Tomorrow is your last chance to catch "Chiaroscuro - The Line in Between" on display! These bold, colorful "naturescapes" express the contrast between light and dark.
Image: Taha Benadada, "Hope," Oil on Canvas
Thank's to @columbus_collects who posted an older piece of mine called "Empress Orchid"! I haven't seen this piece in forever or it's owner @kmkikta. Head over to @columbus_collects & checkout other great artists works! #asseenincolumbus#columbuscollects#artmakescbus
"Portrait of a Girl" by Christian Faur is based on a portrait of Julia Jackson made by British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron in 1867. Julia Jackson was Cameron's niece and the mother of Virginia Woolf.
Cameron was known for her soft, dreamy, closely-cropped portraits of celebrities. She approached photography as an art rather than a science, which was a very unconventional and unpopular concept during the Victorian era.
"Across a wide range of approaches - sometimes powered by new technology, sometimes simply by their imaginations - artists and designers alike are dramatically expanding the possibilities for furniture," says @glenn_adamson, co-curator of WHEN ATTITUDES BECOME CHAIRS, our exhibition on view now through January 20, 2019. Featuring 16 artists and designers, the exhibition is a showcase of the transformation of the world of furniture design. We are open this weekend Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. @friedman_benda #contemporaryart#whenattitudesbecomechairs#marcbenda#furnituredesign#design#furniture#chairs#arteducation#arttech#artmakescbus
Recently, I signed papers on the largest and most important purchase I've ever made, and this beauty came into my life. This instrument has made an unbelievable difference in not just the quality, but the overall enjoyment of my playing. It has inspired me to take on repertoire that has eluded me for years, and I could not he happier. I am in love.
One of the things I'll be trying to do to celebrate this addition to my life is host regular music nights at my house. The first evening is in the works now, and I'll be sending out invites soon - keep an eye out and let me know if you want to be invited!
Rob Jones, St. Kathleen Ruin, 2015, mixes media. Kikta-Linn Collection. I met Rob in real life at a professional development for teachers and spilled a Diet Coke all over him. I had know his work for years, but had never met him. And behold! He was a fellow art teacher who I realized later that evening was THEE Rob Jones! Rob is a prolific artist. A brilliant teacher. And a hell of a guy. I’ve never seen someone produce like him. It is truly awesome the range he explores. A beautiful mind. @uncle_gutbucket #columbuscollects#columbuscollectsguesttakeover#artmakescbus
Cyrus Fire, Empress Orchid, 2011, Acrylic on canvas. Kikta-Linn Collection. Cyrus is pretty much the nicest human you could meet. I met him at Urban Scrawl in the early years of the festival and was blown away by his work. His imagination is inspiring. His use of color is beautiful. His subjects are always interesting. @cyrus.fire #assceenincolumbus#columbuscollects#columbuscollectsguesttakeover#artmakescbus
Ashley Voss (Coreroc), Unknown, 2011?, Acrylic and spray paint on canvas. Kikta-Linn Collection. I met Ashley when I had a studio space at Junctionview many years ago. But I had seen his murals before that. His layered visuals and mastery of aerosols are impressive to witness. Plus, he takes a killer photo. @coreroc #columbuscollects#columbuscollectsguesttakeover#artmakescbus
Dawson Kellogg. Tumbler, glass. 2010. Like most artists, a lot of my collection isn’t purchased but from trades or gifts (I was careful to only post jewelry I’ve bought). I have a small but treasured collection from my dear friend and colleague Dawson Kellogg, who passed away. We use these daily, and recently my daughter broke one and was horrified. I took a deep breath, and repeated what Dawson always said to me: “just laugh. It’s just sand.” I’m grateful for these daily reminders of my friend.
Small Ruby Red T-Rex, 2016
Ceramic, 7”x 9”x 6”
also pictured...our “Herd” (Small Black Carnotaurus, Styracosaurus Orange, and Small Parasaurolophus) The Menke-Naab Collection
Jim and I cannot remember when we saw Brett’s work for the first time, but we remember it was love at first sight. The crayola bright colors of the shiny surfaces, the wrinkles in the clay that look exactly like the wrinkled seams of plastic on blow up toys and the conceptual approach of juxtaposing a childhood toy with a fine work of art just tickled our fancy.
