Archive of ‘Mixed Media’ category

States of Being: Allison Miller

As human types, we are in a constant state of flux.  Even when we think we aren’t moving, we are constantly evolving in this direction or that.  In these paintings by Los Angeles artist Allison Miller, we see the evolution of her process, the results leaving me feeling slightly off kilter in the best possible way.

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In order to gain a fresh perspective on their work, many artists will turn their canvases on their sides or upside down.  But they don’t always leave them that way to continue painting.  Miller allows those twists and turns to be evident in the final painting– leaving us with paint that defies gravity by dripping up and compositions that delight no matter which way the canvas is turned.

As people, we too are molded and shaped as our circumstances twist and turn, allowing us to be carved into our most recent incarnation.  But soon, our human canvas will rotate once again and we’ll add yet another layer to our composition.

To see more of Allison Miller’s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.

Life Revealed: Marti Somers

Every day, every life is made of small, seemingly insignificant moments.  Sometimes, the importance of those moments isn’t revealed until later.  I was thinking on this dynamic when pouring over the work of California artist Marti Somers.  Somers’ richly textured work is filled with layer upon layer of paint and ephemera, the artist revealing forgotten moments as she deconstructs the surface.

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Like a worn scrapbook, we see snatches of life, of moments and memories revealed in the paneled surfaces.  A treasure once forgotten, a glimpse of a flower we were too busy to notice at the time.  Book pages and receipts reveal a life lived busily, while birds and teapots remind us to sit and to savor, all will be well.

To see more of Marti Somers’ work, please visit the websites of her representing galleries, Addington Gallery, Morpeth Contemporary, Adamson Gallery, and Caldwell Snyder Gallery.  You can also check out a wonderful interview & studio tour with Marti on Elise Morris‘s The Studio Work blog!

All images via the Addington Gallery site.

Planes and Patterns at Play: Gianna Commito

Let’s switch gears a bit, shall we?  Looking back over this week’s posts so far, I’ve been in a bit of a nature-obsessed-state, so how about we throw in something different?  I spotted the the work of this artist last week on the Little Paper Planes blog and knew I wanted to feature her work pronto!  In these mixed media pieces, Gianna Commito is creating a playground of planes and patterns.

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Just a simple shift in line creates a skewed perspective that leads us down the path to another inverted plane and then to another and another.  It’s like a geometric rabbit hole that I am happy to get lost in!  There’s a natural correlation to cityscapes and architecture, but I see parallels to the natural world as well ( there I go again! ).  Towering cliffs and slot canyons, redwood burls and nurse logs.  We are all just planes resting on top of more planes.

To see more of Gianna Commito‘s work, please visit her website.  Her work can be seen in person at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York.

All images via the Rachel Uffner Gallery site.

Lavish Simplicty: Miya Ando

As many artists know, much of the time, art making is a matter of knowing when enough is enough.  Or even when enough is just a bit too much.  In her work, New York artist Miya Ando is creating pure moments of simply just enough.

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By working in a process in which she hand-dyes metallic surfaces, Ando creates pieces with an incredible sense of stillness and light.  Translucent layers of color reflect not just the light without but the light within.  By keeping the compositions simple, the work is free from distraction, allowing the viewer to fall into its spell, to meditate on the purity of color and transformative power of light.

To see more of Miya Ando‘s work, please visit her website and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Here the artist speak about her work in this video interview–

Teaser – MIYA ANDO from Tricycle on Vimeo.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Chaotic Abundance: Katherine Mann

We all seem to seek peace and quiet.  An escape from the chaos.  And yes, its true, we do need those times of rest and rejuvenation.  But sometimes it is in the chaos that we find our strengths, what we are really made of, that hone what we are all about.  The abstract works of Washington, DC artist Katherine Mann are incredible clashes of material run wild and moments of fastidious control.

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Each piece begins with a spill of color, an organic beginning to work that shifts between careful discipline and perceived pandemonium.  They almost have a feeling of accidental abandonment, as if a pot of paint was spilled over a meticulously wrought drawing.  I say almost because you can see that each is a mastery of composition– every placement of line, color and shape providing just the right compliment and contrast.

To see more of Katherine Mann‘s work, please visit her website.  PS– I posted larger images than I normally do for artist features because these are human-scaled works– check out that last installation image for scale!  Amazing.

All images via the artist’s website.

Meaning & Myth: Louis St. Lewis

It’s easy to look at the past through a utopian filter, usually fueled by too many historical novels and costume dramas.  We’re often shown worlds filled with richness, decadence and graceful living.  But under all the frills and frippery lie the other side of riches– the backs upon which the wealth is gained, those who serve, and ultimately, the problems caused by overabundance.  The work of artist Louis St. Lewis touches on the themes of decadence, privilege and the myth of history.

