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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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Sculptural Artworks: The Portfolio of Sean Sweeney


An artwork made from discarded construction materialsUntitled, plexiglass, altered ceiling panels, epoxy resin, latex paint

Sean Sweeney is a conceptual installation artist based in Baltimore. The artist creates sculptural artworks from found objects, often using a subdued colour scheme and hard-edged geometric designs with occasional interventions.


A framed iphone photographUntitled, iPhone photo on paper in artist-made frame

 

In our previous feature of Sean’s works, we looked at the way the artist’s…

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Headlines: Descent Into Limbo, Art Institutes, Masterworks

1) Man Falls into Anish Kapoor Artwork


A photo of Anish Kapoor's Descent into Limbo

 

An Italian man has been making headlines around the world since falling into an Anish Kapoor artwork on August 13th. The work, the aptly named Descent Into Limbo, which takes the form of a dark, circular hole, was installed on the floor of Serralves art museum in Portugal. The work was originally created in 1992, and whether or not the pit is real or merely an illusion has been the subject of…

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Shoplifter: The Art of Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir


A photo of an art installation made of hairNervescape VII (installation view at National Gallery of Iceland)

Icelandic artist Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir works under the moniker Shoplifter, creating works in the fascinating medium of hair, borrowing materials, techniques, and aesthetics from the worlds of fashion, fine art, and textile craft.


An artwork made from dyed orange and black hairGloria - Study for An Opera

 

Shoplifter’s bright, colorful installations and sculptures have a wonderfully playful edge to them -- some of…

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Bodily Metamorphosis: Art by Caroline Boileau


A painting of a human figure and a large abstracted formLa peau de crapaud

Caroline Boileau maintains a multifaceted art practice that explores ideas of bodily metamorphosis, feeling, sensation, and space. Working in installation, drawing, performance, and other media, Caroline herself often becomes an integral part of her artworks.


A watercolor painting of an abstracted figureLa fée du lac, hier

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Caroline’s art portfolio at some of the artist’s recent two-dimensional work. In her drawings, the…

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Cultural Experiences: Art by Leenda Bonilla


A photograph of an installtion in the shape of a sofaSofa Entre Dos Mundos

In her multidisciplinary practice, artist Leenda Bonilla draws on experience growing up in both New York, and Puerto Rico, using her artworks to explore and unite disparate cultural experiences. Outside of her personal practice, Leenda also works as an arts advocate and organizer of non-profit and community-oriented arts programs.


A detail photo of an installation centered on a sofaSofa (seat detail #1)

 

As we discussed in our previous feature of Leenda’s work…

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Participatory Formats: Art by Mizzonk


An installation artwork in the shape of a bookPaper Trail

Mizzonk is a Vancouver-based art studio. The studio, founded by Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen, focuses on creating installation art, often in public and participatory formats, with a minimalist aesthetic edge.


An installation view of an art billboard in TaiwanChingtao 21 billboard (installation view)

 

I really enjoy the way that Mizzonk’s artists explore the nature of, and tension between, public and private art. In one recent project, Chingtao 21 billboard art, the team…

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