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Book art by Lynn Skordal

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Washington state based artist Lynn Skordal excavated an antique book to create an interior filled with faces cut from vintage photographs. I love the effect of the multitude of heads mounted on pins inside the book.

See more of Skordal’s work on her website.

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Mixed-media works by Harold Hollingsworth

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I like the way Seattle-based artist Harold Hollingsworth juxtaposes different stylistic elements: thick with thin lines, typographic forms with organic shapes, black/white with color.

About his process, Hollingsworth writes: “I’ve been focusing on being loose with some sketchbook activities to start each day here in the studio, and as simple as that has been, like stretching before exercising, I’d forgotten to do that in the last few years as well. The net result is that I’m trusting my hand, and arms more. I found that with as much as I will analyze and plot, that the simple act of knowledge bound in movement can give you a satisfying result had been that reach that I could not seem to make.

See more of the artist’s work on his flickr site.

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Ceramics by Giselle Hicks

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Montana based artist Giselle Hicks creates ceramic items which evoke the spirit of domesticity and romanticism. A bouquet of tulips. Flowers overflowing from a vase. A tabletop etched with floral motifs and covered with ceramic folded napkins.

From Hicks’ website: “My work investigates the sites within a domestic space that are routinely and ritually inhabited, particularly the bed/bedroom and table/dining room. For me, the bed and table personify human relationships. Their design and function determines our proximity to one another affecting our actions and interactions. I imagine their surfaces as absorbent, retaining traces of our presence and our histories. This work is an abstraction of the expansive and complex life experiences that take place across surfaces of these sights within the home.

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Paintings by Yoshiko Fukushima

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Paintings by Kyoto City based artist Yoshiko Fukushima. I like how she portrays the interactions between her ghostly subjects.

See more of Fukushima’s work on her tumblr site.

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Sketchbook inspiration: Stella Im Hultberg

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Today’s inspiration is the sketchbook of Brooklyn-based artist Stella Im Hultberg.

See a previous post of her work here – Faces of Stella Im Hultberg.”

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Painted birds by Michelle Morin

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New Hampshire based artist Michelle Morin paints delicate detailed drawings of birds. Using watercolor and gouache, Morin depicts hummingbirds, herons and other avian creatures, amid stylized views of their natural habitats.

From her artist’s statement, “With many years designing and maintaining gardens, Michelle has narrowed her primary focus to nature as a subject to reference. She works to convey the beauty and complexities of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work, which range from elaborate watercolor and gouache compositions on paper to vast and more layered paintings on canvas. Through her travels she continues to seek out inspiration from the natural world while honing in on the unique details that define each place.

See more of Morin’s work here.

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Crochet figures by Yulia Ustinova

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Moscow, Russia based artist Yulia Ustinova is captivated by the roundness of the female figure. Hips, buttocks, tummy and breasts. Armed with a crochet hook and variegated yarn, Ustinova renders the curves, twists and turns, covering the underlying metal armature with a skin of tightly wound fabric.

From an interview with ZoneArts, the artist says about her work, “I prefer to call them ladies or ‘plumpies’. Originally, instead of “plumpies” Iused the Russian word “tetki” – it means uneducated and ungroomed women. Maybe there is a more appropriate word for this – it depends on their image and my mood… They are all around me, my friends, my acquaintance, almost every one of them has problems, and lots of them have a difficult personal life, or are unfortunate in love. Something concentrates and the lady or plumpie (tetka) appears.

See more of Ustinova’s work on her Facebook page.
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Abstract collage by Aaron Wexler

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I like the abstract collage work of the Brooklyn based artist Aaron Wexler. Inspired by nature, Wexler collects source materials from prints, books, photographs and more. After making drawings and collages from these source materials, the artist cuts his work apart and pastes them together, building the layers of the picture plane.

Wexler writes in his artist statement, “Concealing and revealing in my work is an important form of visual play. I play with the back and forth between what is print, what is paint and what is just negative space. Collage is a form of sampling but for me it’s what’s in between those samples, which is just as exciting. My selection process of shapes, images and paint is based in poetic responses on how I respond to formal elements – it is in that act that I find profound meaning.”

Last year (May 2 – June 29, 2013), Wexler had a solo exhibition of his work at the Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City.

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“Tune Then Turn” 2014 Acrylic, Painted Paper and Print Material Collaged On Panel 30 x 42 in

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Emperor Tomato Katchup 2013. Acrylic, painted paper collage and print material on panel. 24″ x 18″

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“The Not-So-Distant Future” 2008, acrylic and paper collage on panel. 74″ x 54″

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Window of Opportunity 2013. Acrylic painted paper and printed material collage on panel. 68″ x 48″

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Window of Opportunity:detail, 2013. Acrylic painted paper and printed material collage on panel. 68″ x 48″

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work shown at the Morgan Lehman Gallery in NYC

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Figure paintings by Beata Chrzanowska

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“MINT” 40.5×31 inches, Oil/Acrylic on Canvas, 2014

New York City based artist Beata Chrzanowska builds her figure paintings using many contradictory elements: bright and dull colors, geometric and organic shapes, minimalism and chaos. With deft brushstrokes and a precise eye, Chrzanowska uses these varied characteristics to breathe life into her works. See more of Chrzanowska’s work here.

From the artist’s website: “Beata’s works are compositionally, chromatically and geometrically conscious. They are puzzles that she builds from a single figurative line drawing. Once the first colors are placed, every additional color is affected until a compositional balance is created. The work exists to demonstrate a non-traditional execution of the flesh and sexuality, arising attention to the moments she finds most intriguing and inviting the audience to experience that same driven thrill through the femme.”

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“ICE” 29×28 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2013

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“HIGH JELLY” Acrylic on Canvas, 2012

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“NICE” 25×32 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2012

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“FIGURE BEYOND” Oil on Canvas, 2010

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“FIGURE BEYOND” Oil on Canvas, 2010

Installation of vintage photographs shown at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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I like this installation of hanging photographic portraits. It is currently on display at the opening of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately, I can’t find any mention of the artist who created the installation or a description of it.

I imagine it might have been inspired by images of segregated buses in the South, like the ones shown below.

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