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by Rian on 4 December 2011
Published on February 2nd, 2011
from Julie Heffernan’s Constructions of Self Julie Heffernan creates sensuous figurative painting, like co-Yale MFAS, John Currin and Linda Yuskavage, but her luminous oils are patently unique among them and most working artists today. A Victorian impetus to conjoin, edging toward pastiche, creates artfully staged Surrealist environments. They avoid the mawkish or macabre by virtue of an evocative 17th century Baroque styling and the dignity with which she handles her primary subject, herself. Good construction is essential to the success of such works, built of disparate things suggesting disparate philosophies and ages.
About this Series: Kipling West’s meticulous illustrations command your attention. At first glance, the prismatic colors and flowing line work grab your eyeballs.
John Kenn has risen to the single most popular artist on Escape into Life with over 200,000 visitors to a single page . The comments on his work keep flooding in with opinions on whether the works are original or derivative. Many have pointed to the influence of Maurice Sendak and Edward Gorey. With the little biographical information we have about Kenn, he was born in Denmark in 1978.
Artist Statement: ”In my work I am exploring the relationship between humans and animals; the idea of the human denial of our animal nature and of humans as the dominant species, as well as the mutation of the animal created by the human interpretation of the animal. My work alludes to the boundaries that separate humanity from animals both physically and metaphysically, as well as the objectification of and personification of animals.
Critic, “I’m an artist myself and” Argument from authority – always a logical fallacy, but even worse when it’s in a subjective field where there arguably can’t be any authorities.
I've been a fan of Amy Sol's whimsical, sweet art for quite some time now, she's one of those artists who continuously amazes me with her talent. This new piece, called She Wears the Night , is a small graphite and gouache illustration she made for the Japanese street fashion themed "Sweet Streets 2" show going on now at Nucleus gallery.