Cress-coat performance, 1974/ 2006

Teresa Murak (*1949, lives in Warsaw) created as early as in the 1970’s

sculptures made from soil and plants. Her works move in the area where

Land Art and performance cross. In these, strict geometric forms and organic,

natural material are brought into contrast. The rational structure of the utilitarian

defined city should be overlaid through the spiritual power of organics nature.

In Zamość the artist transformed the town plan into a soil and plant sculpture.

At the opening of the exhibition in Potsdam at Alter Markt, she gave a performance

wearing a cress-coat, which was originally seen in 1974 in Warsaw.

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I dont ever wanna see white as the symbol for innocence and purity ever ever again.









I am using yellow personally. Sunlight purifies.

I chose green long ago

I like that idea too!!!

I’d go for blue. Symbolizes water, often seen as a renewing, healing, and cleansing element~

I considered that. And I like it as well!

I learned about Yoruba color theory in this African art history class that I took. The prof is Nigerian and he went and worked with these traditional women painters in Akire and they paint with pigment from soil, he calls it the terrochroma technique. The women told him that black is where all the colors come from because when you burn different metals you can see different colored sparks, sorta like firework. In the end you end up with black. In western color theory white is where all colors come from, but the women painters of Akire don’t subscribe to that. Every time when they start painting, they prime the surface with black as opposed to the western tradition of priming the canvas with white gesso.

Kinda off topic but I think it’s worth mentioning

This is really interesting about Yoruba colour theory. Really awesome stuff from women painters in Akure. I’ve known that red is a good colour too. White is for people who can’t afford any other colours.

Sorry I read back what I wrote and it sounds terrible bc I have been up all night trying to write this essay! but ok my professor’s name is Moyosore Okediji, he’s well known in the African diaspora artists circle. It’s been really awesome this semester taking two of his classes. (altho he’s kinda famous he’s not stuck up or has an attitude like some other art profs at my school… not gonna name no names… Prof. Okediji is an extremely humble person I really admire him)

Anyway he traveled back to Yorubaland multiple times in hopes of bringing traditional Yoruba women’s art into our school’s (UTexas @ Austin) very own Blanton Museum of Art, but the people in charge said that ceramics is not high art and they didn’t want traditional ceramic pieces made by Nigerian women in the museum. Professor Okediji later remembered when he was in art school in Nigeria, his grandmother once told him about the Akure women painters. They are a group of women who see themselves as healers. They paint in a closed space in the temple where men are not allowed. They do this at the beginning of every year to cleanse the world. The paintings are also seen as clothes for the orishas (Yoruba divinities), so they are making tributes basically. You can read more about that in this pdf file. So he basically went and worked with these women artists and brought their works into the contemporary art scene. 

There’s also a lot of other amazing stuff, Moyo has this website where he has these pdf files explaining a lot of things about Yoruba traditions and art, so if you are interested, go take a look.

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[Self-portraits by Carrie Mae Weems, Käthe Kollwitz, Judy Baca, and Frida Kahlo, text “Never apologize for selfies”]

Wanted to get modern women artists and some WOC up in this one.  If you reblog it would be cool if you kept the part in the brackets so these artists, two of whom are still working, will get credit—this conversational part below is nbd.

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Tags: misc art



Table Top Curiosities.

My parents bought this table back in the 70s and they gave it to me a few years ago. It’s a plain old wood coffee table except for the top, which is full of little spaces for all sorts of treasures. As you can see, I’ve got it pretty well filled up now. 

I’ll post some close up shots soon. 


Imaging Bacteria: Jon Sasaki’s New Photographic Work

Jon Sasaki’s recent photo-based work situates itself decisively at the nexus of humour, history, art and science. Three works in particular, Microbes Swabbed From a Palette Used By A.J. Casson, Microbes Swabbed From a Palette Used By Frederick Varley, and Microbes Swabbed From a Palette Used By Tom Thomson, all from 2013, embody Sasaki’s characteristic critical wit; the delicate abstract formations are bacterial cultures, grown in Petri dishes and born of microbes culled from paint palettes. Enshrined at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the palettes belong to late members of the Group of Seven.

A nod to the history and mythology of Canadian art and a persistent fascination with landscape, the microcosmic bacterial formations, while formally abstract, hint to painterly landscapes in their subtle tones, organic structures and tectonic shapes. The process of swabbing Group of Seven palettes speaks to a different mythology: that of the ‘Great Canadian painter.’ Is the use of such specific microbes, tied inextricably to the individual painter, an homage to the artist – or a clever critique of artistic genius? Regardless of critical intent, the inherent visual variety of the work affords each image a personality and the ability to act as a portrait of the artist whose palette microbes were used.

Sasaki’s photographs bridge the methodical and the mythological, re-imagining both the traditional Canadian landscape painting and the artist-worship trope. His employment of science-based methods in artistic practice works to undermine harsh disciplinary categories. Classification is cast off playfully; at the site of this betrayal, a rare experience of simultaneous wonder and amusement is afforded.

These and other new works by Jon Sasaki are on view at Jessica Bradley Gallery in Toronto from January 12 through March 16, 2013.

More of Sasaki’s work can be seen here.

-Natasha Chaykowski

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