Artist Luka Fineisen Brings Bubbles To The Gallery With A Beautiful Installation

'Bubbles' by Luka Fineisen

I know what you’re thinking and no, somebody hasn’t been blowing big bubbles in an art gallery! Sure I featured Nicholas Hanna’s incredible bubble devices a couple of weeks ago but these are very different types of bubbles. In fact, they’re not even bubbles at all, they’re beautiful sculptures made from plastic by the talented German artist Luka Fineisen.

'Bubbles' by Luka Fineisen

'Bubbles' by Luka Fineisen

Fineisen’s work is frequently interested in the scientific world, with her ambitious sculptural projects often investigating processes like thermodynamics and other similar instances of transitional found within nature. I love how she takes the ephemeral beauty of a bubble and then captures it to last forever. The results are rather striking and no doubt are even better in real life.

'Bubbles' by Luka Fineisen

'Bubbles' by Luka Fineisen

You can view a PDF of the artist’s work online here. Feel free to also thank me for not making a ‘pop art’ joke throughout this post!

Philip Kennedy

October 10, 2014 / By

‘All the President’s Children’ – A New Series of Paintings by Jaclyn Conley

All the President's Children by Jaclyn Conley

All the President's Children by Jaclyn Conley

All the President’s Children is the name of a new series of paintings by the Canadian artist Jaclyn Conley. Beautifully loose with vivid colors, Conley’s work is just a joy to see. For Conley, her starting point is always photography and she is constantly in search of suitable images to use as starting points for her work. Through her collecting and archiving of old images she then begins to find links and connections between certain images. Through these associations, a starting point for a new body of work slowly starts to emerges.

All the President's Children by Jaclyn Conley

This current series is based on images sourced from the Presidential Library Archives. Here, Conley has focused on the faces of children in crowds. She crops these from photographs of large crowds at political gatherings. The results are great. Her paintings are pared down and refined, almost to a point of abstraction. It’s a wonderful series and I highly recommend you check it out in full on her website.

All the President's Children by Jaclyn Conley

All the President's Children by Jaclyn Conley

Philip Kennedy

October 7, 2014 / By

David Benjamin Sherry’s Mono-Color Landscapes Are Far From Monotonous

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New York’s illustrious photography gallery, Danziger, has inaugurated its new space at 521 West 23rd Street with the first NYC showing of David Benjamin Sherry’s mono-color landscapes. Featuring a series of photographs that Sherry shot over the course of 2013 and 2014, it’s a heartfelt look at the world in a post modern sense. Having turned classic American landscapes into panoramas of vast and vivid color, Sherry’s renditions reminds us the importance of color in design and how much it can influence the perception of your work. The body of work is stunning and its presentation falls inline with the recent release of Sherry’s book.

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David Benjamin Sherry was born in 1981 in Woodstock, NY and currently lives and works out of Los Angeles. Having received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale University, he has seen much success and presented forth an impressive body of medium challenging work. I’ve heard him referred to as the modern day Ansel Adams. If that’s not saying a lot, then I don’t know what is.

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You can view his art as a part of the permanent collections at the Wexner Center of the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Saatchi Collection, London. Sherry’s most recent success occurred just last month, where he published Earth Changes in collaboration with Mörel Books, London. The book challenges categorical photography ideologies and questions photography’s truth.

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In his latest, Sherry used a traditional handmade wooden camera and shot with the beloved f/64 aperture (admired by classics like Edward Weston and the aforementioned Adams). Sherry adds his signature chromogenic hues by then altering the film in the darkroom. These exaggerated hues are simultaneously surreal, monochrome, and painterly.

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Often acidic and futuristic, they implore the viewer to question the classic landscapes and the role of nature in the world, or rather, what role we have towards nature. This work demonstrates that Sherry is not only a master of bold, sensual color, but also exploration, as seen by the West and SouthWestern American landscapes he reimagines. He portrays geological phenomena such as rock formations and sand dunes with those vivid and unexpected colors, which are a departure from their natural presentation.

