Archive of ‘Mixed Media’ category

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.

Lucid Liquidity. Peter Vahlefeld

The idea of consumption was one I never thought of much until the last few years.  When I was a young single woman in Florida, shopping was a hobby, a large part of the culture.  Since marrying Mr. F and traveling throughout the Northwest ( which forces us to live with few  belongings, no room for recreational shopping! ), my eyes have opened to a different kind of life.  In his work, New York artist Peter Vahlefeld speaks to rampant consumerism and its effect on the world of art, pages torn from auction house catalogs and museum ephemera become the canvas upon which he unleashes unbridled swaths and splatters of color.

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Art for art’s sake has always been a popular, if somewhat impractical notion.  After all, artists need food, shelter, and clothing as much as anyone else.  As much as art feeds the soul, it can’t fill a hungry belly.  So, of course, artists must sell their work.  But when is the line crossed into losing the soul of an artist?  When the impetus behind making becomes selling and marketing?  What of the “collectors” buying at auction and reselling, not for the love of the work, but simply to make a profit?  And the popular personalities selling themselves as artists, creating mediocre work that is gobbled up by their “followers”, simply because a fashion magazine proclaimed it as special?

These are the questions that as an art blogger and fledgling painter that I struggle with.  When does one become a sell out in order to sell?

To see more of Peter Vahlefeld‘s work, please visit his website, cleverly marketed with an address similar to a popular celebrity.  Touche, sir.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Spiro-Graphics: Kim Kirk Nielsen

Tell me you remember Spirographs? That ubiquitous toy that combined the worlds of math and art and captured the imagination of many an artsy kid.  Danish born, Paris based artist Kim Kirk Nielsen adds his own spriroriffic drawings to appropriated imagery, adding graphic punch and curves in all the right places.

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I love the way Nielsen is using these spherical forms to emphasize certain areas of each image, as well as playing with scale as in the last piece to create a surreal, dreamlike scene.  The Fibonacci like spirals that echo the patterns of lace doilies ( an ongoing theme in Nielsen’s work ) provide an interesting graphic foil to the photographs he’s chosen to manipulate.  That’s it, I’m going to track down a Spirograph and start drawing all over everything!

To see more of Kim Kirk Nielsen‘s work, please visit his website.

Images found via the artist’s website and his Saatchi Online portfolio.  Artist found via Saatchi Online.

Animal Kingdom: Miranda Lake

Most of us, from an early age, develop a fascination with animals.  Whether it’s a little girl’s obsession with horses or a man’s desire to come face to face with a grizzly, we find ourselves identifying with the other species that share the planet.  In her encaustic collage work, New Orleans artist Miranda Lake uses a visual vocabulary of animalistic ephemera to explore our relationship with and understanding of our fellow creatures.

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Like the fantastical illustrations of a children’s book, Lake juxtaposes her creatures into  incongruous landscapes and situations, giving her encaustics a bewitching whimsicality.  I mean, a bunny riding a canon?  What could be better?

But thinking more deeply about the work, I’m struck by the thought that from the time we’re young, we tend to imbue wild animals with human characteristics and playfulness.  We forget that they are simply living by instinct and how very much our own behavior effects theirs.  Just like us, they are trying to survive as best they can.

To see more of Miranda Lake‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Hidell Brooks Gallery.

Prevailing Beauty: Megan Weston

I am never not struck by the incredible beauty of this planet we call home any time Mr. Forager and I are out hiking.  It is amazing to think of the way this earth evolves, adapts, endures.  In these beautiful mixed media paintings, Australian artist Megan Weston, in her own words “presents our earth as fragile and damaged by our selfish behavior, but also demonstrates that its beauty still survives“.

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Inspired by aerial landscapes, these mixed media paintings seem to whirl and swirl within their planetary atmosphere.  Just as the earth is filled with wonder and variety, Weston’s work leads the viewer on an imaginary journey around its circumference.  We don’t know if we’re looking at storm systems brewing from above or microscopic views of tiny bits of our planet.  As the colors bleed and blend, we are left with the assurance that no matter how we abuse it, this ever changing earth will endure long after we have left it.

To see more of Megan Weston‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

June Featured Artist: Deb Haugen

There are certain artists whose work just instantly resonates with me.  Perhaps it’s their style or subject matter, but in the case of this month’s Featured Artist, Deb Haugen, it’s both.  When I first saw her work waaay back in 2011, I immediately responded to the free flowing naturalness to her work.

