buy some damn art

Jaclyn Conley

the current exhibition over at Buy Some Damn Art features work by canadian artist Jaclyn Conley. whenever i’m faced with the “what would you do if you had a million dollars?” question i always fantasise about investing in a lot of great art. but, you and i can do that right now – that’s where Buy Some Damn Art comes in. i love these pieces by Jaclyn, i think they would be a fine addition to my imaginary collection. you can read an interview with here.

These paintings are the result of broad paring down in my studio and practice. I’ve challenged myself to present only what it essential in terms of material, image, rendering and scale. Paintings are worked and reworked with a great deal of erasure and reductive building. As I’m painting I’m distilling an image down to a very small moment. This way of working is in some ways more responsive, slow and less predetermined than I’ve done in the past.

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Buy Some Damn Art: Sara Barnes

i hope you have noticed that Kate Singleton’s rad shop Buy Some Damn Art is one of my wonderful sponsors (see yonder sidebar). if you don’t know about BSDA already here’s a quick rundown – every week Kate curates online shows featuring affordable original art from up-and-coming artists that you can buy, dammit! and buy you should. the latest artists to be featured is Sara Barnes, whose mixed media collages are right up my alley. Sara’s work draws inspiration from cubism, surrealism and especially Matisse’s cut outs. read more about her process here.

I’m a nosy person, and love looking at how people choose to adorn their space. Studies have been done about much insight about a person can be done by simply looking at the contents of their bedroom. This series is a reflection of that interest, and also my love of art/illustration/media that is “slice of life,” which could be touted as cliche and overwrought, but I find fascinating all aspects that are beneath the surface.

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