Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Metal and Rust
One man's trash can be an artist's treasure, and the works featured are made up of found materials either discarded or assigned for only certain purposes. Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo is a line of several old Cadillacs, all standing vertically, as half of the car is submerged underground. The cars are covered with paint, and observers can add their own decorative touch to this large scale outdoor installation. In New York the only museum done completely (designed, curated, funded, exhibited works) by a living artist is the Noguchi Museum. Its deliberately serene atmosphere allows the rare experience of enjoying art by yourself. Catherine Lee didn't know she'd grow up to be an artist, but with some European inspiration she found herself working with essential materials and fulfilling her need to "make." Childhood inspiration also struck Sayaka Gans, as she uses her same love for solving jigsaw puzzles to piece together beautiful works from what others might consider junk.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Art is enjoyed by all, but these pieces are strictly woman's work. Heather Gorham got laid off from a job that left her unsatisfied and was completely overjoyed to use her newfound time to paint to her heart's content. Lisa Portland is a painter who never picks up a brush. The visions of her of thoughts are created as paper towels and Q-tips transport the paint onto the canvas. Angelika J. Trojnarski sees beauty in the imperfections of situations. Her works showcase life's calmer moments and more tranquil scenes. Mary Beth Shaw feels that making art is as sustaining as breathing. She quit her job and began her art that consists mainly of found photography, captions, painting. Blue Lapis Light is an aerial dance company that defies gravity and invades spaces that most never enter. They create art through with their bodies through discipline and partnership.