Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dale Chihuly

I've just stumbled upon the work of an amazing
contemporary glass artist....

It was like stumbling upon a magnificent collection of well preserved
sea creatures.
  I think seeing this exhibition 
(being held at the *Hallycon Gallery)
would be like taking a trip with Jules Verne.

You can read more about Dale HERE

* All images are sourced from the gallery website 


I often refrain from reading all about an artist though. You?
Sometimes I feel like the whole reason we create art is to show 
who we really are. 
The work itself says more than any 
interview or biography could.  
In a way I feel like I'll ruin my ideas if I see the face
(or know the history) of the talent behind the medium.
Or are we different when we create - are we more than just
people who have budgies and drive hybrids and dine on pizza?
Are we our art? 
Is art too fluid to allow any labels to stick?
Man I could ramble on about this for YEARS 
(I actually class Philosophers as artists)


So what are your plans for the weekend peoples?
Mine is looking quite promising I have to say....
Hot Date
Good Food
Chook house designing 
(it's a much neglected field of architecture)
and dabbling just a wee bit in ...
(I'm addicted!) 

Hope yours looks like this ....

via here

... and feels like this ...

via here

1 comment:

Eleni said...

Funny, my fella and I were having a similar debate recently about musicians (he is one, he takes it al very seriously!). He has a thing about authenticity: like, it bothers him when middle class white English teenagers try to sing like an old black blues man from the Deep South. He thinks your art should be a reflection of yourself, and why try so hard to be someone you are not? I don't entirely agree: I think anybody should be able to make any kind of art they like, whether it's part of their heritage or not. So many artists create characters for themselves (hello, Bob Dylan!), or pseudonyms (eg: Bronte sisters first published under men's names because they couldn't get published any other way), and I've always tried not to let my knowledge of the individual affect how I react to their work (Amy Winehouse, anyone?). Personally, I don't think you should have to know anything about the artist in order to appreciate their work. Art appreciation is such a personal, subjective response anyway!

These are stunning, by the way! I am always super-impressed by glass artists, as a life-long Clumsy Clogs :)