January 5, 2015 Leave a comment
Our image Calvin St. is an abstract image that tells and re-tells a kind of landscape visual. The colors are rich, earthy and the influence for the piece comes from 2 painters Turner, Rothko, the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and the beard and suspender culture of Brooklyn.
The original influence for our image is Turner (one of his pieces is pictured above). Joseph Mallord William Turner was born April 23rd 1775, in London, England and died December 19, 1851 in London, England. He was an English, Romantic landscape painter whose expressionistic studies of light, color and atmosphere were unequaled in their range and apogee.
Turner entered the Royal Academy schools in 1789 and soon began exhibiting his watercolors there. From 1792 he spent his summers touring the country in search of subjects, filling his sketchbooks with drawings to be worked up later into finished watercolors. His early work is topographical (concerned with the accurate depiction of places) in character and traditional in technique, imitating the best English masters of the day. In 1794 Turner began working for engravers, supplying designs for the Copper Plate Magazine and the Pocket Magazine. He was also employed to make copies or elaborations of unfinished drawings by the recently deceased landscape painter John Robert Cozens. The influence of Cozens and of the Welsh landscape painter Richard Wilson helped broaden Turner’s outlook and revealed to him a more poetic and imaginative approach to landscape, which he would pursue to the end of his career.
Turner had the natural sense to see nature as simply another form rather than a necessary visual story. He extracted and transformed color from landscapes in an emotive and metaphorical way. Look at this wonderful abstract Turner
Another influence, was Rothko. Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He was Born on September 25, 1903, in the Russian empire that is known today as Daugavpils, Latvia. He died February 25, 1970 at 66 years old. Pictured above is a body of his work. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists. In the autumn of 1923, Rothko found work in New York’s garment district. While visiting a friend at the Art Students League of New York, he saw students sketching a model. According to Rothko, this was the beginning of his life as an artist. He later enrolled in the New York School of Design. That autumn, he took courses at the Art Students League taught by the Cubist artist Max Weber, a fellow Russian Jew. Under Weber’s tutelage, Rothko began to view art as a tool of emotional and religious expression.
While Rothko did not paint landscapes per se, his overall body of work could be described as a landscape of conceptual color. So many of our pieces carry his influence that we feel it’s always important to note and reflect the influence of this expressionist master.
Finally, Hiroshi Sugimoto (work pictured above) was born on February 23, 1948. He is a Japanese photographer currently dividing his time between Tokyo, Japan and New York City, United States. His catalog is made up of a number of series, each having a distinct theme and similar attributes.
Sugimoto has spoken of his work as an expression of ‘time exposed’, or photographs serving as a time capsule for a series of events in time. His work also focuses on transience of life, and the conflict between life and death. Sugimoto is deeply influenced by the writings and works of Marcel Duchamp, as well as the Dadaist and Surrealist movements as a whole. He has also expressed a great deal of interest in late 20th century modern architecture. His use of an 8×10 large-format camera and extremely long exposures has garnered Sugimoto a reputation as a photographer of the highest technical ability. He is equally acclaimed for the conceptual and philosophical aspects of his work.
Even though Hiroshi Sugimoto works in black and white, his linear sense of the land and sky division and the primordial in all his work is worth mentioning. Our Calvin St image uses this linear division as repetition. Still, the way in which the human eye can immediately draw out this shape reflects our universal connection to the planet and all beings who reside here.
Last year we visited a coffee shop in Philadelphia called Elixr (pictured below) with wonderful wood textures. This tonality and feel roasted in our visual memory expressing itself in the piece.
Our color pallet for Calvin St is quite earthy and the texture is rather rough and raw. Our further influence here is the Beard and suspended set of Bushwick and Williamsburg.
Brooklyn specializes in culture, which means there are a lot of stylish and tasty reasons to visit this tip of Long Island. After all, though the irony of the hipster lifestyle remains, it’s also chock-full of good art, artisanal food, craft beer and plenty of unique things that make Brooklyn so special. We emphasize and echo this super cool feel in Calvin St. It is after all, beard and suspender approved!