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Strolling through the gallery you begin to feel a rhythm to the show, as directed by Sherry’s syncopated palettes of color. It’s a direct engagement with the viewer and an invitation to turn the mind’s eye inward. Sherry’s landscapes remind us, without preaching, of the inherent value that exists in nature—what it offers, what it represents, and ultimately, its ability to connect us to a broader experience. You can even goes as far as concluding that the tones, in combination with the landscapes, are critical of mankind’s relationship to recent climate change.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike… This natural beauty – hunger is made manifest … in our magnificent National Parks … Nature’s sublime wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world.”
– John Muir

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I could probably take a page from Sherry’s book and not be so preachy about our relationship with Earth, but seeing works such as the photographs on show at Danziger fill me with passion and insight that I can’t resist. It’s so refreshing to see artists such as Sherry take another look at such a classic and beloved medium, and stock it loaded with contemporary commentary. A must see.

Sherry’s work is on show till October 25th. If you’re unable to drop by, you can order his new book here.

Nick Partyka

October 1, 2014 / By

Next Level Risograph Prints and Postcards by Bienvenue Publishing

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Bienvenue Publishing is a Zurich based group who are creating some really lovely prints and postcards that are extremely lovely and affordable. Their work is handprinted in limited editions using almost exclusively risography, which allows them to apply each color individually and ensures a high luminosity.

My personal favorite is their print series titled Riverstones (above) which in a vague sense look like stones but in a very artistic, abstract way. As mentioned about it’s all about the amazing colors they’re able to get with these prints that makes them truly shine, literally and figuratively. I’m also impressed with their Morbid Being prints, a series of fighting fish photographed from above.

You can shop their full collection of products by heading on over to their online shop.

Bienvenue Publishing

Bienvenue Publishing

Bienvenue Publishing

Bobby Solomon

September 30, 2014 / By

Scott Albrecht Reflects on Time, Perception and Interconnectivity Through A New Body of Work

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We’re big fans of the Brooklyn-based artist Scott Albrecht so we were very excited to discover that he has been busy recently working on a brand new body of work. Incorporating woodwork, hand-drawn type and and geometric collage, Scott has continued to produce interesting and engaging art which always feels fresh and unique.

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Scotty Albrecht

This latest series was made for an upcoming solo exhibition that will open in Philadelphia’s Art in the Age this Friday (October 3rd). Titled The Distance Between Two Points, the show explores themes of time, perception and inter-connectivity. Scott says that his goal was to create work with layers of meaning. His approach was holistic, with each piece functioning individually yet collectively they convey a larger message.

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Scotty Albrecht

I love Scott’s approach to the way he uses different mediums. He’s never afraid to try new things yet this never detracts from his distinctive style. I particularly like his latest series called Situations (some images featured above). Here he paints mostly in black and white (with small accents of teal and coral appearing in other images) and a motif of an eye runs through the entire set of images. This symbolizes observation and personal experience. I love the graphic sensibility of this work and together they form a wonderfully striking series.

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The Distance Between Two Points opens at Philadelphia’s Art in the Age on October 3rd and runs until the 31st.

Philip Kennedy

September 30, 2014 / By

Barnes & Webb Employ a Creative Solution to Help the Honeybees

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You may have noticed that bees have been popping up here and there and the Fox is Black recently. Why? Quite simply: they’re important, not only to our own well-being but for that of the greater Earth too. Unfortunately in recent years their numbers have been dropping and their environments disrupted. Barnes & Webb of London have come up with a wholly creative solution that attempts to mitigate the issue. Their service offers bees right in your backyard and all the delicious honey that comes with doing so. What grabbed my attention was their detail to design, branding, and the arts, as they cleverly combine the three in order to uplift their service and aid the honeybee’s plight.

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Apes curamus et nos curant (we look after honey bees and they look after us); the tiny insects are integral to the environment but also economies. In the past 60 years, the number of honeybee colonies has fallen drastically from six million to two-and-a-half million present. According to the US Department of agriculture, one mouth in three benefits from honeybee pollination. That’s huge. How huge? As of June, President Obama launched a task force tasked with protecting the bees, investing $50m into research and action to combat the decline.

Environmental responsibility is becoming a popular public affair and more light is being shed on the honeybee issue. It’s businesses like Barnes & Webb that demonstrate, quite optimistically, how we can tackle these topics with a flair of creativity.

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Barnes & Webb install and manage beehives across London, providing raw, local honey and all the pleasures of urban beekeeping without any of the hassle. The concept is more or less as a result of a key insight: you don’t have to have 100 acres to help the honeybee. Every lawn, every yard, and even rooftops can pitch in. When it comes to honeybees, the smallest change can affect the global food supply—so customers can rest assured knowing they’re making a valuable contribution.

