Sunday, February 28, 2010

Existence Of Dichotomies

These creative work displays a lonely, innocent girl in nature, accompanied by friendly animals, and her eyes reaches out of the canvas, grabbing the attention of every viewer. What is the message behind the painting? Who is the girl? Kendra Binney, the artist of these fascinating artwork stated, "I find an endearing absurdity to the world around me. The dichotomy of cruelty and beauty, sorrow and joy, memory and decay, the significance of brief fleeting moments and my inability to hold onto them. My paintings are an attempt to catch what can't be caught and express what I can't articulate."

With work displayed and sold globally, Kendra Binney spends her days alone in her small studio in Portland, Oregon. Kendra would incorporate found objects or personal artifacts in her work. The color scheme reflect the green and water of Portland, and the watery lines are the rain drenched windows of her studio. Visit her website to view additional work..

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cathartic Release

Wanting to become a marine biologist, Julia Galdo changed her direction in life when an instructor encouraged her to take a leap of faith into photography. She graduated of San Francisco Art Institute and has been working as a profession photographer for Good Vibrations, Juxtapoz, Nike, and more.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Seven Seas Of Cultural Inking

The clashing of two cultures of Japanese and European heritage, Nanami Cowdroy is a self-taught artist who fused two different cultures to create these beautiful illustrations. Nanami grew up with contrasting cultures which explains the influence in her artwork. She was born in Sydney, Australia with frequent trips to Tokyo, Japan to visit her Mother's family. Growing up in a family of artists, being creative is just second nature. Nanami Cowdroy uses a mixed media of pen & pencil, ink, water color, spray paint, and a hint of digital elements to complete her artwork.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Figurative Distortion

Blending between abstraction and realism, Alyssa Monks painted these images of facial impression distorted by steam and water on glass. Artist's statement, "The result of this pushing and pulling of realism is a confrontation of the tension between mortality and vitality. Striving for anatomical and realistic accuracy, it is her intention to convey an arresting vision that compels the viewer to feel their own humanness." Her medium is oil on panel, as well as oil on linen.

Alyssa Monks has a long list of education and experiences, graduated with an MFA from the New York Academy of Arts, studied at Montclair State College, and Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence. She is currently teaching flesh painting and figure painting at Montclair State College of Fine Arts in New Jersey.

Kunst Museum Ahlen
January - March 2010

Solo Exhibition
New York, USA
April 7 - May 8, 2010

Two Person Show
Oceanville, New Jersy, USA
June - August 2010

Solo Exhibition
Michigan, USA
October 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Numbers Generate Beauty

These images are created with codes and numbers, programmed in Adobe Flash software. Erik Natzke uses programming to create his tools and pick the colors in order to generate the final image. Some compare Erik to a sculptor than a painter. A painter starts with a blank canvas, whereas Erik would change, alter, and strip the codes in order to modify the outcome of the shapes and colors. Using nature as his subject matter, his work consist a great spectrum of colors and saturation. Erik Natzke stated, "The creative process is not confined to the programming room, or to moments when he contemplates nature. Rather, it is a continuous lending and borrowing of shapes, patterns, colors, processes and dynamic between the material and immaterial worlds. Form follows nature."

Erik is an interactive designer. He studied Communication Design at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beauty Of Virology

These eye-catching glass sculptures are presented with amazing detail. As beautiful as it looks, they are ironically deadly. Luke Jerram worked with virologist from the University of Bristol to sculpt these transparent glass to represent viruses and bacteria. He explained how images of viruses are taken in black and white photographs. The color is added for scientific purpose to create an emotional response or to make them more attractive, leading the public in a misguided perception. Luke created this series to bring in detail and tangible comprehension to the public in a form of three-dimensional representation which offers a different perspective in virology.

These sculptures are on permanent display at Wellcome Collection in London, and in Bristol City Museum. Luke Jerram won an Institute for Medical Imaging Award for his artwork. Check out his website for a detailed artist statement as well as his other projects.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Interconnected Organisms

Brendan Monroe grew up in Santa Barbara, California but recently moved to Stockholm, Sweden where he is experiencing his first winter with snow. Brendan quoted, "I've always been interested in nature and science and I still am today. I draw a lot of inspiration from plants, life, microscopic images, space and other artists who seem to have an organic way of working." Brendan Monroe just finished his show at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles and planning another exhibition this fall in Paris. The artwork seen here are painted with acrylic on paper. Check out his website for additional paintings as well as his sculptures and photography.