Monthly Archives: May 2010

Rana Rochat, Paintings, Atlanta, GA

Artist Statement:

There is a universal fragile balance between order and chaos, reason and spontaneity that my paintings try to capture. They are pictorial metaphors of this fragile balance using marks, forms, colors, as well as the luminosity and visual depth afforded by the encaustic medium.

The forms and marks are natural and seemingly familiar, yet they are nonspecific, not easy to label. I intend for them to be fluid, without fixed meanings. Within an environment of deep light and color, my goal is to create an experience that is pre-verbal, promoting pictorial awareness prior to any explicit formatting of perceptual experiences into narratives. I like to think of my paintings as visual poems.

My idea is that narratives sacrifice intuition, gut feelings and the profound experience of mystery that a painting has the potential to provide. My forms and marks, with their apparent weight, particular vitality, and inertia live in a luminous and transparent environment.

For more on Rana’s work visit


Choosing the right frame is a big deal for many people. When you have a special photo or painting, the right frame can enhance and draw attention to it.

There are many different types of frames on the market today. The Wall Art Studios Design Center is home to a wide variety of frame samples: Elegant, antique, modern, wood, metal, Italian, etc. Choosing the right frame for your art, wether it be a photograph or painting is very important.

Determining what type/genre the art is will assist you in deciding what type of frame to purchase. If the art is a professional portrait then you may want to consider a wood or etched frame, something that is somber or elegant. It is also important that you set a limit on how much you want to spend on your frame.

Another consideration is where you will be displaying the frame. Consider the décor of the room and the color scheme. If you are thinking of a colored frame, choose a color that will not only draw attention to the art, but also blend in with the colors of the room. Many people opt for a natural wood because it not only blends well into any décor, it can also be painted or stained should you change your décor.

The room where you will be placing the photograph or painting is a major factor in deciding on which type of frame to use. Choosing a frame for a nursery is very different than choosing one for a living room. A frame with pink and blue may be perfect for a baby’s room, however it does not go well in a living room. It is important that you take into consideration where the frame will be placed.

Choosing the right size frame is critical to any décor. If you have small frames already, choosing a large frame for your photo or painting may seem like it is out of place. Taking the art with you and placing it with different frame samples will assist narrowing your choices.

Choosing a frame for a painting can be a little more tedious, especially if the painting has sentimental value. Paintings of landscapes are beautiful, and you want to display them in a frame that will only enhance the beauty. Elegant frames such as etched wood are the perfect frame for paintings that have a natural beauty all their own.


Office Furniture plays a fundamental role in creating the office atmosphere and environment. Thus to create the right office atmosphere it is essential to pick out the appropriate furniture that not only suits your office atmosphere in terms of aesthetics but also in terms of improvising efficiency. There are a number of considerations that are necessary before you buy office furniture. The foremost being choosing furniture that rightly blends with your workspace.

Modern office furniture can make an otherwise conventional room look like a contemporary office. Also this impacts one in psychological way as well as it motivates one to work as the professional environment of the office serves as an impetus to work. Research has proved that people feel more productive when they are exposed to contemporary office furniture setting.


1. Make sure the office furniture you choose fits the room and that there is enough room to open cabinets and drawers, and that people have enough room to get to their desks, and in and out of the office.

2. Office furniture needs to be suitable for purpose.

3. Don’t forget extra office furniture items like filing cabinets, book cases and computer stands as these will provide additional functionality and storage space for your office.

4. Make sure that your office furniture is ergonomic. It is important that it is comfortable as well as stylish and practical. Health and safety requirements need to be adhered as many strains, aches and other work related ailments can be avoided.

5. Divide the room where possible by having separate areas for different types of staff. Those who spend all day on the phone will have different furniture needs to those who need room to view design ideas or those who need peace and quiet.

6. Different moods can be created by using different coloured chairs, desks, or tables.

7. Stylish hi-tech modern designs, or traditional woods. What you choose will depend on the nature of your business. Your office furniture may be fashionable today, but will it still look stylish in 5 years time?

8. Think about the impression your office furniture has to give to clients as well as staff. Office furniture for a firm of accountants needs to be different from a graphic design company. The office might be part of a factory or a restaurant or a shop, so it needs to be appropriate and in keeping with the company ethos. A design agency will want to appear creative and vibrant, whilst a solicitor’s office will want to appear calming and welcoming.

9. Think about the future, how easy is it to expand the office layout, using your chosen furniture? New employees or technology or processes and procedures may mean that the office layout has to change frequently.

10. Good office furniture will encourage employees to be more productive, by ensuring that all they need is at hand, and they can carry out their duties without disturbing others.


The Archive Series are investigations on space and books. Its departure point is density and mico spaces, and a series of traditional relationships that humans have to books.

Every 30 Seconds a book is published in the world. The average publication prints 5000 copies. Every minute 10,000 books are sent to print.

The average reader can read about 240 words per minute. A 300 page book normally takes 9 hours to read, non stop. If you read while you walk, you can read a book in about 31 miles. If you read and walk, watch out for traffic.


Meredith McKinney, Photographer, Tallahassee, FL

Meredith McKinney’s images start as 4×5 inch negatives from a pinhole camera. This is historically a very early photographic technique in which a pin hole (or in this case a more modern version, a zone plate) through a thin opaque membrane is used to focus the light instead of using a camera lens. This creates a negative with markedly different properties than we are accustomed to with a standard camera. From this serendipitous starting point the negative is scanned and usually the image itself seems to dictate what direction color, contrast and composition changes should go.

For more on Meredith’s work visit Tilt Gallery in Phoenix.

Stanley Grosse, Painter, Maui, HI

Grosse was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1930 and began his art education in 1956 at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Grosse continued his studies at California State University and went on to receive a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Since beginning his professional career, Grosse has had both solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southwest. His work is displayed in corporate, public, and private collections and he has been cited in various books and publications.

For more on Grosse’s work visit and see his work in person at Art One Gallery and The Art Dept. in Scottsdale.