Posts Tagged ‘Fan Mail’

Fan Mail: Christopher Manzione

Christopher Manzione. Excavatum Installation View, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.

Christopher Manzione works with a number of mediums: sculpture, video, performance, drawing, digital rendering, mobile- and web-based applications, digital imaging, and 3D rendering. Across this plethora of forms, Manzione explores the perceived and actual divisions and overlaps between notions of digital vs. analog and organic vs. inorganic, as well as combinations of these two sets. Manzione strives to unite two distant poles without placing a[…..]

Fan Mail: Anna Valdez

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The words “yo no soy Romantica,” or “I am not romantic,” are written in large orange cursive letters on a flat blue background; the text is partially hidden by the green cactus planted in a bright pink pot in the foreground of Anna Valdez’s illustration Yo No Soy Romantica (2013). Whether or not the artist intended to indicate the cactus as the speaker of these[…..]

Fan Mail: Joe Webb

At The Gallery, 2013; collage; 10 ¾” x 9 ¼” inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

In Joe Webb’s Stirring Up A Storm (2014), the nearly full moon peers resolutely down like a removed voyeur, while a continent-sized Sunbeam Mixmaster Junior (an electric mixer from the 1950s) stirs Earth’s atmosphere with its twin silver beaters to create massive, hurricane-like weather patterns. From the description alone, issues of global warming and energy crises come to mind; however, the well-crafted humor, imaginative aesthetic,[…..]

Fan Mail: Wendy Given

Wendy Given. On Myth and Magic No. 5: Eclipse, 2009; C-Print; 17.25” x 26” inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Mythos: fantasy, fiction, legend, saga, parable, fable, narrative, invention, fabrication, yarn. The conceptual distance between myth and the concrete manifestations of mythology is a potentially endless—yet meaningfully orderable—list of synonyms. But with each word the gap shrinks, as mental images of processes and then objects emerge, even if just as puns. Wendy Given is bridging the gaps between the abstract idea of a mythos and[…..]

Fan Mail: Hugo Orlandini

Hugo Orlandini. Fortune’s fool, 2011; cast white bronze; 17.5 x 30 x 19 cm. Image courtesy of Tatiana Kourochkina art gallery.

Diminutive triumphal arches, human-sized Playmobil figures, and model prison quarters (both to scale and miniature) are a few of the many forms Hugo Orlandini’s work has taken. For categorization’s sake, we could call Orlandini a conceptual sculptor; however, his work incorporates layers of visual and social research culled from public events that richly complicate this subject matter. Orlandini approaches each work by digging deeply into[…..]

Fan Mail: Rachel Brumer

Rachel Brumer. Memory’s Main Gate XI, 2008; van dyke on hand dyed pima cotton, acrylic, wax; 22.5” x 29” inches. Image courtesy of Mark Frey.

Transitioning from one distinct medium to another is often a challenge—one that many artists attempt. However, not all accomplish it with the seeming ease of Rachel Brumer. Working in varying combinations of textile, installation, sculpture, photography, and collage, Brumer diligently investigates a number of subjects. Foremost in her work is an almost pathological focus on remembering and honoring people, places, and moments through what she[…..]

Fan Mail: Tom Pazderka

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Tom Pazderka’s work has a visual weight and intensity—scarred and blackened reused wood, grids made of charred book jackets, charcoal- and wood-burning drawings of ancient, destroyed, and invented places—that is matched only by the artist’s descriptions of his subjects. Pazderka takes an interest in history as a flexible structure with multiple readings: “That which most [people] would rather leave alone I find the most interest[…..]