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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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The Art Portfolio of Kipwani Kawanga

A photo of an art installation consisting of a hallway lit in bright pink and blue tonesA wall is just a wall (installation view at The Power Plant, Toronto)

Kapwani Kiwanga is originally from Hamilton, Ontario, and is now based in Paris. The artist’s practice is multi-faceted, with Kiwanga often utilizing multiple media and formats in a single work, reflecting a diverse perspective on her socially and culturally charged subject matter.


An installation of an artwork with a projection of a plantA wall is just a wall (installation view at The Power Plant, Toronto)

 

Much of the…

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Studio Sunday: Pakui Hardware


A photo of Naringa from Pakui Hardware at work in her studio

 

Pakui Hardware is a duo comprised of artists Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda. The pair are based in Berlin, Germany and Vilnius, Latvia. The artists’ works incorporate a range of novel materials, and comprise sculptural elements and full-scale installation works that toe the line between the organic and the man-made.

 

Pakui Hardware’s studio space is quite small, and the artists seem to keep it quite clean. The walls…

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Intersectional Elements: The Art Portfolio of Wynne Palmer


A photo of a wooded pathUntitled

Wynne Palmer is an interdisciplinary and media artist located in Vancouver, BC. The artist works in a wide variety of media, but tends to incorporate intersectional elements of technology and nature into many of her pieces.


A distorted digital image of Elvis Prestleyelvis has left the building 1.0

 

In our previous feature of Wynne’s works, we looked at the way the artist uses her varied electronic and film-based media to delve into social and psychological…

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Building Atmosphere: An Art Portfolio by Sydney Shen


A sculptural artwork made from metal[DATA EXPUNGED], steel, aluminum

Artist Sydney Shen creates room-sized installations and smaller, sculptural works that focus on asking questions and building atmosphere.


A sculpture made with a chair and some ropeMidnight Game, chair, rope, honey, doorknob, wax

 

I love the way that Shen incorporates fine details in her work. While each work is constructed in a manner that emphasizes the finer points, the artist goes to interesting lengths to reward the viewer for looking up…

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Exploring Imagination: Art by Stephanie Cormier


A sculpture made from discarded cardboard, plastic, and other materialsUntitled

Stephanie Cormier is a Toronto-based artist who works with various media, including found objects and unexpected construction materials, to create strange assemblages exploring imagination. The artist’s works take on an appearance that’s at once alien and vaguely familiar, like an object from a dream.


A wall-hanging installtion with textile elementsUntitled

 

The artist’s recent series Something From Nothing is made up of works that express imaginary objects. As…

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Spaces and Identities: The Art Portfolio of Mickalene Thomas


A portrait of a woman reclining on a sofaRacquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit

Mickalene Thomas is an American artist who works in a variety of media including painting, photography, and installation. The artist’s works are often dense with patterned detail, overlapping textures, and colour, all of which come together into striking compositions, painting portraits of defined spaces and identities.


An installation of a home interior in a gallery spaceI Was Born to Do Great Things (installation view at Kavi Gupta Gallery,…

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A Sculpture Portfolio by Sarah Martin aka Fallingmoss


An artwork consisting of dyed and balled-up textilesAnimal Fibers: Mound Series, shibori-dyed wool and silk

Sarah Martin, a.k.a. Fallingmoss, creates works of sculpture and installation using found materials, wood, clay, textiles, and more. The overall aesthetic of Sarah’s sculpture portfolio is natural and rugged, with works that embrace the rough edges and imperfections of nature.


A sculpture made from green feltI Can Hear The Tree's Siing, felted, shibori, merino, silk

 

I really enjoy Sarah’s textile work. The…

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Sculptures and Installations: The Art Portfolio of Hollis Roberts


A soft sculpture made from a thick woven fabricStep around #1, fabric

Hollis Roberts is a sculptor who works with textiles and various found materials, creating artworks that find the intersection between the ordinary and the unexpected. Hollis’ sculptures and installations invite viewers to investigate the true nature of seemingly familiar forms.


A sculpture made from fabirc on a square frameSometimes, things are hard

 

I really enjoy the heavy, woven textiles that Hollis creates and uses as the basis for many of her…

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Architecture and Design: The Art Portfolio of Nadia Secreto


A drawing of a train stationSunalta Station, Calgary, AB, Prismacolor markers and Adobe Photoshop

Nadia Secreto is an artist who explores space and architecture, and how people relate to or are influenced by their environments. Nadia’s work often borrows from architecture and design, showcasing existing structures and imagining new ones.


A photo of an alley in VancouverIn between here and there, photograph

 

I quite enjoy the way that Nadia’s work blend sculptural or photographic…

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