Sunday, 20 April 2014

Federico Infante

Federico Infante was born in Chile 32 years ago. He lives now in New York, were he studied MFA Illustration School of Visual Arts. 

This is what he has said about both places, Chile and New York, related to his art:

"I grew up in a place where I was forced to develop my powers of contemplation. The magnificence of the Chilean landscape changes and challenges your perspective. It made me think clearly about my decision to become an artist. For me, this was the right path".

"New York and its people have altered my creative process in a beautiful and positive way. Hidden in this city are images more mysterious than any I could ever imagine. The challenge of a new painting lies in each new day".

You can find out more on his web site (here).

See this video of Infante where he shows his creativity and you can appreciate the way he create his unique pieces of art. I love everything about this amazing video.

Enjoy! ;)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Art as medicine

Art has been used as a therapy since years ago. The relation between art and medicine started in psiquiatrics hospitals as a way for doctors to study patients throught out their paintins. Soon it became clear that art help the patients in many different ways. 

Nowadays many hospitals have alternative therapies as a therapeutic complement to the medical treatment. 

In recent years, complementary and alternative therapies have become increasingly accepted in integrative medicine.

From the bedside to the operating room, from the dialysis suite to the intensive care unit, expressive arts therapists have enhanced the quality of life for medically ill people and their families for over half a century. In rehabilitation facilities, clinics, and hospitals, arts therapists help patients to maintain dignity and hope in the midst of physical and psychological trauma and uncertainty.

Arts therapists also empower their clients to meet difficult challenges by teaching creative coping skills. Their inventive approaches, developed under extraordinary conditions, are a valuable resource for all clinicians in a wide variety of settings.
                 — Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, Institute Chair

However, some people still doubting about the effectiveness of this kind of alternative therapies, because science has not been able to demostrate the benefits of it. At least that is the point of view of a recent study, which you can read at the medical site JAMA

What do you think? Has art the power to improve the health of the sick?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Sarah Crowner

Born 1974 in Philadelphia, Sarah Crowner is an international artist easily recognized for her rectangular paintings by sewing together a few irregularly shaped slices of canvas, some raw, some painted searing shades of red, orange or yellow.

In her last solo exhibiton at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery the New York Times published: "Installed as a room-within-a-room, it displays Ms. Crowner’s signature sewn abstractions, stitched together from painted canvas, around a tiled viewing platform that’s her most impressive foray yet into ceramics." (JAN. 9, 2014). Keep reading it here. 

Hope you really enjoy her beautiful abtract artworks ;)

The Wave (Ruby), acrylic on canvas

Leaf Motif (Girard), acrylic on canvas

Untitled, oil and guaché on canvas

Stage Right, Stage Left, oil on wood and stained wood

Continuum, guaché on canvas

Lemon and Orange, acrylic on canvas

Platform, Hot Blue Terracotta

Hands (Girard), oil on canvas

The Wave, acrylic on canvas

Untitled, stitched fabric.