In the Studio with Crystal Schenk

Crystal Schenk Sculpture

Syringe (detail cropped), 2012. 18″h x 7″w x 5″d. Cow skull, beads. Photo: Dan Kvitka

Crystal Schenk uses animal skulls to create autobiographical artworks. Employing traditional folk-art techniques from the indigenous Huichol people in the Sierra Madre, Schenk covers deer, steer and cow skulls with beaded skins that are invested with personal resonance. She also uses skulls as a base for growing quartz and crystals in her Portland home. In this interview, we begin a conversation about intimate or accessible meanings of her compelling memento mori. Continue reading

Procrastination at its Best

Never Finished Sculpture

Never Finished Installation. Photo by Mark Woods.

There might have been an opening reception, but artists Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora have not admitted to completing the commissioned work on view. Never Finished at Suyama Space suggests open-ended conversations, things in motion, unresolved conflict. In other words it’s an ongoing dialogue that stretches from floor to ceiling in one of Seattle’s largest and most inventive gallery spaces. The gallery acts as foyer to the well-known firm Suyama Peterson Deguchi Architects. On one side of the wall, architectural professionals bent studiously over plans. On the other, Never Finished made up of over 300 fluorescent fixtures caught in a silent, whispering vortex. Continue reading

Boaz Vaadia: Sculpture 1971–2012

Boaz Scultpure

The work of Boaz Vaadia is among the most recognizable sculpture in today’s gallery, museum, and public art venues. His stacked-stone figures (solo, in family groups, sometimes with companion animals) are evocative and distinctive. A handsome book from Hudson Hills Press, with text by Wendy Steiner, Ivan C. Karp, Anthony Brown, and the artist himself, not only gives many excellent photographs of the work but also a great deal of context for the sculpture and a good sense of the origins and development of Vaadia’s art. Continue reading

Salvatore Scarpitta: Full Throttle

Salvatore Scarpitta Sculpture

Salvatore Scarpitta, Sal Cragar, 1969. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Place a racecar in the middle of an art gallery, and it’s bound to draw attention. Especially if all the other works in that art gallery are bandaged paintings and sleds—each made by the same artist. Visually they may possess similarities, but connecting the dots that motivates the artist to go from bandaged paintings, to cars, to sleds, and back to cars—eventually assembling a racing team—is a challenge. This is the difficulty of Salvatore Scarpitta’s recent retrospective (or, reintroduction, as some call it, since the exhibition is rather small) that opened in July at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Continue reading

Impresora 3D-Mariano Giraud

Mariano Giraud Sculpture

Mariano Giraud, Medusa, 2014. Impresión 3D, pintura sintética, vidrio. 11 x 47 x 40 cm

Mariano Giraud (1977) es Profesor Nacional de Bellas Artes en Pintura (I.U.N.A), ampliando sus estudios con Guillermo Kuitca, Diana Aisenberg, Rafael Cipollini, Eva Grinstein y Fabián Marcaccio. Desde 2002 integra el colectivo de artistas Oligatega Numeric y su carrera cuenta ya con varias menciones importantes como el 2° premio Concurso Nacional UADE de Pintura (2013), 2° Premio Itaú Cultural de artes visuales (2011) y la participación en el Premio arteBA-Petrobras (2010). Su obra se exhibió en el Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, entre otros. Continue reading


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