...For the Love of Chroma...

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Lost in Middle America, my dreams appear in vivid hues.
Here lives my inspiration, work and moments in time.
Colors aren't the only things that can be chromatic; people, places and their stories can be too.


Pain by Carlos Schwabe


Pain by Carlos Schwabe

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Cartographic Assemblages

Maps help us find our way in the world (or make us even more lost), but the concept of a map can also be applied when trying to organize together memories, identity, narrative and materiality.

Artist Lindsey Dunnagan explores the mapping of memories and identity in her series Mapping the Intangible, while in Mapping New Worlds, the artist focuses on manipulating topography, hinting at familiar places, but distorted in a way that the familiar becomes alien.

The materiality of Dunnagan’s work in Mapping the Intangible is significant because the watercolour is mixed with salt, allowing unexpected patterns to form, as if creating city limits, but also transform over time as the salt dries and flakes off. The artist focuses on locations that are familiar and important to her memories and identity, yet unrecognizable to the viewer because the maps juxtapose on one another, creating “false connections”, rather serving, as the artist states, “as an atlas of memory that informs identity”. The same kind of atlas, albeit abstract, can be found in Mapping New Worlds but rather than focusing just on identity and memory, the pieces in this series focus on “concepts of city development, communication, and abstracted” landscape. Familiar images such as cities and roads are obstructed by rivers or clouds, creating an almost mythological narrative of the geography.

Similar to Dunnagan’s work, is that of Scott W. Bradford’s, but rather than mapping out specific locations which focus on geography, Bradford pieces together various elements which map out a narrative through materiality. The artist states that he links “the materiality of the surface to the drawing itself, either metaphorically or in terms of the narrative” in order to emphasize that it is constructed; his maps are fiction. In both his series’ Blueshift and Journey to Nowhere, stories are being told.

Each piece maps out its own narrative, but when the series is presented as a whole, the works become a collection of stories, mapping out an overall narrative of materiality.

-Anna Paluch

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Photos by Gerry Ellis from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park. Here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. The elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

When elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. Grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. But as Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

Approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. With an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of Africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

CBC’s The Nature of Things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. You can foster an elephant with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust online here. For more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

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#beautiful  #elephants  #photography  #gerry ellis 

Ghostly Process Series: Triangels Extruded,  paper, 2010 by Matt Shlian


Ghostly Process Series: Triangels Extruded,  paper, 2010 by Matt Shlian

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#paper  #sculpture  #cut  #triangle  #sacred3  #artist  #matt shlian 

So, I found this today: Galactic Supermarket by The Cosmic Jokers.  According to Wikipedia, it’s an early example of ‘Goa Trance.’

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#trance  #music  #galactic supermarket  #album  #the cosmic jokers  #sounds to work to 


I’ll finish out my Phillipe Druillet 70th Birthday tribute with one of my favorite Druillet shorts from pages 73-79 of Heavy Metal issue #5 from August 1977 - Hamilton Potemkine

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#graphic novel  #phillipe druillet  #artist  #garphic design  #ink  #drawing 






I’m crying

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#pizza  #giving  #love  #the world  #change