THE WOART WEEKLY!
Here's what you may have missed on the blog and Instagram account this week!
Kicked off October with a mixture of Halloween themed posts from abstract works to the more realistic, the first being the first of several posts that will be shared from the open call! I wanted to give you all some ideas to play with and examples to see. As most of these aren’t necessarily “Halloween” themed, they just seem that way in the context.
At the end of the month you should have plenty of Halloween inspiration to share!
First off is a detail photo from a larger piece by artist Esperanza Cortés. She had a show open at Smack Mellon that I thankfully was able to attend. The details and placement of each work was superbly done, and it just doesn’t come off the same in photos as it does in person. There’s an elegance and richness that just needs to be seen in person.
This beautiful work is partly created using candle smoke! How cool is that?! It adds to the mysteriousness and fluid feel. I loved how Holly shared how she saw bat-like shapes appear in the otherwise very abstract work, which just makes me love it more.
Using mythology and folklore along with real tragedy and memory, these paintings have a beautiful ghostly feel. Figures elude from staying in one dimension, seemingly transparent and haunting, perfect for the months theme.
I shared a rib-cage marble carving done by Elizabeth last year. But when I found her I had saved this image as the project looked amazing. Using special umbrellas that light up and have her design on them, she got volunteers to line the shore while photos were taken from above. There were so many moments I wanted to share this work throughout the year, but it occurred to me that they had that spider-like element without being anything like actual spiders, so a great example of being creative with this theme.
Wearable art is always tricky where it came turn into fashion quite quickly and I always admire when artists can pull off the work still be art, sculpture and photography in this case. The sculptures often exhibit on their own but the photography by adding the human element back in are so powerful.
I felt the need to lighten it up a bit, and aren’t these so much fun?! Another great example of how the photography of the sculptures becomes an artwork in itself. She makes some more menacing appearing sculptures too, but I just loved the character these had.
Lastly, I had gone on a weekend away to Charleston, SC where I went on a ghost tour. There were some very interesting stories, and very well researched by our guide who told the mythical as well as historical sides. It made me want to share a “haunted house” so to speak, and that’s where this piece came to mind. She has some fantastic smaller pieces too.