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Oil Landscapes Transformed into Mosaics of Color by Erin Hanson

April 3, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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While doing undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, artist Erin Hanson took some time off from studying art to obtain a degree in bioengineering. After graduating she moved to the outskirts of Las Vegas where a climb at Red Rock Canyon inspired her artistic career yet again. She decided to commit to creating a new painting each week, a process she continues today, eight years later.

Hanson transforms landscapes into abstract mosaics of color using an impasto paint application, where thick globs of paint create almost sculptural forms on the canvas. She tries to use a few brush strokes as possible, without layering, a process that’s been called “open impressionism.” Hanson is represented by too many galleries to list here, though she does have a number of available paintings listed on her site, as well as prints. (via Praxter)

 

 



Art Photography

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson

March 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Approaching Storm

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Approaching Storm, detail

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Belgium-based artist Catherine Nelson (previously) just unveiled a new series of works titled Expedition. The digitally “painted” collages are made from hundreds upon hundreds of photographs that Nelson meticulously assembles into sprawling worlds that straddle the line between real and imagined. The five pieces you see here were nearly 10 months in the making.

Unlike her previous collages that resemble tiny planets, the pieces from Expedition subvert traditional landscapes with a horizon and single vanishing point and instead seem to sprawl in every direction, as if being viewed from multiple vantage points at once. Each landscape is quite large, measuring 60″ tall by up to 115″ wide and is rich with details like hidden snakes, bats and lizards, all elements influenced by Nelson’s memories of her natural surroundings growing up along the east coast of Australia.

Nelson will soon have work at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney this May with Michael Reid Gallery and a solo show in August at Gallerysmith in Melbourne.

 

 



Photography

A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands

March 5, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Photo courtesy Dominic Dähncke

While shooting on the Canary Islands late last year, photographer Dominic Dähncke snapped this jaw-dropping shot of clouds flowing over a mountain range on La Palma Island. The photographer shares via 1X:

This photograph was taken in the mountains of “Cumbre Nueva”, in the part west of La Palma, one of the most beautiful island of the Canary Islands, in Spain. To capture cloud’s movement I have set my camera speed to 70 seconds, using a ND filter to minimize the entry of light in camera sensor.

You can see more of Dähncke’s landscape photography over on Flickr.

 

 



Art Photography

Animated Photo Collages by Qi Wei Fong Shimmer to Life as Time Passes

February 21, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Tanah Lot Sunset, 2013

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Chinatown Sunset, 2013

Several months ago we featured a photographic series called Time is a Dimension by artist Qi Wei Fong that depicted layered collages of landscapes and cityscapes photographed over a 2-4 hour period. Fong has since taken the project a step further by animating the images in this new series called Time in Motion. The new photos, shot in locations around China, Indonesia, and Bali show the change in light at sunrise or sunset through angular rays and concentric circles that shimmer as time passes. You can see more from the series on his website.

 

 



Art History Illustration

A 19th Century Lithographer Transforms the Alphabet into a Series of Sweeping Landscapes

February 14, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Buried in the archives of the British Museum is this wonderful series of lithographs from illustrator Charles Joseph Hullmandel that transforms the English alphabet into sweeping landscapes. Hullmandel was one of the most important figures in the advancement of British lithography in the first half of the 19th century. These particular pieces were produced sometime between 1818 and 1860 and you can see the full collection here. (via Juxtapoz)

 

 



Art

Exploring Climate Change through Art: Giant Pastel Oceanscapes and Icebergs Drawn by Zaria Forman

January 2, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Greenland #54 / 40″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

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Tackling climate change or the documentation of extreme environments can be challenging endeavors for any artist, but for Brooklyn-based Zaria Forman it was simply an extension of a childhood spent traveling with her family to some of the Earth’s most remote locations. For her 2012 project Chasing the Light, Forman led an ambitious art expedition by sailing up the northwest coast of Greenland to retrace the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford. Along the way she documented the changing arctic landscape which she would use for inspiration in several large soft pastel drawings seen here. Her nearly photorealistic works exquisitely capture the atmosphere and mood of a landscape in flux.

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Greenland #56 / 40″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

Greenland #62 47x70s

Greenland #62 / 47″ x 70″ / Soft pastel on paper.

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Greenland #50 / 40″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

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Greenland #52 / 55″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

Greenland #63 50x75s

Greenland #63 / 50″ x 75″ / Soft pastel on paper.

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Maldives #1 40x60s

Maldives #1 / 40″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

In late 2013, Forman traveled to the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, and an area said to be most vulnerable to rising sea levels, where she completed another body of work focusing on the rising ocean tides. The resulting drawings create an alluring juxtaposition of beauty and menace. Similar journeys have taken the artist to locations around Israel, Nosara, and Svalbard.

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Maldives #2 / 41″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

Maldives #3 30x60s

Maldives #3 / 30″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

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Maldives #4 / 41″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

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Maldives #5 / 45″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

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Nosara #1 / 45″ x 60″ / Soft pastel on paper.

If you’d like to learn more about Forman’s work she currently has several original works available on Artsy and you can purchase prints over on ArtStar. The artist has an upcoming exhibition at Carla Massoni Gallery that opens in March, and if you have a good eye you can spot 10 of her drawings used on the sets of Netflix’s smash hit House of Cards. You can also follow her on Facebook. (via Gaks Designs)

 

 

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