Humboldt County, our temporary home of the moment, is apparently known for its oysters ( among other things, ahem.. ). Their fame and abundance is pretty much completely lost on me. I’ve just never been much of a fan, will only eat them fried ( hello, southern girl ) or baked with champagne and brie ‘cuz I’m fancy like that and Mr. F makes them this way and they are not only palatable but to die for delicious! If there were any other way to make me love them, it would be through the work of this month’s Featured Artist Carlos Lopez, who finds amazing beauty in their jagged shells.
I’ve featured the work of this young New Orleans painter before and he is constantly “painting, painting” as his daily Facebook status attests, cranking out new, inventive ways of seeing his signature subject. Most recently, he’s taken to isolating his oyster shells on bright, bold backgrounds, giving them a contemporary pop quality that is especially striking. You’ll be seeing more from Carlos all through this month, so stay tuned!
To see more work from Carlos Lopez, please visit his website and the website of his representing gallery, Gallery Orange in New Orleans. Be sure to head over to the Artsy Forager Facebook page where Carlos is our cover artist and I’ve put together an album of my Lopez faves!
All images via the artist’s website.
Mr. Forager and I love to share dreams. I’m not just talking about the speculative, what if, kind of dreams, but the productions put on by our subconscious while we’re sleeping. If either of us has an interesting or unusual dream, we always share it. The work of Belgian artist Marie Rosen has the same surreal, things are not quite what they seem feeling, so often found in our dreams.
Flat planes and barren landscapes defy reality and keep us from knowing for certain how the elements of each piece fit together– landings leading to nowhere, tiny feet gather beneath a giant covered table. It’s that same incongruity that so often leads us feeling out of sorts following a particularly vivid dream. Things seem almost real, yet we know they are only imaginings.
To see more of Marie Rosen‘s work, please visit her website.
All images are via the artist’s website. Artist found via Art Hound.
We live in a world of labels. Where the things we consume are linked to who we are– our personality, our political views, our wealth. Yet we make assumptions based on the consumption habits of other people all the time, whether consciously or unconsciously done. We gather around us these symbols of status and wealth, often more important to our perception of ourselves than anyone else. Michigan artist Jaye Schlesinger captures in paint the tokens of consumption that are often prized as much as the products themselves.
In the past, I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone, hoarding bags from my favorite luxury stores, even carrying my lunch to work in one occasionally. There is nothing wrong with nice things, of course, and if we can afford luxuries, why not treat ourselves? But the danger comes when we begin to judge others on the basis of what they can’t afford. For me, traveling with Mr. F has been incredibly freeing for my own magpie tendencies. We can only carry so much with us and, as we move from place to place, we find that more often than not, the people we meet are much more interested in who we are than in the car we drive or the clothes we wear. It is teaching me a lesson in perception that I’m not sure I would have learned otherwise.
Wow, heavy stuff for a Friday, eh? Jaye Schlesinger has more beautiful paintings of ordinary things ( my fave! ) on her website. Be sure to check it out!
All images are via the artist’s website. Artist found via the Elliot Fouts Gallery.
Gallery Shows You Should See
One of the things I love most about the art world is the diversity– of people, styles, ages, eras. It’s amazing to not only see the work of new graduates and up & comers, but to look back at the artists who made the way for today’s success. This week’s round up of must-see museum and gallery shows includes work from recent MFA graduates, old-school Abstract Expressionists, modern figurative savants, and some abstract artists who just wanna have some fun.
north | Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythical and The Mystical at the Seattle Art Museum
south | Brug Mania at Page Bond Gallery
west | Re-Presenting the Nude, group show featuring work by Lee Price, Alyssa Monks, and more, at Evoke Contemporary
east | Young and Fun at Bridgette Mayer Gallery
Oh how I wish I could be in all these places! Someone needs to hurry up with that teleportation device. If you’re in any of these areas and able to see these incredible gallery shows, share your experience on Instagram & tag me @artsyforager with the hashtag #dontmissartsiness!
Image sources linked above.
Have you ever thought about the stories unfolding around you? I don’t mean what the neighbors are up to, but the countless big and tiny worlds humming along around us, hardly aware of our presence? As Mr. Forager & I were backpacking in the Trinity Alps last weekend, it struck me how very small we humans are in this vast world, and yet how self-important, while the majority of life on earth couldn’t care less who we are and what we do. The work of Belgian artist Isabelle Menin seems to illustrate those teeming microcosms so blissfully unaware of our presence.
Menin creates these flowery domains by photographing flowers and then using digital software to layer, manipulate, and bring forth explosions of color and light. The resulting images are incredibly mysterious and sensual, almost operatic in their style– filled with melodrama and small, elegant nuances. There is a feeling of emergence and immersion, that walking out of darkness into light and vice versa. I might seriously consider giving up this world for hers.
To see more of Isabelle Menin‘s work, please visit her website.
All images are via the artist’s website.
