ahrong kim

I have so, so many questions! This is the wonderfully whimsical work of Philadelphia based, Korean artist Ahrong Kim. All of these pieces are from her 2017 series titled “Internal Voice”, and here is part of her artist statement to shed a little more light on these fantastic piles of porcelain:

“My work is based on psychological observations that are representative of voices we all hear inside. I make ceramic figurative sculptures that describe emotions from my life as a diary. By exploring expressive possibilities of my visual language, the figurative form and its multi-colored surfaces reveal the abstracted version of my interiority … Through my works, I aim to express the topic of emotions outwardly by attempting to describe a various range of psychological states existing in our environment with visual formation of colors and figurative form.”

Beautiful.





camp bosworth

What!? Oh my word … gigantic wooden Dairy Queen treats! This is the newest work by American artist Camp {Campbell} Bosworth. If you are anywhere even close to Waxahachie Texas this coming Sunday – September 16th, 4-7pm – get yourself to the opening of “THANK YOU, PLEASE DRIVE THRU” at Webb Gallery Oh, and maybe grab a peanut buster parfait on the way. Happy Monday.





“mythology and mounds of soil”

Oh boy… do you know what this means? Yes, my podcast – “Art For Your Ear” – is back! I’m kicking off season no.3 with the talented and hilarious Sara Khan. Born in England, raised in Pakistan and now based in Vancouver, Sara has all sorts of experiences and stories to draw from. We’re also covering important topics such as giving birth to kittens and / or dragons. Listen right up there under “Womens Games”, or subscribe on iTunes.

First up, images from Sara’s series “Ubiquitous Follies” which I fell madly in love with last year. These pieces are a great introduction to the magical watercolor worlds she’s been creating recently:

See? Her own worlds, filled with mythology and hidden meanings. LOVE.

Speaking of love, here’s a peek at the gigantic wall Sara did for the 2018 Vancouver Mural Festival:

Oh my word. Seriously. So gorgeous, but even more impressive … that she figured out a way to translate her smallish watercolors into a large-scale mural done with house paint. House. Paint.

I thought this would be really interesting for you to see. Sara talked a bit about her work from a few years ago – which of course ultimately led to what she’s doing now – that involved using mainly charcoal:

These are great too, but you can see that she was looking for her style. Well, she found it!  Here’s what is happening in 2018… I found these on her site and her Instagram feed:

Gasp! Those figures?! Stunning. And finally, I couldn’t wrap up this post without a little look into Sara’s home studio. Ahhh, sunshine streaming in… see, it doesn’t rain in Vancouver all the time:

When there’s stuff all over the floor, you know some major work is getting done! Thanks so much to Sara for being my very first guest of this new season … and congratulations on your big news, Sara xo. Thanks to Saatchi Art and Create Magazine for supporting the episode, and thank YOU for swinging back over for a whole new season! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Pennylane Shen, Art Advisor Extraordinaire 
  2. Vancouver Mural Festival
  3. Thrive 
  4. Video of Sara’s mural by Joe Bronson  {Joe Bronson’s IG}
  5. The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art

 





paul sibuet

I saw the work of French artist Paul Sibuet when I was in Venice this past June. I stood in front of his work for ages {at Bel-Air Fine Art}, taking in all of the perfectly white details, and of course the cascading “paint”. This “flow” series includes tributes to several historical artists – from Pollock to Mondrian, Warhol to Klein. Oh, and also, I want to touch all of those little tubes of paint, the bottles, cans … ALL OF IT.





fiona roberts

Whoa. These are so beautiful/bizarre I can barely stand it. These ceramic mouths are the work of Australian artist Fiona Roberts. All of her work features various parts of the body – eyes, fingers, hair – but these absolutely gorgeous {while totally unsettling mouths} called out to me. Get it? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. All of these images were found on Fiona’s equally as beautiful/bizarre Instagram feed.





christine kim

Now this is some mixed media… and all of it is exquisite! Drawing, painting, and that paper-cutting!? Oh my word. This is the gorgeous work of Toronto based artist Christine Kim. Honestly, I don’t know what else to say… I’m too busy staring at that paper lace.

{via Thrive’s Instagram feed}





richard holland

Alright, we all know I’m a sucker for portraits … but then add these ornate, ceramic / found object covered frames and I’m all in! This is the work of California based artist Richard Holland, and yes, those frames are just as intentional as the portraits themselves:

“I collect objects of interest and build them myself if I cannot find them. My frames are as important to me as my paintings, they are all one, an equal part of each other. The frame is not random, it represents the character of who I paint or has something special that connects and is representative to that person. The portrait and frame exudes character and story with it’s unique look, feel and attention to dimensional detail.”

Lovely. Oh, and, that happens to be a self-portrait of Richard just above these words.





stephanie patton

Yep, these words are MATTRESSES. I know, right? I saw the work of American artist Stephanie Patton when I was in New Orleans this past summer, and immediately fell in love {turns out she is from a family of mattress makers so she comes by it honestly!}. Not only are these big cozy words amazing on their own, her artist statement warms my heart too:

“Humor plays an important role in my work. I often use it as a device to bring attention to more critical issues. Over the course of my artistic career I have found that creating humorous objects often breaks down barriers and allows for the beginning of an open and genuine dialog between my art, the audience and myself. In this way, humor transforms my personal experience into something universal.

Issues and elements that remain constant in my work are an exploration of mental and physical health, themes of healing, comfort and self-preservation. As a multi-media artist I use materials and processes that personally speak to my conceptual concerns and often allude to various emotional states.”

Stephanie is represented by Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans.





eva lewitt

Curtains, kind of. Delicately balanced and made from polyurethane foam, latex and plastic… but if one of those brightly colored foam circles is removed, so is the tension and everything falls apart. Beautiful. This is the work of New York based artist Eva LeWitt {images from Oslo at VI, VII, Spring 2018}. She did an interview with Artsy a few years ago, and I love this answer about her material choices:

“I work the most freely when I limit my materials and techniques. I have the luxury of choosing this, but the greatest crafts and primitive arts are made only out of the materials at hand. For me this is the most exciting part of making sculpture—what are the inherent limits I can push this material to, how beautiful and interesting is it capable of becoming? What is that sack of sponges and that roll of tape concealing, and how can I reveal it?” 

YES! Oh, and if her last name sounds familiar, Eva’s father is Sol LeWitt. I love that she followed his artistic footsteps, but that she is absolutely forging her own path, pushing her work in new and exciting ways. {I wonder if she was named after her father’s friend, the fabulous artist Eva Hesse?}

{via DesignCrush}





angel oloshove

Oh. My. Those colors, glazes, shapes … looooooove. This is the work of Texas based artist Angel Oloshove. While she also makes functional pieces, it’s these dreamy pieces – that seem to be lit from within – that are lighting me from within! I found her work on Uprise Art, and this is part of their description: “Angel Oloshove creates work that often experiments with painterly materiality, using atomized glazes to achieve surprising form and color.”  Yep!