I just returned from the UK and Ireland where I was inspired by many things.
The combination of old and new.
Here's a great example: The National College of Art & Design in The Liberties in Dublin.
Brick and new architectural insert/ addition -- mostly glass.
|Three things I love about this picture: the beautiful, old brick buildings; the church steeple; the graffiti on the red box.|
|Inner courtyard of NCAD -- same thing. Industrial brick buildings / renovated areas. Old/new mash-up.|
Ceramics department (left), reception (right). Art students everywhere.
I was invited to a super fab birthday party luncheon at a café in Belfast called Harlem Food & Wine (http://www.harlembelfast.com/).
Totally funky and delightful: colour, pattern, whimsy, style and delectable food.
It's owned and operated by Faye Rogers, an artist and graduate of the Fine Arts Department of the University of Ulster.
|Luncheon at Harlem in Belfast: Prosecco with floating red currants; scones with cream and fresh jam; meringue with raspberry reduction and mint leaves; mis-matched china.|
Fabulous piece of graffiti in downtown Belfast. I love the arts and crafts grill above the door, too.
|It says BeLfASt.|
This was a huge inspiration and chance find: St. Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
Instead of pews, there were wooden chairs. Sometime in the 1970s, the church women's auxiliary group embarked upon handsewing/stitching a unique kneeling/sitting pillow for each chair.
They are absolutely beautiful. All sorts of patterns and designs: representational and abstract.
Kneeling rail by the altar.
Stained glass. I'd like to design and make stained glass windows for Humber House.
At the Tate Modern in London: Rirkrit Tiravanija pad thai food cart kitchen turned into a vitrine.
|Rirkrit Tiravanija pad thai kitchen aftermath.|
A really nice piece of "instant" architecture / pop -up gallery space / collaborartive sculpture by Polish artist Pawel Althamer. Artworks such as videos and paintings are commissioned for the space.
|FGF, Warsaw 2007 Mixed media. Pawel Althamer|
Still at the Tate Modern on the Structure and Clarity Floor -- Albers and Judd. Love.
I really like this piece. So strange and sort of physical.
A wooden baby's crib filled with paraffin wax.
Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevicius.
|Never Backwards 1994 Wood and paraffin. Deimantas Narkevicius|