Open Call for #Artist Entries for Exhibition: Flat Rate Box

 

This is an opportunity that I discovered while updating our International Art Gallery Directory — now over 800 pages of art galleries and links to their website, address and contact information, and their submission guidelines–all of which require continual ongoing attention, review, and updating as needed.

The opportunity I found is “Flat Rate Box”–

“Flat Rate Box” is an open call to artists for artwork to be exhibited at the Modified Arts contemporary art gallery in Dec. 2017.

In this exhibition, artists working in all mediums are asked to submit work that fits into a USPS Flat Rate Box– regardless of size upon opening. Artists are encouraged to explore the possibilities of art works that transcend shipping size restrictions.

Read the full submission guidelines here.  This is a No entry fee opportunity.

 

#Artists Creating Custom Handmade Jewelry in the South of England

 

Husband and wife team, Jana Reinhardt and Ross Cutting are janareinhardt.com creating handmade jewelry in the South of England. They specialize in bespoke, or commissioned pieces, and fine jewelry.
Jana and Ross have over 40 years experience in jewelry design and micro manufacture between them, long regarding jewelry making as an art form, eschewing CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) in favor of the old methods of fabrication and wax carving.

18 ct  white oak wedding rings

 

While customers are largely concerned with the materials that constitute the finished article of jewelry they want to buy, Jana and Ross know the making process involves a much wider host of materials than you would first think.

A green wax carving.

Every item of Jana Reinhardt jewelry begins its journey when Jana carves the master pattern in hard green casting wax – this can take hours depending on how intricate the piece is. “Our brand is famed for its stylized animal pieces, which means Jana needs to use a wax that gives excellent strength, even when carved into extremely fine shapes. It is very crisp and clean to work with,” according to Ross Cutting.

Swallow Rings, 18 ct enamel

 

“She uses soft pink wax for sprues (the channels that the metal will later pour down during casting), or if she wants a softer, more organic, putty-like feel to the surface of the piece she is creating. The wax is carved with dentist tools and joined with a heat pen. To clean the waxes, she normally uses a soft make up brush and paraffin on cotton wool. This removes any filings, or fine dust and leaves the carving with a smooth, even, polished surface.”

yellow and white gold emerald bamboo rings

 

Once Jana is totally happy with the carving, it is sent off to an external company to be cast.

 

Occasionally, if something needs to be made in a hurry, Jana will carve into Fine Milliput – an air drying clay. It is super fine and trickier to work with, because you only have limited time before it starts to harden. It has the advantage of setting very hard, making it strong enough to use as a master pattern that can be cast from in the studio, using casting sand. This is a quicker process, as it can all be done in house – rather than being sent off for lost wax casting.
Once the pattern is finished and depending on whether we are making a bespoke ring, paperweight or a simple silver design, it is cast into gold, silver, platinum, palladium, bronze or brass.

The casting comes back and is processed to a fine finish, before being combined with different materials, such as semi-precious or precious gemstones, glass enamel, wood, or fabric. We sometimes use chemical patinas or plating solutions to change the color of the metal, if this is what the design requires.

 

A very complex piece might combine several of these materials, and would require a whole range of different processes to be applied to it to create the finished item. The metals and precious stones you see in a piece of jewelry are not the full story, many other materials must be used to create every item we make.

Artist Devin Fleenor to Debut His Psychedelic Interactive Artwork S.E.E.D.

ARTIST DEVIN FLEENOR TO DEBUT S.E.E.D.
A PSYCHEDELIC INTERACTIVE ARTWORK IN MEXICO CITY

Artist Devin Fleenor will début S.E.E.D., an artificially intelligent installation, in Mexico City in Fall 2017. The piece will be on view at Museo Franz Mayer at part of MUTEK.MX and Abierto Mexicano de Diseño in Mexico City from October 11 to 23, 2017.

