Deconstructed Dutch Portraiture

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In American artist Michael Mapes riveting new work, he painstakingly assembles facsimiles of portraits painted by Dutch masters including Rembrandt and Nicolaes Eliaz Pickenoy. Hundreds of specimens – photos, hair, insect pins, gelatin capsules, glass vials, magnifying glasses, and sequins are meticulously arranged by shape and shade to create images that at a distance possesses uncanny likeness to the 350 year-old originals. The fanciful assemblages are evidence that artistic interpretation knows no bounds. Three of the pieces will be shown at Yellowstone Art Museum’s ‘Face to Face’ exhibit debuting March 2014.

Image via Designboom

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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