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This past weekend was Mother’s Day which means it was also the annual Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair. Paul and I volunteered this year and got to see the fair for free. However, the weather was not in our favor. When we arrived for our volunteer shift it was pouring down rain, we got soaked on the short walk from our car to volunteer check-in. The whole fair is outside and in a field so you can imagine that the ground was pretty soggy. Once we checked in we got to be under a tent for a few hours and the rain let up a bit but did continue to drizzle throughout the day. Attendance was low because of the weather so when we did get to walk around there wasn’t much crowding in the booths. There was a ton of great art there from artists I did not remember from years past (although it has been a while since I went to this fair). One thing I noticed is a lo of people did not have cards, which is what i use a lot to remember the booths and write posts like these. This post would have been twice as long for sure. I even bought myself a little something this year. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites.

Sculpture

Frederick Prescott – These sculptures were so large they would have fit right in with the rest of the sculpture park. They took up residence in a little corner booth spot but could not be contained by a booth! And the brightly colored paint jobs drew you in from many booths away. The piggy was my favorite, but the cacti ones on his website look awesome too.

Joel Pinkerton – Not very much on his website or facebook page, but there is a large picture of his whimsical robotic sculptures. Made of upcycled materials each little guy or gal has it’s own personality, no two are a like! When you are surrounded by them it’s like you are in a foreign land straight out of a children’s book.

Richard Kolb – This was the booth I bought a little piece from, my piece was a little yard stake with a flying pig on top. Again made from upcycled materials mostly car parts and some ceramic knobs and other stuff, and mostly animals. I have seen this work before represented as Yardbirds, but the business card now says Engine-New-Ity, it appears to be the same company though, although these sculptures are a bit more industrial than the Yardbirds ones.

Painting

Melvin McGee – Brightly colored cartoonish paintings filled this booth. Some original designs and some based on favorite characters like The Wizard of Oz or Frankenstien. What really made the booth popular was sound effect to go with some of the paintings. Its hard not to be drawn in to all this fun.

Vladimir Ovtcharov – I can’t not love a good pop surrealist painter, which is exactly what this booth was. Apparently the Ovtcharov’s show as a duo but this show appeared to just be Vladimir. Both of their collections can be viewed online and they are both great. I think I dig Vladimir a bit more for the pop punches though. You can really see the old school painting techniques mixed with modern ideas.

Brian J. Sullivan – American Image is the name of an upcoming exhibit from this artist, and it is the perfect way to describe them. Filled with bright colors and pop imagery some are comforting but some, just because of the proportions are almost scary, look at the one with Howdy Doody and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Karri Jamison – I love nature, and I also love bright bold colors, these paintings combine both. Some of the nature is otherworldy while some is very familiar. They are beautifully done with funky backgrounds that make them really stand out in a crowd.

Other

Luis Gonzalez – I don’t know what it was about these, the size and color drew me in! Large fruits an vegetables make up the work made out of wood that are glossy and colorful enough to eat.

Kathy Oda – Super nice lady to talk to, and her work is a lot of fun. I have always had a soft spot for glass and want to try the kiln formed variety in the future. My favorite part of her collection are the little Splats. To some folks these might look like toss away pieces but they are so much fun, I can imagine a house with little Splats lazing about in various colors and sizes!

April Riley Tate – Just plain cute, no other way to describe it. These stuffed toys are simple and adorable. Also helps that they encourage cuddling of the stuffies! With your standard animal variety as well as bearded ladies and strongmen what is not to love.

Ceramics

Cindy Martin (Aldrich Valley Pottery) – I would have really liked to get one of these pieces as well, they were so great and priced kind of low. From what I could see they were all raku fired and each had it’s own individual flare. Some included horse hair and most included figurative elements of animals carefully sculpted and attached to the pieces. Very beautiful one of a kind work.

Hironobu Nishitateno (Nanten Pottery) – Tons of tiny little pots and vessels, very traditional but with some great glazes and unique features. The bud vases were adorable and there were so many different options and styles.

Reiko Cunningham – Last but not least, personally I love making sgraffito pottery, and you can tell Reiko does as well. Bunny rabbits seem to be a common theme which attracted lots of kids (and kids at heart) to this booth. Some of the carving were full scenes while in other areas a nice pattern. Great stuff all around.

For more info on Laumeier Sculpture park and next years Art Fair go here!

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Had a chance to go to 2 different art fairs happening in Saint Louis this weekend. I will have a post about the Clayton Art Fair in a couple days. This however was the first time I was able to go to the Art Outside fair sponsored by Schlafly. This fair was started as an alternate to the Clayton one and exclusively features local Saint Louis artists. I did not get to spend as much time at either fair as I would have liked but I did get to peruse every booth at least. Art Outside was a fun event and while it might be a bit smaller of a fair it still packed quite a punch. Here are some of my personal favorites.

