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Dec11

It’s every so often that I come across a sculptor whose work gives me a guteral reaction. I have to wonder why it is that I’m somewhat uncomfortable visualizing myself in some of Henrique Oliveira’s spaces. Is it that the space itself looks like it’s going to swallow me up or that it resembles subject matter that I’m not comfortable walking into to begin with. Whatever the reason, I’m still thinking about it and wishing I could experience it in person, for I’m sure that the mere experience is much more intense than a picture.

"Henrique Oliveria"

"Henrique Oliveria"
Liquid Reality // 2012 // Galerie Millan, Sao Paulo-Brazil

"Henrique Oliveria"
Desnatureza // 2011 // Galerie Vallois, Paris-France

"Henrique Oliveria"
Ursulinens Prolapse // 2012 // Austria

"Henrique Oliveria"
Ursulinens Prolapse // 2012 // Austria

"Henrique Oliveria"
Untitled // 2011 // Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Photos // Henrique Oliveira website

Posted by on December 11th, 2012 at 9:34 PM | Comments (0)
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Nov16

These dynamic photos by Marcel Christ are so interesting. Whatever he has done to capture these incredible photos, turns my mind upside down. The color, the shapes, and the movement, all capturing a couple seconds in time, create a new context for my imagination to run wild. Let’s just say, Marcel has created a whole new meaning for the word still-life in my mind.

"Marcel Christ", paint, still life, photography

"Marcel Christ", paint, still life, photography

"Marcel Christ", paint, still life, photography

"Marcel Christ", paint, still life, photography

"Marcel Christ", paint, still life, photography

Posted by on November 16th, 2012 at 6:35 PM | Comments (0)
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Oct12

To explore Katerina Lanfranco‘s work is to step into a world of fantasy: imagined landscapes of hand-cut trees, large flowers, and eerie gigantic crustacean like creatures.

"Katerina Lanfranco", paper cutouts

"Katerina Lanfranco", paper cutouts

Above features the exhibit Natural Selection. The exhibition includes a large-scale, handcut paper, site-specific installation. Last winter, Lanfranco came to the west coast (from Brooklyn) to work as an arist-in-residence at her alma mater. The exhibit was made in collaboration with 10 students from UCSC’s Art and History of Art and Visual Culture departments.

Here is more of Lanfranco’s beautiful work.

Posted by on October 12th, 2012 at 4:32 PM | Comments (0)
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Aug06

Korean artist Yun-Woo Choi creates sculptures from resin and rolled up paper. His work is inspired by the unanswered questions of space and time. The physical vrs the intangible.

Yun-Woo Choi, paper, sculpture, resin, magazines

He says this about his work (via the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Blog)

Yun-Woo: My big subject matter is the concept of something beyond languages and something beyond images. That’s why I use magazines or text. Languages and images are all symbolic things, it points at something, but language itself is not the thing. Many people just think the symbol is real, but I’m looking beyond that. I want to somehow point myself at the real, but still use those symbols and images to create it. All the text and image in my work is kind of denied the ability to use those symbols.

Yun-Woo Choi, paper, sculpture, resin, magazines

Yun-Woo Choi, paper, sculpture, resin, magazines

Yun-Woo Choi, paper, sculpture, resin, magazines

Posted by on August 6th, 2012 at 6:02 PM | Comments (0)
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Jul20

Artist Kate McQuire lives and works in England. I ran across her beautifully crafted and conceptual art recently and couldn’t help but keep searching the internet for more. It’s intriguing, erie, melancholy, whimsical, and beautiful all at the same time. Each feather seems so delicately placed, you can tell that Kate has a passion for her work.

"Kate McGuire" feathers installation art

"Kate McGuire" feathers installation art

"Kate McGuire" feathers installation art
Evacuate, 2010
Photo // Jonty Wilde

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Posted by on July 20th, 2012 at 4:31 PM | Comments (0)
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Jul05

I think I would love to take part in this, as well as see some of the other art at Uncommon Common Art in Nova Scotia. The event is a type of treasure hunt for art. You are given a map with a path to different art pieces and possibly encouraged to create your own art in nature as part of your walk.

this is Uncommon Common Art’s description of their project:
“This project was born out of a simple observation of humans sometimes subtle and beautiful impact in nature. We are inundated with news and information about man kinds negative impact on our natural surroundings this project promotes and recognizes our creative and beautiful touches in nature. How a child at the beach may creatively stack a series of rocks and leave them for the next beach comber to find. A hiker may pick a bouquet of wild flowers and leave them as a beautiful present for the next person on the path. The installations in this project are gifts from the artists to the observers of nature to find, explore, talk about, and share.”

Nicole Evans and Pat Farrell are just a couple of the artists who have participated.

"Uncommon Common Art" " Nicole Evans" "Pat Farrell"

“UNBalanced” is by Nicole Evans and Pat Farrell
Photo // Ernest Cadegan

"Uncommon Common Art" " Nicole Evans" "Pat Farrell"

"Uncommon Common Art" " Nicole Evans" "Pat Farrell"

"Uncommon Common Art" " Nicole Evans" "Pat Farrell"

Posted by on July 5th, 2012 at 8:24 PM | Comments (0)
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Jun25

I just had a fantastic weekend with my lady-lings (shout out to the lovely Timanda from 100LayerCake crowd) down in LA and came upon an interesting piece of art in the Mondrian. It reminded me of the work by James Turrell. Turns out, it is the same artist! Imagine that. At first glance, you may notice the square on the wall as a TV screen, light comes in and out of a range of fluorescent colors. But on closer inspection you realize that it’s actually a deep hole where the abstraction of depth challenges your idea of reality.

This is a view of the stairs leading up into the Turrell’s Ganzfeld piece (similar to the Mondrian but on a much larger scale sans stairs). Watch the video to see the full effect below if you wish.

"James Turrell" light installation art color

James Turrell is a master in his field. He is a master of light. He explores the diverse manifestations of this immaterial medium while working towards a new, space-defining form of light art. Light is used in his pieces as a way to change our perception of how surface, color and space interact. The result is the creation of a mysterious, painterly world that viewers are not only inspired to participate in, but sometimes walk right into.

"James Turrell" light installation art color
Bridget’s Bardo
photo // Florian Holzherr, 2009

"James Turrell" light installation art color
Bridget’s Bardo
photo // Florian Holzherr, 2009

James Turrell – The Wolfsburg Project – English subtitles from Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg on Vimeo.

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Posted by on June 25th, 2012 at 9:41 PM | Comments (0)
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Jun12

As I was purusing one of my favorite art blogs, Booooooom, I came across a lovely discovery for an art show in Paris. Sure, not all of us can just whip over to Paris on a moments notice, but we can try to soak up as much as we can from right here at our computers and the Local Social blog. : )

Greetings, "Art Show", Paris, "brachfeld gallery", "alia shawkat", "nathaniel russell", "kyle field"

Greetings, featuring a collection of new work from Kyle Field, Nathaniel Russell, and Alia Shawkat (you may recognize her as Maeby from Arrested Development).

Greetings, "Art Show", Paris, "brachfeld gallery", "alia shawkat", "nathaniel russell", "kyle field"

While the story is about these three artists, the story chronicling their adventure is being told by the curator and photographer Danielle Rubi. Without Danielle’s extensive library of photos and videos, we wouldn’t have the chance to view this work. So, a big thank you to all involved!

Through the work the artists commit themselves to “…explore the literal and abstracted meanings of a greeting: the first words from an unknown being, a message from a foreign land, a signal from the afterlife, a connection of the individual with the infinite, a personal plea to the universe, or a presence emerging from the dark.” or more simply put, “a greeting is the turning point between the unknown and the known.”

Almost all of the work was created in a village in Burgandy, in the three weeks leading up to the show opening in Paris. Sounds pretty amazing. What a great way to be inspired.

The show is taking place right now in Brachfeld Gallery in Paris.

Greetings, "Art Show", Paris, "brachfeld gallery", "alia shawkat", "nathaniel russell", "kyle field"

Greetings, "Art Show", Paris, "brachfeld gallery", "alia shawkat", "nathaniel russell", "kyle field"

Greetings

Greetings, "Art Show", Paris, "brachfeld gallery", "alia shawkat", "nathaniel russell", "kyle field"
Kyle

Greetings, "Art Show", Paris, "brachfeld gallery", "alia shawkat", "nathaniel russell", "kyle field"
Nathaniel

Greetings, "Art Show", Paris, "brachfeld gallery", "alia shawkat", "nathaniel russell", "kyle field"
Alia

Photos // Danielle Rubi

Posted by on June 12th, 2012 at 9:26 PM | Comments (0)
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Jun04

I made it out of the house this weekend just in time to catch a few of the open art studios around my neighborhood that were a part of East Bay Open Studios. Every year, Pro Arts, a Bay Area advocate for contemporary arts in Oakland, produces the largest art event in the East Bay, showcasing over 400 artist studios. We, as a part of the 50,000 visitors from all over the Bay Area, have a chance to glimpse behind the doors of the creative artists that contribute to making our city more engaging and interesting. Below is just a handful of what I saw. You can see more this coming weekend as East Bay Open Studios continues on June 9th and 10th: 11-6pm. Go to Pro Arts to read more and download a map for the participating artists’ studios. You probably don’t even realize that you can walk out of your door and find an artist studio just around the corner! Go to the event and tell us what some of your favorite studios have been this year. We’d love to get your feedback.

KJ Appleton
"KJ Appleton" "Pro Arts" perspective color art Oakland

"KJ Appleton" "Pro Arts" color art painting Oakland

Benny Alba
This was cool. Benny had made this huge mural. Once you bought one of the many 11×17 paintings (on the bottom row), you could cut a rectangle out of the mural (wherever you wanted) and take home another piece. Great idea.
"Benny Alba" "Pro Arts" color art Oakland

Howie Katz

"Howie Katz" "Pro Arts" sculpture art Oakland

"Howie Katz" "Pro Arts" sculpture heads art Oakland

Posted by on June 4th, 2012 at 6:13 PM | Comments (0)
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May18

Waste Landscape was a project conceived by artists Elise Morin and Clémence Eliard. It reminds me of something right out of Tron. What happens when part of what our generation leaves behind are immense piles of petroleum laced toxic waste? Elise and Clémence have decided to sew over 65,000 cds into a tapestry of undulating hills, turning the old into something beautiful. Maybe it’s time to lay to rest our Will Smith and Def Leppard disks for MP3′s if it’s going to result in something so lovely. (Already done.)

via Supersonic Electronic

"Waste Landscape" "elise Morin" cds

"Waste Landscape" "elise Morin" cds

Posted by on May 18th, 2012 at 3:58 PM | Comments (0)