Archive for the ‘Featured Artists’ Category

Stone Extraordinaire, Lew French

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Born in Minnesota, in a small farming town, Lew French began working with stone at the age of 19. Little did he know that thirty odd years later he is would be known as the master of stone building, nay, stone art! After moving out to Martha’s Vineyard twenty years ago he has worked on his creations exclusively since. Lew has created fireplaces, interiors, water features and visual art using stone. To create his works, Lew personally collects thousands of stones, all with specific characteristics, and ultimately, without alterations, fits every piece together so perfectly that a nickel cannot fit through the cracks. His works take on serious time commitments, but the results are jaw-dropping. Lew French on top of being an artistic genius has written a book entitled “Stone by Design”, which hit the best seller list at Barnes and Noble.

The Codex

Monday, October 27th, 2008

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/3AQfKhGxRNw" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]So I came upon the most fascinating book: The Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini.  It features an undicipherable text and fantastic stories and propositions.  How wonderful a find this is.  Check it out on line.  I am including some wonderful pieces by the French artist, Philippe Decoufle´.  Codex 1 and 2 serve as a nice compliment to the book.[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Y1VlkBLA7vY" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Featured Artist of the Week- Susan Crocenzi

Friday, October 24th, 2008

So in honor of the mosaics show in DuPont Gallery, “Inspired by…., Contemporary Mosaics and the Historical Tradition,” (which by the way, is amazing- if you have not checked it out it’s open until December 7th!) the featured artist of the week is Susan Crocenzi. Crocenzi is a California-based mosaic artist whose work is inspired by nature, poetry and literature. In her own words, Crocenzi creates “bold mosaics that incorporate unusual materials such as tempered glass, handmade polymer clay tiles and semi-precious gemstones.” She has studied at The Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland and has been featured in Mosaic Art Now Magazine. To check out more of her amazing work, visit her website. http://www.scmosaics.com/

 

 

Sierra Fall                                                                  Epic

 

 

Andrea                                                                     Arceti

Devorah Sperber

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Devorah Sperber, the mind behind these amazing works of art, has developed an art that seems to combine pointillism, optical illusion, painting, and sculpture. The work shown above are created using hundreds of spools of thread, hung vertically creating the effect of pointillism. Some of the thread creations are hung inverted so that as you look through a viewing sphere she as included a few feet away from each piece, the work looks upright and perfect as if you were looking at the real painting. Devorah Sperber has been in a multitude of shows, recently just ending one at MASS MoCA in Massachusettes, and starting January 2009, you will be able to see her work at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan.

Véronique Côté: Exploring Women’s Identity in Fairy Tale Myths

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

By way of searching for information about the newest exhibition at the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA titled Media X, I stumbled upon an artist, Véronique Côté, who will be exhibiting works there.

Her work explores the identity of woman and most recently, combines this study with women’s identities in childhood fairy tales. She creates what she calls “wearable sculptures” which also serve as installations and are accompanied by digital prints of nude female bodies wearing the sculptures. Côtés’ sculptures employ the use of common materials such as cocktail stirrers and LED lights to create visually stimulating compositions of imaginary wonderland-like quality.

My favorite piece shown on her website is titled Big Bad Wolf. This is a piece in which she uses cocktail stirrers to create a Red Riding Hood type cape which is then installed in the gallery space along with the accompanying digital prints. On her website she says the cocktail stirrers point “towards the viewer as a metaphor of the ambiguity between the offensive and the defensive in the story of Little Red Riding Hood.”

Le Grand Mechant Loup (Big Bad Wolf), Photography, 2006, 43x60

Le Grand Mechant Loup (Big Bad Wolf), Photography, 2006, 43x60"

I find fascinating Côté’s thorough exploration of each fairy tale and the decision to show all the pieces together as a way to demystify each event.

