Bovey Lee, Paper Cutout Artist, Pittsburgh, PA
Artist Statement: My paper cutouts contemporize a fading Chinese folk art, paper cutting. Simple material and laborious process infuse honesty and dignity into the highly intricate and elaborate compositions that I create. I work with rice paper because it is culturally significant and sustainable. Hand made from mulberry tree bark, rice paper is tissue thin, dense, and soft to the touch. The silk backing that I use adds resilience to the rice paper and silk is also renewable.
The underlying themes in her paper cutouts are power, sacrifice, and survival.
Bovey Lee was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States in 1993. She works with and combines a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, digital media, and most recently paper cutting. Since 2005, Bovey’s paper cutout drawings seek to preserve, promote, and extend an ancient Chinese folk art through invention by adding personal and contemporary elements that have not been used in the traditional craft before.
For more on Bovey’s work visit her on the web.
After four years in the making, Tristan Eaton has finally finished his new undertaking with Prestel Publishing called The 3D Art Book. With over 100 works by some of the biggest names in contemporary art today, this 265 page must-have book features many modern works in a medium that is rarely used today, retro 3D. Each expertly rendered image comes jumping to life when viewed in 3D glasses which are included with the book. You can score this rad book right now on Amazon.com.
Luke Buchanan, Mixed Media, Raleigh, NC
What we love about Luke’s work is that he uses telephone poles, railroad tracks, stairways and buildings, things of our everyday existence, to represent a intertwining of generations. He represents these spaces with different elements: photographs, paint, found objects and canvas, although sometimes using sheet metal, glass and concrete panels. He is interested in what is remembered and forgotten as these symbols occupy the spaces we create and the spaces in between that we have created unintentionally.
“The photographs are of a specific place, and were taken at a specific time. They are documentation of an instant in an every-changing world. They show a real place. The found objects are from that place. Attached to the base they break the plane of the painting and become a link between the painting and the viewer. These objects may be wire, matchsticks, washers, bolts, or anything else I find while taking the pictures. The paint is memory projected. By filling in between the photographs it transforms the space from a common area, to one experienced by an individual. The painting as a sum of all parts becomes both literal and symbolic.”
“Thousands of people walk by and through these spaces, each an individual with their own experience. In the same room where an old couple repeats words of love, once a young man passed away. These shared spaces and experiences are the focus of my work.”
For more on Luke’s work visit him on the web.
theStudio’s blog just turned 2 (on February 25, 2011)!
Our blog is a way for all of us at theStudio to express our interests in the art, design and furniture industry, what it is about art and why we choose the design/furniture. It has been our continued commitment to also pay particular attention to relevant art topics by artists, collectors, galleries, curators, designers and architects from our community and around the world. We will also continure to profile an artist/architect of the week. We come across many talented artists/architects and this is a way for us to have the opportunity to share them all with you. Thank you to all our followers, for your friendship, support and continued business!
Jaq Chartier, Painter, Seattle
Through experimentation, observation and notation Chartier creates sensuous paintings that provide commentary on both the visual culture and everyday practice of scientific investigation by highlighting similarities between artistic and scientific practice.
Each of her paintings begins as an actual “test” to explore some aspect of her materials – deeply saturated inks, stains and dyes which migrate and seep through creamy white paint films and layers of acrylic resin.
These paintings can be viewed as frozen moments in time when something occurred and was captured in the acrylic film, like a bug in amber. They’re also slow-motion performances, gradually changing as the materials continue to interact on a microscopic level. Halos of effusive color emerge where one component in a stain drifts away from it’s moorings, creating edges that hover. It’s a type of color that suggests something outside of our ordinary, everyday world. Beautiful, but also sort of bizarre – inflamed, infectious-looking, suggestive of energies that we can’t see.
For more on Jaq’s testing visit her on the web at jaqbox.com.
Sandra Fettingis, Mixed Media, Denver, Colorado
It is no secret that all of us at theStudio LOVE acrylic. We use it for several projects and welcome the chance to explore new ideas with using the material. It is clean, manufactured and industrial. Born and raised in Chicago and currently residing in Denver, Sandra has truly inspired us with her cut acrylic pieces. She combines humanistic interest with a love of design.
Sandra is influenced by photographic portraiture, art deco design, modern and contemporary architecture and colorist ideas. What we love about her work is that she portrays individual characteristics through graphic representations while exploring patterns and their complicated integration through our conscious and subconscious psyche.
For more on Sandra’s work visit her on the web.