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Life Blurred: Monica Tap

While Mr. F and I are camping in Yosemite, I’m resharing some posts you might have missed the first go ’round!  Enjoy!

Just the other day, I was saying to Mr. Forager, “Can you believe it’s been almost two years since..”  We seem to say that to each other a lot these days.  Time just moves really quickly, especially when you’re looking back.  In her work, Toronto artist Monica Tap  investigates the line between movement and perception, resulting in dazzling abstracted landscapes.

Six Ways from Sunday: Tuesday by Monica Tap

Six Ways from Sunday: Tuesday, oil on canvas, 100×60

Tap bases her work on Quicktime videos of the streaming landscape as seen from the windows of cars, buses, and trains.  Reproducing that magical effect of obscured color and light we so enjoyed as kids.. staring out the window as the world passed us by.

Six Ways from Sunday: Wednesday by Monica Tap

Six Ways from Sunday, oil on canvas, 100×60

Six Ways from Sunday: Thursday by Monica Tap

Six Ways from Sunday: Thursday, oil on canvas, 100×60

During those long car or train rides, we couldn’t wait to get where we were going, so often we enjoyed just letting the blur go by.  But as adults, I wish I could just stop the blur sometimes and enjoy it for the wonderful time it is.

Six Ways from Sunday by Monica Tap

Six Ways from Sunday: Friday, oil on canvas, 100×60

Is life moving too fast for you these days?  Or maybe, like me, you’re impatiently waiting for a change and things don’t seem to be moving fast enough?!  Want to see more of Monica Tap’s intriguing landscapes?  Visit her website here.

All images via the artist’s website.

September Featured Artist. Brenda Hope Zappitell

Kickin’ off a new month with a holiday ( for most of us ) and a new Featured Artist, you say?  Well, I’ll take that!  I’m excited to feature the abstract work of South Florida artist Brenda Hope Zappitell all September long!

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These abstract intuitive paintings have such a delicious rhythm to them, they almost seem to pulsate!  Brenda paints on a large scale, most paintings clocking in at more than four feet square, giving her work an enveloping nature.  There are also subtle layers of paint and beautiful little pockets of color and line that become so much more powerful at a larger size.

To see more of Brenda Hope Zappitell‘s work, please visit her website and watch the blog all month long!  Click over to the Artsy Forager Facebook Page to see what gorgeous Zappitell is gracing our cover, along with an album of some of my personal favorites.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Call and Response. Stephanie Clark + Genevieve Robertson

Being an artist can be a lonely endeavor.  We’re often toiling away alone in the studio for hours, even days at a time!  And while we usually need that solitary time to work out our thoughts and feelings into compositions, it can be isolating.  We long for an exchange of ideas.  Santa Fe artist Stephanie Clark teamed up with fellow artist Genevieve Robertson for a long distance, collaborative project appropriately titled, Call and Response.

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In this artistic game of Marco Polo, one of the two artist creates an image, then sends it to the other artist, who creates her own “response”.  What I find fascinating is how the two artists are challenged with creating a unique, yet complimentary response to the original call.  Some responses repeat colors or patterns, while others hardly reference the call at all yet they still create a harmonious finished composition.

To see more from the Call and Response series and more of Stephanie Clark’s work, please visit her website.  In related news, Stephanie will soon be a contributor to the Artsy Abroad series!  Be on the lookout soon for her first post in which she’ll share all about her experience at the Gibraltar Point Residency!

All images are via the artist’s website.

Heartful Vibrations. Sharon Kingston

In his book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky wrote of a corresponding vibration happening in the heart upon the receipt of an abstract impression.  To me, that is what the best abstract painting does, sets up a vibration in the heart akin to an experience of a feeling, a place, or a person.  In her paintings, Bellingham artist Sharon Kingston responds to the atmosphere of the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

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As another artist obsessed with the aura of the Northwest landscape, what drew me to Kingston’s work was her use of light.  Each canvas subtly glows through the use of muted lavenders and greys, like the glimmer of light through the ubiquitous rain clouds.  But these aren’t one dimensional interpretations– each one is infused not only with the feeling of misty rain, but also with the budding warmth of the that does make its way through the clouds, more often than those who don’t live here might think.

To see more of Sharon Kingston‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.

Sea Creatures. Victor Grasso

Mr. F and I often find ourselves struggling between our love of the seaside and the snow.  Snow makes us absolutely giddy, but spending this spring and summer near the ocean perhaps has us leaning toward a life near the water.  Each beach walk leaves us in love with the wonder and mystery to be found near the sea.  It is this mythical and mystical magic that artist Victor Grasso captures in his beautifully rendered painting series, The Sea is Calling.

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In this series, Grasso’s modern mermaids seem to revel in the delights of the ocean, becoming one with its depths, transforming into souls of the sea.  The palette of soft greys, inky blacks and warm umbers imitate life in the shallows and the deep, chiaroscuro light falling as if filtered through the water.  He takes us into a world of mystery and revelry, where creatures struggle for survival yet live blissfully unaware of what goes on in the world above.

To see more of Victor Grasso‘s work, please visit his website.  Tell me, Artsies, does the sea call to you?

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Parlor Gallery.

Woven Tales. Lala Abaddon

Artists are often stereotyped as a caricature of sorts– wacky, flittering, unorganized types who thrive on free expression.  And while some of that is often true, many artists find creating in a highly deliberate, meticulous way to be the best fit for their mode of expression.  For Brooklyn artist Lala Abaddon, her painstaking process of weaving photographs to create a new composition has as much to do with expression as any abstract painting.

