Hope & Fear


Phil Toledano created these amazing photographic sculptures for his series, "Hope & Fear". His photographs are representations of the external manifestation of internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in contemporary American society. What are we afraid of? What do we love? How does our society function, and what does it worship?
See more of Phil's work here.

Perfect Machine

Perfect Machine is an exhibition of new collages and collaged objects by Lance Letscher. Works from The Perfect Machine explore notions of locomotion, technology, and the creative impulse at the heart of human nature through intricately composed collages. Meticulously mining his vast trove of cast-off paper ephemera, such as book pages, scribbles, old magazines, and record covers, Letscher deconstructs and recombines these elements into dizzying works of colorful geometry.
Find out more info about Lance's work here.

Marbleized


These amazing papers were selected from various ephemera and book collections by the University of Washington. This collection showcases a selection of decorated and decorative papers from Europe, primarily Germany, France and Italy, produced between the 17th and 19th centuries. Representative samples include Western marbled paper, paste papers and decorative papers, such as Dutch gilt and lithographically or linoleum block printed paper.
See more papers from the collection here.


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Material Arrangements

James Nizam is a visual artist living in Vancouver. He created a series of sculptural assemblages constructed entirely from pieces of furniture and building materials. For this series of photographs. the series of images draws on nizam’s background in sculpture and his new focus on photography.
Find out more about James' work here.

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Phisick


Phisick started out as a small collection of medical antiques which were used for display and teaching purposes in a London based general practice. As the collection grew, it seemed a shame to have these rare and beautifully crafted antiques locked away out of sight - hence the birth of the 'Phisick' website.
For more info visit the website here.

Backsides

Simon Menner's photography seems to communicates the idea that things are more than surface appearances. Famous paintings actually have backsides, and if you look at them you can see that there is an existence of these painting within time and space. The front very often appears to be inside a timeless bubble.
Find out more about Simon's project here.

The Meticulous World of Scheltens & Abbenes

Having worked together on various projects (and having been a couple for many years), photographer Maurice Scheltens and visual artist Liesbeth Abbenes have decided to consolidate their professional collaboration. The specialty of Scheltens & Abbenes is to meticulously arrange objects - chairs, glassware, shirts, perfume bottles - into configurations that have a strong two-dimensional or graphic character. Essential to their work is the process in the studio where they construct their settings. A laborious process, in which Scheltens & Abbenes continuously move things around, painstakingly join pieces together and adjust little details.
See more of their work here.

Midcentury Miniatures

In many ways, artist Nate Ronniger thinks of himself as a director. Leaving traditional landscapes behind, Nate now paints scenes staged entirely by his own imagination and design. When he discovered these miniature, designer chair replicas, he knew they would be an intriguing subject to explore.
Find out more about Nate's work here

Robot Works

These robot sculptures, created by Gordon Bennett are made from a mixture of found objects both old and new. They are inspired by Norman Bel Geddes and Raymond  Loewy whose visions of the "Modern Age" helped shape industrial design of the 40's and 50's. Each robot is a unique one-of-a-kind sculpture and receives it's own numbered metal tag as proof it's an authentic Bennet Robot Works robot.
Find out more about Gordon's robots here.

Transformations

Photographer Martin Klimas was born in 1971 in Lake of Konstanz, Germany. In his pictures Klimas breaks recognizable objects so they become something else, and stops us just at the moment of transformation. The aspect of destroying is not the most important one in his work. Let’s say it is a catalyst to unleash and study this transformation. The hardest part of his work is to smash so many figurines until he finds one that truly is showing him something new. He is in that sense a sculptor, but he has only a 5000th of a second to build his sculpture.
See more of Martin's work here

Five From The Ground

Zakka (from the Japanese 'zak-ka' or 'many things') has been described as "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane". The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and outlook. These amazing items are from the online shop Five From The Ground, Japanese purveyors of the vintage and elusive zakka aesthetic. They offer a great selection of ever-changing pieces for the collector of the unique and the unusual.
For more info visit Five From The Ground here.

Let There Be Neon

Born in Livermore, California, 1968, Eric Mecum is a self-taught painter who has been painting off and on since 1988. While attending a small community college in California, he came across the works of Robert Cottingham. Cottingham, a leading member of the realist movement, focused his work on painting storefronts and neon signs, and Eric saw the similarities in his own work and the clean style of the compositions.
In Sonora, Eric found inspiration in the abundance of neon signs to use as subjects. The old SunLite signs fascinated him. Over the years, his collection of reference photos inflated faster than he could paint.
See more of Eric's work here.

Scientific Curiosity

Caleb Charland's process and choice of subject matter stems from growing up in a do-it-yourself household where he learned to appreciate the power that tools and materials hold. Much of his work persues temporal phenomena and the influence of physical forces on matter. The artwork he creates combines scientific curiosity with a constructive approach to making pictures.
Find out more about Caleb's photos here.

Fragile Elements

Artist Helga Stüber Nicolas shaves and sharpens hundreds of colour pencils, grinds their leads into powder and arranges the fragments in new compositions on paper or canvas.The light shavings join into geometric forms: sphere, cube, cone.
Millions of these delicate slivers are stacked to large spheres, arranged in layers like the scales of a fish. The thin fringe of paint on the edge of each wooden shaving is an essential component: with colour the object somehow becomes more tangible.
Her objects are intended to encourage people to reflect on the fragility of matter and become aware of how transitory our existence is.
Find out more about Helga's work here.

Horses, Dolls, and Other Junk

Geoffrey Ellis project, Horses, Dolls, and Other Junk, pays homage to items in flea markets, junk shops, record shops, second-hand stores and personal collections. Across seemingly disjointed images of old toys and decaying photographs, a greater picture of unpolished America emerges.
Find out more about Geoffrey's work here.

Layers of Reference

The patterns on David Drake's paintings are based on those from 60s-70s vintage thermos bottles, cropped, scaled-up and painted on panels made from sheet metal and insulation. The panels mimic both stretched canvases and the materials of the original thermos bottles. As with Super-8, David was drawn to the layers of reference in the thermoses, both nostalgic and art-historical.
Find out more about David's work here.




Plastic Beach

 In 1999 Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang started collecting plastic debris—carrying it away by the bagful— all from Kehoe Beach, in Northern California. Certain items would catch their interest: milk jug lids, combs, toy soldiers, disposable lighters, cheese spreaders from lunch snack packs. They were attracted to things that would show by their numbers and commonness what is happening in the oceans around the world. The plastic they continue to find is not left by visitors; it is washing up from the ocean. Back in their studios they clean, sort and categorize the pieces according to color and kind. They use the plastic to make artworks including large sculptures, installations, photo tableaus and jewelry.
For more info visit their site.




The Art of Don Carney

Illustrator and co-founder of Patch NYC, Don Carney creates these unique images, reminiscent of 40's woodblock prints, by drawing with an ink-filled dropper and smoothing out blotchy lines with a brush. The idea is to lose the, 'control you'd have when drawing,' and to create, 'imperfections normally seen in a woodblock print'. Each illustration is sold in a vintage frame, found by Carney at flea markets and antique stores, so the finished piece really is a one-of-a-kind.
Find out more about Don's work here and here.

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Extended Play

Lily Gottlieb McHale creates pretty amazing kinetic installation pieces out of found materials and parts of vintage objects. Her Extended Play installation incorporate the DIY ingenuity of Rube Goldberg contraptions with intricate and sophisticated sound experimentation.
Find out more about Lily's work here.