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7.27.2012

The Art of Wolfgang Laib

Beeswax covered room in the mountains created by 
German Artist Wolfgang Laib, 
who also works with pollen that he gathers himself.

 I applaude his working with such beautiful materials
 and calling attention to their beauty..
but do you feel that  he calls attention to the bees as well?

 I admire his work, and that of  Anish Kapoor and others 
who work in  installation and with site specific materials.
 I just wish that somehow that honeybees were more involved.





 and more from 
Art Daily:


"The artist began working in beeswax in 1988 and, using removable wax plates, created wax rooms for exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1988), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany (1989), De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands (1990), and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (1992). All four wax rooms entered the museums’ collections and remain on display in Stuttgart and Tilburg. Laib went on to create beeswax chambers in nature, fulfilling a lifelong dream. His first, La chambre des Certitudes (2000), is situated in a granite cave of the French Pyrenees, accessible only by footpath. His most recent, on his own property in southern Germany, is an insulated shaft of golden beeswax that extends 13 meters into the earth. For these outdoor rooms, Laib initiated the process of heating wax and applying it to the walls with an iron that he will use at the Phillips. Over four decades, Laib has used organic substances associated with life-giving sustenance—milk, pollen, beeswax, rice—to create art of extreme simplicity and meditative power. In 1975, he created his first Milkstone, an ongoing series in which the slight concavity of a polished white marble slab is filled daily with fresh milk. Phillips Curator at Large Klaus Ottmann (who organized Laib’s international retrospective that originated at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 2000) performed the ritual every morning during a brief installation at the Phillips last year. Laib’s pollen pieces are also highly ritualistic—in spring and summer the artist collects dandelion, hazelnut, pine, buttercup, and moss pollens from fields surrounding his home and then displays the delicate material in simple jars or sifted directly onto the gallery floor. His largest pollen piece to date at roughly 18 x 21 feet, Wolfgang Laib: Pollen from Hazelnut, will be installed by the artist in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in New York in early 2013. "

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7.09.2012

Beeswax Demonstration for My Bee Club

I gave a demonstration to my bee club
 ( http://selabees.org ) this month on how
to use beeswax to make lipgloss and handcream.  
It was great and anyone who wanted to could 
make a little bit of their own to take home. 
Many beekeepers just throw it away..(!) 

Future Beekeepers

This past Sunday I had
the pleasure of spending
the day as a volunteer  at the 
Audubon Insectarium for their 
Red, White and Butterfly event. 
I was stationed in the "Bait shop" 
next to a three frame display of
 live honeybees and was there
 to inform the public about Honeybees. 

It was so fantastic to see 
so many people curious  
and interested about honeybees 
and their well being.
 I answered many questions 
and gave a few 
brave young future beekeepers 
their first taste of a beekeeping 
suit and helmet and 
taught them the importance 
of  respecting and 
supporting the bees 
as important pollinators, 
as well as honey producers.
However, I think that they were most  impressed  
with the fact that bees have five eyes and can taste with their feet!



7.02.2012

Night Light - Light Show

I installed solar lights in the nearby tree
to light up the path to the hives
 It was an unexpected delight for the
 lightning bugs or "fireflies"
 who gave us a wonderful light show in response.