S.E.E.D. offers its participants an algorithmic exploration of time and the physical senses. Through self-reflection, layers of consciousness are revealed and unlocked through mysterious mechanisms. Full-spectrum lasers and mirrors create three-dimensional geometric light structures reverberated by analog video feedback. The many reflections of the participants and synthesized, processed, and glitches, forming a perplexing, yet minimal psychedelic visual experience.

Housed in an eight-foot magnesium, acrylic, and glass cube, the piece is activated and modulated by human interaction. Participants do not control S.E.E.D.; rather they converse with an autonomous “machine entity” using motion sensors, infrared cameras equipped with facial recognition, and a hexagonal haptic pressure sensitive interface on the face of the cube.

The visual experience is integrated with an algorithmic, immersive quadrophonic sound field.  Both sonic effects and emotive musical landscapes are generated by the lasers themselves, which are in turn reacting to the environment.  S.E.E.D. has moods of its own, with matching behaviors, stories, reactions, and soundscapes. S.E.E.D. also understands the mood of the participant.   Positive emotion is monitored and remembered, allowing the installation to adapt its algorithms to give the user more of what they like.

S.E.E.D. is conceived of as an art form with research and therapeutic value: drawing from neuroscience research demonstrating that music, light, art, movement, and creativity can generate new neural pathways and enhance neuroplasticity.

Fleenor is partnering with Dr. Sri Krishnan, Professor and Dean of Biomedical Signal Analysis in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto.  Starting this fall semester, pending ethics review, Dr. Krishnan and his team of graduate students will be analyzing the biofeedback data generated by S.E.E.D. with the intention of demonstrating significant physiological changes and wellness improvements from interactive art therapy sessions. S.E.E.D. has potential as a tool for healing in those who suffer from brain trauma, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, PTSD, autism, and other neurological conditions.

Lead by Devin Fleenor and a team of designers, coders, artists, musicians, and academics, S.E.E.D. technology synthesizes advanced algorithms, artificial intelligence, high coherence laser projectors, LED video, proprietary robotic laser mirrors, motion sensor cameras, multi-site interconnectivity, live HD video processing, and generative sound. The brain of S.E.E.D. is programmed in and powered by openFrameworks, Max for Live, VDMX, Ableton and BEYOND.
About Devin Fleenor
Devin Fleenor is an interactive audio-visual artist based in Phoenix, AZ. He has toured the world with Mr. Meeble, and collaborated with Decibel Festival, Missy Elliott, Nosaj Thing, The Acid, ODESZA, Tycho, Mija, the Black Madonna and various other visionaries, artists and explorers. In 2017, he will partner with MUTEK, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Abierto Mexicano de Diseño to feature S.E.E.D. Recognized for synthesizing mediums of sound, light, lasers, algorithms and robotics, Devin is creating artificially intelligent art to be discovered in unique spaces across the planet.  For more information, visit devinfleenor.com or follow him on Instagram @epicdevin

Visions of Venus: Open Call for #Artist Submissions for Group Exhibition

 

Didi Mendez of Poet’s and Artists has just sent over her latest call for artist submissions! Click on the gorgeous painting by Margaret Bowland (above) for details, or you can click here for submission guidelines.

Emergency Relief for Artists + Makers Hit by Hurricane Harvey

If you sell your arts and crafts in an Etsy shop and your work and livelihood have been halted by Hurricane Harvey, then you may be able to get some support.

If you weren’t impacted by Hurricane Harvey maybe you can help–Etsy tweeted and also sent out email announcements that they are matching your donations:

 

Find out more at Cerf+ here.

Street Photography Project on Instagram for Women Photographers

Laundromat, photograph by Marie Kazalia

 

Gittel Price and Bill Price have established and continue to run a multi-faceted women’s photography community.

They run an Instagram project each month or so for women photographers of all levels to encourage, inspire and promote women’s passion and accomplishments in photography. Any woman photographer can participate or help spread the word to others who may want to.

