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#creativeUNblock no.7

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Here we are, more than half way through this 12 months of 12 projects {If you missed the first six projects, no problem, you can catch up right here.} July’s project takes us outside… thank goodness because my house is so hot right now! Yes, I’m quite excited to take this advice from Portland based artist Rachel Denny… ready?

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#creativeunblock // july // by rachel denny, pg.65

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“Go outside and take a walk. Listen and look at your surroundings. Find a natural object that you find interesting and take it home. Try to replicate the object in an unnatural way. Paint it realistically using text, sculpt it out of something in the kitchen (a potato, empty bags, etc), or use colors that are not part of the original object.

Use your imagination, and don’t be afraid of failure. You can’t do it wrong.” ~ Rachel Denny

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Fun! If you’re in the Northern hemisphere put on a hat and some sunscreen and get out there… for friends in Australia and New Zealand, grab a sweater and go! If you’d like to share what you make, just put it up on Instagram or Twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. And like Rachel says, don’t be afraid of failure… you can’t do it wrong.

 





“equal or lesser value”

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Today’s episode is an interview with Vancouver based artist Ben Skinner. Window displays, gold leaf vs. nose breath, scaffolding made from foam core, OCD, and a romantic/artsy story about how Ben met his wife. Yep, we covered it all! You can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes. Here is what we talked about, in the order that we talked about it. First up, images from his day job as a visual display artist for Aritzia / TNA:

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The final shot above is in the Aritzia studio… where the magic happens, and where Ben spends most of his waking hours. These next images are from the very first show that I ever curated, and of course I chose Ben as the artist {Honfleur Gallery, 2011, Washington DC}. This is the show that had Ben’s foam core scaffolding, among all sorts of other amazing pieces:

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I wrote several posts that showed Ben’s work in progress leading up to, and then during that show that you can see here, here, here, and finally here. Can you tell it was my first show? So many posts!? Moving on… here are three of his gold leaf pieces… beware the nose breath:

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Gorgeous. I love those pieces so much {Gold Leaf, lacquer, glass, mounted to MDF}. Next, the first post I ever wrote on The Jealous Curator was about Ben, and this was the piece {thread and paint on wood} that I wrote about… and now I own it!

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Pretty and kinda sassy! Next up… pieces from his show, “COLOURING OUTSIDE AND READING BETWEEN” at Back Gallery Project in 2014 including the reverse paint-by-numbers that almost drove him crazy:

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That table. Ah-mazing. Oh, and this next bit is so fantastic! Back where it all began… art from his younger days, in his home town of Petrolia, Ontario. He’s slightly horrified that I’m showing this, but I HAD TO! {and still hoping that his dad can track down the birding magazine cover!}

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“Ben’s Pen Exchange” … you’ll have to listen to get the whole story:

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Gorgeous wood-burning work by Ben’s very talented wife, Genevieve Dionne {who I have also written about before. Here.}:

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And finally, Ben’s two inch cube collection… well, a tiny part of it {ps. if you have access to any two inch cubes, I’m pretty sure Ben would love one!}

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Phewf! And that’s that… for now! Thanks to Ben for telling me all of his stories, to Saatchi Art for sponsoring, and to all of you for listening… the next episode will be up next Saturday!





elise morris

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Dreamy. Watercolor, and faint traces of pencil drawings on paper. This is the elegant work of American artist Elise Morris... gorgeous colors, perfect compositions, and of course, botanicals … because clearly I can’t get enough of botanical paintings. Happy weekend, everyone!





christine lantz

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Sigh. Nature… on the wall. I’m pretending all of these pieces are framed and hung on my wall! This is the mixed media work of Swedish artist/designer Christine Lantz. These pieces are from a couple of different series {“Nature Collection”, “Arctic Journey”}, but since this is my pretend gallery wall, I decided to mix them up and “curate” a few of my favorites ♥





david pirrie

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Q. What is more fitting on Canada Day than paintings of Canadian mountains, by a Canadian painter?

