Mood of the Day: Han Yajuan, Error 404, 2016

If you read this blog few times, you know I am often working closely with IT and today is one of the day, where nothing works properly: printer in slow motion, mobile phone not responding, server down, connection failing… should be linked, you tell me? Nope, all these elements are completely separated : different countries, different servers, different suppliers…!!
Aaaaargh (–> scream of despair)

Han Yajuan, Error 404, 2016

Image © http://www.hanyajuan.com/

Kenna Moser, Renew, 2016

With the rain, wind, cold, grey sky we have in London right now, let’s travel with Kenna Moser’s works.

This artist based in Seattle, creates envelop/postcards-like, which you could easily believe that they come straight out of a magical and wonderful land.
How? Using real vintage cards as a base, she draws on it, tiny and delicate figures interacting with an oversized nature (plants, colourful flowers) and creative stamps from all around the world. The viewer is invited to decode the connections made between the different elements but also linked with the single-word title of the picture, creating his/her own version of the story.

It is visually similar to a children illustration book, and this is why many can nostalgically relate to it. However, her method is nonetheless comparable to the traditional method of painting : the various collages are glued to a wood panel before a hot layer of beeswax is applied, finalising the last details with oil paint.

The result is subtle and poetic, perfect for this gloomy Monday…

http://www.kennamoser.com/ 
http://www.gailseverngallery.com/kenna-moser.html

 

Kenna Moser, Apex, 2015

 

Kenna Moser, Match, 2016

 

Kenna Moser, Renew, 2016

 

Kenna Moser, Contemplate, 2016

 

Kenna Moser, Vantage, 2016

Urban Målare, Vädersolstavlan, 1535 (copie of Jacob Elbfas, 1636)

Some 481 years ago in Stockholm (the 20 April 1535), the phenomenon of sun dog has been noticed for the first time. This atmospheric and optical singularity appears when there is plenty of ice crystals in the air, giving the illusion to have several sun in the sky and/or with a big halo around it.

It has then such an impact on the swede that a painting has been commissioned shortly after. This beautiful work is traditionally attributed to Urban Målare (“Urban [the] Painter”) and it remains today only a copy done a century later by Jacob Heinrich Elbfas.

This painting is also the first depiction of the city of Stockholm in colour, and the oldest Swedish landscape painting!
Actually Sweden was then in war along with the Danes against Lübeck and the Hanseatic League over the Empire at the time and this sun dog (Vädersol in Swedish “Weather sun”) has been perceived by Olaus Petri (a Protestant clergyman who was a major contributor to the Protestant Reformation) as sign of future accidents.

This is for all these reasons that this painting became naturally an icon for the history of Stockholm, and now frequently displays whenever the history of the city is commemorated.

Plus, on the visually point of view, this oil on panel is incredibly ferric with stunning colours.

Don’t you wanna go to Stockholm now…?! 😉

Urban Målare, Vädersolstavlan, 1535 (copie of Jacob Elbfas, 1636)