ah, what a view

Art Daily reports on the opening of Stephen Hannock’s recent paintings at the Marlborough Gallery in New York, an exhibition that will be on display until June 2.

Stephen Hannock

A Recent History of Art in Southern California(Mass MoCA #165) 1998-2012, Stephen Hannock
polished mixed media on canvas
8 x 20 feet

The paintings are huge, as you can see above, this one at 8 x 20 feet. His technique is unique and original, working with acrylics, resin, pasted papers and photographs.  Specialized brushes and power sanders are the tools he utilizes, producing light effects which are his signature style.

Stephen Hannock

Northern City Renaissance, Mauve Dawn (Mass MoCA #161), 2012, Stephen Hannock
polished mixed media on canvas
8 x 12 feet

Hannock layers, then sands and polishes, and layers again, achieving luminous light effects, as if the paintings are glowing from within. He works in bits of handwritten text, comments on the locations and histories.

Stephen Hannock

The Oxbow: For Lane Faison with Betty and Agnes Mongan (Mass MoCA #147), 2011, Stephen Hannock
polished mixed media on canvas
6 x 9 feet

Hannock studied art at Smith College, and though he moved to Manhatten in the early 1980’s, involved in the downtown contemporary art scene, his focus has been primarily on landscape.

This exhibition at the Marlborough includes a display in the Process Room that includes notebooks and studies for the large pictures, equipment he uses, multi-media displays that give insight to his approach, and also early work that displays the evolution of his painting style.

See more of his images:  http://www.stephenhannock.com/index.html

the ability to fill the space

I was looking at the overview of Spencer Finch’s installations, and the thing that really struck me was the way that he fills space.

Spencer FinchMoon Dust (Apollo 17), Spencer Finch

In many of the pieces that I work on, I find myself going smaller, and smaller, and using toothpicks or tweezers to move tiny little pieces.  It give me a great feeling of expansion to view Finch’s work, filling a room.

spencer finchMoonlight, Spencer Finch

Finch has been strongly influenced by Monet, and the study of light. He plays with light, color, and time to influence human perception.  I think that the expansive spaces that hold his constructions certainly add to the feeling of being immersed.

spencer finchPainting Air, Spencer Finch

The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design is featuring a major exhibition by Finch.  More than 60 pieces selected by the artist are on display until July 29, 2012.
“As abstract and ephemeral as some of Finch’s projects appear to be, they are based in fact and scientific phenomena. He acutely observes natural occurrences, which he then filters through memory as well as literary, artistic, and scientific accounts. The results are often poetic, as he tries to make visible what cannot easily be seen,” – Judith Tannenbaum, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art.
VIsit Finch’s website to see more:  http://www.spencerfinch.com/

a strange mix, but i like it

It is an odd mix of favorite things I have – being outside, in a kayak, in the woods, on a beach, and being on the computer, staring at a screen. I guess I am in good company with Sandra Dieckmann, whose artwork is reflective of my own passions.

Sandra DieckmannJapanese Crane, Sandra Dieckmann

Dieckmann is an artist based in London, working as a freelance illustrator. She explores a love for animals through her talent for illustration.

Sandra DieckmannBook illustration commissioned by Paper Darts Publishing, Sandra Dieckmann

I guess she is pulled in different directions as well.  She writes in her blog that she is sad to leave her position with the RSPCA (leading UK animal welfare charity) so that she can pursue her freelance work.

Sandra Dieckmann

Sweet Dreams Ursus Arctus, Sandra Dieckmann

The Ursus image above was published in Ammo Magazine, Issue 6. She’s a busy lady on the web.  See her various sites:  on Etsy, website,  and blog.

a new year of sofa

The fabulous SOFA Show (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) began its 2012 season on April 20 in New York.

Jeannet IskandarFrom Fragment to Whole: Elongated Ovoid, Jeannet Iskandar

Iskandar returns again this year with her blown glass sculptures. She builds her pieces in 3-D patterns, using repetition to build the form.

Jeannet IskandarBetween Fragment and Whole, Ellipse I,  Jeannet Iskandar

Each segment is blown from molten glass to achieve the shapes, which are then cut and fused together.  The simplicity of the overall form catches the attention, but the complexity of the structure up close is quite intricate.

Jeannet IskandarJeannet Iskandar at the Heller Gallery

Jeannet Iskandar is based in Denmark and has shown her work in galleries in the U.S. and Europe. See more of her work at the Heller Gallery.




a new geology

Piles and piles of trash create a new form of sedimentary sculpture, and surprisingly, integrate beautifully with natural forest floor.

Steven SiegelOak 2004 Gong-Ju, Steven Siegel
Korea paper

Siegel’s sculptures draw attention to the process of compaction, layer upon layer, building up in our landfills.

Steven SiegelNew Geology #2, Steven Siegel
1992 Milan, NY

Siegel stacks literally tons of newspapers over large wooden armatures to create massive boulder shapes.

Steven SiegelBridge 2 2009 Arte Sella, Steven Siegel
Italy paper

His works have been installed across Europe and North America. He enlists the help of paid staff and volunteers to complete his projects, using free materials that are available in large quantities.

See more of his work on his website:  http://www.stevensiegel.net/index.html

thinking of the earth

On Earth Day, thinking of the Earth . . . I found artist Terry Berlier.

