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Studio Sunday: Nam June Paik


A photo of Nail June Paik working in his video editing studio

 

 

This week’s Studio Sunday will take a look inside the multiple workspaces of Naim June Paik. Paik was born in Korea and moved to the United States as a young man to pursue his artistic career. The artist grew to fame in the 60’s and 70’s with his innovative work in the media of film, video and performance.

 

I love the look of Paik’s video editing studio in the above photo. The studio pictured here was in Paik’s home in…

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New Organic Forms: Sculpture by Eva Lys Champagne


A wall sculpture consisting of a coloured panel with a small ceramic mushroom hanging from itThese Enchantments Are Medicinal

Our featured artist today is Eva Lys Champagne. Eva works primarily in sculpture, with her works taking on the formal aspects of scientific and biological elements.

 

A screen capture of Eva Lys Champagne's art websiteEva's online portfolio of works on paper

Eva’s drawings and sculptures mirror everything from plants and animals to rock formations. The artist attempts to blend these elements together, creating new organic forms that defy…

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Headlines: Performance, Painting and Payments

1) Marina Abramovich Sued by Former Collaborator


A photo of performance artist Ulay
Performance artist
Ulay is suing his former partner and longtime collaborator Marina Abramovich. Ulay, (real name Frank Uwe Laysiepen) worked with Abramovich from 1976 through 1988 and together created some of the duo’s most well-known works. He claims that Abramovich has withheld payments that she owed to him for the past 16 years, and is additionally accusing the well-known performance…

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Human Constructions: Photography by Julie Lévesque-René


A photographic diptych of an old man in his homeSolitaire, numbered print

Our featured artist for today is Julie Lévesque-René. Julie is an artist and photographer from Montreal, focusing on human constructions, movements and the passage of time. She expresses these concepts primarily through photography and printmaking.

 

A photographic diptych of an overgrown empty lotTerre Boileau (diptych), numbered prints on semi-gloss paper

A screen capture of Julie Levesque-Rene's art websiteThe front page of Julie's website

Much of Julie’s photographic work is focused on how time effects…

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Bizarrely Evocative Tableaux: Art by Kiki Smith


A bronze cast installation of sculptures of 3 women and 3 sheepWomen with Sheep (Three Women, Three Sheep), bronze

Kiki Smith’s work addresses themes of nature and spirituality from a human standpoint. She works in both three-dimensional and two-dimensional media, utilizing motifs of animals and human figures in bizarrely evocative tableaux. Smith current lives and works in New York.

 

A cast aluminum sculpture of birds on an upside-down chairHomecoming, cast aluminum

Her recent works have explored sculpture and stained glass work. A 2014 exhibition at…

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Explorations of Incompleteness: Sculpture by Michel Francois


A sculpture consisting of a metal cage with bits of clothing on itGolden Cage

Belgian conceptual artist Michel Francois has a varied body of work that includes painting, sculpture, video, photography and installation. His works often explore cause and effect, and though much of it is simple and gestural on the surface, the work speaks to deeper meanings and ideas.

 

A piece of foam encasing an electric lamp hanging on the wall of a galleryUntitled, concrete, plaster, electric  lamp

Recent sculptures have functioned as explorations of incompleteness and double meaning.…

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Hawaiian Wood Carving by Derek Bencomo


A sculpture carved from Hawaiian Koa woodGift from the Rainforest, Hawaiian Koa wood

Derek Bencomo is a woodworker from Maui, and our featured artist for today! Derek’s Hawaiian wood carving creates beautiful, functional objects and works of art.

 

I love how the flowing shapes that Derek carves often follow the grain and colouration of the wood itself. The pieces are highly polished and smooth and would look equally at home in an office, living room or gallery space. The…

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Stark, Provocative Portraits by Jared S. Rosenbaum


A diptych photo of a young woman in front of a plain wallUntitled

Our featured artist today is fashion and model photographer Jared S. Rosenbaum. Located in Toronto, Jared specializes in stark, provocative portraits of models in a variety of environments ranging from the bizarre to the mundane.  

