Realistic bone that looks like a femur. The texture and the glazing give it an aged look. The stoneware is porous like a bone.
Art that tries to fascinate in the way objects from natural history do, like fossils, shells, and old bones. The esthetics of organic line and form.
March 28, 2009
Wonder at the age of the earth and the forms found throughout natural history inspires Michele Oka Doner’s beautifully shaped fossil-like ceramics. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the artist grew up in Florida collecting shells, bits of coral, and other artifacts of life along the seashore. Oka Doner’s oversized ceramic pieces of bones and seedpods highlight the aesthetic qualities of the natural world and suggest the connections of these forms to those created by artists.
This work consists of seven photographic prints on semi-transparent fabric, gradually increasing in length, that hang from the sloping ceiling of a stairway in the Frankel Wing. Each panel of fabric has a different image including, craggy rocks, tree branches against the sky, sunlight reflecting on water and marshland, flames of fire and cloud like formations. Four are black and white images and the three others are color prints.
These seven banners were created for the new Frankel wing of the museum and installed in the stairway between the second and third floors. Ruben's experimental approach to photography, with printing on semi-transparent fabric and sharp cropping of the images, creates a complex layered work in which multiple views reveal themselves as the viewer moves down the stairs. Though the subject of these scenes is naturalistic - rocks, water, fire, vegetation- there is an abstract quality to these forms.
This print depicts three black forms, in the shape of feathered wings, over a cream background with gray block lettering. The tips of the feathers have active brush strokes that give the appearance that they are moving in a circular, clockwise direction in the center of the print.
Gary Simmons lives and works in New York city. He is well-known for his "erasure" paintings created by smudging white chalk images on slate surfaces so that they have a ghostly effect. This lithograph was printed at the Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico.
Square format photograph with brown/amber/white color tones. Two glass objects in the abstract shape of a human figure (shoulder, neck and tilted head only) are placed in the foreground with the heads tilted toward each other. On the right side there is a partial view of a table that is shown out of focus. Light is reflected on the rounded forms of the figures and their shadows are projected on a blank wall behind them. There is a large shadow profile of a man also projected onto the wall.
Following the death of his wife, in 1977 Kertész photographed objects in his New York City apartment using a Polaroid SX-70 camera. This photograph features a small glass bust that he said reminded him of his wife's features. In some cases he positioned it on his windowsill to capture the reflection of sunlight, but here he has used two figurines leaning toward each other and
A selenium-toned photograph of a nude posing in front of a white background. The man is posed with a slight lean and flexing his muscles, with a light source from the top-right casting a shadow on the background wall.
signed, dated, stamped and numbered out of 10 on mount verso
A black and white lithograph print of a row of houses. In the first house a figure looks out the half-door at two children outside, one in the shadows. Behind the first house are two more homes, and in the distance a crowd of people gather.
This is a black and white photograph of several place settings on a cloth covered table. Plates, forks and napkins are arranged around salt and pepper shakers in the center. There are four clear glasses that have shadows projecting designs onto the tablecloth. The viewpoint is looking down from above.
This is one of a series of photographs of Ferrato's neighborhood in New York City - TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal). Her images explore this historical area of Manhattan by depicting its people and places as it is developed into one of the trendiest zipcodes in the city - 10013. This shows place settings at the Odeon restaurant.