Paris – June 28, 2011

“A sense of place is a sense of the beauty and wealth of phenomena that comprise a particular place.”   Yan Xu

I’ve titled this Blog A Sense of Place because I feel much of my work stems from the desire to create a sense of place in my art, and also when I’m traveling I try to immerse myself in the art, design, and culture of the place I’m visiting.

As many of you know my artistic expression has taken many forms, from actor, to muralist, then home product designer, and most recently as a creator of illustrated pop-up books.  All of these artistic mediums (and more) continue to overlap in my studio life.  Because my output has been so varied, so too is my inspiration.

I’m a big believer in sharing information, inspiration, and experience with others.  We’re not always able to be in the same place at the same time, so I thought I would like to share my knowledge about art and design and what inspires me from the past as well as today.

As I mentioned, I encourage the sharing of information, so please comment on what I’m writing and featuring if you like.  I’m hungry for new ideas from you and I’m very interested in how you respond to what I’m posting.

photograph of door panel at Fontainebleau

Right now I am in Paris for a creative residency at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design.

Brilliant Blue

Paris is a city of museums, some of the finest in the world, but I couldn’t wait to see the temporary installation Leviathan, by Anish Kapoor at the Grand Palais.

The Grand Palais clearly embodies a building that creates a sense of place.  The place being, Paris in the Belle Epoch (Beautiful Era), and the Paris Exposition of 1900.  Check out this link: http://www.grandpalais.fr/visite/en/#/the-exploration/ for an amazing tour of the building.

Each year the French Ministry of Culture invites a leading artist to createa work that ‘responds to the exceptional architectural space’ for the series, Monumenta, and this year they chose Indian artist Anish Kapoor.

Kapoor said: ‘My ambition is to create a space within a space, responding to the great height and light of the nave of the Grand Palais.

‘People will be invited to enter the artwork to immerse themselves in its colour and it will be I hope a contemplative, poetic experience.’

Being inside this inflatable piece of art was truly breathtaking.  The strong graphic lines of the structural seams of the PVC, and the changing of color and light as clouds passed over the sun was thrilling.

Inside the artwork. Sun shining creating shadows of Grand Palais structure

I ended my first week in Paris by walking along the Quay across the Seine and took this picture of the Eiffel tower.  I photographed in black and white in homage to early photographic images of Paris.

From the quay

…………..until next time