Louvain95 - Lou- is a 66 year old woman from Namur, Belgium.
I emigrated from StumbleUpon . I exported that whole blog to Word Press.

Peace and harmony are my favourite words and I try to ensure them around me (between people, between things). We brought up our now adult children along a river and discovered it creates a sense of community between neighbours - chatting on towpaths you know :). The river is a little miracle of changing beauty every morning and I love it, despite its ( rare) flooding alerts.

avatar ,corrected by Ruud Koek, Canada BC

An old souvenir from British Columbia, Canada. With my warmest thanks to RuudKoek for the "editing".

Sometimes I think one should create one's own memories,
pick up the instants with care, sculpt some here and there, then start erecting them slowly, like you would build a loved house.

Then you can take a pencil, or a brush,
a touch of white, a touch of black,
and a splash of colour just for fun.

Breathe. Let peace and harmony engulf your soul.

At first, I thought this was a stone sculpture. It is not. The photographer and digital artist Roberto Kusterle (Italy 1948-) imagines an universe where human bodies petrify or partly transform themselves into vegetals or animals - unless the metamorphosis goes the other way round.
Granted, such a world is far from pretty, but certainly striking, and it sends us thinking about our human condition.

Of which stuff are we made exactly?

Both images from the serie 'Segni di pietra' ( stone marks), no date nor title.

Carole Feuerman (USA 1945, lives in New York) mostly sculpts hyper-realistic bodies in painted resin or bronze.
This piece is made of molted bronze and boiling projected aluminum. The artist calls this technique "painting with fire".

To be in love, to be moulting...

'Zeus and Hera II', 2004, bronze and aluminum installation.

August Macke was an expressionist painter and member of 'Der Blaue Reiter' (blue rider) with Kandinsky, Macke, Klee.... He died at the start of the first world war ( 1887-1914).

Just let you drown in these colours along the curved shapes...

'Lady in a Green Jacket', oil on canvas, 1913.

Tauba Auerbach, born in San Fancisco in 1981 lives and works in New York.

Inspired by the traditional "trompe-l'oeil", she twists and irons the canvas, then paints it with shadow and light, then stretches it on wood with its permanent creases. It looks like the classical still-life deception.

Modernity and tradition in painting: playing with shapes, colours and illusions. Look also at the subtle chromatism: grey, yellow and a rich variety of in-between hues.

Untitled ('Fold' serie), 2011. Acrylic on canvas on a wooden stretcher.

Hues fascination.

'RGB Colorspace Atlas' (red, green, blue), hardbound book with each page painted.

Sasha Meret is a Russian-Roumanian artist (1955 - ) who lives and works in New York.
He mostly constructs imaginary beasts from plastic.
I don't know the media he used for this two-dimensional work, nor the date. It is called "Dawn" and seems very different from the rest of his production. I love the colours!

Brilliant colours to fight a cold, grey so-called springtime!


Isn't this fun?
The Huichol indians in Western Mexico are specialists of " beadwork applied to select objects.

The Huichol are a deeply spiritual people, and much of their traditional artistic output is an extension of their faith.
This particular work combines the traditions of the Huichol with an icon of popular culture, the Volkswagen Beetle.
Within many Huichol works, as is the case with Vochol, there can be references to animals such as deer (the most revered of all animals), peyote (used as a part of a sacred ritual), and various abstract designs.

Vochol’sbright colors and intricate details meld popular culture and historic tradition in a singular work of art.

The name derives from “vocho,” a popular term for the Volkswagen Beetle in Mexico, and “Huichol” , the common name of the Wirrárika indigenous group.

This 1990 Beetle was covered in 2,277,000 beads applied by eight artisans from two Huichol families, who finished their work in late 2010.

This installation at The San Diego Museum of Art officially marks the beginning of the international tour of Vochol. " (from the pages.)
Vochol is right now in Belgium (Bozar, Brussels), hence my curiosity.

'Vochol', 2010.

Photographed by Alejandro Piedra Buena, Copyright 2010 Museo Arte Popular

Xie Zhang, from the Architecture School of Pennsylvania University, created this sculpture "by manipulating lunar craters' geometry.
The diversity of depths for each crater generates different lenghts and curvatures, allowing a smooth transformation from surface to tentacles.
The process of growing which results in forms and patterns implies a metaphorical analogy...a chaotic relationship between organic and inorganic" (from the pages).

Moon or worms eaten cheese?!

'Infected Luna', 2012.

Aurélie Gravas, born in Paris (1977), lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Like the flowery background, the feminine figure appears simply as a painted object. She just stands there.
What I find interesting are the hands: they do not hang casually at the girl's side, but show their palms, as a vulnerable offering to the spectator (us). Doesn't she wish to be mixed up with the decor? She seems not to want to touch it.

