medium /// contemporary




rebecca clouâtre

Teeny tiny (5cm x 3cm ish), weird ‘n wonderful … 150 collages in 150 days! Ahh, so inspiring. This is a project by Ottawa based artist Rebecca Clouâtre. That dino covered snail is her latest piece and is no.116 out of 150. She’s been documenting this daily project on Instagram. It’s all fantastic, but as you scroll through them start to finish you can see her work get stronger and stronger! A true testament to daily practice. Here’s her words on Day No.1:

JAN 20, 2017 / I have always loved paper. Since I could use scissors, I have cut and collected snippets of magazines, posters, show cards, ticket stubs…really anything paper-related that caught my eye. I’ve decided to start a challenge for myself: create one mini collage a day for 150 days using the material I have collected over the years.

Love! ps. How lovely are those little base papers? 





lewis paul miller

Weddings, photoshoots, fancy events … and trash cans! Yes, New York based floral designer Lewis Paul Miller is turning the city’s trash cans into huge vases filled with stunning, colorful, joy-filled bouquets using any flowers that might be leftover after those aforementioned fancy events. Brilliant and beautiful. Here’s why he does it:

“I am in the business of fantasy and flowers, and it’s my job to transform key moments in my clients’ lives into joyful, everlasting memories. I wanted to recreate a similar feeling for the everyday city-dwellers and tourists of New York City.”

Happy Monday.

{via My Modern Met}





“see you through it”

Sigh … spray paint never looked so sweet. I am beyond thrilled to have American artist Mando Marie as my guest for the final episode of AFYE Season One, and I have to say, it’s feeling very ‘full circle’ for me. One of the first artists I ever wrote about was a woman named Amanda Marie. ‘Obsessed with her work’ might have been an understatement at the time. Anyway, we emailed back and forth all those years ago but somewhere along the way I lost track of her. Her url had changed and I couldn’t find her work, until a few weeks ago when I got a PR email from her gallery in Amsterdam. My heart skipped a beat and I immediately emailed to see if she’d be my 100th guest. Spoiler alert : she said yes! She now goes by the name Mando Marie, so that was the first question I asked. You can listen right up there under those floating/falling girls, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First things first, some of her older work that I was in love with back in the day. Please note the brilliant use of animal heads on children:

Gah. Amazing. Slightly soul-crushing for me at the time, but inspiring none the less … you’ll have to listen to know what I’m referring to!

Mando’s animal head days are mostly behind her, except for the odd wolf that shows up here and there:

Oh, I’m so glad they’re not totally gone… I still love them!

Next, a very important element. Rainbows:

Ah yes… pastel-hued rainbows created with spray paint. So dreamy {and her 8 year old daughter approves}.

This might be my favorite thing about Mando’s current work … her murals ie. strange / sweet street art. Here are just a few of the many in her portfolio, and a few shots of Mando in action:

The ghosts. Seriously, I could not love them more.

These images cover a couple of things we talked about … sparkles and sewing patterns:

I said ‘sigh’ already, right?

And finally, the golden walls of Spain… one of Mando’s favorite places to paint:

I would love to wander past one of her works, well, anywhere in the world {Japan one day, perhaps!}. Thank you so much to Amanda Mando for being my 100th guest! It was so surreal to finally talk to her and I loved every second! Thanks as always to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, AND this entire season… all 100 episodes! Now, don’t worry, just because Season One is over, that doesn’t mean there won’t be Art For Your Ear… because Art For Your Ear SUMMER CAMP starts next weekend! Get your art supplies and s’mores ready!

Other links:

  1. Original posts I wrote about “Amanda Marie”
  2. Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam
  3. The Marcy Project, New York
  4. Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
  5. Bunnie Reiss episode
  6. Cave Gallery, Venice Beach

 





oriana (kacicek) ingber

Ok, if we’re going to take our relationship any further, you should know that I love my birthday. Like, LOVE it. Obviously these dreamy, delicious, perfectly painted paintings {oil on panel!?} by American artist Oriana (Kacicek) Ingber are a wonderful way to celebrate. I am in awe of her realism, her color choices, and her sweet subjects. I’m also very hungry. Scroll back up and look at that ice cream cone? Those donuts? PAINTINGS?! Happy Friday to all of you … I’m off to do a little Birthday / Mother’s Day indulging!





louise saxton

Found stuff on walls, found stuff under glass… yes, that’s a whole bunch of amazing bits ‘n pieces coming together to create something wildly new! This is the intricate and gorgeous work of Australian artist Louise Saxton. All of these pieces are from her 2013 – 2015 series, titled “Wild”. Indeed! Now, when I say she brings ‘found materials’ to a whole new level, I’m not kidding:

“For the past 15 years her practice has centered on reconstructing detritus from the home, including; the re-use of her own paintings; collections of everyday business envelopes and vintage wallpapers; discarded needlework; book illustrations and domestic porcelain.”

