Archives for category: sculpture

I was so honored to be a guest on the What is Art? Blog Talk Radio show recently.  Our topics of conversation included public relations for artists in the digital age, the rise of social media and visual marketing, branding, and advice on raising your profile among galleries, buyers, and the press.  Take half an hour to listen.

-Jayme Catalano

Chris Cunningham has staged the world’s first “Laser Fueled Robo-Sex Ballet,” Jaqapparatus1.  He began his career sculpting prosthetics, contributing to films like Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, and A.I.  He went on to redefine MTV in the 1990s, creating seminal music videos for Bjork, Madonna, and Aphex Twin.  After realizing that creating music videos for other artist’s music could be incredibly limiting, Cunningham began creating his music and accompanying videos, employing all the tricks of the trade he had mastered while working in the special effects industry, an effort which culminated in a series of live audio-visual performances in Japan and Europe.  His first installation, Jaqapparatus1, is currently on exhibition at Audi City London.  Two laser-firing robots engage in a brutal, almost sexual dance on a shadowy, sci-fi set.  Comprised of two Talos motion-controlled camera rigs, Cunningham mounted powerful lasers which the robots use to “attack, repel, and communicate with each other, a kind of duel, a surreal mating display which sees each machine trying to dominate the other.”  Watch the video below for a glimpse of the Robo-Sex Ballet.

VIDEO:  Jaqappartus1 for Audi City London

-Jayme Catalano

The Art WithOut Labels retail gallery is a hip space filled with the artwork of emerging local and international artists.  Created by artists and designers with developmental and related disabilities, much of the work is slightly irreverent and endearingly whimsical.  Started by the non-profit group Alchemia, AWOL empowers artists and provides an opportunity for the community to recognize and support their astounding talent.  The mission of AWOL is “to create a public venue where the intersection of people, media, and invention help to create a more open and inviting community for all.”  AWOL’s artists are talented and unique and their artwork is a reminder that artistry transcends limitations.

If you would like to inquire about purchasing artwork or donating funds to the non-profit organization, please contact Susan Boyle at (415) 320-2126 or email susan[at]alchemia.org.  You can visit the website here.

Bird on Branch, courtesy of the AWOL Gallery

Courtesy of the AWOL Gallery

Courtesy of the AWOL Gallery

Courtesy of the AWOL Gallery

Graphic designer Paige Smith has created a street art project in the nooks and crannies of urban Los Angeles.  Working under the pseudonym A Common Name, her three dimensional paper objects represent crystal, quartz, and geodes, mineral formations normally found in nature.  The results are whimsical, mystical, and more than a little magical.  As she says, “A parallel aspect of these ‘geodes’ in nature and in the city is they are always unexpected treasures.  You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment.”  Visit her website for information on the specific location of the geodes.

Geode #2, Arts District LA

Geode #2, Arts District LA by A Common Name

Geode #9, Downtown LA, A Common Name

Geode #10, Arts District, A Common Name

Geode #7, Daily Dose DTLA, A Common Name

A Common Name is also creating art in custom spaces, “less unexpected but equally beautiful.”  Contact her here for more information.

-Jayme Catalano

 

 

With spring upon us, so, too, is the question of how best to appoint and decorate our outdoor living spaces.  Artist Tiffany Drage of Newport Beach offers an elegant and beautiful solution:  living pictures made of colorful succulents.  Perfect for small areas and blank vertical walls, her succulent wall art is a low maintenance alternative to traditional potted plants and a way to bring a feeling of refinement to the great outdoors.  If you are more inclined toward DIY, see Sunset Magazine’s excellent instruction guide to creating your own.

Vertical succulent wall art by Tiffany Drage

Succulent wall art by Tiffany Drage

To purchase a bespoke original by Tiffany Drage, visit her Etsy store front TiffanysLivingArt.

Artist Anne Lindberg’s string drawings bring to mind supernatural, phantasmal matter floating peacefully and brilliantly in mid-air.  She creates sculptures and drawings that she calls “systemic and non-representational…subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive.”  Lindberg utilizes shifts in layering, tool, and material to create tonal passages that resonate with primal human conditions:  goodwill, anxiety, fear, security, self-protection, sexuality, gravity, and compulsive behaviors.  Her string installations are constructed using thousands of individual strands of Egyptian cotton thread and staples.  View the time lapse video of her recent installation “Drawn Pink” in Placemakers at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

Drawn Pink (2012) by Anne Lindberg

Drawn Pink (2012) by Anne Lindberg

For more information on the artist, visit her website.

-Jayme Catalano

GF Smith partnered with FIELD, a creative studio for digital art and generative design, to test their new printing technology.  FIELD was tasked with creating 10,000 unique digital paintings to test the technological potential of GF Smith’s latest printing presses.  Each painting features a different view of a hyper complex sculpture created through generative coding and creative intuition.  The resulting paintings captured “the energy of a dynamic process-caught in a timeless medium.”  GF Smith took the paintings and printed them onto 10,000 unique promotional sleeves to showcase their premium papers and printing capabilities.  A hybrid of human and machine creation, the paintings challenge the idea of what art is and where it is going.

FIELD for GF Smith

FIELD for GF Smith

FIELD for GF Smith

For more on the project, visit GF Smith or FIELD.

-Jayme Catalano

Fiber artist Peter Gentenaar creates three-dimensional, organic sculptures out of two-dimensional paper.  He starts by beating the paper pulp for very long time, creates a single sheet of paper from the pulp, and reinforces it with thin ribs of bamboo.  The paper shrinks up to 40% during the drying process, putting incredible force on the non-shrinking bamboo reinforcements.  The tension creates the beautiful, curling shapes that are then suspended in air.  Gentenaar says of his work, “The simplicity of the material, which is the carrier, the color, the texture and the form, all together, make working with it wonderful and direct.” The sculptures pictured below were exhibited at the Festival of Saint-Riquier in France.

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

Lay Mystere de papier by Peter Gentenaar, 2011

For more on Peter Gentenaar, click here.  For more on the Saint-Riquier Somme-Bay Festival, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

In Guatemalan folklore, a person can express their concerns to a small worry doll so that the doll may worry in the person’s place.  Artist Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse has created her own series of ceramic worry dolls embodying the twelve most recurrent human concerns:  health, trauma, death, fertility, lust, companionship, love, loneliness, hostility, time, aging, and money.  “A physical manifestation of worry, the dolls are empathetic to our own concerns, our health, our lust, aging, death.  Each doll is a willing audience for the taxing ephemera of our daily toil, they are meant to carry our anxieties for us, so we do not have to.”

Worrydoll...Surgery, 2005 by Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse

Worrydoll...Death, 2005 by Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse

Worrydoll...Love, 2007 by Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse

For more information, visit the artist’s website.

-Jayme Catalano

The Compound Gallery in San Francisco has an answer to the ubiquitous wine and produce subscription services:  art subscription!  Just like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), subscribers answer a few questions about their likes/dislikes and how often they’d like to receive their $50 deliveries.  Instead of organic produce, however, they receive artwork in a variety of mediums by Bay Area artists.  Featured artists have included ceramicists, print makers, painters, etc.

A recent subscriber box containing work by Jeanne Lorenz.

Visit Art in a Box to sign up.  Click here for more work by Jeanne Lorenz.

-Jayme Catalano