LPP in Conversation visits Bay Area artists in their studios and project sites to explore the research, readings, obsessions, and inspiration they use to inform their practice.
Our current studio visit is with Oakland based Kate Rhoades. To watch the video: Art Practical
Nina Cho is a designer and artist living and working in the Detroit Metro area. Nina was born in the United States and raised in Korea, where she studied Woodworking and Furniture design at Korea’s premier art school, Hong-Ik University. There she gained hands-on experience in all aspects of furniture production, from selection and treatment of raw materials to the design and finishing of final pieces. She earned an MFA in 3D Design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the United States.
To see more of Cho’s work, click here.
“My work is about collecting and displaying, examining and dusting off. It is a reflection of my environment, a study of gesture and how objects come to rest and relate to each other, and us.
I have an ongoing interest in framing space. This has led to making platforms that are a part of the piece and more resemble benches, archaeology sites, or game boards. Besides providing a viewing space, they also grant the opportunity for grouping pieces together or intentionally isolating them. I believe that looking at the work in this way allows for associations with communities and objects that engage the viewer beyond what is seen.
The materials I use often dictate my decisions and I like to repeat their properties whenever possible. For example, a painted pattern mimics the wood grain of the base; a wall holds up a heavy sculpture that holds up a piece of wood.
Referencing tools, torsos, and other familiar things, I want my work to feel natural while remaining somewhat strange. ” -Stacy Fisher
*Images from artist site
Stacy Fisher lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. To see more from Stacy Fisher click here.
El Anatsui was born in Ghana in 1944 and attended the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, where he received a BA in Art and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education. He lives and works in Nigeria.
El Anatsui is an internationally acclaimed artist who transforms simple materials into complex assemblages that create distinctive visual impact. He uses resources typically discarded such as liquor bottle caps and cassava graters to create sculpture that defies categorization. His use of these materials reflects his interest in reuse, transformation, and an intrinsic desire to connect to his continent while transcending the limitations of place. His work can interrogate the history of colonialism, and draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment, but at the core is his unique formal language that distinguishes his practice.
To see more of the artist’s work, please visit the Jack Shainman Gallery website.
*All images and quoted text taken from www.jackshainman.com
Trudy Benson was born in Richmond, Virginia and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, New York.
*Images and bio from Lisa Cooley
Poupel Coumou lives and works in the Netherlands. To see more work, click here.
STUDIO TOOGOOD DESIGNS, DIRECTS AND EXECUTES INTERIORS AND ENVIRONMENTS FROM CONCEPT THROUGH TO CREATION. OFFERING A FULL CREATIVE DIRECTION AND INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICE, THE STUDIO’S PROJECTS RANGE FROM THE TWO-DIMENSIONAL PAGE TO THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE, AND FROM THE REAL TO THE CONCEPTUAL.
UNDER THE CREATIVE DIRECTION OF LONDON-BASED DESIGNER, FAYE TOOGOOD, THE STUDIO COLLABORATES WITH CLIENTS WHO SEEK ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF DEVELOPING THEIR BRAND OR THEIR INTERIOR. ITS DISTINCTIVE APPROACH DISREGARDS CONVENTION IN FAVOUR OF SOMETHING ALTOGETHER MORE BRAVE, JOYOUS AND IMPULSIVE.
THE MEMBERS OF THE STUDIO ARE ABLE TO DRAW ON A WIDE RANGE OF TALENTS AND DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS, INCLUDING FINE ART, HISTORY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN.
To see more of the incredible spaces created by Studio Toogood, click here. Or if you are lucky, go visit one of their projects in person!
“Visual art is accessed through the self-referencial language it creates. Each painting stands alone but is informed by the larger body. There is a visual signature and language occuring in my paintings that can hopefully engage, when I adhere to the apparent rules I have made for myself, and surprise and delight when I decide to break them or add new elements.” -Mandy Lyn Ford
*Images/statement from artist’s website.
To see more from Mandy Lyn Ford click here.
Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London, and a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University.
Describing Emin’s work, her website states:
Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.
Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques – or ‘women’s work’ – for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’.
To see more of the artist’s work, please visit her website.
*All images and quoted text from www.traceyeminstudio.com
After spending the past decade in Miami, Drain recently moved back to Providence, Rhode Island, where he had attended RISD and was a member of the artist collective Forcefield. Using processes derived from his background with textiles and collage, Drain takes a radically visceral approach to painting. The sculptural mark-making for this series can best be described in terms of immediacy and economy, alluding often to the otherwordly aesthetic of Forcefield and the “trashpunk” activities at Fort Thunder, the communal DIY space where they once lived. The panels in Drain’s modular paintings are comprised of cuts from older works, and have dimensions set by the spatial allowance of infrastructurally impoverished AmTrak freight, the method by which they were shipped. These parameters frame Drain’s works within a particular economy of creative reuse that both utilizes and rubs up against those very same parameters.
“The grid is very peaceful. Nothing can go wrong. Everything is complete.” LB
Seems to be undone. That?
Un-joined, a temporary stitch, a disintegrated seam?
Pick at the seam with a pin; ok; pretty?
Seem-less. A sewing needle repairs, heals.
A staple, too?
“the walls were concrete, and I couldn’t really staple to them.” Brian Chippendale
“The beauty of sewing,” Bourgeois explained, “is precisely in the fact that things can be done and undone without damaging the fabric.” – Jim Drain
*Text and images from Various Small Fires Seems/Seams-Jim Drain
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