My hips don't lie

I have really been terrible about keeping up with posts lately and it's mainly because I took a break from everything while I recovered from hip replacement surgery. That's right, I am now bionic! I feel much too young to have gone through this, but it's a genetic thing and I've been needing a new one for a while. I'm excited to see what a pain-free life can bring me now. I love to walk outside for inspiration and I was greatly limited for a long while, but I will be back in action again very soon. In the meantime, I can post about a trip to a museum I made before the surgery.

I went to the teamLab interactive exhibit at the PACE Gallery in Menlo Park. It runs through December 18th of this year and is absolutely worth a trip if you are in the Bay Area. As stated on their website: 

"teamLab, the renowned Japanese art collective, recognized for challenging and expanding the digital art making practice, and Pace Art + Technology will present Living Digital Space and Future Parks. The large-scale installation will invite participants of all ages to immerse themselves in the multi-room environments spanning 20,000ft² and showcasing 20 digital works."

It is pretty incredible and I could have stayed for hours. Take a look at these videos for a peek at what's in store if you can make it.

 

Crystal Universe

Selfies on Paper

Lee Friedlander, Self Portrait NYC 1966

Lee Friedlander, Self Portrait NYC 1966

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam currently has an exhibit titled "Selfies on Paper". It shows artists from the past four centuries capturing their own images in various mediums. As noted on their website: "Virtually every artist in the past looked in a mirror and captured his or her image for posterity – just as we do now." But we all know that they just took a little more time to do it.

In this age of immediate and fleeting gratification, the exhibit intends to make people slow down and take a moment to appreciate the art and the time it took to create. Cameras are not allowed, and instead, attendees of the museum are encouraged to draw or sketch what they see instead of using their selfie stick. I love this!

You can read more on the exhibit on the museum website here, and also on thisiscolassal.com.

Rembrandt, Self Portrait 1639

Rembrandt, Self Portrait 1639

Oskar Kokoscka, Self Portrait 1923

Oskar Kokoscka, Self Portrait 1923

Cut it Out!

Bold, cut out shapes and colors—bringing Matisse to mind. Do you love these? I do! 

Clockwise from upper left: Fanny Rose, Kira Jamison, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Jessica Williams, Nathan Carter, Alan Taylor 2014, Atelier Bingo, Beci Orpin and Sean Fennessy, Hernan Paganini Puloverchito, Issa Fall 2014, Violette Hurry De France,   Henri Matisse,

Clockwise from upper left: Fanny Rose, Kira Jamison, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Jessica Williams, Nathan Carter, Alan Taylor 2014, Atelier Bingo, Beci Orpin and Sean Fennessy, Hernan Paganini Puloverchito, Issa Fall 2014, Violette Hurry De France, Henri Matisse,

Seeing Art Where You Are

What do you call art? How do you define it? I believe that art is all around us. It's in nature, in books, in the faces of those we love, in our hearts, on the streets, on the walls—everywhere we look and everywhere we are. Just look around and you will see it. Join me on Instagram @katjaollendorff and share your vision of what art is #artwhereyouare.

Is this art? Some colorful lines on a sidewalk.

Is this art? Some colorful lines on a sidewalk.

Ot this? Flowers silhouetted against a misty mountain.

Ot this? Flowers silhouetted against a misty mountain.

A color blocked wall.

A color blocked wall.

My niece Amy dancing under the stars. I think this is art.

My niece Amy dancing under the stars. I think this is art.