A Form of View: Photography by Yoav Friedländer

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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 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...]

Australian Artist Paints the War in Afghanistan

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Ben Quilty looks more like a lumberjack than a painter: stocky build, big beard, flannel shirt. But Quilty, from Paterson, New South Wales, is actually one of Australia’s most promising portrait artists.2011 marked two significant events in Ben Quilty’s young career. He won the 2011 Archibald Prize for his portrait of artist Margaret Olley, and was also selected to spend a … [Read more...]

Art and the Artist: An Interview with Michelle Dunaway

Michelle Dunaway

Listen and you’ll hear the music in Michelle’s paintings. Of course, they wear the responsibility quite lightly. Incisive and mild, caught and emancipated, real and dreamy, they reach within your grasp like an early morning dream. Listen.You may not have heard of Michelle Dunaway – yet. A professional artist from New Mexico, Michelle Dunaway has been featured in magazines … [Read more...]

A Gallery of Woodcut Prints by Loren Kantor

Charles Bukowski (copyright Loren Kantor / http://woodcuttingfool.blogspot.com/)

Loren Kantor on the Carving Process I've always been an old-school guy. I prefer tattered books to e-readers, vinyl records to MP3's and classic black & white movies to modern 3-D dreck.I fell in love with woodcuts in the 80's when I attended a German Expressionist art show at the LA County Museum. The exhibit featured the work of Kathe Kollwitz, George Grosz & Karl … [Read more...]

Glass Houses: Photography by Kalliope Amorphous

Sunset by Kalliope Amorphous

Glass Houses is a series of conceptual self portraits created using distortion mirrors. These portraits explore the fragmentation of the self, or the hidden self which is often underlaid beneath a facade. These fragmentations are the subconscious or conscious fears and desires which cannot be seen through facial expressions or gestures. I chose to portray these feelings through … [Read more...]

Six Mixed Media Pieces by Donna Kuhn

Nothing Knocks U Down by Donna Kuhn

Artist's Statement I make art because that is the only way life makes sense to me. A recurrent theme in my work is the face: semi-abstract, colorful and emotional. I don't choose to draw these faces. Their forms just come to me. They jump off the page and stare at you. Dare to stare back. I have tried to choose between media. I cannot. I feel fully engaged and alive when I'm … [Read more...]

La Picaudiere – and Hundertwasser’s Honey

Honeycomb - copyright Andreius / sxc.hu

Asked in an interview what he would remember most about his life as an artist, Man Ray replied "the women." I was a bee whisperer, like Edmund Hillary who climbed Mount Everest and who was a beekeeper in New Zealand, and I was writing poetry, it tumbled out of me.There was the feeling of total isolatedness. The road there — if you'll let a guide direct you who never … [Read more...]

The Eve of Fluxus: A Fluxmemoir
by Billie Maciunas

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Arbiter Press, Orlando, Florida ISBN 978-0-615-35216-9Fluxus is a name taken from a Latin word meaning "to flow"— often described as "intermedia," a term coined by Fluxus artist Dick Higgins in 1966. Fluxus as an artistic group was named and organized by George Maciunas, a Lithuanian-born American artist and founding member of Fluxus, an international community of … [Read more...]