Archive for July, 2009

Sculptural Artist Andrew Myers’ Leap of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

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Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

Andrew Myers has been artistically influenced by european life and culture. He was born in Braunshweig, Germany and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain.

At age 20, Andrew attended the Art Institute of Southern California, now known as Laguna College of Art and Design, after which he put his faith in his art and began to work as a full time artist. His personal “Leap of Faith”

A reminder to all of us to just begin. My favorite quote is,

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, Begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.”  Goethe

Idea Roadblock

Idea Roadblock

Andrew’s subjects matter certainly makes the viewer pause for reflection. Little snippets of the life of every-man-woman.

The Idea Roadblock resonates for me  as just out of reach, that inspirational idea that I can almost touch, but I need to stretch just a bit more, just past my comfort zone. Knowing I might fail, but still taking that “Leap of Faith”, just beginning “it”.

Oh Life's Unexpected Moments

Oh Life's Unexpected Moments

Oh, Life’s Unexpected Moments. – Just when I think I have everything balanced, the unexpected happens and sends me flying.  It happens to us all from time to time, it is the way of the world. But then before I know it, I’m right back there stretching for the new idea and taking another leap of faith.

Life's Deconstruction Phase 2

Life's Deconstruction Phase 2

The blend of modern material with classical figurative techniques featuring  universal subject matter are prevalent throughout his work. He uses, among other media, bronze and cement in his sculpture and in his drawings, rice paper, charcoal, stains, wood finishes.

To learn more about this thoughtful Artist you can begin with this wonderful interview in this PDF of the Fall 2008 issue of Sculptural Pursuit. There are many pieces of his in this interview that aren’t on his website. But do take time to visit and explore more of his interesting sculptures and drawings on his website.

Thanks to Tejae Floyde for suggesting Andrew Myers’ art.

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Linda Ganstrom’s Figurative Ceramics

Posted in Ceramic on July 24th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment
Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect

Working in figurative ceramics for the past 30 years, Linda Ganstrom explores issues that relate to her personal experiences, yet ask questions and reveal universal truths.

Patterns

Patterns - Life -Scale Figure

Issues related to these experiences including; memory, family obligation, gender roles, spirituality and personal identity are recurring themes in her work.  The various roles of women in the late 20th and early 21st century, their connection and responsibility to their community and the environment, as well as the changing perceptions of women’s potential are reflected in Linda’s figurative sculptures.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel's DNA Ladder

Largely hand built, and often formed of slabs or coils, Linda’s figures have a narrative, storytelling appeal that is enhanced by the addition of mixed media elements.

"Deeply Rooted Friendship - Sias Sisters" Sias University, Henan Province, China May 2005

"Deeply Rooted Friendship - Sias Sisters" Sias University, Henan Province, China May 2005

Most recently, Linda has been traveling to China to dedicate the installation of public sculptures intended to symbolize the friendship between her university and their partners in China.  In addition to meeting and working with colleagues in China, Linda has benefited from art travel to important ceramic sites such as Xian, Dehua, Jingdezhen and Foshan near Guangzhou.  This international perspective has reinforced her beliefs that all mankind is motivated by the same love and fear and that if we are to build a better future, we must respect our differences and celebrate our commonalities in Art as well as in life.  This philosophy has fueled new work dealing with spiritual and religious themes illustrated through the figure.

Linda is a Professor of Art – Ceramics, at Fort Hays State University. You can see more of her interesting work on her website.

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Her Morning Elegance – Video

Posted in Videos on July 14th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Oren Lavie – Co-director / songwriter
Oren Lavie is a  songwriter, director, writer of funny books for sad children. Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He has long curly hair, green eyes, cold feet. Known to daydream on many an occasion.
He has written and directed several plays in London’s Off-West End and NY off-Broadway. read more »

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Jason Thielke’s Architectural Approach to the Human Figure

Posted in Contemporary, Traditional on July 8th, 2009 by Alice – 1 Comment

Easy Silence

Jason Thielke’s art focuses on urban landscapes and their inhabitants. A strong emotional connection to the built environment and its inevitable rise and fall provide the foundation for his work.

