medium /// paper




josie lewis

I thought I was obsessed with color, but Minnesota based artist Josie Lewis takes this passion to a whole new level. These are just two of her more recent pieces, but she’s got a portfolio filled with bits of paper, paint, resin, and mesmerizing videos demonstrating how she makes it happen… yep, there goes your next couple of hours! Happy Monday…

 

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mark johnsen

Oooh, paper rocks! I really want to make a joke about scissors, but I won’t. This lovely piece is the work of California based printmaker Mark Johnsen. I wonder how long I would stand in front of this work, titled “The Rocks”, if given the opportunity. Monotypes, etchings, stone lithographs … oh so many textures, lines, details. Sigh. Here are a few words on where Mark draws inspiration:

“… from childhood fishing trips to the Eastern Sierras and is fascinated by the intersection of natural elements. By using the Monotype process he works reductively to scratch or wipe away extra information to reveal a clearer image. Much like his memories, the process caters to the images that are produced.” 





“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.





tina berning has a shop!

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Oh, yes! For years, I’ve been madly in love with the daily drawings of German artist Tina Berning. That said, there was no easy way to buy one of those lovely, layered, mysterious pieces … until now! That’s right, Tina has finally set up an online shop. She has a selection of originals available {the first four in this post are just some of my faves}, but that’s not all… she has also done a limited edition print run on five of her pieces {the final five beauties above. ps. I got the bottom-most image, titled “Undo” ♥ } Pop over there soon because they are going fast.

ps. Tina was my podcast guest on episode no.68… such a good one! Look/listen right here.





jenn dierdorf

Flowers at nighttime on paper … sigh. This is the dreamy/eery work of Brooklyn based artist Jenn Dierdorf. I love her palettes, loose strokes, and don’t even get me started on those grey-scale bouquets. I discovered Jenn’s work because we’re in a group show together! Yep, the lovely and talented artist/curator Kirstin Lamb assembled a show, titled “Bouquet”, that is currently hanging at The Yard in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The opening party is on April 18th {5:30-8pm}, so if you’d like to come and see a whole bunch of flower-inspired works by ten flower-loving artists, then RSVP right here.





“buckling can be beautiful”

Oh my goodness, how gorgeous is that? The first time I wrote about Swedish artist/illustrator Stina Persson was way back in 2010. That’s insane. So, here we are eight years later speaking to each other for the very first time… and I asked her everything! I found out that she studied fashion in Italy, then illustration at Pratt in New York, and eventually found her way back to Sweden to become a successful illustrator/artist {and mother of three sons}. I also asked her if Swedish people actually shop at IKEA. They do. Listen right up there under that beautiful ink ‘n cut paper piece, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Let’s start with a few inky, washy, fashiony pieces that pop to mind when I think of “Stina Persson”:

Ooh la la… rich vintage glam! Now, you know how I feel about collage, right? Well look at these cut paper pieces that blend Stina’s inky strokes with colorful bits of paper:

Stunning, and an excellent segue into some of Stina’s very high profile commercial illustration work:

And that is just the tip of a huge illustration iceberg!

Now, not only does Stina make spilled nail polish look delicious, look what she does with lettering {ps. beware of killer kittens}:

Gorgeous (and note the beautifully buckled paper). Well, let’s up the ante, shall we? These videos of Stina in action, found on her Instagram feed, are absolutely mesmerizing… and a little Beyonce quote never hurt either:

Seriously, I could watch those on repeat all day loooooooong. But I won’t, because now it’s time to show you this gem:

Dreamy and, oh, so beautifully bizarre. This is a promotional video Stina worked on for a single, titled “Left For Dead”, by  RABBII.

And finally, Stina herself:

Ah, I always love seeing the artist doing what they do. Thank you so much to Stina for taking the time to do this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode; and big high fives to YOU for listening. There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Stina on Instagram
  2. Stina’s Online Shop
  3. Stina’s Illustration Agents {UK, NYC, Japan, Sweden, Australia/NZ}
  4. Pratt Institute, NY
  5. Hey, fancy white-walled galleries… call her to put on a big, beautiful show! 

