Posts Tagged ‘physics’

Artist of the moment…….Amy Myers

 

Amy Myers is an American artist renowned for her very large drawings using a mixture of mediums. Amy Myers were born in Taylor, Texas in the year 1965. For his collegiate education Myers attended the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Myers went on to earn a M.F.A.  at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Myers’ father was  world renowned physicist. Though Myers states she doesn’t know as much about math as her father, she does use physics ideas and math in developing her work.

 

Myers’ works on very large heavy paper, many times the sizes will be 80 to 90 inches on a side. Myers is in no hurry to finish these works taking as long as two years to finish a work.

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In this clip we visit a show featuring the large drawings of Ann Myers:

I love the many variety of shapes and also the contrast that Myers finds in her work.

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Artist of the moment…….Carter Hodgkin

Carter Hodgkin is an American artist renown for her blend of art and physics. For her collegiate education Hodgkin attended Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond University  where she studied printmaking in addition to painting. Carter Hodgkin is also known for her graphics and design skills working for such internationally recognized brands as Lego, Martha Stewart, and Kodak.

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Hodgkin is a part recipient of a Krosner Pollack Foundation award.

Carter Hodgkin is based out of New York City.

If you enjoy the work of this artist be sure and check out artist Fred Tomasselli. Below an example of Tomaselli’s work:

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In this clip we view an animation style work inspired by physics. I enjoy the motion of the overall piece. The artist works with both oils and gouache. The gouache works are my favorite as she plays with the transparency of the medium. Though there is a lot of motion in her work, because its based on actual items that exist in real life, her art seems very organized when compared to another abstract artist such as Jackson Pollack:

Looking at the work of Carter Hodgkin reminds me of hundreds of hours I spent playing with my grandparent’s Spirograph kit! Thank goodness video games didn’t exist back in those days!

Hodkin is a very abstract modern artist in that she uses the latest technology in creating her work. Most works are a blend of gouache,watercolor, and inkjet print on paper.

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Artist of the moment………Harvey Littleton

Harvey Littleton was a great ceramic and glass artist born in Corning, New York in 1922. His father worked for the Corning Glassworks company as a lead researcher and is credited with inventing a glassware still used today called Pyrex.

For his artistic education Littleton attended the University of Michigan where he studied physics for three semesters. The artist quit school and attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Blooming Hills, Michigan. The artist would eventually study industrial design. Whilst a student he was able to learn from two master sculptors Marshall Fredericks and Carl Milles.

Littleton went on to earn a bachelors degree from Michigan and a masters degree of fine art from the Crannbrook Academy. His career started as a ceramist working with simple forms including vases and basic cylinders.

Littleton was key in bringing glass ware from an industrial setting to a more studio setting where studio artists could easily work with his favorite material, glass. The artist gave the first studio glass blowing seminar in 1962 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The artist served in the Army for three years.

A short clip and brief biography about Harvey Littleton:

In this video we visit Littleton at his workshop:

A student of Littleton that went on to have tremendous respect in the field is the master glass artist Dale Chihuly already profiled here.

Littleton retired from teaching in 1976 to concentrate on his own art.

Harvey Kline Littleton passed away in 2013 at the age of 91 years old.

What wonderful contributions this artist made to the world of glass. Its also interesting to see how a great scientist (his father) was a key element in his appreciation of glass. Where his dad saw industry, the son saw art!

Awesome!

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Harvey Littleton is part of many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art located in New York City.

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