Category - Art

Roderic O’Conor – The Post Impressionist You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

The emergence of post impressionism is probably one of the most colorful and thrilling movements to ever happen in the world of art. Whenever we think about post impressionism, four names usually come to mind: Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, and of course, Vincent Van Gogh.image

(Vincent Van Gogh: Wheat Field with Cornflowers)

There’s one name you probably haven’t heard of yet, though. Roderic O’Conor. An Irishman who spent most of his life in France, O’Conor was surprisingly popular amongst artists. In fact, he even got into a brawl with Paul Gauguin and two other artists against a bunch of sailors in Breton fishing port in Concarneau. It was in this brawl that Gauguin got the broken ankle which will eventually plague him up to his death.
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(Roderic O’Conor: Field of Corn)

So, why doesn’t O’Conor’s name ring any bells?

That’s because he wasn’t too focused on putting his work out there. It wasn’t only until fifteen years after his death that his works even circulated in public when his widow auctioned all of them off.
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(Roderic O’Conor: A Tree in a Field)

He was well subsidized by his family, so he really didn’t feel the need to sell his works for a living, unlike other prominent artists at the time. What he did enjoy, though, is to go and view exhibits as much as he can. He liked examining styles and translating them into his own.
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(Cuno Amiet: Blossoming Orchard)

This is the reason why we can almost hear Van Gogh or Cuno Amiet’s work echoing in his own pieces, and why some critics think his work as quite indecisive. Recognize the thick, bold, brush strokes of color? As well as those landscapes that can seemingly pop out into life at any moment?

Despite a lot of us not recognizing his name today, a lot of his contemporaries surprisingly know him well. He was an active member of different art circles, after all.
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(Roderic O’Conor: The Glade)

If you are intrigued and want to see more of O’Conor’s works, then you can view Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns: Between Paris and Pont-Aven in the Beit Wing at the National Gallery of Ireland which will run from July 18 to October 28, 2018. It will be the first retrospective show dedicated to him in thirty years, and promises to show works that have never been viewed publicly before.

References: theartnewspaper.com, irishtimes.com, gauguingallery.com

Digital Grotesque – 3D Printing technology and architectural forms

Digital Grotesque consists of two human-scale, highly ornamented sandstone grottos designed by architects and programmers Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer. Grottos I and II are 3.2-meters high, designed with customized algorithms and printed with a 3D sand printing technique. These architectural sculptures were made on commission by Centre Pompidou in Paris for its exhibition Imprimer le monde held in March 2017 and FRAC Centre in Orléans.imprimer-le-monde-centre-pompidou-outside1_960 imprimer-le-monde-centre-pompidou-outside6Sand printing technology is shifting boundaries with the use of 3D printing in architecture. It overcomes limitations in  producing architectural components with 3D printing technology that, until now, has only been used to make relatively small objects. Although these sandstones blocks are strong enough to fulfill construction requirements, Benjamin and Michael mixed it with resin in order to further harden it by closing its pores.3d-printed-architecture-installation4 3d-printed-architecture-installation15The computational design allowed architects to render tiniest details into reality and to create a complex and breathtaking surface of artificial sandstone bricks. Aediculaes, which forms the grottos, are rich in details and evoke floral and geometrical forms. Complex geometries are formed with customized algorithms, altering parameters for divisions and subdivisions on the surface which results with 260 million individual facets generated through.3d-printed-architecture-design7 composition1The Digital Grotesque project is not the only one that proves the immense impact that the 3D printing technology has had on architecture. There are other projects which explore opportunities of 3D printing technology, like ProtoHouse 1.0 and ProtoHouse 2.0 by Softkill Design, a UK group of architects or Landscape House by Dutch studio Universe Architecture.

WOOD IN PROCESS focuses on everything but the end product

“Wood in process” is a design experiment of a Dutch collective of designers called Envisions. They find ways to transform materials and  offer new design solutions. The motto of the group is that experimentation leads to innovation. Their research was presented last year at Milan’s week of design which focused on presenting design discoveries rather than on finished designs. It has been realized thanks to the cooperation with the Spanish firm, Finsa which produces wood-replacement materials, medium density fibreboard (MDF) and chipboards.5980776e80bcd-minThe collective, composed of design students from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, note: “Although it functions only as a rich conceptual field, the preliminary stage of production of products has unlimited possibilities and deserves all the attention”. The collective examines the possibilities of the artistic product, which is underestimated and rarely explored in the industry. 59807763cbb99-minEach of the 12 members of the collective was invited to visit Finsa’s factories to find potential new uses for their various materials, as well as materials produced during production. Presented materials were photographed and used by Walt Disney for making animation.598077733fbd8-minThe main idea of the Envisions group is that team work is ahead of the individual. They want to expand and create better communication between designers, clients and manufacturers; which they do with their presentations and exhibitions.   5980776407499-min