EJ Hill’s endurance performances and installations, such as those staged during his 2015-16 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, often have deep personal roots—“I’ve been storing these experiences in my body since childhood,” Hill has said. In his work, Hill often pushes himself to the point of exhaustion—both emotionally and physically—in order to make visible the daily difficulties of living in a queer, Black body. Hill draws in audiences with deft displays of both vulnerability and strength; in A Monumental Offering of Potential Energy (2016), the artist reclined face-down at the base of a roller coaster sculpture until the end of each day, when he rose to go home. While his prone posture evoked all-too-familiar images of Black male victims of violence, he realized the “potential energy” to transcend victimization daily when he stood up and left unharmed. To see more of EJ Hill’s work click here
*images taken from http://www.ejhill.info/
*bio taken from https://www.artsy.net/artist/ej-hill
British photographer Martin Parr has published over 90 books of his own work and edited another 30. This is a selection of images taken from his book Real Food, recently published by Phaidon. To see more of his work, click here.
Jefferson Cheng is a San Francisco based designer and illustrator focusing on print, identity, and interactive work. You can see more of his work here.
*all images from artist’s website
Shanti Shea An is an emerging artist based in Canberra, Australia. She works across figurative and abstract painting, investigating ways of articulating the nature of intimacy and tenderness within the practice of painting. She is interested in the relationship between imagery and non-imagery and how this has manifested throughout history. You can see more of her works here.
*all images from artist’s website
Julie Cloutier is an artist living and working in the Outer Sunset of San Francisco. Her ceramic work focuses on handheld sculptures, functional wares and everyday objects. She draws upon her architectural background to inform her minimalist lines and quotidien investigations.
You can see her latest installation Useful Irrationalities at Irving Street Projects where she is in residence for the next three months. Artist’s Reception is tomorrow October 14th from 5-8pm! Check it out! Personally, I want at least one of all her pieces.
Visit her site here
**images and bio text from artist
Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator based in New York. Her practice considers memory and trauma while enacting an undoing of language. She works from the archive of her own body creating new syntax for knowing and not knowing, thereby marking the difference between witnessing and watching. To see is unbearable. She has performed at the Museum of Modern Art(upcoming), the New Museum, Eyebeam, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Her work has also been screened at Birkbeck Cinema in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, and MoMA Ps1, New York. Her writing has been published in Radical Teacher, Studio Magazine and No Tofu Magazine and she is currently working on her first book. Smith has received grants & fellowships from Creative Capital, the Queens Museum, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Franklin Furnace Fund, and Art Matters. She is currently part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.
To check out more of her work click here
*All images and bio were taken from sableelysesmith.com
We spent a foggy morning with ceramicist and painter Alyssa Block in her charming studio. Last month, we featured a selection of her drawings as prints, but we couldn’t overlook her fantastic ceramic work! Alyssa’s studio is a cozy space, housed in a converted storefront on the border of Chinatown and Nob Hill. Periodically, Alyssa clears away her kiln and work tables to host Studio/Space, a pop-up gallery for lectures and exhibitions that she curates.
While drinking black coffee and playing “Either/Or” on vinyl, Alyssa answered some of our questions about her studio practice.
What do you listen to/watch in the studio?
Lately I’ve been listening to true crime podcasts and Elliott Smith and Nina Simone. Lots of really emotional things. I got caught up on the Walking Dead also, it’s also very melodramatic and emotional for me.
When do you work best?
Early afternoon to dinner-time.
Favorite part of the process?
I like finishing a project and then having a period of a few days or a few weeks where I just hang out with friends or experiment with baking in my toaster oven and don’t think about art or feel pressure to be in the studio getting things done. But I also love making things and packing things into boxes and talking to other artists about making things, so it’s all pretty good.
If I see on my calendar that I have to start producing ceramic wares again, I procrastinate. I’m so reluctant to make a big mess in my studio again!
How did you find your studio?
Craigslist. Very lucky to find my neighborhood and a landlord who wants an artist in his building!
What does your morning routine look like?
I wake up and feel sort of rested and sort of mad I didn’t get up at the break of dawn and exercise, as I falsely expect I will every day. I flip on my radio and listen to KQED while I’m make coffee. If it’s the weekend and A Prairie Home Companion is on, I angrily flip it off again and make coffee in silence. And then I have a cup of coffee and some yogurt with home-made granola (easy to make in a toaster oven, turns out) and check my email, watch a little TV show, and make a to do list for the day, before I get started in my studio.
BONUS!! We have six of these adorable Hands Cups- exclusive to LPP! Available only online, each cup comes with a mini version of a print from Alyssa print edition. There are only six cups, so hurry! Shop here.
In the hands of the artist! (sorry, couldn’t resist ;P)
Jack Mears is a UK-Based ceramicist and illustrator. His work is playful and simple, evoking the creative expression of childhood. You can see more of his work here.
*all images from jack-mears.com
Since the mid-1970s, Laib (German, b. 1950) has been producing sculptures and installations marked by a serene presence and a reductive beauty. These works are often made from one or a combination of two materials, accumulated from natural elements—such as milk, marble, pollen, rice, and beeswax—which have been selected for their purity and symbolic associations.
The work of Brooklyn-based artist Alicia Scardetta.
Drawing on the ancient system of weaving in its most basic form, Alicia is interested in manipulating the variables to determine what can be produced when the warp and weft are challenged. Using vibrant colors, woven appendages, and negative space, each piece achieves a playful quality within the historical context of weaving and tapestry.
Alicia will be exhibiting and selling her beautiful work at West Coast Craft, Saturday November 12th – Sunday November 13th at Fort Mason in SF. Be sure to check it out!
To see more of her work, click here
**images and text from the artist’s site