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Between the Natural and the Supernatural: Art by Frederica Hall

A painting of a mountain lion on a red backgroundEastern Mountain Lion, oil

Frederica Hall works in a variety of media, from performance, to painting, and in-between. The artist often draws inspiration from the intersection between the natural and the supernatural, with her works addressing subjects from both ends of the spectrum.


A painting of a bee on a background emulating an insect's visionBEE 2

 

I really enjoy Frederica’s recent series of paintings The Red List, Endangered & Extinct. In this series, Frederica takes recently extinct or…

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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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The Performance Art Portfolio of Monique Blom


A photo of a live performance with artists dressed as chefsMeating the Challenge, durational participatory performance at Nuit Blanche YXE 2017 (collaboration with Arantxa Araujo)

Monique Blom is an artist who works in mixed media and performance art. In her performance practice, Blom address social and political issues, using her own body -- in addition to the physical settings and spaces where her performances take place -- to send a message.


A performance piece with the artist standing in a field in a white dressSewing Death, durational participatory performance…

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Studio Sunday: Jesse Darling


A photo of Jesse Darling working in their studio

 

This week we take a look inside the studio of Jesse Darling. Darling is a U.K.-based artist who works in a range of ephemeral media including performance and film, as well as sculpture and installation. Darling’s work addresses intersecting ideas of gender, identity, and physicality.

 

Darling’s studio looks quite bright in this photo. Various art materials are strewn throughout the space and there’s not much furniture to…

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Headlines: Frieze, Frida Kahlo, Fat

1) Gallery Discontent Grows Around Frieze


A painting by Anton Kern at Frieze New York

 

This year it seems that artists, collectors, galleries, and the media are paying increased attention to the ways in which Frieze art fair might actually be a detriment. While concerns about how the fair actually benefits artists and galleries have been ongoing for years, according to one dealer, Cristin Tierney, more and more art professionals are realizing that speaking out is the best way…

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Headlines: Escher, Brooklyn, Bader

1) M.C. Escher Exhibition Coming to Brooklyn


M.C. Escher's artwork Relativity

 

The works of M.C. Escher are coming to Brooklyn. Escher. The Exhibition and Experience is set to open in June and will feature over 200 of the artist’s works, including some early landscapes from the period before he transitioned into optical illusions. The show will reportedly see a few of the artist’s works converted into photo booths so that visitors can truly enter the world of…

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Headlines: Spring, Luna, Molesworth

1) Animal Rights Activists Call for Another Art Takedown


A still from Adel Abdessemed's Spring

 

An artwork has been removed from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France, following backlash from animal rights activists on social media. The work, titled “Spring,” comprised a video depicting a row of chickens that had apparently been set on fire. Though artist Adel Abdessemed did not harm any chickens in the making of the work (he used digital special effects to…

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Conversational Performances: Art by Tanya Lukin Linklater


A photograph of two performers dancing in an art galleryTraces, performance (documentation by Urban Shaman)

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s art practice is based on conversational performances. Often staged in gallery and museum spaces, Tanya’s performances emphasize and honor indigenous traditions of knowledge-sharing, through oration, dance, and other modes of physicality.


A photograph of a dancer mid performanceThe Harvest Studies, performance

 

I really appreciate seeing what Tanya is able to do within relatively small spaces, and…

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Headlines: Emoji, Forgery and Studios

1) MoMA Acquires Original Set of Emoji


A screen capture of the original set of emoji

 

The Museum of Modern Art has officially acquired the original set of emojis for its permanent collection. The set dates back all the way to 1999, when it was released by the Japanese company NTT DOCOMO, for use with the cell phones of the day. Senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli noted that collecting design has always been part of MoMA’s mandate, and the…

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Literary Performance by Marie-Hélène Tessier


A photograph of a bag of gold dust used in an art performanceGOLD DUST (detail), site-specific performance at the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver

Marie-Hélène Tessier is a Canadian artist who works collaboratively in the field of literary performance. Marie-Hélène’s works combine a wide range of media and disciplines, to create shared experiences that question relationships and collective existence.

 

A photograph of a tent city built on Vancouver's Second BeachE q u i l u x, installation on Second Beach, Vancouver

The artist’s online…

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Headlines: Surveillance, Beyoncé and Golf

1) Dutch Duo Design Anti-Surveillance Jackets


A photo of an anti-surveillance jacket designed by KOVRKOVR, Marcha Schagen and Leon Baauw

Dutch design duo KOVR, which comprises Marcha Schagen and Leon Baauw, have designed a line of bags and jackets that keep the wearer and their data safe from the prying eyes of public surveillance technology. Schagen and Baauw have backgrounds in fashion design and research-based design, respectively, two practices that come together beautifully in the set…

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Performance, Dance and Writing by Susan McKenzie


A still from Susan McKenzie's Tornado performanceTornado (performance still)

Susan McKenzie is a dancer and choreographer who currently resides in North Vancouver, BC. Both independently and as artistic director of Jumpstart Performance Society, Susan has created numerous works of performance, dance and writing that express an elegant and thoughtful way of viewing the world.

 

Dansa Serpentina, Loie Fuller, 1900

 

Susan’s portfolio website includes a selection of her private…

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The Body in Nature: Performance Art by Tanya Lukin Linklater


A photo of two dancers performing a work in a gallery spaceIn process video, collaboration with Daina Ashbee, Ceinwen Gobert and Emily Law

Let’s take a look into the art practice of Tanya Lukin Linklater! Tanya is a dancer, choreographer and interdisciplinary artist who currently lives and works in North Bay, Ontario. Tanya’s works focus on indigenous languages and heritage as well as women in film and the body in nature.

 

A still from a performance of Slow ScrapeSlow  Scrape - performance, collaboration with Ziyian Kwan, for

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Headlines: Jewelry, Art Theft and Classic Paintings

1) Tracey Emin Launches High-End Jewelry Line

 

A photo of a new gold necklace from Tracey Emin and Stephen Webster 

Young British Artist Tracey Emin has officially launched her first jewelry collection, with a number of pieces directly that seem to directly translate the artist’s works into a wearable medium.  The 50-piece collection, titled I Promise To Love You is a collaboration between Emin and designer Stephen Webster. The full collection, many pieces of which are modeled from Emin’s…

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