An American Abstract Expressionist

10/24/19 On a recent visit to a local library to peruse some art books I came across the artist Joan Mitchell. The bold color and sweeping strokes on the cover quickly caught my attention. Without too much reading I felt the expressive, energetic quality within each piece. The colors had a clarity about them and […]

The Need to Paint and be Patient – Carmen Herrera

3/3/19 When I come across stories about artists who bloom late in life I become curious about their journey. I learned about Carmen Herrera through such a story. Carmen had been actively painting for over 60 years before gaining any recognition. She was almost 90 before she sold a work.   Ms. Herrera’s exploration of […]

A Printmakers “Second Skin” – VM Barquin

1/30/19 STOP! Take a second look at the muted hues, scribbles, and grafitti like text. It’s just the beginning.   VICTORIA M. BARQUIN is a printmaker based out of Chicago who’s work is insightful in its texture and political in it’s universal analysis. In a recent exhibition called TILE FACTORY monotype prints like the ones […]

Between Public and Private Spaces

11/15/18 Nicole Wermers, explores the relationships and boundaries between public and private space through her sculptural installations where everyday objects are re-cast. She is particularly interested in urban space and it’s social, economic and psychological affects.   In an interview in BerlinArtLink Wermers states, “Private and public spheres are increasingly merging in different layers of […]

Nancy Shaver – The Inspiration in Challenge

10/21/18 Contemporary art tends to raise a lot of questions in my mind. Sometimes I’m not sure if it stretches my perceptions and understanding of art. With that being said I seem to keep coming back! I came across Nancy Shaver in a list of artists from a show Dime-Store Alchemy at the FLAG Art […]

Portia Munson – Recycling with a Message

10/7/18 When I came across Portia Munson’s work and started reading a little bit about it the word recycling came to mind but that’s not what this is about. Recycling might be my way of minimizing the painful message that is being brought forth. Munson works in a variety of mediums including: installation, sculpture, painting […]

Ghada Amer – Embroidery and Paint

9/5/18 Ghada Amer is a contemporary artist who emmigrated to the United States from France in 1995 at the age of 32. Her abstract portrayals convey a sense of subtle revolt that incite emotion. Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt and lived there until the age of 11 when her family moved to France. Amer’s […]