charity ridpath

Art … for your fingers! What are these elegant, ethereal, translucent rings made from? Salad containers, produce bags, assorted fruit containers, and recycled silver. WHAT. I’ll let American artist (and recently graduated BFA student… as in last week) Charity Ridpath explain:

Year of Plastic

My wearable sculptures are informed by what we as humans make to be thrown away.  This past year, I collected all of the single-use plastic I used in order to better understand my own footprint. With “Year of Plastic” I transformed this collection into nature inspired, wearable compositions. I like to view these translucent forms as a hologram, a dystopian re-creation of something that no longer exists. It creates a link between the abundance of single-use plastic and nature’s destruction. Worn on the body, these pieces create an intimate relationship between the wearer and the material. I subvert the traditional ideas of jewelry as objects with value and symbols of status by replacing gold and jewels with plastic sculptures. The placement of these constructions on the body creates a visual focus on how we physically interact with packaging made of single-use plastic.The experience of wearing these pieces builds a tactile vocabulary that interrupts the common association of plastic products with convenience, and instead highlights their burden. Through this interaction with the work, I engage with the contradiction of single-use plastic; Though it plays an ephemeral role in our everyday, it has a long lasting impact on our environment and consequently, on us. 

Mic drop.





jessica tenbusch

“Suburban Edens” … oh my word, yes! This is the work of Michigan based artist Jessica Tenbusch. She also draws and paints, but I can’t stop staring at these colorful, nature-infused (literally) wall sculptures. Here are a few words from her ‘about’ page to give a little insight:

[Jessica] explores the relationships between species and how they shaped her experience as a human animal. Her work is an observation on our role as ecosystem builders and destroyers. These works are fragments of our daily environment, showing just how close nature is in our everyday lives, embedded in our homes and neighborhoods.

{via Create Magazine’s Instagram feed}





paige moon

Oooh, a beautifully painted peek into the life of Korean {California based} artist Paige Moon. Who needs Instagram when you can capture moments using acrylic on panel! Okay, Paige uses Instagram too, but it’s filled with painted snapshots instead. In fact, according to her lovely feed, that final piece is from an anniversary trip she and her partner took to Palm Springs. Yep, it’s Doug Aitken’s mirror house, aka “Mirage” as seen through Paige’s paintbrush. Love.

{Found via HeyThere Projects, Joshua Tree CA. ps. Their first show opens this Saturday, May 25 from 5-9m}





anne siems

LOVE! I have written about German {Seattle based} artist Anne Siems so many times, but when I saw these new paintings I just had to circle back around. Get it? Circle? Okay, sorry – here are Anne’s words about this body of work:

‘We Are One’  follows the longing of my heart and the knowledge of my mind about the interconnected web of all life on earth. The deeper we come into contact with this knowledge not only abstractly, but with visceral experiencing, the more urgent need to be the actions we take to protect that Oneness.

When I returned in the fall to my studio I suddenly felt like something new had shifted. I started to depict young women again with transparent clothing, but they were clearly contemporary, sporting tattoos, purses and their hands had become animals. 

Something about this work feels like in these last 2 years I have come full circle – no pun intended – I have have incorporated many of the new abstract markings of early 2017, the bodies are clothed and back in lots of detail, their wardrobe contemporary with a ‘hip’ nod to the 60s and 70s, the time in which I grew up. These young women and children look at the viewer with confidence and possibly daring. You will not mess with them. They are both ‘woke’ and mysterious.

Beautiful.

ps. Anne was on my podcast in 2017. You can listen/look right here.





laura cooper (at heythere projects)

Mountains of bone-like ceramic tangles … if this work, by California based artist Laura Cooper, doesn’t  make you want to spend the weekend in the desert, well, I don’t what will. How’s that for a segue into the fact that these pieces will be part of the inaugural show at HeyThere Projects in Joshua Tree, California this Saturday, May 25 from 5-9 pm. A road trip to Joshua Tree + work by a whole bunch of amazing artists? You’re welcome. {Other artists in the show: Rob Clayton, Alejandra Fernandez and Carlos Ramirez}

HeyThere Projects is located near the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, and was initiated by intrepid artists and old friends Mark Todd and Aaron Smith both of whom have been on my podcast! Their gorgeous new gallery showcases emerging and established artists in a setting surrounded by vast natural splendor. 