I had already developed a love for Brett’s work when last fall the Mo Faux workshop at Companion Gallery in Humboldt Tennessee happened. The workshop developed out of the Mo Fauxs Exhibition. Brett Kern, Tim Kowalczyk and Mitchell Spain all create ceramic objects that look like something they are not...and it’s nearly impossible to tell till you hold them in your hand. The show was a riff on their work. The three artists traded pieces and parts of their process and worked on each other’s work. The collaboration opened my eyes to the power of giving up your work to someone else to see possibilities you never imagined.
During the workshop I got to work with Brett, Tim and Mitchel. Brett demonstrated his process of mold making, talked about his life story and all the trials and tribulations of being a working artist in today’s world. The three ceramic artists were there the entire time and worked together and separately. It was amazing to get to know the artists behind the work.
Brett Kern is a ceramic artist currently working out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has done time as a teacher at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. and several other places. His work is slip cast from inflatable dinosaurs he makes by hand. His obsession with Dinosaurs started when he was a young boy and lives on today through his colorful artwork.
Christo and Jean Claude
The Floating Piers
Lake Iseo, Italy
The Menke-Naab Collection
Sometimes art is about the experience, there isn’t anything to collect but the memories. In 2016, my husband, Jim, and I went to Italy to see an installation by Christo and Jean Claude called the Floating Piers.
It all started in 2005 when Christo and Jean Claude installed their work “The Gates” in Central Park, NYC. I found out about it late and, in spite of Jim telling me to get on a plane and go, I did not and I missed the work. I regret it to this day.
I swore I would never miss another work by Christo and Jean Claude again. Jean Claude passed away and I became even more determined to see a work in person. When the dates and location for The Floating Piers were announced, we started looking for places to stay around Lake Iseo. We made reservations for the place before we even bought plane tickets. Knowing it was only going to be installed for two weeks and that is was weather dependant, Jim and I decided we should shoot for opening day and try to spend several days with the work, seeing it at different times and weather conditions.
Truth be told, I was not as excited about this work as I was about The Gates. Then we got there...and it was everything I imagined it to be and more. The sensation of walking on a platform on water, the undulating golden surface which felt as if the lake was breathing, the way the saffron color of the fabric changed with the sun or the clouds. Experiencing this along with approximatly 60,000 other people was intense. It was an expereince which brought out the inner child in all of us.
Christo made us stop and look, at the sky, at the water, at the hills surrounding the lake, at the beautiful colors and the weather. It was hard to take anything for granted and not be in the moment when you walked on The Floating Piers.
Pyramid Top Icon Letterpress
Edition of 450
Lotus Ornament Letterpress
Edition of 450
When we first started collecting we thought big name artists were out of our reach. We have found the opposite is often true. Most artists these days have a desire to get their work in “regular” people’s hands and create works especially targeted to this market. Often galleries, and sometimes even artists, will work with you if there is a piece you want but need to pay on installment. (It never hurts to ask.) One of the most fun things we have discovered is Shepard Fairey's www.obeygiant.com. He shares all kinds of things, including show openings and places he will be working on this site. There are also drops of limited edition (usually 400-500 priced below $100) silkscreen prints and letterpress prints about every two weeks. They are done on beautiful cream colored paper and the prints are flawless, the packaging is impeccable and they usually arrive within 10 days or so.
The fun part is that he announces a week in advance what print will go on sale and approximately when the prints will drop. (it is in California time my friends…) and the prints sell out in seconds. You have to have a quick trigger finger and a paypal set up if you want to buy one. It’s always an adrenaline rush when 1:00 hits and the image comes up on the website.
This is one of Jim’s areas of focus for the collection. He loves his OBEY prints, and so do I.
The Menke-Naab Collection
One of the most enjoyable things we have found to collect has been something we use every day, mugs and cups. Both Jim and I drink coffee every morning, so we start our day with a work of art in our hands. It’s wonderful when we have house guests and they go through the process of selecting a beautiful cup to drink from.
Being a ceramic artist, I love a ceramic mug that still has the echo of the maker’s hand in it. There is one mug by Sunshine Cobb that fits my hand so perfectly, I am convinced her hands are the same size as mine.
Our mug collection has grown rapidly. We have tried hard to meet the artists as we purchase their work. In fact, our cross country vacation this summer included stops at two artists in our collection, Paul Ide and Tim Kowalczyk.. Each cup in our collection holds the memory of the artist, the place we were when we got it and what was happening in our lives at the time. Collecting mugs is a wonderfully affordable way to beautify your day and support the work of amazing artists around the country.
