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Inside the Art Studio of Amy Bennett

A photo of Amy Bennett's art studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Amy Bennett. Bennett is an American artist whose artworks bridge the gap between sculpture and painting, with a conceptual focus on the darkly humorous narratives found in modern suburbia. To create her narrative paintings, Bennett constructs highly detailed dioramas to use as reference for numerous works, changing small elements of scenery and figure to suit the story she wishes to tell.… 

 

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The Environment's Omnipresence: The Art Portfolio of Troy Nickle

An outdoor installation of a figure made from junked car partsJunk Man, discarded car frame and parts assembled into a figure

Troy Nickle is a sculptor and installation artist who often works with natural materials and features of the landscape to create his works. The artist’s practice is inspired by the natural environment, but also serves as a pertinent reminder to the viewer of the environment’s omnipresence.


An piece of land art made by packing snow into a circle on a treeSnow Ring, snow packed onto cottonwoods, archival inkjet print

 

I like the way…

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Inside the Art Studio of Jillian Mayer

A photo of Jillian Mayer in her art studio

 

Miami, Florida-based artist Jillian Mayer works in a range of media, creating everything from static sculptures and installations to video art and online experiences. Mayer’s varied practice demands a studio where a variety of different activities and techniques coexist in a unique space. 

 

The artist’s studio looks wonderfully colourful and bright in this photograph. Mayer herself is hard at work on something -- it’s…

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Technology and the Human Body: The Portfolio of Sonya Stefan

An installation view of a film artworkPassé Composé (installation view), collaboration with Emma Roufs and and Mika Posen (Merganzer)

Sonya Stefan works at the intersection of technology and the human body, producing artworks that examine relationships between people and devices. Working primarily in performance, installation, and film, Sonya creates works that are easy to recognize and relate to on multiple levels.


A still image from a performance involving the dismantling of an LCD screenLCD Teardown, collaboration with Stephanie Castonguay…

 

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Alien Forms: The Sculpture Portfolio of Kelsey Kimmel

A close-up photo of a bright and colourful textured sculptureGlitched Totem (detail), polyeurethane rigid foam, silicone, pigment, spray paint

Kelsey Kimmel is an installation artist and sculptor who tends to utilize neon-bright colours and bizarre, alien forms, building up spaces and objects that make the viewer feel as though they’re walking through an abstract painting, or a bright computer-simulated landscape.


A detail image of an installation featuring numerous objectsGround and mirror reflection (detail), cardboard tube, tool dip, mirror, plaster,…

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Humanity, Technology, Nature, and Scienc: Art by Studio Drift

An installation consisting of a large concrete box suspended in a galleryDrifter (installed in New York, 2017)

Studio Drift is an arts collective founded by Lonneke Gordjin and Ralph Nauta, two artists from the Netherlands. The duo’s works comment on the intersection between humanity, technology, nature, and science, and are often made in collaboration with professionals in scientific fields.


An artwork made from hundreds of illuminated drones in flightFranchise Freedom (pictured December 2017, Miami, Florida)

 

I enjoy the monolithic quality of the duo’s works.…

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The Art Portfolio of Dorian Gaudin


A wall-hanging artwork made from bent sheet metalUntitled

Dorian Gaudin is a French-born artist currently based in New York. In his practice, Gaudin explores form and materiality in works that combine sculpture, painting, installation, and assemblage.


An art installation consisting of numerous mechanical and metal componentsUntitled

I’m really drawn to the mechanical, sci-fi-inspired aesthetic that runs through many of Gaudin’s works. Some pieces use metal piping and have the cursory appearance of recognizable tools and artefacts, only to unravel upon…

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A Packed Array of Found Objects: Art by Bogdan Cheta

An installation view of an artwork featuring numerous found objectsthinking with you

Bogdan Cheta is a conceptual artist from Bucharest, Romania who is currently living and working in Calgary, Alberta. The artist tends toward an installation format in his works, merging specific spaces with a packed array of found objects and other constructions.


