Kate Shaw: All that Glitters

Released Tuesday, March 29, 2011

All that Glitters, by Kate Shaw.
15% of the sale of this print goes to American Forests.

Vacillating between the real and the hallucinated, Kate Shaw’s works harmonize textures, dimensions, and colors with the fluidity of a psychedelic body of moving water. Through these vibrantly saturated pieces, she creates an intermediary space between what we know to be natural and organic, and what we perceive of as otherworldly, ultimately constructing a narrative of how nature and art are both irrevocably transformative.

Kate Shaw was born in Sydney, Australia. She received her BFA in 1994 from RMIT University in Melbourne, and a Diploma of Museum Studies in 1997 from Deakin University, also in Melbourne. She has been included in group exhibitions in Australia, Japan, China, France, England, and the US, and solo exhibitions in Australia and New York. She has been the recipient of multiple awards, and a finalist for the John Leslie Art Prize, Felurieu Art Prize, and the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award. She participated in the 24hrART studio residency in Darwin in 2008, and is currently participating in a residency at Flux factory that is realized in collaboration with Residency Unlimited. In addition to consistently augmenting her own body of work, Shaw dabbles in the curatorial sphere as well. Shaw is represented by the Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, and Nellie Castan Gallery in Australia. She works and lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Melbourne, Australia.

About the print:
This work was created after a residency at 24hr Artspace in Darwin, Australia. The landscape in the Northern Territory ranges from tropical to rocky desert. One of the features of this landscape is the Ghost Gum, a type of eucalyptus tree, which has a white bark that changes colour depending on the light conditions. At dusk the tree trunks range from a bright orange to a pale skin colour, depending on the intensity of the sun.  All that Glitters depicts a Ghost Gum and considers the ephemeral nature of things.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What has inspired you recently?
I recently went on a road trip through the southwestern US, through some incredible country. This inspired a recent exhibition, Irrational Geographic. I love that when you are looking at canyons and layers of sedimentary rock, you are looking at millions of years - essentially, time captured.

Why did you choose to pair American Forests with your print?
I chose American Forests as my charity because of their work in conserving and replanting forests. I have taken some amazing road trips through the southwest of the US, and the landscape is just incredible. In addition to the beauty and the psychological importance of forests, trees are the air that we breathe, as long as we are in the world.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
That’s a big question! Basically, we wouldn’t have the world we have without art - it's essential. Even when it has been repressed, art emerges somehow. It is part of human nature.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I love Julie Mehetru's work - it is always amazing and inspiring.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I think there are a ton of Australian artists that the world should know about! Maybe I am biased, but some of my favourite artists right now are Mira Gojak, Sandra SeligLaith McGregorChris BondRichard BellDarren WardleLaresa Kosloff, Amanda Morgan, and Natasha Johns-Messenger.

Jacqueline Bos: Gathering Booklet

Jacqueline Bos just released a limited edition booklet about collage called Gathering, which is a beautiful collection of illustrations, collages, and drawings completed between January 2010-2011.

It's springtime! - Hollie Chastain: Unplug

Released Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Unplug, by Hollie Chastain.
15% of the sale of this print goes to American Forests.

Hollie Chastain is a full-time found paper and collage artist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A creative spirit and early interest in art led to dabbling in watercolor, pottery, and glass before settling into collage as a medium of choice. Influenced by nature and fairy tales, she lets water stains, scribble, and natural aging play into her pieces. The subject of the piece is often influenced by the materials as opposed to building around a sketch or idea. She creates a world of adventure and secrets open for the viewer's interpretation.

About the print:
Unplug was originally created for a group show centered around a modern take on the WPA (Works Progress Administration) posters of the 1930s. The administration was started by The New Deal to provide works for artists, and between 1936 and 1943, thousands of posters were created, promoting health and safety, travel and educational programs.

The artists involved with the group show were challenged to create a poster with a message that we wanted to share with a modern audience, with the same intention as the original movement. I set to work on the piece in the late spring, and because of an influx of work, I was spending way too much time inside in front of a monitor. The message was more to myself than anyone else - a reminder that there is always more adventure and beauty in nature than I could ever find online.


What has inspired you recently?
Children and their games. The unseen energy and creativity and thoughts all around us.

Why did you choose to pair American Forests with your print?
American Forests seemed like a natural choice to pair with this print. There will be nothing left of ‘outside’ to enjoy unless we start taking better care of it.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I love the idea that art is so subjective and that anyone can do it. It’s my favorite form of self-expression, and I believe it is used every day to share thoughts, inspire, and convey emotions that would be hard to communicate otherwise. It helps us understand each other.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
It’s so hard to pick! I think Henry Darger. I love the idea of the self-taught artist and think about all the methods and techniques and tricks he stumbled upon and discovered trying to come to the finished product that he wanted. I would like to sit and watch him work and learn how to let go of the "rules".