My Mind, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas, 18”x 36”
The Menke-Naab Collection
About a year ago there was an opening and this work, My Mind, was hanging in the corner by the front window of the gallery. The first time I laid eyes on this painting, the skies parted, the sun came out and the angels started singing. I knew I had to have the work. As usual, in spite of the work calling to my soul, I did not leave with it. I waited.
The show and the work were at a wonderful place called Open Door Studio. Over the past few years our family has really become attached to this amazing place where dreams happen every day. Open Door is a studio where artists with disabilities come to make beautiful art. If you have never been to an opening or to the space you should definitely check it out.
I have never had the pleasure of meeting Liz, however, in my opinion her color choice, expressive marks and compositions could hang next to the best of Jackson Pollock’s work. Her work makes my heart sing. My Mind hangs in a place where I see it several times a day and it never fails to put a smile on my face.
You can read LIz’s bio here: https://opendoorartstudio.org/2014/liz-burkart/
If you are looking to start or build a collection, it is a great organization to support, the work is reasonable priced and the wonderful artists are often there at openings to talk with you.
Boryana Rusanova Ina
Under Construction, 2012
Oil on Wood Panel, 48”x 23 1/2”
This is the piece that started my collecting about 6 or 7 years ago at Junctionview Studios.
I had been following the work of Boryana Rusenova Ina, a young female artist from Bulgaria, since 2000 or so when she was working in Grandview. I still remember walking into her studio the first time and just having my breath taken away. At the time Boryana was cutting up photos, gluing them to canvases and painting images connecting all the cut bits. Her work looked like fleeting memories frozen in time captured in canvas and paint. Her work called to me. Unfortunately, I was two years into teaching, living with my parents and didn’t have money, but I swore to myself someday I would own one of her works.
Fast forward about ten years, the memoirs of Boryana’s work were still vivid in my mind, I finally had some money in the bank and Junctionview had an open house. I found myself standing in her studio once again, just as mesmerized. Boryana’s work had evolved. Now she was painting her memories of Bulgaria and her paintings were filled rich color and images of the buildings she lived in and around and goats, lots of goats. I loved them so much. I worked up the nerve to finally talk to Boryana and tell her I had been watching her work for about ten years. She seemed surprised. I asked her if she had any work from ten years ago because I had made a promise to myself to buy one of those works. She did not, but she said she did have some older work. Boryana pulled up what she still had and I was so excited to see Under Construction was still available. She called Andrew, her husband, who was on his way over. He grabbed the piece and hand delivered it to me right there in the studio. I wrote a check for my first “real” art purchase and the collection began.
Photo with encaustic, 4” x 4”
Sheridan & McLymont collection
I had the pleasure of meeting Barb through a Columbus art group: CAW (now defunct.) Every year the group gathered and each member would wrap a piece that we’d trade around with the same rules as a white elephant party. Was fortunate to win this piece and add it to the collection. I love the soft focus the layer of encaustic adds, it has a dreamlike quality with a tinge of sadness that draws you in and let’s you meander through a bitter sweet memory nearly forgotten. Barbs work is like that, riding a thin line between soft beauty, dreams and melancholy.
Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 36”
Sheridan & McLymont collection
I went to art school with Rachel and remember vividly when she brought into our thesis class a couple of paintings where she was developing this style. The craftsmanship and the social commentary she established, intertwined and pulsed through the pieces. She selected colors that reflect a woman’s makeup palette, and worked in a style that harkened to the often tedious “women’s work”, craft movement, and old damask weaving patterns.
When Rachel displayed this piece in her thesis exhibition, I was floored. Trying to comprehend the sheer amount of hours it must have taken her to create it boggled my mind, not to mention the creation of the “lace” piece (made completely of acrylic, as well) that drapes the bottom half and THEN... her willingness to disavow any attachment to the time spent in pushing carefully mixed acrylic paint through mesh to achieve the softly oozing damask relief, to go and SMEAR a good bit of it to bring it to completion?! Man!!! That’s some willingness to risk, and attach oneself to the reality of impermanence... it hit right to my core and never let go. I’d never seen an artist (before or since) step up to that kind of risk in a piece and so brazenly AND successfully pull it off.
This is the first time I purchased a piece that felt like raw unbridled power and feminism in art form.
Have a look at the detail shots and keep in mind that all that you see is acrylic paint, there is no supporting structure (beyond the canvas) beneath.