Welcome to Artlink Staff Picks, a monthly feature where our team presents their favorite art findings. Everyday, the Artlink community seeks out amazingly inspiring and creative art related content. Read below to see what we are gushing over this month!
My staff pick this month is Kathleen Gilje, a contemporary artist who I admire and think deserves a little more attention. Gilje is an accomplished artist as well as a master in the profession of art restoration. She studied 16th & 17th Century Italian Art and Conservation at the Museum of Capodimonte in Italy and has since made a career of restoring Old Master paintings for some of the largest museums in the country. She also has incorporated her knowledge of art restoration into her own artwork in order to bring new meaning to historic artworks.
Although, to the plain eye, her paintings look very much like the Old Master works she is recreating – she uses her knowledge of chemistry to layer the paint colors in such a way that, through x-ray, the paintings depict a modern perspective of the historical narrative.
She uses this technique to bring the attention to political and social issues which had been previously sugar coated, such as sexual assault.
Perceived Value, created by artist Sarah Rachel Brown, "broaches the subject of value with artists." The podcast launched earlier this month and it really blew me away. Episode 1: The Adjunct Hustle featured a conversation with Emily Cobb about her experience searching for a tenured track teaching position and the adjunct hustle along the way. Very insightful. I can't wait for more episodes!
I love Monty Python. I cannot say that enough. Love em. So this past week I wrapped up listening to John Cleese's memoir So Anyway, about his life leading UP TO the Python era. It's a fascinating look at all of the risks, missteps, privilege and humility it took for one of the most iconic group of comedic performers and writers to come together.
Take away from the book: Someone always knows more than you. Listen and learn
Mel Douglas is an Australian glass artist. I adore her work do to the extreme detail and yet it comes across as so simple. The design of it is impeccable. She has a printer like aesthetic in the third dimension.
This weekend one of my favorite television shows, HBO Insecure - Season 2, has come to an end, a very sad end, I might add. However, to my delight, I recently discovered the soundtrack to this amazing series. If you've been following this show then you may have noticed all of the incredible music that follows (if you haven't seen this show, go watch now). The soundtrack includes many artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Tyler - The Creator, Frank Ocean, SZA, and so much more. If you're looking form something new and eclectic to listen to, this is it.