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The album cover for Matt Parker's the Imitation Archive

 

1) Historic Computers get Rebooted as Sound Art

 

If you haven’t already come across it, sound artist Matt Parker has created an ambient electronic album entirely from recordings of the functional sounds of very old computers. The computers are housed in the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park. The album, titled The Imitation Archive, is available for download by donation on Bandcamp.

 

2) Ai Weiwei Flies the Coop…

 

A photo of Ai Weiwei taking a photo of himself at an airport

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Strange, Fluid Forms: Sculpture by Jon von Bergen


A sculpture where the gallery wall appears to be stretching into a glass vitrineAnti-Precious Moment, MDF, polymer-gypsum, plexiglass, flocking, wall paint

Sculptor John von Bergen’s recent practice involves strange, fluid forms and partially coloured objects. Some of his work’s seem to be actively attempting to escape the gallery space – or in some cases, infiltrate it.

 

Von Bergen also has a propensity for creating interest in the mundane. His Sentimental… series places seemingly random objects, all…

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Ambient Soundscapes and Visuals by Erin Rae


A photograph of a deserted street at nightUntitled

Our featured artist today is Erin Rae. Erin is a photographer, painter and video artist who creates ambient soundscapes and visuals using these mediums.

 


An abstract diptych creates with blobs of neutral-coloured paintArrakis

Erin’s photographs tend to feature city streets, shop fronts, sections of seawall and other elements of urbanity that are all depicted as eerily deserted. It’s intriguing how Erin keeps her photographs almost entirely devoid of human figures, and adds an element…

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Portraits of Felines and Ladies by Maria Angela Reyes


A painting of a green cat on an orange backgroundGato Verde, oil on canvas

Maria Angela Reyes is an artist, illustrator, and today’s featured artist. Based in Bogota, Columbia, Maria creates bright, expressive images for children and art-lovers alike.

 

I especially love Maria’s portraits of felines and ladies – each subject is given a number of different treatments, and it’s interesting to see how the tone of a work changes with the style. The artist creates large blocks of…

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Studio Sunday: Karin Mamma Andersson


A photo of Karin Mamma Andersson sitting in her studio

 

Karin Mamma Andersson, our Studio Sunday artist, was born in northern Sweden and now resides in Stockholm.  Her first notable solo exhibition was in 2007 in Stockholm and she has since had several exhibitions in New York.

 

Andersson is a figurative painter whose subjects are mostly everyday activities and spaces often with a touch of the surreal elements added by the veil of dreams or memories. She also frequently paints scenes of…

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Participative and Public Artworks by Bronagh Corr


A sofa made entirely from books adhered to each otherAMH Book Sofa

Bronagh Corr currently lives and works in Derry, Ireland. There she creates participative and public artworks, as well as photography, print and painting.

 

Much of Bronagh’s work is slightly mysterious with an obvious appreciation for texture and subdued colours. In one series, poetic collages of images with snippets of text that seem to both describe the image and remain completely separate from it. Her photographs…

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Digital Sculptures by Maxim Shkret


A digitally rendered three dimensional foxFox

Russian artist Maxim Shkret creates stunning three-dimensional digital renderings of animals and human figures. His unique layered style allows the viewer to focus on every contour of the figure, while adding a tactile, sculptural quality to the otherwise smooth digital work.


A digitally rendered image of a white wolfUntitled

Shkret’s digital sculptures are depicted in close up, with the eyes of the face often serving as the focal point. The artist renders the eyes with a…

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Beads, Lace, and Feathers: Installations by Bogdan Cheta


A photo of an installation featuring a space packed with small objects of kitschHAIR Grows, installation view

Bogdan Cheta currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. He practices installation and performance art, often using vast collections of small found objects to create installations and sculptures that look like bird’s nests composed of discarded jewelry and beads, lace, and feathers, among other things.

 

A close up installation photo of a number of dark-coloured objects hung from a wallNIGHT of the Jaguar, installation view

Bogdan’s works are highly conceptual in nature and each…

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Portraits of Maryland by Michael Gaudreau


A painting of a skyline with the tops of evergreen treesThe View from Tim's Porch, oil

Today’s featured artist is Michael Gaudreau. Michael’s paintings include portraits of Maryland and the Adirondacks, pastoral depictions of rocks and rivers, and ceramic works.

 

Working primarily with oil paint, Michael creates landscape works that really celebrate the feeling of the outdoors. His paintings are often heavily textured, and this is particularly effective when his subjects are rocks and…

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Colourful Contour Lines: Paintings by Melvin Clark


A colourful, stylized side-profile portrait of Lester YoungLester Young, oil on canvas

Born in Detroit and now living in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Melvin Clark is a painter who uses colourful contour lines to imbue his paintings with movement and sound.

 

The gallery of abstract paintings on Melvin Clark's websiteMelvin's abstract works on his porfolio website

Melvin’s geometric patterned abstracts use beautifully clean lines where the shapes seem to overlap and create new spaces of colour. His portraits use contour lines to add an interesting…

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Studio Sunday: Chris Ofili


An aerial photo of Chris Ofili working on a very large painting in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist today is Chris Ofil. Chris is an artist perhaps best known for his paintings working with elephant dung. His overall practice, however, is much more varied.

 

While not all of Ofili’s works are this large, it’s amazing to see the creation of this one in progress, with the help of a large warehouse space and several assistants. The painting here, a backdrop for a performance by the Royal Ballet in 2012,…

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Tightly Woven Paintings on Canadian Abstract Art


An abstract painting with paints applied with sharp edges and many overlapping coloursUntitled 05, oil on panel, Carla Tak

Today’s feature is on Canadian Abstract Art, an organization that supports and calls attention to Canadian abstract art and artists. Currently the website displays work by three contemporary abstract artists: David Tycho, Carla Tak, and Eva Honig. There is also a gallery on the site of historic abstract art and artists, complete with studio photos!


An abstracted view of an urban street at nightUrban Rhapsody #5, acrylic on canvas, David Tycho…

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Pottery that Tells a Story by Terry Cervantes


A white porcelain lunch plate with an illustrative seashell motifSeashell Lunch Plate, porcelain

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Terry Cervantes!  Terry is an artist and potter from California who uses her background in illustration to create pottery that tells a story.

 

A bowl with a child's face imprinted on the inside in black and white line artSilly Moon Bowl

Terry has a few collections of ceramics works available on her portfolio website. In her seashell pottery, illustrative images of seashells have a highly illusionary sense of depth to them, and upon looking…

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Adorable Tiny Art by Evan Lorenzen


A tiny book page detailing a major event in human historyThe Mini Book of Major Events (detail)

Evan Lorenzen creates cartoonish illustrations that offer a strange look at pop culture, history and animals. The artist’s recent works focus on black and white depictions of pop cultural figures, and experimentation with different surfaces.


A photo of two tiny tarot cards being held in someone's finger'sTiny Tarot

I’m especially a fan of Evan’s adorable tiny art pieces. These illustrations and book art pieces are whimsical yet amazingly delicate…

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Portraits of Children by Izzy Vera


A charcoal portrait of a young boy laughingUntitled Boy, charcoal

Our featured artist today is Izzy Vera. Izzy works in charcoal, chalk pastel and oil paint to turn children's imaginations into reality as detailed and realistic paintings, occasionally with a surreal edge.

 

A painting featuring a child's depiction of grown-up lifeWhen I Grow Up

Many of her works feature portraits of children, and the sometimes dream-like quality of the subject matter seems to suggest the boundless imagination of childhood. The artist’s website at

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