medium /// contemporary




mary anne kluth





Ah, the great outdoors… that has been chopped up and put back together to create the most magical, bizarre, i-wish-i-could-go-there landscapes! I saw some of these gorgeous collages, from a series titled Theme Park by California based artist Mary Anne Kluth, in person when I was in San Francisco last week, and fell madly in love. They look amazing here, but you should see them in person… and you can! Some of Mary Anne’s work is currently in a show titled SKY at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek {not far from Oakland, CA}. It opened last Sunday and will run until May 25th, 2014.

ps. I am soooo excited to announce that I’ll be curating a huge, beautiful “creative block” themed show at the Bedford, opening at the beginning of December 2014.
pps. It’s going to be AMAZING!





todd baxter


Boy, those owl scouts cannot catch a break! Doesn’t this look like an amazing movie? Well, it’s not, because it’s not a movie! Nope, these are a few theatrically stunning photographs from a series by American photographer Todd Baxter, titled Owl Scouts. Those poor little owl scouts are not having the best day, but they sure are gorgeous! It took me a minute to realize that they were photos… they’re so painterly, beautifully lit, and completely fantastical. If Wes Anderson ever decides to do a much darker version of Moonrise Kingdom, I think Todd might have a few excellent art direction ideas.

ps. That close up of the fox face/custom scout badges, is killing me. Love!

{via lula’s walls}





ruth hiller




So simple, but oh, so striking. Wood grain and bright flat colors that I kinda want to touch… I think it’s the beeswax coating that’s calling my name! Yes, beeswax, damar, pigment on panel. These are from a series titled Soft Geometry by American artist Ruth Hiller. Oh, and ps, they’re big. I thought they were little, but some of them are 2 to 3 feet! Here’s a shot from her studio showing the scale:

I’m gonna need one of these.

{Thanks to Jeanne for pointing me to Ruth’s site}





lisa daria… again


I am trying to will spring to come… I’m not sure that it’s working. Well, if nothing else I can visit the site of American painter Lisa Daria every single day to see her latest daily flower painting. I don’t know how she manages to out-do herself day after day, but she does. So, so pretty… and at only $100 each, I’ve almost forgotten that it’s snowing, AGAIN.

{I included some of Lisa’s flowers in my REAL ART FOR A FICTITIOUS WORLD post on SF Girl By Bay yesterday… any guesses on who I was buying art for?}





leandro erlich… again (already)

Who’s up for a pool party?! Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich was the subject of one of my posts a short 10 days ago. I promised in that post that I’d be writing about him again momentarily, the reason being I had also found this pool and knew that I wouldn’t be able to control myself! It’s a permanent installation at The 21st Century Museum of Art of Kanazawa, Japan. It is titled, wait for it, “Swimming Pool” and is absolutely brilliant! It’s not a new work, but it’s new to me so I just had to share it! Here’s how it works:

In one of the Museum’s courtyards is a swimming pool framed by a limestone deck. When seen from the deck, the pool appears to be filled with deep, shimmering water. In fact, however, a layer of water only some 10 centimeters deep is suspended over transparent glass. Below the glass is an empty space with aquamarine walls that viewers can enter. The work sets up an unfolding sequence of experiences—we view the pool through the glass wall enclosing the courtyard; from the deck, looking down into the pool; and from the interior of the pool, looking up. The Swimming Pool might hence be considered a place where, slowly, with time, different perspectives and perceptions of self and others all come to intersect.

See? Brilliant.





paul rouphail



Ah yes, I do love finding beautifully painted, perfectly hued {those purples & pinks!}, everyday subject matter … and who wouldn’t want to come across a giant, smoking cowboy? … oh look, the gorgeous oil on panel work of American painter Paul Rouphail! Everything I was looking for.

ps. If you’re in San Francisco, pop by Little Paper Planes tonight from 7~9pm for a little book party. Wine, sweet treats, a few unblocking projects, and a chance to meet some of the artists from the book. Hope to see you there!





li hongbo



What?! Have you seen these? You might have… this work has been all over the interweb lately, and rightly so! What appear to be plaster busts are actually bendable/stretchable sculptures made of tens of thousands of sheets of paper… sort of like giant paper slinkies… if slinkies were shaped like ‘David’!

Chinese artist Li Hongbo is the man behind this work. Wondering how he does this? Well, here he is in action:

Ah. Mazing!!!

If you are in New York before March 22, you can see these works in person at Klein Sun Gallery, 525 West 22nd St, New York, NY.

{via Colossal, Booooooom, and Don’t Panic Magazine}





david woodward



Strange. Delicate. Creepy. Lovely. Yep, that covers it! I absolutely love these collages on paper by Toronto based artist David Woodward. His color palettes are gorgeous, the compositions are fantastic, and his images choices are the perfect combination of, well, strange, delicate, creepy and lovely.





leandro erlich

Yes. I really really want to dangle myself from one of those pretty french balconies… from the safety of the floor! Leandro Erlich is an amazing installation artist from Argentina. I may have to post about him again next week because there is just so much insanely amazing stuff in his portfolio… but for today, let’s concentrate on this beauty, shall we? This work, titled Bâtiment, is not new {2004 I believe} but I’m still in complete awe. This facade was placed on the floor {at a group show in Paris}, with a huge mirror positioned above it at a 45 degree angle resulting in this gorgeous/death defying illusion! That’s right kids, don’t try this at home… unless you have a fake facade and a great big mirror.

Happy weekend : )





dylan davis, jean lee & nicholas nyland




Ceramics, wood, brass, and bits of stained glass. Ok, that’s it… I am officially in love with these “Aura Chimes“ by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Seattle based Ladies and Gentlemen Studio. Here’s a little something from Dylan and Jean about these gorgeous, hanging, tinkling works of art:

The Aura Chimes series is a special edition collaboration exploring sound and kinetics. Metal, wood, and leather components by L&G are combined with handmade ceramic pieces by Seattle artist Nicholas Nyland to create miniature functional sculptures. (Each chime is a unique creation with the ceramic parts varying slightly in size and color.)

I want alllllllll of them! Oh, well, would you look at that… a link to their online shop!

{via Anthology Magazine}