Miscellany

Andreas Ragnar Kasapis

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I know that these murals are noth­ing new (but new to me!!), but I recent­ly came across the work of Andreas Rag­nar Kas­apis. His paint­ings, which are paint­ed on both wood and on walls, are beau­ti­ful­ly ren­dered. Col­or is grad­u­al­ly lay­ered, as is mark mak­ing, and Andreas is not shy to show us how an indi­vid­ual piece pro­gress­es. I love the tra­di­tion­al, painter­ly approach, and its pair­ing with an art form that has real­ly only tak­en off quite recent­ly in com­par­i­son.

All images via Flickr. Check out Andreas’s web­site too. 

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Collage

Leah Tacha

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Leah Tacha, an artist liv­ing and work­ing in Brook­lyn, New York emailed me recent­ly with her work. Specif­i­cal­ly, she turned me on to her col­lages, which often jux­ta­pose bas­ket­ball play­ers with glit­ter, and iso­lates over-the-top ges­ture of fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy. Leah’s artist state­ment gives us some insight into this: 

I was raised by a moth­er who was obsessed with col­or, glit­ter, and the shine of suc­cess, and a father who was inher­ent­ly prac­ti­cal, hard­work­ing, had a point­ed sense of humor, and nev­er missed a Kansas bas­ket­ball game. The sound­track to my morn­ing break­fast was the ESPN theme song coin­cid­ing with my mother’s blar­ing Broad­way Musi­cals. I have always had an inter­est in these two polar oppo­sites of fame, not nec­es­sar­i­ly for who these peo­ple rep­re­sent in our soci­ety, but for the images that they cre­ate, their con­fi­dence in their steps, and people’s belief in their pow­ers. I am drawn to cre­ate sculp­tures and draw­ings that over exag­ger­ate all of these con­di­tions: ridicu­lous­ness, alien­ation, ath­leti­cism, ado­ra­tion, plas­tic­i­ty, and mys­ti­cism.


All images via her web­site.

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Drawing

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I am real­ly enjoy­ing the style of LLCoolJo today. His style, a bit of alter­na­tive com­ic look to it, works real­ly well with por­traits. I love how dark they are, which makes me sort of uneasy. Ever since watch­ing Ren and Stimpy as a child, I’ve had an aver­sion to bugs, worms, and things of gen­er­al slim­i­ness. These draw­ings remind me of young Sara, watch­ing the show and feel­ing total­ly grossed out by it. Fond mem­o­ries.

All images via Flickr.

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Collage

Andrea Burgay

Vis­cer­al is one word I would use to describe the work of Andrea Bur­gay. She works in both 2D and 3D, cre­at­ing works that ooze the rem­nants of what’s been left behind. 

I espe­cial­ly love look­ing at Andrea’s 3D works — the mix­ture of tex­ture, size, and pro­por­tion is inter­est­ing and at the same time has a very organ­ic feel to it. I think of her col­lages the same way as well. Andrea employs nat­ur­al tex­tures (albeit pho­tographs), so I feel a lot of times as though I am look­ing at the growth of a whole new being. 

All images via Flickr.









Artist, Collage

Alika Cooper

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Hap­py Mon­day! I hope you are all feel­ing bet­ter than I am! I was sick all week­end and am still feel­ing a bit under the weath­er. Onward though, to one of today’s fea­tured artists! 

It is no secret my affin­i­ty for both col­lage and fab­ric. That’s why I am real­ly enjoy­ing the work of Ali­ka Coop­er, who cre­ates col­lages using fab­ric, mim­ic­k­ing the human form. I enjoy see­ing her paint with the fab­ric, abstract­ing shapes into nar­ra­tives with only a few col­ors or tex­tures.

All images via her web­site.

