Archive for August 22, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Stan Greene

Stan Greene is a wonderful artist that loves to explore his Salish background. Stan Greene was born in the year 1953 in Mission, British Columbia. His family came from a mixture of the Halkomelum and his father was Semiamho. His grandfather was a  member of the Nez Perz tribe.

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Greene attended Kasan School of Art.

Made his first prints using Salish design in 1978.

First started to carve at the age of 13 years of age.

Made the switch to being a full time artist when he was 24 years old.

Enjoys participating in traditional Pow Wow dancing riding in canoes.

The artist has done much research on the Salish people and also enjoys making art that represents the north west coast tribes and art, but doesn’t combine the two genres. Greene has now gone onto to do more research about his grandfather and the Nez Perz tribes.  He has done research by reading books and being an avid visitor to University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology.

In 1987 carved a totem pole measuring 27 feet high for the city of Yokohama City, Japan.

Artist of the moment……Su Blackwell….The Book as a medium!

Su Blackwell is a British artist that turns ordinary items like books of stories, into the story itself! I couldn’t believe it when I first saw the artists work, it was like watching a Dicken’s novel come to life! What creativity. For her artistic education Blackwell attended the Royal College of Art located in London, England.  Blackwell has mastered the skill of design so that at each moment it seems something is in movement, be it trees or people. I enjoy her butterfly works the most, sometimes a dress or a book is in the middle of transforming into a butterfly.

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A link to the website of Su Blackwell:

The artists finds her vintage books and clothing at second hand stores. She enjoys using very old books that may have worn edges or beverage stains, this also helps add intrigue in her work.

In this clip we see the artist working at her craft:

In this clip the artist cuts to music:

Some holiday cuttings here:

In closing, its nice to see one advantage the old book has over newer items like the Kindle or Nook, its ability to be used for an artistic medium of expression!


Street Artists the Wooster Collective

The Wooster Collective is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting street art on a world wide basis. In their shows are some of most prominent and well known  street artists including many profiled here such as JR, Faile, and Chris Stain. The website was started in 2003, and the group itself began in 2001. The group produces artwork and also books that include drawings of the collective.

Here is a facebook link to the Wooster Collective’s  homepage has a hilarious picture of a man with an Afro made of real tree leaves:

For those non New Yorkers like myself Wooster is a street located in the SoHo  district of New York City.

In this clip we view a project titled the ” Sheboygan Project.”

For a very successful show the Collective was asked to put on a show celebrating street art that existed in a well known building that was going to be refurbished into some condos. Many artists that participated are renown in their field such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon,  and Graffiti Research Lab. Famed artist Richard Hambleton even attended in person and made an installation.

A show is going on this year to celebrate 10 years of the Wooster Collective. See famous street legends from all over the world!

The Collective also has a youtube channel. This is one of my favorite clips from that site:

An example of a Brooklyn mural made by the group:

Artist of the moment…..Lesley Dill

Lesley Dill was born in Bronxville, New York  in the year 1950. For her collegiate education Dill attended Trinity College located in Hartford, Connecticut. For her masters degree she attended the Maryland Institute of Art located in Baltimore, Maryland. Like the previous entry Jutai Toonoo, Lesley Dill enjoys using text on her wonderful dresses made from paper. She blends a feminist point of view with that of modern culture. She works in many mediums including photography, sculpture, printmaking, and has recently ventured into performance art and conceiving and directing operas.

During college she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English, a good reason for her to add text in her art, from Trinity College. She earned a masters in teaching from Smith College. In addition Dill earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Dill has been the winner of many awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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In this clip be sure and catch the beginning. I like the idea of hanging art from the ceiling, it made me feel like a kid when everything is that way! We see more of Lesley Dill’s art work in this clip from the Palmer Museum of Art. One subject I love in all mediums is the hand and Dill uses the hand in a very creative manner in her work.

In this clip from the Hunter Museum we visit a show for Lesley Dill:

And Part 2 of the Museum Show:


Artist of the moment…..Jutai Toonoo

Jutai Toonoo is an Inuit artist renown for his portraits and double portraits of his people. Jutai Toonoo was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1959. Another great reason to celebrate this artist is his blend of Inuit influence, perhaps from his parents, mixed with very modern design, perhaps something he learned whilst attending the Nunavut Arctic College where he learned the art of making jewelry.

His art is truly a mix of old and new as for his color works he uses oil pastels. Also interesting the first vase with flowers from Inuit artists. It was just interesting to see someone even attempt a vase with flowers!

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Of the artists profiled here I found him to be the only one that puts the title of his work in English and syllabic verse.

Doesn’t like to wear a mask when carving as he likes to know the dust he is breathing in is killing him. Loves to feel out of energy and drained when he creates his sculptures, likes to give 100%  effort into every piece.

His family is Wyeth like for how many artists are included in it. Both parents and two siblings are professional artists. The mom was named and his father Toonoo Toonoo.

Also a noted jewelry maker and graphic artist.

A quick visit to a gallery opening for Jutai Toonoo.

And here a brief interview with Jutai Toonoo. He is sitting in front of a piece of his done in the medium of a sugar lift etching.

Artist of the moment….Nancy Youdelman

Nancy Youdelman is an American artist renown for her work with dresses. Nancy Youdelman was born in New York City in the year 1948. For her collegiate studies she attended California Institute for the Arts earning a bachelors in art. For her graduate studies she attended U.C.L.A .

Youdelman was one of the first students in Judy Chicago’s first feminist art class. She was also able to mentor under Mary Schapiro, a member of the Pattern and Decoration Movement I have profiled already.

Her dresses remind me of three dimensional collages as they are laced with intricate detail such as buttons and photographs.

The artist is part of the teaching faculty at California State University at Fresno.

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Below a brief interview with the artist. I would skip the beginning and start at 5:15 and you can see her show some work and her thoughts about it.

Another awesome artist that enjoy working the dress as a main subject is Christina Chalmers. Below an example of her style.


A link to the website of Nancy Youdelman: