Monday, August 31, 2009

Vincent Leman

"A key part of Vincent Leman's creation process is the integration of function into the form. He strives to create furniture that is functional to the degree that it may be successfully integrated into daily life, yet--equally important--provides a spark to brighten the routine of daily life. He finds joy in discovering new ways to mix art and life, and to make it accessible.

Vincent's work has been described as 'abstract traditional furniture.' Each piece is essentially a traditional piece of furniture that is stretched, curved, stacked and stepped to fit his design intentions. While wood is the material employed to make his furniture, Vincent considers his actual medium to be 'traditional furniture.' The classical root of each piece helps maintain its identity as furniture and keeps the work familiar and approachable despite the unusual shapes." - Dust Furniture

To see more of his magical work go to his website.

Drilling Pebbles

For those of you who have wondered how it is best to drill through pebbles for your artwork, go to this great tutorial.

Laura Bezant

"Inspired by, "cult references such as Manga illustration, Graffiti and Peter Greenaway's film 'the Pillow Book,'" Laura Bezant's work it feminine, edgy, and above all fresh and urban. She works in laser cut black leather and silver to create flowing compositions which are reminiscent of tattoos yet as elegant as calligraphy." - On Jewels

To see more of her work go to her website.

Maria Lobo

These abstract works are by artist Maria Lobo. To see more of her work go to her website.

Friday, August 28, 2009

James Michael Starr

"My current work holds the sombre and self-righteous vocabulary of assemblage at gunpoint, forcing it to serve the graphic, transient vernacular of contemporary visual culture. I'm interested in the contradictions: barely three-dimensional models of fleeting images we all seem to recognize – like old animated cartoons – but which we inexplicably feel we must now take seriously." - James Michael Starr

To see more of his work go to his website.

Grayson Malone

These cast concrete mixed-media sculptures are by California artist Grayson Malone. To see more of her work go to her website.

Adam Klein Hall

"For seven years New Orleans was my home. On Saturday, August 27, 2005, I evacuated, thirty six hours before Hurricane Katrina arrived, leaving my apartment, my friends, and my paintings. Three months later I returned to find that my house and artwork were fine but my car was had been submerged under four feet of water. I stayed just long enough to push my smelly refrigerator out the front door, gather what I needed, and leave as fast as I could. I realize that it was smart to leave, but part of me felt like a deserter.

Perhaps this is why I felt compelled to revisit Katrina in my art, re-enacting the catastrophe using memory and imagination. I began experimenting with drawings that were spilled on, burned, or crinkled, trying to incorporate accident into the creative process. My work expanded from flat drawings, to sculptural objects, and eventually grew to room size installations. Working three-dimensionally helped me to portray destruction on a large scale with real objects instead of drawings." - Adam Klein Hall

To see more of his striking work go to his website.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jen Stark

These magnificent papercuts are by artist Jen Stark. I love her different layers of color. To see more of her work go to her website.

Danny Perkins

These sizable (5' tall +) blown, cut, sandblasted and painted glass sculptures are by artist Danny Perkins. To see more of his work go to Habitat Gallery.

Clifford Wilton

These abstract oils are by British-born artist Clifford Wilton. To see more of his abstracts along with his figurative work go to his website.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Another alphabet

Nina Else

"Nina Else's work is unified by an abstract, graphic use of saturated color and a sense of playfulness. All her work is hand built, using low-fire glazes and stains, as well as acrylic paint and the masonry epoxy PC7. The element of collage is most evident in her wall pieces and her two -sided rotating tableaux pieces. Her box "games" cross into interactive sculpture, almost toys, and the loaf or garden pod pieces also demonstrate her whimsical exuberance." - Nina Else

To see more of her work go to Tercera Gallery.

Katzie Hughes

"Abstract jewellery compositions in precious metal and gemstones. The basis of this collection of jewellery is a natural and universal language of symbols.

Central to this archaic language of symbols are the gemstones which are often large, cut unusually or partly left in their rough state, sometimes matt. The pieces are composed of one or several simple, hollow shapes in silver and gold with matt or lightly textured surfaces. The stones are set and built into some of these shapes. Brooches, rings, earrings and necklaces are all built on this same principle and convey a message to the wearer which goes beyond the purely functional. " - Katzie Hughes

To see more of her work go to her website.

Jure Kravanja

These ethereal photographic landscapes are by Polish aritst Jure Kravanja. To see more of his work go to his page.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dorothy Simpson Krause

"I am a painter by training and collage-maker by nature who began my experimental printmaking with reprographic machines. Since being introduced to computers in the late 1960’s when working on my doctorate at Penn State, I have combined traditional and digital media. My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue - a visible means of exploring meaning. " - Dorothy Simpson Krause

To see more of her work go to her website.

Antony Gormley

The figurative forms (many based on his body) are by British sculptor and installation artist Antony Gormley. His best known works include the Angel of the North and Another Place, both publicly located in England. To see more of his thought-provoking work go to his website.