medium /// contemporary




davide d’elia

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If I was going to invite Wes Anderson and Steve Zissou out for an afternoon in Rome, I would absolutely bring them here! This “Tiffany blue” dipped installation, that transformed the Ex Elettrofonica gallery into a strange boat-like space last fall, is the work of London based artist Davide D’Elia. “Antivegetativa” {the name in Italian of anti-fouling paint often used on old ships}, is composed of a LOT of that gorgeous blue paint, a chair, a buoy and nineteen paintings from old cellars, flea markets, antique shops and junkyards of Rome. Here is an abbreviated statement about this installation:

“Anti-fouling paint of the thick variety is normally applied as a coating for the hulls of old ships and is particular in that it seals out plant and animal organisms to the point of eliminating every possible form of life. The result is an acidic and unreal space, immersed in the abysses of the a material that erases everything, including space, time and life. From the process of immersion of the objects in the paint stems a reflection on a stretch of common history, that of things, and this gives rise to another, much deeper one, on what remains beyond the end of material. Through the process of cancellation of natural processes, Antivegetativa is an experiment in halting nature’s physicality, as well as the passing of time.”  If you’d like to read the entire artist’s statement, pop over to Davide’s site.

{via designboom}





tali yalonetzki

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Oh! I am so excited about this… Israeli painter Tali Yalonetzki was one of the very first artists that I wrote about, way back when. I was just scrolling through Pinterest {as you do} and I came across some of her work that I’ve never seen before… well except that final piece, but it’s just so good I had to put it in again! She paints all sorts of things, in all sorts of colors, but it’s these lovely, vintage-inspired, monochromatic portraits that take my breath away. Sigh. So dreamy.





rocio montoya

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I am a scissors kind o’ girl when it comes to my own collages, but the work of Madrid based artist/graphic designer Rocio Montoya really makes me want to give x-acto blades another shot! Oh, those little peek-a-boo windows to the florals just below the surface… so gorgeous. Her final work is stunning, but I have to admit, I am head over heels for her in-studio shots! I want to see all of her plans, and cuts, and layers, and more cuts! ps. Those hands. I LOVE those hands.





krista svalbonas

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I love pretty much any piece of art that features houses, apartments, or buildings of any kind – so when these collages by Chicago based artist Krista Svalbonas found their way into my inbox I knew I had to share them. They are part of her “Migrants” series:

“Ideas of home and dislocation have always been compelling to me as the child of parents who arrived in the United States as refugees. Born in Latvia and Lithuania, my parents spent many years after the end of the Second World War in displaced-persons camps in Germany before they were allowed to emigrate to the United States. My family’s displacement is part of a long history of uprooted peoples for whom the idea of “home” is contingent, in flux, without permanent definition and undermined by political agendas beyond their control. Perhaps as a result, I am fascinated by the language of spatial relationships and by the impact of architectural form and structure on the psychology of the human environment.”

Lovely, thoughtful, so good.

{Thanks to Jeanne Heifetz for sending me a link to Krista’s work}





#creative UNblock no.3

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Oh, hello #creativeUNblock project no.3! {If you missed the first two projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, so the next unblocking project from Creative Block : I have to admit, I tried this one before the book even hit shelves… and I’m gonna to do it again because it’s just that good! This project is given to us by Chicago based artist/illustrator Kate Pugsley. Ready?

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#creativeunblock // March // by Kate Pugsley p.175

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“When I’m in a creative rut, this simple activity always helps me to get excited. Start with a stack of white or off-white papers. Sometimes I use scraps or sometimes I take large pieces of drawing paper and cut them into pieces around 8×10 inches. Then get out your watercolors, acrylics or other paint and mix up some of your favorite colors. Paint the surface of the papers. Sometimes just seeing all the lovely colors together on the papers inspires me. Once the painted papers have dried, get some scissors or an x-acto knife and cut out some shapes. They can be totally arbitrary, or they can be recognizable as objects, animals, faces, etc. Open your sketchbook or get a blank sheet of paper and start arranging shapes. Just play with the shapes and colors, layering until you see interesting combinations. You can start gluing them down in your paper or book, painting on top of them, or just save the pieces you like. I keep envelopes around full of colored pieces for loosening up when I am stuck. Working with these painted shapes helps me see things that I may not see just drawing or painting directly because my mind wanders and there are always a lot of surprises.”

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Love! Now, If you get hung up on what recognizable shapes to cut out (I did!) just start chopping! Triangles, squares, bits ‘n pieces, whatever. I can’t wait to see the colors you choose, the shapes you make, and the compositions you come up with… and if you’d like to, please post your work on twitter and instagram with #creativeUNblock. Let loose, have fun, and I’ll see you out there!

 





#creativeUNblock // february project recap

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Um, how is it the last day of February? Well, it’s here, and the one thing I can say about February… my bathroom drawer is a lot tidier than it was in January! Yep, I did Kate Bingaman-Burt’s challenge from “Creative Block” {ie. document everything in your bathroom cupboard in any medium you like}. I have to be honest. I struggled with this one in the beginning! I was trying to make everything look realistic, and let’s just say… it WAS NOT working. I decided to just let go and make it super simple… cut paper, a bit of masking tape, and some washy gouache. Yes, that was a lot more fun! I ended up being fairly happy with it – and speaking of being happy – here are a few fantastic pieces that some of you created! Who knew toilet paper, cough syrup, and foot cream could look this good:

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by Naomi Vona

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by Mary Gaspar

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by Amanda of e.tches.ca

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Ah, so many ways to approach this project… love it! Ok. So, who’s ready for the March assignment? Me too! It goes up tomorrow. See you then!





tasya kudryk & lesia paramonova

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It’s Friday, and I think all of us could use a little glitter, a few diamonds, and a pink unicorn – am I right? Kiev, Ukraine based photographer/collage artist Tasya Kudryk collaborated with fashion designer Lesia Paramonova on these pieces – these magical, pastel-hued, dreamy pieces. Ahhh, the twelve year old girl in me is so happy right now.

ps. Be sure to pop back over here this weekend – I’ll be posting the March #creativeUNblock project!





daniela tieni

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Oh. Yes. This is the lovely work of Italian artist/illustrator Daniela Tieni. First, I found the work at the top of this post, which I loved immediately… and then I started digging around in her portfolio and found those altered Polaroids! Sigh… it’s all so dreamy, kind of mysterious, and clearly, the perfect amount of ‘weird’.

{via Brown Paper Bag}





jános huszti

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Old photos from days gone by, transformed into lovely oil paintings. This is the gorgeous portrait work of Hungarian artist János Huszti. The interesting thing about all of the images… the original photos were taken in Hungarian jails. True story. From the female police officers in blue, to jailhouse employees poring over documents, to the guilty woman signing her final verdict. I went from thinking they were just beautifully painted portraits of random vintage images to wanting the full inside CSI-esque scoop on each piece… what did that pretty lady do!?

{via Saatchi}





sanda anderlon

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Um, how do I get an invitation to this collage?! I want to pop a bottle of champagne, grab a seat, and be a fly on the wall inside this two story collage by Croatian artist Sanda Anderlon. Yes, I said “two story” collage… there’s a giant, layered, detailed party going on in the living room, and all sorts of crazy cut ‘n pasted stuff going on upstairs! This large-scale {40″x17″} fabulous piece is titled, you guessed it, “Party” – and Sanda describes it as “a drunken jungle”. I’m so in. Who’s with me!?

ps. She’s also got a similar piece titled, “At the Beach”. That’s the collage where I’ll be spending my next winter vacation.