Blocked In: Louise Belcourt

We are down to seven more weeks left in Eureka.  That is, if Mr. F’s contract doesn’t get extended, which we think it will.  Mr. F always knows exactly how many weeks we have left in one spot.  He is such a wanderer, too long in one place and he begins to feel a bit hemmed in.  And I admit, it’s rubbed off a bit on me.  Living in someone else’s home, with their stuff, a view that I didn’t choose, will often leave me a bit unsatisfied, too and ready to move on in our adventures.  In her work, Brooklyn artist Louise Belcourt explores her own views in the shapes and forms she sees and the one’s that block her vision.

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Belcourt takes her inspiration from the views she sees, using color and form to play with their spatiality and physicality.  Forms seem to recede and advance at the same time, just as our time in one place seems both long and short-lived.

To see more of Louise Belcourt‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy Reads: The Girl With the Gallery

Hello my fellow Artsy bookworms!  This is going to be a quick Artsy Reads as I’m busy with freelance work this week ( yay! ).  The Girl With The Gallery by Lyndsay Pollock, is a biography of early twentieth century New York gallerist Edith Gregor Halpert, who at just twenty-six years old founded the successful Downtown Gallery where she cultivated the careers of American modern artists like Arthur Dove, Stuart Davis, and Jacob Lawrence.

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Reading almost like a novel, the biography follows Halpert’s life from her childhood in Russia to become wife and muse to artist Sam Halpert, to the founding of one of Greenwich Village’s first galleries, her art world rise and dogged devotion to the artists she represented.

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stuart davis found here

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 georgia o’keeffe found here

What I found most intriguing about Halpert’s story was the many modern day gallery practices  that she innovated in the late 1920s and 30s.  Methods like creating a home-like gallery environment, selling furnishings alongside artwork, and creating a community atmosphere within the gallery walls, as well as diversifying her gallery offerings during the Depression by building a market for American Folk Art, just as many galleries now sell items such as fine crafts alongside paintings and sculpture.

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If you’re intrigued by the early American modern art movement, the New York gallery world or just the running of a gallery in general, this will be a fascinating read for you.  Though Ms. Halpert’s life took a tragic turn, her story is nonetheless riveting and proof that women were brokering power in the art world long before the Feminist Movement.

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Broken: Sandra Shashou

I’ve always been drawn to the imperfect.. the broken shell on the beach, the scratched and worn kitchen table.  There is something poetic in the brokenness.  In her sculptural series Broken, London artist Sandra Shashou intentionally breaks beautiful pieces of fine china, the broken pieces becoming a part of a new whole.

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It must be at once heartbreaking and cathartic to smash these lovely things to pieces!  But perfection isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be ( pun intended, ha! ).  Instead of collecting dust in a china cabinet or waiting for a buyer in an antique shop, these pieces are given not just a second chance, but are transformed into a completely new object.  May we all be so lucky!

To see more of Sandra Shashou‘s work, please visit her website.

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

Aqua Therapy: Carol O’Malia

It hardly feels like summer.  Here on the Northern Cali coast, the temps have barely ever gotten out of the sixties– I’m still wearing scarves and boots on occasion!  In addition to the cooler weather, Mr. F and I both seem to be having trouble getting into a relaxed summer vibe these days.  There always seems to be something on the agenda, something to be done, something to plan, somewhere to go.  I feel like we’re missing out a bit on the carefree feeling that summer brings, but these paintings by Massachusetts artist Carol O’Malia bring me that much closer.

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Any time we’re able to get to the beach, a river or waterfall, any body of water, really, and I see the ripples sparkling in the sun, my mind instantly relaxes and calms.  O’Malia really captures the radiance of summer light, not just sunlight, but the way we feel more effervescent in summer.  I’m still waiting for that weightless feeling, forgetting everything that’s  happening in the world and just soak it all in.  I hope it comes soon.

To see more of Carol O’Malia’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Troy Moth

There is such a magic and a mystery to the natural world surrounding us.  The way trees grow, skies shift, often seem to be inherently artful and purposeful.  The work of Canadian artist Troy Moth gives expression to those dreamful moments.

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When Mr. Forager and I are out hiking, sometimes we stop talking and just listen to the forest– trees creaking, the rustle of birds in a bush, a breeze gently rattling branches.  Occasionally we come across a particularly lovely tree, stroke its bark and imagine it breathing and taking in the enormity of its long and vast life.  I wonder how these beings know how to find the food, how to find the light.  We make it such a struggle, they make it seem so effortless.

To see more of Troy Moth‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Don’t Miss Artsiness 7.10.14

Gallery Shows You Should See

Hey you fellow Foragers!  There are some incredible shows going on right now.  Here are just a few of my recommendations for must-see museum and gallery shows this week!

