kc christmas

Art AND cake? I’m in! This is the brand new collage work of American artist/illustrator KC Christmas, and you know what, I’m just gonna say it… I get to take a tiny bit of credit {maybe 2%ish} for these hilarious, delicious, whimsical pieces. Here’s why:

“For this week’s #thejealouscurator challenge, where could I go if I had the choice? I would go to an art museum made of cake. Think about it! What sweeter way to enjoy art than with friends and some cake?” ~ KC on Instagram #afyecamp

YES! I love it when a seemingly carefree assignment leads to an entirely new body of work! And good news, she finally put some of these collages into her Etsy shop – go get yourself some artsy dessert.





christopher burk

Hm, I don’t know how to write this post without sounding like a trouble-maker. Oh well, here it goes … these lovely nighttime paintings on paper remind me of sneaking out in high school… sorry, Mom. Ahh, the fresh summer night air, crickets chirping, and a dash of small town teenage rebellion thrown in for good measure. I’m not entirely sure this is what American artist Christopher Burk meant to conjure up with this series, but that’s exactly where my mind went when I saw his work. {ps. if you’re a teenager, please don’t sneak out!}





laura berger & the jaunt

Wouldn’t it be amazing if artists got sent on week long trips around the world in search of inspiration resulting in gorgeous new work? Well, American artist Laura Berger did just that in Lima Peru, thanks to “The Jaunt”! What is “The Jaunt” you ask? Listen to THIS:

“For each trip we send an artist on a trip to anywhere in the world, to a destination where they have never been before. Once arrived, the artist will soak up all of the local impressions and inspirations. From freshly brewed local coffee to small boutiques, neoclassical architecture, overcrowded tourist sights or whatever else falls in their way. During the trip the artists keep a travel blog and document the many impressions they come across. This way everyone will be kept up to date with the travels and adventures of the artists, allowing a degree of familiarity with their perspective. Each trip is unique, because each destination and artist is different.”

What!? So fantastic. And, Laura & Lima? Literally a perfect combination! Now normally the art is bought, sight unseen, before the artist leaves – an exciting adventure for everyone {the print sales fund the trip}. But because Laura’s trip was in May, I can show you the results today! So, each artist is supposed to come home from their travels and produce one limited edition print based on their experiences but, Laura loved it so much, she made TWO {both shown above}. She didn’t stop there though – she also painted six original paintings! All of this work will be shown, and for sale, as of tomorrow – Friday July 28th. If you’re in LA pop by 3sixteen from 5-11pm. The prints are currently available online right here! ps. If you have any questions about the ins and outs of this amazing project, read The Jaunt’s very informative FAQ page.





carol milne

Oh my knitted glass! This is the mind-bending (and glass bending) work of Seattle based sculptor Carol Milne. This text, taken from her site, does a wonderful job describing Carol and her work:

Carol is the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass.   Pushing the limits of her material through persistent and relentless experimentation, determined to combine her passion for knitting with her love for cast glass sculpture, she developed a variation of the lost wax casting process to cast knitted work in glass.

“I see my knitted work as metaphor for social structure.  Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own, but deceptively strong when bound together.  You can crack or break single threads without the whole structure falling apart.  And even when the structure is broken, pieces remain bound together.  The connections are what bring strength and integrity to the whole and what keep it intact.”

Beautiful.

ps. some of her work is available in her online shop.





claire brewster ~ new work

Gasp! Ok, so I have written about London based artist Claire Brewster many, many times. I’ve even had her on my podcast to talk about her work… her paper-cutting installation work that she’s become very known for. Well, on that podcast episode Claire mentioned she was starting to play around with a new direction. She was not kidding! These are a few of her new mixed media paintings, and a beautiful letter about how she found her way to this work:

“At the end of last year when I first started experimenting with new work, I really thought I would be making wall mounted wooden sculptures.  I worked really hard on them, spent hours working on drawings, converting them into the digital files necessary for them to be laser cut, had a whole load made, painted them and then….

Nothing, the desire to make them disappeared, the ones I had made just felt wrong. There was too much time spent on the computer and not enough making. The need had been so urgent for months that I couldn’t think about anything else and then behind the noise of making these works and struggling to get them to be what I wanted them to be another voice came through.

Make collages with people, it said. And in truth I already was.