The creative approach trickles down into the product itself too. The package design is smart, clean, and minimal, which makes a traditional product feel modern and makes honey and the honeybee stand out on your shelves or kitchen cupboards. Engaging and proactive.

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Aside from the packaging, Barnes & Webb work with local talent to further help their brand stand out and place the honeybee on a pedestal. They’ve collaborated with designer Anthony Burrill to produce a one off print and identity, which the brand uses extensively, from posters to advertising. They’ve also seen commercial work be produced on behalf of Olivia Whitworth, an English architect turned illustrator, who adds charm and personality to the company’s image.

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The fun doesn’t stop at their packaging or advertising—just last week over 30 artists and illustrators created unique artworks that went on display and were auctioned off to fund the company’s not-for-profit campaign activities. Of the talent featured was Burrill, Edward Monaghan, Jean Julilen, Essy May, Adrian Johnson, Robert Hunter, Jody Barton, Stevie Gee, and more.

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Connecting bee lovers and keepers, artists, designers, environmentalists, and the wider public, Barnes & Webb use these events to ultimately raise awareness on the issues faced by the honeybee and other important pollinators. They believe in “combining the creativity, knowledge and passion of individuals and organizations to create initiatives that benefit the bees and our environment. A powerful network for positive change.”

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While it’s often easy to get cynical when it comes to environmental affairs, Barnes & Webb’s approach is refreshingly optimistic. Their service demonstrates that the issue can be aided with creativity and design.

Whether we like it or not we have a duty towards the planet, as recent years have seen us leave a negative impact. What many forget is that we therefore have the power to incur the inverse and work towards responsibly inhabiting what we’ve come to know as home. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, right? I believe Barnes & Webb are on the forefront of this positive change, their approach will serve to hopefully inspire others.

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The aforementioned collaboration and event was the first of many that the Barnes & Webb has planned. Follow the brand’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updates on forthcoming events.

Nick Partyka

September 24, 2014 / By

Ethan Cook is a Painter Without Paint

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Brooklyn based artist Ethan Cook is a painter that doesn’t paint… or at least, he doesn’t paint in any traditional way. Instead, his work is deeply concerned in exploring the elemental aspects of painting. At the heart of what he does lies a desire to investigate and deconstruct the physical elements that make up paintings themselves.

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Cook is an artist who is interested in materials. His visual outcomes are derived from the materials he uses and for Cook, that means that painting is as much about canvas as it is about paint. It is through this belief that he produces his own material; creating his own canvas through a rather labor-intensive process with a loom.

In the work shown here we can see examples of the artist mixing canvas with canvas. It emphasizes the fundamental elements of the art and also brings a beautiful mix of textures and tones.

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While his work may be constructed through a rigid set of rules and restrictions, there’s also a beautiful understated minimalism in his compositions that can’t be ignored. While his work may explore rather interesting questions about the very nature of the image the formal qualities of his work are just as engaging. I love the confidence and the restraint in this work.

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See more from Cook here.

Philip Kennedy

September 23, 2014 / By

Ani Kasten’s ‘In The Rough’, Now On View at Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles

Ani Kasten at Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles

A couple weeks ago I stopped by the Heath Ceramics in Los Angeles for the opening of In The Rough, a new ceramics show featuring the work of Ani Kasten. Her work is a balance of roughness and delicacy with many of her glazes replicating the textures of nature, like tree bark or dried up river beds. Complimenting this texture though is always this smooth whiteness or a rigid grid of lines that make seems bring an order to the abstract roughness. Kasten says as much about her work:

The shapes and surface treatments take their influence from plants, water, rocks and clay, as well as from architecture, industry and machinery. The forms integrate these sometimes opposite sensibilities into a composed landscape, such as a stand of bamboo-like, truncated cylinders, perforated with small windows to look like corroded skyscrapers, or a simple, pure form such as a smooth sphere, marked on its surface with an off-center, wandering imprint, like bird tracks in the sand. The pieces are often truncated, off-center, weathered and perforated, combining natural movement and an apparent state of organic deterioration that invokes the cycle of life, death, decay.

The show is on display until October 5th and pieces are available on the Heath website.

Ani Kasten at Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles

Ani Kasten at Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles

Ani Kasten at Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles

Ani Kasten at Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles

Ani Kasten at Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles

Ani Kasten at Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles

Bobby Solomon

September 23, 2014 / By

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