Drenched in Light, Within a Ring of Fire

#70 – Tuesday July 17th

I just start putting things together, connecting points, drawing lines, being pulled along through the curiosity of where it might end.  This week began with my taking pictures of Molly Teardrop’s ball.

A long overdue visit to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), and spending time in one of my favorite environmental art pieces, James Turrell’s elliptical skyspace, Knight Rise. The skyspace is a vaulted room with an elliptical hole in the ceiling opening up to the sky. There’s an integrated bench around the circumference, for sitting drenched in light, the sky reaching down, as day passes by.


The annular eclipse, Ring of Fire, last seen in the US in 1994, next in 2023. The Transit of Venus, which won’t come our way again until 2117.

Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art and the iconic photographer of everything fashion, Bill Cunningham’s “On The Street” video, SPOT ON, for NYTimes.com.

Contemporary anonymous Tantric paintings from Rajasthan, India.

A week beginning with taking pictures of a ball.  From a dog’s toy to the cosmos, into obsession, the intersection of art and fashion, the mystic, and a future where I don’t exist. All in all a very good week.

Thanks for reading.

Charles


Spot Obsession, Gigantansim, and Round Things, For a Better World

#66 – Tuesday June 19th

Yayoi Kusama, Self-Obliteration by Dots (detail), 1968, performance, documented with black-and-white photographs by Hal Reif.

I have a thing for spots, more accurately  . . . dots. Most recently I attempted to satiate my dot fetish at Damien Hirst’s dot extravaganza at Gagosian Galleries NYC space, and while enveloped by lots and lots of dots, big, small, and all in colors seemingly possible . . . I walked away unsatisfied. Now the good news for us dot aficionados, the Whitney Museum of Art will be exhibiting the work of  Yayoi Kusama , July 12 – September 30, 2012. Now in her 80’s Kusama has used the dot in her work for over five decades.

As an aside to the idea of art extravaganza, the April issue of Art In America featured an excellent essay by Ossian Ward “Scaling Up: Mega Galleries, supersized installations: has gigantism overtaken the art world?”.

SRAM pArt Project returns! The SRAM pART Project equips a group of selected artists with a box of 100 bike parts. These bike parts are utilized in creating a work of art, which is then put up for auction. All auction proceeds go to the support of World Bicycle Relief (WBR). Readers of It Happens Every Tuesday may remember I was one of the participating artists in the inaugural  SRAM pArt Project (raising over 140k for WBR)   This summer’s 2012 pART Project, features twenty-four artists residing on Salt Spring Island off the coast of British Columbia. Salt Spring is home to both an accomplished artistic community and a vibrant bike culture. The Salt Spring pART project sculptures are now on view and the on-line auction is open . . .

Thanks for reading

Charles