An installation view of an exhibition featuring found objects and wall installationsWindowlicker

I enjoy the experimental, slightly chaotic atmosphere that’s present throughout Bogdan’s portfolio. The artist’s installation works are…

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Spatial Interventions: Art by Olivier Ratsi


An installation view of a light-based artwork with deep red tonesFRAME PERSPECTIVE (Echolyse project), wood, LED, computer, software (installation view at Dostyk Plaza, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Olivier Ratsi is a French visual artist who lives and works in Paris. In his artistic practice, Ratsi uses a combination of sound, video projection, painting, and other media to create installations that play off of the physical space of their location while creating new spatial interventions.


An installation view of a geometric light work projected onto a screenPELE-MELE (Echolyse…

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Human Experience: The Art Portfolio of Shawn Olin Jordan

A still from a conceptual art video exploring an alien caveCaves of Detritus (video still)

Shawn Olin Jordan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to unravel and examine the vast and varied nature of human experience. Shawn’s portfolio is, as such, multi-faceted, including performance, painting, installation, and everything in between.


A digital photo close-up of painted, crumpled paperSubterranean Circus V, digital photograph

 

I’m intrigued by Shawn’s recent project Caves of Detritus -- in this five minute video, the viewer is…

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Paint and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Diana Lynn

 

A view of a table from an installation and performance artworkhelen's table (from installation aunt helen dances at dia de los muertos)

Diana Lynn is a California-based artist who works presently in paint and installation. The artist’s installations are usually site-specific, and often address themes of temporality, death, and rebirth.

 

A photo of a viewer participating in Diana Lynn's Impermanent Marks installationImpermanent Marks (installation view)

 

Diana’s recent installation Impermanent Marks takes an interactive approach, allowing visitors to “paint” on…

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The Portfolio of Sculptor and Installation Artist Takis


A sculpture incorporating a light on a narrow, cruved formSignal lumineux, vis d’Archimède

Takis is a Greek sculptor and installation artist, known for three-dimensional works that explore the intersection between science and art. Throughout his long career, the artist has explored the influence of not only physical, visible forms on a space, but also of invisible energies and forces passing between and through objects.


A sculpture made from bronze depicting an abstract head-like formHead in Space, bronze

 

I’m always fascinated to see an artist…

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Cultural Meanings: The Art Portfolio of Morgan Wedderspoon

An image from a scanned and printed book of found objectsSurface Reader 5, woodcut, digital print

Morgan Wedderspoon is an artist who works in installation, assemblage, printmaking, and other media. In her practice, Morgan explores the nature of, and connections between, various found objects, applying these objects and their cultural meanings to the greater sphere of human existence.


A print of found objects on a black backgroundGIVE UP AND PARTY, inkjet print, screenprint

 

I like the way that Morgan combines various disciplines in her…

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Processes and Materials: Art by Jacqueline Bell Johnson

A sculpture made up of found materials and hardwareBeauty in the Beast, wood, paint, merino and camel wool, dye, paint, hardware

Jacqueline Bell Johnson is a sculptor and installation artist currently based in the Los Angeles area of California. Jacqueline’s practice explores the processes and materials of art-making, often drawing inspiration from arts and crafts, and utilizing unexpected or “lowbrow” materials.


A sculpture hung within a metal fencing frameA Solution for a Wall, found gate, safety pins, wire, jack chain,…

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The Art Portfolio of Maria Z. Madacky

A still image of a 2012 art performanceThe SEERious Sideshow (with M.E.D.I.U.M.) (still image), performance at EMEDIA Performative Arts Society, Calgary, 2012

Maria Z. Madacky is an artist who works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and multimedia installation. Maria’s works are sometimes self-contained explorations of material tactility, and other times more collaborative endeavors.


An installation view of The Trash TalkThe Trash Talk (collaboration with M.E.D.I.U.M. (installation view at…

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