Derrick Velasquez

 

I’m crazy about the work of Derrick Velasquez! Layers upon layers upon layers of interest.

My most recent work deals with forces projected onto manufactured and industrially engineered materials. Some of these forces are natural, such as an accumulated weight created by gravity, and some are more forced like tension applied by testing an object’s flexibility to its breaking point. The demands put on these materials reveal and obscure structures of both their intended consumer use and the qualities of the material itself.  By the use of marine vinyl, masonite, handmade half-scale 2X4s, plywood, and found objects, I aim to question the way we physically interact with the tangible and manufactured structures of everyday life. Through an investigative manipulation that observes and skews nominal measurements, my work teases out our psychological relation to the dimensions and conditions given by such materials. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Wood

 

Chris Wood describes her profession as light artist, which is pretty badass. Using both high and low tech optical materials to create her simple kinetic sculptures, Wood is able to harness light. She often uses a material invented by NASA, dichroic is a colorless material that filters and reflects wavelengths of light, creating a huge variety of rainbow shadows and projections in the process.

 

 

 

 

 

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Uta Barth

 

Uta Barth has a wide breadth of work that is ever-evolving with influences of painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. Engagement and perception play big roles in her work, exploring the way the human eye might view something versus the camera, and Barth’s latest two projects – In the Light and Shadow of Morandi and Untitled 2017 – press her forward on that journey. In the first she pays homage to Morandi’s love of repetition, light, and form, while in the second Barth’s focus is on attention to detail in photography.

 

 

 

 

 

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Do Ho Suh

 

Korean artist Do Ho Suh is known for his site-specific installations. In Passage/s he used stainless steel pipes and polyester fabric to explore the idea of home as both a physical structure and an experience, meticulously recreating the places he’s lived. In the summer of 2016 Suh used thin paper to cover the interior of an entire four story townhouse, then covered his fingers in pastels and rubbed down the entire place. Effectively that means he left a piece of himself behind in the Rubbing/Loving Project. His plan is to mount the rubbings on wooden panels and create a scale model of the house. I love his attachment to places and find it incredibly relatable – what will we see next from Do Ho Suh? I can’t wait.

 

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Benoit

 

Don’t you want to put one of these in your mouth and suck on it like candy? These mixed media installation pieces by Michelle Benoit combine lucite, wood, paint, and mixed media before being assembled, adhered, and recut into their final forms. The bold, saturated colors make my mouth water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Knapp

 

Think it’s all been done before? Take a note from Stephen Knapp who created lightpaintings, a medium that’s been called one of the first new art mediums of the twenty-first century. Formed at the intersection of painting, sculpture, and architecture, lightpaintings are intangible, multi-dimensional compositions that need an entire room to be experienced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roza Khamitova

 

When you’re a fashion designer who ends up with too much inspiration you take it to the obvious place, your own bathroom. Roza Khamitova, who has clothing line Shovava, started by adhering her illustrations to the stark white bathroom walls and then connected them with more drawings. After working through bubbling paper and varnishes, her bathroom is a virtual forest full of birds, greenery, and more. I guess it’s always a good idea to have a fallback career!

 

 

 

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Margaret Honda

 

I’d be happy if the windows in my home looked like the ones in this Margaret Honda installation at Künstlerhaus Bremen, a part of An Answer to ‘Sculptures’. She used a variety of lighting filters to creating this spectacular rainbow of glass and the result is nothing short of smile-inducing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jim Osman

 

The word that comes to mind when I view Jim Osman‘s sculptures and installations is this – balance. In physicality, in use of color, and in viewing. Nearly all of Jim’s work uses wood, paper, paper, and hardware for stability, in the end reminding me of the most stunning game of Jenga.

 

 

 

 

 

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Claire Trotignon

 

French artist Claire Trotignon employs drawing, collage, screen-printing, and installation as she explores the concept of space through architecture, landscape, and mapping. Claire says her inspiration comes from “everywhere at any moment” and cites music, film, travel, and books as notable sources.

 

 

 

 

 

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