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Activism and Performance: The Art Portfolio of Leenda Bonilla

A visual detail from an installation artwork addressing Puerto Rican identitySofa-Seat detail #1 (from Atraversa)

Leenda Bonilla is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates elements of activism and performance into each work. Born in New York City and raised between the Bronx and Puerto Rico, the artist’s activist work focuses on building relationships between immigrant communities, businesses, and officials through arts activities. 


A wall-hanging artwork with abstract forms and sculpted lipsUntitled 1

 

Leenda notes in her artist statement that her artistic…

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Mythical or Monstrous: The Art Portfolio of Johnathan Onyschuk

A photo of a wall-hanging sculpture as part of a gallery installationUntitled (from Deep State Prosthetics)

Johnathan Onyschuk is an installation and multimedia artist who works in a unique style that draws on both traditional media and modern, digital approaches to art-making. The artist’s installations often incorporate suggestions of figures, perhaps human, perhaps more mythical or monstrous


An installation view showing two statue-like figuresBone Meal (installation view)

 

It’s interesting to see how Johnathan approaches both the construction…

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Inside the Art Studio of Carolina Caycedo

A photo inside Carolina Caycedo's California art studio

 

Carolina Caycedo is a Los Angeles-based artist who spent much of her teenage years in Colombia. The artist’s works are influenced by her own cultural experiences and travels, and often take the form of sculptural installations, frequently with an edge toward political justice and environmentalism. 

 

Caycedo’s studio has an atmosphere that reminds me equally of carpentry workshops and classrooms -- the neat arrangement of tape…

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Surreal, Narrative Installations by Christina A. West

A photo of an installation featuring abstract forms and realistic human sculpturesUnscene, installation view at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL

Christina A. West is an Atlanta-based sculptor. In her current practice, the artist uses highly realistic, life-sized sculptures of human figures to build surreal, narrative installations. The combination of lifelike sculpture and minimalist abstract elements creates striking visuals that draw the viewer in for a closer look. 


A view of an art installation with green walls and realistic figuresScreen, installation…

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Large-Scale Sculptural Installations by Baptiste Debombourg

A photo of a sculptural installation featuring rocks and glass fragmentsRheology

Baptiste Debombourg is a French artist who works in a variety of media, specializing in large-scale sculptural installations that alter the gallery space, or outdoor venues. In his work, Debombourg seeks to understand human actions, successful and unsuccessful, as well as exploring the place and purpose of art in today’s world. 


An installation view of a room-filling glass sculpturemaitère noir

 

I really enjoy the monumental, epic quality to the artist’s installations, many…

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Collaboration and Interactivity: The Art of M. Simon Levin

A photo of an installation using a cart of booksWhispering Volumes (installation view at Surrey Public Library)

M. Simon Levin is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Simon interrogates public and social systems through a lens of collaboration and interactivity. Many of the artists works have a performative aspect to them, and utilize shared spaces to ask and answer conceptual questions. 


An installation view of a collaborative conceptual artworkMappings and Musings

 

Many of Simon’s works involve collectives of individuals…

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The Installation and Painting Art Portfolio of Heimo Zobernig

An installation with a shiny black wall and a female statueHere and Now, (Installation view at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany) (Photograph by Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Marion Mennicken)

Heimo Zobernig is an Austrian installation artist whose works use a variety of materials and sculptural forms to address self-referential modernist themes in carefully composed and curated spaces. The artist’s full-room installations are packed with detail and yet seem planned and positioned to a minute…

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Natural Spaces and Cultivation: The Art of Bill Basquin

A still from a video of Death ValleyDeath Valley Love Letter (still), 16mm film/digital video silent

Bill Basquin is an artist currently based in San Francisco, California. In his artistic practice, Bill works in film and video, as well as multimedia installation, producing thoughtful works that explore the collision between natural spaces and cultivation through an abstracted lens. 


An installation view of a multimedia artworkSomeone Who Is Not You, mixed media

 

I enjoy the overall atmosphere that Bill’s works…

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Geometric Forms and Equations: Art by Amarie Bergman

An art installation consisting of a wood board with a hole to a view of a geometric panel001-no.1 (detail), found painted board

Amarie Bergman is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives and works in Bunbury, Australia. The artist favours a distilled, minimalist, abstract style of working that draws on many different media and addresses the geometric forms and equations that are intrinsic in all spaces. 


An art installation consisting of white fibre pieces and a wood dowelCosmic Bodies no. 1, Tasmanian oak (1.9cm diameter rod), paper, wire, synthetic fabric, metal attachments,…

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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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Virtual Visual Languages: Art by Jennifer Mehigan

A wall-hanging tapestry produced with digital art

Jennifer Mehigan is a mixed media artist based in Belfast, Ireland. In her current practice, Mehigan draws on digital rendering and imaging techniques to create complex, layered artworks that draw on aesthetics from mainstream advertising and social media, as well as more avant-garde virtual visual languages


An installation view of a three-channel video

The smooth, obviously digital forms that populate many of Mehigan’s works are interesting in the way that they seem balanced…

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Saskatchewan Wildlife: The Art of Belinda Harrow

A photo of an art installation in downtown ReginaThe 11th Avenue Gophers (installation view)

Belinda Harrow is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in a variety of media, from sculpture to painting. The artist’s works often incorporate Saskatchewan wildlife as subject and motif. 


A textile sculpture of a gopherMeunster

 

I’m really enjoying browsing the images of Belinda’s recent project The 11th Avenue Gophers, a pop-up exhibition in downtown Regina. The project consists of a group of gophers, each…

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Installation Artworks by Koenraad Dedobbeleer

An abstract sculpture installed in a gallery spaceSurreptitious Plotting, concrete resin, copper, electrical cord, water pump

Koenraad Dedobbeleer is an artist who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. In his practice, Dedobbeleer produces installation artworks and sculptures using a wide range of media and materials. 


A sculpture consisting of several small artefacts on a plinthThose Unabused by an Awareness, spray painted wood, spray painted metal, wood, concrete, candies, textile

 

I really enjoy the way Dedobbeleer titles his…

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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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The Sculpture and Installation Art Portfolio of Tamara Rusnak

A photo of a sculptural artwork on a tableImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

Tamara Rusnak is a Saskatchewan artist who works frequently in sculpture and installation, using a range of materials and processes to build objects that reference and emulate natural forms. 


A photo of several artworks in an exhibitionImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

 

In our previous feature, we looked at Tamara’s knack for ecological installations, and building sculptures that reference and explore the unique aesthetics of nature. Unlike…

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