medium /// contemporary




gabriela ibarra

gabrielaibarra
gabrielaibarra2
gabrielaibarra3

Gasp! Bold botanicals that are calling my name! These are “embellished linoleum prints” by Atlanta based artist Gabriela Ibarra... I didn’t know what that meant, but it sounded fancy so naturally I needed to know how she made these gorgeous, layered, neon color-blocked bouquets! Gabriela told me that for each piece in the series she starts with layers of collaged tissue paper, then arranges the lino-print flowers individually, and finally she paints & draws on top of the botanical layers below. Sigh. Gorgeous. 

{These three pieces are available in my online gallery.}





michael carson

michaelcarson

Oooh! This is new{ish} work by American artist Michael Carson. The last time I wrote about him was in early 2013, and yesterday I stumbled across some work he’s done since… instant love. His work is always very recognizable as his, but I’ve never seen him paint men before, so these jumped out immediately. Same Michael Carson amazingness, now with the occasional suit & tie.





fumi koike

fumikoike

Let’s stay home all day. These lovely, calming pieces are the work of Japanese artist / illustrator Fumi Koike. Her muted palettes and simple observations of day-to-day life make me want to slow down for a moment, take a deep breath… and then have a nap with my dogs. Zzz.





elin thomas

elin

I have never been so happy to see mold. In fact, this might be the prettiest “mold” I have ever seen! UK based artist Elin Thomas crochets and embroiders these little art-meets-science specimens in the prettiest of palettes. Hurray for spores and fuzzy growths!

{via Brown Paper Bagps. if you’d like to own some of this pretty mold, you can find it in Elin’s shop.





mairi timoney

mairitimoney

So many beautiful bits & pieces that have been snipped & torn – birch trees, little run-down dwellings, that laundry line! Love! This is the collage work of Edinburgh based artist Mairi Timoney. She is a recent-ish (2013) graduate of Edinburgh College of Art… if this is what she’s making now I’m excited to see what the future holds for Mairi!

{ps. I have the piece with the little peach garage door in my gallery, the rest of the work can be found on Saatchi Art}

 





anne canfield

annecanfield
annecanfield2

Pretty. Weird. My favorite! This is the narrative still life work of Philadelphia based artist Anne Canfield… hm, I may have just made that up. Is “narrative still life” a thing? Well if it is, I think this is it! Here is Anne’s description of her work:

“I draw and paint on a tiny scale and am inspired by the detail, the whimsy and the geometric naturalism of both early Netherlandish and Indian Miniature painting. I use a variety of media as point of departure, ranging from personal photography to elements of film. Loosely narrative, my pieces reveal quiet, solitary moments as a sense of time or place is trapped and brought to stand still. ”

Some of her work can be seen until May 9th {that’s this Saturday!} at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, so if you can pop over there you should… and then tell me all about it!





anna westerlund

annawesterlund

Gasp! Ok, I fully understand that these are functional pieces meant for my kitchen, but I would be very tempted to put all of these on special little shelves in a gallery! I am totally in love with the ceramic work of Portugal based artist Anna Westerlund. Delicate flowers, decorative pencil lines, beads ‘n embroidery, and little hits of neon? Yes, please.

{These pieces are available in my gallery… ps. there are not many of each, they are all under $100, shipping is free… and they are selling fast!}





#creative UNblock no.5

creativeunblock_may

I am so, so, so excited for May’s #creativeUNblock project! {If you missed the first four projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, I was waiting ’til the weather was decent all over the world for this one, and so I think May is the perfect time for this assignment from Australian ceramics artist Mel Robson. All you need is a set of dice and a sense of adventure! Ready?!

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

#creativeunblock // May // by Mel Robson p.213

5_melrobson

“This is a way to help move you out of your usual environment, an exercise in random experience and inspiration! It can be done on your own, or with friends [or with your kids]. Here’s how it works:

Choose a mode of transport – bike, train, foot, bus, car, roller-skates, unicycle. Throw a die to determine how long you will stay on that mode of transportation. A 3 followed by a 2 means you stay on for 32 minutes. A 2 followed by a 4 means you stay on for 24 minutes. 

Travel for this amount of time, and then stop. This is where you can spend the next hour (as long as you feel safe). Explore. Observe. Collect. Walk around, watch, draw, talk, sing, listen, sit, take photos, record sounds – whatever takes your fancy. Just explore somewhere new. Really take notice. The idea is just to let something completely random perhaps lead you in to something new.”

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Oh yes… my cruiser bike is coming out of her winter hiding spot, I’m dusting of the bell, and filling the basket with whatever I find at my destination! If you want to share your adventure AND whatever you make as the result of your adventure, just upload everything to instagram or twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. See you out there!





judith eisler

juditheisler

Oil paintings. What? Yes. These are oil paintings… masquerading as vintage film stills. This is the stunning work of New York based painter Judith Eisler, and this is part of her very poetic artist statement:

“Working with the pause button and a camera, I look for a precise instant that embodies an action, an emotion, and a psychological tension. Godard said ‘the cinema is truth at 24 frames per second”. I am interested in what happens when the temporality of cinema/reality is interrupted and explored with marks of paint.”

In. Awe.

{These pieces range between 2×3 feet to 4×6 feet}





seonna hong

seonnahong
seonnahong2

I love, love, love these bizarre landscapes by LA based painter Seonna Hong. Marbled mountainsides {that make me wish I knew how to wield a palette knife} being explored by small packs of tiny, curious, adventurous girls. Oh, and don’t even get me started on those little, beautifully painted animals… zebras and tigers and bears, oh my! {Sorry. I had to.} 

{Some of her work will be included in, “Ode to the Motherlode”, at Good Eye Gallery in LA. Opening reception Sunday May 3rd from 4-7pm}