Archives for the month of: March, 2012

Artist Anne Lindberg’s string drawings bring to mind supernatural, phantasmal matter floating peacefully and brilliantly in mid-air.  She creates sculptures and drawings that she calls “systemic and non-representational…subtle, rhythmic, abstract, and immersive.”  Lindberg utilizes shifts in layering, tool, and material to create tonal passages that resonate with primal human conditions:  goodwill, anxiety, fear, security, self-protection, sexuality, gravity, and compulsive behaviors.  Her string installations are constructed using thousands of individual strands of Egyptian cotton thread and staples.  View the time lapse video of her recent installation “Drawn Pink” in Placemakers at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

Drawn Pink (2012) by Anne Lindberg

Drawn Pink (2012) by Anne Lindberg

For more information on the artist, visit her website.

-Jayme Catalano

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Dutch painter Kees Goudzwaard’s paintings  are meticulously planned, smooth-surfaced oil paintings exploring geometric forms neatly arranged and connected by tape.  After first working on a paper, foil, and tape prototype, he reproduces the model in thin, even layers of oil paint.  The three-dimensional effect is the result of “multiplicity and accumulation of shapes rather than lines.”  Simplistic and yet extremely complicated in their composition, the paintings explore the idea of fragility, futility, and the minutia of everyday life.   A book, Kees Goudzwaard-Provisional Space, is currently available for purchase through the artist’s website.

Shielded (2008) by Kees Goudzwaard

Lightweight (2009) by Kees Goudzwaard

Range (2011) by Kees Goudzwaard

Photograpm (2009) by Kees Goudzwaard

-Jayme Catalano

Trained in landscape architecture and urban planning and a self-taught screen printer, Todd Stewart works by printing identical images many times withing a given space until a composition emerges.  The pieces are built “by exposing the control and precision of illustration to the unpredictability and chance inherent to the printmaking process.”  His Cityscape series explores the landscape of both well-known and obscure cities; most are places Stewart has not physically visited.  “I am acutely aware of how construction -with regards to both structure and meaning-informs my work.  These abstract land and cityscapes embody both serenity and instability, resulting in dreamlike tension from which subjective narratives can be born.  Working from a base of imagery culled internally-from memory, dreams, past experience-and externally-from my immediate surroundings-I create pieces that consciously allow for open interpretation and multiple perspectives.”  The works “reflect a search for meaning in unfamiliar landscapes.”  Stewart’s work is available online at his Etsy shop.

Bogota by Todd Stewart

Accra by Todd Stewart

Moscow by Todd Stewart

For more information on the artist, visit his website or his Etsy store.

-Jayme Catalano

 

GF Smith partnered with FIELD, a creative studio for digital art and generative design, to test their new printing technology.  FIELD was tasked with creating 10,000 unique digital paintings to test the technological potential of GF Smith’s latest printing presses.  Each painting features a different view of a hyper complex sculpture created through generative coding and creative intuition.  The resulting paintings captured “the energy of a dynamic process-caught in a timeless medium.”  GF Smith took the paintings and printed them onto 10,000 unique promotional sleeves to showcase their premium papers and printing capabilities.  A hybrid of human and machine creation, the paintings challenge the idea of what art is and where it is going.

FIELD for GF Smith

FIELD for GF Smith

FIELD for GF Smith

For more on the project, visit GF Smith or FIELD.

-Jayme Catalano

Chris Buzelli is something of a modern day Hieronymus Bosch.  His paintings and illustrations often depict a future where the hubris and self-destructive tendencies of civilization have ruinous results.  Bosch warned against sexual immorality and sin and its devastating consequences in the afterlife in his colorful, whimsical, and horrific paintings.  Buzelli is more concerned with the environmental and social consequences of our actions.  In an illustration called “China’s Ignorance” for Global Brief Magazine, Buzelli takes on the topic of over-fishing and the consumption of resources; in another illustration called “Toxic Secrets,” a demon is depicted as having a smog-spewing factory for a head.  Like Bosch, his colorful palette and playful characters belie the dark messages being conveyed.  Buzelli’s work can be seen in exhibitions, publications, books, and advertisements throughout the world.

