Artist Feature

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Sep07

Tasha Lewis and her current project, The Butterfly Swarm, has descended upon many a metal sculpture, vessel, can, architectural elements, nail, etc. They can attach to almost anything metal through magnets and are light enough that they don’t harm what they are attaching to. While she doesn’t just make photographic reproductions (in a process known as Cyanotype: a printing process that pulls out a cyan-blue of the print) of butterflies, the context of these insects on the sculptures creates a nice symbiotic and fleeting relationship between the object they alights upon. See below for an artist statement and more of her creations.

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

Artist Statement
My current work is focused on re-imagining taxidermy and other methods of preserving life. My interest in preservation stems from my fascination with the re-presentational powers of photography. I am fascinated with how we as viewers relate to a leaf that has been mechanically produced to look and feel very similar to a real leaf. I have been scaling up that idea to make animal bodies, tree limbs, and I hope to eventually create whole environments.

"Tasha Lewis"

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

Posted by on September 7th, 2012 at 4:48 PM | Comments (0)
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Aug13

Artist Motoi Yamamoto is known for creating intricate lace insallations. He creates these beautiful innovations working with the medium salt. Inspired by the cultural symbol for mourning and purity of salt, Yamamoto makes on-site installations of tranquility and beauty that I could stare at for hours. Watch the video below for more on his labor of love.

"Motoi-Yamamoto" salt, installation

"Motoi-Yamamoto" salt, installation

"Motoi-Yamamoto" salt, installation

"Motoi-Yamamoto" salt, installation

Posted by on August 13th, 2012 at 5:29 PM | Comments (0)
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Apr23

Garet Luquet is an abstract mixed media artist, whose upcoming show at the Hive Gallery in Oakland, is sure to attract a large crowd. His paintings are multi-dimensional and intriguing, and in my opinion are worth a look. Trained as a realist painter at Pepperdine University, he gravitated more toward the free-expression of abstract art. He works with a variety of materials including acrylic paint, plaster, resin, fabric, string, wood, beeswax, paper, and most recently marbles. I recently had a chance to talk to Gared and get his take on abstract art. Read on for the interview.

REMIX
Hive Gallery
May 4th, 6-9pm

"Gared Luquet" painting oakland artist textural

How did you decide to become an artist?
The first time I remember realizing that I was pretty good at art was in third grade, when we each chose a Georgia O’Keeffe flower painting to paint. As the years went on, I realized that I could draw and paint what I saw in a picture almost exactly. I continued the photo realistic style throughout high school and into college. Joe Paisentin, my professor at Pepperdine University encouraged me to explore the abstract and break away from my super uptight ways of reproducing. It took me two years of wish-washy abstraction to fully break free and embrace the abstract way. I have never looked back since, completely loving my freedom that abstract painting allows. I was the Outstanding Studio Art Graduate in my class, and had no other thought but to continue painting. I moved back to the Bay Area and got a studio at the Hive Artists Studios in Oakland, where I have been for the past three years. Each May I’ve been having a show, REMIX being my third one. I hope to continue being successful as an artist, because I can’t imaging not creating and exploring for the rest of my life.

"Gared Luquet" painting oakland artist textural
Courage to Flow, Blowtorched beeswax, acrylic, paper, & plexiglass on masonite

What’s the most challenging part of your process?
The most challenging part of my process is not to force or over think my work. My best paintings are created when I begin working with a particular idea in mind, but then let each phase inspire the next. Working in this process has helped me to create one of a kind pieces that I am even surprised and excited to see.

"Gared Luquet" painting oakland artist textural
Target Practice, Oil, acrylic, sand, newspaper, cement, & plaster on masonite

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Posted by on April 23rd, 2012 at 6:00 AM | Comments (0)
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Feb20

Wow. Every time I look at these pieces, I’m in wonder. It’s so cool to see the works of artists like Rashad Alakbarov or Kumi Yamashita. These artists have found beauty in light and shadow. They take found materials and transform them into human forms or a city by throwing light on them at just the right angle.

Kumi Yamashita
"Kumi Yamashita" "light paintings" shadow maternity
Akari 2009 || Tokyo Japan || wood, light and shadow

"Kumi Yamashita" "light paintings" shadow
City View 2003 || Osaka Japan || aluminum, light and shadow

"Kumi Yamashita" "light paintings" shadow

Rashad Alakbarov
"Rashad Alakbarov" "light paintings" shadow
transparent color plastic shapes

"Rashad Alakbarov" "light paintings" shadow

Posted by on February 20th, 2012 at 5:57 PM | Comments (0)
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Feb14

Happy Valentine’s Day. What perfect timing. Last week I went to the first art show for Everyday Valentine. Trina Spiller, a genuine lover, just plain cool girl, and the artist behind these poetic illustrative pieces of art, is just the type of person you want to be around. If you don’t know her, each one of her pieces takes a bit of her humor and lovely nature and swirls it up in a quirky one-of-a-kind piece that you can buy, if only to remember to smile every time you look at it. Trina was kind enough to engage in a quick Q&A. Read below for more.

