Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Johan Jonsson

Johan was born in Luleå, Sweden in 1966. Except for a few years in Stockholm and Gothenburg he has worked and studied in Luleå. He now divides his time between Luleå and a small village outside Skellefteå, where his studio is located.

The visual art: It is sculpture in mixed media - metal, wood, fabrics, tar, leather, wire, welding filler, silicone, rust. The basis is usually metal, and usually items/materials used in agriculture and forestry. The interest, however, lies in the combination of these rural materials/items and urban ones like plastic, rubber, silicone, parts of dolls and toys…

"Junk art" might be the term when it comes to choice of "material". W
hen it comes to artistry, terms like "art brut" or "outsider art" are better suited.

His art is basically a process which often results in humans, figures, postures, poses. The working process more than often makes use of chance (http://byjohan.se/cv.html).

Anger Management - 21x36x26 cm
(fabrics, swaddling-clothes, weld, leather, steel wire, nails, pipes)

1/2 Hamster Wheel - 20x40x40 cm
(caterpillar treads, fabrics, chalk, newspaper, nails)

Doing Horse, 17x46x40 cm
(nails, leather, weld, doll part, harness)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Monica Lynn Manoski

Monica Lynn Manoski: My art serves as a visual map. Each completed piece cements a period of time in which I examine different thoughts, actions, emotions, and responsibilities. Textures evoke many of the feelings I experience while creating. The utilization of light and shadow and their play on various surfaces allows for the expression of these ideas.

The visual power of an object’s surface is great. Yet, this superficial skin is often very delicate and easily damaged. My work makes use of materials that are vulnerable to the touch and the elements. Each piece is made from textiles, which are thin and malleable. This fabric is fastened only by dressmaker’s pins that, over time, may work their way out of position. In addition, the surfaces of each work jut out into the third dimension, leaving them prone to abuse. Thus, my fabrications confront the issue of ephemerality. Like my human engagements which this work represents, my artwork is delicate, but there is beauty and strength in that fragility.

Process and materiality are essential in the development of my artistic expressions. The physical and emotional practice leads to new self-discovery. Therefore, I allow the materials and process to guide my practice and not the vision of a finished work. This unforeseen outcome provokes new and continuing creativity.

The abstract nature of my work encourages the viewer to discover instances that relate to their interpersonal thoughts and relations. Each work serves as a window of imagination. Through the use of light, shadow, and surface my work exhibits the sojourn to self-discovery (website).

66 x 72 x 36"

60 x 66 x 24"

24 X 26 X 12"

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rebecca Fox

Rebecca Fox is a San Francisco based Metal Sculptor who creates welded steel sculpture.

Rebecca Fox was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1976. After moving to San Francisco in 1996, she attended City College and studied sculpture at the College Fort Mason Art Campus. She learned to weld and immediately became addicted to creating sculpture and collecting metal. Rebecca found her true passion in life: creating art using metal as her medium.

To expand her technical knowledge, she worked for several years as a welder in a custom metal fabrication shop in Oakland, California. Rebecca learned many valuable metal-working skills, which she applies to her art. At the same time, she became the Teacher's Assistant and Laboratory Technician

for the Sculpture Department at City College (http://fineartamerica.com/featured/9281-154-rebecca-fox.html.)

154, Metal

147, Metal

163, Metal

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Marta Thoma

Marta Thoma has gone green! By coating scores of recycled bottles on the inside with an extra strong safety material to resist breakage, the artist has converted our society’s refuse into a perfect material for outdoor sculpture. The bottles are tinted in the process, to create subtle color variations. LED lighting on a solar system is optional and enhances the sculpture to glow at night as well as sparkle in the day. With her swooping, art nouveau inspired steel framework and her water and air related subject matter, Thoma is indeed creating “nouveau art” that is in tune with our present interest in sustainability, water, and environmental care.

Double wave, 2008

Green River, glass and metal

Star, glass and metal

Gerard Tsutakawa

Gerard Tsutakawa apprenticed with his father, late George Tsutakawa, for ten years. He then oversaw all of his father’s fountain and sculpture fabrication and installation, including many major public works. Since this early apprenticeship, he has established himself as an accomplished sculptor in his own right and has been featured in solo and group shows throughout the Northwest. He has been recognized for his sensually abstract bronze sculpture and his elegant bronze fountains of flawless design and beauty. (http://www.sculpturesite.com/GERARDTSUTAKAWA.cfm?ArtistsID=38)

Lifted Square, bronze

Avanti, 2008

Opus, 2009

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stephen Cartwright

Since 1999 Stephen Cartwright has recorded his exact latitude, longitude and elevation every hour of every day. Cartwright uses digital and traditional fabrication techniques to translate his collected data into his sculptural projects. Since the inception of the Latitude and Longitude recording project Stephen Cartwright has completed several grand bicycle journeys through North America, Europe and Asia, totaling more than 20,000 miles. Prolonged observation of his location has led Cartwright to his recent work investigating the use and alteration of the landscape. He is also currently a professor of Sculpture and 3D Art Foundations at University of Illinois, Champaign.(Stephen Cartwright)

Mesh 1 (2010)
(Cycling 1997-2009)
Acrylic 2x9x9 ft.