Bill Perry – Bill (or Mr. Perry) was a teacher of mine in high school. I took his basic art class at Central Visual and Performing Arts for 3 out of 4 years. I run into him now and again at the art store I work at and other art events and live seeing his fun work. This time he was showing clay sculptures of fun little critters and creatures which were really great. His booth was actually the first thing that caught my and my friends eyes as we were crossing a parking lot towards the fair.

Mark Sheppard – Fun characters make up more of his work in paintings and drawings. Also uses a lot of good cross hatching in his work which I like. He’s created a fun little universe of characters that I’d like to visit.

Firecracker Press – By now Firecracker is surely a Saint Louis staple, you can recognize it instantly. I love their stuff and have gotten the chance to have some of it in postcard and advertising material forms. Bright and colorful and just designed and made well, it’s all good from Firecracker. Check out all their stuff on their site, and ps they offer classes.

Mark Grayson – Cool, cool, cool, beyond cool. Mark Grayson’s work consists of guitars made out of old cigar boxes, wood, and other antique elements. They look amazing, and the best part is they work. He was playing one hooked up to a little amp in the booth.

Dganit Moreno – Clay artist, with an amazing glaze. I asked about it and of course it is one she made herself. It was a beautiful celadon color, which I have been wanting to get into lately. Unfortunately I do not see anything like what was shown in person on the website linked. Aha Here we go, found a facebook page, gorgeous!!

Den Smith – Another case of the site showing different stuff than what I saw in person. The closest I can get is the art boxes. His sculptures were really fun each one included common objects and were painted fun colors and had their own little personality and face.

 

 

Recently myself and a couple of friends took a little weekend trip to Kansas City. I had never been but had hearing for a while that their art scene was really growing and a great place to see some great artwork. All three of us are artists with different focuses but there was definitely something for everyone. We spent much of our time at the Nelson Atkins museum and the sculpture garden outside, which in itself filled most of 2 days. I would really like to go again for a longer period of time and on a first friday when a lot of the smaller studios and galleries open their doors for the public. I was really glad to see that much like the Saint Louis Art Museum the Nelson Atkins also offers free entry.

I was excited to see a Rodin exhibit on display as he is one of my favorite artists. The only downside about seeing sculpture I like in a gallery setting is not being allowed to touch it! I crave feeling the textures of a piece but a las just seeing these casts were enough I suppose. We saw a little bit of everything in the museum from religious art over the centuries, to Native American art, to ancient Asian art. I have included some pictures of my favorites. I would definitely recommend a trip to KC it was a fun time and we’ll definitely be going back.

I will try to keep these in order, however do not have titles for all of them.

  1. Clenched Left Hand with Figure – Auguste Rodin
  2. Three Shades – Auguste Rodin
  3. The Penitent St. Jerome – Antonio d’Enrico
  4. Fall of Rebel Angels —
  5. Fall of Rebel Angels (detail)
  6. Cute little teapot with a leaf on it (love the glaze and design)
  7. Altarpiece: Scenes from the Life of Christ – Flanders
  8. Seated image of Buddha Shaka
  9. The Chariot – Alberto Giacometti
  10. Spider Sculpture -Louise Bourgeois
  11. Shuttlecocks outside Nelson Atkins Museum
  12. Other Sculptures outside Nelson Atkins

Just a quick note!

I recently (as in last nite about the same time I was posting the last post) created an artist fan page for myself to advertise my art and blog and such on something besides my own personal profile on Facebook. I would appreciate it if you could take a look and “like” me and I’ll keep updating it with great images and info on shows I may be doing along the way. Here is the link!

Also I created one for my best friend who is also an artist. You may have seen some of his sculpture work on this blog but he does a lot of drawing as well. He would also appreciate some more fans and we are going to try to keep it updated with shows and pictures etc.  Here is that link!

 

As I had finished all the other projects I have been working on as of late, (at least finished the stages before the 1st firing) I was left with a dilemma; what to start next? Should I throw some more smaller pieces or make a large show coil pot instead. I decided to go with the latter and got to work. I rolled my slab and created a nice flowing shape and then started pumping out some coils on the extruder. I am working with some larger coils but the process will still take a long time and last night I only got it up to two levels.

While I have been working as of late I have had a little follower into the ceramic room who has been working on some face sculptures. You may remember his face from previous posts and my last slab sculpture featured our silhouettes. While working on one of the faces he held it up to show me and the result was pretty creepy! but when finished his sculptures are amazing (and still sometimes a bit creepy 🙂 )

After a bit of a break from being able to get into the studio when I wanted to, I have been heading back more regularly.

