The work of Brooklyn-based artist Alison Kudlow.
For the past year she’s been making a series of sculptures suspended in vessels of water that refract sunlight (Sun Interpreters) and a series of sculptures, drawings, photographs, and cyanotypes of the resulting refracted sunlight (Sun Interpretations). These pieces function as a metaphor for how worship and scientific study both illuminate and distort their subject.
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**all images and text from artist’s site
Jessica Simorte’s paintings look outward and then look inward. Using abstraction and pattern allows Simorte to paint metaphorical interiors. These are non-spaces, triggered by the artist’s real environment, rendering as painting a record of interior, reflected space.
MH: There’s also a sense of repetition and patterns in your work, oftentimes interrupted by one or two larger forms. Can you talk about pattern in your work?
JS: The use of pattern is a connection to inside space, or more specifically, domestic space. I’m interested in the repetitive nature of pattern, and how that predictability can be disrupted with larger gestures. There are definitely motifs that have been in the work for years, including the “double dash” lines, grids, and various dots. I’m interested in the works quoting each other through these elements.
It’s very exciting to see this resurgence of pattern used in contemporary painting, whereas for so long it was described as something purely “decorative.” That’s an interesting conversation in itself.
MH: You have a very coherent body of work from the last few years. How have your process and interests evolved over the course of your education and provocative?
JS: I fixated on painting during grad school and despite having an interdisciplinary practice that includes drawings, digital work and some sculpture, I don’t think I’ll ever not want the work to be painting-based. My interest in spatial experience and placemaking makes abstraction the most appropriate approach, as I’m not interested so much in site specify within the paintings, but rather some place more cerebral.
I think other things that remain consistent is my dedication to small work, especially as something that can offer itself to a range of collectors and environments, and my interest in nuance within the work. There has always been subtlety within the shifts of color and surface texture that I hope is rewarding for those viewing the work closely.
The things that change seem to be color and form. Being that the work is so place-based, it’s an interesting challenge to move often. I used to directly source my local environments in the work, but lately the work has loosened up a bit and is more suggestive than referential. However, I find that local color or shape appear regardless of intention. For example, a leaf-like gesture appears often now and it occurred to me this is likely a result of being around agave and other new-to-me plants since moving to Texas. Additionally, I’m sure that my interest in flatness is somehow related to being a Midwesterner.
MH: I like the way that the smaller size of your paintings, plus the textural paintwork, messes a little bit with how they function for me. They seem much more like objects than images. How do you see it?
JS: I suppose I view them as both images and objects. I love that someone could leave a studio visit with a painting of mine under their arm—that’s important to me. These aren’t gigantic couch paintings for the mega wealthy. They are humble but not without a punch, hopefully.
Image making is how I get at the content that I’m interest in. I use formalism as a framework to create a sense of place. The paintings explore both flatness and depth, one often challenging the other. These images are often places that are satisfying to me in ways that my current, real environments are not and therefore, offering a bit of escapism for both the artist and viewer.
MH: How did you like the sculptural pieces you’ve done in collaboration and on your own? Is it a continuous part of your practice?
JS: I made the Cut Outs in school with my partner Max Manning. I would draw the shape, he could cut, and we would paint. Every once in awhile, I’ll make shapes out of paperclay. However, in both cases, I think of it more like (three-dimensional) drawing. I love when the processes overlap and have come to think of these efforts as my “side band.” It’s definitely not my primary focus but a great thing to have going on in the wings.
MH: What (or who) are some of your influences?
JS: Among my favorite artists are Allison Miller, Rebecca Morris, and Betty Woodman—I suppose pattern could be the connection there. I respond to Ky Anderson and Vicki Sher’s work a lot, too. I’m super grateful for the friends I have that inspire me with their incredible work, including Max, Allison Reimus and Peter Shear.
Beyond other artists, I’m influenced by a number of things. I love the ridiculous proportions and color currently in fashion design, textiles, home goods, books, badass women, a good patio, etc.
Painter Shawn Huckins currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado. His masterful paintings are rendered entirely by hand, including the lettering. Huckins overlays traditional early American portraiture with 21st century abbreviated slang and expressions, creating a series of contradictions that are both deeply humorous and beautifully executed.
To see more of his work, click here.
Huckins will be showing new work in his show “Everything is Hilarious and Nothing is Real” at Modernism, Inc., in San Francisco. The show runs from May 5th-June 25th, 2016. The opening reception is May 5th, 5:30-8 pm.
Photographer Bjarne Bare was born in 1985, in Poznan, Poland. He currently lives in Oslo and Los Angeles. To see more of his work, click here.
The work of New York-based artist Christian Little.
From ArtSlant: ”My most recent body of work examines a voyeur culture preoccupied with sex, body image, drama and the lives of others. The faux-finishing, decorative painting and trompe l’oeil techniques I use encourage a self-conscious artifice that allows objects and spaces to bothembrace and resist their inherent lack of dimension. I am also influenced by 1980scommercial illustration: illustration that maintains a departure from perceived reality while giving the impression that it is mimicking tangible things and places. [...] My work and its source material imply an understanding of reality, but waive recognition in favor of spectacle.”
To see more of Christian’s sureal work, check out his tumblr here
**all images from the artist’s site
Akatre is a creative studio founded in 2007, in Paris, by Valentin Abad, Julien Dhivert and Sébastien Riveron. The trio works and expresses themselves in graphic design, photography, typography, video, artistic installation and musical creation for institutions in art, cultural, fashion, media and luxury. You can see more of their projects here.
*all images from the studio’s website
Liz Harris (better known as Grouper) is a musician and artist Originally from West Marin, CA. She lives and works in Astoria, Oregon. Her visual work, like her music, is layered, dense, and mesmerizing. She will be playing at the Swedish American Music Hall this Thursday, April 28th. You can see more of her work here.
*all images from artist’s website
Claudia Ficca is a New York-based food stylist. Her work ranges from advertising to editorial and packaging, to TV commercials. To see more of her work, click here.
Bodil Jane is an illustrator from Amsterdam. She loves to illustrate food, recipes, animals, fashion, interiors, plants, packages and maps. All of her illustrations are created by hand, using mostly ink and watercolors. To see more of her work, click here.
Ceramic sculptures and pottery by Houston, Tx-based artist Angel Oloshove.
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*all images from artist’s website