Friday, July 24, 2009

Jim Coverley

Jim Coverley makes extraordinary works out of pillowcases and nails, which, like the work of a careful surgeon, are transformed with stitches, cuts and folds into sculptures which have both an emotional and symbolic resonance. The body is central to Coverley's art as he abstracts manages to extract the essence of pain or emotional states of being, and recreate them in troubling, three-dimensional forms. His work initially looks extremely delicate and decorative but on closer inspection it becomes increasingly disturbing, deliberately putting the viewer in an uncomfortable position. In previous works he has rendered a child's pillowcase the site of trauma and nightmares by modifying it with strange, disconcerting forms. Coverley hangs the sculptures directly onto the walls using nails, pinning the works as if the artist were performing some kind of 'rudimentary surgery'. These works play on the dualities between pleasure and pain, attraction and repulsion.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Simon Schubert

German artist, Simon Schubert, creates ethereal works of art from single sheets of paper to create near-photographic depictions of space. These incredibly detailed "sketches" are the product of an intricate folding process. Schubert's work depict architectonical settings, common situations and objects, whereas the material he uses are either simple or sophisticated - white paper folded or mixed media arrangements.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lisa Solomon

Lisa Solomon is a california artist who comes from a long line of crafters. She creates imaginative drawings from a bevy of mixed media, including thread, wire, charcoal, watercolor, ink, satin, felt, and the wall, as well as paper and canvas. Her work is inspired by childhood themes, found objects and the differences in masculine and feminine attributes. It's simple and sweet at first glance, but underneath layers of thread and transparent swatches of fabric, the domestic imagery can feel unsettlingly intimate.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Eleanor Bowley

Eleanor Bowley is an illustrator who uses stitching and trimmings on recycled fabrics to create her soft, yet graphic images. Her work is grabbing the attention of the fashion world, as she's been commissioned to accent a line of Urban Renewal clothing with her personal details.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh, well-known as a founding member of the innovative band DEVO, has been creating artwork in many forms for more than 3 decades. His love of visual art began in childhood, just after it was discovered that he was extremely nearsighted and legally blind. His first correctional glasses offered the young Mothersbaugh a new view of the world, fueling a lifelong infatuation with imagery and illustrations. Mark's recent visual artwork has been largely inspired by his 30-year habit of creating handmade postcards to send to friends from various stops on DEVO tours. These images have served as the basis for the artist's critically acclaimed solo shows and gallery tours.

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