mixed media

Lorna Simpson

i absolutely love love love the Gold Head series by American artist Lorna Simpson – which are actually all for sale over at Art.Sy. the pieces are made using ink and embossing powder on paper. so simple & beautiful.

“Lorna Simpson’s works explore the experience of African American women in contemporary society. Simpson’s imagery is culled from both original photographs and those she collects from eBay and flea markets. In order to make her subjects elusive or adaptable to any narrative, Simpson rarely depicts them from the front, and instead shows them from behind or with their faces and eyes obscured or omitted. Placing an emphasis on the social and political implications of African hairstyles and textures, her 1994 piece Wigs (Portfolio) presents an almost scientific study of hairpieces, aiming to underscore the wig as a tool of conformity and agent for physical transformation.”Art.Sy

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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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Spencer Studio

beautiful drawings by Spencer Studio extending scenes from vintage photographs.

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Gregory Euclide & Bon Iver

i’ve been holding out on listening to the new Bon Iver album because i’ve been hearing so much about it online and fear a bit of a build up / let down situation. the same thing happens when i constantly hear about an amazing film, then usually end up only seeing it a year later when all the fuss has died down. i’m sure that the album is amazing and i have nothing to worry about… but, you know, it technically only drops on 21 june.  sooo. let’s talk about it then shall we?

unsurprisingly i immediately fell in love with the cover art of both the album and the lead single Calgary, which was created by artist Gregory Euclide (who had been personally commissioned by frontman Justin Vernon). Meighan has a great interview with Gregory over at My Love For You which i urge you to read if you want to know more about his process. it’s also incredibly awesome to see an artist who so readily shares his work & process online – you can explore all his work over at his flickr, and watch his videos documenting the making of his pieces on youtube.

Mylar Sedum and Geranium trees, found foam, new foam, what was, memory, taken over by and altered by the new.

Pine Cone Lichen, Sedum trees, built up and buried, found foam, La Grange.

Mylar sky, absence, streetlight pole trees.

Decayed photo transfer, the haze of summer, the life of birds.

Torn paper, Isolation, Defense, the nest of something

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beccy ridsdel

beccy ridsdel‘s ceramics are crazy surgical masterpieces – i love the way the white peels away to reveal the florals beneath.

via yatzer

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karen klassen

karen klassen – visit her website & blog

via book by its cover

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