Jason Thielke’s solo exhibition, New Work, will begin July 17 and continue through August 15, 2009 at the David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 A Wazee Street Denver, CO, 80202. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, July 17th, 2009 from 7 PM to 10 PM.

From his press release, “The work in this exhibition speaks to Thielke’s fascination with behavioral juxtaposition within the individual. The conflict between one’s ability to implement self control and compulsion to manipulate and constantly self-gratify emerges as a reoccurring theme. Jason Thielke’s drawings illustrate this struggle with mathematical precision. Constellations of the human experience, the artist utilizes simple, structural forms to portray stark contrasts within the spirit of his subjects – swirls representing natural beauty and positive energy; straight lines referencing intentional thought and manipulation used to influence others. These figures depict the idiosyncrasies of human perception, examining the dynamics of body language, eye contact and spiritual interaction. “

Visionary

Jason’s aesthetic encompasses both contemporary and traditional techniques much like modern architecture; his process of drawing, composing, and transferring images mirrors the planning, deconstruction and reconstruction phases of urban gentrification.
Kim and Jesse
The architectural style in his work is applied to his interpretation of the human form, which comfortably contrasts hard lines with soft features and mixed emotions.

Psiloveu 7

He often parallels this theme with the resurgence of American figurative painting.

Thielke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Northern Illinois University School of Art and has held solo exhibitions in Denver, Portland and Seattle.

Clown

Thielke uses combinations of the following materials in his work, colored pencil, acrylic transfer, acrylic, aerosol, laser etching, and ink. You can see more of Jason’s work on his website.

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Found Objects and The Whimseys of Lauretta Lowell

Posted in mixed media on July 3rd, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Whimsey – a thing that is fanicful or odd.

Found objects - A found object, in an artistic sense, indicates the use of an object which has not been designed for an artistic purpose, but which exists for another purpose already.

From the beginning of time artist have repurposed items to create their art. In this century, I always think of Marcel Duchamp and his ceramic urinal or Robert Rauschenberg’s goat when I hear the words altered art or found objects.

In my post about sculptor Donald Gialanella I’ve shown one of his “found object” figures, Midden Woman.

I’ll be looking closely at today’s overwhelming adaption of these art forms in the months to come. I find it fascinating.

But right now, it’s time for a wide smile and homage to the throw aways, the found objects.

Zora the Fortune Tella

We all have these kind of items in our back closets or in our attics. While most of us either leave them there…or when they do come to the surface of 40 years worth of treasures, we send them on to Goodwill or a garage sale in hopes that someone might …just maybe…. decide to give it a new home. Because we know in our hearts that this one piece of yesterday is to be treasured, it represent our lives, or our mother’s life..but for the life of US, we can’t justify putting it out on the coffee table for all to see. Its old, it’s broken, it’s well..just not us any more.

I'm A Little Teapot

Enter Lauretta Lowell. Lauretta’s found art figures, her Whimsical Curiosities, are made from antique porcelain heads and arms, vintage kitchen appliances, machine parts, junk drawer items and costume jewelry. She takes that throw away item and makes it a keeper. The entertainment value is priceless.

Green Framed Doll

I’m attracted to these doll/objects, because they remind me of my childhood. Of small dolls and miniature china tea sets. Alice in Wonderland bizarreness!

Her figures make me laugh. It make me happy that there is one less de-funked treasure made new again. I laugh when I see the leg just sticking out of the bottom of a vase or an old tea pot. The old frame in the picture above would never have even made it to the garage sale pile, but Laurette makes you want to give it a place of honor somewhere in your life.

Walking the Dog

Lauretta has spent more than 30 years working with in the art community. From  Curating at the Santa Cruz Island Foundation in Palm Desert, CA to managing the Wentworth Gallery in Indio, CA. Now, Lauretta has turned her artistic talents to the whimsical figures you see here.

Pineapple Princess

For more information about Lauretta and her work, visit her website Whimsical Curiosities.

And look for more posts here about altered art and found objects.

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