medium /// contemporary




cinta vidal

I want to spend an afternoon in one of these worlds! These paintings are the work of Spanish artist Cinta Vidal. All of these beauties just came down from the walls at Art Projects Gallery in Hong Kong, in her most recent solo show, titled “On White”. Here is the show description from the gallery’s site:

In this new series, Cinta Vidal paints with oil on wood panels featuring her multi-dimensional “un-gravity” constructions that explore the relationship between external realities and our internal natures. She views her work metaphorically as a “maze of life” within which we all inhabit and navigate with the notion of the impossibility of completely understanding everything around us.

Ah, the maze of life. Beautiful.





linda lopez

“Dust furries with chunky gold dandruff”. Need I say more? Ok… I cannot begin to explain how happy these objects (and that description!) make me. These weird n wonderful ceramic pieces are the work of American artist Linda Lopez. Her color choices, those lovely shapes, and oh, the chunky gold nuggets… a recipe for fantastic-ness. Also, that crazy neon pineapple… LOVE!

{You can find/purchase her work via Mindy Soloman Gallery, Miami}





andrea alonge

Oooh, I wish I could get up and close and personal with all of that fancy fringe, cozy cotton, and stripy silk… I think there might be sequins in there too! This “technology-meets-handmade” installation is the work of American artist Andrea Alonge. It is titled, “For A Limited Time”, and this is Andrea’s description of the 2015 project:

“Our interconnected devices lend themselves to constant communication, and at the same time, they allow us to access the virtual world of the Internet, a non-place in which we can exist concurrently with physical reality.”

Truth. {Thanks to Melanie Biehle for pointing me over to Andrea’s work}





jourdan joly

Oh, YES! This is the work of American “ice cream artist”, Jourdan Joly. Ok, fine, yes… this particular ice cream is plastic, but I’d still lick it just in case! Whimsical, colorful, and a source of ridiculous happiness on a Monday morning. You’re welcome.





“mixing magic”

The term “mixed media” is a massive understatement for the work of American artist Kaylee Dalton. You’re looking at paint, wax, fabric, bits of watercolor paintings, gouache, and probably a bunch of other stuff! I just discovered Kaylee’s work a few months ago, and yes, I was an instant fan. Listen right up there under “Midnight Lush No.5”,  or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First… the way I found Kaylee’s work? She submitted to the issue of Create Magazine that I curated. Not only did I select her work for the issue, I also chose her for the cover:

Gorgeous!

So, I mentioned that I basically stopped in my tracks and wrote about her the second I saw her submission – here are a few of the encaustic monotype / mixed media pieces I included in that post:

Oh my word, I love them all. As you can see, I had a really hard time deciding if my faves were on the white Rives BFK paper, or the black Stonehenge… and I still don’t know!?

Next, Kaylee’s encaustic paintings on peg board panels. This is what she was working on up until last year:

You can see the seeds {pun absolutely intended} for the work she’s doing now, yes?

Ooh, and if I wasn’t having a hard enough time deciding between the black / white paper backgrounds, she recently started playing with Kraft paper … or in her words, coffee ice cream paper:

Mmmm, coffee ice cream indeed! See, wouldn’t ALL of her new work be gorgeous as fabric? Hey Gucci, I’m talking to you!

And finally, Kaylee in her studio and one lovely work in progress {both found on her Instagram feed}:

Beautiful. Thanks so much to Kaylee for coming on the podcast … gushing aside, I really do think there are exciting things in her future! Thank you to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and thanks to you for listening. There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Kaylee on Instagram
  2. Create! Magazine
  3. Ball State University, Indiana
  4. Kris Knight, Artist
  5. Gucci
  6. Frank Stella, Artist
  7. “Kitchen Nightmares”
  8. Milk Bar Bakery, New York

ps. I just got a message from Caitlin McDonagh, and she suggested Krylon Archival Varnish spray for sealing work. I’m going to try it this afternoon! – Thanks Caitlin





clare celeste börsch

I mean, WHAT!? A cut paper collage that has taken over a beautiful old space… love, gasp, whoa, sigh … all the stuff I say when I’m madly in love with a project. This is the work of Berlin based artist Clare Celeste Börsch. I’ve written about her collages before, and even have one hanging in my house, but this…. THIS? It is an installation titled, Intimate Immensity  … Love, gasp, whoa, sigh. And oh yes, I’m trying to get her on the podcast as we speak!

ps. some of Clare’s prints are for sale in her shop.





mira song

Oh my goodness. This is the work {finished pieces at the top, #WIP towards the bottom} of Vancouver based artist Mira Song. Her palettes are stunning, and the combination of loose / tight is fantastic! Bits ‘n pieces of nature living harmoniously with perfectly perfect structures … which makes complete sense when you read this bit of her artist statement:

“My practice deals with exploring specific natural and architectural spaces, and reframing these spaces through the different sets of senses, memories, and imagination. Anchored in my own memories and perceptions, my paintings and sculptural installations are manifestations of this transient nature of space and its elements from which I hope a viewer can extract his or her own experience unrestricted by the barriers between the real and the surreal.”

Keep an eye on Mira’s Instagram feed, because beautiful things are happening over there!

{via Rove Vancouver’s Instagram feed… ps. Vancouver’s Rove Art Walk is happening May 25th, 2018!}





toni hamel

Dreamlike drawings by Italian-born, Toronto-based artist Toni Hamel. Her description of this series is lovely, so I’ll hand it over to Toni:

The land of Id (2015-2016) : In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, the Id refers to the component of our psyche responsible for our most primitive impulses and drives. It is an egocentric, all-consuming urge to satisfy our immediate needs and desires  without any consideration for possible consequences or repercussions.

Such theory perfectly describes our contemporary attitude toward our surroundings.  Continuing my discourse on human behaviour, The land of Id focuses on humanity’s relationship with the natural environment offering two alternative yet equally interesting points of view. If on one hand it confronts us with the disastrous results of our ill-conceived rapport with nature, on the other it offers some levity and  food for thought. The land of Id becomes a topsy-turvy world filled with tension and instability, where everything appears possible yet nothing is what it seems. Through symbolism and satire, The Land of Id eventually alerts us about the dangerous effects of our exploitative behaviours.

Fantastic.





fiona rae

Ok yes, normally I’m a sucker for bright colors, but – oh my goodness – these greyscale paintings {oil and acrylic on canvas} take my breath away. This is the work of Hong Kong born, London based artist Fiona Rae – granted, she creates absolutely beautiful work using insanely colorful palettes too, but there is something truly poetic about the simple complexity of these B&W beauties.





mariadela araujo

Ooooh! This is an absolutely gorgeous, and gigantic, weaving by Venezuelan artist Mariadela Araujo. She  studied fashion in Rome and weaving in Barcelona {where she now lives}. Speaking of Barcelona, that’s where this beautiful piece of work was installed … at Luiza, a restaurant on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. I’m not 100% sure that it’s still there, but the menu looks pretty good so no harm in swinging by to check if you happen to be in the neighborhood! Happy Monday.

ps. Mariadela also makes/sells smaller pieces, you know, in case you don’t have this kind of room to spare in your house! Check out her online shop.