New Year – New Work

IMG_7810_2b_LR_12A new year begins so it is only appropriate that I begin 2013’s posts with some new and fresh work. I do not know what these two pieces portend, but that’s the idea, isn’t it? The fun and the beauty of the creative process, in fact the imperative of the creative process, is exploration. Like everything else, it’s more about the journey than the endpoint. The above image, thanks to the repetitive geometries, remind me of the early formalist Cubist work of George Braquebraque_femme-lisant_land the magical sculptural efforts of Futurist Umberto Boccione.2966152858_bf52d07979The second new work, below, is part of my ongoing exploration of the local fossils and my attempts to incorporate them into other new found contexts. We’ll see how it goes as I move forward.

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It seems that I have not yet exhausted my library of images from the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy in Paris. I simply couldn’t resist the “Cabinets of Curiosity” that ringed the exhibition spaces. In these particular views (things that I’ve never seen before), animal organs preserved in large jars were so arresting that I couldn’t resist spending time with them. Did I step onto the Island of Dr. Moreau or a bad episode of Futurama?!images

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Of course I had to include some more fossils from that visit, as well as one horse skull.IMG_7584_01a_LR_10A Eurypterid, the official fossil of New York State.IMG_7515_01_LR_12 And two more crinoidsIMG_7480_01_LR_10

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I’ll finish today with a few more images from Paris:IMG_7303_01_LR_10Shop windows in the MontmartreIMG_7302_01_LR_10…park structure on the Ile de la Cite_MG_1068_01_LR_12…The Church of Saint-Eustache_MG_0294_01_LR_12…and, finally, early morning on the Seine.

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The Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy, Paris

IMG_7682_skullsMore from this fascinating museum. At every turn there were visual surprises of all types – from the wonderful architecture and embellishments to the many, varied collections. And, while I have many other images from this recent trip as well as new local work to get busy on, I find it hard to break away from this particular treasure trove of images.

IMG_7642_01_LR_12For brevity sake, I had previously referred to this museum as the Paris Natural History Museum. To be precise, it is officially titled the “Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy,” one of fourteen sites (four of which are in Paris) that comprise the French National Museum of Natural History.

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The view from the third floor, looking down on dinosaurs and other extinct animals. That third floor balcony displays the invertebrate collection.

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IMG_7441_01_LRA side room on the third floor filled with ammonoids. In fact, that large object on the wall, next to the massive moose antlers, is an equally massive ammonoid,

IMG_7451_01_LR_10A fine example of the architectural detailing present throughout the museum. The organic plantlike stair details are a fine segue into these lovely crinoids.

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And one final view from another museum, the Musee D’Orsay.

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