Very interesting with lots of variety, some thought provoking, some trite and lots in between ....
Aimee Howard's Heart Series: Clichés consists of containers in the form of human anatomical
hearts, which open to reveal visual narratives of clichés associated with the heart. The long standing symbolism surrounding the heart in western culture leads to a range of "beliefs' about the heart defining who we are. A person's essence is described by listing characteristics of his or her heart-heart of gold, broken hearted, cold heart, empty heart etc. .
Howard has added medical connotations to the works to allow the hearts to become visual diagrams. The pieces are an x-ray - something to look at and determine what the problem is and how it could be solved. It is up to the individual viewer to decide if the work has a positive or negative outlook. In Broken Heart we see the gear is cracked but there are tools and other parts that could fix the problem.
The artist hopes "that these pieces illustrate positive and negative elements of the
human condition, confirming that we are not alone in our struggles or our success."
My heart led me astray yesterday and February 15 is here and I continue to explore.
I've always loved the childlike imagery but painterly quality of this piece which was created in1970 but the artist continues with this theme today as you can see from the image below.
Jim Dine, Wiesbaden, 2009. From: Hearts from Nikolaistrasse, 2009. 81.2 x 110.3 cm. Inkjet with photo etching and hand painting.
Jim Dine is well known for his use of heart motifs in his work. There's a good collection at Alan Cristea Gallery.
"No other artist has provided more target practice for cupid's Valentine's Day arrow than Jim Dine. Since the mid-1960s, he has painted and drawn hearts, sculpted hearts in plaster, bronze and steel, and constructed hearts out of chicken wire and straw..... His hallmark is the playful yet painterly rendering of everyday images into emotionally charged symbols. Beth Py-Lieberman
Twin 6’ Hearts by Jim Dine (1999) The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from Paul Lowry’s photostream,,
Jeff Koons' background in marketing and commodities brokerage shows in his work. Societies fascination with popular culture and consumerism is explored in his use of kitsch images. He successfully marries art and commerce in more ways than just themes!
Koons' "Hanging Heart" sold in 2007 at Sotheby's for $23.6 million setting a record for the most expensive artpiece by a living artist ever auctioned.
Is it just me or do you find the reflective quality of the hanging art an important aspect of it?
Keith Haring has repeatedly used heart imagery in his work .
Pepon Osorio, My Beating Heart, 2000,mixed mediums, speakers with sound, archival paper, acrylic, fiber glass, 72 x 65 inches in diameter
Pepón Osorio born in Puerto Rico in 1955, is best know for large-scale installations. His work is influenced by his experience as a social worker in The Bronx, usually evolve from an interaction with the neighborhoods and people among which he is working. “My principal commitment as an artist is to return art to the community,” he says.
And mosaic hearts galore....
Sweet Heart, 2003 , Necco Conversation Hearts
What about an edible heart that is anatomically correct ?
Even the skies seem to focus on the heart of things.
Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy Blog has a collection of astronomical images that display valentine heart shapes. Link
I know when to stop. Do you have favourite heart imagery in art?