Art & culture through a virtual lens…

Thanks to CreativeMornings, and their vivid online community, l am happily discovering a wealth of virtual museums and interactive exhibitions.

Sharing the “virtual tours” link (via WhatsApp) to some like-minded friends subsequently led to a super suggestion to create a post “for all visual and creative people”. During these days of self-confinement, it feels timely to share a couple of “stand-out” platforms – to which you may feel compelled to further explore.

l am particularly finding Google Arts & Culture app highly insightful & innovative, with its extensive collection of museums, exhibits and interactive activities from around the world, including Monet: The Water Lily Pond, The National Gallery London. It is wonderful to be able to re-visit this captivating piece – online.

The British Museum London (in collaboration with Google) has created a impressive interactive piece which allows the viewer to explore a dynamic timeline of its collections. Via the medium of visual and audio, this site is best viewed as a desktop experience, and depicts a wide breadth of exhibits which can be explored at your own pace – beautifully enriching, it is definitely worth a virtual visit.

For someone who enjoys visiting art exhibitions on a regular basis, l am grateful that there are plenty of digitally based amusements to help me stay connected to the world of art and culture from the comfort of home – through this ever-evolving “virtual lens”.

Stay safe, stay healthy.

Gif source: / Vincent Van Gogh ´The Starry Night´, 1889.

A rich infusion for the visual eye

Intricate. The prime adjective that leapt to mind when l initially came across the paintings by Ruby Silvious. l was immediately struck by her attention to detail, notably given the nature of the chosen blank canvas – the teabag.

Much to my creative delight, l discovered further art and books dedicated to the teabag. “363 Days of Tea: A visual journey of Used Teabags” is a daily record of a mood, a moment – captured within one year.

l love the idea of capturing a moment with a day-to-day approach – pushing one´s creativity each and everyday. The book reflects a rich understanding of application and execution – delicately and artfully expanding the purpose of the used teabag.

Here l have chosen three images which l feel in different ways capture my first impressions of Ruby Silvious´ teabag art. Detailed, playful, artistic, and richly inspiring.


Left:26 Days of Tea in Japan / Day 21 Tsuru (crane), watercolor, ink and watercolor / Centre:26 Days of Tea in France/9 Dressed to a Tea, ink, watercolor, collage / Right:Extract from the website/363 Days of Tea

Copyright © 2018 Ruby Silvious  All rights reserved. 
No images may be copied or used for any purpose without consent of the artist.

Focus on Marlow Moss

Top image: Marlow Moss `Composition, White, Yellow, Blue, and Black with Black Lines, 1956-1957, Private collection, The Netherlands. Above: ​Marlow Moss `Exhibition View Museum Haus Konstructiv, 2017. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Upon first entering the Marlow Moss exhibition at the leading institute and internationally known Museum Haus Konstruktiv,Upon first enter l must admit the work of Piet Mondrian sprang to mind. However, this train of thought was swiftly swept aside upon closer inspection of the work and life of artist Marlow Moss.

Layer by layer, the exhibition “Marlow Moss – A Forgotten Maverick”, (curated by Museum Director, Sabine Schaschl and Art Historian, Lucy Howarth), drew my attention to this artist – whose work has been long overshadowed by the famous male artists of the constructivists movement, namely Mondrian.

The exhibition itself allows you to view the work of Moss in fine detail, within a carefully curated contemporary structure. Based on mathematical principles, Moss explored the structural framework of straight lines using blocks of primary colour, as well as black and white, l found the original drawings exhibited in-conjunction with the actual finished compositions extraordinary and richly insightful. As the observer, we get to enjoy her compositions from intricate pencil drawings to full-scale artworks, as well as sculptural pieces, which include wire adaptations of her compositional line work.

The additional art lecture given by Art Historian Lucy Howarth gave further insight into the life and work of Marlow Moss. We soon discovered that the “double-line element (also a well-known element of Mondrian’s work) was in fact invented by Moss…it was (to my dismay, yet not overly surprise) subsequently made apparent that Mondrian did not point this out. During the lecture, their work was presented side-by-side, which l found hugely revealing, as you could clearly see how Moss was aspiring to break away from the boundaries of the black compositional lines.

l rather like the idea of Moss and Mondrian having a ‘double line’ conversation via their art compositions. Leads me to wonder …perhaps Mondrian felt challenged by Moss and her compositional approach.

l was left questioning the female artist presence or more importantly lack of within the art world. Briefly talking to Lucy Howarth after the lecture, l feel that Moss was indeed a true maverick, which l believe came natural to her. She is certainly an artist who requires our attention, and whose work demands to be an imperative part of the constructivist conversation.

l may have walked in thinking of Mondrian, but l walked away positively focused on Marlow Moss.

‘Marlow Moss A Forgotten Maverick’ – All images are courtesy of the museum.

Cut and & paste

With an accomplished background in textile and interior design, Denise Fiedler has successfully expanded her exploration of textures to a creative project called ‘Paste’. Re-discovering in 2009 vintage books and flashcards which she had collected over a number of years, Denise came up with the idea to turn these new-found materials into handmade cut and paste collages.

l happily browsed through the visually enchanting ‘paste’ collection, and my eye was drawn to these cleverly constructed paper gems – Marie Antoinette looking most regal yet playful with a couple of colour birds nested in her hairpiece, a beautifully constructed typewriter reminiscent of a bygone era. And a beady green-eyed tabby cat along with a friendly-faced terrier waiting patiently to be adored.

The ‘paste’ dogs and cats wall of fame delightfully nurtures my love for pets and for paper-play.