On Instagram the project is at: @womeninphotography and their group on LinkedIn is: Women in Photography Group

As they stated:

“The projects are to increase awareness and we do these projects in our spare time voluntarily. There is no commercialization by us of your image. So If you would like to join and help promote women’s work and passion in photography it is easy to participate. If you do not want to receive project notices like this just let me know and I will take you off our list.”

Project theme for this month is: ‘Street Photography’. What do we mean by this theme?

Simply put, street photography is about documenting everyday life and society. The most important thing in street photography is to capture emotion, humanity, and soul.

Street photos can turn the mundane into something remarkable. To capture the exceptional beauty of everyday scenes, people and moments on the streets, and to show us the sights that might otherwise go unnoticed. Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.

The idea is to send us one image that represents your Street Photography.

There is no rush as we will post the images until we stop getting them. Bill will post 12 photos a day in the order we receive them until they are all posted. This will take some time if we get many submissions like we have in the past. We will email you when yours is posted.

Gittel and Bill’s Instructions:
Email your image to me or my husband Bill to: gittelprice  (at) womeninfocusinternational.com
1. Attach one of your photos.  It is easier if it is a .jpg
2. Your full name and your Instagram id if you have one so we can post and tag your image
3. One web site link that you want posted with your image: (your website, facebook, other if you have one)
4. Your note about the image if any
5. Any additional hashtags you want posted with your image

Regards,

Gittel and Bill Price

Gittel Price

President of Women in Focus

Founder of Women in Photography Group

 

New Articles, Interviews, and Opportunities for #Artists Coming Soon

 

Artist Marketing Resources is returning after taking a few weeks off in July and August.

Look for new guest articles, artist interviews, project news, and visual artist submission opportunities coming soon.

Print Swap Project via Instagram

 

The Print Swap is a project of the photography site Feature Shoot.

HOW IT WORKS:

Photographers from around the world and across all genres are invited to submit images via Instagram to be considered for the print swap. To submit, please hashtag your images #theprintswap. All images submitted must be able to be printed at 8.5×11 inches.

You can view the photos Feature Shoot has already selected by going to their Instagram account here and their Twitter here.

If your photo is chosen by The Print Swap project you will get to swap your photo–which they will have professionally printed–with another photographer who is also in the swap. The photographers involved will each give and receive a print. Part of the fun is that the print everyone gets are chosen at random, which means the print you receive in the mail will be a total surprise.

All prints will be beautifully printed by Skink Ink in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The print swap is a fun new way to add some photography to your own walls AND have your work seen by other photographers around the world. To submit– hashtag your images #theprintswap or you can email them to theprintswap@gmail.com

There is no submission fee to enter, however, if your image is chosen there will be a one-time cost of $40 which you will pay via Submittable at the same time you upload your high res file for printing. There are no additional costs beyond that and The Print Swap/ Feature Shoot will take care of everything else, including printing and shipping the selected images. Just be sure that all images you submit can be printed at 8.5×11 inches.

Opportunity to Collectively Purchase NYC Artist Studios

 

This opportunity is getting shared around the web, and in case you missed it, we wanted to re-post these details for artists looking for studio space:

Artcondo: Opportunity To Collectively Purchase Nyc Work Space

ArtCondo (www.ArtCondo.com) is a NYC real estate initiative founded and run by artists, that helps creative individuals purchase raw commercial workspaces and live/work lofts in a new way. ArtCondo gathers creative people together to form buying groups to leverage their collective buying power and cultural capital to purchase space collectively. Each building becomes a haven protecting artists and producers from future displacement, and connecting them to surrounding communities. Fine artists, writers, dancers, musicians, designers, architects, research scientists, teachers, artisans, non-profits and more are all invited to participate. Learn more and Sign up at www.ArtCondo.com Contact: artcondo2013@gmail.com

London UK Contemporary Art Gallery Open Call + Artists Submit for Daily Feature

 

The Chiara Williams Contemporary Art Gallery features art tweeted and shared across their social media accounts with the hashtag #CWCArtDaily.  Follow them on Twitter (here: @ChiaraWilliams_ ).

