Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Vixen Vintage: Willard Asylum Suitcases

photo by John Crispin
 Vixen Vintage: Willard Asylum Suitcases

Very interesting post opening a door to the past,
provides two links to the Willard Asylum Suitcase

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book sculptures artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Book sculptures artist Su Blackwell

The Nightmares of Beksinski

artist Zdzislaw Beksinski

Beautiful and bleak images-
The drawings of the Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski (1929-2005).

Stained Glass artist Judith Schaechter

Extra Virgin the stained glass work of artist Judith Schaechter...

She borrows freely from art historical sources such as nineteeth century fairy-tale illustrations, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and Surrealism, as well as popular culture sources such as comics, circus posters, and folklore.

Regarding working in stained glass-
Speech Balloon by Judith Schaechter
"I guess the most appealing thing for me is the tedium factor. I don't have too many worthy and profound ideas, so each piece needs to take a certain amount of time. This keeps my hands busy and in sync with my head. "  JS

View youtube video for a more complete overview of her work

also on line article of interest

and her blog

Artist Adela Leibowitz

Artist Julie Heffernan

Her paintings have been described as "downright haunting," "enchanting but eerie" and having an "offbeat punch." And while Julie Heffernan of Art and Design agrees, she says she never strives for those results.

"Haunting and enchanting and eerie are wonderful words for getting a sense of how my paintings affect other people," she said, "but I don't drive or steer the work to any particular outcome. For me, it's about tracking these pictures in my head that I derive out of a process called image streaming."
View youtube for complete interview

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yinka Shonibare mixed media artist

Yinka Shonibare MBE is a non-pareil master of the sleight of hand. He has a way of extracting “what everybody knows” – our disregard of the disenfranchised, our vacuous obsessions, our acquiescence, our heedless longings for both temporary fixes and oblivion – and succeeds in personifying its quintessence, foiling us with his sumptuous, visual splendors.

Roland Reiss Personal Politics

RR Personal Politics art from 1970-1980

Roland Reiss has been a major presence in the Los Angeles art world both as an artist and teacher for several decades. During the 1970s and 1980s, the artist created miniature sculptures of scenes from everyday life, which are among his most famous and groundbreaking works, despite the fact that he works primarily as a painter

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Janne Parvianen painter with light

Janne Parviainen has created a personal painting technique that reflects the urban and technology centered life of today. His most common subjects are city environments and nature landscapes.!page-5

I'm still not sure how she does this, it's not a photoshop or computer effect.

Artist of interest Robert Schwartz


Robert Schwartz (1947-2000)

Robert Schwartz provides a portal into a world of emerging gay culture and social upheaval of the 1960s, seeking to expose truths about the human condition by depicting people involved in curious behaviors set in a world of his own invention.
 He painted detailed cross sections of a world where characters move about in the ironic overlaps of incongruous realities. With an intricacy often compared to that of medieval miniatures, each of Schwartz’s paradoxical narratives is expertly composed in a space rarely exceeding 10 inches wide—inviting close examination of his intriguing, yet revealing social scenarios.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lori Nix
interesting approach to the world.

"I am interested in depicting danger and disaster, but I temper this with a touch of humor."

lori nix

"I have been building dioramas and photographing the results since the early 1990s. As I'm working through various bodies of work, from Accidentally Kansas, Lost and now The City, my fabrication skills have improved and my subject matter has become more complex. "

Thursday, August 18, 2011

French artist Marc Giai-Miniet mini rooms

From the artist's website:
The "boxes" have appeared relatively late in my work as a painter, as a natural and necessary, and have become an integral part, his double play. As a reminiscence of my desire to teenage drama, and perhaps even the deepest yet my memories, of childhood games pitched battles between miniature electric trains and installed under the table in the family dining room . These "boxes" at the beginning of their manufacture in the years 92 - 93, repeated the themes of my paintings: the brainwashing scene, visit the mummies, agitation transfusions and various larvae

Alan Wolfson Urban cut aways

Notes from the Artist:

"I wanted to build a piece that resembled a core sample of a city street. As though you took a street, dug it up, and lifted it straight off the earth. "Canal St. Cross-Section" is a combination of five major pieces built into one box. There's a street scene on the top with a subway entrance on the corner. Looking down into the subway entrance, you are led to the two subterranean levels of the piece, both of which have intersecting cross views visible through the small windows on the sides of the piece."


Brian Dettmer Book artist

Wagnalls Wheel, 2010, Altered Set of Encyclopedias, 9" x 20-1/2" x 20-1/2" - Image Courtesy of the Artist and Toomey Tourell Fine Art

Explanation of Process (from the artist's site)

"In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories. My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception."
Brian Dettmer

interview with artist
Oreo and butter cameo

Underwater sculptures

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mat Collishaw artist

Mat Collishaw's art melds antique curiosities with glossy modern methods. Computer-generated wisps condense into faces of female hysteria. Powered-up carousels throw cherubs into high-tech spins of rebellion

Moving Canvas

Special show at the Roundhouse...Curtain Call 360 degree theater experience
with live perfomances by a variety of artists.

