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Unconventional Lives: Photography by Michael Matthew Woodlee


A photograph of a vascular catheterVascular Catheter

Michael Matthew Woodlee is a photographer who works to capture candid moments of subjects living unconventional lives. Michael’s photography is skillfully framed but always feels organic and intently present.


A photograph of wilderness inside Yosemite National ParkHalf Dome from above Tenaya Lake

In our previous feature of Michael’s artwork we looked at the way his images are presented as dramatic fragments of a fuller narrative. While each photo presents a great deal of…

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Headlines: Portaits, Projection, 5 Pointz

1) On the Official Obama Portraits


Amy Sheralds portrait of Michelle Obama

 

Art critics are weighing in on the recently unveiled official presidential portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama. The former president’s portrait, commissioned from artist Kehinde Wiley, sets the figure of Mr. Obama in a forward-leaning stance, set against a bright background of crisp, green leaves. In the New Yorker, Vinson Cunningham calls attention to the slight skewed perspective in the work,…

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A Greater Narrative: Art by Mark Thomas Gibson


A painting of a foot being ensnared by a vineSo Slips the Knot, acrylic on canvas

Mark Thomas Gibson is an American painter who works with visual tropes of contemporary pop culture, creating figurative images that act as pieces of a greater narrative.


A painting done in a comic book styleBeholder, acrylic on canvas

 

The way he colors his works is very reminiscent of graphic novels and comic books – hard, precise outlines, and flat colors with heavy black shading create a dramatic look. The images themselves are…

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Weighty, Tactile Abstractions: Art by David Ferguson


An abstract mixed media artwork with strong textureBRANCH WATER, cast cotton, gold leaf, acrylic on board

Painter and choreographer David Ferguson creates weighty, tactile abstractions and equally expressive patterns of movement. Often working in collaboration with other dancers and choreographers, David participates in both the behind-the-scenes production and the performance of his dances.

 


RUSH OF WATER/ RUSH OF AIR (working draft 2012), collaboration with Jung ah Chung, Robb…

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Novel Meanings: Art by Emma Lehto


A cut paper artwork made from an issue of Newton's IllustratedCollage 1: Helmut Newton's Illustrated: No. 1, cut paper (collage)

Emma Lehto is a typographical artist based in Vancouver, BC. Emma often creates her works using a reductive process, cutting away portions of ubiquitous found texts to create images with novel meanings.


A detail of a cut paper work made from an issue of a magazineRejected: Playgirl Magazine #2 (detail), cut paper, paper sculpture

I’m enjoying Emma’s works in which her exacto-knife cuts are guided by the shapes of human figures,…

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Short Prose: Writing by Frédérick Wolfe


An illustration by Marie-Eve Tremblay for Des roches plein les pochesDes roches plein les poches, illustration by Marie-Ѐve Tremblay

 

Frédérick Wolfe is a French-Canadian author and screenwriter. Frédérick has produced writing for a number of television series, as well as a children’s novel and several pieces of short prose for the Prix de la Nouvelle Radio-Canada.

 

Bing Bang - serie documentaire

 

I’m really interested in Frédérick’s children’s book, “Des roches plein les poches”…

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Anatomical and Medical Illustrations by Carey Pelto


An illustration of the anatomy of the head and neckHead and Neck Anatomy, digital pencil and airbrush

Carey Pelto has a professional background in both illustration and medicine, and now combines the two in his art practice. Specializing in anatomical and medical illustrations, Carey depicts the human body with a delicate, yet frank and honest sensibility.


A cover illustration for a surgical journalThe Ghosts of Surgery

 

It’s interesting to see Carey’s medical illustrations alongside more classically-inspired figure…

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Meaning of Objects: Art by Craig Brumwell


A drawing of a rail with lots of negative spaceRail (Switch), charcoal on paper

Vancouver-based artist Craig Brumwell uses his practice to explore the cultural and allegorical meaning of objects, especially those objects that appear disused or nearing the end of their life. The artist uses a range of media to explore these concepts, presenting imagery in a straightforward, documentarian fashion.


A drawing of a rail overgrown by grass and treesRail (Backshore Crossing), charcoal on paper


In our previous feature of Craig’s

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Studio Sunday: James Rosenquist


A photo of James Rosenquist in his studio

 

This week’s studio Sunday artist, James Rosenquist, was born in North Dakota and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the age of 21 Rosenquist moved to New York, where he quickly became one of the most important artists associated with the American pop art movement. The artist was known for large-scale works that borrowed aesthetics from 1950’s advertising and sign painting.

 

The photo above shows Rosenquist in his studio…

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Headlines: Magnus, Vantablack, Melgaard

1) Truck Driver Damages Nazca Lines


An aerial photo of a geoglyph, part of the Nazca Lines

 

A truck driver who intentionally ignored road signs and drove into a protected area of the Peruvian countryside has caused significant damage to the nation’s famed Nazca Lines. The lines, dating back over 2,000 years, are an artefact pre-dating Inca society, and have been declared a United Nations World Heritage Site. A video shows the truck being driven off the Pan-American Highway and into the…

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Unique, Handmade Ceramics: Crain Art Studio


A ceramic box adorned with bright colors and patternsTall Tree Box

Cathy Crain, along with her daughter Carie and granddaughter Sharae, create work under the umbrella of Crain Art Studio. With a focus on unique, handmade ceramics, Crain produces custom works at the request of customers, as well as original, personal artworks.


A photo of two ceramic horsesPaint Horses - small, hand-sculted, Raku-fired clay

 

I’m quite taken by the overall aesthetic of the Crains ceramic works. While the trio does produce vessels and…

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Gestural Works and Abstractions by Guy Grogan


A painting of greenish stripes of color with an interesting textureShowing My Stripes #1, mixed media on gesso board

Artist Guy Grogan creates gestural works and abstractions that seem infused with deep feeling. Working in paint, drawing, and sculpture techniques, Guy uses a distinctive color palette and a talent for building volumes to evoke mysterious concepts.


A painting with black and pale glossy stripesShowing My Stripes #10

 

I’m really enjoying looking through the works in Guy’s Showing My Stripes series. The works here are easily…

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Bright Figurative Images: Art by Frans Geerlings


An oil painting of a battle at seaBattle at Sea Dutch VS British, oil paint

 

Frans Geerlings was born in the Netherlands and is now based in Salem, Oregon. In his artistic practice, Frans creates bright figurative images combining oil paint with chalk and pastel.


A painting of a barn framed with barn woodOld Barn, acrylic paint in authentic Texas barnwood frame

 

I enjoy the way Frans showcases most of his works in frames on his website. The borders add an extra dimension to the works, and make it seem as…

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Psychedelic Skeletons: Art by Charlie Immer


A painting of a purple skull leering from green barsPeepers Redux

Charlie Immer is a Maryland-based artist who paints figurative scenes of psychedelic skeletons and other playfully grotesque subjects. The artist favors a bright color palette and a smooth, tight painting style.


A painting of a skeleton adorned with fruitFruity

 

I really like the aesthetic that Immer has developed in his overall painting practice. While the subject matter of his work tends to be macabre, the images themselves are fun, and even cute. The tension…

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Word Paintings: Art by Wayne White


A painting of block text in a forested landscapeAre You a Boy or a Girl

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Wayne White is a painter and multi-disciplinary artist with a background in commercial illustration and production painting. In the fine art world, White is best known for his word paintings: images featuring often sardonic words or phrases in crisp, colorful block letters.


A word painting with distorted letterformsHere Comes Mr. Know-It-All

 

White’s most recent word paintings are quite something – combining…

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