Champaign Mining (2009)
Acrylic 9x9x10 in.

Fort Peck (2009)
Acrylic 13x8x2 ft.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bathsheba Grossman

Bathsheba Grossman (1966–) is an artist in Santa Cruz, California who creates sculptures using computer-aided design and three-dimensional modeling, with metal printing technology to produce sculpture in bronze and stainless steel. Her bronze sculptures are primarily mathematical in nature, often depicting intricate patterns or mathematical oddities (for instance, a figure with only one side but three edges). Her website also has crystals that have been laser etched with three-dimensional patterns, including models of nearby stars, the DNA macromolecule, and the Milky Way Galaxy.Grossman's works have featured in art galleries around the world, as well as the New York Times, and the television series Numb3rs and Heroes. One of her rapid prototyping sculptures is used as a lamp. She studied under sculptor Erwin Hauer at Yale University as an undergraduate, and later with Robert Engman at the University of Pennsylvania. 'Although her technique and media output may be compared with that of a craft shop, thus diminishing its "artisitic" value, I believe the basic designs and premise of her sculpture hold true to the ideals of art today.' (www.wikipedia.com, and me).

Flame Pendant

Flow Bronze

Snow Sculpture at Breckenridge, 2002

Monday, November 15, 2010

Stephanie Syjuco

Stephanie Syjuco is a visual artist who’s recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging, reappropriation, and fictional fabrications to address issues of cultural biography, labor, and economic globalization. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her objects mistranslate and misappropriate iconic symbols, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. This has included re-creating several 1950s Modernist furniture pieces by French designer Charlotte Perriand but using cast-off material and rubbish in Beijing, China; starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods; photographing models of Stonehenge made from cheap Asian imported food products; and searching for fragments of the Berlin Wall in her immediate surroundings in an attempt to revisit the moment of capitalism's supposed global triumph.

Born in the Philippines, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and included in exhibitions at P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, among others. In 2007 she led counterfeiting workshops at artspaces in Istanbul, Beijing, and Manila. In October 2009 she presented a parasitic art counterfeiting event, "COPYSTAND: An Autonomous Manufacturing Zone" for Frieze Projects, London, as well as contributed proxy sculptures for P.S.1/MoMA's joint exhibition, "1969." She has taught at Stanford University, The California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University. A recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, she lives and works in San Francisco (Stephaniesyjuco.com)

NotMoMa, 2010


Particular Matter: Things, Thingys, Thingies, 2010

Labor Relations (After Stickley, After Morris), 2008

Upcycled shipping boxes and moving blankets

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mary Miss

Since the late 1960's Mary Miss has shaped landscape and everyday materials into sculptures that invite ecploration and erase boundaries between architecture, landscape architecture and fine art. Mary miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architectures, landscape design, and installation art by articulating a cision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issures of our time. Trained as a sculpture, her work creates situations emphasizing a site's history, its ecology, or aspects of the environment that have gone unnoticed.
Mary Miss, Perimeters/Pavillions/Decoys, 1977-78

Mary Miss, Greenwood Pond, 1989-96

Mary Miss, Field Rotation, 1981, 3.7 acres


Barbara Hepworth

Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She attended Wakefield Girls High School, and won a scholarship and studied at the Leeds School of Art from 1920. Them she won a County scholarship to the Royal College of Art and studied there from 1921 until she was awarded the diploma of the Royal College of Art in 1924. One of her most prestigious works is Single Form in memory of her friend and collector of her works. Hepworths sculptors are made out of bronze, marble, and wood creating unique cavities and holes in her work.
Barbara Hepworth, Wave, Wood, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, River Form, Bronze, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Oval Structure, Wood, 1943

Will Clift

I see form, gravity, and balance to create work that evokes in the viewer harmony and uncertainty at the same time. My sculptures consist of intersecting parts that support each other to stand or suspend in equilibrium; each sculpture is its own base or point of suspension. No part is extraneous or redundant, and no further means of attachment is needed. The finished sculptures are very stable and can be fully secured, but the fineness of the point of balance that I achieve in each piece emphasizes the vulnerability — not only of the sculpture — but of all things prone to gravity. Our bodies have an innate understanding of gravity and balance, and I try to create sculptures that resonate with this in both physical and emotional ways.

