Saturday, July 25, 2009

Finding trees outside the forest

The Pacific Northwest is made up of one part water, one part mountain and one part forest. We now know that water can be damaged in so many ways. Even mountains can be diminished and literally taken down by mining operations. Trees can be logged, burned in forest fires and destroyed by disease. We need trees to help cleanse our air and they need to be respected and cared for. Artists help convey the message of stewardship throughout the region.

I was thrilled to find this display in the Safeway grocery store in downtown Bellevue, Washington. The artwork by children filled an entire wall and was accompanied by professionally designed text. Thumbs up to those fifth-grade students and teachers involved in the National Arbor Day poster contest, Trees are Terrific.

Mosaic column by Peter de Lory, Sea-Tac Airport

Seattle photographer, Peter de Lory produced this glass mosaic column in Sea-Tac Airport's newly renovated facility. In fact $12 million dollars was allocated from the multi-billion dollar ten-year building project. Jolene Cullen, Sea-Tac's art program manager explained, "We do it to enhance the passengers' experience." The airport has long collected art but now it shines.

Here, here! For those of us caught in airports for hours on end it is a treat to have a wealth of artwork to explore and enjoy. Click on the title to take you to Visualingual's blog about the nine columns. Her photos are fantastic!
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Envisioning Art in the Everyday

William Eggleston (Copywrite Eggleston Artistic Trust)

I visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art yesterday to see the Maya Linn exhibition (check out the posting on Abyssal Plain) but also to see the show of William Eggleston photographs.

Though not a photographer or a photography teacher, I have mentored students in photography. If I were to ever work with young students again I would introduce them to Eggleston's democratic vision and aesthetic. His egalitarian eye and interest in technology elevated color photography as an art form. This body of work should eliminate any lingering doubts that anyone might harbor concerning the legitimacy of photography as a form of fine art.

Washington, DC, July 5th, 2009