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Textural and Energetic: Art by Randall Day


A print of Katherine Hepburn's face covered in zigzagging linesI Love Decay

Today’s featured artist is Randall Day. Randall uses a variety of media in his art and often incorporates a number of different styles into a single work, from geometric abstract to referential printmaking to naïve-style accents of drawing. The resulting images are highly textural and energetic.

 

A red and orange painting composed of many sharp linesStella, house paint, acrylic and cherry coke on canvas

Randall’s abstracts frequently feature hard, straight lines in…

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Performative Spaces: Art by Stéphane Gilot


A photo of the interior of a room installationPièce pour cinq interprètes, lumière rose et silence, installation

Stéphane Gilot is a prolific artist working in a number of different mediums including installation, construction, and film. Stéphane was born in Belgium and has been living and working in Montreal, Quebec, for the last 20 years.

 

A performance still of a person laying flat on a long red sheet of wood

Le Buvard de Monde (performance still), installation and performannce

 

Stéphane’s works are highly conceptual and frequently…

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Gritty Industrial Imagery: Photography by Mark Essner


A photo of the side of a textured wood barnMosaic Barn

Mark Essner, today’s featured artist, is a photographer from Waterloo, Ontario. Mark’s gritty industrial imagery sometimes even harkens to urban exploration practices.

 

A photo of a sign in front of a fried chicken restaurantBrothers

A screen capture of the front page of Mark Essner's websiteMark's website, www.frommyeyetoyours.com

The photographer makes heavy use of shadow and contrast. I really love the way his images are so unrelentingly sharp, with the texture of every pictured object coming to the forefront. His choice of…

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Abstract Forms and Portraits: Art by Erin K. Milks


A series of paintings on glass panels leaning against the wallKeep in Touch, oil on tempered glass, latex paint, paper adhesive

Today’s featured artist is Erin K. Milks. Erin’s works primarily in oil and acrylic paint, and focuses almost equally on abstract forms and portraits. Erin’s recent thesis work, Keep in Touch, explores the division and isolation that comes with existing in a technologically advanced society.

 

A monochromatic blue painting on glassEverything's Swell, oil on tempered glass

The front page of Erin K. Milks' websiteThe front page of Erin's…

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Striking Texture: Art by Liba Labik


A highly saturated blue painting of leaves floating in water

Reflection of Changes VII, mixed media on canvas

 

Today’s featured artist, Liba Labik, is a painter and mixed media artist who uses her work to explore the in-between. Working frequently in encaustic and other media, she creates artworks with striking texture and highly saturated colour.

 

An abstract encaustic work with the appearance of a nautilusDimensions II, encaustic on panel

A screen capture of a recent painting series on Liba Labik's websiteLiba's Reflections of Chang(es) series on her website

Liba’s most recent series of work, Reflections of…

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Hazy Vintage Photography by Gilly Russell


A photo of a dog carrying a stick on a beachUntitled

Our featured artist today is photographer Gilly Russell. Working in 35 mm, Gilly produces hazy vintage photography with a personal feel.

 

Gilly’s photographs have an almost Polaroid-esque aesthetic to them. Through a studied, professional lens I find that she captures the essence of old family photos found in attics, or fragments of memory. I’m really enjoying sifting through Gilly’s portfolio website and wondering at…

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Light and Dark: Painting by Lori Sokoluk


An abstract painting with several long forms that might be birch treesThe Last Birches, acrylic on canvas panel

Today’s featured artist is Lori Sokoluk.  Lori’s works primarily revolve around explorations of experience and impressions. I notice sea creatures, birds and florals as common themes in her portfolio, and I love the bright colours and varied techniques that she uses to portray them!

 

A deep red painting of shapes that could be flowersAeons 2, acrylic, mixed media and metallic leaf on canvas

An abstract painting with lines of rainbow colours running down the canvasAll The Spirits, acrylic on canvas

Lori’s work…

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Sharp, Broken Realism: Painting by Robert Porazinski


A painting of an oddly fragment bird on a blue backgroundAutomaton #2, acrylic on birch panel

Today’s featured artist is Robert Porazinski. Robert’s painting style expresses a sharp, broken realism. His paintings express their subject matter as similar to shards of glass or as melting, corrupted digital environments. In this process, the forms become distorted and sometimes ambiguous to the point where the work’s title is integral to grounding it in reality.

