Zoe Berg: Our Last Summer

Zoe Berg Sculpture

Body Pillow (Grandma), 2014 Fabric, permanent marker, foam 24 in x 36 in.

Austin native Zoe Berg has created an astounding body of work relating to her identity as a Norwegian American, family influences, childhood ephemera, and mythology. Receiving her BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, Berg has shown her work throughout Texas, including an absolutely stunning 2013 exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in Austin. A self-proclaimed water baby and lover of the Norwegian-Danish sculptor Stephan Sinding, Berg is an amazing example of a talented young artist working in Texas today. Continue reading

Sculptors – You Need A Business Plan!

Business Sculpture

If you are serious about selling art and having a successful art business then you need a business plan.  Every business needs a plan including businesses in the arts!  A plan will help you organize your business and give it a much better chance to succeed and grow. Many successful artists and galleries have told me that when they started their business they now wish that they had spent more time to create a formal plan. They felt that having a plan would have enabled them to grow faster and make fewer mistakes – good advice to follow! Continue reading

Beauty in a Former Ghetto

Heidelburg Project- Street View,  Photo credit: The Heidelburg Project.

Heidelburg Project- Street View, Photo credit: The Heidelburg Project.

It’s faced intense criticism from neighbors who thought it an eyesore, and large parts were bulldozed by the city twice.   Even Oprah Winfrey called it a public nuisance.  Admittedly, it doesn’t translate well in photographs; it must be experienced, and those that actually visit Heidelburg Street can vouch that artist Tyree Guyton has worked nothing short of a miracle in a former ghetto.  His is art with a purpose, and it’s made a difference.  Continue reading

Moments of Truth? Yuri Pattison’s ‘Free Traveller’ at Cell Project Space, London

Yuri Pattison Sculpture

8. Free Traveller, 2014, installation detail, Cell Project Space. Photo by Mariell Amelie

During the recent election in New Zealand, the campaign was marred by several high profile controversies surrounding the hacking of emails and the possible collusion of the governing National Party in mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens as part of the Five Eyes intelligence arrangement. In August of this year, a month out from the election, investigative journalist Nicky Hagar published Dirty Politics, in which he alleged people within the government had worked in secret with a right-wing attack blog called ‘Whale Oil’ to attack and discredit opponents. The source of the emails used as evidence was revealed as a hacker known only as ‘Rawshark,’ who proceeded to leak documents over Twitter supporting the book’s claims shortly after its release. Continue reading

L.A. Artist Gary Simpson

 

Gary Simpson Sculpture

Current mix of all 193 countries magnified 125 times.

Ever since September 11th, 2001, when the World Trade Center complex in New York was struck by al-Qaeda terrorists and collapsed, killing almost 3,000 people, artist Gary Simpson has been making artwork  that sifts through the trauma of those events , visually underscoring  our human responsibility  to care for the planet we all call home. Indeed, according to today’s astrophysicists, amidst the planets in our solar system, earth alone supports what we call human life.  From the vantage point of our ‘aloneness’ in our solar system, it is intriguing and knowing that Simpson’s choice artistic material is the soil of the earth itself. Continue reading

Art on Loan

 

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Without much fear of contradiction, one can say that artists want to exhibit their work and sell their work, too. When you yell into a canyon, you want to hear an echo. Getting that exhibition opportunity and making a sale, however, is rarely a given, leading artists to try alternatives. Some artists have found one option to be loaning their work, and they are discovering that a growing number of municipalities, as well as universities and museums, around the country are interested in receiving short- and long-term loans of artwork. Continue reading

Crowd Sourcing Ben Franklin’s Bust

Ben Franklin Sculpture

Composite image of completed 3D prints, photographed before being shipped.

Ben Franklin rises again. Only, this time instead of being an undead character in a series of children’s books, Ben Franklinstein is the loving nick-name given to a project that crowdsources the 3D-printed reproduction of Jean-Antoine Houdon’s portrait bust of the inventor and founding father. For Todd Blatt, organizer of the project, this is his second crowdsourced 3D-printing project of the year. Continue reading

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