Monday, January 31, 2011


Art from Found Materials (discarded and natural) by Mary Lou Stribling, Crown, NY, 1970

Sunday, January 30, 2011

palais idéal

from La Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval: Quand le songe devient la réalité by Jean-Pierre Jouve, Claude Prevost, & Clovis Prevost, A.R.I.E. éditions, 1981 (1994 edition) French language

Farmer, baker, and postman, Ferdinand Cheval dreamt of building his Palais Idéal (Ideal Palace) for twleve years prior to actually undertaking the project, which absorbed thirty-three years of his life. Inspired in 1879 by the chance discovery of an extraordinary piece of sandstone, Cheval, completely unschooled in building, resolved to become a mason and architect in order to utilize what he later referred to as nature's sculpture. On his postal rounds in the southeastern village of Hauterives (France), he collected stones of odd and fanciful shapes, transporting them home first in his pockets and later by wheelbarrow to be used in his construction. (from Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art, LACMA/Princeton, 1992)

Andre Bréton called him the "undisputed master of mediumistic sculpture and architecture".

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011)
(Wishing the Mountains Madness, Missoula, Montana, 1977)

Art Education 9

from Doing Art Together: Discovering the Joys of Appreciating and Creating Art as Taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Famous Parent-child Workshop by Muriel Silberstein-Storfer, Simon & Schuster, 1982

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The smell of flowers.

from Monsters of the Middle Ages by William Wise, illustrated by Tomie de Paola, G.P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 1971

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Colour in Nature

Colour Research, 1972-1973, from the Morris/Trasov Archive
"The rainbow is a timeless departure point for the imagination. The physics of light and the perception of colour have engaged both artists and scientists.. The colour bar project grew out of informal collaborations in the late 1960’s between artists involved with the Intermedia movement in Vancouver and developed as a model for art and life experiments in the 1970’s. It remains a reference for continuing research. "
Visit Michael Morris, Vincent Trasov, and The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery (where the physical archive resides)

Found/reminded of thanks to Liene and her amazing blog Hoola Whoop Please go there!

Monday, January 24, 2011


Allen Ruppersberg's studio in Hollywood, 1968
from Allen Ruppersberg: One of Many---Origins and Variants, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, 2006

Saturday, January 22, 2011

one year

Stopping Off Place is one year old today!
Thanks to all who visit, and especially to those who take the time to comment or write. I truly appreciate it. Also, big thanks to all the blogs/people who support this site by sending visitors my way---I'm grateful for the new friends I've made and I look forward to future collaborations.
(image from Steven Caney's TOY BOOK, 1972)

Friday, January 21, 2011

ball and cube

Do-it-yourself ball and cube lamp from McCall's Needlework & Crafts, Fall/Winter 1969-1970


visit David Berman's new blog mentholmountains.
drawing from The Portable February by David Berman, Drag City, Chicago, 2009

Thursday, January 20, 2011

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tapering, multi-sided figures with compound-angle (hopper) joints
Popular Science, November 1971

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oie ou Cygne

Anon. , ivory, Thule culture / Koojakaloo, green serpentine and paint, 1963 / Anon., soapstone, 1957 / Anon., antler and ivory, 1964 / Kaonaouk/Ivujivuk, soapstone, 1962 / Erkoolik, soapstone, 1964 / Erkoolik, soapstone, 1963
from Eskimo Sculpture by George Swinton, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1965

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Paloma Picasso on summer vacation at Villa La Californie, Cannes, France, 1957. Photographed by David Douglas Duncan.
from Goodbye Picasso by David Douglas Duncan, Grosset & Dunlap, NY, 1974

Monday, January 17, 2011


from Let's Walk Up The Wall by Ryerson Johnson, illustrated by Eva Cellini, Scholastic, 1967


from Will Happiness Find Me? by Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Koenig Books, London, 2003 (one of my favourite books. hard to choose just one question. more in the future.)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Trish Keenan 1968-2011

Friday, January 14, 2011


Paper Strip Letters
also from A Handbook of ARTS & CRAFTS, 1961 (1974)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Art Education 8

A Handbook of ARTS & CRAFTS (For elementary and junior high school teachers) by Willard F. Wankelman, Philip Wigg, and Marieta Wigg, Wm. C. Brown Co., Dubuque, Iowa, 1961 (1974, Third Edition) (This came in the mail yesterday as part of a Christmas package from my dear friends, Paul and Wendy. Incredible. Thanks! More to come. )

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


back cover of Silver Linings by Patience Strong, Frederick Muller Ltd., London, 1949 (1955)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tove Jansson: den farliga Resan

Den Farliga Resan (The Dangerous Journey) by Tove Jansson, Bonnier Carlsen, 1977 (Swedish language version)