To be considered, please email them with 2 images of your work, together with artwork title, your name and your social media handles (twitter, instagram, facebook).

 It’s free! They share the work of one artist per day. For full submission details click here.

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If you are a UK artist in the Kent area:

AFTERNOON TEA | Works on Paper | OPEN CALL

Calling all KENT-based artists (and Kent borders), and especially encouraging submissions from artists based in MARGATE or THANET!

Chiara Williams Contemporary is hosting a pop-up tea salon and exhibition of works on paper by local artists 8 – 16 July 2017

 as part of Margate Festival.

This event was last held to great acclaim at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011…read more about the 2017 edition here…

Participation for artists is FREE but your deadline for emailing us to confirm participation is 26 JuneOPEN CALL guidelines can be found here

Feel free to share!

London, UK

Where #photographers Find Abandoned Places + Little Known Locations

 

Summer may be time for exploration, and that means something different to everyone according to their special interests.

Photographers can go behind the scenes with Messy Nessy cabinet of chic curiosities to explore abandoned places around the globe and little known places to find photography gold mines.

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As Messy Nessy says, ” We’ve found old churches, lighthouses, trains and entire ghost towns, but never before have we come across an old brothel for sale.” View it here.

On the Messy Nessy site you can explore their Off-Beat and Little Known Category here, Inspiration Vault here, and their Nostalgia category here for image resources for your artmaking. These are just a few among the many other categories on this amazingly in-depth site. We especially liked The Wonderful Lost World of Mr Hendy, among many others!

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Best Online Sales Site for Your Summer Studio Clearance Sale

Vest Singlet Spray Graffiti Casual Artwork Urban Concept

STUDIO CLEARANCE SALES

Many visual artists produce a lot of work in their studios as they develop and grow their art making practice. Soon, there may be a storage problem in their workspace. A time comes–perhaps during the summer months– when artists want to sell off a lot of transitional work. They may need to make more room in their studio and realize that selling off earlier pieces will likely provide additional money for replenishing their art materials and art making supplies.  Or perhaps the artist is planning on relocating to another workspace or renovating their current studio and the prospect of moving years of accumulated and stored artworks is overwhelming–so they would rather sell the art pieces than move them into another storage area. Psychologically, it may be freeing for an artist to sell off older work as they move forward with their style.

There are many reasons for any artist to want to offer certain of their artworks for quick sale outside the gallery system.

Open Studio sales have been underway annually for decades before any online galleries even existed. Open Studios provide a way for artists to sell their art from their studio–the major drawback being that these sales are usually annual or bi-annual and occur only over one weekend. Artists continue to need to sell artworks quickly and easily in ways that do not monopolize blocks of their time–time they could be at work on their art making.

ONLINE YEAR-ROUND STUDIO SALES

If you are an artist and need to make lots of quick art sales, for whatever reason, one site to consider is Chairish. Initially, I was invited to sell on Chairish and as a test I uploaded about a dozen paintings. So far I’ve sold 6 –paintings I needed to sell to create space.  I was glad to sell to buyers on Chairish who appreciate my art. I’m glad to have removed those pieces from storage. It’s nice to know that these artworks are now seeing the light of day and enjoyed by others.

Photography Ideas Creative Occupation Design Studio Concept

 

YOU HAVE WHAT CHAIRISH BUYERS ARE LOOKING FOR

Chairish buyers appreciate high quality design items, collectables, one-of-a-kind artworks, and limited edition pieces. One of my buyers, an Interior Designer, purchased one of my paintings for a client. We were able to have a dialog via messaging on the Chairish site. Other buyers bought my paintings to decorate their homes and apartments. My buyers are also my followers on the Chairish site and receive notifications when I add new work for sale or lower my asking price on any of their favorite artworks.

MULTIPLE ART SHIPPING OPTIONS

I know that shipping is always an issue for artists. Chairish has that covered by offering some helpful services to artists for shipping their art to buyers.