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Since then, Deb’s work has evolved beautifully, in some cases incorporating graphic drawing as in her ink pieces featured above.  These intuitive drawings have a delicious tension between the concrete illustrative quality of intricate patterns and the bright, watery world surrounding them.

I’m not the only one who is drawn to these organic beauties– Neiman Marcus and Crate & Barrel have both carried Deb’s prints ( currently available through Neiman Marcus, new large print to come for C&B! ).  But you can also purchase Deb’s work directly through her own website shop!  Gorgeous work at super affordable prices, you can’t go wrong!

To see more of Deb Haugen‘s work, please visit her website and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to keep up with what she’s up to!  You’ll be seeing more of Deb’s work around the blog & Artsy Forager social media all June long!

All images via the artist’s website.

Escape to Wonderland: Kelly O’Connor

I don’t know about you, but I could really use an escape right now.  To Wonderland, to the Chocolate Factory, to anywhere I don’t have to answer emails, make dinner or otherwise in any way be a grown up!  I want to go to a place where no one speaks an unkind word and everyone is insanely happy.  Where trouble melts like lemon drops.  Truly, what I want is to get lost in the crazy wonderland of Texas artist Kelly O’Connor.

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OK, perhaps I take it back.  Like the fictional Stepford, O’Connor’s collages of vintage vacation destinations juxtaposed with candy colored geometrics and crazy-eyed mid-century ladies is a bit loopy.  But then it’s meant to be.  From the artist “My intention is to create an immortal or dreamlike space, such as one that could only exist in a person’s subconscious.”  These worlds are like those dreams from which you wake, feeling exhilarated, but relieved that it wasn’t real.

To see more of Kelly O’Connor’s work, please visit her website.  If you happen to be near Houston, be sure to check out Kelly’s solo show Blinded by the Light at David Shelton Gallery, up until June 7th!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put on my sparkle ray glasses and get back to work.

Top two images via the artist’s website.  Other images via David Shelton Gallery website.

Messy Utopias: Scott Sueme

Some people dream of a perfect utopian existence.  But utopias always seem more Stepford-ish to me, communities where every house looks perfectly the same, every person has the same ideals, there is never any conflict.  But where there is no conflict, there is no contrast and it’s in the differences that true life comes through and true beauty shines.  The work of Vancouver artist Scott Sueme exposes those contrasts found outside of the perfect.

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Sueme uses landscape like compositions mixed with graffiti ideology to reference human interaction within nature.  Whether it be from overdevelopment filled with strip malls or a small cabin in the woods, landscape is different and loses its sense of balance and perfection once the hand of man has been laid upon it.  It’s hard to imagine a world without street lights and signs and parking lots.  Would we even recognize it?

To see more work by Scott Sueme, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Wear the Artsy: Jill Ricci

Something about the warmer months make me long for the exotic.  Maybe it’s childhood conditioning bringing on dreams of summer vacations to faraway places!  I’ve always loved the work of Jill Ricci for her brilliant way of combining exotic motifs with pop art and urban graphics and her mixed media piece, Roam, perfectly inspires an urban globetrotter ensemble! This Mintzita Maxi Dress from Anthropologie embodies a free spirited, exotic traveler type.

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How to make it just a tad more Ricci?  Edge up the dress’s sweetness with a moto jacket and Chuck Taylors and suddenly it’s like you are living it up Ricci-style.  Roam, if you want to. ;-)

See more of the Wear the Artsy series in the archives!

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Natural Synthetics: Shane McAdams

When I was a little girl, like every other kid, I loved going to places like the zoo, Disney World & Busch Gardens.  I reveled in the feeling of being in exotic places without losing familiar comforts and conveniences.  Then as I grew older and especially since Mr. F & I have been traveling, I’ve realized that there are far more amazing places existing in their natural states than man could ever conceive of.  In his mixed media work, Brooklyn based artist Shane McAdams addresses the duality of nature versus man-imitating-nature.

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In these brilliantly detailed landscapes, McAdams uses familiar mediums like ballpoint pen and Elmer’s glue in unusual applications against traditionally rendered landscapes.  The result is what appears to be a pushing in or pulling apart of the scene, symbolic of artificial forces rendering their effect on the natural world.  I love the way bright colors seem to melt from the landscape, giving to me, the effect of revealing the artificiality of a constructed scene.  What we see isn’t always what it seems, especially when touched by the hand of man.

To see more of Shane McAdams‘ work, please visit his website.  Interested in another artist working in ballpoint?  Check out Joan Salo.

All images via the artist’s website.

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