Too Dee: Drawings by Nathan Pietrykowski

Folly and Fortune (detail) - Nathan Pietrykowski

Artist's statement: Humankind seeks out meaning to overcome the fear of the unknown. When meaning is unable to be found we fabricate our own. Through the invention of my creation myth I examine how humankind searches and contrives truth. In my drawings I chronicle the history of a paracosm, an imaginary universe know as Too Dee. In this place colorful mask wearing explorers … [Read more...]

An interview with Michael Guerin of the Diartspora Gallery

photo credit: Lori Waselchuk

Michael Guerin is the owner of the Diartspora Gallery, a private art collection focusing upon African-American art, and the art of the African diaspora. Collected over a period of over 20 years, the collection includes many pieces by self-taught and outsider artists, as well as some by those who are well-known.I had the opportunity to talk with Michael about the collection, … [Read more...]

Dream Sequences

Dream Sequence 2 (detail) - Jonathan K. Rice

Artist's statement: Image, color, composition, and texture are all informed by what I read, what I listen to, and that which surrounds me. I work with acrylics and mixed media, painting, and creating assemblage and collage as well. My work is primarily abstract. Through my paintings, I explore the relevance of the indescribable, and work toward the understanding of that which … [Read more...]

The Florilegia Project

Florilegia 3 (detail) by Tristan Stamm

Artist's Statement: Commissioned books of botanical art, meant to immortalize the gardens of collectors, usually illustrating miscellanies of species primarily enjoyed for their beauty and rarity, not the medicinal usefulness. … [Read more...]

Seven paintings by Margarita Gokun

Parenting (detail) - Margarita Gokun

Artist's Statement: I think of my pieces as snippets of thoughts and feelings we experience but often fail to recognize. Our connection to the bigger, our ability to dip into the cosmos’s pool of possibilities, our link to the universal consciousness, and our relationship with our own subconscious. The representation of that which is there yet unseen invite the viewers to move … [Read more...]

Ten paintings by Vakseen

Vakseen - Eyes Wide (detail)

Artist's statement: I’ve always felt they were God’s greatest creation, so my work evolves around women, their natural allure and the insecurities or confidence created by Pop culture. Simply stated, my work is a reflection of society’s idolization of beauty. I can’t imagine being a woman in this world. Everywhere you turn you have these “perfect” images that are supposed to … [Read more...]

Workings: Paintings by Jill Emery

donkeys find an opening (detail) - Jill Emery

Artist's statement: original art that has a story whether told or interpretedmy process in painting has been to think about words in a poetic/symbolic/spiritual sense its a two part process, it's free flowing and completely cathartic. as i get older i realize i have grown tremendously strong feelings for animal rights and kindness in general. … [Read more...]

A Structure for Color

Past the Window (detail) - Ricker Winsor

Artist's statement: I think I have finally found the approach to painting that will sustain me for a long time into the future. As I paint I think of small phrases people spoke to me or wrote to me over the years, little thoughts that meant everything without my knowing it, without them knowing it. They flash through my mind because I understand them now. I understand their … [Read more...]

Tales from the future: collages by Joanna Marcjanna

The Demiurge (detail) by Joanna Marcjanna

Artist's Statement: Collage is just the best thing ever, because, guess what - it is so easy! Too lazy and impatient for actual drawing or painting, I got interested in collage as a perfect way to look for new meanings of things, tell stories and 'paint' dreamy landscapes. I create surreal realms I'd love to inhabit myself. The medium of collage is like a travelling vehicle. It … [Read more...]

A One-Sided Knife Fight: Collages by Hoop & Stick

Parts of Speech (detail) by Hoop & Stick

Artist's statement: "Everything is Collage."You - Your Mom - This Statement Your Ideas - Your Entire Worldview - Society The Universe Itself.Just as quarks come together to form atoms - to form molecules - to form complex structures - to form life, your innermost thoughts - beliefs - ideas are formed from the (often involuntary) acquisition, deconstruction, … [Read more...]

Cities of the Imagination

Crow Fly by Ricker Winsor

Artist's statement: I am hitting my stride after a long process of learning how to paint my way, growing beyond the obvious influences and entering my own world. These city paintings of the imagination do what I want them to do: free my imagination, connect with my experience, and provide an interesting and flexible structure for the color that is so important to me.These … [Read more...]

Saint Celluloid

Silver (detail) - Kalliope Amorphous

Artist's Statement: Saint Celluloid is a series of self-portraits exploring both the vulnerability and immortality of the film star as well as the potentially oppressive and regressive culture of fame. These images were Inspired by the idea of instrumental transcommunication (ITC), a term coined by Ernst Senkowski in the 1970s to refer to communication through any sort of … [Read more...]

Dreams, Reflections of the City: Paintings by Ricker Winsor

Mumble Jumble (detail) - Ricker Winsor

Artist's statement: People ask how it is that I am living in Bali and making paintings of the city; a good question. I grew up in and around New York City and lived in other cities as well. All of those early impressions, and later ones inspired by looking out at Dhaka, Bangladesh from the roof of my apartment building for two years, driving through night streets illuminated by … [Read more...]

Diorama: Photographs by Ido Abramsohn

Ido Abramsohn - Welcome to Lebanon 2 (detail)

Artist's StatementModels of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian insurgents and civilians were photographed and enlarged to human size. The new scale of the models casts the original meaning of the images in doubt, and enables us to scrutinize the stereotypical perception of the image of the “good” and “bad” soldier, as well as to examine local stereotypes of the Israeli as … [Read more...]

Leisure Scenes 0-11, by bruno neiva

Leisure Scene 0 (detail) by bruno neiva

Leisure Scenes is an on-going series of acrylic / mixed media paintings and collages. Textured with a confined use of colour and built on abstract imagery, Leisure Scenes is a set of playful scenes of pure unengaged leisure.media: acrylic on canvas-covered MDF panel / mixed media on canvas-covered MDF panel year: 2012 series: Leisure Scenes (12 pieces taken from … [Read more...]

Book Review: Hijos de la Selva: Sons of the Forest

Hijos de la Selva: Sons of the Forest

In the early part of the 20th century photographer Edward Curtis was funded by American businessman J. P. Morgan to undertake the extensive task of making a photographic record of Native Americans across the United States. While some of these photos are undeniably powerful and poignant, the motivation behind them of creating a portrait of "a vanishing people" resulted in him … [Read more...]