putput

“Fruitless”. Mic drop.

This is the clever, funny, and very green work of Copenhagen based PUTPUT {aka Stephan Friedli (CH) and Ulrik Martin Larsen (DK)}. I wrote about their sponge popsicles almost five years ago, and the moment I saw that greenhouse filled with “plants”, well, this post was written! Happy Wednesday.





kimberly brooks

I’ll be honest… it was those opulent gold frames and the illuminated silver doorways that pulled me into the world of LA based artist Kimberly Brooks. All of these pieces, and many more, are currently hanging at Zevitas Marcus in Los Angeles {until October 28th, 2017} in a solo show, titled “Brazen”.  Why brazen you ask? Here is a small passage from an interview she did with ArtScene that explains it beautifully:

… Using the word “Brazen” as a  mantra to free her paint brush to wander where it would, allowing the paintings to find new shapes, feelings and themes, the artist set to work. This rather extensive exhibition of large and small works attests to the fact that she met, if not exceeded her goal. It’s not that the figure and the landscape subjects of earlier paintings have vanished, far from it. Rather Brooks this time coaxes forth their visual DNA in a different manner. ~ Andy Brumer, ArtScene Review

“Free her paint brush to wander where it would” …. oh, YES!





josh huxham

Oh. I have a physical reaction to this series by UK based artist Josh Huxham. In particular, the image of the pilot and the plane. My grandfather was a pilot in WW II, and in his later years his memory started to fail … unless you asked him about flying and then he could tell you everything! So many detailed stories about training, and friends, and meeting my grandmother on a weekend leave at the beach. These quiet yet powerful images feel like identities, lost stories, and memories all rolled into one beautiful photograph. Here are Josh’s words on this graduate project {yes, he’s only just recently graduated from the Plymouth College of Art}, titled “Silence” …

‘Silence’ explores the re-construction of the family photograph. By using various techniques to re-print, re-age and re-construct previously scanned photographs from his family archive, Josh’s work aims to connect with those closest to him through visual language. By constructing these surreal handmade photographs, Josh’s inner thoughts and emotions towards a family space he feels lost within are passed on to the viewer. Exploring this media continues to allow Josh to be vocal through the visual.

Beautiful. And now I miss my grandparents more than usual.





“nothing in nature clashes”

“The outdoors spills through a window or door, location or setting. Pots and plants teeter on the edge of a table whilst trees grow convincingly from rooftops and pillars are cut off abruptly, hovering slightly above ground level. The interiors are minimally furnished with large glass open spaces, leaving it exposed to the vulnerability of the outside world that encroaches upon us. The landscape has no boundaries; we are unable to control and confine it, forcing the inside out and the outside in.” ~ Charlotte Keates, Artist Statement

Ah, I love that artist statement. I also love the insightful words of the grandmother of today’s guest… ‘Nothing in nature clashes.’ Sigh. Grandmas are so smart. London based artist Charlotte Keates and I are talking all about architecture, nature, epic trips in small vans, and even an up close and personal mama bear sighting. Oh boy. You can listen to our chat right up there under Charlotte in her studio, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, these are the architectural “cut-aways” that I brought up right out of the gate, because yes, I totally want to live in one of her paintings:

Ahhhh! So beautiful. And can you see why I asked her if these pieces are mixed media or paintings… doesn’t her chalky underlay look like marbled paper or something? Those dreamy backgrounds are also an excellent example of how wonderful “happy art accidents” can be!

These next few images cover a bunch of things we talked about – she has started working on dark backgrounds lately, not just the light wood she normally uses as her starting place; her love of Palm Springs and the Florida Keys; and of course, the epic North American road trip she went on last year. Here’s a peek:

Palm Springs influence? Um, yep! And, clearly, the Canadian in me had to show some of her Canada-inspired pieces, including the boat house in Banff and the cosmic ray station…

Oooh, I can almost smell the fresh mountain air! So, if you’re going to do a crazy amazing, super scenic trip across North America, it’s a very good idea to travel with your professional photographer boyfriend, Ian Froome, who will capture some very lovely moments along the way:

Gorgeous! Charlotte drawing in their van {before it died}, and Charlotte standing on the edge of a cliff that you could not PAY me to stand on. I wonder if this was moments before the mama bear showed up!? Thank you so much to Charlotte for taking time from her very busy schedule to chat with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support me and this podcast; and big high-fives to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Charlotte on Instagram
  2. Golden Acrylics
  3. Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
  4. London Art Fair 2018
  5. Ian Froome, Photographer / Boyfriend
  6. US & Canada… VOTE FOR ME! Bombay Artisan Series

 





michelle kingdom

Um, how have I never written about Los Angeles based artist Michelle Kingdom before?! Well, as of this moment I’ve corrected the error of my ways. I absolutely love it when artists use materials traditionally considered a “craft material”, for fine art purposes instead… I also happen to love artists with this kind of skill! Here is part of Michelle’s artist statement that touches on the use of embroidery in her work:

“Decidedly small in scale, the scenes are densely embroidered into compressed compositions. While the work acknowledges the luster and lineage inherent in needlework, I use thread as a sketching tool in order to simultaneously honor and undermine this tradition. Beauty parallels melancholy, as conventional stitches acquiesce to the fragile and expressive.”

