Archive of ‘Abstract Art’ category

Breathe. Eric Aho.

I’ve always loved being outside.  When I was young, my brother and I would spend entire Saturdays outside, only coming in when we heard my dad’s special ( and loud! ) whistle.  As the years went by, it seemed like the opportunities to be outside became fewer.  But that old ache has been renewed and these days, I can’t wait to get out to where I can breathe.  Artist Eric Aho‘s abstract paintings capture that magical feeling that only the freshest of air can bring.

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Mr. F and I like to seek out lesser traveled trails– definitely a challenge while we’re in the Bay Area.  But even if the solitude is short lived, we soak up every second.  One of us will pause– shhh!  The other always asking what is it?  What do you see?  What do you hear?  What we hear is nothing.  Quiet.  Peace.  Air in, worries out.

To see more of Eric Aho‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s representing galleries, Hidell Brooks Gallery and DC Moore Gallery.  Artist found via Hidell Brooks.

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Place. Rebecca Clews.

Every place we land has a different personality, a different vibe, if you will.  Yeesh, I just used the word vibe.  Methinks I’ve been in California too long!  The same way there is a person for everyone, there also is a place for every soul.  In her work, Kansas City photographer Rebecca Clews uses microphotography to create imaginary worlds, her own sense of place.

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You can tell the folks who have found their place because they will tell you it is the most beautiful wonderful place ever and you’ll never find one like it and but wait, why in the world would you not want to live here, too??  It’s true each place has it’s beauties but in order to know which spot of earth is The One for you, it has to touch your soul.  If you aren’t there, you’re longing to be back.  If you haven’t found it yet, you’ll know it deep inside when you do.  I hope.

To see more of Rebecca Clews‘ work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Loosing. Janet Lage.

Nope, I didn’t mean losing.  That’s not a typo.  Loosing– as in, letting go, loosening the reins, giving some slack.  I’m not the best at the loosing thing.  And it shows in my work sometimes.  I become regimented and have a hard time letting go and just going with the flow.  When I saw these pieces in the Trashed series by Janet Lage, I immediately admired their seemingly “I don’t give f*** attitude“.

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The splats of bright color, the twisted, energetic lines, the barely comprehensible scrawls, it’s like she is looking into the inside of what all our minds really look like.  Aren’t we all just filled with chaos, contemplation, and contradiction?  Maybe that’s why so many of us need help with the loosing.  We’re struggling nearly every second to keep what seems like interior pandemonium from spilling out, ruining our calm, controlled facade.  Or maybe that’s just me. Ha.

To see more of Janet Lage‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Transparency. Sarah Irvin.

In this world of sharing every tidbit of our lives, transparency can be a blessing and a curse.  A recent blog post by artist Emily Jeffords and these ink paintings by Sarah Irvin brought to mind a situation that came up for me recently and I thought I would share my experience with you.  It was one in which I was transparent in my sharing, thoughts, and motives, which helped me to be understood clearly, but at the same time, has made me a bit more guarded.

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If you’re a regular AF reader or social media follower, then you know that in the past year, I’ve been painting regularly for the first time in a very long time.  Basically since college lo’ those many years ago!  I’ve been trying to find my way and find my voice artistically and shared my progress here but mostly on social media.  I finally felt like maybe I was beginning to hit on something when in a few pieces I began to notice a similarity to an artist’s work I greatly admire.  And then the panic hit.

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This artist and I, thankfully, are online friends ( we’ve yet to be in the same place at the same time to meet in person ) and I had a feeling she had seen the similarities, too.  I wrestled with whether or not to say anything but finally determined that the best course was– you guessed it, transparency.

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I sent the artist an open, honest email letting her know that I was in no way intentionally trying to copy her style.  In generosity of spirit, she reassured me that although she’d noticed, she knew it couldn’t be intentional.  As artists we are all influenced by the other work we see, we can’t help but be.  We are all taking cues from those who came before.

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Through this exchange, the artist gave me a piece of advice that I’ve been trying to take to heart.  She counseled me to perhaps pull back on sharing work until I felt sure that the direction the work was taking was where I wanted to go and felt uniquely my own.  Transparency in this case led to a pulling down of the veil, if only temporarily.

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I am more guarded now, in what I share on public media– not for fear of someone else copying me, as more successful artists often are for good reason, but for respect for the process, which right now, is between me, myself, and the canvas.

The paintings in this series by Sarah Irvin are about a very different kind of confusion and definitely worth your time to explore and read about on her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.

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Surfaces. Drie Chapek.

