1. matisse ... when i first started drawing when i was in my early 20s matisse was one of the first artists i was interested in. i liked how his cartoonish black outlines still read as real people in real atmosphere, even though they were so crudely drawn.
|matisse at the MoMA|
2. picasso ... more accurately the 'picasso-style'...again when i first started drawing, i was taken with the way picasso could rearrange an image and still make it legible. i loved the profile/ 3/4 combos he created.
4. flavin ... interestingly enough i would say flavin is one minimalist i really enjoy and i would say that they way he used light to transform a space, made me rethink the idea of how i show the things i make. i started looking at installation art and getting into the idea of audience experience and seeing how flavin's fluorescents could manipulate a space beyond themselves.
|dan flavin, blue intensity|
5. the clayton brothers ... saw a show of their work at the madison museum of contemporary art a couple of years ago. their 'play house' constructions were right up my alley.
|clayton brothers at the madison museum of art|