Nov 14, 2012
” I usually exhibit combinations of autonomous pieces that come together as installations. So the space in between them is just as important as the works themselves. I have a sense that meaning is created by bouncing off each work onto the other. I like to think of my shows as conversations.” – Amalia Pica (Argentinian artist based in London, UK)
Nov 14, 2012
Dana Oldfather was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1978. She is a self taught oil painter who has been in exhibitions in galleries and museums across the country, including POV Evolving Gallery in LA, and The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. Oldfather is proud to have been awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and Zygote Press in 2011, and the William and Dorothy Yeck Award for Young Painters in 2012. She is the newest and youngest featured artist at Ink Dish in San Diego, CA. Oldfather is currently represented at The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been twice featured in the New York Times, and she is included in many public and corporate collections some of which are Jones Day, Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas, The Cleveland Clinic, and the prestigious Progressive Art Collection. Some of her biggest art influences and favorite artists are Willem DeKooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Jackie Tileston, Reed Danziger, and Kristine Moran. Oldfather currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.
Nov 13, 2012
” I draw from the natural world and our processed knowledge of certain phenomena within the environment to question what it means to be human. My work constructs a visual conduit between human and animal behavior with sculpture of both man and beast that symbolizes psychological and physiological modes of protection through a panorama that metaphorically transforms natural imagery into an emblem for emotional escapism. Battles take on many forms internally and externally. I question psychological responses to conflict and the resulting disconnect with the real world. Stories of disease, love, war, and natural disaster begin to forge correlations to a rootless existence that stems from an overall loss of control. The way natural history uses an image, often functions as allegory. My human and animal figures evoke the corpse-like qualities: stiff, rigid, preserved and petrified, that the taxidermied, figurative objects of the museum possess. My tapping into scientific images as cultural icons and visual representations unveils social interactions and interpersonal behaviors. Typically our external world represents reality and our internal world equals fantasy. But have these roles reversed? With conflict, anxiety and over-stimulation surrounding us, does reality based fantasy becomes fantasy-based reality? ” – Liz Zacher
Nov 13, 2012
I adore the beautiful pencil drawings of Lucy Yu, artist/illustrator based in Wellington, New Zealand. I’m certainly inspired.
Nov 13, 2012
” The permanent nature of clay motivates the manifestation of the drawn, sculpted, and painted images and forms within my work. Image, color and material coexist in order to display the recorded stories and objects for the viewer. The disposition of contemporary society’s relationship and or disconnect with both wild and domesticated animals is complex. Chronicling threatened and easily forgotten creatures that make up the natural world through drawn and figurative forms displays their fragile essence as permanent artifacts. These stories between humans and animals and written accounts of culture have informed our perspectives on the human condition. It is for these reasons I have chosen to portray the present landscape, narrate the changes in the environment, and bring attention to the loss of wild animals. With the intention that these works endure, they allow future generations see into a window of the past.” – Shanna Fliegel
Nov 13, 2012
Shown here, the work of Vienna-based artist Mario David Fischer. These are silkscreened on acrylic layers.. interesting enough to share for sure.
Nov 12, 2012
Mary Sibande, born 1982, lives and works in Johannesburg. She obtained an Honours Degree in Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg in 2007. Sibande works in various media including painting, sculpture and photography. She has taken part in the Johannesburg Art City World Premiere Annual Exhibition project, titled ‘‘Long Live the Dead Queen’’, which premiered in June of 2010 to coincide with the 2010 World Cup on 19 giant building-wraps in the inner city.
Nov 12, 2012
Mona Hatoum’s poetic and political oeuvre is realised in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installations, sculpture, video, photography and works on paper. Hatoum started her career making visceral video and performance work in the 1980s that focused with great intensity on the body. Since the beginning of the 1990s, her work moved increasingly towards large-scale installations that aim to engage the viewer in conflicting emotions of desire and revulsion, fear and fascination. In her singular sculptures, Hatoum has transformed familiar, every-day, domestic objects such as chairs, cots and kitchen utensils into things foreign, threatening and dangerous. Even the human body is rendered strange in works such as ‘Corps étranger’ (1994) or ‘Deep Throat’ (1996), installations that use endoscopic journeys through the interior landscape of the artist’s own body. In Homebound (2000) and Sous Tension (1999) Hatoum uses an assemblage of household furniture wired up with an audibly active electric current – combine a sense of threat with a surrealist sense of humour to create works that draw the viewer in on both an emotive and intellectual level. In smaller sculptures such as Traffic (2004) and Twins (2006) Hatoum uses found materials, rich with patina and laden with personal resonance, to create poetic, beguiling works on an intimate scale. Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952 and now lives and works in London and Berlin.
Nov 12, 2012
Allison Torneros is a new breed of pop artist. As a mixed media painter and graphic designer, she creates hybrid works driven by fast images and the online community. Taking a reactive approach to the creative process, she allows her paintings to do the ‘talking’: by throwing paint in an unpredictable manner, leaving it to dry overnight, then interpreting the random composition. Working on multiple pieces simultaneously, Torneros superimposes images implied by the paint. Born in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Torneros started drawing at the age of 2. Her early passion for art, coupled with her experience growing up in Silicon Valley, led her to pursue both digital and traditional avenues at a young age. At 11 years old she designed her first website, and began exhibiting her artwork in galleries only months after graduating high school. Torneros graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Design|Media Arts. While in her senior year of college, Torneros formed CircleDot – a creative studio whose roster includes such names as Disney, Procter & Gamble, as well as celebrities and innovative startup companies. Tickling the subconscious in her most recent works, elegantly rendered images poke through dreamy atmospheres of fluid elemental cloud colors, contrasted at times by striking iconic illustrations. Torneros is inspired by nature, by psychology, and by dreams. She goes with the feeling, conveying the kind of impressions that linger on the mind in the wake of sensual experience.
Nov 9, 2012
Clinto De Menezes is a multi-disciplinary artist working in a range of mediums that include installation, painting, drawing and photography. Growing up in the industrialised and mined landscapes of South Africa much of his work is informed by the aesthetic, the history and the changing socio-political attitudes towards the South African landscape and its visual representation. Since his relocation to the United Kingdom in 2007 De Menezes has expanded his visual and conceptual terrain to include research in Topology and in the notions of displacement, migration, ecology, identity and mortality.