miranda lake

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Gasp! Be still my house-loving, flower-obsessed heart! This is the beautiful, surreal, encaustic collage work of New Orleans based artist Miranda Lake. Oh, those tree top homes. I want to go to there.

{via Uprise Art … ps. there’s a great interview with Miranda here.}





iris saar isaacs

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Yeah, that’s all jewelry! WHAT?! I know, I had to do a double-take when I saw what I assumed were simple, lovely, illustrated squiggles… which they are of course, but then Australian artist/designer Iris Saar Isaacs (aka inSync design) turns her simple gestural marks into gorgeous wearable art. That necklace, though! Santa, are you listening?





athena petra tasiopoulos

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Whimsical collages that make me want to play in the studio… in a polka-dot bikini? No no, it’s too cold for that, but I still want to cut ‘n paste all day long! This is the mixed media work of Vermont based American artist Athena Petra Tasiopoulos. I’m betting Athena spends as much time in thrift shops as I do, considering she feels “lured by the mystery of found photographs – ‘instant relatives’ discarded and forgotten in musty antique stores.” Yes, I understand. Now, see those bikinis I mentioned earlier? They’re part of this artsy giveaway happening on Saatchi Art’s Instagram feed this week. Here’s all the info in case you want to play along. Good luck!

Saatchi Art Sweepstakes Info:  Ready to #stART2017right with new art? Saatchi Art is gifting one original artwork from this collection to a lucky winner every day for five days, starting today, Monday December 19th through Friday December 23rd. Follow @saatchiart on Instagram and share your favorite artwork from this featured collection with hashtags #stART2017right #sweeps for a chance to win. Fingers crossed!





“not enough hours in the day”

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Maps, cut into perfect little leaf shapes and attached to the wall with tiny red pins. What?! Yeah. Today I’m talking to American artist Shannon Rankin all about maps, vellum, more maps, constantly pushing yourself, and pizza… in that order. Shannon’s currently at a residency in Roswell, New Mexico, so that’s where I called. You can listen right up there, under that gorgeous installation,  or you can subscribe on iTunes.

As always, let’s start with a few of my favorite pieces from Shannon’s beautiful portfolio:

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Now THAT is some insane precision. So gorgeous.

Next, we were talking about Justin Richel… Shannon’s long time partner, and amazing artist. I’ve written about Justin before, and both he and Shannon are in my first book, “Creative Block”. Justin’s with Shannon in Roswell at the moment, experimenting with sculpture! Cannot wait to see that:

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Couples that make art together, stay together! 

Alright, and now the craziness that is Shannon’s installation work. This first piece is “Germinate (5000 seeds)”. Yep, thousands of tiny pins and map dots make up this 12′ beauty:

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And of course, I had to include a close up of “Matrix” from the first image in the post. I also had to include that shot in the gallery for scale. Cra. Zy.

Up next, her latest work! These are the pieces she’s been working on in New Mexico:

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Embroidery, and paper, and maps, oh my!

Ok, who knows “Selflesh” on Etsy? Yep, that’s Shannon’s alias. I loooove these simpler, smaller works too. And yes, more maps:

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Sigh. Right?!

The reason this episode is titled “not enough hours in the day” is because of the diverse, insane amount of work Shannon does. This leads me to her vellum work. If you couldn’t tell on the podcast, I LOVE THESE:

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That’s mine! And there it is hanging in the GoCA (Guest-room of Contemporary Art)… ps. there’s an original by Justin just to the upper right of Shannon’s work. Both very coveted pieces in my GoCA collection. But wait, there are new ones that are black and white!

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Swoooooon  ♥  You can buy her vellum pieces in this lovely shop.

Now, if you’re wondering where Shannon was during this chat, wonder no more! This is a peek into the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program:

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And there’s Shannon in her Roswell studio. Enjoy every moment of the next four months, Shannon! There is one more “Art For Your Ear” left in 2016, and it will go up next weekend. See you then!

Other links:

Saatchi Art Sweepstakes Info:  Ready to #stART2017right with new art? Saatchi Art is gifting one original artwork from this collection to a lucky winner every day for five days, Monday December 19th through Friday December 23rd. Follow @saatchiart on Instagram and share your favorite artwork from this featured collection with hashtags #stART2017right #sweeps for a chance to win. Good luck!

  1. “Selflesh” (Shannon’s Etsy shop)
  2. Maine College of Art
  3. Shannon’s Instagram feed
  4. Roswell Artist in Residence ps. Feb 15, 2017 deadline to apply!
  5. Ali Cavanaugh – Episode No.63

 





kyle skor

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Whoa. I feel like I just woke up from a really weird dream … and I wanna go back to sleep so I can wander around in there a little longer! These are the paintings of American artist / children’s book author & illustrator Kyle Skor. I already wanted to be friends with him when I found his beautifully bizarre work, and then I read his bio…

Kyle Skor grew up playing in the prairie snows and forests of the upper midwest, which nurtured in him the spirit of the wandering mystic. At one point he went to Williams College and studied art history and psychology, and chose somewhat prematurely to enter a doctoral program at Harvard at the age of 22. As a graduate student, he spent more time skipping class to read poetry and sketch at the museums of greater Boston and Cambridge than not, an awareness of which ultimately led him to drop out of school and assume a variety of odd jobs, working by candlelight on his “work”. Between 2005-2013, the fruits of most of these efforts found themselves consigned to various landfills around Asia and California. 

