XYZT: Abstract Landscapes at ARTECHOUSE

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

Last night I had a chance to see the XYZT: Abstract Landscapes exhibit at ARTECHOUSE – the show is closing soon, so I’m glad I had a chance to stop by. The exhibit is a world-travelled installation by French contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B.

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

Lately I’ve been trying to get out the studio more to gather inspiration from other artists. And I’m happy I had a chance to see this show since it allowed me to experience an art exhibit in a new way.

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

The show was a digital playground for people of all ages. I went to the evening admission, where only adults were admitted, and it was amazing to see how grown adults were playing with the exhibit like they were kids again.

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

The exhibit consisted of several digital projections, and most of the projections were interactive. The image above shows a floor projection, where when you walked across it, the different particles would sense your movement and move.

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

This pieces was a really fun, interactive one. It was a large cube that you’d walk into, with letters or patterns projected on the walls. You could move your hands near the walls and the letters and patterns would start moving based on your own movements.

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

Here’s a touchscreen that had a pattern where users could create a ripple-like effect by pressing on the screen and moving their hands or fingers.

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

Above is another touchscreen that had letters falling from the top towards the bottom of the screen. By pressing on the screen, the letters could get blocked by your hands from falling to the bottom of the screen.

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

Probably one of my favorite pieces of a show was a projection that distorted the viewer’s body. It was like walking up to funhouse mirror.

Inspiration from ARTECHOUSE

And lastly, here’s a piece where particles would clump together in sections where they sensed a viewer was standing.

Overall, the exhibit was a refreshing experience. Instead of your typical stuffy museum setting, ARTECHOUSE has a modern look and feel, and the show XYZT: Abstract Landscapes let me experience the digital world of art in a new way. However, I did think the exhibit was a lot smaller than I expected. Despite being thrown off by the size of the room, the show was an incredible experience.

15 Inspirational Quotes About the Creative Life

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ~Andy Warhol

“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”~Edward Hopper

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.”~Paul Klee

“Creativity takes courage.”~Henri Matisse

“To create one’s own world takes courage.”~Georgia O’Keeffe

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”~Pablo Picasso

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”~Joseph Chilton Pearce

There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.”~Pablo Picasso

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”~Pablo Picasso

“I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life.” ~Frank Stella

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”~Auguste Rodin

The best way to describe the creative life:

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”~Vincent van Gogh

I like to think of this quote as a reminder that there will always be challenges in life. It’s just a matter of teaching yourself how to power through the tough times so you can reach those successes.

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”~Kurt Vonnegut

“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.”~Vincent van Gogh 

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”~Andy Warhol

Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing at SFMOMA

The other month I visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 273 was one of my favorite installations there.

The installation is made from graphite and crayon on seven walls. I’m drawn to geometric shapes when it comes to works of art that I admire, and I liked the simplistic use of line and color. It creates an overall clean and minimalist look.

I drew some inspiration from LeWitt’s use of line. Perhaps I’ll start playing with bolder lines in my own work.

Tomás Saraceno’s Stillness in Motion – Cloud Cities at SFMOMA

Tomás Saraceno's Stillness in Motion - Cloud Cities

The other month I had a chance to visit San Francisco, and spent a few hours wandering around the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. One of my favorite pieces was the installation work by Tomás Saraceno – Stillness in Motion – Cloud Cities.

Tomás Saraceno's Stillness in Motion - Cloud Cities

I absolutely loved the simple, geometric shapes that took over the room. I also liked how he wove mirrors into these shapes, which continued to play with your perception of the depth of the room.

Tomás Saraceno's Stillness in Motion - Cloud Cities

Here you can get a sense of how large the webs are in relation to the museum patrons.

Tomás Saraceno's Stillness in Motion - Cloud Cities

It was wonderful learning about a new artist, and experiencing his work in-person. It was an inspiring visit that helped jump-start my creativity.

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit

As an artist, I’m constantly finding inspiration around me. Sometimes that inspiration comes from the beautiful sights I see when I travel or go for walks, and other times it comes from unique experiences I have. This past weekend I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the popular Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn. It was an incredibly inspiring show.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit

The exhibit consists of five small rooms where two to three people are allowed inside for twenty or thirty seconds. Each room made me feel like I was exploring a new world. The rooms were covered in mirrors and had either lights or sculptures arranged in a pattern that was repeated infinitely in the mirrored walls.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit

My museum visit lasted hours. My tickets were for 12:30pm but we weren’t admitted until after 1:30pm. The entire show required waiting in line for a chunk of time before we were able to enter each of the five rooms. Although there was a lot of waiting involved, I thought it was well worth it. Only once in a while do I find myself going to an art exhibit where afterwards it leaves me marveling at the beauty of the world. Kusama’s exhibit left me feeling just that- and it left me feeling hopeful, with my imagination reenergized.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit

So if you have a chance to see Kusama’s work, I highly recommend doing so. Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit was an experience like no other.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit