While most art can be considered handmade, there are certain pieces that beg a closer look at the details. Artist Katy Horan’s mixed media paintings fall into this category. At first glance, one might notice her affinity for regal-looking ladies adorned in antique lace, but upon closer inspection her materials tell an even deeper story.
When approaching handmade week I wanted to be able to explore many diverse ideas of what handmade can mean. Sure, it could be some nice cups you’d find on Etsy, but it can also be high art. This is especially true of the work of Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, who does truly incredible things with the simplest of materials: salt.
On the heels of his massive autobiographical undertaking of a show at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Gary Baseman came to New York for the launch of his contribution to The Guest, a series of figures created for high-end porcelain house Lladro, designed by artist Jaime Hayon. Following prior contributions to the series by Tim Biskup and Japanese studio Devilrobots, Baseman’s Guest figures arrived fashionably late.
Julian Kreimer is a Brooklyn-based artist and critic who paints both observational and abstract work. His observational paintings are particularly beautiful. Created en plein air, these landscapes are simple observations yet Kreimer’s style seems to imbue them with something greater. His palette is often muted and his brushstrokes almost haphazard, yet with simple strokes and a keen understanding of light and color he creates incredibly beautiful paintings.
Before a roller coaster starts, there’s a wonderful moment of anticipation. It’s the time when you might be a bit anxious, although some folks are very anxious, and you’re uncomfortable maybe because of your own anxiety, but probably because you’re tightly tucked between a hard plastic seat and the bar that keeps you from falling out of the plastic seat and dying. You can’t know the first time you ride the coaster what it will be like to fly through space on the track ahead of you. The possibilities are endless.