Admiring the sculptures and wall installations of Florida-based artist Jessica Drenk. The artist uses a variety of mass produced materials such as pencils, books, toilet paper, pvc pipes to create these incredible organic shapes. Her artist statement found in Galleries Urbane clearly explains her intent:
“My work is a response to, and experimentation with, materials. My inspiration comes from nature; I am constantly amazed by the diversity and beauty of the forms and patterns in nature. We often think of our immediate surroundings as being “man-made”, but man-made materials still behave according to the same principles as the natural world-they come from nature. Because nature is based on patterns and principles of organization, I look for man-made materials that might be manipulated according to similar patterns and principles.”
Images: Courtesy of Jessica Drenk.
We were first attracted to the wall of suitcases filled with found objects relevant for the work of assemblage artist, Gail Rieke. The collage, assemblage, installation artist, teacher, and world traveler lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is internationally recognized. We love her travel journals and souvenirs stored in a variety of vintage cases. Visit her website to see more views of her studio and assembly work.
Images: Courtesy of Gail Rieke.
Visual artist Katy Ann Gilmore was originally from the Midwest but now lives and works in Los Angeles. She is influenced heavily by topography and the relationship between 2- dimension, perpendicular plane and their distortions into 3-dimensional space. On an interview with artist Lisa Congdon she says this about her process:
“I typically use Pigma Micron pens (usually size 005 for small drawings, and sizes 01 and 02 for larger ones). I’ve also been using watercolor, gouache (although I typically end up using the gouache in a wash-y way like watercolor), marker, or bottled ink. Depending upon the type of drawing, I may sketch a few things out, but I usually just let the drawing develop as it goes. This has been my method for the more topographical/mountain-y drawings. I love the mix of planned vs. unplanned parts in a piece. For these mountain pieces, if color is involved, I’ll sketch out the general idea in watercolor and lay the grid on top. But I welcome the little surprises that happen when drawing the grid. Parts of the drawing will recede, parts will come forward…so sometimes it becomes a bit of an intuitive and reactive process. That rigid/planned vs. unplanned/intuitive mix serves as a good metaphor for my interest in math and art I think.”
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Images: Courtesy of Katy Ann Gilmore.