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...]

Architecture, Money, Graffiti and Birds

Twick ICP San Francisco Graffiti Art / Photo credit: anarchosyn https://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/3360220967/

Where you would not have your own [child] live, and develop, and gather to itself knowledge of life and the things of life, is not a fit place for the [children] of other men to live, and develop, and gather to themselves knowledge of life and the things of life. It is a simple thing, this Golden Rule, and all that is required. Political economy and the survival of the fittest … [Read more...]

PARCELS, a text art exhibition by bruno neiva

Parcels - bruno neiva

You are kindly invited to attend to PARCELS, a text art exhibition held by bruno neiva at Casa Museo Casares Quiroga, 12, Panaderas St., in A Coruña, Spain, from 2nd to 28th September 2014.PARCELS is comprised of an heterogeneous set of text artworks where language registers and typography are combined with image and composition through several techniques, ranging from the … [Read more...]

elegy by bruno neiva

Alain Delon as Jef Costello

elegy (in memory of victor esteban celeiro)noir coffee spilled over the newspaper we talked for hours, jobless hoursabout borders, coups and the icelandic landscape jef costello was brought into the conversation,combed hair and smart suit – holding a gun, bluish stare over greyish glarethe talk went on at full tilt, it was writ large all over usthat … [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 – 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...]

I’m For an Art

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1982 SoHoPainting can be an evil mistress. She can love you tender and she can love you raunchy, and she can rip your guts apart.When you put that last stroke on your canvas and you know you've done it right, and you step back to look at what you've done, a deep sigh comes all the way up from your loins and you say “Yes! Yes, by God, I did it.”But it can also be … [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...]

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...]

Rik Lina Art Exhbition: Hurracan

Rik Lina - Hurracan - Exhibtion

RIK LINA Art Exhibition: HURRACANlocation KUNSTKERK Prinseneiland 89 - 1013 LM Amsterdamopening Friday, November 29, 5pm - 8pm. The exhibition will be opened by Peter van de Heijden. at 1800 hours. Musical entertainment by Dirk Polak.The exhibition can also be seen on November 30 and on December 1, 6, 7 and 8, from 3pm - 8pm, and by appointment.Rik Lina … [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...]

Review – Let’s Start a Pussy Riot

Let's Start A Pussy Riot

Let's Start a Pussy Riot, edited by Emely Neu and Jade French / Rough Trade / June 2013 / 978-0957626201On February 21, 2012 members of the Russian feminist performance art group/collective Pussy Riot put on an agit-prop performance in a priests only section of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Accused of religious hatred, two of the members of the group, Maria … [Read more...]

When there is nothing, there’s the cup of coffee

Merlin Flower - Rubbish (detail)

When there is nothing, there's the cup of coffeeEarly morning, i step out; in a heap, in the rubbish pile, my paintings. They look 'belonged'.Few more displaced to the storage-room. New companions for the dust, old tricycle; bicycle, cartons, gunny-bags, snake skins, live spiders; webs, wooden planks. They belonged too.The pain came in full two hours late. … [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...]