“Magic is no more than the art of employing consciously invisible means to produce visible effects.  Will, love, and imagination are magic powers that everyone possesses; and whoever knows how to develop them to their fullest extent is a magician.  Magic has but one dogma, namely, that the seen is the measure of the unseen.” 

—William Somerset Maugham, The Magician

Two Figures (for Arlene Shechet), 2014
Acrylic and pastel on paper

Two Figures (for Arlene Shechet), 2014

Acrylic and pastel on paper

Art site update

justinlbergin.tumblr.com has been updated in advance of my trips out to visit grad schools, peruse if you choose to! Feedback is welcome.

gasoline-station:

Sacral Contemplation

Ian DavisSocks Studio

New-York based artist Ian Davis paints scenes where human beings are reduced to minimal multiplied figures gathering around a monumental presence. The main focus of a sacral contemplation by the anonymous crowd is sometimes a technological artifact, sometimes an infrastructure or a building . It’s the dramatic depiction of a world where man-made artifacts overcome the society of people who produced them, painted in an ironic, almost cartoon-like style.

 

(via exhibition-ism)

no-thanks:

There’s pizza stains on all my studio clothes (they also smell kind of funny, as it turns out). I haven’t taken “paint” off my to-do lists since June. The studio is a post-opening disaster and it’s nagging my brain. Time to clean.

The best state of a studio, perfect for contemplation and renewal.

hyperallergic:

Tactile Formulations in Neon and Glass: Sonnier’s Recent NeonsView Post

hyperallergic:

Tactile Formulations in Neon and Glass: Sonnier’s Recent Neons

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elpasha71:

Self Portrait in Hell Edvard Munch - 1903

elpasha71:

Self Portrait in Hell Edvard Munch - 1903

(via thescumbagpainter)

publicdomainreview:

A Chastity Belt, German or Italian, from the early 17th Century.See more of our highlights from the Wellcome Library’s wonderful collection here: http://bit.ly/1eNbrk8

publicdomainreview:

A Chastity Belt, German or Italian, from the early 17th Century.

See more of our highlights from the Wellcome Library’s wonderful collection here: http://bit.ly/1eNbrk8

(Source: wellcomeimages.org)

calebtaylorart:

Caleb Taylor - installation views of Recent Paintings at dm contemporary - NYC. On view through February 1, 2014.

Caleb Taylor- an enduring influence on my own work and an all-around cool guy. If you don’t know the work already, check it out.

markdutcher:

J IS FOR JOY. F IS FOR FUCK HOLE. H IS FOR HALCYON. U IS FOR UTOPIA. A IS FOR ATMOSPHERE. E IS FOR EDEN. S IS FOR SCORE. M IS FOR MELANCHOLY. O IS FOR OPTIMIST. L IS FOR LEATHER. P IS FOR PAINT. G IS FOR GLITTER. D IS FOR DEATH.