Visible Spectrum

The Art of Cynthia Wells

Posts tagged ‘Galleries’





A short clip from the film “Interview with Tallulah, Queen of the Universe”

Inspirations – George Lepape, Elvis, Laurie Anderson

Animating the two-faced diva



Any guesses on what she’s saying? This was a scene from “Interview with Tallulah, Queen of the Universe” completed in 1995. I’m getting it transferred to digital files soon. The answer will be revealed then. The registration is a bit off in spots because I created the gif from a copies of the scene without the aid of registration peg bars.

Negative space, Armory Week

When designing a character, movement, or color palette, I like to push an idea as far as possible – taking advantage of the negative space. The way one shape plays against another, pushing a line or curve to create ironical whimsy are tools used to invert visual over-used stereotypes. A big clef chin, small forehead and over muscled physique are contrasted against who the character is – in this case Jake the bar keep from “The Shadow of Doubt”. A guy who is rough around the edges, but sweet, thoughtful and smart enough to own the business.

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Armory Week Art Fair happens next week in New York City. Last year according to Skate’s Art Market Research it was the second most attended art fair in the world after Arco Madrid which is not surprising given that it is a collection of 8 shows through out the city.


Breakfast at the Roadhouse, trip to NYC

“Breakfast at the Roadhouse”

Santa Monica Canyon right across the road from Will Roger’s Beach. Patrick’s Roadhouse run by (at that time) a guy named Bob. Greasy spoon, very small with a day glow lime green four leaf clover exterior. When busy hardly any room to move – just like New York. There was a table permanently reserved for Arnold Schwarzenegger –  supposedly part owner – that had a dial phone at it. Ted Danson would drive by and someone would bring coffee to him – in the street. I was having breakfast there one morning and saw a group of about 100 dolphins swimming north. On another day while bodysurfing at that beach a pod of dolphins came right up next to us – not 10 feet away, eyes met, big dolphin smile.

Heading to NYC this weekend and will give a heads up to interesting art that I see.

Color, Hockney, dancing particles

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“Angels Flight” Oil on canvas

I’ve always looked at color as a thing in and of itself – not a representation of something. Tiny particles of energy dancing, interweaving, bouncing light off and thru each other, the refraction, reflection determining the color the eye sees. Always an overwhelming experience for me to look at many colors all at one time.

David Hockney  has a new show,”The Arrival of Spring” at the Pace Gallery in NYC. I’ve always loved Hockney’s work because the drawings and paintings have a quirky element, the color jumps off the page, an interpretation of reality. The whimsy not empty. A new reason for me to love his work is that he utilizes technology. The prints are from drawings done on an iPad.

Why is there a distinction between a “commercial artist” and a “gallery artist”? The term “commercial artist” has less panache. Artists selling their work in galleries often use large teams of artists to produce work that is sold in a gallery as their own – never touching the actual work. Very well paid professional musicians and actors are revered as artists.

Obvious, but weird.



Inspiration, Ideas, Stuff that’s happening


Frame from the short animated film”Interview With Tallulah, Queen of the Universe”.  Made the film festival rounds in 1995. Computer animation was just getting started. Animation was still created on paper. Whether I’m animating, painting, drawing or sculpting I’ve always approached my work as many sides of one idea.  I love the site Artsy because you can explore the art world online. It’s just one resource but it’s pretty convenient.

Giacometti, one of my favorite artists. His haunting sculptures of the human form speaks to universal truths about the experience of being human.

Upcoming Art Fairs:

Coming up the ART LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY 2015 Jan 29th to Feb 1st

While there are few artists that I find interesting in this art fair –Raffi Kalenderian whose portraits done in a flat graphic style is quite interesting. However, most of the show leaves me cold. The works feel orchestrated to fit into a prescribed idea of modern art.

Past Fairs

FOG DESIGN+ART 2015 San Francisco, CA January 15 – 18

I tend to be drawn to art and design with a strong graphic edge. Something that is provocative while still based in a world I recognize. The whimsical sculpture at the CRISTINA GRAJALES GALLERY is compelling and the elegant photography exhibited at the Fraenkel Gallery are works that organize my universe.

ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2015 January 22 – 25

Focus is on artists with design and drawing skills illustrating unique ideas. Myoung Ho Lee – Trees with trees – my wording not the artist. Figurative and conceptual, elegant.

Liu Kuo-Sung’s Weeping Glacier reminiscent of Chinese landscape painting of the 1600’s

I read about Artist Daniel Arsham in the Fashion section of the New York Times. His work is whimsical, architectural, sculpture, satirical. I like this because it is about ideas that are poignant and witty and the pieces are skillfully done.

Whiplash: JK Simmons was really great in this interpretation of a piece of work of a jazz musician instructor. Miles Teller was understatedly fine in his portrait of a student musician trying to find himself in a not so supportive environment. I really related to this film. Studying animation at California Institute of the Arts was equally wonderfully horrible.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: In August there are 5 festivals happening. The Art, International Book, the International, the International Fringe and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The first four are Theater, Art, Performance and Book oriented. The Tattoo looks like a combination of all. I’ve always heard about the Fringe festival. It has the reputation of being all-inclusive and wacky. I could use some of that right now.

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