On Art, Music, and Lovers

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“Why are you always leaving your things in the middle of the floor?” Haralambie asked. His girlfriend didn’t respond, so he stepped out of the kitchen into their living room.

He had left her writing up a statement for some of her recent sculptures. Now he found her stretching in her chair, her fingers woven through her long, wavy red hair. She gave him a rueful look and then settled back to get on with her work at the computer.

“Henriette, this is not just your studio. I live here too,” he said with a sigh. He crouched to gather her latest clay pieces, her sculpting utensils and plastic sheets, and took them to the balcony. Henriette helped, but halfheartedly. Her mind was on the blurb she was drafting that morning. She said as much to Haralambie, but her focus had already shifted, so when he returned to the kitchen to finish his coffee and smoke another cigarette, she put on a sixties rock ballad. Soon she was swaying gently to and fro, swinging her arms around gracefully, and twirling her hands up in the air—until she noticed Haralambie’s tall, slim body leaning against the doorframe.

“Is that what it’s like at those parties of yours?” he asked.

“No, but that’s how I like it sometimes,” she responded provocatively, a wicked smile on her lips.

Haralambie walked over to her, cupped her face in his hands, and planted a kiss on her lips. “You’re not sixteen anymore, Henriette, and you know it.”

From Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel. Your vote on Kindle Scout would be much appreciated—and if the book is selected for publication with Kindle Press, you will receive a free copy. 

Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel

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Hi everyone,

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If you like to read about art, music, tight friendships, and lovers who’d like to think of themselves as rational, I have the right book for you 🙂 

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Textile Tuesday: Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia

Textile work from Chilean artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia

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Welcome to the first Textile Tuesday! I love this much underappreciated medium and want to broadcast as many textile artists as I can to the world.

First up is Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia. With hand sewn work that ranges from palm-sized to full installation, her textile work is exquisite. The color combinations from each series are dreamy and each piece is just want to curl up next to. The repetition of shape, form, and color is calming and each piece, while soft and puffy, also gives off a definitive feeling of stability and solidness. Overall, each piece reads as being completely organic in both shape and form. Even though they’re laboriously hand sewn, each looks like it has been plucked from a vivid colorful natural world.

Check out all of Venezia’s work on her website.

All images are the property of Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia.

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Remember him? Gerhard Richter, Eisberg (1982)

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By Lukas UhdeOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Gerhard Richter’s Eisberg (1982) sold for £17.7 million (20,4 million) at Sotheby’s in London on March 8 this year, setting the record for the most expensive landscape painting sold at auction.

I can’t show you Richter’s painting (see the link above), but here’s another nice iceberg from Wikimedia Commons.

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By Ansgar Walk – photo taken by Ansgar Walk, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

Wolfgang Tillmans’s Photos

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Wolfgang Tillmans, Freischwimmer 26, 2003
Source: Wikimedia Commons [no higher-res image available]

On March 6 at Christie’s contemporary art auction in London, Wolfgang Tillmans sold his photo Freischwimmer 186 (2011) for £269,000 (approx. $329,000). It’s a marvelous piece of work. You can see it on artnet.

For more on the German-born, London-based fine-art photographer, 2000 winner of the Turner Prize, see his gallery on artnet.

The Smells of Central Park in October, in a Museum

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Central Park in the Fall. Photo by Thomas Julin [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

For its Design Triennial in 2015, the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum commissioned Sissel Tolaas, smell artist, researcher, and chemist, to create a scratch-and-sniff wall releasing various scents of Central Park. Tolaas’s work for this piece involved a week of roaming through the Park gathering samples—she chose the month of October—, which she then analyzed in order to reproduce their scent molecules. The next steps were to microencapsulate the latter and embed them in a special paint she used to coat a wall. She titled her installation The Beauty of Decay: SmellScape Central Park, as by October plants in the park are already decaying. The wall was meant to encompass the complex experience of walking through the whole 843 acres of Central Park.

I like the idea. I can see its appeal for someone like Sissel Tolaas, who has collected and created thousands of smells, and I imagine that in the future businesses will be quite busy designing scents for movies and other leisure venues. As long as they act like Proust’s madeleine to remind people of their experiences in the real world, it’s all good.

Betsy Eby, Musical Textures in Space

An interview with Betsy Eby, a pianist and painter who works in the encaustic style, with pigments mixed with liquid wax and dammar resin

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In her paintings, Betsy Eby fuses the line between the musical and the visual composition. A classically trained pianist, she seeks in her work what Rothko described as “the place where music lives.” The layers and gestures of her paintings evoke musical spaces and rhythms while drawing on patterns found in nature. From her early childhood, musical and natural rhythms blended in Eby’s sensibility. She spent her first years of life in a small town on the Oregon coast, practicing at the family piano by the age of five. Today her work reveals that interconnected sensitivity: her delicate, organic compositions become synesthesias of sound and image.

Painting with Fire features the artist’s recent paintings that utilize the technique of encaustic, which means “to burn.” The process is an ancient one by which layers of pigments, sap, and wax are fused together by the flame of a torch. Eby has slowly…

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