Mark Bulwinkle: Tile Stripped Bare

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista

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 The Vacationers. At first glance the artistic world of Mark Bulwinkle appears happy. Animals cavort, flowers bloom, a boy has hearts for eyes, the sun shines. The cartoon like images seem to be laughing at us, as if there is some private joke incised into each of them. Upon closer inspection, an energy emerges with manic overtones. We notice that … Read More

ALSIO Design, LLC: Spatial Patterns

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista

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Visualization of Proposal for the MTA. Bobby Silverman thought he wanted to be a social geographer, the study of spatial patterns, investigating how and why we live and work where we do. On the way to getting his degree, he took a detour to Japan. There he witnessed the daily use of beautiful handcrafted objects, born of traditions that were … Read More

Art of Board: From Tailslide to Tile

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista

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 Art of Board Kitchen Backsplash (detail) – tiles cut from old, discarded skateboards. Scratched, dented, smashed, and abused, what to do with skateboard relics that are too damaged to carry their intrepid riders? Rich Moorhead appreciated the dense 7-ply laminated maple, the graffiti inspired graphics, and turned up tails. Where others saw broken sports equipment destined for landfill he saw … Read More

Marie Gibbons: Tactile Memory Tile

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista

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 Installation: “Natural Desire to Climb” Jack and the Beanstalk could do worse than to depend on the “Natural Desire to Climb” series of tile by Marie Gibbons to reach his lofty treasure. Inspired by the exhibit titled Ladders, for which the series was intended, the 5” square sgaffito tiles offer a toehold into the imaginative realm of Gibbons’ memory and … Read More

Susan Tunick: The Color of Clay

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista

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Ceramic artist Susan Tunick has a penchant for scale and surface. All of her creations, site-specific sculptures, mosaic murals and individual bricks and tiles are testaments to architecture. The surfaces are intricately laced, lush in color and texture. Studying architectural ornamentation has given Tunick a heightened awareness of edges, shadows and context-both physical and historical.  Mt. Top Trio: Rouge (side … Read More

Bella Vista Tile: Material Alchemy

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista

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  “Cascade Dream”. Lisa TeviaClark has immersed herself in the material language of her medium. For the past thirty years she has experimented with clay and the alchemy of heat, salt, ash, minerals, and glazes. With her husband James Clark, she established Bella Vista Tile in 2003, as both a limited production studio and a laboratory. Her careful study of … Read More

The Bearable Lightness of Being: Jasna Sokolovic

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista

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“Two Birds in Cherry Tree” Jasna Sokolovic left her native Yugoslavia in 1994, venturing to Granville Island, Vancouver. Her architecture studies in Sarajevo, the war torn capitol, came to an end, but her education resumed in Canada, where she focused on ceramics. In clay she found it possible to meld her interests in architecture and sculptural forms. Inspired by such … Read More

Resplendent Decay: The Enigmatic Tile Sculpture of Jason H. Green

JoAnn LocktovArtful Consideration, Tileista

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  Ornament Now 2006, Installation of exhibit at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. Distant memory, sensuous undulations, fragments of time… The visual poetry of Jason H. Green’s tile speaks in a language of patience and introspection. There are echoes of paradox in his art. Decorative surfaces suggest the vernacular of architectural ornament. They combine with the methodical application of glazes resulting in rivulets … Read More

The Soul-stirring, Mesmerizing Art of Ann Marshall

Carmen NatschkeArtful ConsiderationLeave a Comment

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I attend many art shows, meet with a wonderful selection of talented artists, and have an inbox overflowing with requests by artists and artisans for review of their work. From all those exposures, some truly artistic gems surface that capture my heart, soul and imagination. Ann Marshall is one of those creative finds whose artwork holds a powerful grip on … Read More

Hugo Franca – R 20th Century Gallery

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One of my favorite artists/designers/visionaries, Hugo Franca, has a few beautiful pieces at R 20th Century gallery. I’ve picked some of my favorites from the exhibit to share.   "Phenyo" coffee table in pequi wood. Designed and made by Hugo Franca, Brazil, 2010. 59" W x 17" H x 39.5" D "Zanta" bench in pequi wood. Designed and made by … Read More

Eleanor Moreton

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While attending the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Art Fair at the renowned Deauville hotel in Miami Beach last December, I found myself mesmerized by three paintings created by artist, Eleanor Moreton – one of four artists in the exhibit “Four Women” curated by Jack Hanley Gallery – and wanted to learn more about her and her artwork. The artist, … Read More