Unfortunate news today from Rio de Janiero: beloved outsider artist Jorge Selarón, who adorned a set of 250 stairs in the central Lapa neighborhood with bright tiles over the course of 20 years was found dead on his stairs.
I met Selarón when I was shooting in Rio in October and November for Airbnb. He was a character — holding court while painting out on the steps, BSing with anyone who engaged him, sticking his tongue out in photos his admirers snapped. The stairs are a Rio landmark, and Selaron a treasure, and he will me missed.
What a monument to life and passion and commitment, to leave behind, though.
Keep an eye on this blog for more from Rio in the days to come…
Posts tagged art.
How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.
Sculptured paper jewels by Kirsten Hassenfeld
There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
We don’t create art for God. He doesn’t need it. We create art in response to God because the world needs it.
“We artists are often exiled twice: once by the church, and then, because of our faith, by the world.”
-from A Letter to North American Churches by Makoto Fujimura
read more here: http://www.makotofujimura.com/writings/a-letter-to-north-american-churches/
Seung Mo Park uses giant swaths of stainless steal meshing to create his complex and stunning works of art. Beginning with a projected photograph Park slowly layers the wire meshing via cuts and welding until he arrives at a three dimensional sculpture of his subject. In his latest body of work these sculptures depict a woman from a dream Park had. See more here.