WHITE GLOVE SERVICE

First, Chairish offers White Glove service. If you have a large and valuable artwork selling on Chairish you can choose to use their White Glove service which is paid for by the buyer. With White Glove, Chairish will send art handlers to remove the artwork from your studio and hand-deliver it to your buyer.

PAID BY CHAIRISH

Another useful shipping option an artist can elect to use is the paid by Chairish Pre-paid UPS shipping label option. With this option, a pre-paid shipping label is generated for your sold artwork. Then all you need to do is print the shipping label and apply it to the package containing the artwork. You can then take your package to any UPS shipping center –which may be your local Staples store–where they scan the label and hold the package for pickup the same day. Three days later your art is delivered to your buyer. Within about seven days your payment is in your PayPal account.

Local Hand-Delivery

The 3rd shipping option available on Chairish is for the artist to pay the shipping cost on the item or charge a fee to the buyer. This option allows for you to hand-deliver your sold art piece– within a selected mile radius– for a flat fee. So if you live in a large city, you can offer to bring the art to the buyer’s home, office, or meet-up for coffee and deliver their latest purchase to them personally. Or, perhaps you know someone who will make these deliveries for you while you continue your studio work.

Each item you sell on Chairish can have any one of these shipping options selected and applied. There is no need for consistency of shipping options across your Chairish store, as on other online sales platforms.

PRICING OPTIONS AND BUYER OFFERS

Also, I like the pricing options on Chairish. For each of your artworks offered for sale, you can feature the retail price, your sale price, and add a reserve price for when a buyer makes an offer. These features help to increase your sales. Buyers are always looking for bargains and so having the option to make an offer is very appealing! They are interacting with you when they make you an offer that is a little lower than your asking price. You then have the option of entering a counter-offer or of accepting their offer for your artwork.

Now that I’ve found this viable way to make lots of quick sales I plan to add many more of my paintings to the Chairish site and get them out of storage! This may be a working option for you too.

West Coast’s Wildest, Most-Accomplished, Under-Recognized Contemporary Artists

With the support of ArtShare LA, four seasoned visual artists will receive widespread exposure in the heart of the booming Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

“We’ve been deeply devoted to the Arts our entire lives. I believe it’s because we’ve chosen unorthodox career paths that we’ve yet to receive significant recognition. We haven’t followed the rules. To a person, we’ve felt compelled, obligated really, to explore the fascinating new mediums / outlets / technologies available to artists today,” says Metrov, the exhibit’s curator and lead artist.

The exhibit title: “EARTH: as erotic energy (stop torturing my mother!)” references outrage at the tearing down of our cherished environmental protections; an absolute denunciation of unbridled corporate pollution of our air, water, and food; disregard for ecocentric values—all in the name of profit and greed. “The old system is dying. We are here to welcome a return to Matriarchal Principles and a harmonious relationship with Nature; to aid the transformation from a fear-based to a love-based civilization.”

The exhibit will feature: Artist Sara Lytle’s revelations from the alt dimension, Metrov’s large-format assemblage works depicting divine-feminine mutations, Henry Rasmussen’s haunting silent heads; hanging, organic mud paintings & sculpture by Mike Mollett, founder of the LA MUDPEOPLE.

Where: Angel City Brewery—Sponsored by ARTSHARE LA
When: June 8 thru July 5, 2017
Artists: Sara Lytle, Metrov, Mike Mollett, Henry Rasmussen
Opening Reception: June 8, 6-9pm

Monochrome Images: Argentinian Photographic Artist Jose Luis Gambande

Orleans 2, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

Although photographic artist Jose Luis Gambande chooses the subjects for his monochrome photographs on his weekly walks in cities he visits–last month he made a huge quantity of photographs on a trip to Spain and France–he does not consider himself a Street Photographer. “Usually I walk and shoot in the city once a week,” says Jose, “I take buildings and cityscapes because I like to register those things that are permanent–always there– around us. I am not a Street Photographer in the sense of taking the city movement, or the street dynamic life. I like the steady things in the city, the landscape of the permanent.”

