mathilde tinturier

Gasp! As a person who loves forgotten bits and pieces, my garden, and vibrant color… well, these pieces are everything. This is the work of Swiss artist Mathilde Tinturier. I could go on and on, but the description on her site does a lovely job. Here is just a portion translated into English:

There are thousands of them, lost materials, trash, abandoned twigs, umbellifers, scotches, confetti, dandelions, Christmas balls, thrown at random into a world that is no longer theirs. What unites them? Nothing. What are they whispering to us? Nothing. What do they tell us about the world? Few things … What unites them? Chance and necessity, a secret order that Mathilde for each work reinvents and gives all these forgotten objects a place, a voice, a presence. 

Beautiful.





matt shlian

Sooooo, apparently this is paper. What? Yes. These meticulous pieces are the work of American artist / paper engineer Matt Shlian. I wrote about him way back in 2010… he was good then, but now? Whoa. Here is part of Matt’s artist statement:

“As a paper engineer, my work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifest in drawing and three dimensional forms … He begins with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, his work is made because he cannot visualize its final realization; in this way he comes to understanding through curiosity.” 

His latest show, titled “Relief”, opens this SATURDAY JUNE 8th {2pm} at Duran Mashaal Gallery in Montreal.





justin richel

Move over bologna and cheese… here comes silicone, urethane plastic, and acrylic. Mmm, yummy! These verrrrrrrry tall sculptures are the latest work from American artist Justin Richel. If you recognize his name, it’s because I wrote about his paintings – a whole bunch of times – years ago {he was featured in my first book, “Creative Block”, too}.  His paintings from back then also involved stacks of 2D stuff, but in the past couple of years Justin has taken his work to new heights… sorry, I tried to resist but it was RIGHT THERE. I’m always in awe of artists who push themselves to evolve. So inspiring, and very exciting to watch!





cara guri

Paintings. All of these are oil paintings… okay, I guess the woman folded on the canvas-looking couch might have given that away, but still, I’m amazed by people who can paint like this. In today’s case, that person is Vancouver based artist Cara Guri. She “re-examines conventions and symbols that are found in historical portraiture by translating them into her current reality.” Yes, yes she does… enter a post-it note mask, spectrum-covered eyes, and of course, the aforementioned folded couch lady. Stunning.





mohan shi

Haunting and beautiful… these watercolor paintings are the work of Chinese artist Mohan Shi (aka Momo). She also works with oil paint, but there is something sad and mysterious about these greyscale portraits that I cannot resist. Monday mood, perhaps? ; )





matthias heiderich

I love how German photographer Matthias Heiderich sees the world… color, composition, and clever crops every single time. So. Good. All of these images are from his series titled “Summa”. Kind of perfect what with tomorrow being June 1st, no? Happy Friday.

ps. Follow him on Instagram because, as I’m sure you can imagine, his feed is GORGEOUS.





godeleine de rosamel

You know how I feel about cute/weird, right? Yep. This is the ceramic work of LA based artist Godeleine de Rosamel. Strange little creatures who, I can only assume, live in the magical forests of Godeleine’s imagination. Here are her words about what she does:

“They are imaginary animals adapted or evolved from reality, but nothing that really exists. I love that my work lets me play at being the original creator of new life forms. It really fits with my interest in natural history, evolution and the wonders of nature in general … I have also always been drawn to what is called “low tech”, and the fact that beautiful and meaningful art can be created out of very simple materials.

I also do illustrations for children’s books, inspired from my ceramic work.”

Yes, yes, yes! I was just about to say she should illustrate children’s books! Some of Godeleine’s work – ceramics and books – can be found in her online shop.

{Found via HeyThere Projects}




elisabeth heidinga

Um, what section should I put this in? Painting? Textiles? I’m going with BOTH! These paintings, woven from other paintings, are the work of Toronto based artist Elisabeth Heidinga. She paints the paintings, then uses a laser cutter to slice the various canvases into perfect thin strips, and then weaves them together. LOVE! The finished works are gorgeous, but can we talk about those big bunches of colorful strips of canvas before they’re even woven!? They need to be hung in giant knots beside their woven friends, yes? Yes!





gimhongsok

Candy-colored balloons, magically stacked one on top of another. You’d think they could just float away… until you find out that they’re bronze! These sculptures (stone, urethane paint on bronze) are the work of Korean artist Gimhongsok, from his series titled “Untitled (Short People)”. All of these images are from his show, “Dwarf, Dust, Doubt” that was shown at Tina Kim Gallery (New York) in the fall of 2018. Here are some words from the gallery’s site that explains these gorgeous pieces:

“[In] Dwarf, Dust, Doubt, Gimhongsok has highlighted how society casually assigns values to objects using terms to describe their size, weight and how we perceive them. In isolating these arbitrary values, he questions the political and social judgment implied by their use, rejecting the cavalier way people treat objects upon seeing them … each work from Untitled (Short People) is comprised of blown up balloons that are cast in bronze. Varying in size, the artist enlists friends and acquaintances to blow up the balloons finding poetic resonance in the capture of human breath. Divided into groups of four and six balloons, the entire series represents a combined effort of more than one hundred people.”

Sigh. Beautiful.





jackie dives

Clean, vibrant, and kind of odd… perfection. This is a new, and very personal, series by Vancouver based photographer Jackie Dives. I’ll hand it over to Jackie for the beautiful explanation of these strange combinations:

“Patience and Balance” is a series of still life self portrait photographs that explore womanhood and aging as a woman. Earlier this year, while at an artist residency in Mexico City, a birthday of mine passed that left me feeling paralyzed emotionally and creatively. Looking for inspiration, I wandered the market in the local suburb where I was staying, and started to purchase items that I felt a connection to. These were mostly rotting fruit and vegetables. I received some confused looks when I purposely reached for the produce that was damaged, bruised, or rotting. But I thought they were beautiful, they were calling to me.

I brought them back to my studio and started to photograph them. I realized I was creating a version of a self portrait, a personal memento mori. When photography was a new art form and still quite expensive and laborious it was often only in death when a person would be photographed. These post-mortem photos or memento mori, which is Latin for “remember that you will die,” served as treasured keepsakes, valuable remembrances of a deceased loved one.

The process of making these self portraits about aging and death made me feel alive, and I even found humour in them. Through a mourning and celebration of my past self I found a way to heal my present self.

I looooove that she gave herself this assignment… smart and oh so lovely, just like Jackie herself. These pieces (and more) are part of a group show, titled Uncannyland, that opens this Friday, May 31 from 6-9pm at South Main Gallery in Vancouver, and runs until June 14, 2019. Go!