Birds Inspire 


 

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Today is a beautiful, sunny day, and the air is warming just slightly. Looking for inspiration, I often turn to nature as a most reliable source. Today’s focus is birds and flight, representing the power of the soaring spirit, indomitable and ever uplifting. What a blessing to hear the flutters and chirps outside my window. It gives me renewed determination to appreciate and preserve our natural environment.

Starting with a selection of bird paintings by artist Paul Klee, and one to honor Paul Klee, above, we move through a variety of media and artistic approaches.

Interwoven in this feature are bird sculptures and paintings/drawings I found everywhere.   I hope you enjoy their whimsy, movement and beauty today. I hope that a focus on inspiration and hope conveys the asssurance that we are so much more than a consumer culture repleat with an eternal quest for power and domination.

 

Check  out this poem by for a riveting summation and warning of how our culture could look to outsiders from the future.  This excerpt presents a perceptive view of a predominant movement in today’s culture.

This slim book of poetry — Mary Oliver’s Red Bird contains many wonderful poems. Here are A few lines of “Of the Empire”

We will be known as a culture that feared death
and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity
for the few and cared little for the penury of the
many. We will be known as a culture that taught
and rewarded the amassing of things, that spoke
little if at all about the quality of life for
people (other people), for dogs, for rivers. All
the world in our eyes, they will say, was a
commodity. And they will say that this structure
was held together politically, which it was, and
they will say also that our politics was no more
than an apparatus to accommodate the feelings of
the heart, and that the heart, in those days,
was small, and hard, and full of meanness.

 

 

And yet, Art can provide a reminder that our hearts and souls are larger, more compassionate than the metallic noise and dissection surrounding us now.  Compassion, insight and courage are still valued, still appreciated, still embodied by our culture at large.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky


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Best Field Trip Ever! Western Hills High School Art students all agreed. The trip to Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky was the best field trip they ever went on since Junior High!

Artist and owner of the Sculpture Park, Melanie Van Houten gave a moving and insightful tour to my students, encouraging art students to do what they want in their lives, to build their lives within a box without a ceiling of restrictions.

 

 

 

 

She he started her sculpture garden after receiving her Master of Fine Arts at University of Minnesota and teaching there as a professor of sculpture for six years.  She then returned to her native home state and created this sculpture garden on the farm that was once her beloved grandmothers. Melanie spent many joyful years growing up on this farm and recalls many happy days enjoying the farm’s natural wonders.

 

 

 

Beginning from “scratch,” Melanie built her park by tirelessly writing grants, and taking small steps each year to build the beautiful park into a substantial collection of contemporary sculpture pieces from all over the country. The Park also includes a multitude of community festivals, plays, art lessons, tours, and many other community contributions throughout the year.

 

Josephine Sculpture Park is a tribute to the Creative Arts, to the Building of Community, and to the preservation and value of the earth. Frankfort is indeed very lucky to have such a rich cultural resource right in its very midst.

 

Below: A sculpture in poured iron by Melanie Van Houten made at the University of Minnesota.

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The art students from Western Hills’ Fashion Design Class give a responding thanks to Melanie Van Houten for providing such an amazing resource for expanding their Fine Arts awareness! Many thanks to Melanie Van Houten!

Written by Janis Kirstein

Collector’s Choice: Stéphane Leberloa


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Stéphane Leberloa

The paintings, drawings and sculptures of Stephane Leberola, of France present close encounters with the bare souls of the individual. Sometimes alarmed, sometimes perplexed, sometimes dubious, yet always aware and present in the moment, Leberloa’s figures emerge directly from the collective unconscious mind to engage the viewer with convincing urgency, immediacy and insight.—Janis Kirstein

 

 

Interview with Leberola

When did you start painting?

In 2009, before I was a collector, now I am a “an artist” who would see his name on top of the poster !!! To quote my friend Ben Vautier “everything is a matter of ego.”

What techniques do you use most often?

No, I’m not a technician.

 

 

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Are there any artists that you could cite as an influence on your work?

Since the Chauvet cave, artistic creation is a perpetual issue in art history.
Certainly Influential artists have had an effect, but I’m more interested in the artistic movement and artists. Dada, the Cobra movement, the Situationists, the Bazooka, free representation … very large artistic adventures that haunt me.
Arthur Rimbaud said he had to be of its time otherwise die.
The influence is very XX century with mostly masterpieces–the urinal by Marcel Duchamp, “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso, “Riding with Death” of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
I fear that the XXI century is that of pathos or bling. Fortunately there is still outsider art.

 

 

 

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What are your future projects?

Again tomorrow.

What is the experience?

A die faster.

You are what you do?

I undo what I am.

 

 

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When does a plastic work (work in progress)becomes a work of art?

At that time mysterious, interior, above all plastic creation. I do not know to explain it is a fleeting moment and that troubles me. The epitome of a work of art is where the flamenco is the duende and jazz his blue note. The rest is just sweet talk.

This work she has an independent existence outside its creator?

The work is inseparable from its creator. The artist’s DNA is in his work.

This interview of Stéphane Leberloa is taken directly from his website http://www.leberloa

KIRSTEINFINEART would like to thank Stéphane Leberloa for sharing his art work and interview with us today. For more exciting, insightful features on some of today’s very best contemporary artists working today, subscribe to KIRSTEINFINEART by clicking on the subscribe button at the bottom of the page. Thanks so much.

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Alice Vander Vennen


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Alice Vander Vennen, born in 1957, in Canada, has worked as a professional artist since 1980. A child of immigrant parents who left war-torn Holland, Alice has used her art to capture stories of loss and hope; courage and strength. First trained as a sculptor at Calvin College, USA, with further training at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Alice now works in three-dimensional assemblage, participating in numerous exhibitions throughout North America. Her work is in public, private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

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Artist’s Statement
“I work with multiple materials, such as fabrics, branches, wire, copper, paper and ceramic shards, creating an assemblage as part of a visual language suggesting a story. The narrative speaks of gathering the work of divergent cultures, histories and generations. Materials from around the world, created by many hands, are represented in a single multimedia assemblage. Fragile branches may be used as framing devices; tapering willow twigs and knotty grape vine tentacles are bent as if resisting the interstitial pull of perhaps a hundred different textiles, each attached with thread, strings, wire and weighted with smooth stones or other found objects. The assembled sculptural form may be reminiscent of a quilt, a canoe or a totem. I strive to have the materials form a new voice of a gathered people, a celebration of the human spirit in relation to its Creator, whether from secret spaces or the most flamboyant expressions.

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Upcoming art shows for Alice:

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
Thursday July 21 2016 – Sunday July 24 2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Thursday-Saturday: 10am-9pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm

At the end of July, I’m delighted to be back at one of the largest art shows in the United States, the “Original” Art Show, which is part of three other shows that weekend. I’ll be doing a demonstration at 1 pm on Saturday. My Booth is A226—see you there! –Alice Vander Vennen

KIRSTEINFINEART gives thanks and gratitude to Alice Vander Vennen for sharing her art work with us today. For more exciting features on some of the best contemporary artists working today, go to the bottom of this page and subscribe to the blog on KIRSTEINFINEART.Thanks so much for your participation.