I have thrown another round of teabowls, these ones to looks more like a certain one that I swapped with someone who would like another. I think a couple of them just might work. It is hard for me to force the clay into something as I am usually more natural with it, but I think based on the pictures I have of the other one, and how I remember it that a couple of the ones I have recently thrown and trimmed will work out well.  I have included pictures of the last batch of teabowls below.

I have also been sketching out some shapes for a new large slab/coil sculpture. I want to play with some ideas of openess, in the form of some open and closed off holes in the piece, a larger opening encircling a smaller one, etc. This will be a good project in the coming months when the studio is more empty and I can have the whole place to myself 🙂 I am selfish a bit when it comes to the studio 😉

There is also another carving project I have been working on that is turning out nicely, but I would like to get more carved away before photographing it. A few finished projects should be on etsy soon so keep checking!

Here is one of the playlists I listened to the other day in the studio

Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls go Everywhere) – Meatloaf
Dig – Incubus
Hate (I Really Don’t Like You) – Plain White T’s
Fell In Love Without You (Acoustic) – Motion City Soundtrack
Simple Kind of Life – No Doubt
Halloween Americana- Everclear
L.G. Fuad – Motion City Soundtrack
The Modern Age – The Strokes
In Da Club – 50 Cent
Black and White People – Matchbox Twenty
I’m So Crazy – Adam Richman
These Streets – Paolo Nutini
The Click – Good Charlotte
Sweat the Battle Before the Battle Sweats You – Cute is What weAim For
Stand Too Close – Motion City Soundtrack
Vultures – John Mayer
Capital H – Motion City Soundtrack
In the End – Linkin Park
(apparently it was a Motion City kind of day)

and the pictures of the teabowls.

This is the second post about my favorites at the Clayton Art Fair, there were so many good ones, see the previous post for more. This next part starts with glass work, which I have to say I am very envious of. I want to work with glass really badly, but have not had the chance to enroll in a class for it. Third Degree Glass Factory is nearby and I have gone to several of their events and would love to learn glasswork or incorporate it in ceramic work, but that is a story for another day.

Here are more of my favorites. Also I had mentioned before ones that were award winners in the previous post, but I kind of only remember the ceramic winners, so some of the other artists may be winners as well, I just have a one track mind 🙂

Robinson Scott – Love the colour in these pieces. They look like lava lamps. The website has a video of the process used to make these vessels. Seeing these in the bright Sunday afternoon was great as well as we got to see the awesome multi-colour reflections. The forms have a lot of movement even for the thick blockiness of the glass and the colour swatches. Very mod and funky.

Sam Stang – A Missouri artist, not far from Saint Louis, in Augusta, MO. Some of the best glass I have seen in a while. I bought a magnet from Sam and had a serous eye on a small pitcher. More bright colours and smooth forms. I adore the works that look woven in a way there is clear glass peeking out through the colour. Makes for some really interesting shadows, but probably look awesome in the dark as well!

Frederick Warren – I just have to first give a lot of ❤ to Frederick Warren, I love going to his booth and seeing the “Please Touch” sign! The glass is not as brightly coloured as I usually like, but the frosted opaque look to is is deinfitely interesting. The earthtones really work well with the patterns and movement of the pieces.

Juli Adams – Great surrealist painter. I am not always the biggest fan of 2-d art, but I really like newer surrealist stuff. Juli also had the honour of getting some of her images on the Volunteer and Art Fair t-shirts this year, so I have 3 awesome shirts with her work on it. I can’t stop myself from staring at her website. The subjects in the painting vary and each has it’s own interesting quirk, I particularly like the fish like creatures flying thru the sky.

Joachim Knill – For this booth, Joachim displayed a shipping crate that was filled with stuffed animals, well actually portraits of stuffed animals. I really liked the painting style as well as the display itself, it was something different. The paintings were a bit dark and lonely, which is not something you usually think of when you are talking about stuffed animals.

Lewis Tardy – Great sculptures that for the most part were very large. Everything looks so flawless, like you are looking at robots from the future, or the movies. Some of them actually incorporate cameras and when looking at the sides of the head, you can see what the head is seeing. Really something to see and experience.

C.T. Whitehouse – Another booth that I go by every year, or at least the past two years 🙂 I really enjoy these bronze sculptures and the way Whitehouse makes them seem almost weightless. The bronze is s thin, and the waves and movement of the pieces so slight, they look like feathers or leaves that could just take off in the next gust of wind.

Alright. That concludes my faovrites of the Saint Louis/Clayton Art Fair. Hopefully I can go enjoy it again next year, although I think I might take a day to go visit the competing Schlafly Art Fair, I have not had the chance to before. Heres to all the exhibiting artists and to more fairs and shows in the future for me to visit!


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