refuse to be the muse : kelly puissegur

“Thursday’s Drawing Class Had Run Its Course”, and, “Roger Worried That His Hair Style Was Out of Fashion”… So. Good! I always love whatever LA based artist Kelly Puissegur does, but these two? Oh, YES. Kelly created these for a curated collection on Saatchi Art, titled “Refuse To Be The Muse”, in honor of International Women’s Day. Nailed it. 🔥

psst… Kelly happens to be one of the 75 female artists featured in my book, “A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK – Now With Women” , which is also very appropriate for today!





micaela lattanzio

Ah, the stunning work of Rome based artist Micaela Lattanzio. All of these images are from her ongoing Fragmenta series, but these ones are extra special because they’re part of her latest solo show. Fragmenta – A Journey Beyond the Body, opens this Friday, March 8th at 6:30pm at Galleria Ca’ d’Oro in New York {179 10th Ave.}. Sigh, can you imagine seeing these fractured beauties in person? Go if you can!





pieterjan gijs & arnout van vaerenbergh

“Reading Between the Lines” {Looz, Limburg, Belgium, 2011} This is the breathtaking work of Belgian architects, Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh. Their collaborative projects beautifully blur the line between architecture and art, “their primary concerns are experiment, reflection, a physical involvement with the end result and the input of the viewer.” I could definitely do a little reflecting in this amazing space.

{via This Is Paper}





andrew mcintosh

I always wondered what was in those old, falling down buildings… famous works of art! This is the beautifully painted / brilliant work of Scottish born, London based painter Andrew McIntosh. All of these gorgeous paintings are part of his latest show, titled ‘I Saw This Coming’, that opens this Thursday. And, as artists, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the description:

“In this new body of work, McIntosh re-contextualises derelict buildings in South East London and the surrounding areas while drawing on his ongoing interest in the political dispute between artists and the inevitable developments of the property market.” 

 

So smart! The opening reception is this Thursday, March 7th from 6-8pm at bo.lee Gallery, London {222 Rye Lane}

 





vivienne strauss

It’s the first full week in March! Okay, fine, I know it’s not the first day of spring, but at least we’re in March now… I’m hoping the flower and bird filled collage work of American artist Vivienne Strauss will help move things along. Hilarious and beautifully made… perfect combo. Happy Monday.

{Vivienne’s work – both prints and originals – available in her shop.}





lizzie gill + hope kroll {show}

Yep, I feel like that gal in the middle right now! A gorgeous collage show is opening this weekend at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.Lizzie Gill + Hope Kroll: Fragmented Memories” opens tomorrow, Saturday March 2, from 6 till 8pm. Here’s the curatorial statement:

“Fragmented Memories” : two artists with distinct approaches to collage were brought together in order to consider not only the varying techniques utilized within the medium, but also overlapping themes. The contemplation of memory, the past and the incorporation of vintage ephemera create unifying elements in Lizzie Gill and Hope Kroll’s work, calling to question how we recall the past, as well as the ability to create something new, transforming our own sense of memory. ~ Jennifer Rizzo, Curator

If you’re in the Bay Area, you should go! ps. Lizzie and Hope will both be there. 





ieva sliziute

Be still my collage-loving heart! Look at those perfectly matched lines and shapes… gorgeous. (un)intentional cuts is a collage series by Lithuanian artist Ieva Sliziute, and here are her words about this work:

(un)intentional cuts is a personal project of analog collages, designed by visual coincidences. This assemblage technique paired with creative intuition merges images found in fashion magazines into new scenarios, where everything is seamlessly interconnected through either shape, colour or context. Becoming an extension of each other, all photos are removed from their original stories and layered in unexpected ways to both celebrate the aesthetics of contemporary collage and provide a new contextual setting for visual material.





heather beardsley

Embroidered plants on vintage photographs. Lovely… but so much more powerful when you read the description of this series, titled ‘Strange Plants’, by American artist Heather Beardsley:

Last winter I visited Pripyat, the ghost town closest to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, where over the past thirty years nature that was destroyed by human hubris and incompetence has grown up to dominate the abandoned man-made structures.  The series uses this powerful juxtaposition as a lens to look examine the current relationship between mankind and the natural world.  In a time when cities are growing at an unprecedented rate, nuclear tensions are at a post-Cold War high and we are feeling the effects of climate change more every year, these pieces pose questions about what the future holds.​

Although created in an intimate scale and presented in a whimsical fashion, using embroidered floral and plant motifs usually pejoratively ascribed to the realms of “decorative art” or “craft”, on closer examination the implications become more sinister.  As plants seemingly grow uncontrollably through the buildings and streets, people are either absent from or oblivious to the situation.  Viewers are left to wonder about this change in dynamic, what preceded it, and what can prevent it.  The resulting works exist in an ambiguous space: a drastic shift has clearly occurred, but nature has fought back and perhaps a new balance has been reached. 





dain yoon

Um, so these are paintings… on the artist’s face. I know, right? This is the surreal work of South Korean artist Dain Yoon. Confusing, beautiful, and jaw-dropping. I have no idea what else to say, other than, whoa. Follow her on Instagram to see more of her dizzying paintings … ON HER FACE.

*No photoshop was used in the making of this post. For reals.





jessica bell

Oh my word! This is the latest work by Canadian (currently based in Amsterdam) artist Jessica Bell. I’ve been a fan of Jessica’s work for years, and when I saw these floor quilts, well, this post started writing itself! Here is a description about this work:

Forty Days and Forty Nights (Making the bed) (2018) / Jessica Bell presents, on the floor, an enormous quilt made entirely by hand. Laborious and careful at the same time, it consists of 40 patchworks of muslin fabric meticulously dyed and painted, one by one, at the artist’s home. Using a traditional quilt design — Drunkard’s Path — and through means of repetition, Bell constructs, deconstructs and reconstructs her painting gestures into a plethora of pictorial surfaces that behave like sculpture. The distinct forms of each piece converge into abstract patterns subjected to manipulation and transformation and are only temporarily assembled for the moment of the exhibition. In anticipation of possible iterations, the quilt remains formally and physically tangible: manageable, flexible and moreover fragile.

Sigh. Beautiful. Happy Monday.