Artlink Staff Picks

Artlink Staff Picks: September 2017

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!

 

Kathleen Gilje, Contemporary Artist 

Kathleen Gilje, Contemporary Artist 

Ellen Mensch, Assistant Gallery Coordinator 

Ellen Mensch, Assistant Gallery Coordinator 

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, Podcast  

Perceived Value, Podcast  

Madison Miller, Gallery Coordinator 

Madison Miller, Gallery Coordinator 

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! 

 
So, Anyway by John Cleese, Memoir 

So, Anyway by John Cleese, Memoir 

Matt McClure, Executive Director 

Matt McClure, Executive Director 

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

 
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Morgan Bogart, Administrative Manager  

Morgan Bogart, Administrative Manager  

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.

 
Insecure Soundtrack 

Insecure Soundtrack 

Candis Oakley, Assistant Gallery Coordinator

Candis Oakley, Assistant Gallery Coordinator

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. 

 

Artlink Staff Picks: August 2017

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!

Marc Maiorana Bottle Opener

Marc Maiorana Bottle Opener

While taking a workshop at Penland School of Crafts this summer, I purchased this incredible Marc Maiorana bottle opener from the Penland Gallery, from their Well-Designed Objects exhibition. This exhibition was truly beautiful featuring all handmade items merging "qualities of craftsmanship and aesthetics beautifully." This bottle opener is definitely one of the most well-designed utilitarian objects I own!  

- Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator

 

 

MCA Exhibition - Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats It's Own Leg

 

 

 

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Last weekend, while visiting Chicago, I got to see the most fun and colorful exhibition - Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. Murakami is a Japanese pop artist who has collaborated with famous brands and icons, such as Kanye West and Louis Vuitton.  This exhibition includes multiple large scale screen prints, paintings, massive sculptures and videos that traces Murakami's 30 year career from the 1980s to the present.

I enjoyed taking in all of the bright colors and excitement that was consistently presented through Murakami's work. This exhibition left me wanting to come back and see it all over again as Murakami's pieces are rich in detail. This is definitely an exhibition that is wonderful for the entire family. Takashi Murakami's exhibition is showing now until September 24th at the MCA.  

-Candis Oakley, Assistant Gallery Coordinator

 
Poster - The Shape of Water by James Jean

Poster - The Shape of Water by James Jean

 

In July, James Jean began posting process images of a new painting. Those familiar with his work know that it's not uncommon to his work combine rich organic imagery with that of fantastic creatures and human forms, all tied together with vibrant, electric color. This piece was no exception. Not long after this first post however, the finished piece was posted along with a link to the trailer for the new film by Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water. While the trailer is beautiful in it's own right, what instantly hooked me was that the painting was in fact, the art for the film's poster. 

 

This piece reminded me just how powerful a master's voice is when applied to mediums that are deemed by the majority as "Too commercial." The work is rich in color, human - and otherworldly - forms and the type of narrative ambiguity that spurns curiosity. I was hooked to the point where I emailed his reps to ask when the print would be available.* Ultimately though, I can't get over this piece because in the most simple terms, I really, really dig it. James Jean inspired me through his work a decade ago on the comic series Fables and since then through his murals, paintings and journals. The Shape of Water is no exception. 

-Matt McClure, Executive Director

 
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Marta Klonowska, Glass Artist

Marta Klonowska, Glass Artist

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My pick is Marta Klonowska, a Polish glass artist who takes old illustrations of animals and creates them three-dimensionally out of glass.  I love the whimsy of the figures as well as the attention to detail.  In person, when the light hits them, they glow and it's otherworldly.

-Morgan Bogart, Administrative Manager

 
Alcohol Inks

Alcohol Inks

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I went to Jo-Ann's recently and purchased a set of alcohol inks to try, which ended with me creating seven pieces that same day. I immediately fell in love with the stress-free fluidity of the process and could not stop trying out different color combinations and patterns. 

Alcohol inks are a relaxing way to let out creativity. All you need is some alcohol inks in whatever colors you desire, and some form of non-porous material such as glossy photo paper, glass, metal, glazed ceramic, or the most common surface used -  a yupo (waterproof paper sold near alcohol inks). The need for non-porous material is because the alcohol inks need to be able to spread and blend evenly without soaking into the surface. You can also purchase a small piece of felt to use for blending inks together more softly. They dry very quickly due to the alcohol, making it a quick and fun way to create art. There are also metallic inks which react in an odd way with the regular colors, rippling and waving for a few moments after contact which can create a beautiful marbling effect. 


-Ellen Mensch, Assistant Gallery Coordinator