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I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of watching one too many Jane Austen movies, finding myself wishing I could have been born into aristocratic 19th Century privilege rather than 20th Century middle class.  Oh to have the luxury of being a “lady”!  With a lady’s maid at my bidding and all the time in the world to read, paint, sew, dance and all the other proper skills a lady must possess.  But then there were always little hints to break the facade of carefree privilege– the pressure to marry “up”, to bear sons, the boredom of not being able to pursue what may truly be of interest.

Mr. F and I just last night were talking about what being “rich” might mean.  For us, it would mean freedom– freedom to travel, to spend our lives doing exactly what we want to do when we want to do it.  But with that freedom must come an incredible burden and responsibility, too.  Perhaps it is best that we remain solidly middle class.  We live a life of privilege by the standards of most of the world’s population and we do have freedom– the freedom to chose to live our lives in the way we choose.  It is a mythological goal, but one that is definitely attainable with vision and sacrifice.

To see more of the work of Louis St. Lewis, please visit his website.  You can see his work in New Orleans at one of my favorite galleries, Gallery Orange!

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

Circle Circle Dot Dot: Casey Vogt

Now you’ve got your cooties shot.  But maybe that cooties shot will do you more harm than good.  It might help prevent you from contracting the dreaded cootie, but the side effects will have you begging for cootieville. In his work, Akron artist Casey Vogt explores this country’s relationship with drugs and big pharma.

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The background of each piece is composed of elaborate mandala-like patterns, massive layers of dots of house paint.  These layers create a trippy atmosphere recalling the disorientation of a drug induced state.  Cowboys in various situations find themselves among the meditative chaos.  Maybe the cowboys are ghosts– the vestiges of times before corporations took on the role of healer.  Or perhaps they are the new generation of American thinker, the one that rebels against the accepted norms and strikes out on their own, carving their own way and pioneering through unknown territory.

To see more of Casey Vogt‘s work, please visit his website.

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

Beauty Felt: Jessica Zoob

I’m a touchy feely person.  As in I love running my hands over interesting textures.  I’m that shopper who touches everything, I run my hands over tree bark and moss when we’re hiking and I have to force myself to refrain from touching artwork anytime I’m in a gallery or museum.  So it kind of goes without saying that I love paintings with lots of yummy texture.  The work of British artist Jessica Zoob is fairly oozing with lovely scrapes and swishes and piles of paint, celebrating the abstract beauty found all around.

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From her vibrant palette to the multitude of visual and physical textures in each piece, Zoob creates incredible abstract impressionistic compositions that transport us to dreamy places.  It’s easy to imagine yourself looking up through the clouds into a blinding and beautiful sun or looking down on sandy beaches and coral reefs.  But these aren’t merely abstracted scenes, they carry within them their own story, their own idea of beauty, their own path of feeling.

To see more of Jessica Zoob‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Unraveling the Canvas: Rosemary Liss

It is the unique gift of an artist to create beauty from the unexpected, to look at a thing and see its potential in a way no one else does.  In her A Sacred Space series, Baltimore artist Rosemary Liss deconstructs the canvas then puts each back together in a way that emphasizes the beauty of the materials themselves.

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By focusing on the parts that make up the whole, Liss compels us to think about the entirety of the process of art making.  From the tree that was felled for it’s wood, to the wood cut and sanded for stretchers, to the threads woven together to create the canvas’ surface, through these tiny works of art, we realize that while most artists are individual creators, a village of hands are woven together in each piece.

To see more work by Rosemary Liss, please visit her website.  You can purchase some of her work through her show on Buy Some Damn Art, up now on the BSDA site!

All images via the artist’s website.

Lines of Intrigue: Augustine Kofie

I can’t freehand a straight line to save my life.  But when I was studying Interior Design for a few years, I loved drafting.  Sliding my mechanical pencil along the T-square, everything became so precise and orderly, there was a controlled creativity to it that I found intriguing. When I first saw the work of Augustine Kofie, I was instantly intrigued by a similar use of line, but it was the way those lines were placed and the little surprises that stole my imagination.

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In his beginnings as a street artist, Kofie began exploring letter and line not just for their aesthetic value, but the way they were constructed and how they could be broken down and rebuilt into something new.  Each piece is a manipulation of angle, line and form, leaving the eye to wander endlessly over each canvas, shapes shifting and changes as our perspective moves.  And then there are the little pops of retro imagery that pop up when they are least expected– adding a bit of life and humor to these overtly geometric compositions.

To see more of Augustine Kofie‘s work, please visit his website.  You can also follow along with the artist on Instagram and Tumblr.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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