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Artist Crush: Lora Northway

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Canadian artist Lora Northway has a magical collection of large-scale artwork debuting at Definitely Superior on Jan. 10th.

“This series began with an investigation into my family’s immigration to Canada in 1901. My great great grandmother Aina Wilen traveled from Finland at 17, became a key founder of the women’s movement in Thunder Bay… I was able to travel to the cabin she helped build, document rugs she wove, and uncover dozens of photographs of my family canoeing, working, building and fighting for the vote.  These paintings honour their lives and traditions.”

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Artist Crush: Hillery Rebeka Sproatt

Monday, November 25, 2013

These drawings by Hillery Rebeka Sproatt are about the home. Sproatt does a wonderful job of  documenting her inspiration on her blog.

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Artist Crush: Alyson Provax

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mixed-media works by Alyson Provax of Portland, Oregon. Alyson has some very cool work over on Buy Some Damn Art.

“I suppose my work is inevitably dark insofar as it deals with time, which is given meaning through death. Although, without being too prescriptive, I find it almost impossibly light to be reminded that we will move through time regardless of anything else, that everything will eventually change and there is just nothing to be done – and that our attention to the moment is the only thing keeping us rooted in place, at all.” – Artist Q/A

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Artist Crush: Margo WOLOWIEC

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Margo Wolowiec lives and works in San Francisco. These are handwoven textiles with dye sublimation ink. According to one blogger the works are based off of the chaotic visual soup of a television screen on the fritz.

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Artist Crush: Nazara Lázaro

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

These paintings are from a series by Nazara Lázaro called The Silk Road Project which was created during the artist’s journey from Japan to Berlin almost entirely by land. You can read about the artist and the project here.

In June 2012, after nine months in Japan, I took a ferry from Osaka to Shanghai.
I crossed China by bus and train. I Stopped in Beijing and Xian.
I lost all my money in a bus between Urumqi and Kashgar, [but] managed to earn a small amount playing the guitar.

I crossed the mountains to Kyrgyzstan.
In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, I waited one week until I got the Afghan VISA.
I crossed Afghanistan during the Ramadan period; I had no contacts or money.
I organized a performance in Kabul, in the Society of Poets and Writers.
To avoid the dangers of taking a bus, I had to fly from Kabul to Herat.

I crossed the border into Iran, where I stayed one month and organized a second performance.
The police took me to the police station accusing me of sleeping in Iranian houses.
Instead of deporting me, after several hours of interrogation, they asked me to leave the country with in 48h.
I took a bus to Turkey.
I hitchhiked in Turkey and found a truck driver who took me from Istanbul to Berlin.
I arrived at the end of September.

(excerpt from interview on synonym)

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