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.





suzanne husky

Oh my word, OUI! This work, titled “Douceur de fleurs” / “Sweetness of Flowers”, is the work of France born, San Francisco based artist Suzanne Husky. Laundry detergent, hand soap and every other flower-scented product recreated in clay. The imperfectness of each bottle is perfect! This is what Google translates her statement to:

“Sweetness of flowers, Secret of the world, Feast of flowers, Natural freshness, Dream of nature. In addition to ensuring impeccable cleanliness, X makes you live a unique, purifying, sensory experience! An intoxicating scent gives your laundry a real escape from each wash. Corporate lyricism meets flowers.”

Ahhhh, I can smell the corporate lyricism from here! Happy Friday.





thomas c. chung

This is the dreamy work of Chinese-Australian artist (based in Melbourne and Sydney) Thomas C. Chung. I wrote about him years ago when his portfolio was full of fiber… but now it’s filled with neon and rainbow-filled skies printed on mirrors! Here is part of his artist statement about this 2018 show at Galerie pompom in Sydney:

“In a world that is in search of Utopia – reaching for such great heights – there is an uncertainty to this pursuit. In being vulnerable we become susceptible, a process which reveals its own limits.

“…It Was Like Seeing A Fallen Rainbow”, is an exhibition connecting the loss of innocence with our reflected self. Continuing my earliest years of research into exploring the childlike psyche, this lifelong narrative is a conceptual fusion mediating my interests in psychology, philosophy and contemporary aesthetics.

Utilising aerial photography, “From Up Above…So It Is” is a vast series of cloudscapes printed upon mirrors. The compositions are in a state of free fall, drifting in the sky, passing through a prism of colour and peering into the sea. Occupying a space between disturbance and the aftermath, a rainbow is a temporary rift formed by the dispersion of light. A moment between moments.

Sitting on a bed of chiselled stone is a text-based installation created in neon. The twisted sentence spelling out the title of the show. Contrasting elements of dense, dark stone the fluorescence of electrified glass is a play on weight and tone, content and tension.”

Beautiful.





melissa arendt

Oooooh! These “fragmented landscapes” are the latest work from American artist Melissa Arendt. Skies, vistas, and creatures separated into their own quiet spaces. Here are Melissa’s words about this ongoing series:
“My intention with this work is to reduce a “landscape” into a minimalized and stylized form. For these pieces I use organic shapes that were sawed from wood panels and a pared-down color palette which mirrors the “fading” of these landscapes.”

Beautiful. I love them all so much, but that little quail might be my favorite {as my backyard is currently being invaded by them and their tiny little babies!}





anja niemi

Gasp! “SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A COWBOY” … now I want to be a cowboy! This is the most recent series by photographer Anja Niemi. Beautiful, bizarre, and like stills from a movie that I desperately want to see. I can’t find her artist’s statement about this work, so I’ll just have to let my imagination run like wild horses. ps. What makes this blush ‘n gold / American wild west narrative even more fantastic? Anja is from Oslo, Norway.

ps. This series is currently showing in Los Angeles at Galerie XII until June 22, 2019.





robert russell

Do you love art? Do you love art books? Well, then have I got the perfect paintings for you! This is the gorgeous, large-scale work of American painter Robert Russell. If you happen to be in Los Angeles between now and June 1, go see his current show, titled “Book Paintings”, at Anat Egbi Gallery in Los Angeles. Happy Monday.