An Artistic Sanatorium . . . for the muse plagued with artistic attention deficit disorder.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen is one of my favorite artists of all time. Two years ago, while living in southern Vermont, a friend took me on a day trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). (It's strangely situated in the middle of Nowhere, Massachusetts but it is worth every minute of the long journey.) I saw this stunning creature there.


I have been obsessed ever since. The graceful, skeletal forms, monochromatic palette, simple and melodious engineering - they take my breath away.

Because there is so much out there on Jansen and his work, I'm going to link to a fellow blogger who compiled a pretty concise and comprehensive list of images and videos.

I want a strandbeest for a pet.

Tomorrow, another of my favorite artists . . .

5 comments:

[Tara] said...

What an amazing creature! Thanks for introducing me to this artist!

ruthie said...

jansen is a most amazing guy, i love his creations. to see them moving along the shore is fascinating

Tracey Clarke said...

His work is phenomenal...very inspiring to my own.

Merisi said...

That is a really stunning work of art! :-)

(I should not say it, but from afar it reminded me a little of basket weaving.)

Liz said...

entrancing...

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