The WoArt Weekly is here!
Going out on Wednesdays will be a recap email of last weeks Instagram featured artists with a little extra insight into how I discovered them and why I chose to feature them now.
While I absolutely love doing the artist interviews and will continue to do them occasionally, I have loved the freedom that the Instagram platform allows me. However, as not everyone is on Instagram, and sometimes you miss posts, I will do a weekly update so that you can be sure not to miss a thing.
For those that have been following the Instagram account, you know already that I use it like a blog. The artworks reflect what I am personally doing and experiencing and together tell a thematic story. This week, I worked a little in reverse in planning my posts. I knew we had a heatwave coming at the end of the week, so I with that in mind I selected works that either looked like they were melting or like ice cream and popsicles that were light and fun. Then I worked backwards towards the start of the week using bold colors as a general theme for the week, and bringing in works that address more political and social issues so that the whole week was a combination of seriousness and play.
So if you aren’t following, or even if you are, here’s a recap of all those artists!
I first came across Keisha’s work at the Ortega y Gasset Projects Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Over the prior weekend I had randomly been having conversations about ghosts and haunted places, and while I think the figures can represent different things to different people, it somehow felt like a great Monday post where you’re perhaps feeling the remnants of the weekend or looming pressures of the week.
“Sibane is saying goodbye to her past (Sophie, to the right - her mother, grand mother and great-grandmother who were maids in white South African household) and confronting the purple present and future (herself).” - British Museum
After a serious converstation about the current climate in South Africa, Sibane’s work came right to mind. I love this piece, the gestures of the figures, like caught in a circular dance, it’s so good!
I came across this work some time ago and saved it as it drew me in so much, but it was incorrectly tagged and it took me a while to find the artist. It seems that her name is commonly spelled a couple different ways, I’m sticking with the Wikipedia one, but I’m not sure if that’s correct. None the less, I suggest checking out her various tags as her work is so charming and wonderful.
A bunch of galleries stayed open late in Chelsea NY so I took advantage! I couldn’t make everything, but had some lovely surprises. My favorite show all around was the Luhring Augustine exhibit featuring the work of ektor garcía, Kaveri Raina, Rebecca Shore, and Clarissa Tossin. But there were some wonderful surprises such as the “Pool Party” exhibit at C24 Gallery partnered with Field Projects. Each artist and gallery is tagged in the post.
Then it started to get hot…these sculptures have such a deliciousness to them, they seemed like the perfect way to kick-off the heat wave themed posts with their ice cream like appearance.
I first saw this image in a sponsored post, yes those do work I suppose! I liked how she described the piece too, here’s what she said: “My response to the abstract expressionism movement and the lack of female artist representation during the macho, hyper-masculine dominated movement.”
For the last day of the heat wave, I decided to end the week with a fun post with a couple artists creating popsicle inspired works. Sometimes Art can look so tasty!
Through the rest of the summer I am still accepting Summer themed Submissions. If you’d like to be considered please DM @woartblog an image with a sentence or two of how that work fits into Summer for you. Please only send one, and please only send via Instagram, no emails please. I’ve been having so much fun seeing your submissions and have already featured quite a few! I’ll keep using those submissions through the rest of the summer. Here are some that have already been featured:
HINT: Some themes that I am specifically looking for: book arts, artwork about swimming or the beach, artwork about volleyball, Northern California artists, artwork about traveling, artwork about going back to school, artwork including fans, artwork about Leo/lions, artwork about or using beer in some way, extra tall artworks, artwork by artists over 70.