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Ron van der Ende, Ørnen (De Adelaar / The Eagle) 2007 Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, 120x170x16cm (company collection Barendrecht NL)

I love discovering a new artist whose work is different, and a little fun. Ron van der Ende is a Rotterdam, NL-based sculptor who specializes in wall-mounted bas-reliefs constructed from found wood. Bas-relief is your A&O word-of-the-day and it means a sculpture in which forms extend only slightly from the background. Ron van der Ende’s collection of work includes sculptures of various vessels – mechanical and sea-faring – as well as structures: houses, factories, buildings, and that sort. I love how the background factors into the entire experience. I also enjoy how the photographs add another layer of viewership to these works. By that I mean that, in person, they probably appear more as definite relief sculptures, but over a computer screen, they look to be a 2-dimensional creation – a painting, or a staged photograph. Adding to the painterly aspect is the mosaic of color and texture that looks as though it was applied to the image with a brush. I’d love to see these in person. Viewing them on the computer screen will just have to do for now. Enjoy!

on van der Ende: Schooner (S.S. Roosevelt) 2007 Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, 215 x 155 x 12cm (West Collection, Oaks, PA, USA)

Ron van der Ende: 727 2008 Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers (West Collection, PA, USA)

Ron van der Ende: NASCAR Charger 2009 bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, three parts, total dim. 305 x 96 x 10cm.

Ron van der Ende: Peekskill 2008 Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, 150x125x14 + 20x15x15 for the ‘meteorite’

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Issue 16 of Hi-Fructose Magazine features an interview I conducted with UK-based artist, James Roper. I encourage you to pick up a copy but in the meantime, here’s a snippet:

“…to grasp the complexity of Roper as a creator is to know him first and foremost as a thinker. If the viewer were to act as archaeologist peeling back the surface layers of paint, gesso, and canvas, he would find the core of the work to be built upon a conceptual framework of organized philosophical thought aimed at exploring the most fundamental of mankind’s musings: who and what we are.”

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Kevin Cyr installation

Thanks to Andy Ritchie for the excellently-written “post-mortem” review of “Temporal Surfaces”, the show I guest-curated for White Walls this past month. Read the review on the Art Slant Pick List and if you missed the show, you can still check out the work on the White Walls website.

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I recently conducted an interview with James Marshall (Dalek) for Hi-Fructose discussing his latest work and a decade of creativity. Issue 15 is on newsstands now!

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Be sure to pick up Issue 13 of Hi Fructose and check out the article I wrote on the artist Candice Tripp. Love her work!

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Choosing Between Shapes

Choosing Between Shapes

I’ve been mesmerized by Jesse Reno‘s paintings for years. To call them mere paintings is almost myopic, relegating them to a definition that can easily be obtained through a cursory inspection. It’s best to take your time with Reno’s work, to examine the layers, the complex pattern work, scrawled lines, and his preternatural subjects who adorn the surface like holy beings, deities, and sacred creatures from another realm. To deny Reno’s oeuvre this small justice is to miss the visual stories the artist seeks to tell; ancient glyphs from the dreamscape of Reno’s waking life, unearthed into the light of day.

For this A&O interview, I asked the prolific Portland-based artist to share some of his inspiration and recent work with me. Reno was also kind enough to include a written piece with info he normally shares with his students for the “Tips & Techniques” section of A&O. You don’t want to miss this! (more…)

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I recently began contributing to Buzzine Magazine’s “Arts” section. Based in Los Angeles, (more…)

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