I have sketch books full of people (mainly women) cut out from magazines arranged together, like they are waiting for something to happen.This voice became stronger and stronger and it turns out this is the new direction I was meant to be taking. Not the wooden sculptures. That was something I had to get out of my system in order to move forward in a new direction.

It is amazing how ideas and inspiration comes about, it’s never straightforward. I’m learning everyday that I need to listen to my gut, intuition whatever you want to call it. It always knows best. When ever I follow that goodness happens, when I go against it things invariably don’t turn out so well.”

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!





shannon d. taylor

magicmakerdreamweaver … that is a perfect description for everything in the portfolio of California based artist/illustrator (and professor at CCA) Shannon D. Taylor. It also happens to be her Instagram handle. Rainbows, ridiculously starry skies, and two very tigerific reasons to start playing ping pong ASAP. Happy Monday.





artsnacks – july box!

Oooh, the “July” mystery box from ArtSnacks just showed up in my mailbox! Now, normally I only write about artwork, but I’ve decided to team up with these guys once a month to share the artsy goodness in these little boxes… because the more supplies you have, the more art you’ll make, and the more artwork I’ll have to write about. Plus, they put CANDY in every box!

Clearly Liz was keeping a close eye on the red hot cinnamon “Atomic Fireball”, but she wasn’t the only one:

Oh dear. It’s gone, and Liz’s boy appears to be quite upset…

 

It was right there only moments ago. What to do? Launch an extensive search, obviously:

 

Not out on the sea…

 

Close, but no, that one is blue. And not candy. How about heading north…

 

Alas, the Fireball isn’t on the ‘bleu glacier’ either. Sorry, Chuck… you’ll just have to wait until the August box gets here.

If you want to get the August box too, sign up by July 31. You can order one month at a time or sign up for 3 months, 6 months, or a full year… whatever works for you. Click here for all of the ins and outsps. enter coupon code ‘thejealouscurator’ and you’ll receive 10% off your first month of ArtSnacks! ps. hashtag your box openings / what you make with, #artsnacks

In the July box: Derwent HB Graphic Drawing Pencil, Pentel Duopoint Flex Double-Ended Brush, Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Pencils, Derwent 2-in-1 Eraser/Sharpener

* Ok, yes, I ate the Fireball about ten seconds after taking that first photo, then realized I wouldn’t be able to include it in anymore of the images. Clearly the only way to cover my mistake – make up an elaborate story about Prince Charles.

 





liana jegers

Sigh… these lovely drawings make me exhale. Perfect for a Friday. This is the work of California based artist/illustrator Liana Jegers. I love her simple color palette, those lovely lines, and the subjects she chooses. Her portfolio if filled with gorgeous work, zines, client collaborations … but these “farmers market” inspired pieces are my favorites. Here’s to a weekend filled with fresh fruit and fragrant flowers. Exhale.





francisca prieto

Stunning! I wrote about the insanely beautiful paper folding / cutting work of Chilean-born, London-based artist Francisco Prieto way back in 2013. Well, I just found out that some of her work is showing this summer in Venice and I cannot wait to see her stunning pieces in person! Now, this piece features images of French cathedrals, but I’m guessing I’ll see my fair share of “profound space” in Italy as well. Here is what this particular piece is about:

“Profound Space” takes us to that hushed moment of awe that comes upon entering the overwhelming and embellished space of a cathedral. As our captivated sight tries to trace every detail through hallowed light and shadow, Francisca folds fluted pillars and archway’s gothic arrows to point our eyes higher and higher. Pausing to look into each open window, tiny figures remind us of these structures’ sheer scale and activity; the processions, funerals and prayers that take place under their watch. Cavernous eaves, ethereal beams and triumphant domes are celebrated in lines of gold that continue beyond the pages of what can be drawn or written, framing the vast expanse of what we cannot see but only feel. Empty and weightless lines multiply above, shimmering in diamond-like crosses whose mouths whisper of the lofty heights of sacred space.

Hushed moment of awe, indeed.





chris roberts-antieau

Do I desperately want to see all of the pieces in this crazy grouping of embroidered eyes? Yes, yes I do. Well, these were the only three I could find enlarged, so for now I’ll have to be satisfied with Prince, Lincoln, and Tom Waits. This embroidery in found frames series is titled “Genius Eyes”, and is the work of New Orleans based artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. Her portfolio is overflowing with work created using fabric, thread, and brilliance. Speaking of brilliance, I have to attach the letter she has posted to her ‘about’ page:

Amen  ♥