oliver hickmet

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Dramatic landscapes, and exposed pink stretchers? Um, yes… love. I found these pieces, by London based artist Oliver Hickmet on Artfetch… their description of this series fills in all of the blanks:

“Our sense of the world’s sublime, great natural beauty spots are often overlaid with our expectations, fed by slick travel photography and tourist guides, reduced to the size of a postcard, or the screen of a smartphone. As consumers of marketed and packaged tourist experiences how do we find the kernels of truth hidden within? Oliver Hickmet began with researching and exploring these questions while on residency in rural Piedmont, Italy, and the result is a series of pieces that form his understanding of where reality lies within the making, creating and consumption of these tourism fantasies of a place. Beginning with the saturated colour images from postcards of the Dolomite Mountains he scans them overlaid with actual soil from the local countryside and prints the results onto supple silk. Draped across candy-floss pink stretchers these art objects are somewhere between the real and the imaginary, a unique plane that exists for digital era tourists.” ~ Artfetch

So interesting, and gorgeous… I think I need one of these.





lotte maja bjerre

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Piles of geometric up-dos? Perfectly stacked, shiny french braids? I’m not sure, but that’s what I see! I do know that these perfectly wrapped parcels of whatever they are were created with only pencil, and pen, on paper {up to 2’x3′} Love! This is the most recent work of Copenhagen based artist/illustrator Lotte Maja Bjerre… and now I want someone to french braid my hair. In a square.





“if it scares you, do it”

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Ah, the dreamy work of Portland based artist Lisa Golightly. I have known Lisa for a long time, and I was actually surprised that I convinced her to do this with me. Neither of us “love” making phone calls, so to not only do a phone call but to also allow me to record said phone call? Let’s just say that there was wine involved! Anyway, you can listen right up there under that faded day at the beach, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, take a look at the work that Lisa and I talked about, in the order that we talked about it. Grab a drink… we did! First up, just a few of my favorites from Lisa’s portfolio:

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Sigh. So dreamy. And so amazing that she actually studied photography, and is a self-taught painter… true story! Some of her work was in my show at the Bedford Gallery last December, this is it, and us:

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Note the very insightful quote from Lisa on the wall. Love. Speaking of love, these are a few of the pieces from the “Fade Away” show she mentioned that was shown at pushDot Studio in Portland. I love how personal her reason for doing this work is. So touching.

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Love all of those. Beautiful, and a tiny bit sad. Up next, her washy, delicate, easy to ruin, have to know when to stop abstracts that we mentioned:

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Stunning! A few of these are available through Good Eye Gallery. And finally, not Lisa’s daughter, but the other Holly Golightly:

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Ha! Sorry Holly… I had to do it! Thank you so much to Lisa for “doing something that scares her”, to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and big thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend!

ps. some of my favorite pieces are available as very affordable prints in my online gallery.





maya hayuk

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Whoa. This is the work {painting (1), screenprints (2,3), murals (4-14)} of Brooklyn based artist Maya Hayuk. Gorgeous, colorful patterns that “recall traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.” My first thought was wow, she must go through a lot of tape, but I’m pretty sure it’s all freehand, which is even more amazing. On one hand, they’re so precise {the patterns, color choices, angles}, but on the other side they’re so free {no tape, drips, wavering lines}… what a stunning combo! Her work is so vibrant and full of energy… and it looks like she is too! I’m going to start posing like Maya in every photo from now on! #handsoverhead

{via spitfiregirldesign}





layla holzer

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These feel like a dream… or maybe a beautiful nightmare. This monochrome meets neon work is by UK based artist Layla Holzer. She describes herself as a storyteller, and by the look of these stunning narrative pieces, I’d have to completely agree.





sammy slabbinck

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Must find scissors immediately. Gah! The portfolio of Belgian collage artist Sammy Slabbinck is full, and I mean FULL, of bizarre scenes that have been brought to life through clever cuts and precise pasting… but, clearly, something about those surreal soups and sleepy mountain girls were speaking to me. Loudly ♥