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Souther Salazar, Atherton Lin, Jesse Draxler, Nick Mann, and Alexis Anne Mackenzie, just to name a few.

Japan Relief Fundraiser - Susan Schwake: Birds in the Bush

Released Monday, March 14, 2011

Birds in the Bush, by Susan Schwake.
100% of the sale of this print goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Like us, you've probably been following the coverage of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday. Also like us, perhaps you are looking for ways to help with the relief efforts.

We have partnered with Susan Schwake to bring you this week's print edition, Birds in the Bush. We will donate 100% of each print sold to Doctors Without Borders, who are currently in Japan assessing the post-quake needs, setting up mobile clinics, and focusing on vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, children, and victims suffering from chronic illnesses. You can read more about Doctors Without Borders' efforts here, and I'm sure that the website will be updated as they conclude their assessment of the post-quake needs. Birds in the Bush is an open edition that will only be available through March 31st, so pick up your print now and help us support Doctors Without Borders! Prints will ship on April 4th.

Birds in the Bush is about the promise of spring. No matter how bleak the winter, spring always comes to comfort us - heralded in with the songs of birds. Originally a gelatin monotype made with mixed media in ink and pastel, this is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. Huge thanks to Susan Schwake for enabling us to bring you this special edition.


About the artist:
Susan Schwake grew up in a creative family with her father painting and her mother playing music. Her mother supported her interest in art from a very young age and made sure that she followed her dream. Doing just that, Susan studied fine art at Plymouth State University with a concentration in painting and printmaking in the 70's. Since that time she has continued her studies by working daily in her studios and with master classes in the processes of making art. For the past 16 years she has run an independent art school which she developed and opened for children and adults. She also has worked as an artist in residence in many public and private schools and community organizations. For the past seven years the art school has been part of artstream, llc which is a gallery and design studio. She owns artstream with her partners, Rainer and Mary-Jo. Susan has also curated over 60 exhibits at artstream and has been a guest curator at other venues.

Her work has been collected and exhibited around the US and abroad and in the spring of 2010 her work will be exhibited in galleries the UK and Romania. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has created public art works for the city of Portsmouth, NH and Rochester, NH where she lives with her husband Rainer and two children. She markets her artwork through her site and others on the internet and in galleries around New England.

Carolin Löbbert: Dame der Großstadt

Released Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dame der Großstadt, by Carolin Löbbert.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Jane Goodall Institute.

Carolin Löbbert was born in 1981 in Haltern, Germany. In 2008 she graduated from the University of Applied Sciences (Department Design) in Hamburg. In 2005 she took part in an exchange semester at the L'Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg. Carolin has participated in international group exhibitions in Tokyo, Kyoto and Berlin. Since 2004 her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. Currently she is working as an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, and living and working in Hamburg.

About the print:
This piece is called Dame der Großstadt, which in English means something like "Women of the City". The original artwork was developed during my studies in university.

During the time I did my diploma, the question of climate change was the focus of quite a bit of public discussion. Nicholas Stern published The Economics of Climate Change, a report about the consequences we will face if mankind does not stop exploiting nature. Of course, the debate was very heated. The facts behind the debate really kept me occupied, and I decided to deal with these facts in my diploma studies. I collected all of the statistics that I could find: for example, how much water different countries waste every day, or how many new cars are produced worldwide every year. Once I thought I had enough, I started to think about how to illustrate all these facts, and began working on a book. The illustration Dame der Großstadt is one of the artworks I completed for this book.


What has inspired you recently?
I am very interested in scientists who worked and researched in earlier centuries. One of the best-known scientists or biologists is Darwin. I love Darwin. It is amazing what epoch-making new awareness he brought about; I find that so impressive and inspiring. Many other biologists and scientists arouse my interest, such as Alfred Brehm, Maria Sibylla Merian, Ernst Haeckel, Georges Cuvier, and Gregor Mendel, just to mention a few. I love looking through their sketchbooks and notations. It is amazing how these people worked back then, how driven they were - I look up to them.

Why did you choose to pair the Jane Goodall Institute with your print?
I like the concept, and I am glad that I can support charity by offering one of my artworks.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
If just one person is able to look at my work and get new ideas, or feel happy, or find that same marvelous spirit I felt while making the artwork, then I am satisfied.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Joseph Beuys. He was a great artist, and I am impressed by his quintessential work. I also like Frida Kahlo, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and Sigmar Polke, just to mention a few.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Have a look a the website of the artist collective Spring. It is a group of artists (I am also a member of the collective) who publish an art and comic magazine once a year.