From the exhibition 'Nothing inside but you', Brussels 2013.

Benoît Guillot is a Canadian artist based in Montreal.
I've been following his work (drawing, painting) on his WordPress blog 'Barbots et bribes' (in French and abundantly illustrated).
One can discover the different stages of this painting with which I fell slowly in love ;) .

It is full of movement (see the "falling" tree, the undulating ground looking like a frozen sea, the shower of light, the crumbling white on the frozen balconies).
One can feel the cold of this luminous snow and the scratched characters add a bit of mystery to an already vigorous scene.

A tormented wind of light and snow pounces upon a street ...

'Some Are', 2013, acrylic applied with a palette-knife on prepared canvas. (Found in pansolus.wordpress.com; click on the image in the blog, one can see it much larger .)

Gerhard Richter ( Dresden (Germany), 1932 is a monument in contemporary painting.

After classical murals, he started to paint from photographs and on them.
He tried blurring and often repainted over parts of old works. He also used watercolours and even enamel behind glass .
His subjects go from landscapes to clouds and portraits, black and white cityscapes and abstract pieces.

See the lowest gull on the right: I'm not sure, but it looks as if the artist didn't use white pigments on the canvas, but, as in watercolours, left free clear canvas space to silhouette the birds.

'Vögel' (birds), 1964, oil on canvas.

Mark Laita is a photographer of nature and American culture. He was educated in Illinois and lives and works in Los Angeles. He is the author of several books ('Sea', 'Serpentine'...).
Have a look on his site, it is stunning.

My warmest thanks to Mordmardok, for sending me this artist's pages.

Mark Laita, in 'Animals' serie. No date.

Strange roadrunners !!!

from the 'Technology' serie.

Tsuno Yoshikazu is a photographer for AFP (France press Agency).

In Tokyo, two twenty year old in kimono brave the snow to attend a Japanese traditional coming-of-age ceremony. Photo by TSUNO Yoshikazu, AFP, Jan 2013.

Linda Roux, born in Seoul (S Korea) in 1975, was educated in France where she lives and paints tormented landscapes with artificial objects and lonely people.

A dreamlike scene...

'A Family XI', acrylic on canvas, 2009.

Stranger on earth...

Somehow this reminds me of '2001, Space Odyssey' (a 1968 science-fiction film by Stanley Kubrick, after a book by Arthur C. Clarke).

'A Family X', acrylic on canvas, 2009.

Jan Vanriet is a Belgian artist from Antwerp (1948).

A masterful simplicity.

'Shadows', 2012.

I was looking for a painted classical Nativity when I stumbled on this wonderful Chagall's work.

As often on his canvasses, his characters are floating above ground, as we used to do in our childhood's dreams.

Above a restful dark green Paris, a couple of lovers lies in serene blue; a light green little goat (life itself?) seems to rush towards the maternity scene: a mother and her baby painted in hot red and yellow hues.
Did you notice that a warm purple bird carries mother and child? The colour seems emanating from the blue in the couple's scene...

After all, Christmas is all about love...Happy Christmas!

Love and maternity dreams in a expressive, balanced contrast of warm and cold colours.

Marc Chagall, 'Les ponts de la Seine' (bridges over the Seine), 1954, oil on canvas (wiki paintings).

In Hasselt main square, Belgium, a surprising Christmas tree !
It was made of porcelain plates and cups (about 5000) donated to the builders, Inge Vanluyt and Stefen Vanbergen (Mooz Agency).

Nine meters of whiteness!

Hasselt, Christmas Tree 2012, porcelain plates, by mooz design agency

Thank you, Mordmardok !

Happy Christmas to all!

Filiz Emma Soyak was born in Belgium to a Swedish mother and Turkish father. She was raised in Japan and USA and traveled extensively.

" She uses mixed media to create depth through layers of acrylics, oil pastels, sands, photography, and collage of handmade and found papers. An intuitive painter, she tries to finish each painting in one sitting to grasp the often fleeting moments and moods." (from the pages)

Rothko style abstract with a whiff of the Orient (the seal) and the inevitable Pollock's dripping, but these false drippings and the light collage, somehow give the work a feeling of fragility. As is life.

Hindu 'Holi' Festival ( festival of colours).

A Pollock-like photography!

Aerial photography, Katrin Korfmann.

(Many thanks,Mordmardok !

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), American abstract expressionist. Click on the picture for larger image and source.

'Number 8', 1949, detail. Oil, enamel, aluminum on canvas.

Try and meander along one colour at the time, you will start seeing which hue was first and feeling depth (don't get lost!!!).

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