Children Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Buzelli

M-44 Wolves by Chris Buzelli

China's Ignorance by Chris Buzelli

Harbinger by Chris Buzelli

Click here to see more of Buzelli’s work.  For more information on Bosch, visit this website.

-Jayme Catalano

 

“We could go on and on about the Faber Castell Artist Pen’s precision and control, but we thought we’d just show you.”  Pen company Faber Castell hired the agency of Ogilvy and Mather Singapore to re-create masterpieces by Vermeer, Van Gogh, and Da Vinci using their Artist Pen.  The remarkable thing about the publicity stunt is that artist Chan Hwee Chong drew each image with a single, unbroken line.  See the video at the bottom to see how he did it.

Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

Detail

Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

-Jayme Catalano

 

David Karvasales is the rare photographer today who is moving away from digital and back to analog technology.  He is also extremely conscious of theme and story in his collections, not one to hastily snap random images hoping for cohesion later.  His most recent body of work, Hana, explores the idea of spontaneity, adventure, kismet, and youthful optimism.  You can view more of David’s work here or here.

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Follow David on Twitter.

-Jayme Catalano

 

 

New, previously unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe are hitting the auction block!  Sound familiar?  It seems that every other week more photos of Monroe are “discovered” in someone’s drawer or in a box somewhere.  Did this woman, possibly the most famous woman in the world then and now, ever live an undocumented moment in her life?  Why, 50 years after her death, are we still hell bent on consuming her in any form?  She is the subject of a current NBC drama, a recent movie starring Michelle Williams, and countless books, documentaries, and television shows.  Even her diary, with its revelations and private worries, has been published.

And yet I find myself wanting more, and I’m not alone.  For those of us who still can’t get enough, the estate of Monroe’s longtime friend and makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder have partnered with Julien’s Auctions to sell an extensive collection of photos (including copyrights) and other ephemera.  The auction will take place March 31st and April 1st live and online.

Detail from a collection of slides to be auctioned this weekend

Slides from the auction to be held this weekend

For more information on the auction, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

Until Olan Mills and the ubiquitous awkward family photography (click here),individuals commissioned painters to create an image for their mantlepiece, hallway, or grand lodge.  Those portraits, whether a formal oil painting of royalty or a child with his beloved dog, communicate something of their time and place and the personality of the subjects.  And unlike a flimsy photography, they are a lasting investment nearly guaranteed heirloom status, or at least the corner of a dusty antiques store.  Unfortunately, the art of portrait painting has somewhat declined in the last one hundred years.  Napa Valley artist Cathryne Trachok, a former illustrator and commercial artist, is out to change that.  Influenced by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt, and Winslow Homer, Trachok creates contemporary portraits in a very classic way.  She calls art “communication across cultures, time and experiences” and creates quality, lasting pieces of art accessible to everyone, not just someone with a beach house in the Hamptons.  Visit her website to learn more about her work and commissioning a portrait for yourself.

Blue Scarf Brown Hair by Cathyrne Trachok

Rick by Cathyrne Trachok

The History Major by Cathyrne Trachok

Canary Public Relations is pleased to announce that they are representing Cathryne Trachok of  C.A. Trachok Studios.

-Jayme Catalano

The de Young Museum in San Francisco is currently hosting their most popular annual fundraising event and exhibition, the Bouquets to Art.  150 floral designers took inspiration from the permanent collection at the museum to create works that pay tribute to the original works.  The exhibition runs through March 17th.

Two floral designs inspired by the artworks pictured behind them

Two more modern floral designs inspired by the modern works pictured behind them

Walking

For more information on the exhibit, click here.

-Jayme Catalano