Dane Lovett

 

There’s not a lot of information to be found about Australian artist Dane Lovett, but all I need to know is that I like what I see in his work – particularly the pieces centered around plant-life. His latest is a series of two-color ultra-violet paintings that simultaneously make me think of greenhouses and backlights.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ray Pettibon

 

If the name Ray Pettibon sounds familiar to you, there may be a few reasons why:
1. His association with his brother’s band, Black Flag. He not only named them but designed the distinctive four bar logo.
2. His album cover artwork, like Sonic Youth’s Goo.
3. His prominence in the early 1980s in the southern California punk rock scene.

From an art perspective, Pettibon is known for his comic-like illustrations, usually done in India ink on paper, that often include violent or anti-authoritarian subject matter. In later years he’s also used collage in his works. I’m especially drawn to this collection of surf culture illustrations that was on display at Venus over Manhattan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jill Bliss / Nature Medleys

 

Jill Bliss has committed her days to studying and creating in the Salish Sea islands of Canada and Washington. She’s bought a parcel of land and plans to build a homestead on it to use as home base as she explores the Cascadia bioregion. And while Bliss explores it all, I’m partial to her Nature Medleys series – the temporary arrangement of mushrooms and plants that she then photographs.

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Anna Carey / In Search of Rainbows

 

At first look you might assume that these images by Australian artist Anna Carey were different rooms in an installation or maybe just a monochromatic house remodel, but you would be wrong because her work overlaps photography, model-making, film, and drawing. This spectrum study – In Search of Rainbows – feels especially appropriate following Pride, seven rooms recreated in miniature from rooms Carey found from properties on Google maps.

Through memory and imagination, she creates fictive architectural spaces based on familiar iconic architecture which she photographs. The camera lens magnifies the model with all its imperfections and reminds the viewer that the photograph has been constructed with a miniature materialized object. This aims to reawaken imaginations for the viewer by creating a space of stillness and reflection for one to drift between reality and daydreams – for rediscovering the universe that is inside ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Caroline Kaufman

 

When you grow up in West Virginia, a quilting and crafting hotspot, you quickly realize that clothing is a wearable canvas. Caroline Kaufman‘s tactile treasures are based on found beauty and the quirkiness of small treasures, her garments are known for their experimental textiles, hand painted prints, use of color, and all around playfulness. So much personality!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elisabeth McBrien

 

Even though it’s not officially summer until tomorrow, it feels like it’s already landed in full force. Elisabeth McBrien‘s oil paintings feel like perfectly encapsulated portraits of the season.

McBrien’s oil paintings reflect her interest in depicting the personal relationships that we share with nature, and the places that have had a part in shaping our identities. Preserving a simplicity in composition allows her to focus on the captivating interplay of light and color in her work, evoking a sense of presence and familiarity in the viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linden Eller

 

Linden Eller combines found fragments and personal elements to create floating abstract shapes sewn together with thread on paper. Themes of memory, its process, and layers of recollection are a central theme in her work, conveyed through the use of pale colors and tracing paper to create a hazy environment. Linden also communicates the melancholy in unresolved matters, like her brother’s autism, or natural losses.

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Emma-Leone Palmer / Paint Play Series

 

Emma-Leone Palmer paints faces, but what she strives to capture are the deep wells of feeling and emotion that run beneath the surface of their expressions. Her latest work, the Paint Play series, uses paint, lube, glitter, and water, the mediums smeared, dripped, flicked, and splashed onto the subject’s face to trigger reactions and emotions. It’s not premeditated, rather hundreds of photos are taken and the paintings made as a result.

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Julia Haft-Candell

 

Ceramicist Julia Haft-Candell‘s The Infinite examines the idea behind the title and concept through a series of two dozen black clay sculptures and five rock-like pieces constructed from the scraps of those sculptures, called Weights. Each looping variation features a pattern across its surface – wave, arch, chain, eye, weave, knot, or braid – and you can read more about each in the project’s accompanying glossary of terms and symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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