An excerpt from Maria Porges’ forthcoming book about artists who employ mending.
Amy Ellingson: Chopping Wood on the Astral Plane
The distance between concept and execution, says the artist, is what makes a painting “a contemporary object.”
Artist Profile: Chris McCaw
If the precision of digital photographs leave you cold, Chris McCaw has the antidote. The raw beauty of his images recalls the pioneering days of the medium.
Jane Rosen @ Braunstein/Quay
What is it that nature has to show us if we have the eyes to see it? And what is seeing, anyway? These are questions Rosen has explored for a long time.
Video: Patrick Dougherty @ Palo Alto Art Center
Watch this video and learn how Dougherty transforms tons of sticks into architectural masterpieces that quite literally jump the nature/culture divide.
Artist Profile: Robert Brady
Whether scouring the desert, reading about tribal art or traveling in foreign lands, Bob Brady has always had a knack for creatively re-purposing objects, ideas and experiences.
Profile: Peter VandenBerge
There’s plenty of mystery in Peter VandenBerge’s elongated, primitive faces; but their punch comes from a distinct brand of ‘60s-era, Duchamp-influenced absurdism.
Artist Profile: Michael Stevens
In Michael Stevens’ Howdy Doody-meets-Alfred Hitchcock universe, demons lurk behind white picket fences, and what looks wholesome at first glance could be…
Artist Profile: Alan Chin
After tragedy strikes, Alan Chin asks: “How am I alive? How am I still functioning?” For answers, he paints the very essence of life.
Claudia Bernardi @ 40 Acres
When it comes to integrating art and human rights, printmaker/installation artist Claudia Bernardi has few peers.
Profile: Robert Ortbal
Robert Ortbal has created a phantasmagorical universe of objects that play on familiar associations but defy comparisons to any actual terrestrial forms you may know.
Profile: Enrique Chagoya
American history is filled with foreigners who have come to these shores and revealed truths that made us squirm. Enrique Chagoya did exactly that.
Profile: Roger Vail
Photographer Roger Vail turns seemingly ordinary subjects into images that range from poetically minimal to flat-out hallucinatory.
Profile: Roland Reiss
Cutting-edge LA artist and academic visionary.