 





jaynie crimmins

Does your junk mail look like this?! Nope, neither does mine! These gorgeous, textured, papery sculptures are the work of Brooklyn based artist Jaynie Crimmins. Here is how and why she does what she does:

“My medium is the proliferation of promotional mailings from government representatives, non-profit and political organizations in addition to consumerist advertising and bills.  I shred these mailings to generate elements that are uniform in size, assigning equal importance to all the shreds. I then subject them to a rigorous practice of separating colors, rolling or sewing the shreds and commingling specific mailings. 

The fragments, past the point of re-assemblage, still reveal bits of text, imagery, envelopes, and colors; traces of their cultural origins.  Once a means of direct communication, my manipulation of these materials obscure their messages to promote my own.”  

Brilliant. And, clearly, I have to finish the post with an image of Jaynie in action:

Craziness. Happy Friday.





david wightman

Acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas. I thought I should say that right up front since my first question was, “what is that!?”. This the unconventional landscape work of UK based artist David Wightman… now, if I could find a lemon yellow waterfall to jump off, my summer vacation would already be in the calendar!

ps. Some of David’s work is available via Rise Art.





foxes ‘n’ hedgehogs

Oooh, look at that tiny snippet of goodness! Layers of paper, images, and whatever else this curious artist can get her hands on. Today I’m talking to Canadian artist Aimée Henny Brown. And the reason for the title of this episode, “Foxes ‘n’ Hedgehogs” is truly a perfect description of how Aimée’s brain works … curious like a fox, but she digs deep like a hedgehog! We started this episode with a personal help session that I’d requested. Aimée knows EVERYTHING about paper and, luckily, is happy to share her knowledge. I want to go bigger with my collages, so she told me how. Listen right up there under that insanely gorgeous peek at a #WIP from her Instagram feed, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, go big or go home.

Gah! Look at that amazing, gigantic collage! That’s the Tyvek she was talking about, and yes, I am so going to try that. Look out hardware store, here I come!

Next up, houses in the negative. This is what she’s experimenting with while in Montreal, and I absolutely love them:

There really is something so beautiful about the other side of the paper after you’ve made a few cuts – lots of happy surprises over there! So, as you can see, Aimée has a fascination with structures, architecture, shelters etc… case in point, a few pieces from a 2016 titled “Futur Infinitif” :

Oh my word. Stunning. Last year Aimée and I were in a group show together, along with Vancouver’s Janice Wu, at Back Gallery Project. These were some of Aimée’s pieces:

There they are on the right, and again, look how big they are! I included that close-up above as well so you could see that, yes, there are houses nestled into almost everything she does! LOVE.

Oooh, and these are the installation shots of the work Aimée did while on that YEAR LONG residency in Harrison:

Right? Seriously, she can make anything. Look at those cuts? I love that she isn’t afraid to experiment with materials… which of course is why I ask her for advice whenever I can!

Speaking of cuts, here are those perfectly perfect bangs we were talking about:

Gorgeous! The topmost shot is a recent photo, but given all of our talk about foxes, hedgehogs and possums, I thought it only fair to include this 2016 image of Aimée and her forest friend! Thanks to Aimée for taking a break in her precious studio time to hang out with me for an hour and a half; thanks to Saatchi Art and Thrive for supporting the episode, and thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

ps. I just found out tonight that Thrive is currently accepting new members for their May intake. Their groups fill up, so if you’re interested make sure to pop over there soon.

Other links:

  1. Thrive Mastermind
  2. Tyvek
  3. Terraskin
  4. NASCAD, Halifax
  5. University of Alberta, Edmonton
  6. Condordia University, Montreal
  7. Banff Centre Programs, Banff 
  8. Amy on Instagram
  9. Maudie {movie that will make you cry}
  10. SOMA Gallery, Vancouver {June show}
  11. ACT Gallery, Maple Ridge
  12. Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver {Fall show}