MONUMENTAL EFFIGIES BY THOMAS HOUSAGO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Thomas Housago’s work playfully subverts the expectation of sculpture. Drawing reference to a multitude of styles such as Classicism, Cubism, and Futurism, Houseago’s intentionally clumsy forms trade the imperious and enduring qualities of traditional bronze or marble for the humble aesthetic of plaster and various found materials. Lacking the weighty physical stature associated with three dimensional media, Houseago’s ‘monumental’ structures appear almost comically flimsy, reducing the grandiose weight of art history into sympathetic effigies.

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Houseago is fascinated by tribal art from Africa and the South Pacific, an influence evident in the primitivist mask-like heads and crude features of his disjointed figures. To create them, Houseago begins with a structure of iron rods, then adds materials such as plaster, hemp, and wood. Some of his works incorporate charcoal or graphite sketches of faces and anatomy on plaster and wood panels, producing an unfinished look that draws attention to the artist’s process.

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ABSTRACTED CITYSCAPES BY RODOLFO EDWARDS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rodolfo Edwards paintings of abstracted cityscapes deal with city narratives and bring together his background in architecture, urban planning and painting. Still young, he has quickly garnered a great deal of success with his dramatic re-interpretations of the urban landscape which he describes as a mixture of Neo-Expressionism, Cubism, and Map Art.

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He uses a number of techniques in his compositions including dripping acrylic paint, gridding his canvases with ink pencil and pen and collaging images found in art, photography and fashion magazines.

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Picasso’s Muse is 94 and Paints Every Single Day

“Women, especially pretty ones, often expect doors to fly open”, Françoise Gilot says. “The only way to reach the top strata of the art world—or any profession—is to ‘work like hell’ and have a unique vision. Are you capable of inventing something new?” she asks. “That’s where it starts.”

French artist Françoise Gilot, even at 94, is a force to be reckoned with.

The muse to Pablo Picasso when he was 61, and she, a mere 21 years of age, became not only the inspiration to his work and romantic life for a decade, but the mother of two of his children, Claude and Paloma.

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot

And don’t get it twisted, Gilot was not a woman who lingered in Picasso’s shadow of art or fame; she built her own legacy as a stand-alone artist with over 5,800 pieces of work to show for it. Currently, Gilot can spend up to 20 hours a day working in her studio/home apartment in New York.

Also, a best selling author of the intimately revealing Life with Picassothat caused Picasso to denounce any relation to her or anyone who favored the book, Gilot continues to express her experiences with her newest book on the demands, dilemmas, rewards of womanhood,  About Women: Conversations Between a Writer and a Painter. 

 

Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso by Robert Capa via International Center for Photography

Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso by Robert Capa via International Center for Photography

Françoise Gilot portrait

Françoise Gilot portrait

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot, Zeus

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot, Windmills on the Hill

Françoise Gilot self portrait

Françoise Gilot, self portrait

Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot

COLORFUL COMPOSITIONS BY CARLITO DALCEGGIO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Multimedia artist Carlito Dalceggio finds himself incorporating a world view into his work- colorful and frenzied compositions inspired by tribal art motifs.

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His spiritual and symbolic images of things like kites, peacock feathers and masks also recall Mexican popular art, Picasso’s cubism, Rauschenberg’s abstract expressionism, and Matisse’s primitivism.

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