painting and photographic works

Sculpture

Creatures in the Dusk

A couple of previous posts (in my YEGmonton blog) looked at the on-going construction of The Armature – the revitalization of 96th Street to anchor the Quarters district in east downtown Edmonton. In the last week the construction fences have come down allowing one to stroll the paving stones of the street and to get a closer look at the two intriguing sculptures by Brandon Vickerd.
Here’s what they looked like in the blue dusk of late afternoon in November.

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Looking north on 96th Street from between the 2 sculptures

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Alpine Figures – video clip

I really like this short BBC video clip about 100 life-size sculptures installed in the Austrian Alps by British sculptor Antony Gormley.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-10833004

It would be quite an experience to come across them while hiking – especially if you weren’t expecting them.


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

In the summer of 2010 I had an opportunity to visit the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco http://www.sfmoma.org/ and I highly recommend it. I love the building, the atmosphere and the exhibit/collection.The building it self was an absolute joy to be in and look at – so interesting from so many angles.

looking up from the lobby of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
stairs up to the 3rd floor of the SF MOMA

More information about the building can be found here:http://www.sfmoma.org/pages/about_building

There is a great collection of modern paintings – so many of the big names of abstract expressionism and other modern movements are there. How wonderful it is to see the actual works of the iconic artists in their natural color and size.I was very pleasantly surprised to be able to take photos of the paintings and sculptures in the SFMOMA. There was one exhibit of photographs that they asked photos not be taken. Here are a few of the photos I took of the works that I admired:

Warhols
Diebenkorn
de Kooning

Not only are there many excellent paintings, the SFMOMA has a interesting display of 3-dimensional works such as these:

sculpture in the rooftop sculpture garden at the SFMOMA

I came out of this place inspired and absolutely pumped-up, eager to create, to paint, to paint big!
When I get back to SF, I will definitely be revisiting the SFMOMA and I don’t hesitate recommending it to everyone with a taste for modern art.