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THE SPOTLIGHT:FEATURED ARTISTS

DAVE WEINDORF

Working in watercolor, acrylic, ink and stain on canvas and board, the genius of artist David Weindorf employs a range of textures and tones in his images. Bold strokes of paint are placed over contrasting backgrounds with colors that range from delicate pastels to intense blues, reds and yellows. Weindorf says he likes to use vintage paints when possible, feeling that the vividness of those paints gives sharper definition to his images — heightening their three-dimensional sense of space. The resulting works combine a strong physical presence with a lightness and freedom that draw-in the viewer...

MARIE-CLAUDE MAQUA-KLEIN

The breath-taking diversity of Marie-Claude Maqua-Klein's art work defies catergorization. Her work moves between mediums and disciplines with effortless grace and confidence. A rarity in her talents, the artist is as gifted a sculptor, as she is a painter, installation and mixed media artist. 

She is an artist who creates without limitations or boundaries. "Creation is only possible if the spirit is free. During my work, observing, feeling and having confidence are the bases for acquiring this freedom" she told us when we had the pleasure to interview the artist...

BRIDGET O'ROURKE

I think I always strive to find a sense of humanism within my work. Over this past year, I have switched to focusing on portraiture. When I first began painting, I was much more intent on tackling Abstract Expressionism. I cosumed the works of Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell and Clyfford Still. I was striving to find my own voice in the history of oil painting. I think as my work ,and myself, matured, I was craving a more quiet, deeper connection. Painting people has allowed me to find my own voice and a sense of humanism that I hope speaks to a wider audience.

WALEED R. QAISI

There is a vision based on material and soul, therefore I needed to screen out things to help me understanding, as Andy Warhol has said “looking at the texture of my work, you realize that nix is behind all of them”. Probably it is a mistake to say that there is new idea or new form because art is a practice and belongs to human, but there is approaching between both of them until the visions’ veil is removed from our senses to be able to see, to hear, and to learn more

BING WRIGHT

Bing Wright's photographs have been shown in exhibitions at the Tang Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs (2007), the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1991) and the Queens Museum of Art, New York (1986), among others. His work can be found in several museums collections including The Museum of Modern Art and the Seattle Art Museum. He lives and works in New York City.

JEANNE FRIES

Jeanne Fries is a renaissance artist in every sense. The Canadian sculptor, painter and new media artist fundamentally believes in the necessity of art as a means of political activism and social commentary. As part of the Visual Voices series we had the pleasure of learning more about this enigmatic artist, from her core values, approach to how this informs her creative process...

VISUAL VOICES: ART INTERVIEWS

THE TEMPERAMENT OF HUMANITY MEETS THE LANDSCAPE OF THE SOUL: ALISON BARROWS-YOUNG

Thematically and conceptually, I am split between the dignified disposition of nature and the madness inherent in the temperament of humanity. Trying to capture the essence of both, and reconcile their increasing incongruence, has led me to a sense of the “moment in time”, an overarching theme. My artistic vision also speaks to the role of emotions upon what is perceived as reality...

RHYTHMS OF A VISIONARY: THE BRILLIANCE OF OSVALDO BACMAN

The Geometry is an independent expression that has a life of its own, impregnated with rhythm, movement and continuos change, creating images that appear and disappear, making the invisible visible. My desire is to offer the spectator the possibility of confronting my work, of observing it carefully to continually discover new images that emerge, giving a rhythmic movement and life to the work and be amazed to make visible the invisible.

WHEN COLOR AND CREATIVITY COLLIDE: THE UNSTOPPABLE ART OF KELLIANNE O'BRIEN

Kellianne OBriens paintings and sculpture are born of a spirituality which comes from overcoming a very difficult past. In 1994 Ms. OBrien began to recover from what can only be described as catastrophic psychiatric difficulties. While enduring many dark nights of the soul, Ms. OBrien created works of art that both encouraged and reflected the spiritual awakening through which she began to heal her illness.  We sit down to learn more about her journey of creativity.

CITING DECOLONIAL THEORY, MOFFAT TAKADIWA TRANSFORMS DEBRIS INTO ART

In Moffat Takadiwa’s work, the remnants of consumer goods—bright colored bits of plastic and metal, fragmented, emptied of their promise and their contents—make their way into shapes, shrouds, and clusters, into mandala-like patterns of consumption and waste. Spray tops, bottle caps, plastic lids, laptop keys: the detritus of late capitalism accumulated into strands, shapes, and forms, now hang from gallery walls.

