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Monday, April 14, 2014

Breathing Lesson

Breathing Lesson

Jovencio De La Paz is a Chicago based artist who works throughout disciplines which surround aspects of performance, collaboration, and materiality. He explores themes of time, site-specificity, and interaction. The four works below show how he creates these delicate reflective spaces that ask chance, others, and the laws of the universe to play with him. In Breathing Lesson, he tasks a balance to weigh breathing patterns of a fan, one person, and two people. Winter Frost is another balancing act as the two make tense and elegant motions focusing on keeping the object from falling off of a sheet of glass. Nantan Metorite Falling Slowly places a piece of a meteorite in a dark bowl and mimics its travel pattern across the earth, and I love how he explains his ideas behind Sewing the Surface of the Water,

"In residency at the Ox Bow School of Art, much of my time was spent in deep contemplation of the atmosphere and the curvature of the Earth on the surface of Lake Michigan. Napping in a canoe, wondering at the dome of the sky, I liked to imagine with every inhale and exhale, the atmosphere would rise and fall where its breast touched the vastness of interplanetary space, like a bellows. All the amalgamated breathing on the planet, pushing and pulling at the outermost membrane of the sky."

Breathing Lesson

Winter Frost

Nantan Meteorite Falling Slowly

Sewing the Surface of the Water

Monday, March 31, 2014

Don't Worry, Baby

Installation of performance objects, May 2012, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

Hope Esser is a Chicago based artist who works in performance, video, sculpture, and costume. Her work is a humorous yet earnest exploration of ephemerality, the romantic, and personal fiction and history. In her videos below, Don't Worry, Baby and Soap and Anchor, she utilizes self-altered footwear to successfully engage with conflict. These activities may seem futile and abstract, but are beautiful reflections on self-motivated growth, healing, and fulfillment. 

"I draw from a personal bank of childhood imagery, iconography, and script, and desecrate them through play. By invoking repetition and juxtaposition in unexpected settings, innocent, adolescent pastimes become macabre struggles to maintain stability." -HE 
(Source: http://velocitydancecenter.org/stance/2012/topography/)



Monday, March 17, 2014

Series of Vulnerable Arrangements

Haegue Yang is a visual artist who works between Berlin, Germany and Seoul, South Korea. I had the pleasure of attending her lecture at the Henry Art Gallery last month and ever since I've been internalizing her work. Her Series of Vulnerable Arrangements was the most resonating piece for me. She did multiple installations in various cities which all discuss the sensory and abstract quality of narratives. In her Utrecht version, she combined infrared heaters, fans, lights, timers, and scents in a small area to evoke effects that would give off temporal and instant experiences. Stories inspire her work but she appropriates them in a way that leaves their skeletal structures bare.

"So concrete, almost impossible to share with each other, but so basic in a bodily sense". -HY

Series of Vulnerable Arrangements – Version Utrecht
Installation, aluminum Venetian blinds (black) with various sensory devices and cable

Light element:
Relational Irrelevance

Globe floor lamp (height: 190 cm, diameter: 35 cm), spotlight, timer
Humidity element:
Handful of Obscurity

Humidifier, metal chain, timer
Temperature element:
Possible Synonym of Squandering

2 infrared heaters, timer
Wind element:
Anonymous Movement

Industrial floor fan, timer
Scent element:
Almost Exhausted, Becoming Intro Time Machine

2 scent emitters (Wood Fire and Fresh Linen)

Courtesy of Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin

Installation view at Unevenly, BAK – basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2006
Photo: Ernst Moritz, © 1857, Oslo 


Series of Vulnerable Arrangements – Shallow Hollow Shadow

7 light sculptures
Collection of Amorepacific Museum of Art, Yongin, South Korea
Installation view at Eurasia. Geographic cross-overs in Art, museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Rovereto, Italy, 2008
Photo: Roman März

Series of Vulnerable Arrangements -- Version Cologne

6 light sculptures, IV stands, light bulbs, cable, mirror

Collection of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Installation view at Models for Tomorrow, Europäische Kunsthalle, StattHotel, Cologne, 2007
Photo: Natalie Czech/VG Bildkunst, Wolfgang Breuer, and the artist

Monday, March 3, 2014


Sisters / Porcelain bowl, silk, thread / 6.25" Dia x 2.5" H 

Diem Chau is a Seattle artist who works with everyday materials to discuss themes of storytelling and its inevitable influence on our collective and individual psyches. 

"Vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture, and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint"

Simply gorgeous.

Hand / Porcelain plate, silk, thread / 4.5" Dia

Braids / Porcelain bowl, silk, thread / 6.25" Dia x 2.5" H


Boy and Girl / Carved crayons & wood base / 3" W x 3.5" H x 3"D

Monday, February 17, 2014

To see into the interior of stars

The tree told me so...
Sand, wood, photographs, silver leaf, magnets, iron filings, mirrors, ink
Three month installation in the 5,600 square foot Church of St. Lawrence 
in Klatovy, Czech Republic.

Olga Ziemska is a sculptor who lives and works in Ohio. After reading her poetic statement I've started to see a common thread between her works, which I think are reminiscent of what Romain Rolland referred to as the oceanic feeling of limitless, the feeling of being one drop of water in the ocean, of being in and of the universe. The scale of her works vary but in each one is a quality of silence and her titles are left open ended as the viewer is asked to wonder. As she puts it, "Probing the inner pieces of atoms to see into the interior of stars."


How i learned to listen...
Conch shell, clay, paint
Dimensions vary; 12" x 5"

Locally reclaimed birch logs, plaster hand casts
9' x 6" x 16'

Monday, February 3, 2014

Two years old

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH AND CRY turned 2 years old on February 1st!
This project continues to be a creative outlet in researching art that I admire and a great writing exercise. Thanks for your generous support and attention! 

Today's edition is a recap of favorite posts determined by statistical popularity & overall response.
I present to you the top 6:

February 27, 2012: Ger van Elk 

November 13, 2012: Nina Katchadourian

Mended Spiderweb #8

March 11, 2013: Joey Veltkamp

2012 Blanket Drawings 

April 1, 2013: Maggie Carson Romano 

Salted View

May 13, 2013: Alyson Provax

May 27, 2013: Muireann Brady

See you next next Monday for a new post!

Monday, January 20, 2014

"That wrongness is right to me"

Saya Moriyasu is a Seattle-based artist who attributes her Japanese and American upbringing to her mixing and matching of styles including chinoiserie, Americana, and Buddhism. She works in ceramics, installations and paints to "create open stories". She challenges preconceived notions of taste whether kitschy or fine by combining elements of high and low culture and does so in a way that it doesn't detract from the overarching themes in her work which seem to include elements of universality, consumerism, and harmony between her unique and beautiful aesthetic of right and wrong.

Generations-500 human years in dogs + trade, 2010porcelain, glaze, and underglaze, 19 feet x 12 inches

"To create these miniature sculptures, Moriyasu cast each dog from the last: in other words, she made one sculpture, casting it in plaster. When clay is fired, it shrinks 5-10 percent. So when she cast the next one, it was from a slightly smaller version of the first.
She kept repeating this process over and over, purposefully engaging the shrinkage as part of the project.
Along the way, you have to consider: is something lost with each generation?" - more from City Arts

Gallery4Culture, box set edition, 2006
"The works was inspired by the experience of fine dining and waiters as observers of other people’s lives."

2008, clay, glaze, wallpaper, ribbon and epoxy, 5 ½”x6”x3”

"From the series,​ Oriental / Occidental. Inspired by antique malls’ unlikely pairings, I create sculptures with Asian maidens and French poodles."


This is her beautiful studio (DROOL)


If you're in the International District go to The Wing Luke Museum to see her wind-chime sculpture, Sweet Hello