Bad Debts & Recoveries

Sculpture Debts and Recoveries

Don’t pay the utility company, and your electricity will be cut off. Miss some auto loan payments, and your car will be repossessed. Forget about the credit card charges, and a collection agency will be in touch and your credit rating affected. Don’t pay the artist for his or her painting, and you can keep the artwork and your money. What’s wrong with this picture? Continue reading

Debra Baxter: All I Ever Wanted

Sculpture Debra Baxter

Almost Better (detail), 2013. Alabaster, Crystalized Coral, 6.5 x 10 x 6 inches.

Seattle artist Debra Baxter’s show at Platform Gallery, All I Ever Wanted, investigates a uniquely feminine desire for pillow talk. Baxter’s work has, at times, straddled the realms of jewelry and sculpture. Take, for example, her set of brass knuckles (Devil Horn Crystal Brass Knuckles).  Topped by a jagged mass of crystal it could be the world’s most badass engagement ring, or a snazzy fighting weapon. Continue reading

In the Studio: Making Art with Pawel Althamer


Pawel Althamer’s first solo show in America has turned the New Museum into a collaborative art studio and an interactive space. It’s so common to see art made from everyday objects, materials, and detritus that I could have missed seeing what Althamer is doing.  His work stands out for a palpable inner joy that somehow infuses the sculptural environments he creates, for his uncanny ability to personally connect with and inspire diverse communities, and, most of all, for installations (on three floors) that literally turn all viewers into participants. Continue reading

Powder Room

Detail from Karla Black’s 2014 solo exhibition at David Zwirner, New York. Photo by Maris Hutchinson

Detail from Karla Black’s 2014 solo exhibition at David Zwirner, New York Photo by Maris Hutchinson.

Perhaps one challenge of using everyday materials to create sculpture is revivification: how best to proffer a solution using recognizable materials when a formulaic response will seem cliché or tired?  Some artists create extraordinary work from ordinary objects through accumulation — whereby the same object is used incessantly — and ask viewers to reconsider a known form through refreshed perception. Continue reading

Carola Zech – INSTABILE

ZECH. Levitante II. Sistema magnetico de levitacion. Masilla poliester, pintura tricapa, mdf. 30cm x 30cm x 10cm. 2014.

ZECH. Levitante II. Sistema magnetico de levitacion.
Masilla poliester, pintura tricapa, mdf. 30cm x 30cm x 10cm. 2014.

Línea, geometría, rigurosidad, armonía espacial entre los cuerpos y objetos que ocupan ese espacio, combinación de volúmenes, rol protagónico del color, carácter industrial de los materiales, supremacía del impacto visual y la forma constructiva por sobre el gesto, economía de medios en pro de una maximización de los resultados sensibles, son todos recursos, elementos y herramientas, que perfectamente definen la obra de la escultora Carola Zech. Continue reading

Come Fly with Me

Sculpture Donald Lipski Sacramento Airport

Acorn Steam, Sacramento International Airport

“You have two experiences in an airport,” veteran public artist Donald Lipski (American, b. 1947) recently told an interviewer when describing the viewer experience in an airline terminal. “You are rushing through and hardly see anything. Or you are stuck here and have hours to kill. To try to come up with something to serve both of those situations is challenging and I love that.” Continue reading

Artist-in-Residence Programs


Amidst the ongoing struggle to obtain government (local, state and federal) support for the nonprofit arts and the din of what once was called the “culture wars” has been a growing interest around the country in helping artists create more work. Some of this has been on the part of government, as one city after another has looked to use grants, loans and tax credits to produce affordable places for artists to live and work, while other programs that financially assist artists are private, nonprofit endeavors (Center for Cultural Innovation, Creative Capital and United States Artists, among others). Another form of help to artists that has been on the rise is residency programs, where artists are provided time and space to do their artwork. Continue reading


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