Posts Tagged ‘artists’

Pouring out…ghee and grief

August 16, 2019

The young daughter pours the oblation of ghee into the sacred fire of the “havan”…and her tears pour down her tender young face.

My own eyes fill as I see the sorrow of the toughest part of growing up. If Agni and Swaha do not take her love up to her father, surely those twin streams of salt and grief will do so.

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Art in commerce

March 23, 2018

I think it’s a human trait to introduce an aesthetic appeal into the most mundane tasks imaginable. Surely, one would not think twice about the peanuts one purchases from the pushcart vendors, whose paper cones are getting so slender that they may accommodate only a few groundnuts.

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But the very selection of those recycled papers for the cones, and their arrangement, is so attractive visually…a fine example of art in commerce!

Sight words, and art, 041114

November 5, 2014

A drew “sight words” (words that need not be spelt out but just recognized) in this drawing, and asked KTB to look for them.

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Then, of course, KTB had to do the same thing, and ask us to find them!

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I think she’s done a wonderful job!

KTB: Art and writing, August 2014

August 25, 2014

Boodi Ma’s writing and art are progressing very well, now that she’s started kindergarten.

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Here’s the cover illustration of a book I read to her (she read out many of the words, too):

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Here’s her first version of the picture:

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And the second, with the musical notes:

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Here’s something she made for the Art Gala at her daycare (no, we didn’t buy it!)

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She wrote, and drew, her left hand:

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She didn’t display her tummy though she wrote it:

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Here’s one OF her, by her daycare friend Eva:

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and here’s one she made at her school,

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last week:

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Developing fine motor skills make us happy, and grateful….v

Interesting sculpture…and roundabout dogs….more questions! Linkoping, Sweden, 230614

June 27, 2014

As I came by bus into Linkoping, I caught sight of this very large hoop adorning one of the roundabouts:

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I caught sight of a statue (life-size) of a dog, placed looking askance at the hoop, as if to ask, “What should I do?” only when the bus sped past.

But a few days later, when PC and I walked down to Biltema and the IKEA shop, I was able to get a much better picture of this dog-and-hoop, and here it is:

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You can clearly see the dog looking at the beautifully-balanced hoop!

Trying to get more information about this sculpture, I googled the following words: “roundabout dog sculpture linkoping sweden”…and got

this very interesting link

about roundabout dogs!

“A roundabout dog (Swedish: rondellhund, originally Östgötsk rondellhund, “Östergötland roundabout dog”, a pun on västgötaspets) is a form of street inThe roundabout dogs started appearing in Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden (and were therefore originally called: de östgötska rondellhundarna), after a sculptured dog that was part of the official roundabout installation Cirkulation II (English: Circulation II) by sculptor Stina Opitz had been vandalised and later removed. The original dog had been made of concrete, and Stina Opitz was planning to make a new version of it after the vandalism, when someone placed a homemade wooden dog on the roundabout. The dog was given a concrete dogbone by another anonymous artist. Soon after the media reported these developments, roundabout dogs started appearing in various places around the country.

Peter Nyberg (maker of the first ‘Rondellhund’) of Linköping told tabloid Expressen that his dogs were intended to “mock the state-employed artists, who get so much money to make sculptures that we can do just as well ourselves”. In some smaller towns where there were no roundabouts, dog sculptures were placed in ordinary intersections with traffic islands.

The Swedish artist Lars Vilks made a drawing depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad as a roundabout dog. This was published in a Swedish local newspaper in July 2007. It provoked accusations of blasphemy from some Muslim groups in the Middle East. (See Lars Vilks Muhammad drawings controversy.) The 2010 Stockholm bombings are considered to be sparked partially because of the cartoon.”

That was certainly something to make me think…. I read on:

“In April 2007 Bjorn Andersson started building roundabout dogs in his workshop south of Stockholm. His mission is to keep rondellhund at Philanthropic Street Art level and to give a moment of enjoyment to all people traveling by car. His dogs have traveled the world to places in the USA, in Australia and in the UK.”

How surprising! The wiki goes on further to say:

“In 2009, similar dogs started appearing on some of the roundabouts in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshirestallation, that began occurring in Sweden during the autumn of 2006, and continued for the rest of the year with sporadic occurrences since then. The phenomenon consists of anonymous people placing homemade dog sculptures, typically made of wood (or sometimes plastic, metal or textile) in roundabouts (traffic circles). Occurrences were reported all over Sweden, and the phenomenon also spread to other countries, such as Spain after it was mentioned on Spanish television (PuntoDos). Swedish tabloid paper Expressen even placed one at Piccadilly Circus.”

The dog I’ve photographed is not a wooden dog in this sense, and now I am unable to understand if the hoop was placed there first and the dog “added” as part of the “roundabout dog” theme, or whether they do belong together.

So…in the process of finding out more information on the net, I seem to have opened up more of an enigma! I wish there was someone in Linkoping whom I could ask..I’m afraid the language (and the fact of most sites being in Swedish and not translating too well) IS proving a barrier to learning a lot about what I am seeing around me.

An interesting afternoon with Paul Fernandes, Silver Talkies, and Suchetadhama, 070314

March 7, 2014

Here is my post about the afternoon

How to identify artists!

March 7, 2014

Here

is a great way to identify artists, for all of us Philistines who can’t tell a Michaelangelo from a mudpack! I laughed all the way through.

KTB’s drawing, 050114

January 6, 2014

This is going to be an unabashedly proud-grandma post.

KTB, I must say, has morphed into “Boodi Ma” (which means “old woman” in Bengali..don’t ask me why I started calling her that….there is no logic for nicknames).

The last few days have been bitterly cold…tomorrow is going to be zero degrees Fahrenheit..and that’s the high for the day!

But being snowbound has meant that DnA are spending “quality time” with the children, and some of A’s efforts with KTB are here….she asked KTB to draw these buildings:

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and

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After that, this mythological being was produced:

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Here’s A’s description of this god-monster being:

” Collaborative monster with a spear, quiver of arrows, arrows, a bow, rings on his fingers, encircled in flames, big hair, a multi colored belly button, nipples and, of course caught in the act of going multi colored potty.”

How I wish that I too was there with my little Boodi Ma, watching the flowering of her creativity! Well, I’m lucky that halfway across the world, I’m able to see and share in some of the daily activities, so I suppose I shouldn’t grouse!

Museum of Contemporary Art, St.Louis, 181013

October 21, 2013

These are four short videos I look of the work of

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which was showing as I walked past….it was just fascinating. (I’ve just added some music, rather than just the street noises.)

This is called “Orbit”, and is the first exhibition in the Museum’s new Street Views series of large-scale video works that will be projected onto CAM’s facade.

here’s more info

Hope you enjoyed that projection as much as I did!

Paul Fernandes and Old Bangalore

October 9, 2013

Click

here

for a set of posters of Old Bangalore.