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Abaddon carefully hand-cuts existing analog photographs and then hand-weaves several together, deconstruction leading to new construction, old stories becoming a part of a new tale.  The artist often juxtaposes intense images with more delicate ones, the compositions sometimes abstract, or hinting at a figure seen behind the visual curtain created by her woven technique.  The texture and depth she creates isn’t just visual, but physical too, so that three dimensions are transformed first into two dimensions by the photographic process, then rebirther again in three dimensional form as a weaving.

Check out the artist at work–

Abaddon process

To see more of Lala Abaddon‘s work, please visit her website.

All art images via the artist’s website, studio image via HiFructose.  Thanks to SCAD curator Aaron Levi Garvey for introducing me to this artist!

Collision Course. Mary Iverson

Mr. F and I have a secret spot, a place that he found one summer and fell in love with, that is kind of our dreamland.  It’s an amazingly beautiful, far out, off the grid place that we don’t want anyone else to discover.  We fear one day we’ll return to find it developed and overrun with people.  That clash between our most stunning places and the destructive hand of man is the theme of the work of Seattle artist, Mary Iverson.

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The artist, whose work can be seen at Thinkspace LA along with the work of Stephanie Bauer in their dual artist show, After, through Sept. 6th, “portrays the clash between globalization and the environment”.  Her mixed media work juxtaposes broken shipping containers and other icons of global development against iconic images of some of our most wild landscapes.

As we prepare to spend some time in Yosemite next week, I find myself feeling a bit like one of Iverson’s paintings.. While I always love seeing these staggeringly beautiful places, I’m also usually struck by the crowds and the thoughtlessness that visitors give to the environment around them.  Here’s hoping for pristine views and minimal destructiveness.

To see more of Mary Iverson‘s work, please visit her website and LA Artsies, be sure to check out her show at Thinkspace!

All images are via the artist’s website.

Worlds Unreal. Sajjad Musa

Does it seem sometimes that the world is just becoming more and more bizarre?  No?  It’s just me then.  The horrors we see being perpetrated around the world on one hand vs. the insanity of celebrity culture that seems to consume our media and our brains.  In these collages by Sajjad Musa I seem that strange collision between the realities of what is happening in the world and the delusions we prefer to concern ourselves with.

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It can be overwhelming to think of all that is wrong in the world, there is so much happening that is out of our control.  But what we can control is our own education in what is truth and our own reactions to what is happening.  Mr. F and I have challenged each other to focus on the positive in each day and we share our positives with each other every night over dinner.  It helps to bring our focus off of what is wrong and onto what is right.  And it’s helping, even if just a little.

To see more of Sajjad Musa‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Sketch 42.

Hushed Landscapes. Shawn Dulaney

One thing I’ve learned since living in the Northwest?  Going to the beach in Washington, Oregon & Northern California is a completely different experience than it was back in Florida! Rocks instead of sand, bigger, wilder waves, and fewer bikinis ( beaches are cold here, ya’ll! ) just to name a few differences.  But I think what might just be the most interesting difference is the misty fog.  It rolls in and creates a soft, dreamlike monochromatic atmosphere.  These paintings by Brooklyn artist Shawn Dulaney seems to capture that quiet, hushed coolness of a landscape under cover.

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I love sunny days as much as the next gal and of course, that’s when the dramatic landscape of the West Coast really sparkles.  Yet when Mr. F and I take a beach hike on a foggy Saturday morning, everything feels more quiet, even the sound of the waves seem muffled, and we almost whisper in response and reverence.  For me, Dulaney’s paintings capture that evoke that same misty atmosphere, when shapes are shrouded and the colors of the day are just beginning to peek through.

To see more of Shawn Dulaney‘s work, please visit her website.  You can see her work in person at Sears Peyton Gallery in New York, where she’ll be a part of the September Group Show opening on September 2nd.  Mark your calendars now!

All images are via the artist’s website.

Monumental Pop. David Pirrie

For the first thirty-something years of this Florida girl’s life, I never really experienced mountains.  And when I did, it was only the foothills of the Smokies.  Then I visited Mr. F while he was living in Seattle and I saw the Olympics.  And the Cascades.  And we snowshoed in April on Mt. Rainier and I fell in love with Mr. F and those glorious snow-capped peaks!  This series of paintings by artist David Pirrie have me longing for those jagged, snowy crests.

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Pirrie doesn’t just paint mountains, but hikes and climbs them, too, which any hiker will tell you creates a bond between man and mountain.  Hard work and endurance pays off in little seen vistas, in a feeling of intimacy with these monumental stacks of earth.  His use of dots and bright, flat color not only decontextualize the mountains from the surrounding landscape but also nods to the iconic status these looming peaks achieve.  On a sunny day in Seattle, you’ll hear locals proclaim “The mountain is out!” and every one knows what that means.  The clouds have broken and Mt. Rainier can be seen looming surrealistically over the city skyline, dwarfing everything around it.

There is something magnetic about these formations, the mountains call to us like sirens, we see them from afar and somehow know that there is magic within their being.  The mountains are calling and we must answer.

To see more of the work of David Pirrie, please visit his website.  You can see his current solo show, Mapping the Tetons, at Diehl Gallery in Jackson, WY, through September 3rd.

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