Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dancing about Architecture

Or painting and printmaking in fact. Is it like writing about music? O, delightful metaphor of dubious pedigree...

I keep seeing art about architecture. Much of it seems to be about the concept of "home". There is a lot of popular illustration that has a cozy, homey vibe these days. Perhaps, I'm contrary. I was moved by these dystopian images by Dutch artist Rob Voerman. Perhaps it is simply the genius of combining block printing, screenprinting and water colour as in Epicenter:

2007 Linoleumprint, silkscreen and watercolour on paper 201 x 180cm
Edition of 5 + 1AP

This one, Annex #3 could be Toronto, but isn't.

Annex # 3
2006 Etching on paper 40 x 30cm
Edition of 15 + 1AP

Untitled 2000
2000 Linoleum print and soot on paper 74 x 74cm
Edition of 20 + 1AP

2008 Watercolour and pencil on paper 193 x 116cm

The work of American Erin Curtis, is much less dystopian, but it does have a certain haunting quality, despite the colour. {via happy mundane}

Ford Foundation
Acrylic on Canvas, 2008, 84 x 72 in.

Pool Shot
Mixed Media on Paper, 2008, 24 x 36 in.

For Sale
Acrylic on Canvas, 2008, 84 x 108 in.

I'm going to use this as an excuse to highlight Scottish illustrator Lizzy Stewart, simply because she rocks. If you aren't familiar with her work, do yourself a favour and go check out her portfolio and the about today etsy shop.

Nikolai Sutyagin's House
Image for FormFiftyFive's first publication 6x10
Also used as the basis for a customised screenprint.

One of the Broken House Triptych: Three drawings for an exhibition at Lower Haters, Haight St, San Francisco.

Built In Illustration inspired by a poem by Claire Askew as part of a collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Univeristy Creative Writers.

Giant Bear in Tiny Village Two colour screenprint

Which brings us back to bears, because really, can there be too many bears in this blog? No, I didn't think so.

Also, if the concept intrigues you, go check out dear ada where there is an entire "art about architecture" section.

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