Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
"Laika" by Juan Marín at Poolga
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
In aproximately two weeks my NathanAbels.com website will no longer be with earthlink and will cease to exist in its current form. Nathanabels.com will still exist as a domain but it will now be hosted on a wordpress blog site. I combined the capabilities of wordpress and flickr to make a nice new site with lots of new information that will be much easier for me to update. I now have images from recent exhibitions - with press links, installation photos, and images from the pieces I had in each show. Take a look around and tell me what you think!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I put together a small collection of some sun/light glare photos of mine. I'm a big fan of this pictobrowser application that works with flickr. Really easy to use and highly recommended.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
According to the National Parks Service website,
"[Carved] Aspen trees ... bear the marks of those who came before. Known as arborglyphs, dendroglyphs, or aspen art, the carvings provide an important record of the area's history.
The practice was started by Basque sheepherders in the late 1800s. Basque sheepherders were replaced by Peruvian sheepherders in the late 1900s adding yet another style and mix of arborglyphs. Recreational campers and cattlemen also left their marks, some of which date from the early 1900s.
The Basques, who call themselves Euskaldunak, are from the Pyrenees Mountains located on the border of Spain and France. Basques have their own language known as Eusk but since the majority live in Spain, they also speak, read and write in Spanish. This explains why some of the carvings contain a mix of both Eusk and Spanish."
The Hispanic roots of Colorado and New Mexico carved Aspen trees is explained by Arborlyphs.com writer, "Particularly intriguing about the carvings of Colorado and New Mexico is that they were not carved by Basque shepherds, but by Hispanics, whose forefathers had been in the area for generations. Among these herders were descendants of early pioneer families, settlers that came north from Mexico when this part of country was known as Nuevo Mexico and controlled by Spain. There was some Basque immigration to the Grand Junction, Colorado area but little if any to the south San Juans. These carvings are culturally different from the Basque carvings making them even more significant to Colorado and New Mexico’s history."
via Fultxo's flickr set of Basque Tree Carvings
"Speaking Through the Aspens: Basque Tree Carvings in California and Nevada", by J. Mallea-Olaetxe
Monday, February 18, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sorry for the Morrissey-length title - It's another windy day here in Denver - with gusts in the mountains upwards of 70 mph. I came across this amazing Dutch artist on youtube named Theo Jansen who uses wind as part of his work. Watch the video to see his kinetic wind-powered sculptures in action. You can read a Wired article on him here.
If you are in the Denver area and use Xcel Energy (as 70% of Colorado does) - go to this page to support the use of renewable wind energy in your own home or workplace. You can caluclate how much it will cost, and how much of a positive effect you'll have on the Colorado economy and the environment of course. According to Xcel's site, and "Based on EPA Power Profiler statistics, buying one 100 kWh block of Windsource for a year has the following environmental benefits:
Carbon dioxide avoided: 2,443 lbs. CO2
Miles not driven: 2,400
Trees planted: 1/3 acre
the silent egg thinks
and the toaster's electrical
the stars are in
"that cloud is hid"
the elements of disbelief are
very strong in the morning"
Robyn O'Neil, The Edge of the World, 2008
Courtney Reagor, "Too Short" (fellow SCAD alum!)
"Failure" Opening Night - Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008 7-9 PM
According to the LAB, there will be "Bad poetry, cheap wine, and heartbreaking songs of love performed on the oboe. " How can you go wrong? Although taking a date to a special (romantic?) night called "Failure" might be a difficult proposition, it's sure to be a great show.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I was just browsing UbuWeb and looking at the various interviews and musical compositions by Marcel DuChamp availble as (free and legal) mp3s. I've had renewed interest in DuChamp lately. Personally, I believe he is the most fascinating, complex, and important artist of the 20th Century. And if there were such a thing as (art)'rock stars' in the early part of the century I think DuChamp would have been the Sid Vicious of the swing era. Also - check out "Making Sense of Marcel DuChamp" - a great interactive site to learn more about him.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I stumbled onto B. Anderson's photography yesterday and I'm a sucker for photography that is related to or inspired by painting (and vice versa). B. Anderson is a Canadian photographer whose "dark forest series - 2005" was especially interesting to me. The statement for the series reads, "This series was first inspired by Russian artist Kasimir Malevich's 1915 painting, "Black Square". The thick, cracked black paint that showed the white canvas underneath made the viewer crave to see the representation that may be shwoing in those cracks. In fact the painting's purpose was to reduce the figurative process to the point where it cancelled itself out."
Monday, February 4, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
“Neubronner’s Photographers, 1904”, 14x11”, Charcoal on Paper
“Vanishing Bearings of Pigeons Released at Various Locations”, 30x22”, Colored Pencil, Graphite, Acrylic on Paper
“Pigeon Aerial Photograph”, 18x24”, Charcoal on Paper
“Pigeon-Mounted Camera”, Dimensions Variable
Plastic, Hardware, Leather, Ink, Acrylic, and Mixed Mediums
“City Plan”, 6x9”, Acrylic, Graphite, Casein and Wax on Panel
“Neubronner’s Photographers, 1904”, 11x10”, Charcoal on Paper
Curiosities Cabinet - Including Pigeon Racing Clock, Photo Developing Unit, Photographs, etc.
“Untitled” Pigeon Photographer Accidental Image: The Park, 14x11”, Carcoal and Ink on Paper
“Untitled” Pigeon Photographer Accidental Image: Parking Lot
6x4” each x 36 (installed as one piece), Photography
“Flight Paths of Eight Homing Pigeons: Fig. B”, 14x11”, Gouche, Ink, Wax on Paper
“Pigeon Racing: Release”, 24”x80”, Acrylic on Panel
“Flight”, 22x30”, Colored Pencil, Graphite, and Ink on Paper