While visiting the Scope Miami show last weekend, we had the pleasure of seeing some of Austrian Lois Renner’s artistic photography. Lois tries to hurdle the limitations of media with his large format photographs, and breathes a mysterious living quality into his paintings. Lois sees the studio as a “spatial situation and as [a] starting and crystallization point of artistic action and begins his analysis with it's miniature reproduction.” The work is interesting to look at to say the least– his pieces are full of nuanced details, object size illusions (at least I thought so), and a simultaneous blending and clashing of lines that can only be explained by seeing them for yourself. My favorite is ‘Sound 101‘ pictured here on the left.
Not all of the art gems we found while in Miami were at the organized fairs, or even at private showings for that matter; Josh and me discovered Ross Ford while walking down the pedestrian shopping plaza on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach during the Saturday lunch hour. I have to admit– I was drawn to the paintings at first because of their size, bright colors, clean (albeit curvaceous) lines, and contrast– they were pleasing to the eyes. Ross’ explanation of his work intrigued Josh and I even more– each painting is a face, pulled from a daily emotional diary of faces from his sketchbook. Ross puts brush to canvas for sketches he finds to be particularly significant. The final product is an organic type of emotional self portrait all his own (in every sense). When you go to the ‘paintings section’ of Ross’ website, click on individual photos within the photo matrix to see enlarged versions; it will also inform you of which ones are available for purchase. Ross Ford’s art was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise sensory overloaded weekend of art fair viewing in Miami. More on Ross after the jump…
We viewed a wealth of amazing work at the Scope Miami fair over the weekend. Young Ryan Carr Johnson’s paintings were at the top of the heap for me. From what I can deduce, Ryan layers paint onto plywood and then refines the living daylights out of it with a hand sanding process. The result is awe-inspiring to see in person, because the art has such depth and structure to it– regrettably, I can only bring to you, our beloved readers, two-dimenstional images of Ryan’s work. The images I have included here are phases 2 and 4 of the piece entitled ‘Blotter Acid.’ Ryan’s work was shown as part of the gogo art projects initiative, which is Connor Contemporary Art’s attempt to incubate emerging and experimental art; it evolved from CCA’s annual Academy Exhibition of recent BFA/MFA grads from the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area–and appears to be a great program.
Although most of the pieces have already sold, I still wanted to point you all toward some of Tra Selhtrow’s new paintings. They are being featured at Seattle’s OKOK Gallery throughout November in Tra’s ‘Sincere Intentions’ exhibit, so you if you’re in the Seattle area, definitely go check them out. Tra works with graphite and oil to produce these impressive works. The two that I featured in the post, ‘Loosen Your Grip,’ and ‘A Moment of Rest,’ especially caught my eye.
For those attracted to fresh textures, find some time to explore the work of Christine Peloquin, my personal favorite. Inspired by her French-Canadian ancestors who immigrated to work long hours at the textile mills during the industrial revolution, Christine claims to have a "personal intimacy" with fabrics and paper. She begins with a wood panel, then covers it with either antique (burlap, tea towels, tablecloths) or contemporary (velvets, polyester, cotton) fabrics, and then paints using charcoal, acrylics, tints and glazes. The two collections–collages and figures–are innovative and evocative, each whispering a message about the passage of time, the right to change, and the secrets that some choose to keep. With 15 years of exhibit history and countless awards across the southeast region, her online works are often sold before I can even take a peek. Visit gallery exhibitions in Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.
Indianapolis based Guatam Rao calls himself the ‘Playful Painter‘, and playful he is indeed. His latest Macintosh OS X inspired oil paintings are totally great. Most of them are available for sale as auctions on eBay, all for reasonable prices (around $100). Brightness, iSight self portrait, and the dock close up. Apple geeks of the world unite!
Motomichi Nakamura was born and raised in Japan, lived in Ecuador for a bit and currently works as a digital artist in Brooklyn. He has exhibited his animation, paintings and drawings around the world. The Monster Series is pretty fun– he says he tries to visualize some of his fears and nightmares in the form of simple characters. He used similar characters in an editorial illustration for the New York Press. The image above is part of a new animation he calls Whisper–created for a Dutch newspaper. It pokes fun at the whole Patriot Act situation. Definitely check him out.
Simply put, Local Austin artist Bonnie Gammill makes beautiful artwork on plywood. In each of her paintings the colors blend with the tones and shades of the wood grain creating variances in color that add to the uniqueness of her creations. Gammill studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art, but now resides in Austin, Texas. My favorite collection is the Carscapes, which she has been concentrating on lately. See Bonnie's work on her website or her MySpace page.
Update: This appears to be the work of Felice Varini Thanks for all the emails!