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Fanciful Cities: The Art of Bodys Isek Kingelez

A whimsical sculpture of the UN buildingU.N., paper, paperboard, mixed media

Bodys Isek Kingelez was a Congolese artist who built colourful models of fanciful cities. The artist’s maquettes were often made with the intent of imagining harmonious, almost utopian alternative futures for the cities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including Kingelez’ hometown of Kinshasa.


A diorama of a complex city made with discarded paper and materialskimbembele ihunga

 

In his practice, Kingelez employed a wide variety of materials including…

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Inside the Art Studio of Amy Bennett

A photo of Amy Bennett's art studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Amy Bennett. Bennett is an American artist whose artworks bridge the gap between sculpture and painting, with a conceptual focus on the darkly humorous narratives found in modern suburbia. To create her narrative paintings, Bennett constructs highly detailed dioramas to use as reference for numerous works, changing small elements of scenery and figure to suit the story she wishes to tell.… 

 

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The Environment's Omnipresence: The Art Portfolio of Troy Nickle

An outdoor installation of a figure made from junked car partsJunk Man, discarded car frame and parts assembled into a figure

Troy Nickle is a sculptor and installation artist who often works with natural materials and features of the landscape to create his works. The artist’s practice is inspired by the natural environment, but also serves as a pertinent reminder to the viewer of the environment’s omnipresence.


An piece of land art made by packing snow into a circle on a treeSnow Ring, snow packed onto cottonwoods, archival inkjet print

 

I like the way…

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A New Dimension: The Art Portfolio of Vincent McLoughlin

A painting of abstracted flowersrgrnwonblk, acrylic on custom built luan panel

Vincent McLoughlin is an artist who paints on wood, often using panels that have been custom built and sculpted to create interestingly figurative substrates. The artist’s paint, in combination with the sculpted wood panels, brings out a new dimension in the artwork.


A painting with bright blue and green coloursbonrongonr, acrylic on primed repurposed luan panel

 

I really enjoy the way that Vincent uses paint to bring figurative…

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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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