Love! I think re-using her own paintings is my most favorite part!





terry thompson

Paintings. What?! This is the work {oil on canvas} of San Francisco based artist Terry Thompson. I am a sucker for old signs, and these beauties are no exception! Here’s why he does what he does:

“For more than a decade, I have focused primarily on paintings of old neon signs that have somehow avoided the wrecking ball—signs that have lived. I see these signs as historically and emotionally charged metaphors for unrelenting time. In these paintings I strive to reveal the hidden beauty of these banal, rusty relics, by rendering them in oil paint.”

Revealing the hidden beauty… check!





david samuel stern

Woven portraits fresh off the cutting table! This is some recent work by Brooklyn based artist David Samuel Stern. I’ve written about him two other times... let’s just say it’s really hard not to share what he’s been up to. How does he do it? Well, this time I’ve got a few ‘behind the scenes’ photos, from start to finish, to share with you:

Sigh. Gorgeous… and I cannot even imagine having patience like David. Mind boggling.

*Process photos by David Gonsier





amber cowan

Gasp! Vintage glass made new again by Philadelphia based artist Amber Cowan. I wrote about Amber’s stunning work just over three years ago and I was thrilled to see that her beautiful work has continued. Each of the these pieces come with their own origin story. For example, the blue piece was made “using a barrel of vintage Fenton Art Glass cullet in the color Sky. It features an original swan creamer and sugar set buried deep in a seabed of glass. It also includes Avon bubble bath decanters pouring out a flow of multicolored ocean bubbles.” And the story connected to the white piece above might be my favorite:

“The fable of the lion and the fox is about how the more often you face your fears the sooner you come to live with them in harmony. This piece was made from flame-worked milk glass. The lion and the fox were pressed glass candy dishes from the Westmoreland Glass Company. The Pennsylvania company was founded in 1889 and was in business through the mid 1980’s.”

Face your fears, live with them in harmony. Yes.





“suitcase full of shards”

Imagine if you will, a little girl growing up in a kibbutz in Israel who now travels the world – her suitcase filled with tiny hammers and shards of colorful ceramics. Well, no need to imagine because I’ve got her on the podcast! Yep, today I’m talking to Israeli artist Zemer Peled … from the big island of Hawaii. She’s there working on a commission for a private collector, before she jets off to France for a residency in Limoges. Sigh. Alrighty, you can listen right up there underneath that beautiful spiky thing, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, Zemer in action. Hammers, shards, goggles… because, safety first:

🔨Just another day at the studio 🔨

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Isn’t that video meditative? But sharp! Ok, next… these are Zemer’s flowers that I wrote about a couple of years ago. You’ll notice they start in blue and white, thanks to her interest in Japanese ceramics, and then slowly evolve into some crazy shapes and exotic color combos:

I mean, come on! GORGEOUS! The detail is astounding, and her patience is awe-inspiring. Well we’re not done yet… the evolution continued from there! Her flowers started growing and twisting, and some might even say, they began to dance:

Truly amazing. So. Many. Shards.

Next, her colors! She did start with blue and white as I mentioned above, but much like her colorful personality, Zemer’s work is now filled with a rainbow of beautifully broken bits:

Ahhhh, and yes, those are the flower photos she took while in Hawaii. I see many future pieces & palettes that will be inspired by those beauties! {ps. about half way through the images above you’ll see the floral piece she was working on in Hawaii… partly hidden behind some perfectly coordinated local flora.}

Zemer’s work is beautiful, but let’s not forget THE DANGER. I asked if she ever cuts herself. Her response.. ‘Oh, all the time! :

Bleeding fingers and giant kilns… be safe Zemer, be safe {you have to be healthy when you marry your mystery Canadian!} Thanks so much to Zemer for talking to me instead of going to the beach, and thanks as always to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode. Now, next week is the last week in Art For Your Ear’s Season 1, but I’ve got a fun plan for the summer until September when Season 2 starts. I’ll give you all of the details next week! Thanks for listening, there will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Royal College of Art, London
  2. Archie Bray Foundation, Montana
  3. Bernardaud, Limoges France
  4. Amanda Smith episode
  5. Banff Centre, Canada

 





kirsten beets

Mermaids and unicorns + oil paint on paper … I could not be more in love with the work of South African artist Kirsten Beets. Simple shapes, gorgeous white space, and oh, those lovely little beach-goers! They look like collages, no? I was totally smitten the moment I saw those beautifully painted turquoise shapes, but yes, the unicorn floaties sealed the deal. Happy Friday!

{Be sure to check out her Instagram feed too}