Here's what you may have missed on the @WoArtBlog Instagram account this week!
This week I was focused on artists that are making work with a very painterly feel, but not necessarily using painting at all, or if they were, taking some unique sculptural approaches to it. This is something that I do in my own work and find a lot of inspiration in finding artists with similar approaches but very different vibes, materials and styles in their work. So I challenged myself to find artists working in various mediums from wood, paper, resin and ceramics that could potentially be exhibited together, complementary to each other despite their differences.
I began searching for shaped paintings, artists that were still using the surface of the materials they used as a flat object, but creating an edge that was organic and undefinable. That’s when I came across the work of Angela McKenzie. Her feed was refreshing in how open she was about the experimental process, and how she was trying to challenge herself to be more sculptural. Some of her works are pushing the boundaries even more, make sure to check her out!
I love a lot of optical, minimal work that in it's construction becomes more complex. This piece in particular caught my eye for the pattern and gradation of colors, the subtle shifts from blue to green and red to orange. On this particular day I was attempting to get my own space more organized, what better inspiration than this?
This is just one of several pieces that I really loved by Juliette Jouannais. I had a hard time choosing just one to post! There is something fascinating to me about sculpturizing the brushstroke. Cutting it out and having it become a dimensional layer as the physical paper rather than or in this case, in addition to a layer of the paint. Very cool works, if you haven't already, make sure to check out more.
I first saw Linda's works through Patricia Sweetow Gallery, a favorite of mine in San Francisco. This is a bit more minimal than many of her works and I thought it captured a very painterly approach to ceramic glazing that complimented the other pieces I was featuring this week really well. I love when a piece has an unexpected element in it too, and that vase caught in the mix I just find to be so compelling!
I got to actually visit the studio of Andrea with fellow artist friend Ivivia Olenick the prior weekend. It was a scorching day out but her studio was a delight! My photo does not do it justice in how complexly layered the pieces are. She adds on top, but also removes the surface and digs in. Here using a combination of magazine pages that featured textile surfaces and created a really gorgeous sculptural painterly collage.
"Summation & Absence" is a show that I co-curated with Etty Yaniv for the BioBAT Art Space. One of the artists, Lorrie Fredette spent Saturday hanging out at the gallery and chatting with visitors. This is her installation that hangs from the ceiling and takes up half of the entry!
Mark your calendars as we're having a Closing Reception August 16th, 7-9pm!
(Photo from the BioBAT Art Space)
After a rather abstract week, it's nice to mix in something more representational. This was a submission for my Summer themed Call for Artists that immediately caught my eye. How could it not?! Beautifully painted and the incorporation of vintage found objects was so eye catching. As I was off on a "road trip" of sorts, this was the perfect post for the day.
Keep an eye out for the next Artist interview to be posted soon! I'm so excited to share this artist, her work is incredible. I think you're going to love it as much as I do, stay tuned!!