I see balance as the tension between order and chaos, between motion and stillness. I want to give a physical presence to the effect of gravity and balance on form — like Richard Serra’s massive steel sculptures. But at the same time I want to use lightness and whimsy to give my work a sense of life, an apparent effortlessness — like Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Through this interplay of mass and weightlessness, I hope to find an inherent sense of gesture, dance, and lyricism within a static form. (http://www.willclift.com/about.htm).

Right Profile, Mahogany, 2010

Enclosing form, One enclosing two, Wenge, 2010

Over and Under, Suspended, Wenge, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rosemarie Trockel

Rosemarie Trockel (born 1952 in Germany) is a German artist, and an important figure in the international contemporary art movement. From 1970–1978, Trockel studied anthropology, sociology, theology and mathematics in pursuit of teaching career in Cologne. She later studied painting at the "Kölner Werkschulen" in Cologne. Her first solo exhibitions were held in Bonn and Cologne in 1983; she gained fame by addressing contemporary concerns, particularly women and their place in the art world. Her work challenged concepts of sexuality, culture, and artistic production (Wikipedia)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Emily Kennerk

Emily Kennerk, 37, often explores the concept of "number one-ness": Years ago, she displayed together the country's top movie, CD and book. The combo of "Titanic," the "8 Mile" soundtrack and the Bible provided an intriguing window into the American psyche.

Several of her shows have focused on housing — not surprising, considering how she spent childhood weekends in Indiana. Her father, a land developer, loaded his six kids (Kennerk was No. 3) into the station wagon. He promised them ice cream, but only after they'd tooled around looking at land.

"I probably knew zoning codes before I knew my times tables," Kennerk said. She also learned how a home or business could imbue meaning on a patch of nothing.

The day Kennerk ran across the abandoned home in her neighborhood, she snapped a photo and began brainstorming: In Las Vegas, the foreclosure notice had become as omnipresent as a stop sign, diluting its symbolic power. How could Kennerk, who teaches sculpture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, present the hallmarks of the housing crisis in a different way?

When she first discussed the project with the Contemporary Arts Center, a small gallery in a gentrifying section of downtown, Kennerk was apprehensive. But director Wendy Kveck was interested in works that carried "emotional weight," even if they were melancholy.

"There is a concern in aestheticizing misery as opposed to confronting it," Kveck said, but she felt the bleakness of Kennerk's work reflected Nevada's woes.

"It has a ghostly quality," she said. "It's a solemn space, almost like a memorial." (LA Times)

America's #1 Media
Titanic Movie, 8 Mile Soundtrack, Bible & Television

With Love, Dessau (2009)

Neighbors (2007)

High Density (2007)
Building Materials

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Alexander Lieberman

Alexander Liberman was a Russian-American magazine editor, publisher, painter, photographer, and sculptor. Only in the 1950's did Liberman take up painting and, later, metal sculptor. His highly recognizable sculptures are assembled from industrial objects and often painted in uniform bright colors. Many prominent examples are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pyramid Hill, Tate Gallery, and the Guggenheim Museum.

Alexander Lieberman, Pyramid Hill, Painted Steel

Alexander Lieberman, Phoenix Steel Painted, 1974

Alexander Lieberman, Gates of Hope, Painted Steel, 1972

Seymour Lipton

Seymour Lipton was an American abstract expressionist sculptor. He was a member of the New York School who gained widespread recognition in the 1950's. He initially trained as a dentist but focused on sculptor from 1032. His earl choices of medium changed from wood to lead and the to bronze, and he is best known for his work in metal. He made several technical innovations, including brazing nickel-silver rods onto sheets of Monel to create rust resistant forms. Much of his art addresses the themes of flight, nature, and war.
Seymour Lipton, Imprisoned Figure, 1948, metal and wood

Seymour Lipton, Pioneer, 1957, metal

Seymour Lipton, Sanctuary of vicious metials

Dan Graham

Dan Graham (March 31.1942, Urbana Illinois) is a conceptual artist now working out of New York City. He is an influential figure in the field of contemporary art, both a practitioner of conceptual art and art critic and theorist. His art career began in 1964 when he moved to New York and opened the John Daniels Gallery. Graham's artistic talents have wide variety. His artistic fields consist of film, video, performance, photography, architectural models, and glass and mirror structure. Graham especially focuses on the relationship between his artwork and the viewer in his pieces. Graham made a name for himself in the 1980's as and architect of conceptual glass and mirrored pavilions.

Dan Graham, Two Adjacent Pavilions, 1978-81

Dan Graham, Pavilion, 2-way glass and steel

Dan Graham, One Straight Line Crossed By One Curved Line, 2-way mirrow and steel