Closer Look

Closer Look: Polina Soloveichik's murals

This week, I came across these gorgeous murals here which are located in Beelitz, Germany. The artist is Polina Soloveichik and unfortunately I can't find anything about her! The most I could find is her website which includes more murals, etchings, prints, paintings and lots of collaborative work. 

HOWEVER, these murals caught my heartstrings. The beautiful cobalt blue, white and gold combinations remind me a lot of ancient chinese and dutch pottery. The scale of these murals and how they make that one building stand out amongst the rest, really make these murals so magical! The patterns cascading down the building and around the entryways and along the balconies feels like this building belongs in another world.  New goal: somehow make it to Beelitz and really take it all in!

 

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Closer Look: Michael Kerbow

This week I came across this San Francisco based artist Michael Kerbow, specifically his piece "Compulsive Actions", which became a magnet for me. I have been staring at it all week! This piece is a 16 ft wide oil painting and immediately reminded me of the mindset I was in while working on my thesis project, an installation piece focused on hand drawn patterns titled "Over and Over". In a blog post Kerbow wrote in January 2013, he mentions that piece was only supposed to be 8 ft wide and he just felt compelled to make it wider and wider, having it grow. After putting it up in a gallery he said it seemed small to him up on the wall and is considering painting it LARGER!!! I personally hope he does.  

"Compulsive Actions" by Michael Kerbow

"Compulsive Actions" by Michael Kerbow

Closer Look: Kristina Lahde

I recently came across the artwork of Kristina Lahde, a Canadian artist. Her project "Beyond Measure"   was shown at a solo show, in Toronto. My reaction, could be summed up in one phrase - "For the love of tape measures!" The combination of working with this tool on a regular basis with my own work and my obsession with patterns (and optical illusion) had me needing to share this work with you all. 

Metric System (Blue, Green and White)

Metric System (Blue, Green and White)

Metric System (Blue, Green and White)

Metric System (Blue, Green and White)