diane meyer

Embroidery where the Berlin Wall used to stand. Beautiful on many levels. These are just a few of the 43 embroidered photographs that are part of “Berlin”, a series and new exhibition by LA based artist Diane Meyer. The show opens TONIGHT, November 14th, in New York at Klompching Gallery (6- 8pm). Here is a description of the show found on the gallery site:

Being shown for the first time in its entirety, the 43 artworks in the exhibition are being exhibited to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, including artworks never before shown.

Made over the course of seven years, the photographs trace the entire, circa 96 mile path of the former Berlin Wall, taking in sites in the German capital’s city center, as well as the outskirts of the city through suburbs and the surrounding countryside.

Sections of the photographs have been obscured by cross-stitch embroidery, sewn directly into the photograph. This stitching is a signature mark of the artist across her artworks. The embroidery is made to resemble pixels and borrows the visual language of digital imaging in an analog, tactile process. In many images, the embroidered sections represent the exact scale and location of the former Wall offering a pixelated view of what lies behind. In this way, the embroidery appears as a translucent trace in the landscape of something that no longer exists but is a weight on history and memory.

The show runs until January 10, 2020. Go!

jennifer murphy

Oh. My. This is the large-scale collage work of Canadian artist Jennifer Murphy. All of these stunning pieces were in a show, titled In The Shadow of Sirius, that (unfortunately) just came down from the walls of the Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto. To make up for my tardiness, let me give you Jennifer’s beautiful words about this body of work… words that certainly hit home for me:

“Although I have worked in collage since I was a child, I really began to explore large-scale, sculptural collage after the death of a dear friend and close collaborator ten years ago. The work was a way to cope with the grief but also an outlet to hope. This series comes at another time of loss, both personal and I believe collective. We now live in a time of ecological mourning and are in desperate need for paths to rediscover hope. 

I began this work thinking about The Tommy Thompson Park and the Leslie Spit here in Toronto. This dump site of rubble and rebar on the shores of Lake Ontario, this “accidental wilderness” of trees, wildflowers, lagoons and submerged reefs.  This decades-old landfill, re-activated habitat to migrating and mating birds and insects, amphibians and mammals. I gravitated to thinking about shore birds and waders, those stilt like birds astride that liminal space between earth, air and water. 

I find hope in making my work and in places of ruin where wildflowers grow, and in the poetry of those who have felt immense loss but continue to create.”

Sigh. Poetry, indeed.

joey bates

Gasp! He’s done it again. I’ve written about American born, Sweden based artist Joey Bates before, but when he keeps doing THIS to paper, how am I supposed to control myself? Must. Write. Post. His latest show, titled Everything is Fleeting, opens on Thursday November 21 {6pm} at Galerie Youn in Montreal. Here is Joey’s description of these stunning pieces:

“Energy dispersal and change comprise the impetus for this body of work. Each piece references a volcanic explosion or amalgamation of explosions to recall disruption, destruction, and eventual renewal. The flowers lend a patina of beauty and ease to a process that is jarring, disorienting, and happening constantly — whether or not we are paying attention.”

So good. Again. ps. This show will be up until January 19, 2020.

sue dewulf

So weird, so fantastic! This are the surreal, stacked ceramics of California based artist Sue DeWulf. This was the email she sent me and I thought it was a perfect description of the what and why behind her work:

“My ceramics involve casting toys from childhood, searching for vintage molds and hours of assemblage great them together. People ask me what I am thinking of them when I create the bottles, jars or sculptures. Often my creations come from my childhood memories. I would spent hours stacking and parading my toys and animals. I love to juxtapose and balance all the different shapes. (One of my favorite memories is the back page of the Highlights magazine!)”

Hours of stacking toys … sounds like a perfect day to me! Happy Monday.

“creative myth busters”

Yes, yes, YES. There are so many creative myths that need busting, and I know just the man for the job! Andy Miller, aka Andy J. Pizza is my joy-filled creative expert for this 157th episode. And, spoiler alert, we’ve put together a brand new segment called: Creative Myth Busters with Danielle Krysa and Andy J. Pizza. We kicked off this first busting session with two big myths, but before we did that, I had a little catching up to do with this creative dynamo! You can listen right up there, or subscribe on iTunes.

First, I present to you the definition of JOY in photographic form:


Hahahahaha! Ahhhh, Andy hanging out on Sesame Street. Seriously, I would’ve cried if I was sitting that close to Big Bird’s nest. Look how happy Andy is… yep, this fills me with joy for sure!

Okay, more joy. Andy and Joseph Gordon Levitt {aka Joe. Yeah, that’s what I’ll call him too once we become super good friends … any day now}:

I love that Joe did this, and that Andy had the cojones to to reach out to him. Listen to the episode right here, and if you don’t know about JGL’s project, HITRECORD, check it out here! Oooh, and while I’m fan-girling, Joe also did a great TED Talk, titled “How craving attention makes you less creative”.

Next up, joy in the form of five foot markers and a mural for YOU to color in:

So frickin’ fun! The top most image is from the current mural at Color Factory, Houston – an ongoing collaboration between Andy and artist/designer Andrew Neyer {ps. I think the green one might be from a past “Color Me” mural they did.}

And finally, Andy’s brilliant, fun and always inspiring podcast, CREATIVE PEP TALK, just turned FIVE!

