Creative Hop (May 31, 2014)

Note: Congratulations to Penny Arrowood who won Finding What You Didn’t Lose in the drawing! Thanks for reading my blog and thanks for sharing who you are, Penny! Send me your address [ to QuinnCreative at Yahoo dot com] and the book will be on the way.

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MTO (tag for Mateo) is a street artist whose graffiti is realistic art. He has lived in France, but has no current address that he publicizes. MTO does have an Instagram account.

street-art-graffiti-by-mto-2His artwork is almost always black and white with a pop of color somewhere. I have a thing for aerosol art, and MTO’s work, which may be scrubbed off in a week, is a sign of courage and dedication to art (at least for me).

DALeast is a different kind of street artist. He creates large metal sculptures attached to buildings.

"Abscission" © DALeast, 2014. Photo: Brandon Shigeta

“Abscission” © DALeast, 2014. Photo: Brandon Shigeta

Originally born in China, he left to study art and to make art all over the world.

"Adrenalin" © DALeast, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa

“Adrenalin” © DALeast, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa

While the metal is in fragments, the finished piece reads easily as a whole, complete with movement and life.

Jon Shireman helps us think about flowers differently. Flowers are soft, bendable, fragile. Shireman dips flowers in liquid nitrogen, quickly freezing them.

© Jon Shireman

© Jon Shireman

He then throws them on a white background, where they shatter. Then he photographs them. Flowers are not new to Shireman as subjects. He’s photographed them in vases, decaying, but this is the first time he photographed them frozen and splintered.

Have a creative weekend!

–Quinn McDonald admires art where she finds it.



3 thoughts on “Creative Hop (May 31, 2014)

  1. WOW! Thanks, Quinn! I look forward to getting the book — thanks, TOO, for these great artists to watch! I am very intrigued by Shireman’s work, and will be exploring it further 🙂

  2. Why it is that so many really interesting contemporary artists seem to come from China these days? Of course there are many great artists that come from elsewhere but there seems to be something different in the works of the Chinese artists. Their art often seems to have a particular atmosphere that is somehow different from many Western artists’ work. Can’t really put my finger on it. It’s a kind of a poetic quality in their expression and thinking. A Chinese philosopher might say that it’s the xiang-thinking in action.

    • The idea of xiang thinking is possibly the answer, because the Chinese artists (you’ve found me out!) are creating Western-related themes with Eastern medical thinking. Here’s what the NIH (National Institutes of Health) says about xiang thinking: “it is believed that Xiang thinking is not only an art of logic and thinking with the natural holistic view but also represents the most important cognitive patterns concerning knowledge system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and even it is the soul of Traditional Chinese Medicine culture.”

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