Link Highlights For Artists and Art Enthusiasts
By Donald Kolberg, Contributing Editor
- The Public Domain Review is “an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.” Focusing on works that have fallen into the public domain, this site alternates between collections, essays, and a carefully curated treasure trove of information to view, build upon, or just use as you like for your own projects.
As an example, the essay Harry Clarke’s Looking Glass is Halloween timely with its exploration into the ghoulish tone of this Irish artist. His most popular book Faust, replete with images of the artist’s face, exudes an incredible array of stench and loathing. But don’t let me influence your judgement—check it out along with many other wonderful items on this site.
2. Articulate Ink is a printmaking collective formed in January 2010 by four graduates of the University of Regina Print Media department. Today it is an artist-run facility with a passion for printmaking and a consistent dedication to community members.
What happens when a 12,000 lb. steamroller meets up with an inked MDF board covered with linen? The members of Articulate Ink decided to find out. According to Michelle Brownridge, Articulate Ink’s co-director, “We thought that Culture Days would be a really fantastic opportunity to do an activity like this, engage the public with printmaking in a rather in your face way.” Check out the Barb Pacholik’s coverage of Culture Days in the Regina Leader-Post out of Canada for the result.
3. David Hockney says, “I think the first person to draw an animal on a wall would have perhaps been watched by someone. And then, when he’d got the animal down, the person would’ve grunted or something, and said, ‘I’ve seen something like that.'” This falls in line with his idea that looking and showing are as old as time. National Public Radio (NPR) explored Hockney’s ideas in a recent Morning Edition hosted by Susan Stamberg. The text of that interview with the 80-year-old artist is insightful and surprisingly straightforward. It contains great links to an upcoming documentary and information on the Tate Museum retrospective coming in early 2017. Someone send me airfare and I’ll gladly go and cover the opening.
4. Joe Fig is an American artist and author best known for his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs that explore the creative process, the working lives of artists, and the spaces where art is made. Ever wonder what the palette of Gauguin or Whistler looked like? Or maybe you’d like to see Pollock frozen in time as he throws paint, or looks over the shoulder of Thomas Hart Benton surveying the development of one his famous murals. That’s what Fig’s work gives you. As an artist I love to see how other artists work. It helps to calm that crazy feeling of isolation you get as an artist.
Donald Kolberg is a sculptor, painter, art marketer and writer. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in museums and galleries. He has been featured in an NBC short documentary and numerous print and zine publications. He is founder of ArtCore, an international newsletter; conducts workshops on marketing and art techniques including workshops on creating Strappo’s, a dry transfer acrylic monotype. A graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, his master work was continued at Otis Art Institute. Additionally he produced Periscope Up an independent television production for a Pennsylvania PBS station. His artwork has been included in the publication Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass. Additional artwork and information can be viewed at www.DonaldKolberg.com
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