Archive for June 16, 2013

Artist of the moment……Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff was born in Somerville, New Jersey in the year 1942. Kozloff  was a founding member of the Pattern and Decoration movement that flourished back in the 1970s in the United States. Her work since that time period has focused on cartography, the study of maps, to which she will include biographical or more local information about the culture. I found this type of work to remind of the Saar family of artists who include their own backgrounds as part of their finished work.

For her collegiate studies Kozloff attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then went on to earn a masters degree from Columbia University.

The masks in the gallery are made of cast paper and then painted with acrylics.

Below a great example of Kozloff and her study and use of maps (cartography!)

In this clip we visit a series by the artist focusing on some of the Hawaiian Islands. She enjoyed working with the shapes of the islands themselves and also learning about the history of the islands.

In this clip from the Brooklyn Museum of Art we listen to Joyce Kozloff talk about the Feminist Movement.

Price range information: Many works priced between $2,000 and $6,000.

In addition to the Feminist cause Kozloff also likes to pursue activities promoting world peace.

Over her long career the Kozloff has created many public works over a two decade time period. Each commission was done to have a local feel and use of local materials and/ or ideas. An example would be Bay Area Victorian. Kozloff would use mixed media to complete these mosaics.

Started using the map as a main source for her creative outputs in the 1990s. Here is a unique idea to get people to see how destructive war can be. Kozloff made a large walk in map of the globe and on it were locations where the United States has bombed from 1945 until 2000. Its great to get people to understand the process only repeats itself over and over without fail.

Produced a series of watercolors in the 1980s. This book dealt with decoration and pornography.

What a creative artist!


Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Duo Sten Lex

Sten and Lex are two Italian born (b. 1982) street artists who are gaining critical acclaim on a world wide level. As I have tried to show art lovers everywhere, street art is the new Pop Art! We have seen street art now take on the sculpture world with the Danish artist Tejn. We have seen several examples including  famed street photographer JR  , that have to deal with taking photography to the street art level so that it is seen by the masses. Sten Lex have a very unique niche in the street art world as their style is a combination of Street Art and Op Art like you might expect to see from Victor Vasarely or Bridget Riley. Never seen this style of art on the streets before! Much more exciting to look at then a decaying old gray building!

Their have made art all over the world including Rome, London, Paris, and Barcelona. Though stencils have been a mainstay in American street artist, Sten Lex was among the first  to bring this concept to Italy.

A major leap in their career happened when they were invited by street legend Banksy to produce their art on the walls of South East London in 2008. 39 artists participated in the event.

In this clip we visit Sten Lex painting in Balitmore, Maryland.

Here we see a time lapse edit of  work completed in 2012.

From 2010 we visit a show featuring Sten Lex that took place in Rome, Italy.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the artists’ website:

The Street Art Movement is Here! What a unique concept to blend Op-Art with Street Art! Awesome !