and alum is used to make the ink pigments stick to the silk. The ratio of glue and alum must be carefully balanced. Too much alum makes the surface difficult to paint, but too little means that pigments will not adhere properly. The solution is spread with a flat brush. The silk is stretched over a board or stretcher with paste. When the treated silk has dried, it is ready for painting.
The silk is placed over the drawing and the lines are carefully traced with ink. The artist can change the weight of the line by varying the pressure. Because silk is thin, colour needs to be built up through a process called tuose. An even layer of paint is applied to the back of the work. White pigment is usually used. Darker pigment is used for the dark areas.
After the paint on the back has dried, the front is ready to be painted. First a base layer is painted. Colour pigments are prepared one by one. The painter carefully fills in the smaller areas. Two brushes are used to create colour washes. Layers of light wash are applied over painted areas until the artist gets the right tone. The process of building up colour and creating the right tone is painstaking and can take a long time. Fine details such as facial features and clothing patterns can now be added. The figure’s outline is accentuated with black ink or colour for the final time.
The exhibition Constantin Brancusi and Richard Serra at Fondation Beyeler brings together the oeuvres of two of the most important sculptors of the 20th Century. About 40 exemplary pieces of Constantin Brancusi meet with important works by Richard Serra such as Strike, Olson, and Fernando Pessoa. More info: vernissage.tv/blog/2011/05/22/constantin-brancusi-and-richard-serra-at-fondation-beyeler/
In a previous video, we attended the opening night of the Public sector of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015. This video shows how the outdoor sculptures and site-specific installations look by day. As a reminder, the 2015 edition of Public is titled “Metaforms”. Metaforms presents works by the artists Olaf Breuning, James Capper, Tony Cragg, Melvin Edwards, Sam Falls, Sylvie Fleury, Katharina Grosse, Matt Johnson, Jacob Kassay, Kris Martin, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Athena Papadopoulos, Ishmael Randall-Weeks, Sterling Ruby, Michael Sailstorfer, Tomás Saraceno, Tony Tasset, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Francisco Ugarte, Timm Ulrichs, Marianne Vitale, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Hank Willis Thomas, Robert Wilson, Yan Xing, and Yiao Yu.
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015: Public Sector by Day. Miami Beach, Florida (USA), December 3, 2015.
Agnes Martin’s restrained yet evocative paintings came from her belief that spiritual inspiration rather than intellect created great work. In this film, which includes rare archive footage of the artist in her studio in New Mexico, her art dealer and confidant Arne Glimcher remembers Martin’s philosophical ideas about her work and her rigorous process in developing her paintings.
Tate curator Frances Morris also reveals the mathematical precision behind Martin’s abstract masterpieces, and the intense experimentation which led to her signature grids.
I tried to see every piece of art in London in one day.
Many thanks to Hungry Man, 101, Art Fund, all of the museums/galleries and everyone else who made this possible.
National Art Pass – artfund.org/national-art-pass
A short documentary about the Black Mountain College, a highly influential school founded in North Carolina, USA, in 1933 where teaching was experimental and committed to an interdisciplinary approach.
A Time-Laps film by Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope is a special installation for a limited time, September 1 through 26, where Kusama has created an “infinity room” experience with the Glass House itself covered with polka dots. Visitors who attend the exhibition during this period will be offered the unique experience to simultaneously see the world through the eyes of both Philip Johnson and Yayoi Kusama. The Glass House’s window walls and doors allow the artist to create a one-of-a-kind signature “infinity room.” The polka dots directly engage the architecture of the Glass House, complementing its structure and aesthetics, breathing new life into the house. For Kusama, the polka dot represents an individual, its own universe. Similarly, Philip Johnson created his own private universe at the Glass House, sculpting every aspect of landscape experience into his own universe.
フィリップ・ジョンソン設計の「ガラスの家」で行われた草間彌生のインスタレーション「Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope」の様子を記録したタイムラプス動画。
With the success of Pixar came an avalanche of computer-generated animation but not all animators are following the hi-tech pack. Monocle Films travels to the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and southern England in search of storytellers who think outside the computer box.
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