Tuesday, January 19, 2016

“I Can’t Be Jealous of the Past. I Can Only be Jealous of the Future.” [feedly]



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"I Can't Be Jealous of the Past. I Can Only be Jealous of the Future."
// The Art of Non

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I recently went to see Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, a curious film in the sense that it focuses much more on the subject's love life than it does her love of art. Still, it was good overall and I'm glad I went.

The film showcases the development of several abstract and other non-traditional artists, including Jackson Pollack. I've always liked Pollack's work, but I don't think I understood the audacity of it until seeing this new film.

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The Flame, 1938 by Jackson Pollock

I often feel inspired when I hear about larger-than-life figures who pursued big ambitions. People like Pollack, and Peggy Guggenheim, did big things.

Then I went home and I thought: "What big thing am I doing?"

I've done big things in the past. But the past is … the past. It's not something that can be reclaimed or relived.

In an interview for her biography that was later used for the film, Peggy said:

"I can't be jealous of the past, I can only be jealous of the future."

And I thought that was a pretty good way of thinking about it. What's done is done, in other words, so you'd better make something of yourself in the days to come. Or at least that's how I interpreted it.

So what big thing am I doing now, I wondered.

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White Light, 1954 by Jackson Pollock

The natural objection is to say that not everything has to be big, which of course is true. But this observation misses the point. First of all, if you can do something big, why wouldn't you?

Second, "big" doesn't have to refer only to size. Moving to a tiny house could be a pretty big idea for many people. A lot of small businesses and charities have big impacts on those they serve.

So big doesn't necessarily mean "huge"—but it does mean impactful, audacious, groundbreaking, and—I think—challenging.

So yeah, I have to step it up. And maybe you do, too?

Otherwise, you have to accept that the best was in the past, and that seems depressing. When apathy is the alternative, it's time to think big.

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Image: VIFF, Jackson Pollock paintings


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Natalie Hirschman [feedly]



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Natalie Hirschman
// lines and colors

Natalie Hirschman, figures, landscape, still life
Though she also paints landscape and still life subjects, South African artist Natalie Hirschman finds her primary inspiration in figures and portraits.

These are portrayed against rough, textural backgrounds. Hirschman's use of lost and found edges allows her subjects to both be set off by their backgrounds and blend with them, giving her compositions a sense of unity and wholeness.

 

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Artur Sadlos [feedly]



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Artur Sadlos
// lines and colors

Artur Sadlos, concept art, illustration
Artur Sadlos is a concept artist, illustrator and art director based in Poland and working in the gaming industry. His projects include For Honor, Total War: Warhammer, Halo 5, Batman Dark Flight and Dead Island.

Though his ability to display work from some of his professional projects is apparently limited by rights agreements, the work I find most interesting is from his personal projects — notably one called "Conceptverse", which has its own website.

 

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Silas Amos celebrates digital printing with a new book featuring one-off art prints by Supermundane [feedly]



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Silas Amos celebrates digital printing with a new book featuring one-off art prints by Supermundane
// It's Nice That

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Graphic designer Silas Amos' new book A Bigger Spectrum features a bespoke, one-off art print by Supermundane in each copy, aiming to emphasise the relevance of digital printing. Inspired by the agility and versatility of digital print, this ode to the format sees Silas collaborate with art director James Lunn to produce a series of double-page spreads reflecting the diverse styles and printing needs of the graphic design world.

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