Here is a quick review of our 2014 May Exhibition.
By Wulf Gerstenmaier
By Robert Ramkissoon
The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ASTT) will be hosting a “Light in Nature and Culture” special group art exhibition by its membership entitled, in commemoration of the United Nations declaring 2015 as the International Year of Light.
The exhibition is expected to feature works by a number of well-known respected artists who will exhibit works meant to raise awareness to the beauty and accessibility of science through activities that will encourage and support observation of light and colour in the Natural world, and highlight the myriad ways in which light has influenced and continues to influence human culture.
It is said that light in nature is the subject that unifies humanity. It is the means by which humanity sees itself and where human beings see their place in the universe. Regardless of the boundaries that separate nations and the conflicts that define generations, people around the world see the same Sun rise and fall on the horizon, while cultures throughout history have expressed the same sense of majestic wonder at the beauty of the light seen in picturesque natural effects such as rainbows, halos, sunsets and shadows.
Through the “Light in Nature and Culture” exhibition the audience is asked to consider how observing light in nature really means turning off the lights from modern society.
Despite improving the quality of life, modern lighting has resulted in light pollution. Rather than engage in direct observation in all-weathers and at all-latitudes, today’s generation is more at ease finding inspiration by simply downloading images of nature from their computer screens in the comfort of their air conditioned apartments and offices. This exhibition plans to challenge this ideal by featuring works that promotes more direct outdoor observation and inspire a new generation of scientists to open their eyes to the beauty and splendor in the light and colour found in the natural world.
Light has also influenced human culture throughout history as evident from the early artists and scientists of Antiquity to the development of perspective and the understanding of light and shadow during the Renaissance, to impressionism and modern artistic techniques. The works featured in this exhibition is meant to give appreciation and understanding of our cultural heritage through the study of light and art from the lens of the artist.
The exhibition runs from May 12th to May 27th, 2015 with an opening evening reception to be held on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 where the patrons of the ASTT will be introduced. On exhibit will feature works from Wulf Gerstenmaier, Robert Ramkissoon and……., just to name a few.
Video Of Artwork And Opening Night – Intersomnia Exhibition
Last two days to catch a glimpse of Intersomnia in its entirety before the works go out to their new owners!
DRAWING TIPS – by Karen de Verteuil
- Be sure to look at the subject, not at the paper, while drawing.
- Practice drawing using something with unfamiliar shapes – A Congo pepper or a slice of tomato – being careful to copy exactly what you see and NOT what your verbal side tricks you into ‘seeing’.
- Check your negative spaces for accuracy. The drawing will fall into place like pieces of a puzzle.
I have highlighted some negative spaces on the drawing below to demonstrate my point. You will find that a more complicated subject is actually easier to draw.
“I HAVE LEARNED THAT WHAT I HAVE NOT DRAWN, I HAVE NEVER REALLY SEEN, AND THAT WHEN I START DRAWING AN ORDINARY THING, I REALIZE HOW EXTRAORDINARY IT IS” Frederick Franck
Using the complementary colour instead of black to darken a colour makes for a more interesting painting as our eyes are naturally tuned to complementaries – so the use of complementary colours throughout a painting intensifies contrast. For example, ultramarine blue and cadmium orange mixed together can produce a colour quite close to black – so try using a bit of ultramarine to darken your orange, or purple to darken yellow, or green to darken red, an vise versa.
There is a simple experiment to prove that our eyes naturally see the complement of a colour: Take a plain white sheet of paper and put a red dot of colour in the middle of the left half. Stare at it for about 30 seconds, then look into the middle of the blank half of the paper. You should see the complementary of red appearing. (the variation of red would yield different results – a red with a bias to orange would produce an aqua green, while a red with a bias toward purple, would produce a more lime green). Try doing this with other colours too. This is an experiment we do in art class all the time.