For more information of Côté, you can visit her website: http://www.veroniquecote.com/

 

Le Grand Mechant Loup, (Big Bad Wolf), Installation, 2006, Plastic Cocktail Stirrers, wool, paint, digital print

Le Grand Mechant Loup, (Big Bad Wolf), Installation, 2006, Plastic Cocktail Stirrers, wool, paint, digital print

Featured Artist of the Week- Jonathan Yeo

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Jonathan Yeo is a British artist who is famous for his portraits. His style mixes photographic realism with a painterly touch. Some of his most unique work, however, is made of collaged pieces of pornographic magazines. Yeo’s series, Blue Period, focuses on nudes in Pre-Raphaelite poses. He did not focus soley on live models to complete this series. He also used famous iconography to create some of his works. His piece, Reflection (homage to Freud), for example, is made entirely out of private parts. The two most famous portraits done in this manner are of President George W. Bush and socialite Paris Hilton. The White House commissioned Yeo to paint a portrait of Bush but later backed out of the deal. This lead Yeo to create his collage of Bush using clippings from adult themed magazines. His portrait of Paris Hilton was bought by artist Damien Hirst for an undisclosed price before its’ September 25th auction even began. As a gesture to the heiress, Yeo offered Hilton some of the profits from the portraits in response to her having said she did not receive any money from her 2004 released sex tape.  To see more of Yeo’s work visit his website at : http://www.jonathanyeo.com/

 

 

Bush 2007                                                   Hugh Hefner 2008

 

 

Cassiopeia                                                             Paris 2008

 

 Reflection (homage to Freud)                                        Ursa Major 2007

Whoa Jenkins!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

I stumbled upon Mark Jenkins work when searching through images of art installations, and within seconds I was nearly in tears from laughter. Not all of Jenkins installations are meant to produce laughter but there is humor found within all his pieces. Jenkins is best known for his street installations, especially those made of clear tape, configured to replicate babies or male human figures. Jenkins has installed his work all over the world, mostly found in cities. Jenkins first series of street installations feature clear tape men molded after himself, then clothed and placed within the cities where they call attention to themselves through their unusual actions or poses. He then videotapes onlookers reactions to his pieces. His piece “Embed” which gained a wide audience created the illusion that one of the clothed tape men was sticking his head through a wall. Jenkins has also began an ongoing project called the “Storker Project”, where he places clear tape babies through out urban settings. You can find the babies sitting on top of crossing signals, hanging from poles, sitting in telephone booths, climbing in to garbage cans, and nearly everywhere else. Jenkins has taken installation art to a new level, and what seems seemingly realistic at first glance proves to be much more in depth. I find Jenkins work to be ingenious, reaching a perfect balance between humor, intrigue, creativity, realism, and abstraction.

Featured Artist of the Week- Garry Fabian Miller

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Garry Fabian Miller is an English photographer. His early work focused on landscape, but now Miller works mostly in abstract photography. Since the mid 1980s Miller has been making photographs without a camera or negatives. Yeah, that’s right- no camera or negatives! His produces his camera-less images in a darkroom and explores elements of light, time and color. Miller creates these images by shining light through colored glass vessels, filled with water or oil in order to control form, brightness and tonal values, that are directly recorded onto photographic paper. While the results are unpredictable, each photo is distinguished by intense color and an ethereal feel. His most recent exhibition, “Year One,” was at the Newlyn Art Gallery in England and ended in April 2008.

“Burning (With Gwen)”                          “Petworth Window”

“Becoming Magma 2”

Tree Huggers Unite!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

In an attempt to bring the growing passion and need of a healthier environment to public attention, two artists Wiktor Szostalo and Agnieszka Gradzik have created an 11 month installation in Person Square, Brooklyn, NY entitled Tree Huggers Project. The installation, or better yet, project, aims to help the community re-discover their relationship with nature on a personal level, while being able to stand up for one’s own environment without being politically involved. The Tree Huggers Project is the start of the new Myrtle Avenue Public Art program created by The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, NYC Parks & Recreation (Parks), and the New York City Housing Authority. The program was created in an effort to organize and represent the art initiatives found within the established cultural activities, and community members, who all come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

The Tree Huggers Project creates all of their sculptures using only natural and found materials, such as twigs, branches, and vines. The artists wanted to bring back childhood memories of climbing trees, and being outdoors, enjoying nature. The imagery in the sculptures they have created in their installation are so powerful, they practically have you hugging the tree as well.

“The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema” (Level 5: Room 6)

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

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Lithuanian born Jonas Mekas, “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema” is a filmmaker, writer, and curator.  Mekas has been known for his documentaries, narratives, and most of all, his dairies.  Located at the Tate Modern is one of his most notable works entitled “Diaries, Notes and Sketches aka Walden” (1964-1969) with a running time of 180 minutes.  It contains documentary and autobiography imagery of five years of history that runs with an flowing rhythm.  Scenes from the first performance of The Velvet Underground are also featured in this film.  Mekas’ experimental films are connected to the Pop and Fluxus Movements.

….Reminds me of Warhol’s experimental films….


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