Keef Palas

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Keef Palas is a collaborative line of ephemeral Mediterranean jewelry by artists Claire O’Keefe and Eugenia Oliva.

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Sonia Alins

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Sonia’s art is a personal well-mixed combination of surrealism and visual poetry. Her artworks are her thoughts, her fears, her feelings and her desires, transformed into drawings and color. She develops a conceptual narrative full of delicate details, with her own sophisticated language and always innovating and exploring new ways of expression.

To see more of Sonia’s work, click here and here.

Meltem Isik

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Meltem Isik was born in Ankara. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Bilkent University, Ankara, and her AAS in Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. In 2011, she received her MA from the Department of Visual Arts at Sabancı University, Istanbul. She is a PhD student in the Design, Technology and Society program at Özyeğin University.

Through intricate compositions of photographic images, Meltem Isik explores the way we see and perceive the human body. The complexity that originates from the capability of our bodies to see and be seen simultaneously provides the basis of her work. Currently she lives and works in Istanbul.

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John Zabawa

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John Zabawa is a graphic designer, painter, and art director based in Chicago, Illinois. To see more of his work, click here.

Ryan McGinley

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Ryan McGinley is an American photographer living in New York City. McGinley began making photographs in 1998. In 2003, at the age of 25, he was one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Nathaniel Russell

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Nathaniel Russell was born and raised in Indiana. After college, Russell spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area making posters, record covers, and woodcuts. He returned to his home city of Indianapolis and now spends his time creating drawings, fake fliers, bad sculptures, wood shapes, and music. Russell’s work is regularly shown around the world in both traditional galleries and informal spaces, usually surrounded by an expanding list of friends, collaborators, and like-minded folk. He frequently returns to his second home of California to work with friends on projects as varied as murals, print workshops, and backyard musical performances.

To see more of Russell’s work, click here.

Attention San Francisco!! A selection of Russell’s work is currently exhibited at Mollusk Surf Shop!  Head to the Outer Sunset to check it out!

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Honor Freeman

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Honor Freeman is a ceramic artist living in Adelaide, Australia.  Of her work, Freeman says

Noticing and quietly commemorating the smaller moments that are a constant rhythm of the everyday continues to be a preoccupation in my work. I seek to make visible the relationship between us and the objects we use, the gestures, mundane activities and humble objects, like small markers silently measuring the hours and marking the days. Thoughts of preserving, measuring and marking time’s passing occupy the work during the making. There is a correlation between actions and gestures used when engaging with objects and those used during the process of making that informs the work. Using the mimetic qualities of clay via the process of slipcasting, the work playfully interacts with ideas of liquid made solid due to the processes of making that are fundamental when working with clay. The porcelain casts become echoes of the original (object), the liquid slip becoming solid and forming a memory of a past form, the essence of an object. Small moments caught and made solid as if frozen in time – liquid made solid.

To see more of her work, click here.

LPP Needs Your Help!

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Hi!

In the 13 years of running Little Paper Planes I have never asked for money/help, but today is the day. I really need your help to continue with LPP. Full transparency I am having a hard time keeping the doors open which includes all the support I give to artists (print editions, residency, publications, etc). With this money we can evolve the store into being more of what the ethos of LPP has always been about: community based. I want to get back to what is exciting to me which is a space to enrich us, teach us, inspire us, collaborate, make art, share ideas, and start projects. We will have classes, drawing nights, potlucks, artist talks, screenings, creative mom meet-ups, after school arts program, and so much more.
SF is a brutal place for small business, but I have stayed determined to continue my mission of helping the arts. I really don’t want to be another number of a place that closes and leaves the Bay Area. I want the arts to flourish here, but we have to support it if we don’t want it to go away. I hate asking for help, but I truly need it. Please consider helping us.

Please click HERE to view our Kickstarter.

Thanks so much,

Kelly

Julie Henson

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“Julie Henson is an artist whose work explores modern American icons and the power of cultural images to embody collective memory. Having grown up in a religious family, her work has consistently revolved around the way iconic figures from the past and present—televangelists, celebrities, and sports heroes alike—embody concepts that reinforce shared societal viewpoints.

These concepts have taken form most recently through a series of image-based sculptures that blend advertisements and press photographs spanning six decades of major American magazines, layering cultural images that embody varying perspectives on gender, power, celebrity, and wealth. In previous work, these concepts have taken form through environmental sculptures based on the landscapes from Disney cartoons, and video projections of costumed televangelists over sequined fabric. Each project investigates the role that image plays in the construction of our shared beliefs and aspirations by exploring cultural ephemera.”

You  can see more of Julie’s work here.

All images and text from juliehenson.com

 

 

Now Featuring James Chronister

San Francisco painter James Chronister laboriously renders minutely-detailed canvases to depict photo-based scenes. Chronister serves as a kind of conduit for these images, translating them with dreamy matter-of-factness, leaving the viewer to search for what in the image is important, or whether the image is the important part of the painting, whether in fact it’s something else.

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MH: I’m interested in the way your practice seems to have evolved, over several years, from work with a relationship to photo realism and photography, to much more abstract work. Am I right in seeing that evolution? How do you view it?

JC: As an undergrad at the University of Montana, I took a class where each student reproduced a painting from the Renaissance for the entire semester. The first step is to use an opaque projector to project an image of the original painting onto a blank canvas and render the under painting.  This technique allows me to paint directly from source imagery, and photographs serve this purpose well.  I’ve also been interested in making paintings that don’t necessarily look like paintings. Most paintings, to me, just look like paint on a surface and I’ve wanted to avoid that.  The illusionistic quality of photography freed the marks from looking like paint.