{Laura’s bio photo by Molly Haas}





frida fjellman

Gasp! Bouquets of light-filled crystals hanging from gold chains… LOVE! These breathtaking pieces are the work of Stockholm based artist Frida Fjellman. You can see some of Frida’s colorful crystals right now in … “New Glass Now”featuring works by 100 living artists working in glass today, at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning New York : May 12, 2019 – January 5, 2020 / Contemporary Art + Design Galleries.

ps. These beauties are her most recent work, but go check out her site… it’s filled with all sorts of amazingness, from glass foxes to lightening bolts, hence the fab bio photo in her studio above {photo by Camilla Lindqvist}





esther ruiz

Geodes, colorful plexiglass, concrete … and, oh, that neon LIGHT! These sculptures are the work of Texas-born, Brooklyn-based artist Esther Ruiz. I was instantly smitten, and went in search of the what, why, how behind her work… I found it on Artsy:

Constructing her sculptures from hydraulic cement, colored Plexiglas, paint, and other industrial materials, Esther Ruiz uses a minimalist vocabulary to create relics of imagined experiences. Of her creative process, she says: ”The imagery I work with is born out of exploring and researching fictional places imagined in my mind … Ultimately, my work exists as an effort to visually explain an emotional state of mind with mathematical acuteness.” She begins with a collection of emotions, memories, impressions of light, and sounds, then translates them into an abstract geometric aesthetic. The cylinder, the semicircle, the triangle, and other Euclidean forms are combined into colorful and expressive freestanding sculpture.

“Fictional places imagined in my mind” … sigh. Love.





strook

Whoa. Stunning portraits, for gallery walls AND for huge outdoor walls as well. This is the breathtaking work of Belgian artist Stefaan De Croock, aka Strook:

“He is inspired by what he calls non-places: deserted locations where humans once intervened. A deserted monastery, a ruin, a perished fishing boat: the eerie ambiance in/of such places is caught in material collages and paintings. At these non-places he finds scrap material which he disassembles for his artwork.” 

LOVE.

{Thanks to @liesbetvn for pointing me to Stefann’s work}





rob croxford

At first, I thought, ‘Cool, vintage sign paintings’, until I realized what I was actually looking at… vintage signs and pop culture movies had a bunch ‘o babies! This is the work of Canadian artist Rob Croxford. Rob has been a full-time artist for almost two decades, but in May 2018, a studio fire all but destroyed his Toronto studio … and his complete inventory of artworks. I can’t even imagine. This series, titled “Sign of the Times”is his fresh start. Here are Rob’s words about why he does what he does:

“As a child of the 70’s, I was mostly raised by television and movies. Advertising and pop culture became my religion and the wisdom I gleaned shaped my sensibilities as an artist … My new series of paintings is the culmination of all my obsessions. By integrating iconic movie quotes into the landscape of well worn roadside signage I am merging pop culture, nostalgia and humour. This blend of elements creates something familiar and yet completely new.”

Good luck on this ‘completely new’ adventure, Rob!





troy murrah

Gasp! “Built Quilts” … with a couple of appearances by Julie Andrews thrown in for good measure! This is the fabulous work of American artist {and set designer} Troy Murrah. Not only is the work wonderful, so is the inspiration behind it:

“Initially intended as a way to feel close to his mother (quilter and art educator Judy Murrah) after her passing, BUILT QUILT ended up being a great way to use up the salvaged material and bring new life to the old … Combining inherited family skills of quilting and carpentry, artist Troy Murrah uses thousands of wood fragments, cut from leftover remnants, to construct elaborate wall hangings that replicate traditional quilt patterns. Take a closer look, and find engravings of wallpaper designs—designed by the artist using imagery influenced by his past.”

I love every single little thing about this. Happy Monday.