Posts tagged drawing
Illustrator and Screen Printer Clint Reid
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Clint Tillman Reid is an illustrator, screen printer, and art educator living with his family in a small corner of Oklahoma.

His art comes from a desire to take moments, clusters of emotions, or specific points in time and give them a visual reference in an attempt to understand, and oftentimes reconcile, the relational ties between the story and the self.

www.tillmanproject.com

Michael Reedy
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Michael Reedy currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and teaches drawing at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Art & Design. His work has been included in over 150 national and international exhibitions and can be viewed in numerous private and institutional collections, including Clatsop Community College, Minot State University, Shippensburg University, and the Hoffman Trust National Collection in association with the San Diego Art Institute. Notable recent creative activities include a two-person exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco and solo exhibitions at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia and Helikon Gallery in Denver, Colorado. He will also have work featured in Spoke Art’s upcoming publication The Moleskine Project Vol. 2, Manifest Gallery’s 12th International Drawing Annual, and Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom.

Statement

The majority of my work these days tend to exist within the framework of a Memento mori (Latin: "remember that you have to die"), as I often employ skulls and other objects that serve as a warning or reminder of death. However, these images are often imbued with a degree of sarcastic self-awareness and “woe is me” self-pity. Clip-art Cherubs giving us the bird, vomiting demons, skull babies, floating brains, and organ ghosts become central to the grand spectacle that is called getting older – and not wanting to! When combined with an alien landscape full of hypno-spirals, cascading vortexes, and black holes - we find ourselves transported to another plane that is seriously trying to not take itself too seriously. This point-of-tension between hope and despair, humor and pain, and living and dying is infinitely interesting to me – and represents my mindset every time I look in the mirror and see another grey hair.

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Natalie Dark

Born in Miami, FL, Natalie Dark works in a variety of mediums, though her current work is made exclusively in colored pencil. Natalie's attention to detail and precision requires a certain level of mindfulness, which lends itself to rich color and visual depth that results in finished pieces reminiscent of oil paintings created by 17th-century Dutch Masters.

As a theme, mindfulness is woven throughout her body of work in direct response to her environment and reflections on personal identity and cultural experience. As a Cuban-American woman in today's political climate, colored pencil provides a sense of stability and grounding that is necessary when living in a world that is in a constant state of flux.

Follow her on Instagram: @nataliedarkart.

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Artist Statement

"Camino Oscuro," (or "Dark Journey," in English) is a foray into Natalie's experience as a newly married, Hispanic woman, who has lost a sense of obvious cultural identity in exchanging her maiden name, Delgado, for the more Americanized Dark.

Her subject matter is purposefully inviting, familiar, and comforting. It provides the viewer with an instant connection and, therefore, an opportunity for further exploration. It is a democratizing experience, where a seductive and comforting exterior hides a world of complexity, a history unexplored or understood by the viewer.

Art on Paper in Brussels

We were so excited to be given the opportunity to visit Art on Paper [in collaboration with BOZAR] a small, international drawing-focused art fair in Brussels last week. Besides the fact that it highlights a specific medium - one which can be defined broadly due to its potential to be used in a seemingly infinite amount of ways - the fair is unique in that each gallery's booth presents one solo exhibition rather than a group show of their roster of artists. Below you'll find a few of our favorites!

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From the Art on Paper press release:

The line, to infinity. As everyone knows, drawing is first and foremost a line, potentially infinite. This line evolves and expands over time. In 2018, Art on Paper grows and doubles in size. Since its inception, Art on Paper has been emphasizing the variety and diversity of contemporary approaches to drawing through artist solo shows. This is the main principle of the show, it is THE specificity renewed every year: one booth, one gallery, one artist. Thus, for 5 days, 50 Belgian and international galleries are investing BOZAR exhibition spaces to offer, in the heart of Brussels, 50 SOLO SHOWS from established and emerging artists: the best of contemporary drawing. Building on the success of its latest editions, Art on Paper is setting itself up this year in the prestigious "Ravenstein Circuit", always in collaboration with BOZAR, and has new parallel projects to reflect the most current creation and the most experimental practices in terms of drawing.

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1. Gamaliel Rodríguez at ATM Galería

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5. Serena Fineschi at Montoro 12 Contemporary Art

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6. Anneke Eussen at Tatjana Pieters

Brooks Salzwedel

Artist Brooks Salzwedel brings together a unique combination of materials to form his ethereal and airy landscape drawings. Through the use of graphite, resin, mylar, pencil and ink, Salzwedel creates layers of scenes that sometimes display quiet and delicate clusters of lone forests, while other times his compositions include man-man elements that seep into the natural world, threatening to take over. His use of minimal color is so soft and subtle—it appears is if they had just been blown in with the wind that surrounds the artist's cold mountains. Salzwedel's most recent work adds an element of incredible depth and perspective, as pieces like Mount Washington Contained portrays a mountainous scene as 3-dimension, as if the drawing is extending towards the viewer. 

Describing his work, Salzwedel says, “Ancient trees, decaying flora, and icy mountains obscure long forgotten places and objects, at once familiar and unrecognizable, creating a space for rumination that challenges the relationship to their meaning.”

Based out of Los Angeles, Salzwedel earned a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena. Inspiration drawn from participation in artist residencies in places such as Denali National Park and White River National Forest can be seen clearly within his work, as the breathless natural beauty that is exhibited in his drawings could surely only be captured after experiencing it in person. 

Jeremy Nichols

Jeremy Nichols meticulously renders graphite drawings of spatial complexity, creating forms that gravitate and explode in various directions. Many of his drawings, like the work in his series Out of Sight, Out of Mind, seem to have microorganisms swimming across the composition. It is as if these are the unstable particles that make up the floating, uncharted worlds from his series Outside/In. In this series, each hovering formation is made up of organic substances that seem to be alive as they flow and drip out from the structure’s surface, while they also contains geometric shapes that give it more of a stable core. These floating structures become living entities made up of conflicting facets that pull the form in different directions, altering its shape. We as viewers are confronted with their intricacy, forcing us to slow down and investigate each detail to understand the complicated structures within Nichols’ subjects.

Nichols explains, “The work manipulates my perception of reality through dreamscapes, offering a representation of the chaotic harmony that led to my feelings of isolationism. By combining the repetitive elements of architectural design with familiar patterns found in nature, I hope to enhance the relationship and energy between landscapes and the human condition.”

Nichols’ work has moved into the realm of murals, which can be found all over Portland, where the artist currently lives and works. These pieces stay true to the unique aesthetic found in his drawings, but are now on a much larger scale and incorporate brilliant colors.