{via Saatchi Art}





maurice sapiro

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American artist Maurice Sapiro has a huge portfolio filled mostly with landscapes that look like they were painted by one of the French masters in my art history books… but his portraits… oh, his portraits. These hauntingly beautiful oil paintings also feel like they just came from those same pages, but with a modern twist. Those pops of yellow and electric orangie-pink, perhaps? So inspiring, and I thought this was also a nice little hit of inspiration for a Tuesday morning:

“I have been painting for over 60 years, and still enjoying every moment at the easel. ~ Maurice Sapiro”

Ah-mazing. Makes me want to spend a day at the easel.





sonia pulido

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A paper doll… made from porcelain. So. Much. Love. This is the work of Barcelona based artist/illustrator Sonia Pulido. All of her work, but especially the ceramic pieces, are so whimsical, feminine, with a little touch of weird {my favorite!}. That final piece, titled “The Weights”, is killing me. So gorgeous.

{some of Sonia’s pieces are available in her shop, UHALLA!}





mapping memories

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Oh, washi tape… I love it so much, so when Sara Barnes of Speckled Canary {she was the woman behind the Collage Scrap Exchange that I wrote about last year} asked if I wanted to take part in this creative challenge, called “Mapping Memories”, I said ‘YES’! She has teamed up with a Canadian shop called Omiyage that are alllll about washi tape, and here’s what they want you to do. Create pieces of art, based on personal memories, completely out of pretty, cut or torn, washi tape! Ok, if you want to draw here or there, or add a tiny found image you can, but try to collage the whole thing out of tape!  Here’s the deal:

“Memories are a powerful thing. Sometimes, they’re so clear that we can recall how something looked, smelled, or even tasted. Speckled Canary’s latest project celebrates this phenomena and invites you to recollect memories with washi tape!

Lovely. If you want to play along, just sign up by August 16th. It’s $15 for a starter kit of washi tape, but if you already have your own stash {that would be me!} it’s $3. At the end of all of this, there will be a big interactive map of everyone’s memories from around the world, including yours… oh, and there will even be some prizes from Omiyage and Speckled Canary! Can. Not. Wait. Have fun exploring all of your colorful memories! All details re: submitting your work etc can be found at Speckled Canary. *All images above from Omiyage’s blog.





“walk the walk”

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Oh, I love the work of Chattanooga, TN based artist Mark Bradley-Shoup. Not only is his work fantastic, but so is he. So kind, so smart, and a fabulous teacher/lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I love this episode because it’s so full of great advice! Listen right up there under the abandoned gas station, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, you can look at the work that Mark and I talked about, in the order that we talked about it. Oh, and at the beginning, when he mentions me having a shaved head and 5 o’clock shadow, it’s because I use my husband’s skype account, and so it’s his bio photo that shows up… apparently it’s quite strange to hear my voice and see that face! Anyway let’s take a look at a bunch of Mark’s work – from architectural paintings, to abstract, to collage:

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Gorgeous. And so talented… what a range of work! Up next, a couple of shots from the “beautifully boring” show that I curated in Chattanooga in February of 2013. In the photo below: Samantha French, Me, Mark, Leah Giberson, and in front of us, Angela Usrey the gallery director {we missed you Holly Farrell!}

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Ah, that was such a fun week in Tennessee! Below are a few images of Mark’s pages in “Collage”:

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… and some studio shots {these are actually from his old studio, but they give a sense of his process… notice the HUGE mound of tape!}

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We also talked about his most recent exhibition in Nashville at the David Lusk Gallery. Here are a few installations shots:

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And finally, making Mark’s dream come true! He has always {since his teens} wanted to design a skateboard, surfboard, snowboard – I think his architectural pieces, or his collages would be amazing on any and all of those surfaces. After all, if Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst can do it, why not Mark Bradley-Shoup!

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If you do such things, reach out and let me know… let’s make this happen! Ok, thank you so much to Mark for putting up with my time zone issues, to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next Saturday.