Donald Baechler, Mint, 2007

Because today, it is super hot in London…

Donald Baechler, Mint, 2007
© McClain Gallery, Houston

Highly influenced by the naïve vocabulary of Jean Dubuffet, Donald Baechler’s art is full of childhood imagery, nostalgia and purposely cliché motifs. However, his ‘paintings-collages-drawings’ are not always innocent as it may seems.

Sometimes a real critique of the loss of innocence, he builds with accumulated layers, what he calls an “illusion of history”. He therefore implies that his works are about our perception of childhood as adults, more than our ‘original’ childhood itself.

Nevertheless, this is beautifully made.

Donald Baechler, Western expansion, 1996
© Cardi gallery

 

Donald Baechler, Colorful Ball, 2010
© Cheim & Read gallery, New York

 

Donald Baechler, Walking Figure, 2008
© Cheim & Read gallery, New York

 

Donald Baechler, The Blue Rose, 2015
© michael lisi/contemporary art

 

Donald Baechler, Virtues of obesity, 1990
© Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm

Camille Seaman, Big Cloud series

I had another subject in mind for the first post of the week, but with the thunders outside, I wish so much to leave the office now, be at home and watch the sky!

Growing up in a forest, the storm was the complimentary sound and light show the nature offers you: birds flying low first, then silence, light rain, thunder, more darkness, lightning, showers, more lightning all together with the thunder and heavy rain, then, all these fading away to befall a complete silence, but with an amazing light if this happened during the day…

So, not surprising then, that storms greatly inspired artists too, but Camille Seaman is probably one of the photographers who captures at the best this particular atmosphere and shows its beauty.

Born in the Native American Shinnecock tribe, she believes humans are not separated from nature and this is why her works focus mainly on indigenous cultures and wild environments, like the Artic.
Each photograph is stunning and makes you hope this nature will continue to exist as such, and will not be devastated in the future.

The pictures below are from her series ‘Big Cloud‘, but I encourage you to read one of her interview here and see her Ted talk on how she chased storms for 5 years here.

Sources and © for the pictures: Artsy

Camille Seaman, Under the Anvil, Looking West – Presho South Dakota, USA, June 2011, 2011
Camille Seaman, The Beast It Grows & Consumes All Daylight, El Reno, OK 31 May 2013, 2013
Camille Seaman, Supercell in Minnesota, Near Browerville, MN 20 June 2014, 2014
Camille Seaman, The Blue Eye (H) – Kansas, USA, May 2008, 2008