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Inside the Art Studio of Keith Sonnier

A photo of Keith Sonnier's art studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of Keith Sonnier. Sonnier was born in Louisiana and began experimenting with novel art methods and materials in the 1960s. The artist quickly became enamored with the medium of neon, and has since produced countless works that place neon in new and fascinating configurations and contexts. 

 

Sonnier’s studio looks like an art installation in its own right here -- the space is…

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Plain Bizarre: Surreal Sculpture by Matthew Dercole

A wall-hanging sculpture using elements of livestock animals and plantsanatomy of self medication (strategy number 1), ceramic, wood, plastic grass, polymer clay, glaze, glass, ink, resin, underglaze

Matthew Dercole is a sculptor who works in a variety of materials including polymer clay, resin, wood, ceramic, and fibre. The artist’s works often explore mundane or everyday objects and experiences through a skewed lens, creating sculpted images that are at sometimes surreal, sometimes disturbing, and…

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Tension and Symbiosis: Art by Stephanie Kilgast

A sculpture of coral growing on a discarded canCoral Royal, mixed media sculpture on drinking can

Stephanie Kilgast is a French artist, originally from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and now based in Vannes, France. The artist’s current body of work centres on sculptures that combine organic forms with discarded man-made materials and detritus, expressing the tension and symbiosis between the natural world and human production. 


A tin can with colourful coral sculptures on itLast Glow, mixed media sculpture on tin can

Despite the…

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Techniques from Science and Medicine: Art by Angela Palmer

A sculpture of a racing helmet made in glassSusie Wolff: Portrait of a Racing Driver, crystal glass

 

Palmer is an English artist who produces sculptural and installation artworks in glass and other materials. In recent works, the artist has utilized techniques from science and medicine, such as MRI scans to build a layered self portrait. 


A work made from a series of layers of drawing etched into glassHeart of Glass

 

I like the aesthetic that Palmer’s recent glass works take on -- these pieces seem to combine aesthetics from fine glass…

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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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The Portfolio of Sculptor and Designer Shoko César

A sculpture of a live model made in raw claylive model from clay

Kanyamashokoro (Shoko) César is a sculptor and designer. In his sculpture, Shoko takes a constructive, gestural approach, creating forms that suggest figuration and pose through large, confident movements and and cuts made through the clay.


A sculpture after Rodin's BalzacRodin's Balzac interpretation

I enjoy the way that Shoko leaves his figures partially unfinished, combining a capable expression of form with an apparent appreciation for the raw…

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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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Inside the Art Studio of Amanda Martinez

A photo of Amanda Martinez in her studio

 

This week on studio Sunday, let’s look at the work space of Amanda Martinez. Martinez is based in Queens, New York, where she produces works of abstract sculpture that borrow from the visual language of props and set designs. 

 

Martinez’ studio looks a little cozy in this photo. This could conceivably be a small corner of a larger shared space, or a nook within a warehouse setting. The artist uses a variety of materials, many…

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Human and Animal Figures: The Bronze Sculpture of Roy Paul Madsen

A bronze sculpture of a sparrow perched on a human handNot a Sparrow Falls, bronze

Roy Paul Madsen is an accomplished American sculptor who works in a realist style, producing works of art that capture the fine features of human and animal figures. The artist works primarily in bronze, rendering his subjects with a regal and appropriately “statuesque” air. 


A bronze statue of shakespeareShakespeare, bronze

 

Roy’s sculptures do a beautiful job of taking advantage of the bronze medium, capitalizing on the warmth,…

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Exploring the Metaphysical: The Art of Julie Gladstone

An abstract painting with bright colours arranged in abstract shapesMondrian Electric Storm, oil on panel

Julie Gladstone is an artist based in Toronto. In her current practice, Julie works in painting, sculpture, and installation, creating works that utilize an abstracted aesthetic along with a bright, cool colour palette, exploring the metaphysical through observation.


A painting of a rainbow auraFull Body Rainbow Shield, oil on panel

I really enjoy Julie’s paintings -- the artist’s portfolio is packed with series of works…

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Inside the Art Studio of Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang's art studio, pictured with works in progress

 

Our studio Sunday artist today is Helmut Lang. You may have heard of Lang’s name in the context of fashion -- the Austrian artist is well-known for his minimalist fashion designs which rose to public attention in the 90s. 

 

The artist’s studio has a very dramatic atmosphere here -- while I suspect that the colours in this photo have been manipulated to some degree, the artist’s space is still very heavy on greys and blacks,…

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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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The Contemporary Sculpture Portfolio of Magali Hébert-Huot

A sculptural artwork with pieces of cut wood painted white and neonUntitled (L'Hiver est long), hyrdocal and wax

Magali Hébert-Huot lives and works in both Baltimore and Québec City. In her current artistic practice, Magali creates works of contemporary sculpture using unexpected materials and neon hues. 


An artwork made to look like a bundle of neon sticksUntitled (Swinging Bundle Yellow), expanding foam, rope, 3-D printed hardware

 

Some of the artist’s most recent sculptural installations consist of numerous small pieces placed at semi-regular…

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Inside the Art Studio of Julian Opie

A photo of Julian Opie's redesigned studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Julian Opie. The artist, currently based in Shoreditch, East London, is known for his bright, stylized figure paintings and is often identified as part of the New British Sculpture Movement -- a circle of British artists who began exhibiting sculpture (among other types of artwork) in the 1980s. 

 

Opie’s studio here was designed by architect Carmody Groarke. The central work table --…

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The Art Portfolio of Cynthia Consentino

A figure made from a combination or original ceramic and found figurineBirdie IV, altered commercial figurine, sculpted stoneware head and bird, glaze

Cynthia Consentino is a ceramic artist and sculptor currently based in Bucklan, Massachusetts. In her practice, Cynthia uses the sculptural medium to explore and break down expectations and dichotomies related to gender and reality. 


A ceramic figure of a Madonna with the head of a wolfWolf Madonna, porcelain, glaze

 

Much of Cynthia’s work is also inspired by fairy tales -- works in which human figures are…

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