COMPLEX CREATIVITY: THE ART OF BEING AN AUTODIDACT ARTIST WITH JONNI EKDAHL

The genius visions of self taught artist Jonni Ekdahl show the audience that to create without limitations, rules or control is, infact creativity in its purest sense. Having had no professional art training gives this true visionary- he has the encouragement and freedom to simply create from his heart instead of trying to find a balance between educational training and personal expressions. The result is breath-taking and a treat for the viewers eyes.

"THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FAIR": IN CONVERSATION WITH SAMARA GOLDEN

Samara Golden draws you in and shuts you out. Sewing, stuffing, and cutting materials of personal industriousness—fabrics, pantyhose, found thriftwares, cosmetology heads—the props in her motley sets splay out against all manner of reflective surfaces, situating some version of you inside her bendy armatures of time, place, and movie-inflected memory. M.C. Escher meets Miami Vice, the campy slickness melting into your own face as seen in a broken mirror...

ART RADAR:EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

PIERRE HUYGHE’S MINDBLOWING INSTALLATION & OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM SKULPTUR PROJEKTE DECENNIAL

The fifth edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster, the decennial exhibition dedicated to the medium of sculpture as public art, opened this past weekend in the quaint German city and—for the first time in its history—in the neighboring city, Marl.In addition to spilling over to another municipality, this edition was marked by a string of departures from the ordinary: First, the very definition of sculpture in public space was extended to include both video and performance art...

ART RADAR PICK FOR EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK: GORO MURAYAMA @ G/P GALLERY, TOKYO

Murayama is regarded as one of the artists who can see the relation between two as a kind of interpenetration, not just of materials but processes too. All of the works in the exhibition depict changing shapes and forms that cannot be anticipated. The artist creates artworks through a unique and organic systematic process that cycle through four activities: weaving strings together, applying a ground, painting patterns upon it. The process is then repeated like a circuit, alternating between the making of the 'canvas' and the act of painting/drawings...

ART OPPORTUNITIES: TOP 7 ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Artist residencies vary in location, amenities, and reputation, but they all share one principal goal—to give artists time and space to create their work. In fact, while they may sound like summer camp for creatives, stocked with rustic cabins, communal meals, and rolling hills, most of them are actually venues for continuing the hard work they did in school.For young artists just emerging from art school or an MFA program, studio space may be prohibitively expensive, and leaving the nurturing bubble of school is daunting. Residencies can fill that gap—if these up-and-coming artists know which ones to apply for.

TALKING POINT: AUSTRIAN COLLECTIVE GELATIN'S PERFORMATIVE SCULPTURE... HAVING SEX WITH CLAY

Greene Naftali‘s latest exhibition “New York Golem” features the auspicious clay sculptures of Vienna-based art collective Gelatin (a.k.a. Gelitin).The group, which is known for its playful antics and propensity for the absurd, showcases more than 40 ceramic sculptures, each one placed atop plinths made of assembled materials like wood, metal, and random household objects. The press release gives us another clue to the formation of the work: “It bears marks of its creation in passion, molded by gelatin’s genitals and sometimes through the behind.”...

ARTFAIR NEWS: REPEAT ATTACKS @ SKULPTUR PROJEKTE MÜNSTER CREATE A PLAYGROUND FOR THIEVES AND VANDALS

There’s no end to the problems facing Skulptur Projekte Münster. The Nicole Eisenman ensemble created for the prestigious decennial has been vandalized for the second time in as many weeks, and technical equipment from Koki Tanaka’s project has been stolen.On the night of Monday, July 31, large parts of the technical equipment of Tanaka’s Provisional Studies: Workshop #7 How to Live Together and Sharing the Unknown were removed by thieves. The Skulptur Projekte press team have announced that Tanaka’s project on Johannisstrasse will be closed until new technology can be installed...

THE GLOBAL FORECAST: LIU BOLIN'S EXHIBITION "REVEALING DISAPPEARANCE" OPENING NEXT MONTH IN PARIS

For this coming September Galerie Paris-Beijing is pleased to present Revealing Disappearance, Liu Bolin latest solo exhibition witnessing the artist’s engagement on environmental issues.

Since the beginning of his career, ecology has been a central topic of Liu Bolin’s artistic production. In 2011 he braved the polluted waters of the Yellow River in one of the most industrialized regions of his country, two years ago he organized a collective performance at the edge of a large artificial forest aimed to stop the spreading of the Gobi desert in the Northern territories of China...