Wooohooooooo! High five on five years, Andy! [insert sound fx here] And with that, I will say thank you so much to Andy for taking time to bust some myths with me; thanks to Thrive {sign up for their Mastermind group!} for supporting yet another episode; and as always, thanks to you for listening. I’ll be back again next weekend with a new episode. ~ Danielle

More Links:

  1. Andy on ART FOR YOUR EAR, December 2017
  2. Andy’s Skillshare class : Make Creativity Your Career: Six Exercises to Create a Successful Side Project
  3. Brené Brown, Researcher / Author
  4. From Good to Great by Jim Collins
  5. Jim Henson: The Biography
  6. Seth Godin
  7. Samantha Fields on AFYE
  8. Terrence Payne on AFYE
  9. Debbie Millman : on Creative Pep Talk
  10. TED Talk by Ingrid Fetell Lee : “Where Joy Lives and How to Find It”


alexandra kehayoglou

Gasp! This is the absolutely stunning work of Buenos Aires based artist Alexandra Kehayoglou. Sculpture, textiles, grass!? Here is a description of Alexandra’s work, found on her site:

Alexandra Kehayoglou (Buenos Aires, 1981) is a visual artist who works primarily with textile materials. She creates her pieces in her studio in Buenos Aires, utilizing a wide array of technical skills with which she produces works combining textiles, sculpture and installation. She is primarily interested in production processes bringing together art and craft, and develops functional works as complete works of art, in which knowledge of the materials, the technique, and spectator are inseparably intertwined.

The pieces are made with surplus materials, weaved with the handtuft technique using a machine which the artist manipulates upon vertical frames, inserting stitch by stitch. The production process is arduous and long, requiring much physical effort and a very precise technique.

Kehayoglou’s repertoire includes memories of various native landscapes that the artist has visited and desires to preserve over time. Her renowned pastizales (grasslands), fields, and shelter tapestries are like sublime realities which the viewer can contemplate or utilize. Each one is unique, with a texture, weave and palette that will not be repeated. Each piece is created from an ancient family tradition that nonetheless gives new meaning to the craft of weaving by hand.

Ps. I dare you to try scrolling through her Instagram feed quickly. It’s impossible… you’ll be there for ages! So. Good.

jen mann … in vancouver TONIGHT!

Sigh. I love everything she does, every time she does it. These are a few of the most recent oil paintings by Toronto based artist Jen Mann… and you can see them at Gallery Jones in Vancouver starting TONIGHT! Her new show, titled METONYMY, opens tonight, Thursday November 7th, at 5pm. Here is the gallery’s description of this must-see show:

“Jen’s first solo exhibition at Gallery Jones, is diving deep into the culture of celebrity, social media and constructed personas. Through a variety of media (film, sculpture and primarily painting), Mann employs the masking tools available in this hyper-selfconscious age to question perception and ideas of identity. With herself as the subject, obfuscated by luminescent layers of distraction such as glossy wigs, theatrical make-up and the text of magazine covers, in METONYMY Mann challenges our definition of real as it relates to the self.” November 7, 2019 ~ December 4, 2019

Jen will be there, and you should be too. GO! 

ps. Ooooh, last minute addition to the post, because these photos just arrived in my inbox … a sneak peek of the install:

Oh. My. Word. Those magazine paintings have spines on the side! And that GIGANTIC diptych? I have no words, just these … ♥ ♥ ♥

mark liam smith

Gasp! These oil paintings {on panel} are the work of British-born, Toronto based painter Mark Liam Smith. Inspired by 17th and 18th century Flemish floral paintings, Mark’s goal is to “reinvigorate interest in the role of beauty and fragility in the mundane.” Um, mission accomplished! Oh, and ps. Mark is color blind…

“Because I am colour-blind, I long had to rely on my knowledge of colour-mixing formulas to recreate skin tones and other local colours. Later in my practice, I realized that local colours served only to restrict my expression. By viewing my colour-blindness as a strength rather than as a weakness, I began embracing the use of non-local colours to develop my work. I use non-local colours to exaggerate the idea of subjectivity.”

Ah, so fantastic! Speaking of fantastic, his newest series, titled In Bloom, will be showing in Montreal at Galerie Youn later this month. The opening reception is on Thursday November 21st at 6pm, and the show runs until January 19th, 2020.

rachel campbell

Ah, there is something so comforting about these everyday subjects… I want to sit at that kitchen table and eat donuts all afternoon. This is the work of New Zealand born, US based painter Rachel Campbell and, if you happen to be in Seattle right now, you can see most of paintings in her latest show! What Are You Looking For, opens this Thursday, Nov 7 {5-8pm} at Zinc Contemporary. Here are Rachel’s words on why she does what she does:

I think of my work as similar to that of a poet who writes about the everyday, but instead of words, I express myself in paint. I engage in narratives. I’m reflecting on stories I have been told or experiences I have had. Humor is often prevalent in the work—often with a sense of playfulness around things that are common and ordinary. In my most recent work I am commenting on the importance of joy and celebration in life and how this is critical to our well-being. My paintings are landscapes, so whether they are traditional landscape or they depict food, or portraits of objects, these are all a form of landscape to me. I paint about the relationships between elements and our relationship to those narrative elements.” – Rachel Campbell

The show runs until December 14th, 2019.

marc etherington

What helps me deal with Monday morning? How ’bout a post that starts with “Guy Fieri Riding a Cheetah”, and ends with “Steven Seagal Strangling a Panda”. YES. This is the weird and hilarious work of Australian artist Marc Etherington, aka @hugeskull on Instagram. He paints on canvas too*, but his acrylic on cut plywood pieces are THE BEST. Magnum PI and Cameron Poe (aka Nicolas Cage in Con Air, circa 1997), plus a smoking squirrel?! Yeah, Monday’s gonna be alright.

* Here’s a peek at Marc’s wall at Sydney Contemporary, via Michael Reid Gallery, in September. So good (love that blue, snow-covered wall!)