Paris #2, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

Jose Luis Gambande, enjoys working in digital monochrome, treating each black and white photograph like a unique thing–a unique opportunity to make each image something special.

A LA OFICINA, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

He also loves the discovery process on the streets of cities and during post-processing of this images, stating that — “Frequently, when I begin processing an image taking off colors I discover a new shadow, a new light, a new bright that was never seen when taking the photo.”

 

 

BARRIO, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

 

Jose Luis Gambande was born in Argentina 58 years ago. “I am an electrical engineering and work as that for my living,” says Jose, who is married and has two sons. He recalls how,in his childhood he studied fine arts and enjoyed painting–first, with brushes and paints and lastly digital painting using inkscape software.

 

CARRERA, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

 

Always intrigued by photography but never thought he could make it, Jose only began making photographs six months ago. “I began shooting just for curiosity and found it likes me,” says Jose.

ARBOL, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

As Jose says of his image making philosophy– “By the way, my knowledge of photography techniques is yet very limited. I like to take a good shot (with a good composition) and then make some digital operations (as little as possible) turning the image to a higher level of complexity and impact. I use an image editor. I don’t like to give a “message” with my photos, only an aesthetical representation, and maybe discover a new thing or a new view in a well-known place.”

ESTUDIO 17312, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

 

Jose Luis Gambande offers Limited Edition prints directly from his website here. He is also available for assignments.

Jose has open edition prints available in his Saatchi Online portfolio: https://www.saatchiart.com/gambande
Follow Jose on Instagram here and on Facebook here.

SILLAS Y MESAS, photograph by Jose Luis Gambande

Call to Artists: Submit to the Unauthorized SFMOMA Solo Exhibition Series

 

 

Unauthorized SFMOMA Show is a series of solo exhibitions that will take place within the public spaces of SFMOMA from April 6-July 2 on a rotating basis.

How to exhibit your work–
In order to participate in the exhibition go to the upload form, fill in the form, upload the work and press “Submit.”  All works will be accepted at the moment of their submission and will automatically constitute an Unauthorized SFMOMA Solo Show on view at SFMOMA via http://sfmoma.show.

The period of the exhibition starts when a work is submitted and ends when a new work is submitted. There are NO application or exhibition fees.

Unbound: World’s 1st Crowdfunding Publisher

 

In 2015, we published  our article 50 Crowdfunding Platforms for Artists  which our readers shared to Facebook 89 times and also shared and discussed in several LinkedIn groups. Since then, some of those crowdfunding sites have disappeared and others launched.

A new crowdfunder that may be of interest to artists seeking new ways to fund their practice is called Unbound– the world’s first crowdfunding publisher. They turn your great ideas into books and you can use their platform to fund and publish your print or digital book.

Unbound books is based in London, England, and as they describe on their site– “114,635 people from 170 countries have pledged £3,754,962 to fund 220 projects – and counting – from bestsellers to award-winners.”

Unbound seems to like the fresh new idea, the unconventional–from the successfully funded and published Empire of Booze by Henry Jeffreys, to an anthology on race and identity in contemporary Britain, to a compilation of terrible old video games you’ve never heard of, to the art and artful idea. Perhaps your’s is their next big one.
Find out how Unbound crowdfunding works here.

Jumbo Yarn Bowls Are The Perfect Accent Piece For Yarn Loving Clients!

Mulberry Yarn Project Bowl with Sparkle Inlay

 

Every Interior designer has a list of tried and true questions to help assess the tastes and habits of their client. With the recent resurgence of fiber crafting, you might want to ask “do you knit or crochet”? If the answer is yes, you’ll know your client has a heightened love of textures, fibers and color that might make the design process a bit easier! And, when you finish that project with an Artisan Crafted, Jumbo Yarn Bowl on the coffee table in the living room or next to the easy chair in the den, you’ll have a lovely focal point and a client for life!

