Fill in the Blank Gallery , Kristen , Painting , Sculpture
Tags: artist interview, complexity, fail, gravity, mara baker, sponges, straws, systems
“In my Installations I purposefully choose to use fragile materials and form tenuous relationships between them. These relationships often have the outcome of perceived failure. The water can’t fight the twenty feet of gravity; the tubing system can’t sustain the pressure and leaks, or the sponges are unable to absorb enough moisture. Yet in this failure, I am forced to accept the ambiguity of an unknown outcome and revel in the complexity which foretells this assured failure.”
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Lopez is a graphic designer and illustrator from Colombia. Her style is playful yet mature, in both style and subject matter. Although many of her works could be viewed as children’s illustrations from a distance, a closer look shows the subtle juxtaposition of soft and hard that give an unexpected—adult—humor to her works.
Ana’s illustrations were featured in a book called The Garden of Eye Candy from Gingko Press, a book that “introduces us to immaculate illustrations that enshroud the viewer’s perception and give flight to the imagination with each adventure and every character presented.” The book is available for purchase through the Gingko Press website.
To see more of her work visit her website: www.cabizbaja.com
Kristen , Painting
Tags: 20x200, abstractions, anna zemakova, dream-like, fauves, Ian Carpenter, joseph yoakum, landscapes, nicolas de stael, NY, Painting, paul klee, society of six
Ian Carpenter is a painter from Brooklyn, NY who works mostly in colorful abstractions of dream-like landscapes. His works are playful with simple brushstrokes that create unexpected complexity and wonderment in the final product. He lists his influences as Paul Klee and Nicolas De Stael, art collectives like the Fauves and The Society of Six, and various outsider artists like Joseph Yoakum and Anna Zemankova.
Follow the artist’s blog for new paintings or buy a print from 20×200.
Heather Lightbody (Girl With a Hook) is completely and totally obsessed with yarn. She loves all the textures and colors…sometimes she finds herself thinking about yarn all day long. She is also obsessed with handspun yarn. All of her creations are made with handspun yarn, much of which she spins herself.
Heather has been crocheting hats for 7 years now. She also crochets headbands, shrugs and scarves. “It’s become my life and my art. My ideas start as one thing and always seem to morph into something else by the time the end is near. That’s just how i work…the yarn and my mood show me where the hat should go,” she says.
To check out more of her amazing creations, you can go to her etsy page or to see even more examples of her work check out her flickr.
In the past 10 years Chiho Aoshima has made quite a splash in the world of Japanese pop art. Her large scale fantasyscapes frequently depict surreal nature scenes incorporating images of young women and otherworldly beings. She has no formal art training, but is a master of her computerized techniques. Her technologically dependent style of image making falls directly inline with the Japanese pop art aesthetic, and her complex layering of color, culture, and cuteness combine to create truly enchanting and twisted views of the world.
Chiho Aoshima is a member of the Kaikai Kiki Collective of artists. Check out their site for more of her images and links to a bunch of other super cool “Superflat” art!