Japan and Modernism

October 5, 2015 — 1 Comment

Rediscovered the Japanese Tea Rooms at the Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday and reminded why my first love was Japanese Scroll Painting & Ceramics.  My early series Nature Morte & Desert, are especially informed by this aesthetic. Some of my Nocturnes are (visually) based on Japanese Garden views from ancient Tea Rooms. Looking back, the ancient Japanese artists and craftsman were some of first Modernist’s it seems. I am always shocked how contemporary their ancient visual language actually was.  

Detail of Japanese Tea Room Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Lions at the Stone Bridge of Tendaisan Artist: Soga Shōhaku (Japanese, 1730–1781) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 1779 Culture: Japan Medium: Hanging scroll; ink on silk Dimensions: Image: 44 7/8 in. × 20 in. (114 × 50.8 cm) via http://www.metmuseum.org/


Suzuki Kiitsu’s ‘Cranes’ (19th century Edo Period) | THE FEINBERG COLLECTION via http://www.metmuseum.org/


Mino ware, Oribe style; glazed stoneware, 1 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (4.76 x 19.69 cm) via Seattle Art Museum

Image Below:
Study for Light Projection’s 38 & 39 (Negative Versions) 2015 by Thomas Brummett
From Unique Silver Gelatin Prints)
Each work is 36×47″  100 year Color Pigment Print
Edition of 5

Study for Light Projection 38 a+39 Neg

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Study for Light Projection’s 38 & 39

Congrats to the the winner of the European Publishers Award for Photography (EPAP) 2015 who is Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko with his project Restricted Areas which is a wonderful and haunting series of images on the Russian “technocratic future that never came”.

“The project “Restricted Areas” is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress.

I travel in search of places which used to have great importance for the technical progress – and which are now deserted. Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology which is now obsolete. Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came…”

Danila Tkachenko


Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation.

Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation.


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The world’s largest diesel submarine.


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“Bulgaria” ship lifted from underwater, 122 people drowned on it.


Via http://www.danilatkachenko.com/projects/restricted-areas/

All photos copyright Danila Tkachenko

The Photographs of Danila Tkachenko

Notes on the Infinite

September 17, 2015 — Leave a comment

The orbits of the Earth and Venus are approximately 8:13, which are two consecutive Fibonacci Numbers and their ratio is approximately the Golden Ratio which is the foundation of all design in Nature.

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When one diagrams the orbits of the two planets you get this image. A very old and ancient image. There are no accidents at this cosmic scale. Only signposts for all of us, pointing to the Infinite.








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Notes on the Infinite

Most photographers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about constructing an image. Good painters on the other hand spend a great deal of time planning, sketching and sweating the composition and in Disiderio’s case meaning. For me this is what separates the realist painters; How they think about and express meaning in their imagery.  Vincent Desiderio is a great example of the amount of shear work, toil, sweat and thought that goes into the creation of one of his works.

Excellent Article On his legendary painting SleepUnfinished: On Vincent Desiderio’s ‘Sleep’ by Lawrence Weschler


Catalog reproduction of Vincent Desiderio, Sleep, 2008 oil on canvas 52 x 252 inches


Sleep in progress



Detail of Sleep


Interview here: http://paintingperceptions.com/featured-interviews/interview-with-vincent-desiderio



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Nice article here: http://www.nccsc.net/legacy/vincent-desiderio


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The Work of Vincent Desiderio