XXL Cherry Yarn Project Bowl #993

 

Heckathorn Turned Wood had so many requests for “bigger” Yarn Bowls from their Etsy followers, that Jumbo Wood Yarn Bowls have quickly become Lathe Artist Bob Heckathorn’s singular passion. These oversized, functional collectibles have a different purpose than smaller, (single ball) yarn bowls you’ll find on craft sites.

These Jumbo Yarn Bowls are HUGE –ranging from 10″ – 13″ in diameter; designed to hold several balls of yarn as well as the entire project, tools, etc. when the work is set aside. Discerning yarn fanatics love the organization these Jumbo Yarn Bowls provide, while an Artisan Crafted Art Bowl elevates their current work in progress to a whole new level.

Jumbo Cherry Yarn Project Bowl

 

Months in the making, Heckathorn Turned Wood’s Yarn Project Bowls are created from choice reclaimed hardwoods (Cherry, Kauri, Camphor and Pecan, etc.) as well as segmented pine for more rustic tastes. The slow drying process adds gentle warping and character to the shape of the bowl while occurring natural cracks are filled with Bob’s proprietary jewel inspired sparkling inlay. Every Jumbo Yarn Bowl is hand-sanded, buffed and finished over ten times, resulting in a silky smooth, brilliant gloss finish.

XXXL Segmented Pine Yarn Bowl

If you happen to be designing space for a yarn enthusiast Heckathorn Turned Wood is a special resource for a hand-turned accent piece, direct from the artist. Each Jumbo Yarn Bowl is unique, one-of-a-kind, signed and numbered with species by the artist. Including one of these functional collectibles in the right design project will be a special gift the owner will cherish for years to come. For more on the creative process visit Bob’s blog at HeckathornTurnedWood.com.

 

XXL Cherry Yarn Bowl

 

Find out more on the Heckathorn’s website: HeckathornTurnedWood.com

You can buy these bowls on Etsy here: HeckathornTurnedWood.Etsy.com

Follow Heckathorn Turned Wood on Instagram: Instagram.com/heckathornturnedwood 

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Revitalization of Rhopography in the Oil Paintings of PJ Mills

Watermelon and Christmas lights, oil painting on canvas, 51 x 64, PJ Mills

 

The oil paintings of Miami, Florida based artist PJ Mills present everyday objects such as a toy, spiritual items, food, and personal possessions of the artist, all realistically rendered in still life scenes.  The artwork objects may be contextually placed in a still life setting or within more ambiguous spaces. At first glance this subject matter may seem to have little importance— yet these paintings make viewers take another look at these ordinary items perhaps previously taken for granted. As the artist PJ Mills says,” These paintings focus on those personal possessions that I find curiously engaging.”  And we agree–there is a substantial presence in each of these images. Some of the canvases are as large as 51 x 64 inches and as small as 12 x 12 inches, with each study holding its own as an artwork.

Paper Crane, oil painting on canvas, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

Steak, oil painting on canvas, 18 x 18, PJ Mills

 

PJ Mills is art historically connected to the practice of painters of the past in that his painterly examination may represent or symbolize the artist’s ideas or the items may have metaphorical implications. Still life painting of such common everyday objects is often referred to art historically as “rhopography.”  According to The English Oxford Dictionary  the art historical definition of rhopography, is a depiction of subject matter considered insignificant or trivial, as still life, the domestic interior, animals, insects and the like.

 

Rabbit’s Foot and Communion Hosts, oil painting on canvas, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

Pinned Beetle, oil painting on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, PJ Mills

 

PJ Mills subjects of interest for his paintings may include the contemporary, such as Polaroid photos, as well as objects present through time such as things that maintain religious or supernatural characteristics– divining rods, masks, or spiritual fetish articles. The artist is also very aware of how a simple juxtaposition of two or more objects will express far more complex meanings.   The juxtaposition of objects arranged by visual artists is similar to how many poets lay down verse. It is not the words per se that contain the power, but the unknown image that arises from what was created by the juxtaposition. Defined as the “imago ignota,” it is the combination of words which elevate them beyond the language of the obvious. “I contend that this holds true for images, as well,” says the artist.