A. Nothing.

If I have an excuse to write about the absolutely gorgeous work of David Pirrie, then I’ll take it! I have seen his paintings in person {at the Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver} and they’re stunning… just like his majestic, mountainous, Canadian subject matter! Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks … I’m on my way to climb a mountain, and then I’m going to jump in a lake. Seriously.





amanda happé

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I have written about Toronto based Amanda Happé quite a few times {she’s also the artist that painted the cover of my book, Creative Block}. I was poking around on her site the other day, and look what I found! A new series called “Runes Water” … a departure from her usually text based work, but I love them just as much! Tanks of water, chunks of rainbow here and there, and those little bits of wood… LOVE.





silja selonen

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My high school math teacher told me that even if I was an artist, I’d need to know math. I didn’t believe him. Luckily, Finland based artist Silja Selonen knew better! Ah, yes… her paintings are a beautiful marriage of art and science {in the form of oil & gesso on wood}. Here are her words about these works:

“When studying in Art-Academy I did my written thesis about art and science, and this theme follows me. To me, those beautiful mathematical shapes represent the invisible world – time, energy, matter, gravity – but also emotions and awareness.”

Lovely. Happy Monday… to you too, Mr.Keane.





“girls are my vocabulary”

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Today’s episode is an interview with American ceramicist Amanda SmithFrom blowing things up in the kiln to balancing art and motherhood, Amanda seems to handle all of it with a Zen-like ease. You can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes. Here is what we covered, in the order that we covered it. First up, I was so thrilled to have Amanda’s work in the show that I curated last winter at the Bedford Gallery in California. That group of women is getting an up-close look at three of Amanda’s pieces:

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Ooh, and this piece, titled “Piñata”, was on the title wall. Note the red ‘sold’ dot! {The lovely images of the gallery were taken by Micaela Hoo}. Moving along to a few of the pieces that I specifically asked Amanda about… “Hummer Procession” and “Hot Punch”:

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… and just a few more of my favorites because I can’t not share them…

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Unicorn! Love. We also gave a little plug to her wonderful, supportive, and also super talented husband, Casey Jex Smith:

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And according to the ‘speed round’, if she could have a coffee date with anyone it would be Ira Glass. Um, I want an invite to that! Here’s Ira with Tavi Gevinson of Rookie {in the Wall Street Journal}… hopefully they won’t mind if Amanda and I join them:

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And that’s a wrap! Thank you to Amanda for taking time away from her baby, her four year old, and the studio to talk to me for half an hour… and thank you so much to all of you for listening! The next episode will be up next Saturday.





lorna simpson

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Damn. I wish I thought of that. I haven’t said that out loud in awhile, but the moment I saw these beautiful women with their stunning, inky hair, well, I couldn’t help myself. These pieces are all from a collage & ink series, titled “Ebony”, by American artist Lorna Simpson. Lorna is an incredibly accomplished artist, known for her pioneering work in photography and film making … the list of galleries where her work has been shown is insane… MoMA, LACMA, and the Whitney just to name a few!  These collages are her most recent work, some of which are 30″x22″. She repurposes images from the 1950s {found in vintage issues of Ebony magazine I believe}, “taking the African-American woman as a point of departure, continuing [Lorna’s] longstanding examination of the ways that gender and culture shape the experience of life in our contemporary multiracial society.” Beautiful.

*Quote taken from the description of, “Lorna Simpson : Works on Paper”





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Aaaaand, we have a winner! Thank you to everyone that entered, and a HUGE thank you to Anne-Sophie for her artsy generosity  ♥ This gorgeous print is on its way to …  Johanna McDaniel! Woot Woot! {Johanna, I’ll email you to get your mailing address}. Thanks everyone… happy Saturday!

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Yes! This is a little #tbt from a few months ago… I wrote about French born, New Zealand based artist Anne-Sophie Adelys. Well, she emailed me a few days ago and said that after I wrote about her, so many of you showed her a ton of love and support … so she asked if she could give ONE OF YOU a limited edition print… I said, “Um, okay!” and picked this beauty, titled “1994”. Please just leave a comment below, and I’ll draw one lucky winner on Saturday June 27! Thank you so much, Anne-Sophie xo

(The print is from a limited edition of 20, and is 50cm x 60cm image but with border 72cm x 68cm – gorgeous!)