Friday, December 31, 2010
MIA Art Fair will feature a new piece from this series, the work will be less sculptural/object oriented and more a flat surface for viewing...more images and ideas will be forthcoming!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
These ideas came about while working on my new book, not sure if they will ever manifest themselves into a children's book, but they were challenging to create! Here is an acrylic painting of one of "my little monsters," much in the style of contemporary west coast art scene....This piece will be in an exhibition entitled "Smal World, Small Works 2010" at the Chico Art Center - Chico, California - November-December 2010!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Playing with cast teeth I explore the macabre in a decorative context...I truly enjoy this juxtaposition...attracting the viewer with something seemingly beautiful, drawing in them in with not only the shininess but also the scale...these works literally need to be seen in close proximity...forcing the viewer to confront concepts and meaning they may not be ready to address...teeth are dream imagery for death...they have personal meaning for me in this context, but they also take on a possible universal meaning for my guest...loss...pain...breaking down of sustenance...class...culture...and human evolved existence...
Friday, June 25, 2010
Details on my new children's book...the book is an exploration of coping with fear that children can use to deal with those feelings...the idea came from several years of reading to my son and daughter and watching them struggle with normal developmental issues...a unique book that is also fun and interactive! To purchase the book - it is listed at Etsy and on my blog... www.animalsgetscaredtoojustlikeyou.blogspot.com ...also feel free to email me if you have questions... firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I ask again, how much tan will it take to balance the blue? In this piece by Aaron Farely, it's just the right amount! The figure is well placed, off to the left and not in the "dead zone" at the center of the picture plane...a moment in time, kinetically set up, with the main element dropping down conceptually but fixed visually to the lip of the pipe, and ground at the bottom edge inside the shadow.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Contrast of long linear shapes in the background against the repetitive oval forms creates motion. The eye flows from the large circular form on the left, back across to the right following the half circular marks made by the loops. She plays with our sensibilities but using similar but not the same elements. The viewer has to dig into the details to really discover the meaning...
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The angularity of the figures and their pose suggest an aggressor and a submissive...what does the "X" mean on each testicle? And how what is their relationship? The figure on the left is expelling varied organic lines, black flames out at the surrendering white figure...the horizon is cut low and also uses dots to describe the space...the wall or background utilizes long horizontal lines to exhibit space, but these marks also provide an active space to energize the overall composition...balanced activity, positive and negative spaces...
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I love these objects individually and in context to the whole...everything Kiefer does is monumental...and the contrast of the scale to the subtlety and conservative palette create visual and conceptual beauty...harmony where harmony doesn't exist...order out of chaos...
Thursday, March 18, 2010
This piece is a good representation of his journals...dimensional and tattered...defining age...parts of the day are attached to the large pages...incorporating his on photographs and trial attempts...these pages show his creative process...seeing them in person is the only way to really appreciate the work...but I guess I would have to say that of all art!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The small figure glowing and isolated, floating in the middle of a sea of marks, active and warm colors balanced by dark areas and shapes in blue...the contrast and scale variations exhibits visual movement and engages the viewer....the large table, blue vase and dark background on the right hand side of the picture plane.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The works of Tomokazu Matsuyama, merge the decorative with the whimsical...the playful and the trendy....this mixed media sculptural installation utilizes many of the same kinds of ideas and imagery as in his two-dimensional works. Black and white add areas of contrast, in the Lego-like man and in the striped, flat panels...a nice contrast to the greens and tieing in nicely with the white walls...another device of extremes to carry the eye around the space.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Loose, open and atmospheric environments from Kevin Taylor...Animals and humans merged together in the narrative...these characters personify the human experience, the darker sides of our existence...Kevin sets up these scenarios in a provocative and challenging visual way...with the fox dropping in from the top of the picture plane...hovering over a mystical glowing ball...
Death has been controlled and shrouded with a red cape...the bear man has taken control...a horned skull...fallen friend...found acquaintance...lost stranger...the placement and characters come together in an nondescript scene...found together by chance or purpose?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This painting by Tad Lauritzen Wright looks at the contrast of random patterns of abstraction against representational imagery...I like the edges created by one drawing next to another, one color next to another and a series of lines next to an open space...these implied areas are set up in the grid…simple and childlike.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The amazing things Mike Houston can do with wood cuts...the details and rhythms of the objects...defining intimate spaces with intense line and cut...the ideas and imagery are not traditional, they cover contemporary ideas, social identity, indulgence and characters...the black in the work move the eye around and act as a respite for all the visual activity...
The women's dress and heels in the lower left...the arms, legs and fingers acting like arrows to move you over to the lower right, black dress and then up the pants to the top of the beer bong (never thought that word would enter this blog!), across the hair of the man and women, down to the man's shirt and back again to the lower left...visual association creating cohesion and unity...
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This uneasiness plays on the viewers emotions and sets up the imagery nicely....this piece explores the mass exodus of birds and animals from an every encroaching environment dominated by machines and man...scale is important in this work, extending the horizontal picture plane, pushing space back through tiny elements, gradually getting larger as they move forward into the space.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Choosing to make art on an animal that is used as food, complicates for some, the idea of cruelty and making something beautiful but accomplishing this in a painful/cruel way...a unique concept and a challenging work, even for the most open of art connoisseurs...pushing the lines of acceptable forms of creation
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Faceless and ambiguous in structure, these pieces are visually interesting through contrasting color, texture and scale...some are delicate, some are cleaner in presentation with more similar objects adorning the armature...these beautiful works by Chicago artist, Nick Cave hit the visual and emotional sweet spot!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The work of Walton Ford plays in these traditions but something darker is also present...the noble qualities are pushed aside for the more aggressive...the disharmony between species and the dominance of the turkey to the weaker, bird...taking advantage of its scale and weight...this relationship is subtle and represents only a small portion of the picture plane...this is purposeful and calculated.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The idea of proximity and human manipulation plays out in these works by Simmons & Burke...I once read, "we must take a closer look at works by artists who have invested their entire life exploring ideas." I think about this when I see stretched conceptual relationships. The "whys" of the work, there must be reasons for these choices, experience has taken over to create something unique and full of possibilities.
Monday, January 4, 2010
The Christ and crucifix are separated and pulled apart...Jesus balancing on the wire...segmented, narrow, long rectangle on the top and large vertical rectangle on the bottom create individual segments of interest...these areas have their own dynamic, but are interesting in total...the artist breaks the picture plane with texture and fabric...flowing down the sides and softening the hard edges of the picture plane.