Sidelined. Klara Glosova

Its nearly that time of year when the light fades earlier and families spend their evenings and weekends cheering their little ones from the sidelines.  My younger brother was big into t-ball, then baseball when he was young, so I clocked a lot of time on bleacher benches.  Seasoned soccer mom and Seattle artist Klara Glosova captures those familiar views of life, as seen from the sidelines.

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Her paintings and small figurative sculptures are the evidence of careful observation, capturing moments of casual conversation, close attention, and the distraction that comes with hours spent watching the action on the field.  We see the figures and light shift, signaling the passing of time, not just on the field, but for each season in each life.

To see more of Klara Glosova‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website and the website of her representing gallery, Bryan Ohno Gallery.

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.

Fielding Color. Mitch Paster

I’ve been kind of obsessed with the atmosphere of color lately.  From my #colorforaging2014 project on Instagram, to the Feminine Wiles series, to some newer ideas I’m exploring, color is in the forefront of my mind.  I’m continually amazed by the way a slight shift in hue can change our perception of a place, a person, an atmosphere.  In his Color Fields series, Brooklyn photographer Mitch Paster distills scenes down to the essentials of color.

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As if viewed through a thick, opaque fog, Paster’s photographs leave us only with fields of color from which to glean any information about his subject.  We can conjecture as to what we may be seeing, but there is no certainty.  What we can get, however, is a feeling for what is there.. the bright warmth of light, the blue of sky.  I am left, not really guessing, just basking in the color and light, blissfully ignorant as to what is there.

To see more of Mitch Paster‘s work, please visit his website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Uprise Art.

Jessalyn Aaland

Does anyone else remember thumbing through paper catalogs at Christmastime, circling and dreaming of goodies Santa might bring, or later in life, dreaming of filling your house with all that pretty stuff?  Goodness knows we are a world in love with our stuff.  These collages of California artist Jessalyn Aaland remind me of the mounds of random things we might accumulate if we could.

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I especially love the artist’s use of chair imagery.  I used to have a thing for chairs.. well, I sort of still do, but our traveling has definitely curbed any sort of temptation for collecting!  I’ve always been interested in how chairs, more than any other sort of furniture can be designed for so many different levels of function and comfort.  Chairs for dining, office work, reading, lounging, you name it.  They are the seats we offer our guests, a sign of hospitality and warmth– No one ever says “Pull up a sofa!”, now do they?

To see more of Jessalyn Aaland‘s work please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Pattern Recognition. Kuzana Ogg

Kuzana Ogg Flash Sale This Week!

It’s rare to begin a Monday feeling so excited, ya’ll, but I can’t help it!  Not only am I sharing the work of this amazing artist, who I’ve been following since Erin & I featured her work in an Art Association way back when, but it is all on SALE this week in my Great.ly boutique gallery!!  California artist Kuzana Ogg layers on translucent patterns to create paintings that seem to float with effervescence.

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Interrupted patterns, shifting perspectives, and deep color create surfaces that are complex despite the simple imagery.  Underlayers peek out on occasion, so that are treated to an intriguing glimpse of the artist’s process, leaving us wanting to know what lies beneath.

Check out more of Kuzana Ogg’s work on her website and in The Trove, where the work featured here will be 50% off the normal retail price now through Sunday August 17th!  PLUS STAY TUNED FOR A CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT WHICH COULD MEAN EVEN MORE SAVINGS AT THE TROVE!   The artist is trying to offset the costs of two upcoming solo exhibitions at San Luis Obispo Museum and the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Help a fellow artsy AND get yourself some art! Win, win!

All images via the artist.

This post contains affiliate links.  As a Great.ly Tastemaker and curator of The Trove, I receive a small commission on each piece sold from The Trove boutique gallery.

 

Summer Attraction. Maz Dixon

Ah, summer.  That time of year when you can relish the craziest, corniest of adventures.  Like finally hitting up that kitschy old-timey amusement park or road tripping to see the world’s largest ball of twine.  In her work, Australian artist Maz Dixon explores the dichotomy of our expectations of destinations versus our experience.

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While making our way from Florida to Washington three years ago, Mr. Forager and I took the time to stop at a couple of crazy touristy spots.  We were really disappointed when Prairie Dog Town was closed! Ha.  Dixon’s work makes me think more of those spots we visited as children, the ones that were so magical and fascinating.. How often, when we go back as adults, have they lost their luster?

To see more work by Maz Dixon, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy Happening. Continental Shift Seattle

We can all relate to being a part of a non-traditional family.  Whether you’re a member of a blended “step” family, the parent or child in a same-sex led family, or have created your own definition of a family made up of friends you love and trust.  Being a part of two blended families, I was especially excited when Seattle artist Amy Pleasant told me about a project she’s been working on, Continental Shift Seattle.

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Continental Shift Seattle is an art exhibition exploring the dynamics of stepfamilies, broadly defined to include adoptive families, LGBT families, children raised by their grandparents or aunts/uncles.

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The show and online forum explore this increasingly common family dynamic, how we deal with it individually and as families.  The exhibition opens this Saturday, August 9th at the Georgetown Castle in Seattle.  A one-night only exhibition featuring paintings, sculpture, mixed media, a one-act play, and multi-media featuring submissions from experiences submitted by the public.

Be sure to check out the Continental Shift Seattle website and if you’re in the Seattle area, check out the show for yourself this weekend!

All images via the Continental Shift Seattle website.

Being Present. Yolanda Sanchez

One of the hardest states for us to find is being completely present.  Thoughts of the past, the  future, distractions, all tend to cloud our minds and detour us away from simply living in the given moment.  In her paintings, Miami Beach artist Yolanda Sanchez celebrates the joy in the present moment.

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Taking inspiration from nature, Sanchez creates paintings that are fleeting glimpses into the feeling of a particular place in one instance.  The play of color and light are never quite the same any time we revisit a place and her use of visual texture and movement within each work recall the ephemeral nature of the present.

To see more of Yolanda Sanchez‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Collected Treasures. Jennifer Steen Booher

When I was a little girl in Florida, I always remember my mom collecting shells every time we went to the beach.  She wasn’t( still isn’t ) a swimmer, but she loved going to the beach and finding treasures.  Maybe it’s where my foraging instincts come from?  Maine photographer Jennifer Steen Booher creates abstract portraits of a day’s experience and what was found.

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prints available in The Trove, Artsy Forager’s Great.ly gallery

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Whether the beauty of the craggy texture of a shell, or the shocking color of a piece of discarded plastic, each piece is a symbol of that particular instance, isolated against a bright white backdrop, even the ugliest trash becomes something special.  After she has collected her treasures, Booher takes them back to her studio where they are carefully, meticulously arranged.  The collections may seem random and haphazard, yet the artist’s eye finds common ground.

To see more of Jennifer Steen Booher’s work, please visit her website.  Prints of Clematis Seedhead and other work by Jennifer Steen Booher can be purchased in The Trove, my gallery on Great.ly!

This post contains affiliate links.  As a Great.ly Tastemaker and curator of The Trove, I receive a small commission on each piece sold from The Trove boutique gallery.

Soft Geometry. Ruth Hiller

It feels like such a hard world these days, doesn’t it?  It can be a challenge to find a bit of softness.  Colorado artist Ruth Hiller juxtaposes industrially crafted plywood with brightly colored organic beeswax, creating a happy softness among the hard edges.

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I love the kind of California-surfer-cool vibe to these.  The summery colors against the wood grain have a mod, beach house feel.  The graphic nature also seems to nod to visual identifiers like signs and flags.  Whatever wave she is riding, sign me up!

To see more of Ruth Hiller‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website and Facebook page.

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