THE WOART WEEKLY!
Here's what you may have missed on the blog and Instagram account this week!
As someone who loves Summertime, it was hitting home to realize that we only had 2 weeks left of August! Where did it go?! I chose to have a rather simple theme for the week, that of stripes and dots, focusing on pattern and color. Then I used this to tie in one of my favorite outdoor spots in NYC, the Highline. One of those super touristy spots that even the locals love.
I started off with the work of Sally Walk, choosing to feature some of her organic / egg-like shaped pieces as a bit of a hint that for the rest of the week I’d be featuring work that I was hoping you’d all see the connection of the dots and stripes… although I absolutely love her more creature-like pieces too. For the weeks theme however, these seemed more appropriate as a symbol and clue of what to look for. If you haven’t checked out more of her work, I suggest you do!
Next up with Elise Thompson, it was a bit of an overcast day and I liked the subtle textures and patterns almost in a fog of this work. Beautiful transitions, and a fantastic example of an artist I discovered because she was doing exactly what my tip last week was...she followed, commented on posts and I took notice! I Fun fact, Elise had shared this piece last year as a “Happy Halloween” post - which happens to be my next theme for a call for artists. Those reading and seeing this post get the first heads up!
I won’t post the call for artists on Instagram until after Labor Day, but for email subscribers, you get the first chance. I’m looking for Halloween themed artwork (doesn’t have to be literal, get creative!) Last year I posted works that revolved around themes of spiders, monsters, horror movies, pumpkins and simply orange and black. Click to see examples.
Selected works will be posted during the month of October 2019. Email subscribers can send up to 3 images to email@example.com with a short description whereas those not subscribed will only get to submit 1. Please make sure to include your Instagram handle so that I can tag you.
Artist Melanie Daniel’s fear for humankind’s relationship with the natural environment has fueled the paintings that were in her exhibition,” Only Four Degrees” at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. As the museum wrote: “Daniel imagines a world that is unnatural and skewed by our chronic, longstanding disregard for its well-being.” I saw this post and loved the color, texture and pattern so much, and the message was even better. Such a great title for the show too!
I learned that the descriptions from the Summer Submissions stuck with me just about as much as the artworks themselves did! For Laura Mosquera she described a story of visiting her mother’s home in Columbia and taking new directions. Yes, the work fit into my weeks theme of stripes and dots, but I thought that the transitional feel of the work was appropriate as we get ready to transition seasons again.
One of my favorite spots in the city, the Highline has the work of Lubaina Himid up right now, so while I wanted to feature her work, I chose instead to feature images from a past installation of figures that were cut out and versus the painted doors at the Highline. I had actually tried to feature this work several times and for some reason, it kept being on days that Instagram was having issues and my post would go nowhere, not ever showing up on my feed, nor staying in drafts, just poof, gone. I guess she was just meant to be shared this weekend!
Continuing with the theme of the Highline (enjoying the “line” aspect for my weeks theme!) next up was the wonderful work of Xenobia Bailey. Colorful, tactile and cosmic! She has a gorgeous huge mosaic installation at the Hudson Yards 7 line station. The next time you’re there, make sure to check it out!
And to end the week, an artist I’ve been wanting to feature for some time, Wendy Levten. It’s almost hard to believe that her work is made of paper. Painted and cut out in beautiful geometric shapes, sometimes turned into huge installations. Stripes and dots galore, perfect end to the week. She will have an installation on Governor’s Island this September, another favorite outdoor location of mine in the city, congrats Wendy!