medium /// wood




chiaozza chapel

A chapel to celebrate shape and color? I’m in! “Chiaozza Chapel” is the latest work by Chiaozza – the collaborative artistic team of Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao. Oh, and ps. it opens TONIGHT at Cooler Gallery in Brooklyn:

“Historically a chapel is a non-religious place of worship and contemplation; a small, non-conforming annex to common and prevalent modes of spiritual practice. The Chiaozza Chapel, installed within Cooler Gallery, is an intimate sanctuary celebrating color, light, and form. Five painted wooden wall works fill the 6- by 7-foot gallery. The formal compositions reference natural and metaphysical concepts such as horizons, atmosphere, time, landscape, and ritual. Repetitive motifs such as grids, diagonals, and arcs augment the visual vibration of the room.

In Chiaozza’s work, color is a vessel for experience. Matte opaque pigment blurs the presence of the sculpture’s surface and its surroundings, emphasizing the interaction of color and space. Light bounces off the painted wooden planks, creating reflected chambers of color that animate the air around and within each piece.”

Amen! Go tonight … Cooler Gallery, 22 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn 7 ~ 10pm





peter adamyan

Gorgeous, cheeky, and absolutely making a point. These hexagonal pieces are the work of California based artist Peter Adamyan, and this is why he does what he does:

“Post Consumerism imagines a world where humanity has returned to a way of life closer to the land. In this world people hunt and gather their food and cultures are based around the brands we worship in our own time. In this work I try to explore our replacement of cultural identity with brand identity and humanity’s disconnection with the natural world.”

Chills… which may have also been brought on by the final image above. Shudder.





hayv kahraman

I am in absolute awe of everything Iraqi born, LA based artist Hayv Kahraman creates. The first piece above, for example, is titled “Strip Search”. Beautiful, powerful, personal, chill-inducing … all of it. These pieces are just a few of the works from her 2015-2016  “Audible Inaudible” series. Here are her words about this work:

“Audible Inaudible is a term keyed by ethnomusicologist Martin J Daughtry where the violent sounds of war become muted by its auditors as a mechanism for survival.

I have multiple memories that involve the terrifying sound of the air raid siren so I started the research in how to translate a sonic memory into object. This lead me to Martin’s a book titled “Listening to War, Sound, Music and Survival in Wartime Iraq” where he describes an interview with a mother shielding her children from the violent sounds of war by holding them tight and pressing her arms against their ears. Her body, her flesh then acted as a perfect, natural micro environment to protect her children. I wanted to mimic this concept of “flesh as defense” so I introduced pyramid acoustic foam in the paintings; a material that “detains” sound. I started surgically cutting my linen and pushing the foam through it from the back. As it was penetrating the surface I felt as if I was conducting an operation of resistance. These calculated cuts and wounds were enabling the painting to breathe. Inhaling and exhaling it was reacting, resisting, defending and accepting these sonic wounds.”

Speechless.





adrian landon brooks

Move over canvas, these chunks of wood want a turn! This is the cosmic, clean-lined, bird-filled work of Texas based painter Adrian Landon Brooks. Ok, he works on paper and panels too, but these pieces of wood are so inspiring! They help shape the landscape and I’m quite sure they must play a role in deciding on Adrian’s compositions. Here are his words about why he does what he does:

“My primary intention is to show universal themes of love, loss and redemption – subjects that transcend race or creed; worlds too far away to resemble any one place; and sacred rituals that could be part of any culture.”

{found via Andenken Gallery}





laura payne

What? Acrylic paintings, that’s what. This is the very precise work of Canadian artist Laura Payne. I feel a tiny bit dizzy, but in a really, really good way. I’m not sure how this is the first time I’m seeing Laura’s work, but thankfully, she was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition and so her stunning work showed up in my inbox this morning. Now I want one.

 





lora fosberg

Carved and painted wood … LOVE! This is a new body of work by American artist Lora Fosberg. If you happen to be in the Bay Area this fall, you can see these gorgeous rainbow-coated chunks of wood in her latest show, titled “I Would Lie To Me”, at The Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. The show will be up from October 7th through November 11th, with an opening reception on OCTOBER 7, 4-6pm.

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pernille snedker hansen



Art… that you walk on!

Last week I wrote about gorgeous hand-painted geodes, and someone said they looked like “suminagashi”. Obviously I ended up going down a research rabbit hole, which ended up reminding me I’d written about a Danish artist, years ago, who did something similar… enter the work of Copenhagen based artist and designer Pernille Snedker Hansen, aka Snedker Studio. In 2011 I wrote about her paper pieces that hang on walls, but today… today is all about these immersive works of art on the floor!

In collaboration with natural phenomenon and inspired by traditional craft techniques, Pernille Snedker Hansen transform interiors into immersive artworks.

A culmination of years of experimentation and development, Pernille has re-purposed the traditional craft of marbling. She works directly with its fluid nature to enhance material and create form. Created one drop at the time and resembling a tree growth rings, Pernilles technique responds to naturally occurring patterns. (read more about the art & process here)

Beautiful.





marina dunbar

Oooh, juicy! I just wrote about Belarus-born, US-based artist Marina Dunbar’“Horizon” series a few months ago, but earlier this week she sent me an update … those horizons have now found themselves on wooden circles! I love the rectangles but, I have to say, these circular pieces truly flow! Layers of multicolored resin overlapping to create ocean-like depth… dreamy.





mark todd

FAKE RECORDS! Oh my word I love them so much. Glossy paint on cut wood, and some of the best titles in town! I was lucky enough to see this series, by LA based artist/illustrator Mark Todd, in progress. I stopped by Mark’s studio when I visited LA in February, and fell madly in love with his totally fake record collection… or maybe it was ‘Nick Sweet’ and his mustache that made my heart race {although, I have a feeling he’d really mess things up}. All of these pieces are currently hanging in, “DON’T GO TO HELL WITHOUT SAYING GOODBYE” at the Webb Gallery in Texas. The show just opened yesterday and will be up until June 2, 2017. Go if you can because the photos do not do these hit records justice!





burl vreeland

burlvreeland

Gah!!! I love, and want, the work of California based artist (and firefighter!?) Burl Vreeland. Yes, you read that correctly. Here’s a bit of info about Burl and his fabulous work:

“Burl Vreeland is a self-taught mixed media artist who specializes in creating images from  recycled scrap. He gathers his inspiration from the places he has lived and visited, garnering materials from the natural and unnatural world. (organic/inorganic?) He begins with canvas and then incorporates his reclaimed discoveries with woodwork and painting into movable shapes and tiles.  Over the past fifteen years, Burl has hosted numerous shows exhibiting his work across California. Burl has been a firefighter for many years.  He also works in demolition, where he seeks to restore that which has been tore down and castaway into his art, proving nothing should be considered disposable and forgotten, only transformed.”

There is literally nothing about any of this that I don’t love.

ps. Some of his work will be in “Manhandled” opening at Good Eye Gallery in LA on April 8th. GO!