Button up, Buttercup!

When  I see someone like this artist, who can be inspired by something as simple as a button, and then turns around and creates magnificent works of art from something as simple as that, it absolutely amazes me.

This is the work of Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel who creates something grand from something seemingly insignificant and small: he builds amazing 3D sculptures out of thousands of sewing buttons.   The artist carefully attaches them to a fishing line and constructs musical instruments such as the harp, piano, cello and other things as well. The artist is intrigued by the idea how “a common object used to create a piece of art becomes transformed into something complicated and intriguing.”

 

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Working Artistically With What You Have

 

As an artist, I often find that the materials that I work with dictate the work’s overall composition and how it turns out.  I work with found objects a lot,  and try to follow their natural contours and shapes to create works of art that reflect the media’s natural properties. This is how it works with artist, Carne Griffiths, from London, whose works (below)  reflect a fascination with automatic drawing, optics and a clear love of nature and floral pattern.  These pieces are worked in a combination of liquids from coffee to gin and vodka, a range of herbal teas and alcohol,  coupled with calligraphic drawing marks and hand embroidered elements.  Aren’t they magnificent?!
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A Case for Photorealism

I have never been a big fan of photorealism. If I want to see real life, I will look at real life.  Mind you, *I* can’t paint realistically…but I don’t want to.  While I strongly appreciate the skill that it takes to paint realistically,  I  look at art to find the greater meaning…the humor…the sadness…the message…and I have always found photorealism to be off-putting, unless it was on some huge scale that made a statement by virtue of its size, or something like that.  It is rendered using specific techniques sort of like mechanical drafting that I find dry and boring, in many cases, but not always.  The art of Cesar Santander is one of the exceptions.  His work amazes me.  It is bold and vibrant and has a “greater than life” quality.  I love all of the tiny details…the sugar falling off of the doughnuts…the scratches on the old tin box, the reflection of the light on the crayons, et al.

Enjoy the work of Cesar Santander, and visit his website at:  http://www.cesarsantander.com/ 

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New Studio!!

I am so excited!  Just signed off on the deal to get into that studio space that I wrote about in an earlier  entry.  I have been trying and trying to get into this building, but was having difficulties until my friend,  Ann Marie Grgich, (also an artist)  asked me  to share her space.  I hopped on the opportunity …and as of June 1st, Stacy Alexander’s Silverthorn Studios will be in business!   I will be doing all kinds of mixed media, mosaic and jewelry work.  Very excited about the prospect!

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The space is light and airy, and couldn’t be in a better location!

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I am very excited to be sharing the space with Ann and to be moving all of these art supplies out of the condo and into a dedicated space, at last.  I really enjoyed my last studio, but it wasn’t the safest neighborhood to go to alone at night.  This place is buzzing all the time and has a great group of artists and foot traffic.  I’m psyched!

I can hardly wait to get started!

Also in the works…I plan to completely revamp my long-neglected studio website at Stacy Alexander Studios and to start posting in my art blog,     Listen to my Art Beat,     so if you’ve not yet subscribed to the latter, please do so.  I write that blog to lend support and exposure to other artists, because the art world has been so very kind to me.  It is my way of giving back.  I feature some incredible contemporary artists there, and do some great art talk, so sign up today. You won’t regret doing so.

There’s art in the air these days.  Have you noticed?!