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Living Art: The Remarkable Little Paradise Art Lodge. New Zealand

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Highway to Paradise

There are magic places in the world, created under intensity so focused that nature absorbs and reflects the power of the creator. The Little Paradise Art Lodge is one of those places.

Put together over 26 years by a Swiss artist who is both intense and incredibly human at the same time, the grounds are nothing short of remarkable.

We were not able to stay during this trip due to a birthday (paradox) conflict. But we will be back for sure. Even a short visit is highly recommended. We stayed for about an hour, enchanted the entire time.

You’ll be caught in the web little tourist

Enter the property

The lodge itself is hand built in such a quirky and delightful and natural way, it is hard to describe. Primitive, and yet so very planet earth.

Bedroom

Bathroom full of skipping rocks

Hand carved headboard

Living table

A couch fashioned from one piece of poplar

Though the lodge is a sight to see, the six acres of curated gardens are astonishing in their willy-nilly natural order.

We have always talked about a tree house like this

Lawnmower

The artist, touched

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Argentina Art

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Bellas Artes museum, Buenos Aires

MALBA, Buenos Aires

Small Domestic Miracles: Emily Shepardson’s Art

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Yes please. We have been collecting Emily’s art for many years, and we love it. Emily’s eye and her artistic sensibility are incredibly well developed. Watching certain threads across time develop, bloom, evolve, and rebloom has been particularly rewarding: gloves, house, lace, birds, and crow. So we were psyched to see the latest curated show. The show is not so much a culmination as it is a snapshot of the creative petri dish (or, the “endless collage cycle” as Emily herself puts it).

Go see for yourself.

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domesticity below

The show is professionally hung and well lit. Properly curated and composed.

Emily’s statement

the artist (according to the name tag dutifully working its way into her hair)

This piece now belongs in our collection

palpable buzz during the opening

This one will live at the Stick

collusion

where this one will end up is anybody’s guess (amy’s favorite)

Disclaimer: Emily Shepherdson is one of our dearest friends, and we love her. We don’t love her art because we love her. No wait, we do love her art because we love her, that’s not what we mean. But we would love her art even if she were a stranger. Oh hell, just go see it for yourself. Show up through March 4.

A landed boat becomes a “Hell-Raising” challenge!

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Lovely fishing boat nestled against a tree on a cold winter day…

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But wait! There’s a car on that boat.

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That matchbox dude challenges the leaf to a demolition derby!

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The leaf ponders…

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-Next episode – the leaf decides.

Where’s Aubrey Art

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The show Friday 12.29 at the Barns of Rose Hill raised $1181 for Habitat for Humanity and featured the art of Eli McGraw. Here are the videos of Eli’s art displayed before the show and during intermission.

 

Eli’s art is in/on the new Where’s Aubrey CD diversion.

Have a listen.

Opening of Art with Music and Friends

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Shot of  a Shot

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V. Silly Oslo Art.

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V silly art in Oslo. See the fox in the background of the third image? “Run away giant rabbit head!” I giggled. IMG_20170926_123636.jpgIMG_20170926_123706.jpgIMG_20170926_123626.jpg

Art in the Open: Hakone Japan

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The Hakone Outdoor Museum is Fantastic

An outdoor sculpture garden in the mountains of Japan. What more could you want?

Submitted mostly without comment. Skip the Picasso. Go for the Moore.

Art and Technology at the National Gallery

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Meeting at Leonardo’s “Ginevra de’ Benci”

Richard Danzig has some very interesting insights into technology and art. A Wednesday tour of the National Gallery of Art was just what the doctor ordered.

Context provided by Monet

Back in time.

Of note: lack of perspective, colors, religious theme, little man Jesus, non-human nature of beings, fill

Click to fill

Of note: lack of perspective, colors, economics of materials, religious theme, little man Jesus, human nature of beings, fill, fingers

Mary’s face shows emotion and internal dialog.

What is she thinking?

Of note: improving perspective (not that great though), bright colors, economics of materials, religious theme, little man Jesus, human nature of beings, background on earth, intrigue

what cho lookin at?

side channel

Of note: shape, focus, improving perspective, bright colors, economics of materials, religious theme, baby Jesus, human nature of beings, social scene, background on earth, many side stories, materials constrain work, fill

which way is the donkey looking now?

retouched, adjusted visage

Pile em in

Of note: humanity/intelligence, focus, detail of cloth, bright, religious theme, human nature of subject

towards impressionism in the brushwork

hey look, it’s a detailed human

lights. camera. action. Our tour guide talks Titian

Of note: myth allows humanism, symbolism of dogs, domesticity/afterglow and hunting, focus, light burst, human nature of subject

Back to Leonardo

Of note: humanity, blue background distance, impressionism, oil, technique, symbolism, real subject, colors, math, science

landscape

Fast forward in a time warp.

Context provided by Monet

Of note: humanity, cloud, impressionism, oil, technique, motion, real subjects, colors, light source, faces obscured, models are family

And then lunch by the waterfall

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Stuttgart Art

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Turns out that the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart is an amazing place. Just a bit off the beaten path and by the big giant construction hole, the museum has a vast collection of great stuff.

By far the highlight of this visit was the special installation of Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt. I am not a big fan of video art installations, but this one grabbed me by the attention and did not let go. Go see it if you can.

The official trailer here does not do it justice at all

But that’s not all. The museum has an extensive collection of great stuff from obscure things that you wish you had seen before to things you’ve seen 100 times but not in real life yet.

Here is my set of things to remember seeing.

So, just go visit. You owe yourself that.

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