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Inside the Art Studio of Kate MccGwire

A photo of Kate MccGwire at work in her art studio

 

Kate MccGwire is an English artist who works with unusual materials including bird bones and feathers. The artist’s sculptural works often deal with notions of binaries and contrasts -- beauty and disgust, chaos and calm, life and death, among others. In her current practice, the artist sticks mostly to avian materials, collected from the ground or from the owners of racing pigeons.

 

MccGuire’s studio is on a boat -- a Dutch…

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Alien Forms: The Sculpture Portfolio of Kelsey Kimmel

A close-up photo of a bright and colourful textured sculptureGlitched Totem (detail), polyeurethane rigid foam, silicone, pigment, spray paint

Kelsey Kimmel is an installation artist and sculptor who tends to utilize neon-bright colours and bizarre, alien forms, building up spaces and objects that make the viewer feel as though they’re walking through an abstract painting, or a bright computer-simulated landscape.


A detail image of an installation featuring numerous objectsGround and mirror reflection (detail), cardboard tube, tool dip, mirror, plaster,…

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The Portfolio Website of This is It Gallery

An assemblage artwork made of numerous found objectsSelf Portrait, found object assemblage (Bob Bucholz)

This Is It Gallery is an art gallery based in Chicago, Illinois. As a non-profit, the gallery is proud to offer a variety of programs and workshops to help foster the artistic community in and around the Chicago area.


A complex painting of two mythical figures, one a skeletonLa Sirena et Agwe, acrylic on canvas (Diane Green)

 

Gallery founders Bob Bucholz and Diane Green have artworks available on the gallery’s portfolio website alongside…

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Surreal Iterations: Art by Emil Alzamora


A metal sculpture of a human formGullfoss, bronze

Emil Alzamora was born in Lima, Peru; lived in the United States and Spain growing up; and is now based in New York. The artist’s current practice is largely focused on the human figure, with Alzamora creating abstracted, surreal iterations of recognizable forms in two and three-dimensional media.


A sculpted bust with abstracted elementsOn the Royal Road 15, ceramic, gold overglaze

 

The artist’s approach to sculpture is fascinating. Some of the works…

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Fabric Constructions: Art by Gonny Mackaay


A creative dress made from hanging strips of fabrictrouwjurk

 

Gonny Mackaay is an artist who works in textiles and fabrics, creating art in the form of clothing designs and fabric constructions. The artist’s works frequently edge into the territory of fashion, but tend to avoid strict categorization as such.


A fabric artwork taking the form of a maskJodokus

 

Gonny’s series The Unwearable Dresses showcases the artist’s appreciation for the more experimental aspects of fashion. These garments, seemingly made from…

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Humanity, Technology, Nature, and Scienc: Art by Studio Drift

An installation consisting of a large concrete box suspended in a galleryDrifter (installed in New York, 2017)

Studio Drift is an arts collective founded by Lonneke Gordjin and Ralph Nauta, two artists from the Netherlands. The duo’s works comment on the intersection between humanity, technology, nature, and science, and are often made in collaboration with professionals in scientific fields.


An artwork made from hundreds of illuminated drones in flightFranchise Freedom (pictured December 2017, Miami, Florida)

 

I enjoy the monolithic quality of the duo’s works.…

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The Art Portfolio of Dorian Gaudin


A wall-hanging artwork made from bent sheet metalUntitled

Dorian Gaudin is a French-born artist currently based in New York. In his practice, Gaudin explores form and materiality in works that combine sculpture, painting, installation, and assemblage.


An art installation consisting of numerous mechanical and metal componentsUntitled

I’m really drawn to the mechanical, sci-fi-inspired aesthetic that runs through many of Gaudin’s works. Some pieces use metal piping and have the cursory appearance of recognizable tools and artefacts, only to unravel upon…

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Real Wall Art by Corliss R. and Donald Wall

A painting featuring tones of bright orange, red, and blueColorado Dreams, oil on canvas (Corliss R. Wall)

Real Wall Art is an art duo consisting of Donald and Corliss R. Wall. The pair also work together with more artists at Different Dimensions Art Studio, producing work for their personal portfolios, as well as for customer commissions.


