Something FISHY 'bout these Drawings by jac lahav

Steven Weinberg Fish Watercolor!

Steven Weinberg (@steven_draws) is the jack of all trades. He draws comics for hyperallergic, cooks amazing authentic chinese food, can build a door from old cedar planks in under 20 minutes,  and illustrates childrens books with many successful titles under his belt! I first met him four years ago while living in New York's Catskill Mountains. Steven and his wife had recently moved there from Brooklyn, deciding to fulfill a dream of opening a hotel/bar in arguably the most beautiful valley ever.

In our artistic courtship I learned that Steven ALSO loooooooves trout fishing. We spent quite a few mornings, thermos in one hand, fishing rod in the other, flies hooked to our caps, while meandering the streams of paradise valley (where supposedly fly fishing was invented).

In the past 2 years Steven has been tearing up the watercolor world with paintings documenting his squirmy quarry. The greenish browns in these works belie the luminosity of scales while watery swaths of orange and blue melt into the page like the river itself. I'm amazed by these little watercolors vibrancy, and especially at how their documentary history reflects a notion of time known to both fishermen and artists alike.

Check out more of Stevens adventures

 

 

IOIOC - The Mystery's of Ben Sisto by jac lahav

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Ben Sisto, the inimitable artist attempting to answer the question "Who Let The Dogs Out", is working on a new investigative journalism style project titled "Interaction Of Interaction Of Color" (IOIOC).

As some of you might remember from art school, Interaction of Color is one of the most influential art books of the 20th century. The book was written by Joseph Albers who was the art icon / teacher from the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. There are 28 editions of the book, INTERACTION OF COLOR, with the first released by Yale University Press in 1963. 

"The text of Interaction of Color provides the careful reader with the content of Josef Albers’ famous color course. His teaching is based on learning by direct perception, and not by theories or color systems. There are many books on color on the market, but no one combines eyesight with such profound insight as Josef Albers does in Interaction of Color."
- Hannes Beckmann 

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Using the Albers book, Sisto continues his exploration into small mysteries within iconic objects. Ben Sisto furthers his expert collector status in IOIOC. For the past 5 years he has been assembling all 28 editions of INTERACTION OF COLOR. It's wonderful to see the full collection, each book carrying its own history. Yet there is a deeper mystery hidden down within these pages. Actually it's on the back cover. Printed on the reverse of every edition is the same artwork by Eva Hesse, "Free Study With Leaves". Sisto noticed that between the 12th and 28th edition the leaves in the back artwork began to change. Some leaves came apart, and some actually got filled in! [note the bottom left leaf] Sisto contacted the publisher (Yale) and asked 'whats the deal'. Yale refused to acknowledge any change in the Hesse prints during the run of the book. Clearly something is happened to the leaves, but for now the mystery remains unsolved...

This is an ongoing investigation.