Killer sketchnotes taken by Carolyn Sewell at Chris Bishop’s talk on “Childhood” for CreativeMornings/DC, February 2014.
Travelling first by motorcycle and then by canoe, Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio followed the Gambia River from its source, in the highlands of Guinea, through Senegal and the Gambia, to its outlet, at the Atlantic Ocean. Take a look at their photos documenting the communities along the Gambia’s watershed: http://nyr.kr/1exN9wW
Powers of 10.
A nice little framework for expanding the scope of your thinking and looking at a problem from a different angle: what if you approached from a different power of 10?
How much of an artist can a designer be, and how much of a designer can an artist be?
Blogs We Like: Kemi Mai
One of the most surprising moments in Kemi Mai's discussion of her work is her admission that “it all starts with an idea.” I'd bet that most portrait artists don't perceive their work as beginning from the ideal, instead sensing it germinate from careful observation. What does it mean to seed a portrait with an idea? How does an abstract beginning translate or transform into one of the most concretely representative types of visual art?
There’s no singular response to that, but rather a set of traces and tones in Kemi’s work that unfold a sense of connection. Certainly in a piece like “Overgrown” (top image above), an element of communion anchors the subject and her environment. That is, there’s a mingling of human and nonhuman, self and otherness that’s both stark/obvious and complicated the further you dig into it. Mai’s faces convey an immensity of understanding that simultaneously invites and jars the viewer, and in Overgrown that “feels” pleasantly diaphanous.
More generally, there’s a candidness in each piece too. Framing and (again) subjective affect do this odd dance of pulling and pushing, exposing the subject as if caught off-guard or unbeknownst but never unsettled or conventionally vulnerable. This further refuses any unitary reading of a piece, firmly anchoring its presentation to a sense of the real and thus making its ideational content simultaneously evasive and omnipresent. So sure, they’re pictures of people. But as such—with their intensity, fullness, and fluidity—they’re worlds of inexhaustible fascination.
Check out Kemi on Instagram too.
“ I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. ”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (via likeafieldmouse)