Monday, November 22, 2010

Kevin Francis Gray

This really is right up my alley with the starched fabric pieces I have done and any piece that I paint that has fabric covering figures.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

David Noonan Collages

Very interesting, it's like he does live collages.

Lopez Garcia

very somber, and lonely paintings.

the composition of this one shows the loneliness of the girl. 

Janine Antoni

I know she's become very famous, but I feel like the pieces she's most known for aren't the ones that I find the most captivating. Although Gnaw is one of my favorites and it is very famous.

The above piece is what got me in to starching things and veils in general. The second is a video she made of her at her home in the Bahamas, yes she grew up in the Bahamas. She learned to tight rope and I just thought this was a beautiful image to place it so her weight would line it up with the horizon, so she walks on the ocean's horizon, stunning.

Sven Kroner

For the exhibition Hidden Path, Kroner has painted landscapes familiar to him since childhood, yet these do not refer to a specific moment or experience. Some landscapes are empty, some have signs of human life. As Merel von Tilburg (Université de Genève) has written, “the landscapes belong to our own age, an age in which nature is no longer automatically invested with romantic associations; humans have charted it and taken possession of it. Even if the landscape contains no human figures, the artist suggests the presence of human life with footprints or objects…. People inhabit the landscape or enjoy their natural surroundings: they walk or camp in it, or simply linger there”.

I always find it interesting when you can see the presence of humans without them being there in the painting. Andrew Wyeth, one of my favorite artists did that a lot. 

Anselm Kiefer

I want my senior thesis gallery to be similar to this:

I like the mix of mediums and 3-D and 2-D. A lot of artists do it like this and I find it interesting when they decide to portray things in different ways.

Zilvinas Kempinas

I like how Kempinas uses something so simple as tape to create such a different environment.

George Boorujy
-great website

 Blue Bird


FV: What's your agenda? Who are you trying to reach?

GB: I want people to look at the world around them and see the things they overlooked before. To “re-see” them. By presenting something very common - so common that it’s lost any power as an image - in a new way you can try to get people to see it again. And maybe see it truly.

James Jean

To start with I just want to mention that nearly every time I’ve asked one of my interviewees who there favourite living illustrators and artists are your name seems to always pop up regardless of their influences. So my first question is how does it feel to be the Brad Pitt of the illustration world and how did it happen?

I was discovered by Ralph Bakshi when he cast me in Cool World. But before I started adopting children from developing nations and giving them mo-hawks, I painted covers for Fables, published by Vertigo comics. I lived for a year by doing one cover a month while receiving some attention for my work through my website. Then the editorial work started coming in, and a few years later, more book cover and advertising work as well. By then, I had accumulated some awards for my comic cover and illustration work, and my work continued to spread on the internets.

I used to read the Fables graphic novels, his artwork is one of the best parts about it. His subject matter often interests me, people wearing veils, being in trances, you name it, he's probably done it.

I bought his book, Kindle, for my ex-boyfriend, he said it was the best gift he's ever recieved. It really is a beautiful book. Every little thing about his books and artwork in general, every detail matters. They are stunning. He's a very hard worker.

my favorite


Luc Tuymans

I discovered him last year when he was at the Wexner Center at OSU, actually I got to hear him talk, he's kind of a cocky jerk. But all the best artists are.

The nice thing about him is the way he paints is so recognizable. His paintings are very cold and somber.

Way better in person of course....

Robin Williams Paintings

His paintings have happy colors and subject matter, but still remain to be slightly off.

I found him after looking at Michael Borremans on the above link.

His subjects don't necessarily look right in the head, which of course intrigues me.

Laura Sanders

I actually tried to get an internship with Sanders last year since she lives here in Columbus, didn't get it.

But her paintings are very interesting. What I find intriguing is the subject's expressions should usually be a little bit more chipper. It's kind of funny to see these girls on pool toys just spaced out, or struggling to keep their head above the water. That can be reflected with life, struggling or spaced out. Very psychological. She discusses the heads above the water paintings in this interview:

NA: Tell us about your “Heads Above Water” series.

LS: I have been obsessed with painting the head just above the water for some time now. While my most recent paintings have more to do with artificiality than the previous Heads Above Water Series, I am still making my figures neck high in the water. There is probably some unconscious reason for this preference but on a more left brain conscious level, it is the specificity of the face against the anonymous elemental forces that intrigue me. When I first began the series I was also thinking about ways to objectify the figure and relate to it more as an animal, to see it as if it had a natural habitat.

Video-Interview: "Douglas Gordon"

I find Douglas Gordon to be a witty artist, he finds humour in things....

The video interview surprised me, he and his work seem to be changing. Perhaps because these last two works a few years ago. Yet he still remains to interest me.