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Inside the Art Studio of Keith Sonnier

A photo of Keith Sonnier's art studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of Keith Sonnier. Sonnier was born in Louisiana and began experimenting with novel art methods and materials in the 1960s. The artist quickly became enamored with the medium of neon, and has since produced countless works that place neon in new and fascinating configurations and contexts. 

 

Sonnier’s studio looks like an art installation in its own right here -- the space is…

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Inside the Art Studio of Torey Thornton

A photo of Torey Thornton at work in their Brooklyn studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Torey Thornton. Thornton is an artist based in Brooklyn who works in a variety of media including paint, industrial materials, and sometimes found objects, blending layers of philosophy and political thinking with relatively simple, often striking and sometimes darkly humorous visual manifestations. 

 

Thornton’s studio space looks spacious and brightly lit here. It reminds me of the New…

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Inside the Art Studio of Paul Klee

A photo of Paul Klee's studio in Germany

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Paul Klee. Klee was a Swiss-born German artist whose work has been categorized as part of the Expressionist, Surrealist, and Cubist movements. The artist was noted for works that reflected a certain sense of dry humour and playfulness, even framed in the context of the Bauhaus school and its strict ideals for design and architecture. 

 

The studio pictured above was located at the Bauhaus,…

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Inside the Studio of Mike Cloud

A photo of painter Mike Cloud in his art studio

 

Mike Cloud is a Chicago-based artist who works in painting, sculpture, collage, and mixed media. The artist's works, though primarily abstract, are often bluntly political and critical of traditionally Western styles modes of representation that are pervasive in the fine art world. 

 

There's not too much to see of the artist's studio in this image. Cloud is pictured sitting among several paintings, close to them, as though the…

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Inside the Art Studio of Chiharu Shiota

A photo of artist Chiharu Shiota working in her Berlin studio

 

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese artist currently based in Berlin. The artist's current body of work comprises sculptural installations that combine complex, woven abstract forms with found and collected household objects such as keys, suitcases, bits of metal hardware. The artist's vast works seem to suggest threads of memory, or the invisible forces that bind time, place, and space.  

 

The artist’s choice of media comes into play…

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Inside the Art Studio of Cressida Campbell

A photo of painter Cressida Campbell in her studio

 

Cressida Campbell is an Australian artist known for artworks that combine techniques from and printmaking and that use a meticulous and rigorous process. Currently based in Bronte, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, Campbell draws artistic inspiration from her environment -- both outdoor, and the studio environment that she has developed for herself.

 

The artist's studio looks dreamy, even romantic in a way, with all the cut flowers…

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Inside the Art Studio of KAWS

A photo of artist KAWS in his studio

 

American artist and designer Brian Donnelly works under the studio name KAWS, producing colourful sculptures, screen prints, paintings, and other artworks that draw on cartoon and graffiti aesthetics. KAWS is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

 

KAWS' studio looks very organized -- I'm especially drawn to the rows and rows of small lots of pigment on the table in front of the artist. They're so uniform and nicely placed that…

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Inside the Art Studio of Mark Flood

A photo of Mark Flood at work in his art studio

 

Mark Flood is an American artist, originally from Texas. In his practice, Flood is known for artworks that combine painting and printmaking techniques, often using mixed media and elements of text to produce abstract images that are dense with meaning, subtext, and humour.

 

Flood's studio looks delightfully chaotic in this photograph. The artist himself is pictured holding a rolled-up artwork, wearing a shirt that almost seems to…

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Inside the Art Studio of Amanda Martinez

A photo of Amanda Martinez in her studio

 

This week on studio Sunday, let’s look at the work space of Amanda Martinez. Martinez is based in Queens, New York, where she produces works of abstract sculpture that borrow from the visual language of props and set designs. 

 

Martinez’ studio looks a little cozy in this photo. This could conceivably be a small corner of a larger shared space, or a nook within a warehouse setting. The artist uses a variety of materials, many…

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Inside the Art Studio of LaToya Ruby Frazier

A photo of LaToya Ruby Frazier in her art studio

 

Today’s studio Sunday artist, LaToya Ruby Frazier, is a photographer based in Chicago, Illinois. In her practice, the artist turns a documentary eye toward issues of race and economics in the United States. The nature of Frazier’s subject matter means that her work is often confrontational, depicting injustice with a stark, unflinching vision. 

 

Frazier’s studio looks vibrant in the above photo. The bright red wall frames…

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Inside the Studio of Kristan Kennedy

A photo of Kristan Kennedy's art studio

 

Kristan Kennedy was born in New York and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Kennedy works as both an independent artist and a curator. In her artistic practice, Kennedy produces works of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other media, while in her curatorial practice Kennedy supports and promotes the work of emerging artists in traditional media, as well as performance and music. 

 

The artist’s studio in the above…

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Inside the Art Studio of Minouk Lim

A photo of Minouk Lim in her art studio

 

This week’s studio Sunday feature is Korean artist Minouk Lim. Lim is a multimedia artist who also produces works of documentary filmmaking. The artist often uses her practice to explore notions of oppression and changing identities under capitalist and governmental systems. 

 

Given that Lim tends to produce work in a variety of non-traditional media, it’s not surprising that her studio space doesn’t quite look like that of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Julius Von Bismarck

A photo of Julius Von Bismarck's Berlin art studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature today is Julius Von Bismarck. Von Bismarck is a young artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. In his artistic practice, Von Bismarck uses installation, photography, and video to produce artworks that exist halfway between traditional art and scientific exploration. 

 

The artist’s studio is located in a large industrial space that Bismarck shares with a number of other creators. The studio space looks…

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Inside the Art Studio of Zhang Enli

Zhang Enli observing a large painting in his studio space

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Zhang Enli. Based in Shanghai, Enli is known for gestural paintings in oil and watercolour, often depicting overlooked elements of cities and civilizations -- maps, cast-off detritus, and other seemingly mundane details of urban life. 

 

I really like the look of Enli’s studio here. It’s bright, spacious, and airy, and though it contains a number of artworks, none seem to be competing with…

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Inside the Art Studio of Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang's art studio, pictured with works in progress

 

Our studio Sunday artist today is Helmut Lang. You may have heard of Lang’s name in the context of fashion -- the Austrian artist is well-known for his minimalist fashion designs which rose to public attention in the 90s. 

 

The artist’s studio has a very dramatic atmosphere here -- while I suspect that the colours in this photo have been manipulated to some degree, the artist’s space is still very heavy on greys and blacks,…

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