Amy Santoferraro looks at a cheaply produced kitsch object and thinks, “Wow, that would make really great art.” After experiencing this sculpture I began to realize that I am being blinded to the true visual beauty of kitsch. Somehow, that same type of cheap plastic makes it’s way into my life and I end up resenting it, first, because its doesn’t look nice next to my iPod, and second, because I am going to have to put it in a landfill and feel bad about it. The color of that old easter basket is actually kind of nice… and the texture of that dish-sponge is incredible… and that fly-swatter! Amy Santoferraro removes the immediate functional connotations from everyday objects and reinvents them as playful landscape compositions in a series she calls ‘BaskeTREE.’ [Read more...]
These drawings are like taking a microscope to a night club and observing the crawling skin of a rave dancer. Before you read on click ‘Play’ on the sound piece below to set the mood. These incredibly detailed ink drawings are physical manifestations of Beth Brown’s sound art. They look like an iTunes visualizer being used in a slightly darker sci-fi universe. The nonobjective shapes embody a wonderfully dense articulated structure and imply movement: slithering, morphing, collapsing, as a part of some strange foreign lifecycle on micro scale. Beth Brown builds accumulated sensory texture expressed through micro-landscapes. [Read more...]
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One word that comes to mind when first observing a Ben Grasso painting: dynamic. Just about every piece of his large scale work is in motion – either being blown outward by an explosion, being blown away by a hurricane-force wind, or in many examples, moved by a mysterious energy beyond explanation. Much of his work features classic wooden buildings from the American plains – their timber frame details, long strips of siding and even surrounding foliage moving quickly in divergent directions. It’s a chaotic sight, but one filled with a surprising amount of beauty. [Read more...]
More than a merging of hairstyles and nature, the collage work of Erin Case is something which marries the surreal with the human in ways which evoke a strong passion and a desirous longing for a perfection only found in special moments. Her works juxtapose the forms of women onto that of natural wonders: waterfalls, mountains and bleak deserts. In this way her pieces bring forth a feeling of the infinite feminine, a wild spirit of infinite beauty and inspiration… one that can’t be tamed. [Read more...]
The work of Eyvind Earle is truly timeless, looking so current it could have been painted yesterday by a mature artist we’d flock to gallery openings for… but Earle passed away almost 13 years ago. His lifetime of work continues to inspire with its imaginative, dreamlike scenery; confetti-like array of colors across the canvas; and for the many influential film works he helped create. If these landscape paintings look familiar, we’ll tell you why. [Read more...]
Once filled with nothing but beautiful, natural, mountainous, tree-filled landscapes, the now over-populated China has some views that aren’t quite so serene: landfills. To contrast the idyllic past with the realistic present, Chinese artist Yao Lu photographed the landfills, covered in green netting, then digitally manipulated the photos to look like the familiar vintage landscapes in traditional paintings. He adds mist, trees, and buildings to the heaps of rubbish, making them appear beautiful and serene until you look closely enough to realize that they are not actually mountains. [Read more...]
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What look like foggy landscapes from alien planets, or maybe even the moody landscapes in some Rococo era painting, are actually carefully planned images of aquariums. Artist Kim Keever takes fishtanks and using plaster and other materials crafts landscapes within. He then fills the tanks with water, sets up lighting and photographs his aquatic set while adding in powders which form clouds and fog. The results are stunningly surreal… and sometimes even very realistic. [Read more...]