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The abstract work arose from just wanting to try something new ,and I was tired of working in the dark, and the paintings had become stale and repetitive.  I never thought I would make photo-based works again, but I became more interested in them anew after learning a few things about value and scale from the abstract work.

When an artist makes seemingly disparate bodies of work, the connections may be clearer later on.

MH: Even your abstract work carries with it issues of reproduction– I think I recall pairs of twinned, identical paintings. Can you talk about the way you view the copy?

JC: Yeah that’s true. For the shows Better Bowls, More Crackers at Eleanor Harwood Gallery, and An Arbitrary Group of Paintings at Et al, both in San Francisco in 2015, the paintings were made in pairs or groups of four. The desire to produce paintings in multiples arose from feeling a bit guilty about making MORE abstract paintings for the world to have to look at.  So by producing, say four, of more or less the same “spontaneous” abstract composition, a tone of irreverence may be gleamed.  Again, looking for a way to subvert the notion of a “painting.”

With the photographic based work, the original copy serves as the architecture of the painting.

MH: What’s your studio process like? I’m curious how you begin to plan or compose an image. do you work in series or is each artwork a fresh start from the ground up?

JC: My paintings are made in two phases: planning and execution.

In the planning phase, I begin with a found book image, Xeroxed found image, or a lightly Photoshopped image of my own. Usually I think about the upcoming paintings and images as I work on a current painting. Sometimes it takes years to get to an image and sometimes I’ll revisit an image years after its initial use if I feel there’s something more to add or do differently.  After the pre-production, it’s just a matter of making the marks.

Once decided upon and printed, I mount the image to foam core, cover it with acetate and draw a light grid over the image.  A corresponding grid is drawn onto a blank canvas and I project the image square by square onto the canvas and fill it in with oil paint until the painting is complete.  In the dark I might add.  A large painting takes anywhere from one to three months to complete.  Podcasts and music help out.

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Generally I’m working towards a show so the paintings are conceived as a group for an exhibition.  I try to keep it loose though and let myself edit images that don’t end up working after all.

MH: What are you working on, or looking forward to trying out in upcoming work?

JC: I’m working on six forest paintings for my show Glass Summers at Eleanor Harwood Gallery San Francisco, opening Saturday, November 4th, 2017.  I’m almost done with the fifth one and have one more to go after that.  The images are my own, taken during a summer visit to Montana about five years ago.  I’m making pictures which I hope depict physical and psychological space existing concurrently.

This body of work was informed a great deal by my departure into abstraction.  I’m thinking about scale, mark making and value.

MH: How do you approach subject matter in your photo-based work? Your process involves quite a bit of digestion and distancing from the “original” image, not in terms of realism, but as a result of time and process. So there’s a bit of a hazy, out-of-time feeling I’m noticing. What are your thoughts?

JC: I’m not particularly interested in “photorealism” per se, and none of the artists whose work I admire create work in this way.  If anything, I admire the work Richard Aldrich, Amy Feldman, and David Ostrowski for the sheer economy in their paintings. Luc Tuymans is another painter I have long admired who is able to infuse photographic sources with a layer of historical or psychological space.  Tuyman’s work is simultaneously referential and abstracted.

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In my own work, using photos is an attempt to utterly transform the paint.  I look at my photo-based work like abstract paintings, along the lines of Agnes Martin, where every inch of the surface is equal to every other inch.  I try to avoid a protagonist in the images.  Further, using a preordained blueprint keeps me from having to make decisions.  Our idea of a tree is very different than an actual tree.

The space I aspire to express in these new paintings is akin to music and sound.  For instance, the song Disintegration by The Cure begins and ends with the sound of glass breaking.  I keep coming back to the mental image I have when I hear this song.  I want the paintings to behave like sound.

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MH: I’m curious about how, in the period where you explored abstraction, that you made more grouped works than you normally do, and you realized it was partly a gesture to give the viewer “more,” because in some way you felt abstraction offered them less. What do you think a painting should offer a viewer? I ask as a fan of both paintings that depict absorbing worlds,  and also paintings that reveal lots of physical process/brushwork, etc.

JC: Haha, yes perhaps I was looking for a way to bolster the abstract work somehow.  Those works, as you allude to, are very formal; process/brushworks etc, and the repetition, to me, aided the visual strength of the works.  The grouping wasn’t a decision I came to after a lot of pondering, it simply felt right with those works.

Trite as it may be, painting is a language.  I’m a big believer in the subconscious when it comes to appreciating art.  Our minds quickly make associations based on millennia of humans experiencing the world around them.  There’s something frightening about snakes because our ancestors had experience with them.  Art appreciation is intuitive, and some people more sensitive to it than others.  I can rarely be talked into appreciating an artwork if I don’t like it initially.

About painting, the great Joe Bradley states:

“Painting…there are only so many moves you can make in the first place.  It’s the nuance in painting that matters.  The idea that you can load an object with information.  There’s something about a painting… you could sit in a room with it for hours and the painting would look like it had been sat with for hours.  It’s like fly-paper.  Thoughts stick to it.  I wish that I could just come here to my studio, wrap myself up in canvas and wake up in the morning and there would be some sort of result.  That would be nice.  It’s not the act of painting that is interesting… What was the question?”
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MH: I like the idea that a departure in an art practice can lead to a return. What else did you glean while working in abstraction, and have you had other experiments that you’ve learned from?

JC:  Mostly what I gleaned from the abstract work was humility.   It’s not as easy as “just paint what you want.”  I came to respect those painters who’ve been working their way through an abstract language and had managed to arrive at something unique and special of their own.   I learned it’s ok to just be a fan and resist the compulsion to emulate other artist’s practices.

Everything one does in a studio comes around in some way.  Sometimes it’s helpful to figure out what NOT to do.

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