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Caroline Gaedechens – 13 Dreams

Monday, November 17, 2014

Caroline Gaedechens is an illustrator and artist living in Hamburg, Germany. These works are from her handmade book 13 Dreams. All of Caroline’s work, no matter how small or seemingly modest, have a bit of magic in them.

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Artist Crush: Abbey McCulloch

Friday, November 14, 2014

In her lustrous paintings Abbey McCulloch explores complex, sometimes contradictory aspects of the modern female psyche.

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Artist Crush: Celia Johnson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The reductive, pop-y work of Celia Johnson caught my attention recently. These pieces are encaustic and alkyd on wood. In her statement Celia writes, “I enjoy persuading liquid paints, inks and hot glowing wax into counterintuitively distinct, bound, or embedded fields of pure saturated color.”

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Artist Crush: Mark Goodwin

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mark Goodwin is an artist and sculpture based in Randolph, Vermont who has been exhibiting his work since 1980. He also has a great tumblr worth checking out.

“Raised in a place where representation was paramount for something to be labeled art, I found great excitement in non-objective work where a black square on a canvas was enough. Today, in my own work, I flirt with representation yet shy away from rendering a specific illusion.”

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BSDA Artist Interview: Michelle Fleck

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

San Francisco-based artist Michelle Fleck is back with new work on Buy Some Damn Art. 

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Boxed In

KATE: Your artwork deals with urban environments. How was the city of San Francisco, and your neighborhood in particular, evolved since you started painting these landscapes? Are you still inspired by the same things?

MICHELLE: Living in SF for almost 10 years now, I’ve always been drawn to scenes from urban landscapes and the intersection of the man-made and nature. As of late, my work has been impacted by witnessing this city undergo rapid change. My neighborhood keeps developing and every time I leave the house it seems like something new pops up. This series in particular was inspired by watching large condo units being built where there were once longtime vacant lots. A lot of the pieces depict the potted plants being brought in to add greenery these newly completed buildings. This group of paintings explores urban expansion and finds beauty in these moments of newness and change.

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KATE: Can you talk a bit about your palette, which includes bright pink, orange and neon green?

MICHELLE: I love bright, artificial colors (what can I say, I grew up in the 90s loving Lisa Frank!) and often juxtapose them with more muted or subdued earth tones. These contrasting color families always jump out at me when I’m walking around the city, and I find them really stunning when placed side by side in my work. They act as a visual metaphor for the concepts I explore in my work.

KATE: A recurrent theme in your work is the sectioning off of certain areas by the use of plastic fencing and stakes and rope. What lies behind this theme?

MICHELLE: I think I’m drawn to these barriers because they speak to our pattern as humans to exert control over a space or situation. The fences, ropes, string and caution tape are all metaphors for control and containment, or separation of man and nature.


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High Rise


KATE: Have you ever dabbled in mixed-media or incorporated found objects in your works?

MICHELLE: Honestly, not so much lately!  I love and have always loved paint. While I like the idea of branching out to new media, I’m kind of a perfectionist, so I always find myself going back to what medium I’m most comfortable with.

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KATE: What is inspiring you to create new work at this point in time?

MICHELLE: Being in the Bay Area, where art has a huge presence, really keeps me going. And as opportunities to show work keep coming up, that inspires me to continue creating as well.

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See/read  a studio visit with Michelle here.

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