Mat Collishaw's film Sordid Earth with a live soundtrack from 20 Brazilian drummers

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dallas, TX.- Ro2 Art is proud to present "Cut Copy Paste Paint – work by Terry Hays and Kathy Robinson-Hays", on view at the gallery until August 12th. The exhibition will take place at Ro2 Art's Uptown gallery, located at 3699 McKinney Avenue #310 at West Village. The title for the show, Cut Copy Paste Paint, was chosen to help partially explain the similarity of the work and process of Kathy Robinson-Hays and Terry Hays. Having shared a studio space for years they also share a copy machine, computer, scanner and printer - equipment they both rely on heavily.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Walton Ford

Walton Ford's fabulously detailed, Audubon-on-Viagra watercolors have been flying off gallery walls -- even if most of his audience is baffled by the peculiar birds and beasts that populate his paintings, and the darkly funny (and disturbing) stuff they're up to. The artist, as it turns out, is just as unconventional as his work.

PBS art 21 interview

NY Mag interview

Jerry Uelsmann American Photographer

artwork: Jerry Uelsmann - "Dream Theater", 2004, pigment inkjet print [Epson] Gift of Jerry N. Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor © Jerry Uelsmann.The first critical retrospective of American photographer Jerry Uelsmann’s work opened at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida on June 14, 2011. Uelsmann, known for his iconic, surreal style and his innovative composite printing techniques, has spent more than 50 years challenging and advocating for the acceptance of photography as an experimental art form. The Mind’s Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts features 89 works from every phase of the artist’s wide-ranging career, including a selection of rare pieces that have never before been on public view. Additional works from the artist’s collection are on view only during this leg of the exhibition, open through September 11th.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Hundertwasser 699 The houses are hanging below the woods (meadows), 1971.

The time is ripe for a renaissance of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, for a comprehensive tribute to this innovative artist and ecological visionary. This biographic and thematic exhibition spotlights significant junctures in his life and work which, taken together, convey an overall impression of Hundertwasser as a person and as an artist and serve as signposts to the intellectual and artistic cosmos of an original thinker and pioneer – a peacemaker between human beings and nature, who placed his art and his life in the service of the green path.

Hundertwasser 695 Come and walk with me - Double talk, 1970.


Stan VanDerBeek Film Artist

Stan VanDerBeek in front of Movie Mural. Installation view, Institute of  Contemporary Art, Boston, circa 1968

Stan VanDerBeek is a legendary name in the history of experimental film. A restless adventurer who began making experimental animated films in the 1950s, VanDerBeek filmed happenings, designed windows for Tiffany's and worked with John Cage and Claes Oldenburg.

He also explored the artistic possibilities of new technologies of his time: video, computers, even the fax machine. He was artist-in-residence at Bell Labs and at NASA.

Now, a survey of VanDerBeek's work is on display at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Waste Land A film about art and garbage


Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Art Box Project Feb-April 2011

Outside the Box artist challenge
Shawn Baldwin

808 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 885-5670

This is the original wooden box all artists were given to transform

added base coat and stage

cardboard waves for my little theater

tissue paper, paint and glue for texture and color

Old cake plate made a beautiful moon with just a few additions
trying out a few elements, setting the stage

the finished product

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Avant-Garde Pathways

artwork: Sophie Taeuber with “Dada Head”,1920 Collection Fondation Arp, Clamart © Photo: Nic Aluf. All rights reserved ©Sophie Taeuber-Arp,VEGAP,MálagaSophie Taeuber-Arp belonged to a generation of socially-committed women who were anxious to transcend the limits traditionally imposed on women. Daughters of the “new women” of the 19th century, who had helped to initiate the feminist and suffragette movements, these independent women almost all came from the upper and middle classes and had pursued advanced studies. Their influence on the cultural scene in the 1920s and 1930s was considerable. They played an essential role in the artistic and literary production of their time and brought forth a new vision of the world driven by their staunch desire to challenge the established order.

The exhibition that the Museo Picasso Málaga is devoting to Sophie Taeuber-Arp, from October 19, 2009 to January 24, 2010, will demonstrate the highly modern and radical duality that was at the heart of her work. Like a dance sequence, it is a journey through the artist’s work, with over 130 exhibits that include paintings, drawings, collages, textiles, puppets, plans, photographs, sculptures and furniture.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cardiff and Miller art team of interest

The Carnie,
combines the artists’ interests in spectacle, narrative, and sculptural sound. A small children’s’ carousel is activated by a start button. It grinds slowly up to speed, while lights and music emanate from the structure and moving shadows are cast onto the walls. The musical source is deconstruced and relocated throughout the structure of the carousel so that the movement of the sound occurs horizontally as well as vertically. The results transform the carnival ride into a layered and evocative encounter.


Materials: Moving carousel with synchronized audio and light
Dimensions: 10 feet diameter, 15 feet high
Duration: 3:25 Minutes