medium /// sculpture




victor solomon

VictorSolomon

Um, I played basketball in high school… but I don’t remember it being quite this fancy! This is the stunning, and luxurious, glass work of American artist Victor Solomon. All of these pieces are from his series, “Literally Balling”:

Stained glass. Historically reserved for the religious, for the opulent, for royalty, here stained glass is juxtaposed to arresting effect. Literally Balling connotes a host of disparate narratives: a religious devotion to sport; the athlete as modern-day king of court; the proletarian drift of basketball from project pick-up games to newfound cultural heights; even a cautionary comment on the fragility of luxury.

If you happen to be in New York, this work is currently showing at Joseph Gross Gallery until March 19th, 2016.





#5womenartists

A project for today! Listen to this…

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NWMA), the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to celebrating great women artists, has announced a new social media campaign for this March’s Women’s History Month. If you ask someone to name five artists, they will likely name prominent male artists, but how many people can list five women artists? To increase awareness the museum will launch the campaign “Can you name five women artists?” March 1 on its website and blog as well as on social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Using the hashtag #5womenartists, the campaign will encourage NMWA’s online community to help address the gender imbalance in the presentation of art both in the United States and internationally.

Oh, I am so in… mind you, I could name 500 women artists that I love, but I’ll play by the rules. Here are 5 of my {many} favorite artists, who also happen to be women:

5women_kilgallen
5women_donovan
5women_rich
5women_smith
5women_anne
5women_MAIER

Alright yes, that was 6, but I had to make sure that the mysterious and talented Vivian Maier was in there too! Ok, now it’s your turn – jump on those social media channels and name #5womenartists whose work you love {contemporary or historical} and help make it really easy for people to be able to name five women artists ♥

{click on the artwork above to see more of their work}





donald martiny

donaldmartiny

Oh my word. Giant, juicy paint strokes on the wall? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. This is the work of American artist Donald Martiny… how, you ask? Polymer and dispersed pigment on aluminum. Stunning.





lana filippone

lanafilippone

Beautiful. This piece {and all of those gorgeous close-ups} is part of a series, by Canadian artist Lana Filippone, titled “Recursions. Crystallize”. Here are Lana’s words about her work, and the materials she chooses to create these beautiful worlds with:

[Lana] strives to access a language that allows magic to exist in our everyday lives, whether in her sculptural or functional work. This language harkens back to places that are familiar yet subversive of her material. Humorous nostalgia becoming light physical daydreams in clay, manifest from big ideas. She approaches themes of transience in shared human-experience; ephemeral states solidified in porcelain, ideas about forbearance and a gentle nod to the human Truths, mostly Impermanence. Her material once liquid, is symbolically transformed then crystallized in time.

Photographs by Jonathan Sippel Photography




dan lam

danlam

Whoa. This is the beautifully bizarre, neon-hued, organic organism-ish work of Manila-born, Texas based artist Dan Lam. I already know what you’re thinking… ‘what? how?’ Let me answer you… she uses polyurethane foam, resin, acrylic on wood panel to create these crazy fantastic things. I want to touch them! That’s probably not allowed, but wait… what about these ones:

danlam2

Yes! I’d have no choice but to hold these… how else could I put them on the edge of my shelf, table, dresser, countertop etc. LOVE.

via Juxtapoz





trevor wheatley

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Yes. To all of this. Just imagine wandering along, you know through the woods or a corn field, and coming upon one of these text-based installations by Canadian artist Trevor Wheatley… so good! I need that SQUAD in my backyard.

*photos by Jake Sherman ; SUS photos by Jp King

via Booooooom





jealous curator collection: land of nod spring 2016

nodspring2016

Ahhh, spring. Well, kinda. Yes it’s only February but that means the Spring 2016 Collection at The Land of Nod is out… which means that the “Jealous Curator Spring Collection” that I curated for Nod is out! I’m not very good at keeping secrets so I’m always happy when I can finally share this stuff! From collages to sculptures to paintings… I love this group of work, oh, so much. I think my favorite part of working on these collections is collaborating with contemporary artists that I love, and seeing what they decide to make for kids! That being said, my goal with this project is always to put together a group of work that you could totally hang in a nursery, but that you’d also love to have in the living room … because eventually your sweet babies will get older and want to hang posters of Rob Lowe on their wall {or was that just me?}

Artists: Laura Berger / Xochi Solis / Lola Donoghue / Lucy Engleman / Casey Roberts / Laura Johnston / Jenny Lumelsky / Katy Smail / Clare Celeste Borsch





koo seong youn

KooSeongYoun

I didn’t think I could love peonies any more than I already do… until Korean artist Koo Seong Youn made them out of sweet, sticky, colorful candy! Here’s a little bit about her still life photography series, titled <Candy>, and why she chose peonies:

<Candy> series derives its motif from the peony folk painting. Peony is known as symbol of wealth and honour. Thus folding screens of peony have been set up in the wedding hall or banquet hall. Small painting of peony was hung on the wall of newly-married couple’s room. In the past they might prayed for prosperous things to this splendid flower painting. Now they seem to be very naive when they depended on not a strong and timeless object like gold or sun, but on the transient flowers, as even though they are very dazzling and beautiful in full bloom, they soon disappear without any trace. Secular accomplishment, like momentary sweet but shortly melting candy in the end of the tongue, is actually futile.

{via Design*Sponge}





glenn clark

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Spoiler Alert: This is the work of a Canadian artist.  Yep, Glenn Clark makes these hockey heroes come alive… and not just through painting skill and scale… they MOVE! The series is titled “Wackem Sackem”… a throw back to good old table hockey. Ah, many Canadian winters spent playing table hockey in the shag-carpet-covered basements of my youth. Hard to do it justice with still images, so here is a video from a gallery opening last year. Pretty funny… well, as long as you’re not the guy getting punched.





larry mantello

larrymantello

Oh, yes! The 1980’s, unicorn-loving, rainbow obsessed teenager in me is completely in love… and I can almost smell that watermelon from here! This is a series by New York based artist Larry Mantello, titled “Sense Lusts”. At first glance, I thought they might have come directly from the pages of my pre-teen sticker book, but no, on closer inspection… they’re air fresheners! Put on some Bon Jovi and I might as well be at the drive-in. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Larry.