Is it that my art cannot sustain my living or that I cannot edure the life of an artist?
Brooks Shane Salzwedel: Blue Bones / PNE (2013)
graphite, tape, color pencil on mylar on panel
Ha! Dawkins looks like a kid who just snuck a cookie before dinner.
3… 2… 1… — December 13, 1972. The Apollo 17 lunar module blasts off from the surface of the Moon to begin its journey home.
oh man wouldn’t it be GREAT if Hollywood gave Medusa the movie treatment and showed her as the tragic wronged hero she was? Just chillin’ out as a just a ordinary woman until Poseidon raped her in Athena’s temple and instead of being like “DUDE UNCLE NO WTF ARE YOU DOING?!” and smiting him, Athena punished the victim and turned her into a monster with snakes for hair…only wait Athena isn’t an idiot and how could she even punish the god of the sea? But she could give Medusa the power to make sure no man ever laid a goddamn finger on her again. Until Perseus traipsed in and fucked it all up. Way to go idiot. I bet if you’d just asked nicely she might have turned shit to stone for you.
The Natural Canvas
British artist Andy Goldsworthy does not just make sculptures about nature, but makes them from natural elements that he finds. Materials commonly found in his work include leaves, rocks and even twigs, his installation space; everywhere. It can be argued that by creating these pieces, the artist turns the planet into his own canvas or installation space, as the works directly respond to their surroundings.
His natural manipulations draw upon the energy and life that is flowing through the landscape, paying homage to not only nature as an already existing piece of art, but that of a living one too. Each piece is site-specific to the landscape, transforming into the modernist ideal; conveying an experience of the real world while acknowledging the immediate physical reality of the materials. For Goldsworthy, it is not about showing the reality of man made materials like a canvas and paint brush, but the harmony of working with natural materials, that have always been readily available for our inspirations.