Jess Allen – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of recent paintings by Cornwall, UK-based artist Jess Allen. Her quiet still-life paintings capture snippets of domestic life, exploring themes of the everyday through the act of painting. She says: “‘Things’ do have meanings. I have begun to realize this particularly in relation to my book paintings. Maybe people are drawn to them, because they signify an engagement in reading, or the promise a book suggests. Additionally they could also act as a reminder of a certain person and a book which they loved.   In the recent shadow…

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Street Photographer Matt Stuart’s Incredibly Serendipitous Images Collected in a New Book

 Photography #books #humor #street photography All images © Matt Stuart, courtesy of Laurence King, shared with permission Armed with his Leica and an extraordinary amount of patience, Matt Stuart ventures through the streets of cities worldwide to capture the unexpected and coincidental moments of everyday life. His practice revolves around finding humor, play, and serendipity in the mundane, a skill he’s cultivated throughout his 25-year career and recounts in the recently released volume Think Like a Street Photographer. Published by Laurence King, the book pairs 100 of Stuart’s images…

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Jurassic Nature: Botanical Assemblages by Raku Inoue Recreate Dinosaurs in Leafy Layers

 Art Illustration #dinosaurs #leaves #nature #Raku Inoue July 11, 2022 Grace Ebert Dilophosaurus. All images © Raku Inoue, shared with permission In his ongoing Jurassic Nature series, Japanese artist Raku Inoue layers sprigs of kiwi vines, white spruce, and boxelder maple into miniature sculptural dinosaurs. The ribbed, veiny textures of the leaves mimic the reptilian skin of some of the most recognizable characters from the 1993 classic. Minimal in form and lush in construction, the creatures include a dandelion-headed brontosaurus, a stegosaurus with spiky raspberry leaves defining its back,…

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Cincinnati Art Museum Discovers That a Rare 16th Century Mirror Reveals a Hidden Image When Illuminated

 Art History #light #mirrors #religion July 14, 2022 Grace Ebert Buddhist bronze mirror, 15–16th century, China or Japan, bronze, Source Unknown, Cincinnati Art Museum, x 1961.2. All photos by Rob Deslongchamps, courtesy of Cincinnati Art Museum, shared with permission Prior to the ubiquity of the glass mirrors we use today, people often peered into polished bronze for a low-fi glimpse of their reflection. These objects often featured cast three-dimensional symbols or renderings on the side opposite the convex reflective surface, but another particularly artful subset also contained an added…

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Glenn Priestley – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Originally from Toronto, artist Glenn Priestley spent his formative years in Scarborough, Ontario, where he attended the Vocational Arts Program at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute and graduated from the Ontario College of Fine Arts Programme. He has since taught drawing and painting at numerous institutions, most notably in the drawing and painting department at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD) from 1989 through 1996, when he left Ontario and moved with his family to Fredericton, New Brunswick. Over the years, Priestley has been represented by several galleries and participated in…

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Two Curtains of 30,000 Prescription Lenses Cast a Distorted Water-Like Glimmer Across a Beijing Gallery

 Art #Caitlind r.c. Brown #found objects #glasses #installation #Wayne Garrett July 25, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of PIKOU, shared with permission Suspended from an undulating metal rod, two translucent patchwork curtains of prescription eyeglasses evoke the gleaming shimmer of a waterfall. The disorienting installation is the second in a series of optical works by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett (previously), who created a smaller kinetic piece centered around the concept of collective vision back in 2015. Larger in scale and greater in material than…

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Barton Lewis – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of work by Illinois-born, New York City-based photographer and filmmaker Barton Lewis. After making a film about the wall cuts in the New York City subway in 2017, Barton began documenting them as large format stills. The photo project features a variety of panels, found in New York City subway stations, where print advertising is displayed. As Barton explains: “Transit workers remove or paper over posters; ‘subway artists’ tear layers to create collage-like effects and add graffiti; time passes and paper deteriorates. The results are a revolving display…

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Jonathon Downing – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Based near Detroit, Michigan, artist Jonathon Downing merges his loves of basketball and classical figure painting in the creation of his uncanny portraits. Simultaneously grand and intimate, Downing’s singular aesthetic stems from his background in photo montage. He depicts his subjects—uncanny fusions of various portraits—draped in the jerseys of their favorite players, exploring themes of grandeur, perseverance, and the relationship between idol and idolizer. “My paintings aim to depict subjects that are simultaneously monstrous amalgamations of portraiture and honest, complex readings of people,” Downing explains. “These subjects are naturally seen…

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Ruth Murray – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Ruth Murray is a figurative painter living and working in Manchester, UK. Working in a realist style, Murray’s detailed paintings are about the experiences of women. Sometimes evoking feelings of alienation and paranoia, or exploring issues around self-conception or social status, her paintings feature women and girls in various scenes, both at home and in nature. She elaborates:  “There is a tense feeling to some of these paintings, but I also look for the quiet beauty in mourning or isolation, so there can be a kind of languorous, contemplative aspect…

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Through Organic Sculptural Furniture, Artist Nacho Carbonell Channels the Sensual Details of the Mediterranean

 Art #furniture #glass #sculpture #trees #wood June 29, 2022 Grace Ebert “One-Seater Concrete Tree” (2022), metal mesh, cork, steel, concrete, light fittings, 139 3/4 x 74 3/4 x 112 1/4 inches Evoking the textures and colors of his native Valencia, the sculptural furniture pieces by Spanish artist Nacho Carbonell are sensual interpretations of life in the Mediterranean. A bulbous, metal mesh canopy sprouts from a rugged pink seat, small wooden sticks comprise the sinuous patterns on a buffet, and a vibrant mosaic takes the form of a headphone-shaped lamp.…

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