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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



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

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

Stephan Balleux’s edgy sculpture ‘Bullet Proof’s Anatomy’ challenges our notions of infallibility and invulnerability, mocking modern technology’s promise of safety and order.  Nothing is bullet proof, nothing is invincible; no matter how we comfort ourselves with Kevlar, we are mortal and we will die.  And yet the skull is dripping in cheerful, vibrant, beautiful colors, as though to remind us that there is beauty in fragility.  A Belgian artist based in Germany, Balleux was recently the artist in residence at WARDLOW in Australia.

Bullet Proof's Anatomy by Stephan Balleux

For more information, visit Stephan Balleux’s website.

-Jayme Catalano

New York based Kumiya Mashita is a shadow artist, juxtaposing tactile objects with ghostlike shadow forms.  The effect is something out of an art house horror movie or a fever dream.  Her illusions emerge from the darkness, deliberately carved wood and carefully placed illumination forming the basis of her installations.  Called a “magician of shadow” in her native Japan, Mashita also creates intricate portraits using unconventional techniques:  in one work, she has removed strategic threads from woven cloth to create a detailed portrait of a young boy.

Chair, 2010. By Kumi Yamashita.

Seated Figure, 2008. Kumi Yamashita.

Warp and Weft (Mana), 2007. Kumi Yamashita.

Visit for more information.  Watch this video about her work.

Wormholes, vivisection, microscopic patterns in nature, and “the overlooked potential of common things” form the inspiration behind artist Jen Stark’s intricate sculptures from paper and wood.  She strives to create intricate, complex creations that reveal “how remarkable common materials can become.”  Stark first began using paper at a time when other art supplies were out of her financial reach; paper was simply the least expensive option with the most potential.  Relying on precision, mathematics, and extensive planning, the sculptures are time-intensive and involved.  A solo exhibition of Stark’s work is scheduled for March 2 at the Lazardies gallery in London.

Over and Out

Microscopic Entrance


For more information, please visit,, or Juxtapose Magazine.

-Jayme Catalano