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Artist

Olivier Vrancken

The parallel

I love mak­ing con­nec­tions, under­stand­ing how small the world real­ly is by just a few degrees of sep­a­ra­tion. So, it is no sur­prise that my eyes favor com­po­si­tions where it can move with flu­id­i­ty around the image. Olivi­er Vranck­en, an artist based in the Nether­lands, exem­pli­fies this. His fig­ures and col­ors work in har­mo­ny to build a bridge with­in the rela­tion­ships. Although Olivi­er has abstract­ed the fig­ures, shapes, and pat­terns in his work, there is still this feel­ing of ten­der­ness that I get from these images. 

All images via his Flickr. Check out his web­site as well. 

Siege of power

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Artist, Collage

Brian Vu

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Bri­an Vu is a col­lage artist, pho­tog­ra­ph­er, and blog­ger (he runs the blog Rebel). For my pur­pos­es, I’ll be shar­ing his col­lage work with you. 

Bri­an has a suc­cinct way of describ­ing his art, mapped out to us in equa­tions: live + death, love + hate, reli­gion = after­life. And real­ly, his col­lages do embody these ideas. I espe­cial­ly enjoy the shroud­ed fig­ures in a few of his pieces. They remind me of death hov­er­ing.

All images via his web­site.

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Sculpture

Augustina Woodgate

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While perus­ing Lost At E Minor, I came across the work of Agusti­na Woodgate. More specif­i­cal­ly, I found her rugs, which are hand design and sewn from recy­cled stuffed ani­mal skins. 

I have always been intrigued by ori­en­tal rugs, and the intri­cate tech­niques used to con­struct them. Via her web­site, there is expla­na­tion to her project:

The rugs not only ref­er­ence the per­son­al his­to­ries of the toy’s own­ers, but inves­ti­gate the rug as an object orga­niz­ing and dis­play­ing mem­o­ries and lin­eages. In East­ern Cul­tures, the ori­en­tal rug cen­tral­izes the liv­ing space in pat­tern, oper­at­ing beyond util­i­ty to depict the spir­i­tu­al and men­tal world in woven form. Woodgate is par­tic­u­lar­ly drawn to the spe­cif­ic mean­ings in the arrange­ment of rug designs, and how dif­fer­ent his­to­ries of the rug rep­re­sent sto­ries of the past and ways of trac­ing arche­types in phys­i­cal and mate­r­i­al forms. 

Augustina’s use of old toys adds anoth­er lev­el to the act of rug con­struc­tion. She is tak­ing dis­card­ed items, ones with his­to­ry, and cre­at­ing a whole oth­er chap­ter in the life of these old toys. It’s also mak­ing some­thing that could be sil­ly (like a stuffed bear) and sud­den­ly turn­ing it into some­thing that is very util­i­tar­i­an, and ton­ing down the play­ful nature of what it once was. 

All images from her web­site.

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Artist, Painting

Jordan Kasey

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If you live in Bal­ti­more, you’ve no doubt seen the paint­ings of Jor­dan Kasey. Her large paint­ings on can­vas com­mand your atten­tion and their con­tent keeps you look­ing.

The last few years of Jordan’s work seems to explore a land that’s full of light. That, to me, is the most strik­ing thing about her paint­ings. Blue skies always present. Even when it’s dark, the implied light near­ly sil­hou­ettes the fig­ures. I like look­ing at these work and think­ing that the idyl­lic set­tings are set­ting the view­er (and fol­low­er of Jordan’s work!) for some sort slow demise of this place and peo­ple.

All images via her web­site. Be sure to check out all of her work! 

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Artist

Leslie Martinez

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I am not sure where or who inhab­its the paint­ings of Leslie Mar­tinez, but they seem to be a mix­ture of the dead and undead, deter­mine to keep order or destroy it. Small crea­tures hov­er around a larg­er being, with very lit­tle inter­ac­tion between the two. It leaves me to won­der what the motive is as I am daz­zled by the pat­tern and sat­u­rat­ed col­ors.

Leslie also has a side project, the Mar­tinez Design Project. It fea­tures quick, intu­itive draw­ings, hand-paint­ed onto t-shirts and tote­bags, striv­ing to pro­vide the con­sumer with afford­able and orig­i­nal art. 

All images via her web­site.

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