Art references 2016
Melanie Caple writes about GINA KALABISHIS and her current paintings that combine the Australian wilderness with decoration and flesh.
"After years of trying to harness these feelings within her practice, when contemplating this latest body of work the artist discovered the term ‘biophilia.’
Belonging, intimacy, touch, euphoria. These siblings to love all arise when an individual recognises a physical and emotional response to nature. German psychologist and sociologist Erich Fromm (1900 – 1980) penned the term in reference to being attracted to all that is alive and vital. Bjork, the ethereal Icelandic songstress released an album in 2011 titled Biophilia, exploring the link between nature, music and technology.
To explore this relationship in all of its intricacies, Kalabishis juxtaposed elements of her city home and self with the wild and isolated landscape. Foraging for flowers, leaves and branches she tied, hung, and draped ikebana like arrangements, photographing them suspended in her surrounds – whether that be at home or in the wilds.
Image © of the artist.
DEBORAH BUTTERFIELD sculptor
Deborah Butterfield at L.A Louver
"Mud has always been one of my favourite things"
Deborah discusses preditor, prey and herself in the work as well as discovering the foundry as a way of developing her wooden horses into something that endures.
Dialogue with the artist Deborah discusses the 'play' in building wooden horse sculptures.
Image © Deborah Butterfield
Ceramic figure sculptor Judy Fox
SIMONE LEIGH sculptures at Jack Tilton Gallery
"Since the 1990s, New York-based painter Lisa Yuskavage has created a signature crop of luscious portraits of scantily dressed women, their curvaceous figures so intensely sexualized they become almost monstrous. Breasts, buttocks and bellies bulge to alien proportions, as the subjects, at once eroticized and empowered, challenge the viewer not to blush. Frosting pinks, seafoam greens and aquamarine punctuate Yuskavage’s visual playground, conjuring a hallucinatory space somewhere between childhood curiosity and adult fantasy." - Huffington Post.
Also a great example of an artist website.
Images © of the artist.
See her gallery here.