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ARTSHIFT San Jose » Blog Archive » Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

This arrived in my feedreader after the show was over, but what a great review. That the first image in the article is of Iggy Pop is an icing on the cake.

Robert Mapplethorpe - Iggy Pop, 1981 Gelatin-silver print 14" x 17 5/8"
Robert Mapplethorpe – Iggy Pop, 1981 Gelatin-silver print 14″ x 17 5/8″

The show itself was wonderful.

ARTSHIFT San Jose » Blog Archive » Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits

San Jose Museum of Art still have two short videos on their web site about Robert Mapplethorne and his portraits in case you missed the show.

Two artworks at the National Competition & Exhibition “Ode to California,” July 1 – 28, 2011

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Russian Ridge View and Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains were accepted into the juried exhibition at the Pacific Art League. The juror is Kenny Harris.

Commemorating PAL’s 90th anniversary, the exhibition “Ode to California” is about the historic transformation of the state, its people, place and culture.

Pacific Art League is located at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2545.

The exhibit is open July 1 – 28, 2011.

You are invited to the reception which is on July 1, 5:30 pm – 8 pm.

Russian Ridge View - colored pencil on colored paper, 9
Russian Ridge View – colored pencil on colored paper, 9″ x 6″

Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains - colored pencil on watercolor paper, 14.5
Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains – colored pencil on watercolor paper, 14.5″ x 10.5″

Mirang Wonne – dreaming in torched metal mesh

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

It’s been a while since I visited the Triton Museum of Art, and yesterday we went there just because, not to see anything in particular. Was I ever glad we stopped by!

Mirang Wonne is having a very impressive exhibition there – large pieces of stainless steel mesh into which flowers, trees, and oceanic plants are burned with a blow-torch. Some are hanging from the ceiling, some are placed on the walls overlaying acrylic paintings like a dream veil.

Mirang’s work is not something that translates well into photography, and this may explain why I glazed over her page on the Triton’s web site. You need to walk past or around her creations to see how the mesh shimmers, how hanging layers overlap as you go around them and create new and ever more exciting patterns of torched lines.

There is even a small piece of torched mesh on the staff’s counter that you can touch and see for yourself how different the feel is from the look. Gentle and dream-like turns out to be cold and unmistakably metal.

Capturing Sunlight 7386 - torched (burnt) stainless steel mesh with acrylic painting on paper underneath, framed, 55"x 42"

Capturing Sunlight 7386 – torched (burnt) stainless steel mesh with acrylic painting on paper underneath, framed, 55″x 42″