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...]

On Relationships: 6 Artworks by Katie Pfeiffer

PORTRAIT OF A NARCISSIST MAN - copyright Katie Pfeiffer

Artist's StatementRelationships dominate my life. The relationships I have with other people and the one I have with myself. I explore these personal interactions through art . My focus on color and humor are meant to draw the viewer into my world. The darkness in my work is more emotional than physical. My ultimate goal is always to expose the mental and emotional … [Read more...]

Meditations by Kurt Rostek

Emptiness, Mixed media on paper, 22x32, 2007

Kurt Rostek says: education I have for the most part been self educated, with the exception of doing a visual arts diploma from Centennial College, and two years in the Fine Arts program at York University.In a slightly different discipline I have an Architectural Technologist Certificate, from Ryerson Polytechnical University.avocation As far as being a serious … [Read more...]

Interview with Artist Katie Pfeiffer

Little Miss Sunshine with Flowers, copyright Katie Pfeiffer

Recently I was fortunate to sit down with artist Katie Pfeiffer, and discuss her background, art, inspiration and the connection of spirituality to the creative process.How would you describe your work?My paintings, drawings, collages & designs are a mixture of naive sophistication in a folk/outsider/art brut style. I love children's art because it so … [Read more...]

Fused Glass Art by Helen Rudy

Helen Rudy - fused glass

Based in Denver, Colorado, fused glass artist Helen Rudy creates vibrant decorative and functional art pieces. We asked her to tell us about fused glass, and her creative process.What exactly is fused glass, and how is it made?When exhibiting my fused glass art, I am often asked “Is it blown?” or “Are the colors painted on?”The answer to both questions is no. … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Bruce Conner, 1933-2008

Bruce Conner by Larry Keenan

THE ARTIST for Bruce ConnerTHE ARTIST has faces that are nude ladies and feathers. Women pose in the visage of the whirlpool raising bare arms and arching bare thighs. Tentacles of squid sway down among pinions of African eagles from the artist's beret and they tangle white hair. In the blackness of his face, spider webs and lichens, are matted … [Read more...]