Terry Berlier

Reclaimed Time, Terry Berlier
salvaged wood

2′ x 2′ x 2″

Berlier works primarily with sculpture and expanded media.  She often focuses on everyday objects, the environment. With “Reclaimed Time”, she reflects on the “perspective of deep time and long-term thinking, both into the future and into the past.” (from her website)

Terry Berlier

Long Time II, Terry Berlier
Plywood, aircraft cable

In “Long Time II”, Berlier created the sculpture in Girona, Spain. There are 61 rings in the sculpture, referring to Professor Nalini Nadkarni’s research comparing the number of trees in the world to the population. Back in 2008 Nadkarni did a study using data from NASA, finding that the world’s human population as of Dec. 31, 2008,  was approx.  6,456,789,877.  It turns out that in 2008, we had about 61 trees on the planet per person.

Terry Berlier

Core Sampling (Tick Tock), Terry Berlier
FGR-95, dyes, steel, motors, MAKE Controller, computer, sensor, microscope camera, PVC, aluminum, pocket watch, MAX

“Core Sampling” is pretty interesting – it creates sound from handmade pseudo core samples.  See and hear it in action:  http://www.terryberlier.com/core.html

We all know the common things that come from trees, like paper, books, & furniture.  Here are some things you might not have thought of:  buttons, chewing gum, cork, crayons, linoleum, luggage, pingpong balls, rubber, tambourines, tires and turpentine. (compiled by Professor Nalini Nadkarni’s graduate students)

it kinda creeps me out

Maybe its just a thing I have with dead insects. Despite my prejudices, I can truly appreciate the delicate and fine work that goes into Ten Donkelaar’s artwork.

anne ten donkelaar

“Goudraffeltje”, Anne Ten Donkelaar

Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar collects broken butterflies and repairs them with fine care and skill.  The broken wings above are fixed with gold leaf to give them new, luminous edges.

anne ten donkelaar“Zwart vlek vlinder”, Anne Ten Donkelaar

Look closely. Not a fuzzy photo, but two embroidered wings on top.

Anne Ten Donkelaar“Landkaart”, Anne Ten Donkelaar

My personal favorite, the moth whose wings are completed with pieces of maps. Some of the maps used are the ones of the country where the moth originated.

See her website for more of her work.  She also creates flower collage pieces and other intricate threadwork art. http://anneten.nl/

Also visit her new website, with tiny embroidered treasures:  http://miauski.com/ (via http://bloesem.blogs.com)

art in your pocket

Krista Charles spends about two hours per artistic creation, painstakingly drawing inside a matchbox cover.

Krista CharlesOur Specialties Are Fourfold, Krista Charles

Charles finds the physical location of the business on the matchbook, then searches Google Maps.  Inside the matchbook, she makes a pencil sketch of whatever is shown at the location.

Krista Charles

McCarvers Old Town, Tacoma, Washington, Krista Charles

She describes her work as a unique view into the previous business, the dreams of its owner, and how places and histories change over time.

Krista CharlesIt Pays to Look Well, Krista Charles

The artist has a website:  http://xa.pcmxa.com/index.html and a shop on Etsy:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/xacharles?page=1 (via Booooooom)

reflections and mist

Although Sandra Kantanen’s work is photography of real landscapes, her technique is other-worldly, fantasy come to life.

Sandra Katanenforest, sandra kantanen

In her earlier work, she was inspired to work in the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, developing a technique to combine painting and photography.
In this series, Shadow Images, she has photographed places in China, Tibet, Finland, and Japan.

“Entering these different cultures have given me insight into very different ways of perceiving image.” Sandra Kantanen, from Helsinki School

Sandra Katanenlake3valmis, sandra kantanen

Kantanen creates acrylic paintings on metal plate, then prints her photographs with pigment over the painting, finishing with varnish. The results are magical, misty and dream-like.

Sandra Kantanenlake4valmis, sandra kantanen

Each beautiful work evokes a story; I feel like I am peering through illustrations of a fantasy novel.  See her website for gorgeous, large images of her work: http://sandrakantanen.com/works

building blocks of jewelry

I don’t often put the words “architecture” and “jewelry” together, but that is exactly what artist Ute Decker does with her sculptural, wearable pieces. She is being showcased in July of 2012 at the London Festival of Architecture.

Ute DeckerPointed Arm Sculpture, Ute Decker
semi-matte recycled silver

“Ute Decker’s work has a contemporary yet somehow timeless feel. Her pieces are not so much literal re-interpretations of actual edifices but rather wearable sculptures suggestive of an architectural language of forms. ”  from Art Daily
Ute DeckerCurvature – arm sculpture, Ute Decker
individually hand-crafted in recycled silver
sand texture, matte finish
I so admire the careful thought Decker maintains regarding every aspect of her craft. She utilizes fair trade gold, 100% recycled silver, and recycled packaging materials.  When her pieces are created using resin, she substitutes bio-resins derived from sunflowers for the traditional toxic resin materials.
Ute Decker

Minimalist neck cuff, Ute Decker
semi-matt, individually hand-crafted in recycled silver

Decker is influenced by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which is the art of finding beauty in imperfection, accepting natural cycles of growth, decay and death, simple, slow, uncluttered and authentic.  On her website, she writes, “serene beauty requires discipline, not ostensible splendour – or even perfection. by leaving small marks of the work-process of bending, forming and joining the hand-made quality of crafting remains visible as a humble recognition of our human flaws and imperfections.” See more of her work: www.utedecker.com