david samuel stern

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Oooh! New pieces by Brooklyn based artist David Samuel Stern. I’ve written about his woven portraits before, but when I saw his latest work I gasped out loud. Now, there are in fact images of men in this series too but, oh my, there is something about these women that takes my breath away. So dreamy, so delicate, so careful… and that color palette. Sigh. Here is what this ongoing series is about:

These images are the result of physically weaving together two photographic prints of the same subject. They are an attempt to bridge dignified, direct portraits with a sort of abstraction that allows their subjects to hide within themselves, and the photographs to be distinctly physical objects. In hiding some things, we reveal others.

{If you’re in Brooklyn, several of David’s woven portraits will be on view at BAM from Sept 16th ~ Dec 20th… details about viewing times/location can be found here.}





rbc canadian painting competition… a few finalists!

Oh, this annual competition is such a fantastic supporter of Canadian artists! Here’s the deal:

Since 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, has been a unique initiative, which helps bridge the gap from emerging to established artists. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is RBC’s cornerstone RBC Emerging Artists Project property which focuses on supporting artists at the early stage of their careers. More than just financial support, this program offers mentorship, exposure to audiences and more.

So, so great … and $25,000 to the winner, $15,000 to the next two finalists, and $2,500 to the other 12 isn’t bad either! There are 15 finalists: 5 from Eastern Canada, 5 from Central Canada, and 5 from Western Canada. The winner will be announced on November 18th at the Vancouver Art Gallery… but until then, here are just a few of my personal favorites, although it was really hard to pick:

west: robert taite, mixed media

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central: caroline larsen, oil painting

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east: hangama amiri, mixed media

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Ah, makes me proud to be Canadian… but I’m really glad that I’m not a judge {how could you decide!?} Good luck to them, and good luck to all of the finalists!





johnny abrahams

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Whoa. I cannot even close to imagine having the patience to paint these. Yes, they’re paintings… acrylic on panel, by New York based painter Johnny Abrahams. I love that he creates such unbelievable, dizzying, detailed pieces, but also creates those very simple pieces … they’re like palette cleansers for my eyes before heading on to the next insanely patterned piece. Oh, and to give you a sense of scale:

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{via but does it float}





katy krantz

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Stunning ceramic necklaces… that happen to be up to 3 feet in length. Amazing. This is the organic, delicate, beautiful, large-scale work of Seattle based ceramics artist Katy Krantz. They are part of an ongoing series titled, The Gifts…. very appropriately named because all of these pieces have just gone to the top of my gift list {hint hint Gregory West}

{Her work used to be available through Totokaelo, a gorgeous shop in Seattle… but not sure where to find it now. If you know, let me know.}





dan abramson

dan-abramson

Ok, I’m a little behind the times with these hilariously awesome “Yoga Joes” by Dan Abramson. Apparently there was a kickstarter last year. Well, it must have worked because you can find these old school army men, who have given up their weapons in favor of warrior pose, on Dan’s site.  Ah, just imagine if the world was really like this? Namaste. 





“i sandwich everything in that stuff”

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Another Saturday, another episode of ART FOR YOUR EAR! This time I’m talking to full-time graphic designer turned full-time collage artist, Chattanooga Tennessee based Hollie Chastain. We talk materials {there is a lot of gel medium in her world}, being an artist & mother, and she even threw in a hilariously mortifying phone anxiety love story at the very end. You can listen right up there under those lovely ladies, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, take a look at the work we talked about in the order that we talked about it. Let’s start with the very first piece of Hollie’s that I ever saw/wrote about. It was the lead image in the “curated” blog post that I did for Etsy way back in the day:

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Ah, I still love that piece so much! And below is the piece, titled “Afterthought”, that she mentioned when talking about using gel medium not only as glue, but also for image transfers:

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I have to try that! Speaking of things I need to try… book covers! Oh, so many found book covers. Her favorites of course being old school text books complete with scribbles by bored children:

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Gah! Her book cover pieces are my absolute favorites! Turns out she has a studio FULL of them… see:

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Oh. Jealous! Next up, the illustration she did for The Baffler:

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Mixed media, indeed! I quickly mentioned that Hollie was one of the artists in my book, Collage… this was the fantastic original she made for the book, along with a shot of one of her double page spreads:

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Love. So. Much. And finally, we didn’t actually talk about her studio space, but I found this photo on her site and I absolutely love this crazy beautiful mess:

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Doesn’t that make you want to make something right now!? Me too. And with that, I’ll say thank you to Hollie for joining me today, and thanks so much to you for listening {and looking}… there will be another episode waiting for you next Saturday!

ps. oh, and a link to Lisa Congdon’s book, Art Inc. & a link to Dolan Geiman’s site.





yuliya

YULIYA

Sigh. Sometimes, especially on Friday after a very long and busy week, I love to look at art like this. Ah, the soothing palette and of course the promise of scones, lattes, and general quiet for two whole days… enter the lovely work of Ontario based artist Yuliya. Yes, this is exactly what I need today.

{Prints of her work are available on Society6}





jean faucheur

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Dizzying collages, with an absolutely dreamy palette, by French artist Jean Faucheur. Um, does anyone know where I can get scissors to cut perfect circles? Thanks.





albert ruiz villar

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I wrote about Spanish artist Albert Ruiz Villar, just over two years ago… his work has evolved from looser compositions into these lovely mixed media “structures”. I kind of wish I could walk around in them, from “room” to colorful “room”.

{His work is available on Saatchi Art}





annie vought

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Whoa. PAPER. Paper that has been really, really, really cut. A lot. My hand is cramping just looking at these insane pieces by California based artist Annie Vought. That white dome of triangles? That arc of text bleeding off the edge of a black page? And are those tiny little houses in that pattern-only piece? Yep, I said it once, and I’ll say it again… whoa.

{Thanks to yesterday’s artist, Annie O’Dorisio, for sending me a link to Annie Vought’s work… so many talented Annies in one week!}