When we’re out hiking, I can’t help but run my hand along the surface of a tree, touch the softness of a patch of moss, gently dip my hand into cold, clear water.  No matter where we are exploring, whether desert, woods, or mountains, there are always countless delicious textures to be experienced!  The paintings of Seattle artist Drie Chapek with their thickly painted surfaces echo the intricate webs of textures to be savored.

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Just as the plants and water and rocks and tress exist in wild spaces, one tumbling over and onto another, so do Chapek’s layers interweave and run through each other.  We catch glimpses of one while contemplating another.

To see more of Drie Chapek‘s work, please visit her website.

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

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Blurs. Jules Cozine.

Boundaries are healthy.  That’s what we’re told.  But when do we cross the line over into compartmentalization?  As artists and in turn, as people, every experience we have informs another.  Lines and lives blur and maybe we worry that we are losing control, no longer able to see where one thing ends and another begins.

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The work of St. Petersburg artist Jules Cozine finds the beauty in the blurriness, shapes shift and colors bleed as our pupils try to focus in on the details, but finding none, we are forced to see the whole.  Just as when we concentrate our energies on one aspect of life for too long, the others fall apart.  We are meant to take in the whole.  To blur the lines, to collide our worlds.

To see more of Jules Cozine’s work, please visit her website.

Images are via the artist’s website, her Facebook page, and the website of Anne Irwin Fine Art.

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Evolutions. Megan Cosby.

One of the joys of having worked in the fine art industry for a good long while has been the pleasure of watching the evolution of so many artists.  I absolutely love looking back on an artist’s older work and seeing glimpses of what was to come!  The journey of Nashville based artist Megan Cosby has been one of my favorites to watch and in her new work, I see her artistry growing and glowing.

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Megan and I are from the same hometown, graduated from the same college, and we’ve both decided to find our way in new places.  Starting over in a new place can be stressful and intimidating ( I should know, we do it all the time! ), but a change of scene can offer an adjustment in perspective that happens to be just what we needed.  And it seems as if the neon glow of music city is shining through in Megan’s abstract paintings.  Like a beautifully composed song, there is a balance of light and dark, depth and nuanced delicacy that shows that she isn’t just a painter but an interpreter of moments.

To see Megan Cosby‘s older work, you can check out her website and for her latest, check out the website of her representing gallery, Stellers Gallery.

Images via Stellers Gallery & the artist’s Facebook page.

 

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Digitizations. Max Morris.

When Mr. F and I first arrived here in the Bay Area, we were without WiFi at home for a few days.  We never realize how very reliant we are on technology until we are forced to be without it, am I right?!  But certain artists have learned to use these addictive technologies to their advantage.  Artist Max Morris creates these amazing digitized paintings that almost seem to still be wet with pigment.

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Technology is indeed a powerful tool, but we don’t have to be slaves to it.  It helps me feel connected to my loved ones on the other side of the country, to feel an intimacy almost as good as being there, to share in our every day lives together.  Through the same kind of sharing, even with strangers, bonds can be created and relationships formed that are as real as if we’d met in person.  And we can use technology to find new ways of seeing– a photograph can be zoomed in on, enhanced, so that a detail we may have missed catches our eye.  We see things not just as there are, but perhaps as they could be.

To see more of Max Morris‘ work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Flourishes. Kayleigh Fichten.

We each have a unique way of interacting with the world around us.  Whether through the way we approach each day, our manner of address or dress, or how we set a table, we all have our own brand of ourselves.  We paint with broad strokes or fine detail.  We are our flourishes.

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These quirks might seem insignificant, but every one of these tiny traits make us unique.  So, too are the brushstrokes of each artist.  These broad, sweeping strokes by Minneapolis artist Kayleigh Fichten draw me in with their rhythmic repetitions and their candied colors.  According to her artist statement, she’s telling us, in her own strokes, of her own examining “of physical utopias and imagined place”.  We can each visit the same place, in the same moment, but we will all reinterpret that place and point in time in our own language.

To see more of Kayleigh Fichten‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Buy Some Damn Art.

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Exchanges. Heather Day.

In just 48 hours, Mr. F and I will exchange one temporal locale for another.  We’ll drive a few hours down the Coast to spend the next three months in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.  Each one of these moves involves a lot of conversations and communications, between ourselves and with strangers, both those who remain so and those who become friends.  In her abstract paintings, San Francisco artist Heather Day captures the interactions happening between mediums on her canvas.

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Each day, we interact with the people around us in a myriad of ways– with a look, a smile, a kind word or even an um, not so kind gesture, we are communicating with each other even when say nothing.  Our exchanges can be like a dance, initiating, giving, taking, some gestures larger than others– just as Day’s marks upon her canvases.

To see more of Heather Day‘s work, please visit her website.  You can follow Heather’s work and studio practice on Instagram, as well!

All images are via the artist’s website.

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