A black and white drawing of a skeleton in a hatSmokem, digital art

 

The types of artworks produced at the Different Dimensions Art Studio and by Donald and Corliss range from sculpture to painting to…

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Studio Sunday: Annie Morris


A photo of Annie Morris at work in her artist studio

 

Our studio artist feature this week is Annie Morris. Morris is known in the UK and abroad for her “stack sculptures” -- tall, totem-pole esque abstract works like the ones pictured in the above image. The artist’s studio is located in East London.

 

Morris’ studio space looks incredibly bright and bubbly in this photograph. Quite literally, the studio space is packed with large, bubble-esque sculptures that remind me of…

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The Kinetic Art Portfolio of Len Millward

Purple Maze

 

Len Millward is a kinetic sculptor who works with a Kinetic Lenz of his own creation, producing works of video and still images that capture brightly coloured patterns of refracted light. The artist’s works represent a pure exploration into the quality of light and colour.

 

Extremely Slow Lightning

 

It’s interesting to browse through all the different short videos on Len’s art portfolio website. Each piece,…

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The Art Portfolio of Mikael Christian Strøbek

A sculpture made with brightly coloured shapesPC/BT/GS

Mikael Christian Strøbek is a Berlin-based artist who works primarily in sculpture, painting, and installation. The artist’s works are produced with an incredible sense of geometric precision, and seem to shed light on the mathematical and geometric principles present in each space they are installed.


A photo of a geometric sculpture in a gallery spaceThree/50/C.Black

 

I really enjoy Strøbek’s sculptural works, especially those made with narrow, coloured metal bars.…

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The Art Portfolio of Ceramic Sculptor Leanne Schnepp

A bust sculpture of a figure with flowers growing from their headRenewal, stoneware clay, glazed and stained, with stucco and steel

Leanne Schnepp is a ceramic sculptor currently based in Michigan. In her practice, Leanne produces figurative artworks, often centering around the human body, animals, myths, and legends.


A stoneware clay bust of Frida KahloFrida Kahlo, stoneware clay, glazed and stained

 

I really enjoy looking through Leanne’s portfolio and observing the coherent, unique style that she’s developed. Though the…

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The Art Portfolio of Mareo Rodriguez


A sculpture made up of a sculpted panel on a wallUntitled

Mareo Rodriguez is an artist based in Barcelona, Spain. In his current artistic practice, Rodriguez seeks to explore, define, and push the boundaries of natural formations, borrowing aesthetics and compositional themes from mountains and rocks.


A sculpture made up of several square bricks sculpted like rocksUntitled

 

I really enjoy the way that the artist translates the look and feel of a rock formation into a gallery artwork. Rodrigues produces sculptures, paintings, and installations,…

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Studio Sunday: Heather Dewey-Hagborg

A photo of Heather Dewey-Hagborg at work in her studio

 

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a New York-based artist who works with human DNA. The artist extracts genetic material from discarded cigarette butts and chewing gum on the streets of the city and uses the resulting data to approximate the faces of the gum-chewers and smokers.

 

Dewey-Hagborg has a background in science, and the nature of her practice means that much of her work is done in a lab. The actual extraction and sequencing of the…

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The Art Portfolio of Andràs Böröcz

An assemblage sculpture featuring tree branchesCopse, carved mahogany, aluminum, twigs, plungers

Hungarian artist Andràs Böröcz works in drawing, sculpture, and performance, creating pieces that explore the human condition through humour, awkwardness, and symbolism. The artist frequently utilizes visual motifs in his artworks, creating pieces that are both uniquely recognizable and totally personal.


A sculptural installation with wood and carved handsYad

I really like the artworks in Böröcz’ sculpture gallery. These pieces tend…

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