A digital scrapbook of the exhibition. A digital sketchbook of the artists’ process.
In conjunction with A Different Kind of Landscape: Maysey Craddock and Erin Harmon on view August 24, 2013 through November 10, 2013 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Curated by Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art
“A Shower of Tiny Petals in a Marriage of Art and Botany”
Mrs. Delany and Her Circle, at the Yale Center for British Art, celebrates this exemplary woman’s contributions to botany, the decorative arts and English court society.
The New York Times Review
Poisonous Pitcher Plant – The Private Life of Plants
David Attenborough – BBC wildlife
METMEDIA: The Unicorn Tapestries
From The Pages Of Erin Harmon
Remember The Last Unicorn? Well, METMEDIA’s The Unicorn Tapestries – an interactive online exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tells a unicorn tale no closer to the ground, regardless of the fact that its content is substantiated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The patronage of the Unicorn Tapestries remains unknown, as does the moral of the story that its panels tell: Are they to celebrate a marriage or is this a symbolic retelling of Christ’s sufferings? Either way, the panels spin an inspiring tale. And besides, to quote Jeff Bridges as the noble prince in The Last Unicorn, “There are no happy endings, because nothing ends.”
From the Curator:
Maysey Craddock and Erin Harmon are part of the venerable tradition of landscape painting, although their works are anything but conventional. Despite their focus on their surroundings, neither one works directly from nature. With both artists, their painstaking working process is visible. Craddock disassembles and stitches paper bags to form the ground for her complex images of trees and buildings ravaged by time and the elements. In contrast, Harmon’s garden-like terrariums are built of multiple, tiny, hand-painted and cut pieces that are layered and assembled across the page in a manner that is reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints. Craddock’s and Harmon’s distinctive, evocative paintings demonstrate that even centuries old traditions can be updated and made contemporary.
-Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
From the pages of Erin Harmon:
Incredible new high definition moving footage shows everyday plants and insects magnified thousands of times. Photographer Stefan Diller uses high-powered microscopes and computer software to create the fascinating films. He spent three years perfecting the painstaking process at his laboratory in Wuerzburg, Germany.
-Credit: Stefan Diller / Science Photo Library, Barcroft TV
From the pages of Erin Harmon:
These Katsushika Hokusai prints dating from the early 1900s, are part of the LACMA’s collection. You can view the entire collection online here.
Katsushika Hokusai (Japan, 1760-1849)
The Yoshitsune Horse-Washing Falls at Yoshino, Izumi Province, ca 1833-1834
Prints; woodcuts, Color woodblock print
Gift of Max Palevsky (M.2011.135.5)
Courtesy of LACMA