Aiming to Make Art More Accessible and Diverse, Apostrophe Puzzles Releases Artist-Designed Jigsaws

 Art Design #puzzles January 13, 2022 Grace Ebert Liz Flores. All images © Apostrophe Puzzles, shared with permission Apostrophe Puzzles is at the nexus of art and accessibility. Founder Mandi Masden launched the Brooklyn-based company in 2019 with the goal of making the works usually confined to galleries, museums, and the collections of wealthy patrons more affordable to average consumers. “I am really aiming to utilize puzzles to bridge the gap of accessibility to fine art and to make art collecting something everyone can participate in,” she explains. The…

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Imaginative Glass Specimens Are Suspended in Jars in Steffen Dam’s Cabinets of Curiosities

 Art #glass #jellyfish #sculpture #sea creatures January 13, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Heller Gallery Held in tall, transparent jars are recreations of tiny jellyfish with wispy tentacles, plankton, and other delicate sea creatures by Danish artist Steffen Dam (previously). He sculpts the miniature organisms in glass and displays the exquisite creations in wooden boxes or medicine cases that evoke the 16th Century wunderkammers or cabinets of curiosities. Generally in the possession of aristocrats and monarchs, these encyclopedic collections predated museums and held objects that were valuable…

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“Paper Suns” by Artist Livien Yin

Livien Yin is a second-generation Chinese American artist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her ongoing series, “Paper Suns,” explores the history of Chinese migration to the U.S. during the years of the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1943). Featuring fictionalized portraits of early immigrants, the work is inspired by the Chinese-born “paper sons and daughters,” who became U.S. citizens by obtaining forged documents stating that they were children of already citizenized Chinese Americans. She imagines what their identities could have looked like, in spite of the limitations experienced by many at the time.…

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Teeming with Leaves and Grasses, Oil Paintings Cloaked in Lush Foliage Evoke the Forest Floor

 Art #oil painting #painting #plants January 14, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © JA Paunkovic, shared with permission Thick foliage in shades of green sprout from every inch of JA Paunkovic’s canvases. The Serbian husband-and-wife duo of Jelena and Aleksandar render luxuriant scenes brimming with realistic plant life. Patches of verdant grasses, shrubs, and flowering specimens sprawl across the oil-based works, which mimic the lush patches of vegetation that the pair encounters while hiking.  “Visiting (a) new environment becomes material that will later serve us in the studio as…

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‘The House’ Is a Mysterious Animated Trilogy Following Three Generations of Stop-Motion Characters

 Animation #puppets #stop motion #video January 14, 2022 Grace Ebert A destitute family, an uneasy property developer, and an unrealistic landlady clinging to the past all find themselves grappling with control when they inhabit The House. The mysterious dwelling is the titular character of Netflix’s new three-part series that brings some of the most promising names of stop-motion animation to the major television platform. Created at Nexus Studios, the dark comedy is a collaboration between Emma de Swaef and Marc Roels (previously), Niki Lindroth von Bahr, and Paloma Baeza,…

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