Monday, April 20, 2015

Quotes: P. D. James

"The underlying message [of mysteries] is that no matter how difficult problems are in life –– in your own or in the life of a country or society –– in the end they can always be solved, not by divine intervention or good luck, but by human intelligence, human courage, human perseverance." –– P. D. James (1920-2014), British novelist
Source: 2010 interview with Elizabeth Renzetti (Renzetti, Elizabeth. "P. D. James was obsessed with death, but her life was well and heroically lived." Globe & Mail, Saturday November 29, 2014, p. A2) via my book of commonplace.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Poster: Kenojuak Ashevak

I found this poster from The Owls of Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013). Sadly, the exhibition is over and I did not see it. The poster is pretty sweet though.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Susie Brandt

A few years ago I wrote about the lecture and workshop that I took with Susie Brandt during the 2004 International Creators conference at Harbourfront. Last week I found my notes in an old sketchbook. At the time I noted four main attributes of her work:
1. Transformation of materials
2. Uses readily available and cheap materials–– "materials at hand"
3. Invention–– she invents new techniques and new ways of putting things together.
4. Scale––at the time of the workshop she worked in the double-bed sized scale (54 inches by 74 inches), so theoretically her pieces could function as a bed covering, although she acknowledged that they wouldn't likely be used that way.

Today I'd add:
5. Humour/Playfulness–– Brandt work reflects her wacky sense of humour and playfulness.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quotes: Aristotle

"There can be no thought without an image." –– Aristotle (384 - 322 BC), Greek philosopher
Source: Alan Morantz. Where is Here? Canada's Maps and the Stories They Tell. 2002, p. 2 via my book of commonplace.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Danish Poet by Torill Kove


The Danish Poet by Torill Kove, 2006

I first saw this short film in 2007. The Danish Poet by Torill Kove (b. 1958), a Norwegian-born Canadian, won the 2007 Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film. If you need some enchantment for the weekend, watch this. A bonus is that it is narrated by Liv Ullmann.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Christopher Moore: Conceptual Illustration poster

Conceptual Illustration poster by Christopher Moore
Since January, I've been reviewing old sketchbooks. In one from 2004 I found this poster from the Conceptual Illustration exhibition in 1998 at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. My classmate Christopher Moore taught the Conceptual Illustration class and in a previous post, I wrote that I regretted not taking the class. I still do. Christopher is an Associate Professor of Design and Computational Arts at Concordia University.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Quotes: Rob Breszny

"Kintsukuroi is a Japanese word that literally means "golden repair." It refers to the practice of fixing cracked pottery with lacquer that's blended with actual gold or silver. Metaphorically, it suggests that something may become more beautiful and valuable after being broken. The wounds and the healing of wounds are integral parts of the story, not shameful distortions to be disguised or hidden." –– Rob Breszny, Free Will Astrology, August 14, 2014, Capricorn via my book of commonplace.