From The River: Opening Reception

Blue Rock Opening Reception Poster

Are you in Western Massachusetts? Come out and see my new work at the Blue Rock restaurant in Shelburne Falls! I’ve taken objects from the Deerfield River such as driftwood, feathers, leaves, fly fishing line, nets and hand tied flies and used them to create one of a kind images inspired by my experiences. Delicious libations from the infamous Blue Rock a must-have to compliment the evening…Its gonna be a hoot!

If you want to stay for dinner, reservations are strongly encouraged…www.thebluerockrestaurant.com

PS: I will be there to talk about all things fly fishing, my guided trips this spring and anything els with beer in hand. Hope to see you there!

Trout Flask • Tandem Ceramics

My wife and I have a small business called Tandem Ceramics. We joined our mediums, printmaking + pottery into clever functional ceramic with one-of-a-kind nature inspired imagery for the home.  Recently we launched our online website where you can have our work shipped right to your door. Needless to say, we are very excited!

Check us out at: www.tandemceramics.com

Oh and as a fly fisherman, one of my favorite pieces we make is our trout flask. Fish on a flask, common, you cant go wrong!

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Conrad Jon Godly • Abstract Mountains

When looking at Swiss painter Conrad Jon Godly’s mountainous paintings, it takes a moment to truly appreciate the incredible skill behind what seems to be such an effortless application of paint. Up close the landscapes appear to be a thick, almost random mix of blue, white and black, the result oils mixed with turpentine to create a thick impasto that Godly often leaves dripping from the canvas. Take a few steps back (or just squint your eyes a bit) and miraculously you might as well be looking at a photograph of the Swiss Alps. It’s a visual trick that the artist has perfected in both small and large-scale paintings over the last few years.

Godly studied as a painter at the Basel School of Art from 1982 until 1986, but then worked as a professional photographer for 18 years. He only returned to painting in 2007 and it would seem his photographic work has had a subtle influence on his abstract painting. The artist most recently had exhibitions at Gallery Luciano Fasciati and Tony Wuethrich Gallery in Switzerland, and you can see many more paintings on his website. www.conradjgodly.com

All images © Conrad Jon Godly

Ben Tour

Ben Tour’s paintings and illustrations have been a huge influence to my own work over the past two years. Tour currently is working on The Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. He has shown his work in galleries across the US and Canada and has a fantastic website. www.thetourshow.com
All images copyright Ben Tour 2014 ©

Lake Natron

Tanzania’s Lake Natron is one of the most serene lakes in all of Africa, but it’s also the source of some of the most eerie photographs ever captured. You see, Lake Natron has a very deadly secret, it turns any animal it touches to stone.

This incredibly rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, the alkalinity of Lake Natron varies between pH 9 and pH 10.5. Which is so caustic it burns the skin and eyes of animals that get too close to the water, leaving behind something straight out of a horror film, as can be seen in these incredible shots captured by photographer Nick Brant for his book, Across the Ravaged Land.

It should be noted the animals weren’t found in these haunting positions, here’s what Nick had to say:

I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry. I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.

 

The work of Gehard Demetz

In just a few years, Gehard Demetz has risen to international prominence by applying his incredible craftsmanship as a traditional woodcarver to subjects that are new and appealing to contemporary viewers.

His sculptures of children are at the same time attractive and disquieting and rendered with an amazing  perfection that is by no means rhetorical or classical. One of the most startling technical features is the construction using small woodblocks and juxtaposing finely polished parts to very rough and sketchy surfaces. This particular construction and treatment render his sculptures absolutely unique in the domain of contemporary wood sculpture and is partly responsible for the great curiosity aroused by the appearance of his work in the art world.  Since his debut in 2005,  Gehard Demetz has been invited by prominent galleries to exhibit in the United States, Spain, Germany, Korea. He has also produced monumental sculptures on commission for collectors around the world.

Born 1972, Bolzano. Lives and works in Selva di Val Gardena. For more information please visit www.geharddemetz.com

Andy Goldsworthy

Landscape sculptor Andy Goldsworthy is renowned throughout the world for his work in ice, stone, leaves, wood. His own remarkable still photographs are Goldsworthy’s way of talking about his often ephemeral works, of fixing them in time. His work continuously inspires me to look around and soak in what is already in-front of me.  I hope you enjoy his images / documentary as much as I do.

( all video/ photos credited to Andy Goldsworthy)