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...]

Teeth of the Sea

Chum Bucket, 2013 (detail) / photo by Maggie Shannon

Artist's Statement: Maggie Shannon grew up in Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island best known as a summer beach colony. Teeth of the Sea explores Islanders’ ambivalent relationship with the sea and with outsiders by focusing on the enduring memory of two historical events: the 1969 tragic drowning of Mary Jo Kopeckne, which ended the presidential hopes of Senator Edward … [Read more...]

Book Review – Dreams before Extinction by Naeemeh Naeemaei

Dreams before Extinction by Naeemeh Naeemaei

It's hard for us in the West not to have misconceptions of what life is like in countries where our perceptions are shaped entirely by what we read in the media. This is especially true of those countries which have attempted to isolate themselves and their populace from what they consider our corrupting influence. I have to admit I have my own prejudices when it comes to Iran. … [Read more...]

BIOMES: Paintings by Jonathan Matteson

BIOMES (detail) by Jonathan Matteson

Artist's statement: I believe abstract textures efficiently and effectively heighten our awareness of time and space. They are signs that act as catalysts in identifying, connecting, or reliving moments that relate to sight, smell, taste, touch, and/or sound. Furthermore, these abstracts challenge the viewer’s curiosity and imagination through the simplified way that they … [Read more...]

Color and Space

Dreaming Trinidad (detail) - painting by Ricker Winsor

Artist's Statement: This is the direction I am working in now- non objective abstraction. Color is the subject but it needs a structure; not so easy in this way of working. Surface texture is important. And, beyond that one tries to create space and depth, if possible, using all the principles and elements of art including mark making/drawing and color relationships. … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Modern Photographer Emmet Gowin

EMMET GOWIN Edith, Chinoteague, Virginia, 1967

When many people think of modern art, images of abstract paintings and impressive landscapes come to mind. However, art is not limited to merely what is painted on a canvas, but also what can be captured in a moment. Photography allows talented individuals can immortalize an entire sensation, with a simple click of a button.Photographer Emmet Gowin was born in Danville, … [Read more...]

7 Abstract paintings by Alec Clayton

Dervish (detail) by Alec Clayton

Artist's Statement: These are abstract paintings through which I have attempted to capture the feel, but not necessarily the look, of movement of animals and people in nature, combining the gestures of abstract expressionism with patterning, and with an emphasis on color and texture. … [Read more...]

New Abstract Paintings from Bali

My Drone (detail) by Ricker Winsor

Artists's Statement: These are my new paintings in oil and oil pastel, rather small at 11 x 14 to 16 x 20. I want to start gradually working bigger. It has taken almost 6 months of trying to get back into the flow because of the transition from Trinidad to Bali but I am in it now and at it every day. … [Read more...]

A Form of View: Photography by Yoav Friedländer

copyright Yoav Friedlander http://www.yoavfriedlander.com

Artist's StatementThe obvious similarity between photographs (as they are the result of recording the visible light) and reality had been confusing me since I was a child. Photographs promised me a vision of a reality from the past or a visualization of a current reality that is geographically inaccessible to me. In a sense they where like a recipe to remake a world. And … [Read more...]

Taxidermy

Taxidermy 1 detail - Dana Stirling

Artist's statement: We regularly use taxidermy of insects in order to define, categorize and understand them. With all this great variety of insects people are still able to decide whether they're looking at a butterfly or dragonfly using common characteristics they know.Using Photoshop I've created new insects out of the ones I photographed. My new insects have nothing to … [Read more...]

Seven Artworks by Gloria Avner

Collage by Gloria Avner

For years Gloria Avner has explored and taught ancient batik painting techniques using ink, wax, and watercolor on delicate Ginwashi ricepaper. Her collages enter a different realm, often focusing on tribal themes evolved from years of travel and study in Asia, Africa, and South America. Forty days ago she embarked on a new series: daily digital sketches, abstract, humorous and … [Read more...]

A Loss of Innocence

Apparition of Poverty by Rachel Davis

Artist's statement: That art brings to expression a naked spirituality without any necessary basis in religion (though religious themes are a fine tool in art as well).My favorite art was done in the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century including and up to New York School and I have therefor learned the most by studying these modernist masters.I like for art to … [Read more...]

Photography: Verboten by Samy Sfoggia

Verboten by Samy Sfoggia

The photographic series titled Verboten (“Prohibited”) is focused on characters that usually are called "outsiders". Verboten consists of staged photographs that are based on 1920s criminal mugshots. The images were captured with a film camera (a Zorki-C model) and digitalized by scanning the negatives. Each model was photographed only fivefold and in ambient light. Many art … [Read more...]

5 New Abstract Paintings by Ricker Winsor

detail of painting by Ricker Winsor

Artist's Statement: This selection of paintings is interesting, I think, because it shows how my longtime interest in landscape painting moves into abstraction. I grew up in New York City and knew Bill DeKooning, Herman Cherry and many other New York School painters. Although I was very influenced by these abstract painters I was not able to move into abstraction honestly and … [Read more...]

Review – Horse Latitudes by Chris Wilson

Horse Latitudes by Chris Wilson

Horse Latitudes by Chris Wilson / Sorika / 978-0957557307 / 92 pagesHorse Latitudes is a small gem of a book, bound in white covers illustrated with a painting. It is strikingly beautiful, with a very clean, minimalist design.But much of its author's life has been anything but clean and filled with beauty.Instead, most of the first four decades of Chris Wilson's … [Read more...]

Review – An Invisible Flower by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono - An Invisible Flower

An Invisible Flower by Yoko Ono / Chronicle Books / 52 pages / 978-1452109114An Invisible Flower was written and illustrated by nineteeen-year-old Yoko Ono, years before she met John Lennon, or became a public figure.It is the tale of a girl who sees a flower that no one else can see. Finally, she meets a man, "Smelty John," who can see the flower, too. It carries with … [Read more...]