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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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Darkly Iconographic: Art by Jeannie Polisuk


A painting of a rabbit-like figure smoking a cigaretteFriends Don't Let Friends Do Stupid Things Alone, acrylic on canvas

Jeannie Polisuk combines cute, fuzzy figures with an eye for darkly iconographic composition. The artist’s works – in installation, painting, and sculpture – are at once inviting and uneasy, demanding a conscious effort from viewers to unpack them.


A painting of three figures that appear as stuffed animalsParty Animals, acrylic on canvas

 

In our previous feature of the artist’s work, we looked at the ways Jeannie uses…

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Majesty and Solitude: Art by Rachel Lambert


A photograph of a green bed of seaweedWeed Beds #3, photograph

Multidisciplinary artist Rachel Lambert explores photography, sculpture, land art and more in her practice. The artist’s recent photographic works capture moments of majesty and solitude in remote areas.


A photograph of an expansive cloudscapeRolling Weather, photograph

 

In Rachel’s photographs, there is a curious sense of intent focus – though the subject of the image and the framing itself may be expansive, the artist tends to turn her gaze…

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Intimate and Opaque: Art by Charles Ray


A steel sculpture of a truck pressed into a baleBaled Truck, stainless steel

Sculptor Charles Ray works with familiar forms and objects, playing with scale, texture, and process to address a variety of ideas through interactions with the art. Ray is known for rendering human forms in realistic detail to create sculptures that are both intimate and opaque.


A statue of a giant woman in a 90's style power suitFall '91, mixed media
 

Browsing through images of Ray’s sculptures, I’m reminded of works by Christina A. West. The level of…

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Headlines: Vodka, Momacha, Majestic Splendor

1) Russian Gallery to Stop Alcohol Sales After Intoxicated Attack on Painting


Two women view a screen at a media conference about the damaged Russian painting

 

The prominent Russian State Tretyakov Gallery says that it may change its policies toward on-site alcohol sales, after a drunk guest, wielding a metal pole, damaged a painting. The painting, a 19th-century masterpiece by Ilya Rapin depicting Czar Ivan the Terrible holding his mortally wounded son in the 1500s, was struck by a security pole several times on…

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Dynamic, Theatrical Sensibility: Art by Ario Mashayekhi


A painting of a female figure on a blue backgroundBloom, acrylic

Painter and sculptor Ario Mashayekhi combines his visual art practice with experience and passion for theatre and live performance. The artist’s visual works often capture the dynamic, theatrical sensibility of a performance, utilizing color and lightly abstracted form to great effect.


A painting of a figure on a textured blue backgroundRasa, acrylic

 

I’m enjoying looking through Ario’s painting gallery on his portfolio website. The artist favours solitary female…

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Curving Abstract Forms: Sculpture by Larry Scaturro


An abstracted sculpture of a horse's headHorse, walnut

Sculptor Larry Scaturro uses wood to create his artworks, which often take the form of curving abstract forms that seem to reference the human figure. The artist’s abstracts sit alongside highly detailed, realistic figurative sculptures with emphasize this connection within his portfolio.


A walnut relief of a human figureDimples 2, walnut

 

I really enjoy the way that Larry utilizes the human body in his figurative sculptures. These often take the form…

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Many Forms: Art by Susan Parrish


A sculpture made with a variety of found objectsCall for Entry

Susan Parrish is an artist and craftsperson based near Raleigh, North Carolina. The artist’s works take many forms, though the theme of sculpture and assemblage always comes through, often with a playful edge.  


A TEABOT made from a variety of old tins and found materialsMrs. Johnson is Always Fixed Up for Tea

 

In our previous feature of Susan’s artworks, we looked at her use of mixed media and found objects. Though she has moved away from the medium of ceramics, I can still…

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Process and Narrative: Art by D'Andrea Bowie


A wall-hanging artwork with the forms of plants and flowersThe Toads on Donut Island (from moving islands are restless), low fire, glazed ceramics

D’Andrea Bowie taught herself to paint before completing her BFA in sculpture and installation. Her current practice is a varied mixture of the two disciplines, where the artist explores process and narrative through constructed forms.


A sculpture consisting of a twisted, green-coated wireLost Island (from moving islands are restless), wire rod, foam, sisal rope, foam coat and paint

 

I really enjoy…

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Headlines: Sims, Koons, Stolen Jade

1) Statue of J. Marion Sims Removed from Central Park


A photo of a woman holding a protest sign in front of the former location of a statue of J. Marion Sims

 

The statue of J. Marion Sims, the “father of gynecology” has been removed from its perch in New York’s Central Park. Sims, who did make some pioneering discoveries in his field, came about those discovers through wildly unethical means: by performing medical experiments on enslaved black women in the 19th century. Members of the public, particularly those that live in the…

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Swirling, Undefined Forms: Sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel

 
A photo of an abstract sculpture with dramatic lightingTraveler

Jonathan Hertzel is a sculptor and mixed media artist based in the United States. Jonathan’s sculptures are half-abstract, half-figural, often built up out of masses of swirling, undefined forms. The artist’s works, many cast in bronze, are imbued with a sense of movement and emotional intensity.


A series of sculptures by Jonathan HertzelNehushatan, First Step, Falling Man, and Signs of Life

 

It’s interesting to look through the works on Jonathan’s portfolio…

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Studio Sunday: Betye Saar


A photo of Betye Saar in her art studio in the 1970's

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature, Betye Saar, is a California-based assemblage artist and printmaker whose work has long been focused on challenging racial stereotypes. Saar was trained in design and began her career producing enamel jewelry and greeting cards. After taking a class in printmaking, Saar was convinced to turn her focus to a full-time art career.

 

In the photo above, Saar’s studio is packed with various objects…

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Headlines: Instagram, Art Rentals, Dia

1) Instagram is Changing Art: But for Better, or Worse?


A photo of artist Lauren Rokas' Instagram feed

 

The LA Times offers an interesting look at the way Instagram is changing the art world. Increasingly, the social media platform has become a popular place for artists to not only showcase their works, but to communicate with other artists, collectors, and gallery owners. Many emerging artists, in particular, feel that Instagram is a more democratic way to get their art out there…

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Theatrical Masks and Headdresses by Pamela Schuller


A photo of a paper-mache face maskWearable face mask

Based on Ontario, Pamela Schuller is active in fine arts and theatre, producing works that blur the lines between the two. Pamela has been involved in numerous workshops and art projects to engage communities in the arts – often helping participants create theatrical masks and headdresses.


A colorful paper-mache face maskWearable face mask

In our previous feature of Pamela’s dramatic masks, we saw how the artist begins each mask with a cast of…

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Headlines: Stolen Thumb, X-Rays, Petition

1) Terracotta Thumb Thief Charged


The warrior in question

 

A man from Delaware has been charged with theft after he was caught with the thumb of a Chinese terracotta warrior statue which was on display at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. On December 21st, 2017, security cameras at the Institute recorded the man, Michael Rohana, taking a selfie with the statue at a Christmas party before breaking off its thumb and pocketing the fragment of the…

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