medium /// contemporary




ana mercedes hoyos

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Um, how am I just discovering the work of Colombian artist Ana Mercedes Hoyos? She began exhibiting in 1966 and from what I can tell from her exhibition schedule, she was still showing her work until just a few years before she passed away in 2014. Her work is vast in both medium and subject matter, but it’s these girls and their dresses that pulled on my heart strings.





elisa johns

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Oh my goodness. This is the gorgeous work of LA based artist Elisa Johns. Some of her work is oil on canvas, and other pieces are acrylic & ink on paper… like those two snakes… who I had to make a bit smaller and put in the middle of the post so they didn’t freak me out too much. Luckily they’re flanked by blossoming acrylic/ink fireweed, so that helps. Here is Elisa’s artist statement:

“In a time when our perception of “the natural” is obscured by urban living, my work delves into a fantasy in which bourgeois living collides with raw nature. Contemporary culture is obsessed with indicators of beauty. I take these indicators – beautiful people, animals, architecture – and place them within lushly painted landscapes. These elements become equally valued icons of desire and beauty. My intention is to establish a departure point into a fantastical narrative space.”

Lovely. Even the snakes.





fabien souche

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I’ve written about French artist Fabien Souche before… and yes, those collages involved sausages as well. I also featured his work in my book, “Collage” … and again, meat. I just found this series of his from 2014, titled Housewifes, and well, I laughed out loud. Now if you’ll excuse me, I plan on spending the rest of the day cutting up old cookbooks.





katie evans

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These gorgeous pencil drawings are perfect for Monday, no? This is the lovely work of Florida based artist Katie Evans. These pieces are some of her most recent in which, “… the figures examine the limits of their surroundings, searching for the moment when the natural world meets the transcendental. It’s unclear if their endeavors are ever successful.” Yep, that sounds exactly right for a Monday.





alex beck

alexbeck

Ah, nostalgia… with a dash of “this is the weirdest dream I’ve ever had”. I am in love with the beautifully bizarre work of American artist Alex Beck. I want to jump in that pool and head over to Jack & Ethel’s for dinner with the gang… before the elephants and ghosts show up, that is.





meghan jean

meghanjean

Oh, I do love mundane subject matter and muted palettes… enter the oil paintings (on collaged paper!) of California based artist Meghan Jean. Sigh. Nothing like finding beauty in the everyday. In fact, do that right now. Look around and find something beautiful. A shadow, a texture, an old chair that you don’t even notice anymore. Yep, we’re surrounded.

{via Fresh Paint Magazine}





j. frede

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Found photos, from around the world, living harmoniously in a seamless, new, and totally fictional landscape. Gorgeous. All of these pieces are from the very appropriately titled series, “The Fiction Landscapes”, by LA based J. Frede. Here is part of his very poetic artist statement about this work:

“… The visual of how well the lands meet and continue also creates a dialog about how the land beneath our feet is connected to the land beneath our loved ones feet possibly thousands of miles away. Further more it can be argued that all of the land is connected beneath all of our feet spanning continents and beyond where the divisions are not humanly perceivable. One constant line drawn below us around the globe and back to us, with a center meeting point just under our shoes in which ever direction you choose to face.”

Ahh, so true. I think I’ll go call my mom now.

{via Booooooom}





koo seong youn

KooSeongYoun

I didn’t think I could love peonies any more than I already do… until Korean artist Koo Seong Youn made them out of sweet, sticky, colorful candy! Here’s a little bit about her still life photography series, titled <Candy>, and why she chose peonies:

<Candy> series derives its motif from the peony folk painting. Peony is known as symbol of wealth and honour. Thus folding screens of peony have been set up in the wedding hall or banquet hall. Small painting of peony was hung on the wall of newly-married couple’s room. In the past they might prayed for prosperous things to this splendid flower painting. Now they seem to be very naive when they depended on not a strong and timeless object like gold or sun, but on the transient flowers, as even though they are very dazzling and beautiful in full bloom, they soon disappear without any trace. Secular accomplishment, like momentary sweet but shortly melting candy in the end of the tongue, is actually futile.

{via Design*Sponge}





anatol knotek

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“nothing lasts forever” ; “time is running out” ; “up & down” ; “alone” ; “when the sun goes down” ; “we all make mistapes” … LOVE! Clever, clean, text-based work by Austrian artist Anatol Knotek. I’m even feeling inspired to make a few mistapes today. Happy Monday.





hanna ilczyszyn

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Ooh, flower faces! This is the most recent work {acrylic and oil on canvas} of Polish born, Belgium based artist Hanna Ilczyszyn. Her portfolio is huge, but it was these flower faces that grabbed my attention. Oh, and this piece from 2013, because who doesn’t love a red balloon nose:

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Weirdly wonderful.