Thursday, April 24, 2014

Artist spot light: Lauren DiCioccio

This artist focuses her work on media that are becoming obsolete, such as newspapers, slides, etc. The following is her artist statement about one particular interesting series of works on newspaper. [taken from artist website]:

“As news-gathering departs from paper form and is conveyed instead through the television and internet, the newspaper becomes a nostalgic and old-fashioned object.  I describe the beauty of the ritual experience of newspaper-reading by describing the paper as a tactile and fragile object in the language of craft.  The pieces in this series are entire issues of The New York Times encased in hand-embroidered cotton muslin.  I select a photograph from the paper; usually a strong image suggestive of power, leadership or communication; and embroider the image onto the fabric, applying colors in a painterly way and layering line and thread.  Portions of the image remain as outline and threads tangle and unravel from the fabric”.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Artist spotlight: Willy Verginer

Willy Verginer is an Italian artist who utilizes woodcarving as his medium. His life-sized works are very realistic sculptures of people and animals, with an addition of a simplistic layer of color. They are entirely carved from one piece of linen wood; then painted with acrylic paint. The work is very surreal and puts his figures in very odd positions with unexpected gestures and objects. His use of color contradicts the realism and places the work into an alternate dream world. (All artwork is copyright of the artist).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Artist spotlight: Choi Xoo Ang

"Choi Xoo Ang is an emerging mixed media artist based out of Seoul, South Korea who creates figurative sculptures out of clay and resin that examines human rights, society’s pathological state, and sex and gender politics among other themes (Empty Kingdom, 2012)".