Thursday, February 16, 2012

Paintings: avant-garde and older than recorded time

Fireworks are known to make people ooh and ah, but New York artist Rosemarie Fiore takes matters one step further by using them to make beautiful art. The University of Virginia blog uvatoday reported watching her in action:
Fiore set off small fireworks and smoke bombs on large sheets of paper, rolling them, pushing them, trapping them under different-sized containers and combing them into spiral designs with a rake contraption constructed from a broom handle. Her helpers also assembled separate sheets of lines and circles made by trapping smoke bombs under tin cans and pushing them across the paper. Fiore will take these pieces back to her studio in New York City to cut out and piece together with more burnings and circles of plain white paper to create her finished product.
Fiore is no stranger to novel methods of creation: she once filled her wiper reservoirs with paints, mounted paper onto her windshield, pressed the button, et voilà, car art.
Another tack is taken by photographer Martin Klimas, who places various colors of paint on speakers, cranks up the volume, and photographs the results of his “good vibrations” at a shutter speed of 1/7,000th of a second. The one at right was done to “Pharaoh’s Dance,” from the Miles Davis album Bitches Brew; the one below could be called “Paint Dance.”  I'm also taken with his “shattered figurine” series—they look so graceful and so convincingly caught in the midst of action.
Found recently in Malaga, Spain, these 42,000-year-old paintings of seals may have been made by Neanderthals and have now challenged France's Chauvet cave images as the earliest example of Paleolithic cave art. The mind boggles!

Have you ever used unusual approaches to painting?

3 comments:

  1. THE PIECE AT THE TOP RIGHT IS AWESOME! FIORE'S PROCESS TO CREATE IT IS PRETTY CREATIVE AND INCREDIBLE!

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  2. These are absolutely stunning! Mr. Pollock would be quite proud! What a neat way to evolve the art form...

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  3. Rosemarie Fiore definitely has some great pieces of artwork. Just shows that just basic art with color can be innovative and creative!

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