 

A painting of poppies distorted and meltingEuphoria II, oil on canvas…

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Artist-Run Organization: Blackberry Artist's Society


A watercolour painting of numerous flowersA Bright Bouquet, watercolour on paper, Elizabeth Wallace

The subject of today’s feature is the Blackberry Artist’s Society, based in Port Moody, British Columbia. Blackberry is a fully artist-run organization dedicated to supporting the work of its members through gallery shows and sales at the Blackberry Gift Shop in Port Moody.

 

A front page screen capture of Blackberry Artist's Society's websiteThe front page of the Society's website

Silk scarves, wood carving, ceramics and jewelry are just…

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Interactive Global Art: The Priority Boxes Art Project


A photo of a woman in Brooklyn holding a peace boxBrooklyn, NY - 2009

Today's artist feature showcases the priority boxes art project, a 10-year-long, interactive global art project based in New York. The project featured hand-painted boxes filled with apparently intangible commodities like love, peace and hope, that were sent to recipients around the world.

 

A photo of a woman in Taipei, Taiwan holding a peace boxTaipei, Taiwan

Each box made as part of the priority boxes art project was created and painted by artist Frank De Las Mercedes.…

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Tranquil, Hazy Landscapes by Robin Street-Morris


A bright blue, blurred seascape paintingFata Morgana I, watercolour and soft pastel on 300 lb cold press paper

Robin Street-Morris, our featured artist of the day, creates tranquil, hazy landscapes using watercolours and pastels. Robin’s landscapes express remote, secluded regions while attempting to remove human presence and interference.

 

The Landscapes I gallery on Robin Street-Morris' art webpaageRobin's Landscapes I  gallery

I like the way that Robin reduces each image down to its most basic shapes and colours. Each…

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Flowing Colours: Paintings by Bruno Hernani


An abstract painting expressing the F note on a piano keyboardF Note

Today we’re taking a look at the artwork of Bruno Hernani. Bruno is a painter who specializes in bright, highly saturated paintings, with flowing colours and frequent references to spiritual experiences gleaned from astrology, tarot and music.

 

A photo of a mountainous landscape in TibetHimalayas, Tibet, photograph

Bruno’s Impermanence series explores the concept of transience in life, presenting a series of paintings of animals that seem in the process of…

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Monolithic Sculptures by Patricia E. Rangel


An L-shaped sculpture consisting of compacted dirtRevival, compacted dirt

Patricia E. Rangel, our featured artist today, is a sculptor and installation artist who works with heavy materials such as dirt, wood and metal. Patricia is interested in the industry of agriculture and the materials and processes used therein.

 

A sculpture consisting of two wood blocks with a single link of wire fencing between themA Gap in the Fence, fence posts, sterling silver barbed wire, mixed and compacted dirt from various locations

 

Patricia’s striking, monolithic sculptures have an…

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Studio Sunday: Douglas Gordon


A photo of Douglas Gordon sitting at a piano in his studio

 

On this Studio Sunday, let’s take a look inside Douglas Gordon’s workspace. Gordon is from Glasgow, Scotland, and has created works in a wide variety of other media.

 

Gordon’s studio looks quite stark and has the appearance of a warehouse or a garage. I can’t see any traditional art supplies laying around – in fact, the space looks quite clean. The first thing that catches my attention is, of course, the taxidermy wolf…

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Pared-Down Paintings by Edith Dora Rey


A painting of two sheep on a monochromatic blue backgroundMeet the Suffolkers, Two, oil on wood panel

Our featured artist today is Edith Dora Rey. Edith is a watercolour and acrylic painter who also dabbles in photography. Born in Switzerland, Edith studied art all over Canada before arriving at her current location in Montreal.

 

An abstracted watercolour painting of a single shrubA Tree Grows in Richmond, watercolour on Caruthers paper

 

I like Edith’s photographic series Looks Like Art, where she photographs objects and patterns out in…

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