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heARTbeat: Judith Braun Takes Finger Painting to a New Level

ColumnHow many times did your mother tell you not to draw on the walls? Carrying out the most rudimentary of artistic endeavors begins with our ten digits. As any kindergartner will attest, finger painting precedes all other painting techniques. One only needs a mark-making medium to produce art (or a […]

heARTbeat: The Art of Wolfgang Laib’s Meditation in Rice & Pollen

ColumnWolfgang Laib’s work nourishes the heart with the mind of an artist and the soul of a monk. Wolfgang Laib’s latest installation “Unlimited Ocean” is on display at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago through December 23, 2011. When I experienced Laib’s work for the first time, viewing the Milkstone Series […]

heARTbeat: Ana Teresa Fernandez & Her Art of Gender Politics

ColumnIn Ana Teresa Fernandez’s world, a woman in a black cocktail dress and heels is expected to do it all. “As a young girl in Mexico, I learned at an early age about the double standard imposed on women and their sexuality,” explains Ana Teresa Fernandez. “‘Los hombres quieren a una […]

heARTbeat: Derek Weisberg Uses Clay to Sculpt Emotions

Column“With clay there is no separation between the artist and the material.” -Derek Weisberg Derek Weisberg is a sculptor who uses clay to create works of art that are emotional and psychological self-portraits. When his mother passed away, Weisberg began to include themes of death, afterlife, spirituality and the metaphysical […]

heARTbeat: Troy Gua’s Pop Hybrids as Recycled Icons

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” – Andy Warhol Troy Gua‘s Pop Hybrids could be mistaken for colorful Rorschach tests or clever optical illusions. What Gua is actually doing is taking pop icons, mashing them up, and standing back to see if we can guess who’s who.

heARTbeat: Qi Wei’s Exploded Flowers Portend the End of a Season

Qi Wei’s Exploded Flowers series explores the complexities of nature in order to appreciate its simple beauty. Artist Qi Wei says of his Exploded Flowers series, “The use of photography captures the beauty and intricacies of nature’s flowers in the moment of full bloom, and at the same time let […]

heARTbeat: Augustina Woodgate’s Stuffed Animal Pelt Rugs

No animals were harmed in the making of these rugs. My daughter had dozens, maybe even a hundred stuffed animals during her early childhood. They would end up swimming with her in the lake or pool during vacations, on the conveyor belt during grocery shopping; a different personality hugged every […]

heARTbeat: Jenine Shereos Weaves Leaves From Human Hair

ColumnThe significance of our locks. Throughout history, humans have imbued hair with meaning. Take for instance a superstitious Picasso who is said to have kept all his hair cuttings (and nails) to protect him from witchcraft. In an era when women were still property, Victorians’ long tresses could increase a […]

heARTbeat: Rankin’s Eyescapes Dizzy & Dazzle Us

Column“There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.” – G.K. Chesterton Something happens when we look into one another’s eyes. We all experience it. Sometimes it’s a sense of connection, perhaps even aversion, but usually we recognize ourselves in someone else’s eyes. Rankin, […]

heARTbeat: Janet Echelman Creates Public Contemplative Experiences

ColumnJanet Echelman is interested in heightening our awareness of the present moment. Janet Echelman’s large scale aerial installations suggest we reach inward as they inspire us to look up, reminding me of a few lines from an Allen Ginsberg poem. Live in the physical world moment to moment I must […]

heARTbeat: 88,000 Photos = Two Years Worth of Sky

ColumnEven after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky. As summer gasps its last hot breaths, it may make one nostalgic for gazing up to the heavens on a warm night, […]

heARTbeat: Ruslan Khasanov Creates Typography from Sunlight

ColumnThe sun shines brightly through this experimental type. Russian designer, Ruslan Khasanov‘s approach to typography is inspired. His use of over 5000 photographs of ink spots dissolving in water to achieve a system of type that disappeared over the course of reading hinted at the ephemeral nature of his art. With […]

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heARTbeat: 21 Balançoires = 21 Musical Chairs

Column“We believe in participation – empowering people to have a place in the stories that are told around them. We research new ways to interact and tell stories.” – Daily tous les jours The senses are tricky. One whiff of an ingredient in our favorite meal, or the sound of […]

heARTbeat: Nina Boesch’s MetroCard Collages

ColumnFilm, fashion, novels, poems and songs have all sung the praises of the Big Apple. These collages are ballads in the same vein. Being the singularly iconic city that New York is, she has received love letters in the form of art of every kind. Now German-born and New York-based […]

heARTbeat: 88,000 Photos = Two Years Worth of Sky

ColumnEven after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky. As summer gasps its last hot breaths, it may make one nostalgic for gazing up to the heavens on a warm night, […]

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