More work by Australian artist Liesl Pfeffer. Pfeffer juxtaposes photographs of landscapes captured from different angles, creating the illusion of movement and depth.
See more of this artist’s work in the previous post: “Hearts and Arrows” photo-media collages of minerals, crystals and gemstones by Liesl Pfeffer
I like these illustrations by UK based artist Kate Miller. Inspired by a background in screen printing, Miller digitally layers sketches, textures and photographs, one on top of another, to create a compelling image. See more of the artist’s work on her website.
Sofia, Bulgaria based artist Mariana Popova uses hand-felt needle techniques and sheep wool (which she dyes herself) to create highly-detailed creatures from the insect world. Popova considers felting to be her “true love, besides my husband, my children, my dog and my cats, who are also my inspiration.”
See much more of the artist’s work on her Facebook page.
Milan-based artist Marco Mazzoni creates these dazzling drawings of faces crowned with flowers, butterflies and birds. Did I say drawings? Yes! they were done with colored pencils, Durer Faber-Castell colored pencils to be precise. With exquisite details on the flowers and flying creatures in juxtapostion with voids where the human subject’s eyes should reside, Mazzoni’s work takes on an eerie quality suggestive of either a divine presence or a search for identity.
In an interview with Coates & Scarry, Mazzoni describes his inspiration as, “… connected with the oral tradition of ancient story tales. They are references to the Sardinian female-based societies from 16th to the 18th centuries which conserved their culture through the storytelling.” When asked to describe his working process, the artist said “The first step is research on plants in encyclopaedias and specialist books… The drawing action, a chiaroscuro base comes afterwards. The colours are the final step of this process. The coloured layers are applied delicately one by one.”
In “Animal Visions,” artist Tom Chambers creates narratives involving animals. Domesticated or feral. Exotic or tame. These animals appear as characters in Chambers’ fairy-tale-like photomontages.
About this series, Chambers writes, “While working on Animal Visions I found myself circling back to the influence of magic realism. In the early 20th century Latin American writers and artists used magic realism to create images, which with a simple twist go beyond the expected into the unexpected. In this series I have constructed images to tell unfinished stories, which initially might seem true and believable, but likely are improbable. As I imagined in my childhood the animals and humans share a kindred connection.”
See more of Chambers’ work in the previous post: “Photomontages by Tom Chambers at the Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco.”
Fabric Manipulation Workshop With Artist Ealish Wilson at the Berkeley Art Center
Event: The 30th Annual Marin Show: Art of the Americas – a vast array of Antique and Contemporary American Indian and Latin American Art offered for sale by exhibitors from all over the Untied States
When: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10am-6pm; Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11am-5pm
Where: Antiques: Marin Civic Center and Contemporary: Embassy Suites San Rafael, CA
Event: 15th San Francisco Whole Bead Show
When: Friday, February 21, 4:00-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 23, 12:00 Noon-5:00 p.m.
Where: Fleet Room, Bldg D; Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
Friday February 21, 2014
Event: SFiC2A2 BREAKOUT Presents: Hybrid At Incline Gallery
When: Friday February 21, 6pm
Where: Incline Gallery 766 Valencia St. San Francisco, Ca 94110
Saturday February 22, 2014
Event: Fabric Manipulation Workshop With Artist Ealish Wilson
When: Saturday February 22, 12-4pm
Where: Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709
Don’t these sculptures look like they are made out of paper? They are porcelain wall sculptures created by Valeria Nascimento. I like how she plays with the repetition of nested objects, and the appearance of fragility of the material.
The Major, 2010 Oil on canvas 100 x 150cm
Paintings by Australian artist Abbey McCulloch. With just a few brushstrokes, McCulloch creates heavy-eyed women with blurred features in colors that span the rainbow. Eerie and intriguing. See more of the artist’s work here.
Delphine, 2010 Oil on canvas 100 x 100cm
Gimlet, 2010 Oil on canvas 100 x 150cm
Atmosphera, 2010 Oil on canvas 100 x 150cm
Gloria, 2010 Oil on canvas 100 x 100cm
“she’s mine” 2014 Embroidery, Acrylic, and Fabric, 24 x 20 inches
Using embroidery, fabric and paint on canvas, Brooklyn based artist Amanda Valdez creates paintings with strong colors, bold shapes and suggestive imagery.
From Valdez’s artist statement, “I think about what the body feels: extreme pleasure and pain. There is pain in the pleasure of having intimate physical contact with another. These brief moments are always book ended with being alone, connections are brief and the rip from them or their dissolution is sobering and sad. This often ignites a full relocation of reality, because reality is shifting on us constantly, causing our bodies to respond to our emotional life. In my paintings I can make something whole- it can all be there- the light, the joy, and the seduction, but there is always a lurking moment to see beyond the wholeness, into the anxiety of fragmentation. The paradox of the co-existing pleasure and pain highlights my interest in paradoxes in general, and how they’re productive locations for me to work with. By the body losing containment for example, ridding itself of poison by ejecting it through it’s orphuses, the mouth or anus, the body can then become healthy and whole again. These are ruptures and they happen in many ways. Sexuality is contained within the body until a moment of feral rapture and we spill out. It’s a physical moment and psychic one. I’m thinking about how my experience oscillates between the two, how a feeling comes from the inside out or how it’s effected from the outside in and the skin is the barrier and surface between these.”
The artist is currently showing her work in the group show “Made in Ratio” at Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art in New York City (January 16 – February 23, 2014).
Storm Face, part of “i sang a song of home” series, 2013 Acrylic, Gouache, and Graphite on Paper, 14 x 17 inches
Moon Face, part of “i sang a song of home” series, 2013 Acrylic, Gouache, and Graphite on Paper, 14 x 17 inches
“Dwells Among Us” 2011 Embroidery, Fabric, Gesso, and Canvas 48″ x 36″
“Good to be King” 2011, Fabric, Acrylic, and Canvas, 72″ x 84″
Philadelphia based artist Stacey Lee Webber uses pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters as building blocks to construct jewelry. Her work is currently being shown at the “The American Made Show” in Philadelphia through February 21, 2014.
Webber also creates large sculptural pieces using coins. To view a previous post on this artist’s work, see ”Stacey Lee Webber reworks coins into sculptural handyman tools.”