 

Polaroids, oil painting on canvas, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

“In the last few years,” says PJ Mills, ” I have started to isolate and focus on personal effects that relate specifically to personal consumption and identity. A woman’s compact may be an aid for the adjustment of lipstick but also holds the secrets of her self-absorption snapped shut in the tidy compartment of her purse. Risque and subjective photographs (Polaroids) may be titillating, they are also quite personal and speak of privacy as well. Jewel like insects, the tiny treasures of boyhood fascination or even the food we eat raise questions of adult obsession with consumerism. Issues of identity and consumerism all stem directly and indirectly from strange as well as obvious places in our lives. These visual investigations of isolated objects and/or juxtapositions of personal effects, represent the seemingly obvious. But also the often enigmatic, and yet always metaphorically pregnant meanings.”

 

Clown & Thorns, oil painting on canvas, 51 x 64, PJ Mills

 

“My approach to painting is highly personal and intuitive. During the creative process I try to think as little as possible about this work and let the subjects surface from my subconscious. The result is quite suggestive by its contents and symbolically loaded with historical references. This material develops from entirely personal experiences and through obsessions I have with objects and my musing regarding the human condition as it relates to identity issues. The personal subjectivity of this work is not a grand philosophical statement. It is instead more closely related to a genre sensibility characteristic of the mundane used as metaphors for larger ideas.”

 

Monster, oil painting on canvas, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

“Common Still life painting that was popular in the 17th century Dutch and Flemish often contained hidden allegories such as the Christian Passion, Resurrection or the transience of things in life. They were little paintings with big ideas. The paintings during this time that concerned themselves with life, death and transient events between were often referred to as “Vanitas” paintings. Not in the sense of vainness or conceit; “Vanitas” often a latin term used to describe a notion of evanescence of earthly possessions and the life linked to the work. The meanings in these paintings were conveyed by the use of objects, mostly familiar and everyday items and were given a symbolic connotation. My paintings are similar in the sense that they isolate a particular object or group of objects containing a history of symbolic references. Within the body of my work, historical reference and symbolic references are typically ignored and the object is valued for purely personal reasons. The result often has an element of cognitive dissonance if not absurdity to the reasons behind its selection. I find the confusion intriguing.”

Then the brilliant artist PJ Mills simply sums up his work by stating– “I depart from seventeenth century concepts and slip in contemporary wackiness.”

 

Captive Bolt Pistol & Toy, oil painting, 48 x 48, PJ Mills

 

PJ Mills received his MFA degree in painting from Cornell University and has exhibited in numerous US art galleries. You can view more paintings on the artist’s website here.

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Wishbone, oil painting on canvas, 12 x 12, PJ Mills

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS for 2018 Season Deadline May 1st

 

 

Honfleur Gallery & Vivid Solutions has a CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS for their 2018 season in Honfleur Gallery and Vivid Solutions Gallery.

Applications are due May 1, 2017.

To Apply for Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Gallery artist should submit a portfolio via email by May 1, 2017 that includes the following:
• 5-20 JPEG images and/or videos (3 minutes or less in duration) of relevant work
o Indicate if work will be included in the exhibition, or if images are representative of new work that has yet to be produced
o Label with artist’s name and title of the work (e.g.
FredDouglass_Untitled1.jpeg)
o Optional: Include dimensions, materials, year completed, and other pertinent information in a separate document
• Artist Statement
• Exhibition Description
• Current resume/CV
• Short bio
• Proposal for at least one related program (panel discussion, artist talk, workshop) costing one hundred dollars or less to execute
• Support information (URL of artist’s website or social media, articles, reviews, related press, past projects, etc.)
( If submitting as a curator, please include a list of artist names and Curatorial Statement)

Find full submission details (including email address to send submissions) on the gallery website here and in our e-list of art galleries here.