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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.

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″

Winter 2011 – a new wonderful series from Linda Plaisted

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

I am a big fan of Linda’s art and have to say that her every series of photos have a meaning to me, but this one is very special. These images have an eery (in a good way) feeling to them, with details disappearing as if in the dusk, sky looking like it is going to snow heavily any time, and silhouettes that leave a lot to imagination.

Linda Plaisted - Dark Horse
Linda Plaisted – Dark Horse

Linda Plaisted – Winter 2011

Art in Clay

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild held a show and sale, Art in Clay, this weekend at the Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto. So many talented artists were showing their wares there!

Henriette Cons Ponte - Pomegranate
Henriette Cons Ponte – Pomegranate

Jo Killen - Saggar Vessel.jpg
Jo Killen – Saggar Vessel

Mark Piercy - teapot
Mark Piercy – Teapot

Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown

Akio Aochi - Casserole Bowl
Akio Aochi – Casserole Bowl

Anne Lewis - Three covered jars
Anne Lewis – Three Covered Jars

Hsin-Chuen - Three pots
Hsin-Chuen – Three Pots