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"Obsessive Self-Representation": Art by Liza Mongomery


A painting of three figures in a strange processionProcession, oil and mixed media on wood panel

Liza Montgomery is a painter and mixed media artist whose work explores the identities that we construct for ourselves. The artist’s recent works are primarily concerned with female identities and expressions of, as Liza calls it, “obsessive self-representation.”

 

A study of a person's hand adorned with various baublesMy Left Hand, Adorned: Accumulation Study #1, ink, gesso and found paper on wood panel

 

Some of Liza’s most recent…

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Studio Sunday: Deborah Kass


A photo of Deborah Kass' art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Deborah Kass. Kass is a contemporary American artist who utilizes mixed media and appropriative imagery to explore pop art, art history and identity.

 

Kass’ studio looks beautiful in this photo – well lit, and clean with nice wood flooring. I like the way that the artist’s works fit into the space, as well. At first glance, this studio space almost looks like just a living room in…

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Headlines: The NEA, #J20, Arctic

1) Trump's Plan Could Include a Shutdown of the NEA
A digital image of the logo of the NEA

 

A recent report indicates that Donald Trump intends to completely defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of budget cuts outlined in his presidential platform. Under the Obama administration the NEA’s annual budget was roughly $146 million, less than 0.3 percent of the U.S. government’s total budget. Trump’s administration reportedly intends to reduce federal…

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Beauty in Everyday Life: Glasswork by Catherine Hart


A stained glass work with a curl of blue and beadsAstral Shore

Inspired by nature and the beauty in everyday life, Catherine Hart creates one-of-a-kind stained glass panels. Catherine’s style often features floral motifs against backdrops of geometric abstraction and patterns.

 

A stained glass panel imitating wind or waterWindswept

The medium of stained glass lends itself well to geometric patterns, and I rather enjoy the way that Catherine utilizes this strength. Many of her works – particularly in her Geometric gallery –…

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Obtuse Categorizations: Art by Marco Maggi


A wall collage made from small white stickersAbecedario Venecia (detail), sticker mosaic, archival stickers on museum board

Marco Maggi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and now splits his time between Uruguay and New York. The artist’s works act like obtuse categorizations and utilize mundane and temporal materials including office paper, tinfoil and apples.

 

An art installation of pencils holding strings against a wallPutin's Pencils (detail), 9 Soviet-era color pencils and bowstrings

 

I enjoy Maggi’s paper works – they tend…

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Moments of Ballet: Photography by Luis Pons


A photograph of ballerinas Alexandra Jacobs and Mikaela KellyBallerina Alexandra Jacobs & Mikaela Kelly

New York-based photographer Luis Pons uses his camera to capture moments of ballet in urban and natural environments. Luis’ photographs showcase the relationship between body and environment.

 

A photograph of a ballerina dancing on a bridge at sunsetBallerina Tessa Danielle

 

I love the way Luis places his models in novel spaces that often subtly pair with the costume or movements of the dancers. While the focus of each photograph is generally…

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Moody Portraits of Urban Streets: Art by Shawn Demarest


A painting of a snowy street bathed in pink lightSnow Day Pink, oil on panel

Portland, Oregon-based artist Shawn Demarest enjoys capturing spaces in her artwork, focusing on moody portraits of urban streets.

 

A painting of a city intersection with an overly of abstract linesSE Division & 82nd/Tangle, oil on panel

 

The slightly blocky, stylish realism that Shawn paints in is really attractive. I enjoy the way that the artist tends to distill her works down into a basic, unified color scheme – often deep electric blue for nighttime scenes and a…

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Studio Sunday: Rob Pruitt


A photo of Rob Pruitt in his studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of Rob Pruitt. Pruitt works across a wide variety of media, to the point where he isn’t particularly associated with one artistic material. The artist currently lives and works in New York City, and has had his work shown locally and internationally.

 

Rob Pruitt’s studio looks very efficient, and is lit more like a warehouse or factory than an artist’s studio. Naturally the…

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Vibrant Maritime Landscapes: Art by Michael McEwing


A painting of a shore with tall grassesTantramar Shoreline, oil on canvas

Michael McEwing is an artist living and working in Carleton County, New Brunswick. Michael’s artwork includes painting and printmaking, though his portfolio is especially strong in vibrant maritime landscapes.

 

A painting of a running stream in autumnPokiok Stream in Fall, oil on canvas

 

Michael’s landscape paintings tend to emphasize the total isolation of a given setting. Unpopulated grasslands and rocky beaches factor frequently in…

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Headlines: Met, Women, Inauguration

1) Met Museum Postpones Expansion in Favor of Repairs


A photo of the Great Hall inside the Met Museum

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s plans to celebrate its 150th anniversary with a new wing have been delayed due to financial issues. While the hope was to have the $600 million new wing open in 2020, officials announced on Wednesday that the Met must instead devote the necessary time and money to repairing the skylights and roof above the rooms housing European paintings.…

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Wire Sketches: Sculptures by David Oliveira


A wire sculpture that looks like a drawing of a womanUntitled

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, David Oliveira is a sculptor who is known for his wire sketches that mimic rough drawings in three dimensions. These sculptures function only when seen at a particular angle, and otherwise dissolve into abstraction.

 

A wire sculpture created around a chair to look like a woman sittingUntitled

 

I’m really impressed by the attention to detail in Oliveira’s works. Looking at online images of these, some of them definitely achieve the look of a drawing hastily…

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Wide, Emotional Gestures: Painting by Noah NJ Bowman


An abstract diptych paintingSeduction (diptych), acrylic on canvas

Painter Noah NJ Bowman focuses on wide, emotional gestures in his work, rather than tight figuration. The artist tends to focus on abstraction featuring hugely confident brush marks and saturated colors.

An abstract painting made in blue and white

That Je Ne Sais Quoi, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the style of abstraction that Noah subscribes to. While it’s difficult to pick out any recognizable figures in the works, there are definite…

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Lighting and Texture: Pastel Art by Marilyn Riopel


A pastel drawing using a large amount of blueOrganics, pastel

Marilyn Riopel was born into an artistic family in New York, later moving to British Columbia where she taught art and music. Marilyn’s current practice utilizes pastel and showcases a versatile style that focuses on lighting and texture.

 

A pastel drawing of a row of pink-hued treesShake Your Booty, Pastel

I’m always impressed to see such complex and visually interesting works created with such a tricky medium. Though Marilyn’s style is changeable, the…

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Moody, Dreamy Mixed Media: Art by Amy D. Graham


An abstracted painting of a landscapeUntitled

Amy D. Graham has a background in visual art and modern dance. Amy currently teaches visual art while maintaining her own practice, which centers on moody, dreamy mixed media abstractions.

 

A bright pink painting of cupsUntitled

 

Looking through Amy’s portfolio website, I’m rather taken with the artist’s landscape paintings. Though these works are more simplistic in terms of media than the rest of the artist’s practice, they do a great job of…

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