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Studio Sunday: Joel Shapiro


A photo of sculptor Joel Shapiro in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Sculptor Joel Shapiro. Shapiro, an American artist, is best known for his works that utilize relatively uniform rectangular shapes to build up dynamic figures and compositions.

 

Shapiro began to receive critical acclaim for his works in the 1970s and 80s, and much of his work reflects the aesthetics of minimalism, an art movement that came to prominence in the mid 20th century in America, and…

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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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Whimsical and Technical: The Art Portfolio of John Brickels


A clay sculpture of a strange machineHortsmann Machine

John Brickels is a sculptor who works with slab and extruded stoneware clay to create intricate figures of buildings, machines, cars, and robots. The artist’s works sometimes combine clay with found objects for a look that’s both whimsical and technical.


A sculpture of a robot holding two dollsAu Pair Bot

 

In our previous feature of John’s artworks, we looked at the artist’s cartoonish Americana aesthetic. I enjoy the way that John offsets his…

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Studio Sunday: Valérie Blass

 


A photo of the studio of Valerie Blass

 

Today’s Studio artist, Valérie Blass, was born in Montreal and still lives there, producing works of loosely figurative sculpture. Blass uses her sculpture to explore both the physical, formal aspects of her subjects, and the nature of the various art historical moments that she touches on and references in her practice. Her works use negative space in an interesting and very present manner – the artist tends to build her…

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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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Monolithic Abstract Forms: The Portfolio of Hiroyuki Hamada


A sculpture made from painted plaster#74, painted plaster

Hiroyuki Hamada was born in Tokyo and currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York. The artist produces works of sculpture, painting, and print that focus on monolithic abstract forms in black and white or neutral colour palettes.


A circular sculpture in black and white#64, enamel, oil, plaster, tar, and wax

 

Some of the artist’s sculptures remind me of large scale works by Martin Puryear. Like Puryear’s works, many of Hamada’s sculptures…

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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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Jungle Creatures: The Art Porfolio of Jason Shanaman


A sculpture of a pair of gorillasMountain Gorilla Silverback and Baby, hydrostone with bronze patina and coloured patina

Jason Shanaman creates beautifully detailed resin sculptures of animals. Most notably, the artist’s work focuses on chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans – though Jason has also produced likenesses of lizards and other jungle creatures.


A sculpture of a chimpanzee in a thoughtful posePrimal Thinker Chimpanzee, hydrostone with hand-painted bronze coating and patina

 

In our previous feature of…

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Studio Sunday: Jeffrey Gibson


A photo of Jeffrey Gibson at work in his studio

 

Jeffrey Gibson is a painter and sculptor who currently lives and works in New York. The artist was born in Colorado and spent time living in both Germany and Korea in his youth, leading to an interesting blend of cultural influences in his artwork. A frequent motif in the artist’s work is also Gibson’s Choctaw-Cherokee heritage.

 

Gibson’s dog appears to be keeping him company in the studio in this photo – it’s an image…

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Headlines: Puryear, Casanova, Looted Artefacts

1) Martin Puryear Will Represent USA in Venice Biennale


Bling Bling by Martin Puryear

 

After an anxious wait, Martin Puryear has been announced as this year’s Venice Biennale representative for the United States.The U.S. Pavilion in Venice will be curated by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, current deputy director and senior curator of the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York. Rapaport has worked with Puryear in the past -- in 2016, the artist’s large-scale…

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Dollhouse-Sized Dioramas by Ronan-Jim Sevellec


A sculptural diorama of a building interiorUntitled

French artist Ronan-Jim Sevellec specializes in creating tiny dollhouse-sized dioramas of various interior scenes. Most of the artist’s works depict buildings in and around Paris.


A small diorama placed on a staircaseUntitled

 

It’s fascinating to see the amount of detail that goes into each one of Sevellec’s art pieces. Photographs of the dioramas taken close-up leave some ambiguity as to whether this is a full-sized room, or a small-scale sculpture. The…

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Vicky Smith's Portfolio of Wood-Fired Ceramic


A wood-fired clay sculpture of a birdLift Off, stoneware with porcelain slip, wood-fired

Vicky Smith is an artist and sculptor who works primarily in wood-fired ceramic. The artist’s recent works use birds as a motif, incorporating winged specimens as free-standing sculptures, as well as more subtly into the forms of vessels.


A shallow vessel with a bird sculpted designUntitled

 

I enjoy the unpolished, natural aesthetic that Vicky employs in her works. Many of the artist’s works use recognizable shapes in such…

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Leaving Childhood: Sculpture by Clementine de Chabaneix


A ceramic polar bear holding a neon light rainbowMETEOR, ceramic

French artist Clementine de Chabaneix works in sculpture, drawing, and installation. Her artworks often deal with the pain of metamorphosis and of leaving childhood behind. De Chabaneix expresses these themes with a subdued color palette and quiet symbolism.


A sculpture of a strange creatureDOGŪ CÉLESTE, ceramic

On her own website, de Chabaneix describes her work as “romantic, [and] a bit gothic…” This idea does seem to perfectly encapsulate the…

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Studio Sunday: Alberto Giacometti


A photo of Alberto Giacometti working in his studio

 

Alberto Giacometti was born in Borgonovo, Switzerland, and spent most of his working life in Paris. The artist worked in many media including painting, printmaking, and sculpture, drawing inspiration from surrealism and cubism, but is mainly remembered for his small-scale sculptural works.

 

Giacometti’s studio looks like a space of well-ordered chaos. The artist, pictured sitting and contemplating one of his sculptures, looks…

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An Emotional Journey: Art by Angela Scalisi


An artwork combining text with the idea of hidingHide & Seek

Angela Scalisi is an artist and art therapist who also works as a care partner for patients with illnesses including cancer and Alzheimer’s. Angela tends to use her artistic practice as a method of self-reflection, and a tool for expressing an emotional journey.


An artwork depicting a blurred figure in a round frameHunchedfigure

 

I enjoy the wide range of materials and media that Angela uses in her artworks. Using art as a therapeutic tool often means that Angela tends to…

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