In The Studio With Ari Lankin

Posted by The G on June 29, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Ari Lankin.

Ari Lankin Studio

Inside Ari Lankin's New York Studio

Ari Lankin is not just an artist.  He’s a fountain of creativity.  I recently discovered his work and it was love at first sight.  After a visit to his New York studio, it’s very clear that Ari Lankin is a name you’ll be hearing about for years to come.  If you don’t know his work, it’s nearly impossible to categorize as he does everything from sketches to collage to abstract and realist paintings to sneaker design!  It’s often intimidating to be around someone as creative as Ari Lankin, but from the moment I walked into his studio, he was down to earth and extremely interesting to talk to.  Over the course of a couple of hours we talked about everything from spirituality to street art to our shared love of Picasso and our personal experiences meeting the singer Bjork.  Lankin is extremely well read, well experienced and he has new ideas flowing constantly.

Partial view of Ari Lankin's studio

A walk through Ari Lankin’s studio is the equivalent to going into a cleverly arranged art exhibit as there are paintings from ceiling to floor varying in size from small to extremely large with abstract paintings hanging side by side with collages.  While eclectic, it all fits perfectly because Ari wants the viewer to escape into another world, even if just for moments at a time.  Your mind will not only take the trip into Ari’s world, but if it’s anything like the experience I had, it won’t want to come back.

Madison Square Park and Plensa's Echo by Ari Lankin

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Inside the Studio with the Master of Pipe Cleaner Art: Don Porcella

Posted by The G on March 10, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  All art by Don Porcella.

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella

Don Porcella by Don Porcella Meet artist Don Porcella. His art is unlike anything you've ever seen. He makes sculptures out of pipe cleaners! Porcella grew up in Modesto, California inspired by creative people including his mother Yvonne Porcella, whose textiles have been seen in exhibitions all over the world (and are featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian). He founded a rock band called The Face Urchins and began making encaustic paintings out of pigments, beeswax, and damar resin.Encaustic Painting by Don Porcella

Studying under the guidance of David Salle, Don Porcella made a huge splash in the art world by taking his artistic talents to the next level – by creating art out of pipe cleaners.  Porcella’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York City; East Hampton, NY; Paris, France; Portland, Oregon; Washington D.C. and San Francisco, California.

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella

I had a rare opportunity to visit Don Porcella in his studio in Brooklyn, New York and his works of art are so impressive in person.  He plays with the concepts of consumerism, reality and our own weird mortality.  He is also heavily inspired by nature and concerns of the destruction of our environment.  His works give the viewer a chance to escape into other worlds with an interplay between simple narrative and twisted madness.

Inside the world of pipe cleaner artist Don Porcella

Don Porcella is getting ready for a solo exhibition to be held at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York in November 2011.  The exhibition will feature a combination of encaustic paintings as well as pipe cleaner sculptures.  I asked Don what he is doing to prepare for the exhibit.  Like his art which has layers of truth and irony, he replied “For starters, I’ll be ordering 60,000 pipe cleaners.”

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella 4

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella

Thanks again to Don Porcella for giving us all a glimpse into his wonderful world.

If you are in the New York area this Saturday, March 12, 2011, you can catch Don Porcella performing an installation in Staten Island.  Here’s the details:

Saturday, March 12 – 3:00 – 4pm
“How to Live as One Race”- An informational session with Allecrop Trebor Nod – a self proclaimed alien visitor from outer space.
Special Guest Dr. Michael Byrd, a leading researcher in human evolutionary biology at Harvard University.
Adults $3, Students/Seniors $2, kids under 12 Free. Where: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg C, Staten Island, NY 10301

In the Studio with Artist Frank Lind

Posted by The G on June 3, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Frank Lind.

Inside the studio with Frank Lind!

One of the greatest things about this blog is that I am extremely fortunate to attend really cool events and meet all kinds of interesting people.  My version of paying it forward is sharing these cool experiences with you in hopes that you discover or rediscover something that makes you smile.  With that being said, I was very lucky to visit the studio of American artist Frank Lind. When I was first exposed to Frank Lind’s paintings, I was immediately in love and when I toured his studio, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor several times.

Frank Lind makes paintings that are both beautiful and enormous.  He draws his inspiration (literally) from juxtaposing peace in the midst of chaos and his results make you want to dive into the center of the calming worlds he creates.  Numerous times during my visit to his studio, I saw a work that took my breath away and time and time again, he said “that’s just a study for a larger work!”  Wow!  While he sometimes uses photos for inspiration, more often than not, he relies on his feelings of tranquility from being immersed in the beauty of Mother Nature.  You can see more of his fantastic seascapes series here.  Before my visit to his studio, I never had the chance to ask an artist I admire about their technique.  To the casual observer, we often see the finished work without knowing the thought that goes into each piece.  Frank Lind showed me some of his geometrical drawings he creates in tandem with these works to get the perspective just right and as you can see from the below painting, the planning pays off in spades!

Gorgeous art from the mind of Frank Lind.

Frank Lind does not just create seascapes, landscapes and beautiful vistas.  He also does portraits and they are equally as amazing.  As one of the images contains nudity, please proceed to more work from Frank Lind after the jump.

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