Last weekend, Mr. F and I took a little backpacking trip up into the Trinity Alps, a mountain range about two hours east of Eureka. As we were hiking, I got to thinking about the parallels between the creative process and adventuring. The act of being creative, whether as an artist, writer, musician or however you stretch those muscles, is a daring endeavor– you can plan and prepare, but the real joy is in the unknown path ahead.
Want to know how to be a creative adventurer? Here are a few simple steps to venture into the unknown!
1 | set some goals and make a plan. Think about where you’d like to end up and what you think you’ll need to achieve to get there. The trail might be smooth or you may end up doing some bush-whacking to find your way, or you may change course altogether, but setting out with a vision of the finish line will help keep you focused when you feel like giving up.
2 | find yourself a partner. Whether it’s a spouse, friend, or fellow creative, tell someone your plan. It’s never smart to go out into the wild on your own and having some company along the way will help to keep you on the right track and keep your perspective in check.
3 | work your plan, one step at a time. We all want to race to the finish line, to skip the grueling climb and reach the peak. Prepare to feel overwhelmed, discouraged, to want to turn around and head back down the mountain. But keep on keepin’ on and before you know it, you’ve turned the next corner.
4 | know when to veer off the plan and take a risk. Just because you have a plan doesn’t mean you must stick to it if things aren’t working. Maybe the path isn’t what you thought it would be or you just need to liven things up a little. Take a risk and you may find that you end up in a place even better than you imagined.
5 | let yourself take a break. If you’re finding yourself discouraged or disillusioned with where you’re going, give it a rest for a while. Do something else, something fun and completely different, then come back refreshed and rejuvenated.
6 | celebrate your successes! It’s easy to get so caught up into heading for the next goal that we forget to take the time to celebrate our achievements. Take a moment, a day, an evening, and dedicate it to treating yourself and reveling in a mission accomplished!
7 | evaluate & recalibrate Now that you’ve reached the pinnacle, look back at what you’ve done and how you got there. What would you change? How can you be better prepared for next time? Mr. F and I do this after each backpacking trip and we always find things we can improve for next time.. I mean, did we really need all this trail mix?
Once you can see objectively where you’ve been and how you’ve got there, you’ll have a clearer idea of where you’d like to go next. And a sense of assurance that you can do what it takes to get there.
Are you headed out on a creative adventure or find yourself in the midst of a journey? How’s your progress?
All images by Artsy Forager.
Have you ever watched a sunset, watching the sun melt into the landscape and wished there was a way to capture other than on your iPhone? New York artist Jamie Harris seems to ensnare the elemental liquidity of nature in infused glass.
These encapsulations of color seem to magically suspend the elements forever in animation– a sun that never quite sets, water that freezes mid-flow. Bright, saturated color hangs in translucent waves that seem like they could crash into each other any second. Completely enchanting.
To see more of the work of Jamie Harris, check out his website. He also creates gorgeous tabletop pieces and custom lighting!
All images are via the artist’s website.
Remember candy necklaces? I mean, jewelry you could eat?? Every little girl’s dream! And big girls, too, as it turns out. Scottish jewelry artist Rosie Kimber crafts her own wearable confections from resin, silicone, and sugar crystals creating modern, artistic baubles pretty enough to eat!
These put those candy necklaces to shame. So much prettier and without the yucky slightly sweet chalky taste!
To see more of Rosie Kimber‘s work, please visit her website.
All images via the artist’s website.
I do love work filled with calming translucency and dreamy washes. But sometimes, I’m in the mood for something a bit more wild. The work of South African born Boston-based artist CK Aderem is filled with controlled explosions of texture and color that is totally getting my juices flowin’.
These small scale paintings are like tiny landscape abstractions, bursting forth with color and teeming with movement. Layers peek from behind each other like a mythical creature shyly glancing from around a corner, enchanting and drawing me in to try to get to another glimpse. I want to slide down those thick lines of paint, to see where falling down those rabbit holes might lead. What an adventure it would be to fall into the candy colored world he is creating!
To see more work by CK Aderem, please visit his website.
All images are via the artist’s website. Artist found via Saatchi Online.
Summer is officially here! ‘Tis the season we take to the water! Perhaps as an escape from the heat, but even more so, we are drawn to watery places this time of year because of the calming effect of water upon our souls and spirits. In summer, we give ourselves permission to pause and it’s tough to be stressed and harried when gazing out over the ocean’s horizon. Toronto artist Elizabeth Lennie captures the way summer draws us to the water and out of our depths.
While Lennie’s portfolio is filled with more typical watery palettes of blues and greens, it was to these warmer pieces that I found myself most drawn. Something about these peachy tones reminded me so much of the slowing down we do in the summer time. Perhaps they recall the glow of sunset over a day spent in nothing but play, with no plans to stop any time soon. A day when we let ourselves linger, whether on the beach or simply over dinner on the patio at home, we relish relaxation in summer, a lesson we could all carry over into every other season.
To see more of Elizabeth Lennie‘s work, please visit her website. Mr. Forager & I have lots of waterside backpacking and camping planned for this summer. How are you relaxing this summer?
All images are via the artist’s website.