Love. Happy Friday.





elaine jones

Oh. My. I would love to spend a week or two vacationing in these abstract landscapes by UK based painter Elaine Jones. Not only is Elaine’s work beautiful, but so is both her inspiration and her process…

Inspiration: Elaine’s paintings embrace nature and through travel to remote, often uninhabited places she transports her viewer to wild and extreme climates. Organic shapes often provide a starting point to her work, the essence of which often focuses on the ethereal and the serene. Elaine often visits expanses that are devoid of humans, where expeditions to the glaciers of the Arctic and the rain and cloud forests of Costa Rica provide diverse contrast and subject matter.

Process: Paintings evolve a little bit like nature itself, structures are formed and then repeatedly broken down, changed, obliterated and then rebuilt. Paintings metamorphosis from layers of paint poured, scratched, brushed, pushed and rubbed out across the surface of the painting. Each painting takes on many forms until it meets its final resting place, a harmonious balance of chaos and order, serenity and movement, contrast and unity, space and colour.

Sigh.

ps. You can find more of her work via her gallery, First Contemporary in Bristol UK





anne ten donkelaar

Oh my goodness. This is the latest breathtaking work from Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar. I’ve written about her insanely beautiful and intricate botanical collages before but, as you can see, her work has taken a slightly new, slightly wetter direction! Enter “Underwater Ballet”…

“A choreography for flowers, dancing on the subtile sounds of air bubbles. Floating gracefully around in the cold water. 
A silent image of a spirited dance.”

Sigh… absolutely beautiful.

ps. The Cold Press will be exhibiting new work by Anne ten Donkelaar at the London Design Festival, this weekend from 21-24 September 2017. Find them at the London Design Fair, Truman Brewery, London. Stand – E1 





ruth shively

Love love love … these are the latest, Japan-inspired, paintings of Portland based artist Ruth Shively. I popped over to her site to see if I could find more, and I did! Granted, she had sent me a link to her paintings {which I love}, but oh my goodness… her drawings. I’ve written about them before, but I hadn’t seen these pieces. Obviously I had to show you:

Gorgeous.





june glasson

Deep blue denim and a lot of fire power! This is the gorgeous, “American West” inspired, work of Wyoming based artist June Glasson. These gouache & pencil pieces can be seen right now at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in New York. Here is their description of her work:

In her multidisciplinary practice of drawing, painting, and installation art, Glasson explores and questions iconic “Western” imagery. Depicting women juxtaposed with buffalo, beaver pelts or pistols, for example, sets up a visual investigation into dominant narratives about the region and narratives that often ignore its complicated and violent history. Glasson’s figurative work depicts semi-realistic representations of the women in her life, a personalized way of expressing concern for the treatment of the female figure in art and popular culture while challenging historic and contemporary notions of gender roles.

From the artist’s statement: “Through drawing, painting, and installation, my work often deploys iconic “western” imagery — buffalo, weaponry, truck nutz, etc. — to investigate dominant narratives about the region, narratives that often ignore its complicated and violent history.”

ps. This gorgeous show will run until October 28th, 2017.





“showers and shamanism”

Hello! Here we are… September and Season No.2 of ART FOR YOUR EAR! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick things off than with the ghostly dresses, strange animals, delicate faces of the incredibly talented German born, Seattle based artist Anne Siems! I was so excited to finally talk to her, and thrilled to have another excuse to post a bunch of her stunning paintings. You can listen to our conversation right up there under “Squirrel Boy” {whom I love more than I can explain}, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, the strange and beautiful work of Anne’s that I first fell in love with a few years back:

Oh, those translucent clothes! They give me chills. Her work has evolved away from this slightly, but I had to include them. LOVE.

Next, antlers and animals… this was Anne’s first venture into the subject of Shamanism {she felt it might have been a bit literal, but I still love them very, very, very much!} :

See? Amazing. This is where her work is heading now… more mystical, less literal, always beautiful:

That closeup. I mean, come on!

And for her most recent work, which will be showing at David Lusk Gallery in Nashville this November {2nd – 30th}, she seems to be merging many of her themes and images from the past few years together. Magical, mysterious, and the animals are back:

Sigh. Gorgeous.

And finally, in the first “Not-So-Speedy Speed Round” of Season No.2 I asked Anne which animal is her favorite to paint:

Rabbits. Big ones! Love, love, love {and of course, I still love you “Squirrel Boy” even though there’s no hare in sight.}

And finally, I can’t finish this post without giving you a peek into Anne’s studio. I love seeing an artist in action:

Ahhh, beautiful light and a woman filled with beautiful light! Thank you so much to Anne for being my first guest for this new season; thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support me and this podcast; and of course, THANK YOU for coming back for Season No.2! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. University of the South at Sewanee
  2. David French, Sculptor
  3. Anne’s workshop info! 
  4. “Inquiry” show at David Lusk Gallery, Nashville (Nov)
  5. Memphis Show, David Lusk Gallery
  6. Fibromyalgia
  7. Anne on Instagram