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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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Body of Work: Art by Christina A. West


A sculpture of a man looking through a sheet of plywoodYou're Welcome, Aqua resin, carpet, plywood

Sculptor and installation artist Christina A. West has a body of work that centres on the human form. In full-body sculptures and busts, Christina displays an obvious skill for detailed, realistic sculpture, then embellishes her works with moments of pure abstraction to create works that are quite contemporary while calling upon classical ideals for visual art.


A sculpture of a man lying on the floor with a gold facePersonal Icon (detail), ceramic,…

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Personal and Sentimental: Art by Jodi Mellick


A sculpted fairy doll with auburn hairAubrey, polymer clay, mohair, fabric, wood base, plastic wings, eyelashes, painted eyes, feathers

Jodi Mellick uses her art practice to express notions of beauty with a focus on the personal and sentimental. Working a variety of media including painting and sculpture, Jodi creates works that hearken to a bygone era.


A painting of an Edwardian teal dressEdwardian Teal, acrylic on canvas

I’m quite impressed by Jodi’s works of sculpture – the artist creates lifelike…

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Sense of Precision: Art by Alicja Kwade


A photo of a sculpture made with mirrors and raw woodLight Transfer of Nature, mirrors, copper, wood

Alicja Kwade is an installation artist whose works often combine heavily processed and raw natural materials. Kwade’s works in installation and sculpture tend to produced with a mathematical, geometric sense of precision.


A work made from chunks of petrified woodGegenwartsdauer, petrified palm trunks varying in size from 250cm to the size of a grain of sand

I really like the tension between this level of straight-edged precision…

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Studio Sunday: Tal R


A photo of Tal R in his art studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Tal R was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and grew up in Denmark, where he studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. R is known for wildly colorful paintings that express simplified, almost naïve-style figures in a straightforward manner. More recently the artist has also delved into abstract sculpture.

 

R’s studio looks like a fun place to be, in the above photo. It’s packed with bizarre sculptural…

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Headlines: Stickers, Google, Sculpture Theft

1) Whitney Museum Releases Laura Owens iMessage Stickers


One of the Laura Owens stickers in action

 

In conjunction with its mid-career survey of the artwork of Laura Owens, New York’s Whitney Museum has released a series of iMessage stickers designed by Owens herself. The stickers are photographic reproductions of sculptures that the artist produced based on some of the most popular Apple emojis. Carved by hand and rendered in three-dimensions before being digitized, the…

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