When nature takes over…

Daniele DelNero's "After Effects"

Artist Daniele DelNero’s series “After Effects” is in essence ruin porn that would fit inside one’s residence.  These are architectural scale models constructed out of black paper which are covered with a layer of both flour and mold then left to do their thing.  Nature, she takes over quickly.  I think these pieces are quietly beautiful.

"After Effects"

More of her work can be seen on her website, http://danieledelnero.com

Equally of interest as I was in Detroit about once a month in the early 1990’s is what’s going on there with the historic yet abandoned buildings.  Living in Marin where every square inch is accounted for it was mind boggling to encounter blocks of abandoned housing.  Between the elements and human intervention something hard to define has been created.

Check out this interview with a few of the individuals who are documenting Detroit’s path.

Banksy’s “Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill”

Bansky's "Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill"

Chicks of the nugget species were part of artist Banksy’s installation titled “Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill” which featured animatronic creatures constructed out of  familiar content  but presented out of context.  While my chicks are morphing daily they are showing no signs of  developing a breaded coating.

Banksy’s website where some of his other artwork can be viewed is  http://banksy.co.uk/

The visual musings of StrangeMagee…

slug racing

It’s difficult to know where to begin because StrangeMagee is the only  individual I know who truly fits the definition of a renaissance man.  In my mind this coastal dweller is a biologist, botanist, landscape architect, ceramicist, videographer, designer of green dwellings for human habitation, naturific customized bicycles, lighting and a stellar, predominantly nature photographer.  On top of that a private and in my opinion modest about his talents kind of guy.  I’m certain I’m leaving something out.

amanita skating

This is a relatively new series of images, one that I love.  When Henry was much younger and into Playmobil figures I would occasionally amuse myself by setting up the inappropriate scenario (the bar fight involving excess alcohol consumption for example) then document it with my camera.

bolete grazing

day 2 of the SPILL

living in a berry patch had her always doing laundry

So I guess I have a built in thing or thang for miniatures.   The scale of these figures would make a Playmobil person appear gigantic.  If I’m recalling correctly they’re not any taller then a fingernail.  Nature as everyday tasks, everyday tasks incorporating nature, and the play on scale make it all good.

For images that roam far beyond the small set (wow, bad unintentional pun) I’m sharing you can find StrangeMagee on Flickr,  his website at http://strangemagee.com or his blog http://www.strangemagee.wordpress.com.  His blog is linked on my homepage with the reference to banjo playing squirrels.

Tina Amidon’s mosaic installation…

detail of artist Tina Amidon's installation

I first saw Tina Amidon’s installation on Mother’s Day at Annie’s Annuals but somehow it seems fitting for Memorial Day.  I usually feel torn and slightly guilty about what to do on this holiday.  As a child the requirement was to get up early, pick flowers from the garden, assemble them into assorted bouquets and then head for the cemetery.  There was no getting out of it.  Lunch out at a restaurant was the round about reward.  One experience when wandering through the depths of the oldest section of the cemetery that’s at end of 5th Avenue in San Rafael by myself was to pick a pretty bunch of poison oak to present to my mother who was highly allergic.  As an adult I don’t hold myself or Henry to this family ritual but it’s always in the back of my mind.

detail of artist Tina Amidon's installation

I only shot detail of “The Allegorical Reliquary Mosaic Chapel Fountain” so in the artist’s own words,  “My first freestanding but portable room sized installation.  The inspiration for the piece came from a combination of the weeping walls in Zion National Park and the graceful and elegant roofless ruins of ancient Irish chapels.  Made of mosaic and stucco on polymer-fortified concrete, fiberglass mesh, polystyrene foam armature, stainless steel reservoirs and submersible pumps.”

She spent ten years collecting the bits and pieces that make up the flowing imagery.  I was startled to see one plate that I recognized as also having at my house, a relic from a great aunt.  It’s an inspiring glimpse into one possibility for the stuff we collect.

Tina’s website is http://tidalzonearts.com

detail from Tina Amidon's mosaic installation

“Her Garden”

When I picked up a blank card with this image on the front I was thinking oil painting and the endless hours it must have taken to complete this piece. After doing a bit of research I learned that Swiss graphic artist Catrin Weiz-Stein (the mother of two) is like myself a huge fan of Photoshop and works mainly with vintage images and from looking at some of her other work some great textures. It’s still endless hours of work, no way around it.  Giclee prints, a fancy word for a high quality ink jet print can be found along with other examples of her work at the following website.

http://www.squidoo.com/giclee-prints-Catrin-Welz-Stein