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Sculptures by Gehard Demetz

“Your monsters are just like mine” wood, 168,5 x 38 x 35 cm

The work of Selva di Val Gardena, Italy based artist Gehard Demetz is not for the faint of heart. Life-size children are depicted impaled by umbrellas and storage containers. In “For my fathers,” a young boy holds out a belt as . . . → Read More: Sculptures by Gehard Demetz

More birds cut from antique maps by Claire Brewster

In the past year since I first featured London-based artist Claire Brewster, she has come up with many more amazing pieces. Using old maps and atlases, Brewster cuts out detailed images of birds, insects and flowers. The cut-outs are pinned either directly on to the wall forming a large scale installation or pinned inside . . . → Read More: More birds cut from antique maps by Claire Brewster

San Francisco Area Event Picks for May 30 to June 5, 2013

art print by Chuck Sperry at Hangar 18 Studio in Oakland, CA

Thursday May 30, 2013

Event: “Honky Tonk” photographs by Henry Horenstein, Opening Reception When: Thursday May 30, 2013 6PM Where: RayKo Photo Center 428 Third Street (at Harrison) San Francisco, CA 94107

Event: The H18 Project: Varnish Pop-Up in Oakland at Chuck . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for May 30 to June 5, 2013

“Bang” an installation at the Venice Art Biennale 2013 by Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, “Bang” 2010-2013, 886 antique stools, installation view, 2013; image © Roman Mensing

If an installation artist were to do a gestural drawing this is something I imagine he/she might come up with: 886 three-legged wooden stools strewn throughout an expansive three-dimensional space. The featured work entitled “Bang” by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei . . . → Read More: “Bang” an installation at the Venice Art Biennale 2013 by Ai Weiwei

Portraits of women by Hope Gangloff

Catherine Despont, 2012. Acrylic/canvas, 72” by 48”.

Preoccupied, amused or sullen, these women look like they came right out of Egon Schiele’s studio and into the new millennium. New York City based artist Hope Gangloff paints portraits where the subject competes with his/her surroundings for the viewer’s attention. Chckens, crazy quilts, antique Chinese landscapes. . . . → Read More: Portraits of women by Hope Gangloff

“Unframed in Marseille” photographic street art by JR

French photographer JR just wrapped up one of his “Unframed” projects in Marseille, France. The results are several stunning views of large-scale photographic portraits pasted on buildings. Some photos were offered from the private collections of the city inhabitants, others were garnered from the city archives of Marseille. All of the people in the . . . → Read More: “Unframed in Marseille” photographic street art by JR

Unusual display ideas for lace doilies

Lace doilies make my heart race. Here are a few ideas I’ve been collecting about how to display them. (starting from the top and going clockwise)

1. Lace doilies hung in embroidery loops clustered in a window at the Mercy store in Oakland, California. (flickr)

2. A table runner. Simply gorgeous. (pinterest)

3. A . . . → Read More: Unusual display ideas for lace doilies

Felt puppies by Minami Kawasaki (川崎みなみ)

Yikes! I can’t decide whether these newborn puppies are creepy or cute. They are made of felt but look awfully close to the REAL thing. Can you smell that puppy breath???

Called “Home Sweet Home,” this cluster of warmth was made by Minami Kawasaki (川崎みなみ) of Joshibi University of Art and Design (女子美術大学). Kawasaki . . . → Read More: Felt puppies by Minami Kawasaki (川崎みなみ)

Figure paintings by Cristina Troufa

I love the composition in these paintings by Portugal-based artist Cristina Troufa. Negative space is used to define the figures. Simple lines are juxtaposed with fully rendered parts of the figure.

Troufa says, “The theme of my work is about my life, about myself and my beliefs. I explore in my work the self-representation . . . → Read More: Figure paintings by Cristina Troufa

“Steam” photographic portraits by David Ryle

London-based photographer David Ryle has created a series of photographs where each subject is covered by a veil of steam. It’s a simple concept, and well executed. See more photographs from the “Steam” series here.

For another artist (a painter) whose work is based on a similar concept, see “Alyssa Monks paints women behind . . . → Read More: “Steam” photographic portraits by David Ryle