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north | Your Feast Has Ended featuring work by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu at the Frye Art Museum

south | Dialogues featuring work by Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Myungwon Kim, Ron Buffington, Galen Cheney at Gray Contemporary

east | Fable, Victor Grasso solo exhibition at Parlor Gallery

west | Micah Crandall-Bear at Elliot Fouts Gallery

Happy Foraging, Artsies!

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Deconstructing Dumbo: Benjamin Cohen

The best art leads us on a search– within our world, within the work, within ourselves.  It makes us slow down and look with deep, fresh eyes to find a connection.  It is what this Artsy Foraging is all about, the journey of the search.  The work of Benjamin Cohen leads us on a magical mystery tour of places familiar yet foreign.

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Cohen’s abstract conglomerations of interior and exterior scenes are like an amusement ride for the eyes.  He drifts in and out of abstraction and we catch just enough glimpses of what might be surrounding us to feel comforted by the associations.  Yet the heart still races as we aren’t quite sure that all is what it seems.

To see more of Benjamin Cohen‘s work, please visit his website.

Images via the artist’s Saatchi Online portfolio.  Artist found via Christina Foard.

What’s Your Studio Soundtrack?

Last week, as I was finishing up a painting a little gift for my niece, I got to thinking about what  we tend to listen to while creating.  For me, my studio soundtrack depends on what I’m working on– for instance, when I work on one of my Feminine Wiles pieces, I tend to prefer classic female voices like Billie Holiday or Edith Piaf.  But if I want to just let loose and experiment, I like to listen to maybe something a little energetic and soulful like Florence + The Machine or Motown.

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So tell me, Artsies– what’s your studio soundtrack?

pump up the jams | Are you a high energy creator?  Maybe you like to blast the beats or turn it up to 11?  Rockin’ it old school with some classic rock, 80′s rap or modern girl power totally gets my energy pumping!

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slow ride, take it easy | Maybe you like a more peaceful soundtrack for your studio?  I know I’ve occasionally asked Mr. F to change the tunes when they’re just a bit too raucous for the mood of what I’m painting.  Classical, slow blues, maybe even just something soft and acoustic help keep the mellow flowing.

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voices carry | So maybe music isn’t your thing.  Some artists fancy a spoken word soundtrack like audio books or talk radio.  If I choose to nix the music, This American Life or artist interviews on YouTube inspire and keep my interest without being too distracting.

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sounds of silence | Some artists prefer a more quiet creative space, preferring to work with no sound at all.  Especially if you’re working on something highly intensive, sound can be a little distracting.  So maybe your soundtrack is simple silence.

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Which type of studio soundtrack do you prefer?  Any specific musical artists, types of music or non-music you always have on your studio playlist?  Let’s all share in the comments!

Thanks to Jessica Brilli for providing the beautiful artwork for this post!  My first radio may or may not have been similar to one of these.. See more of Jessica’s work on her website!

American Jam: Joe Wardwell

If you were paying close attention to Don’t Miss Artsiness a few weeks ago, you may have spotted this artist’s work.  The mind-bending work of Joe Wardwell mixes classical American landscape paintings with rock lyrics and the result is just as phenomenal as you think it would be.

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Music lyrics become such a huge part of our psyche.  These little soundbites pop into our head, often when we least expect it.  We can sing along with tens of thousands of other people at a concert, every voice lifted up in harmony.  We know the music we love as well as we know our own backyards.  Wardwell makes a connection between the American love of the landscape to the permeation of pop culture, creating these mirror-like stenciled scenes that remind us that music, as well as art, is just another kind of exploration.

To see more of Joe Wardwell‘s work, please visit his website. You can see his work in the current exhibition at La Montagne Gallery in Boston.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Wear the Artsy: Carlos Lopez + Emily Miranda

This past Sunday, following more weekend festivities than is normal for us, Mr. F and I took to the beach for the afternoon.  There is always something about the salt air, the crash of the waves, and the sand between your toes that is healing for the psyche!  Doesn’t the ocean have its own special, briny scent?  And it always seems to give sparkle to everything it produces.  The paintings of this month’s Featured Artist Carlos Lopez gives expression to the nourishing power of the sea and jewelry artist Emily Miranda‘s Oyster Cuff is the perfect sparkly companion!

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jewelry | Oyster Cuff by Emily Miranda 

Carlos is masterful at expressing the oyster’s gentle, undulating curves in paint, mimicking the rollicking waves, just as Emily Miranda sculpts those same contours from in her cuff bracelet.  One work of art to see, one to wear.

To see more of Carlos Lopez‘s work, please visit his website.  You can see more gorgeous jewelry by Emily Miranda on her website.  Both a feast for the eyes!

Image sources via links above.

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