Thursday, April 30, 2009

a statue in prague

while living in prague i had the good sense to take a black & white photography class. this meant i got credit for wandering all over the city taking pictures. hours were spent in this ancient cellar turned dark room developing film. it was perfect. see i'm all for the advancement of technology, but there is something so special about using real film. i love the creamy graininess and slight imperfections it can behold.

emily cobb prague statue on the vlatava, black and white prints. 2003

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

syracuse springing

enduring a long cold winter really makes the re-appearance of flowers seem like a gift. after many years of california living i now understand how seasons put things in perspective. when you always have nice weather you are less likely to be in absolute awe of these little everyday miracles - like coming across a tree that literally bloomed overnight. the following pics are stills from a little video piece i have in the works. enjoy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

a glimpse at my creative process

this sketch was inspired by a small sculpture i came across at the santa barbara museum of art. the piece, by gaston lachaise, is carved from black stone and not very big - no more than a foot in diameter. its bulbous form inspired me so i gave it a try as a painting.

emily cobb, female form sketch, 12x9" pencil on paper

i ended up submitting the final painting in a juried competition at santa barbara city college's atkinson gallery for their "small images" show in 2007. not only was the piece selected from a couple hundred entries, but it was awarded second in the 2-dimensional category! my first award. woot.

emily cobb, blue woman. 12x12", oil on canvas

Monday, April 27, 2009

shout out to izzy

here's to the best damn border-collie-australian-shepherd-mutt that ever lived!
izzy is a perfect example of why people should consider mix breeds from pounds. after 16 years of a long happy life she has alas headed where all the good doggies go.  izzy was one tough-cookie with a will to live; none of these pansy health problems pure breeds endure. according to the humane society from which we retrieved her, she was abandoned as a puppy by abusive owners. in her younger years she swelled up from an allergic reaction to a bee sting, sliced all the tendons in her foot from metal garden edging, and got hit by a car (14 years ago)! see what i mean by longevity? one of the smartest dogs i've ever seen, she had the uncanny ability to heard our family and other pets. how did she know she could  cheer you up with a wag of a tail and that warbling, speech-like bark? she was a one great hound.

Friday, April 24, 2009

beautiful urban decay in nicaragua

these pictures were taken in the cities of granada & leon, nicaragua. both were colonial outposts for the spanish - thus the incredible architecture. over the centuries the buildings have been blasted with bright color. i was delighted by the chipping paint revealing a bit about each building's history. that's what i love about these old cities - they allow this urban decay to happen. although unintentional due to war and poverty, its just so beautiful and preciously unique.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

random sketchbook page

(click on the image to get a closer view)
i get bored at work and doodle.
example of randomness found in my sketchbook.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

dia de las pimientas rojas! part 3

emily cobb: three peppers (2008)

dia de las pimientas rojas! part 2

peppers have been inspiring me in the kitchen as well as the studio....

e.cobb: pepper sketch 1, colored pencil on paper 11x9"

e.cobb: pepper sketch 2, graphite on paper 9x11"

dia de las pimientas rojas!

that's right, today is all about red peppers. why? because i got an absurd amount of them from the farmers market - a rash decision since they where super cheap.

this is only a third of them!
since there is no way in hell two people can consume the level of peppers that have invaded our kitchen, i decided to roast and bottle them, a pretty simple process:

step 1: heat oven to 450. wash the peppers and line'm up on a baking sheet covered with foil.

step 2: roast'm. check every 15 minutes or so to turn them. remove from oven when they have collapsed and are a bit blackened. (these took around 45-60 min.)

step 3: wrap the peppers in the foil and let cool. once you can handle them remove the papery-charred skin, stems & seeds. this can be a pain in the ass (but the end result is sooo worth it) it's easier if you do this in the sink under running water.

store in an airtight container in the fridge.

now what? i have been putting the peppers in hummus sandwiches, garden salads, and baked mac'n'cheese using goat cheese from a local farmer - yum. really the possibilities are endless....and so are these damn peppers.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

why get dessert out?

bill made chocolate chip cookies...

dishes from salvation army.
actually if i remember correctly, i found the little china cup in a dumpster in hamilton after someone's un-successful garage sale. that's right - i am not afraid of a little dumpster diving here and there. don't worry - i wash everything.

i got a public video instillation site!

i just got approval to project one of my video art pieces on the outside wall of 2 buildings in downtown syracuse! the instillation is starting this week and should run all summer!

this opportunity is made possible through the UVP (urban video project) a group associated with syracuse university as well as the syracuse public arts commission. needless to say, i'm ecstatic! this particular piece is something that i have wanted to project large scale as a public art instillation since its conception in 2006! woot. check it out here:

rips in the awning from Emily Cobb on Vimeo.

just to know: when installed, just the "rips in the awning" part will play - not the beginning section where i am blabbing. i will post an update soon with footage of the instillation in action.

Monday, April 20, 2009

a scene from my office/studio...

my little "blue" wall. clock-wise from left: an artistic-lithograph of prague, kiki-smith print, one of my small collages, antique french post-card, and funky tin frame w/ black&white photo of college friends. all the frames are thrift store finds.

tropical pasta salad for a rainy day...

its a blustery day here in syracuse so i made this tropical pasta salad to inspire that warm-irie feeling thanks to pappardelle's pasta's "calypso blend" (mango-peach, lime, & red chili flavored shells) and half a papaya i had laying around.
pretty simple to make...
-1 cup red peppers
-1 serrano hot pepper (more if you like spice - less if not)
-half a papaya
-1/2 cup scallions
-1 cup cilantro (coriander)
mix the above with:
-juice from 2 limes
-2 tbls olive oil
-1 can black beans
-1/2 lb al-dente cooked pasta
the blend i used has mango-peach, lime, & red chili flavored pasta shells
-salt & cracked pepper to taste
*i added some chili flakes to kick it up a notch.
this dish is not for those who can't stand when different foods mix on their plate. the key here is the lime juice & cilantro which bring harmony to the dish... so sit back, relax, put on some roots reggae and enjoy...spring is coming.

alice's andy

alice neel: andy warhol, 1970
its a no brainer that alice neel is one of our greatest contemporary portraitists. the candidness and rawness she captures in her subjects is further emphasized in her painterly style. i love the unfinished quality of this painting: the raw canvas, the roughly sketched lines where she doesn't fill in.
andy warhol appears shirtless and tired with a scarred abdomen. that and his hiked up tighty-whiteys, make him feel like a real person - not the iconic art god as he is usually portrayed.
alice: you rock.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

polaroid tree triptych

autumn montage projection

autumn montage projection from Emily Cobb on Vimeo.

This was an experimental piece I worked on way back in 2005 as a pre-curser to my video art thesis. I created the video for an instillation where it was projected on a wall in Clifford gallery at Colgate University. During the instillation the video looped continuously while projected. The piece is silent and is intended as a moving "painting" of light.

i heart egon

egon schiele's self portrait with chinese lanterns (1912)

schiele is one of my favorite painters - his lines, colors, painterly approach to the canvas.... yum. and i'm a sucker for self portraits...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

test test

lets see if blogger works for me...