Published June 10, 2010 by Molly
Oh, what we’d give to visit the studio of Bianca Hester! Hester is an artist/handywoman/creator across all platforms living output is so varied and so unexpected that we can’t quite wrap our heads around the whole of it.
For starters, Hester makes and modifies instruments, orchestrates fruitful installations and collaborations, produces lovely art books, writes with great insight, creates video, turns leftover installation materials into light fixtures for her friends, and, need we say it…MUCH MORE.
Published April 30, 2010 by Molly
Loren Filis draws, photographs, makes prints, devises installations and noodles around in 3D. As if that weren’t enough, the artist also runs an independent screen-printing studio, Loligo, out of an old peanut factory in London. Oi! Is there anything more inspiring than a person who busies herself with such pursuits? We’re sold on Ms. Loren.
Published February 9, 2010 by Graham
Do you find your world bland and uninspiring? Is there a widespread dearth of eye-catching subjects to photograph in your normal, everyday life? Matthieu Lavanchy’s work reminds us that you can always just make something up. You can literally make something beautiful to take a picture of, right now, and all you need is some cardboard and soiled mattresses and wood scraps and moldy carpet.
Lavanchy, who is only 23 and already amassing accolades galore, is a New Yorker by way of Switzerland and a pal of Tiny Vices superstar Tim Barber. He photographs meticulously crafted sculptural installations and otherworldly interiors that exist in no other world than the image itself. These are magical nowhere places that seem to spring straight from Lavanchy’s sneaky subconscious to remind us of life’s terrifyingly endless possibilities.
Published December 23, 2009 by Molly
Nichole van Beek’s gouache paintings are like Magic Eye images for grown-ups: they’re hypnotic, colorful, and contain promises of secret knowledge for those willing to put in the effort.
Van Beek is as much a sculptor as she is a painter, and her mixed-media installations are crafted with ingenuity (she enjoys making her own tools) and an eye for spareness from materials like driftwood, tape, yarn and grip-tape. Both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional brands of van Beek’s work will turn viewers googly-eyed, which is probably the point. She gives you full permission to stare.
Published October 28, 2009 by Molly
We’d all agree that art loses something in the translation from real life to web. Paintings never look as good online as they do in real life. Drawings shrink; colors get screwy, there’s no sense of scale and what’s intended to provoke treads softly.
That said, some work translates better than others, and Mads Lynnerup’s videos––while more intense in their intended installation settings–are an experience worth catching online. The Denmark-born artist splits his time between Copenhagen and New York, and has shown work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, at P.S.1, at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and in many other places.
Check out his 2008 video Routine here.
Published July 9, 2009 by Graham
Jared Steffensen’s installations and sculptures address divisions between public and private space, examine organic and artificial environments, and imagine the natural world overlapping the domestic. While the aesthetic– hyperreal woodland forest scenes– could easily lend itself to caustic kitsch, it doesn’t. Against all odds, it’s adorable. Steffensen’s work reminds us that good art doesn’t have to be cynical or detached: we have permission to sincerely appreciate a cotton-ball cloud, a tropical beach occupying a suburban living room, or a pair of cowboy boots sprouting a redwood forest.
Published May 2, 2009 by Graham
Over the past three weeks, a forest has crept into the Machine Project gallery in Los Angeles. A white-walled room in the middle of Echo Park’s stucco strip has been transformed into a veritable fertile valley. Conceived and installed by Christy McCaffrey and Sara Newey, the geniuses responsible for putting a speed metal guitarist performing under a gothic arch on the roof of LACMA, The Forest is an interactive simulated space that has hosted moonlit poetry readings, ghost stories, and birdsong identification workshops.
I took a blanket and a memory foam pillow to the forest last weekend for “Music to Nap By,” a profoundly relaxing performance by artist Brian Crabtree of the Catskill Mountains-based design team Monome. Staring up at the canopy of disconnected branches above, it was all too easy to block out the city and accept the artificial ambiance, reveling in the mechanical chirps and soothing bird calls that were accentuated by the accompaniment of Crabtree’s beautifully meandering tones. Check out The Forest before it gets cut down on Friday, April 24th.