"Everyday Valentine" "Trina Spiller" valentines illustration sayings

"Everyday Valentine" "Trina Spiller" valentines illustration sayings

"Everyday Valentine" "Trina Spiller" valentines illustration sayings

bacon "Trina Spiller"

Jump to the next page to read Trina’s interview!
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Posted by on February 14th, 2012 at 3:31 AM | Comments (0)
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Jan23

At LS we pull inspiration for our events from anything and everything, especially art. Martin Pfeifle’s commentary on space and color translate very easily into an event setting, if you look hard enough. I love the colored paper hanging from the ceiling as a potential backdrop or partition. And, I’m a big fan of this pink spacial field turning into a table with one huge hit of color.

"Martin Pfeifle" Yellow Backdrop

"Martin Pfeifle" Pink

"Martin Pfeifle" Pink Field

"Martin Pfeifle" Gold Cardboard

"Martin Pfeifle" gold cardboard

Posted by on January 23rd, 2012 at 4:23 PM | Comments (0)
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Jan20

Lately, I’ve been mesmerized by water art/photography. The following artists show a passion for photography that extends into the underwater world. It’s a mystery to me on how they make taking underwater photos seem so effortless. The very nature of water makes each split second conjure up a completely different image. The colors and smokey feel of these images ignite a sense of organic beauty.

The breathtaking series Aqueous Fluoreau is the most recent body of work by photographer Mark Mawson, a nominee for the London Photography Award 2012.

"Mark Mawson" Phototgraphy

"Mark Mawson" Phototgraphy

Local artist (Piedmont CA), Michele Hofherr specializes in portraiture and commercial photography. Her current work (pictured here) is currently on display at Slate Contemporary Gallery in Oakland until February 25, 2012. Go check it out.

"Michele Hofherr" Photographer Piedmont

Posted by on January 20th, 2012 at 5:05 PM | Comments (0)
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Dec12

I’m totally loving textile artist Amanda McCavour Spirograph-like disks of yarn. She weaves these pieces of yarn onto a water-soluble fabric that melts away and leaves a bowl like shell form. Accumulation is an installation at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel Cafe. These disks of beautifully threaded flowers cascade down the wall and inspire my own imagination to come up with new ways to decorate.

"Amanda McCavour"

Posted by on December 12th, 2011 at 8:48 PM | Comments (0)
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Nov21

I recently came across Tad Carpenter’s illustrations again and just in time to inspire you for the season (see below). Even Conan O’Brien has discovered him and put him to some use. Carpenter’s work is fun, playful and inspiring. It would be fun to see his pieces turned into 3D sculptures or an animation.

"Conan O'Brien" "Tad Carpenter" Illustration

These cute holiday homies (below) are definitely on my seasonal shopping list for my holiday mailers. Check out his store for more fun.

"Tad Carpenter" "Conan O'Brien" "Holiday Homies" illustrator illustration

Posted by on November 21st, 2011 at 1:38 AM | Comments (0)
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Nov11

Last Friday I attended an art opening in Oakland including kinetic sculptor Nemo Gould. I was loving his robot-like creations. They remind me of a 1950′s Sci-Fi fantasy. Polished and beautifully crafted, his sculptures use intriguing combinations (welded together) of odds and ends: everything from ice cream scoops to old speakers, antlers to baseball bats. His workroom is as meticulously organized as his sculptures are finessed, like a well organized medical operating room, and fit with all the tools he needs to construct his pieces of work.

The show, Proto:)Typical will be up through this Sunday, Nov 15th, by appointment only. Call 415.894.5361 to set up a time for a visit.
The other artists in the show include Eric Joyner, Mark Galt, Jeremy Mayer, and Benjamin Cowden.

"Nemo Gould" Kinetics

"Nemo Gould" Kinetics "Kansas City art institute"

"Nemo Gould" Kinetics "Kansas City art institute"

I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to touch the sculptures at first; I walked around just in wonder. But Nemo, and his fellow artists in the show, encourage interaction, which made my experience all that much better (once I saw other people doing it). Each sculpture moved upon pressing a button or flipping a switch. Pretty awesome.

Untitled from catherine weis on Vimeo.

Posted by on November 11th, 2011 at 7:04 AM | Comments (0)