Archives for the month of: May, 2012

Lee Jung is a rare combination of poet and visual artist.  Her C-type photographs often feature large, neon poems against a serene natural environment.  In the work “To Death,” the neon words read, “With my soul in your eyes to eternity as you are inside me at first sight your name I swear take my all thinking of you to death.”  Her statements are often political and many of the photographs are taken on the border of North Korea.  Jung was educated at the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom and was recently featured in the “Chaotic Harmony” photography exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.  You can view more of her work here.

To Death by Jung Lee, 2010

Why? by Jung Lee, 2010

How Could You Do This To Me by Jung Lee, 2010

I Still Remember by Jung Lee, 2010

My Heart is Yours by Jung Lee, 2010

-Jayme Catalano

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Painter Michelle Armas lasted one year in the stressful world of corporate branding in New York before she decamped back to Atlanta to pursue a career in abstract painting.  Her large scale acrylics are vibrant, bold, and youthful, the hipster offspring of  Richard Diebenkorn and Jackson Pollock.  In a recent posting on her blog about a commission she is completing for a very symmetrical bedroom, she describes her creative process in endearingly straightforward terms:  “I think there should be big shapes, lots of layering but chunky and scribbly to balance the linear-ness all over the place.”  Visit her blog to see the result.  Click here to visit her online gallery.

Fly By, Michelle Armas

Apple, Michelle Armas

Secret umbrellas, Michelle Armas

-Jayme Catalano

It is ironic that artist Vanessa Cooper shares her name with an adult film star because her charming paintings are the embodiment of innocence.  Hampshire born, raised and based, her often idyllic works feature scenes from life in the English countryside painted in a style reminiscent of folk art.  Bold colors and humorous compositions bring to mind naive painters Maud Lewis, Seraphine Louis, and John Kane.  Coooper accepts commissions and more of her work is available on her website.

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

-Jayme Catalano

In his Map Works series, Dallas-based artist Matthew Cusick has created intricate collages out of maps and acrylic paint.  Echoing traditional Japanese woodcuts in some and Lucian Freud in others, the images depict people and the natural world through the harsh lines and bold colors of maps.  It is almost as though humanity’s attempts to capture and illustrate the complexity of Earth with a series of spheres, borders, and grids is being reflected back as a truly futile mission.  For more information on the artist, please visit his website.

Bonnie, 2004 by Matthew Cusick

The Rachel’s Wave, 2011 by Matthew Cusick

Shauna, 2011 by Matthew Cusick

Fiona’s Wave, 2005 by Matthew Cusick

-Jayme Catalano

Graphic designer Paige Smith has created a street art project in the nooks and crannies of urban Los Angeles.  Working under the pseudonym A Common Name, her three dimensional paper objects represent crystal, quartz, and geodes, mineral formations normally found in nature.  The results are whimsical, mystical, and more than a little magical.  As she says, “A parallel aspect of these ‘geodes’ in nature and in the city is they are always unexpected treasures.  You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment.”  Visit her website for information on the specific location of the geodes.

Geode #2, Arts District LA

Geode #2, Arts District LA by A Common Name

Geode #9, Downtown LA, A Common Name

Geode #10, Arts District, A Common Name

Geode #7, Daily Dose DTLA, A Common Name

A Common Name is also creating art in custom spaces, “less unexpected but equally beautiful.”  Contact her here for more information.

-Jayme Catalano