See? Now I really want to hang out with him! Happy Friday.





lindsay arnold

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Um, can we all collectively agree that these acrylic paintings on panel are insane? PAINTINGS. I’ve written about Canadian artist Lindsay Arnold and her painted doilies before, but she has recently kicked it up a notch by adding pins, and clothes pegs, and trinkets, oh my! All of these pieces are from her ongoing series, titled Tedium. Here are her words about this work:

“In my grandmother’s time the doily was required for protecting surfaces, concealing imperfections, ornamenting surroundings, and measuring status. Today doilies are found in abundance at thrift stories, auctions and forgotten linen closets. Hours of female labour are represented in these worn, stained and unfashionable objects. The imperfections which have rendered the doilies unusable for their original purpose inspire narratives which are further explored through interactions with objects such as scissors, pins, and utensils. The doilies are stretched, torn, and misshapen, such as we are by marriage, illness, motherhood and more. “Tedium” is way to honour the difficult experiences which leave us worn, acknowledge thankless repetitive labour, and reveal a part of the anonymous doily maker’s story.”

Amen, sister.





andrea hooge

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I am totally in love, and a tiny bit scared. These pieces, from a series titled “Dolly”, are the work of Vancouver based artist Andrea Hooge. Oil, ink, and handmade scratchboard on wooden cutout. Wooden cutout! That means I could have one of these weird ‘n wonderful doll heads floating on my wall! {I’m wondering if this has something to do with my “Cabbage Patch” obsession as a kid? Hm.}

* Some of her latest work, a show titled “Toy Babies”, will be showing in Vancouver at Hot Art Wet City in February… Feb 3 ~ 25th 2017





nicoletta daríta de la brown

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Forgotten plastic bags that have been embroidered into unforgettable works of art. This is a series from 2013, titled “El Barrio Bodega”, by Baltimore based artist Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown. Why embroidery on old bags? Here are Nicoletta’s words on exactly that:

“Embroidered corner-store grocery bags. Rescued from the gutter; blowing down the street like city tumbleweed. I reclaim and elevate what once was discarded by creating embellished art objects. Growing up in Brooklyn and Harlem I’d visit my block’s bodega daily, with pennies in hand, and leave with priceless treasures. More than just bags, they reflect a sense of pride for my neighborhood and are a symbol of my cultural identity.”

Beautiful, in every way.





xu ying

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Oh. Where do I begin? I love this work by Chinese artist Xu Ying. The square pieces are pencil & acrylic on canvas, and the circles are pencil & acrylic on cotton fabric. Pencil and acrylic? Clearly I need new pencils because mine don’t do that. ps. Those legs. I’m dying over those fabulous floating legs. Happy Monday.





“changing the rules”

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Oh, Lamonte. How cute is that hairy little sidekick? If New York based artist Trey Speegle hadn’t been in LA during this conversation, we might’ve been able to have Lamonte on too… next time. I’m guessing there will be a next time, as this is actually the second time Trey’s been on the podcast! He was my guest for episode no.4 … that was before I really had any kind of podcast groove, AND before the “not so speedy speed round” was even invented, so we’ve got some catching up to do! You can listen right under Trey and Lamonte,  or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, just a few of my favorite Trey Speegle paint-by-numbers text pieces {and a few horses thrown in for good measure}

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Gorgeous – and full of hope and wisdom! Where else you can find words of wisdom from Trey? On the back of a paint can, obviously…

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“What do you want? And what are you willing to do to make it happen?” I love that so much. Lots to think about, yes? YES!

Next, our five minutes together on Lincoln Road in Miami last week, documented with this humid, sticky, sun-drenched selfie…

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Ha! So funny! Boy, Trey’s lucky he’s bald, because look what Miami humidity does to a gal’s hair-do?!

Alright, next… Trey’s barn. This is where Trey lives in upstate New York. Oh, sure, it looks like a barn from the outside, but wait until you see the inside of this “barn” …

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What the?! I want to live in a barn like that! And look at Lamonte… right at home on that fabulous spiral staircase. Hilarious! *Interior shots via SCENE Magazine

YES. Trey’s new book! If you haven’t already become part of this whole coloring book thing, now might be the time to “transform your life with color by number”…

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Gorgeous {and cheap! Oh, I mean, affordable}.

We went off on a little tangent {that happens quite a bit with us}… we were talking about how to get this coloring book into the hands of Princess Kate Middleton. I suggested his pal Stella McCartney {?!}. His YES painting was used as a backdrop for one of her beautiful runway shows. Here’s proof …

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So. Freakin. Cool.

Alright, so staying in the fashion camp, here are a whole bunch of lovely clothes covered in Trey’s paintings via the folks at PAOM. I just bought the first dress below, and I LOVE IT…

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Exactly. Love.

What else do I love? That I finally did the “not so speedy speed round” with Trey, and found out about his first summer job …

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… as a pig wearing a sailor suit at an amusement park in Texas!!! OMG. I’ve never been happier with the result of a speed round! Oh, but I have to clarify, in my outro I said “Astroland”, which is totally wrong. This magical place was called “Astroworld”. There, I feel much better. Thanks so much to Trey for being so entertaining {as always}, and for sharing his experience, wisdom, and general fantasticness; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now; and thank YOU so much for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Trey’s Coloring Book… BUY IT HERE
  2. Wow Report on World of Wonder
  3. “Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance” – CALL FOR ARTISTS {Jan 1 deadline}
  4. The Novogratz
  5. Work of Art TV show {on Bravo}
  6. Peregrine Honig Podcast Episode No.5
  7. Stella McCartney
  8. Trey’s Clothing line on Print All Over ME {PAOM}
  9. Audemars Piguet {Swiss watchmakers}
  10. TWYLA