 

Jared’s models often seem somehow removed from their context. He often shoots with his subject looking directly into the camera, creating the feeling that the subject of the photo is completely…

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Prismatic Coloration: Painting by Marty Husted


A painting of water flowing over a sheet of flat rockUntitled, mixed media

Ohio-based artist Marty Husted is a landscape painter, and our featured artist today! Marty paints in a style that lends her subjects a wonderful prismatic coloration.  

 

A painting of a house on a hill in TuscanyTuscany View, oil on wood panel

The mixed media gallery on Marty Husted's art websiteMarty's website gallery of mixed media works

She is able to portray forests, water and other settings with an excellent eye for the texture and feel of each element. Waterfalls glisten with white highlights while…

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Invitingly Tactile Ceramics by Bent Oaks Pottery


A black handmade ceramic vase with red detailingDeep Water Currents #2

Our featured artist today is Danny Young of Bent Oaks Pottery. Danny has been honing his pottery skill for over 40 years, and his portfolio is filled with both functional and sculptural ceramic work.

 

A white marbled handmade ceramic vaseUntitled

Danny uses various techniques for creating his clay pieces. The finish colours in his selection of ceramic vases and pots range from earthy browns to marbled whites. I rather enjoy his Deep Water Currents

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Abstraction and Architecture: Art by Cameron McLellan


A minimalist black and white ink drawing of a rock faceRock Face (3), West Vancouver, ink on Rives BFK paper

Vancouver artist Cameron McLellan uses simple points and lines to create complex illustrative images celebrating abstraction and architecture. The artist also delves into west coast forest scenes and landscapes.

 

A drawing of the side of a modern house surrounded by grass and treesCoast House, ink on paper

While so many points and lines on the page lends these images a certain energy, I find them rather calming and peaceful. Perhaps it’s…

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Gestural Line Art: Illustration by Joey Feldman


A mixed media drawing of a strange, alien figuredreams, mixed media on paper

Joey Feldman is an illustrator and cartoonist from Los Angeles, California. He is also our featured artist today! Joey works in a quick, almost frantic style, putting an emphasis on gestural line art and colours that are scattered across the page with carefree abandon.

 

An abstracted ink illustration of a Frankenstein-like monsterFrankie, mixed media on paper

An abstracted portrait composed of blue and yellow tonesPliny the Elder, mixed media on archival wood panel

Joey’s illustrations are bursting with personality. His…

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Studio Sunday: David Shrigley

 

A photo of David Shrigley in his home studio in Glasgow

 

This Sunday, let’s look at the studio of David Shrigley. Shrigley’s works are imbued with a surreal sense of humour, and though often drawn or sculpted in the style of a child’s comics they tend to explore philosophical and existential ideas and trains of thought.

 

The artist’s studio in, this photo, looks more like a home studio than the spaces of many other artists who create work in their homes. It’s not a…

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Studio Sunday: Azuma Makoto


A photo of the inside of Azuma Makoto's atelier/studio in Aoyama, Japan

 

Today on Studio Sunday let’s take a look inside the studio of Azuma Makoto. Makoto is a Japanese artist who works in the unusual medium of flowers, growing them, sometimes splicing them and otherwise affecting their development, and placing them in bizarre installations. Recent artworks by Makoto have seen gorgeous, lush flower arrangements frozen in blocks of ice and placed in a cold warehouse or rocketed into the upper levels of…

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Aggressive, Dynamic Artworks by David Maxim


An abstract work featuring a sculptural element attached to a canvas1987, The First Titan, acrylic on mixed media and canvas

Today’s featured artist is David Maxim. David’s aggressive, dynamic artworks express the artist’s interest in movement and power, particularly that found in natural vortexes.


A painting of one of Louise Bourgeois' spider sculptures on a beachLouise Has an Idea, oil on canvas

A screen capture of the front page of David Maxim's websiteThe front page of David's website

In David’s abstract works, the power of the artist’s hand is clearly visible. These forms look like they might be ancient tools or…

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