Gee’s Bend quilts

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While thinking about Kim Eichler-Messmer’s color wheel quilt currently on display in the Dramatic Chromatic, I figured to look at some other quilts out there. I’ve heard of Gee’s Bend quilts before but I really had no idea just how amazing these things are.

Rita Mae Pettway "Housetop"-twelve-block ""Half-log Cabin" variation, Circa 1975.
NANCY PETTWAY, BRICKLAYER VARIATION, 2003, quilted fabric, 71 x 71 inches
STELLA MAE PETTWAY, HOUSETOP VARIATION CENTER MEDALLION, 2002, quilted fabric, 88.5 x 75.5 inches
Mary Lee Bendolph's "Work-Clothes Quilt", 2002. 97 x 88 inches

“Poor Me” is Rich with Color

Playing off one of the works included in Amy’s previous post on “Yellow” I wanted to post two images of a piece by Nick Van Woert.  Nick is a sculptor living in Brooklyn and is highly engaged in a process that explores the parallels between materials, found objects, and the tools of rituals.  More of his work can be found on his website.

Poor Me, 2010, marble impregnated resin bust and polyurathene plastic, 35"x39"x10", front view

William Eggleston and The Rise of Color Photography by Bryan Hiotttt.

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Bryan Hiott discusses the work of William Eggleston (widely considered to be the father of the contemporary snapshot aesthetic a la Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans). You can download it as a pdf from Hyperion – an online publication devoted to philosophy and art:

“There is a quality to Eggleston’s images that leaves one with the notion of a story unfolding beyond the edges of the print, that one image is not isolated, but part of a stream. Color functions in Eggleston’s work on a broad sensory level, engaging the viewer in a way that black and white could not. His images evoke the feeling of heat under a glaring summer sun, the taste of highway diner food, the sound of blues music, the aroma of wisteria, and the pungent smell of earth after rain.”

Quotes on Color Part I

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I have research a handful of quotes by famous figures addressing their views on color.  These quotes include similar and contrasting views, many which are shared by our artists in Dramatic Chromatic.

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”
John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.

“Painting is something that takes place among the colors, and one has to leave them alone completely, so that they can settle the matter among themselves. Their intercourse: this is the whole of painting. Whoever meddles, arranges, injects his human deliberation, his wit, his advocacy, his intellectual agility in any way, is already disturbing and clouding their activity.”
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) Austro-German poet.

“I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.”
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch painter.

“Blueness doth express trueness.”
Ben Jonson (1573-1637) English dramatist, poet and actor