The Works of Michael Swaney

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
We came across the work of Michael Swaney a few times since the new year, as the artist is set to show at a few galleries we love in Europe, Blokker in Madrid and Krets in Malmo, Sweden. Swaney is part of a great group of Canadian painters, Neil Farber comes to mind, who have transitioned from character-based work to abstract paintings. Definitely keeping an eye on Swaney in the coming years...

New Paintings by Jen Mann

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Jen Mann is a Canadian artist from Toronto, Ontario. Mann's dreamy, acrylic paintings are inspired by illusions and memories of her childhood, she experiments with a variety of different effects with color combinations and saturation to capture innocence and beauty. "I am fascinated by the subconscious, the soul, identity, and the way they interact to form meaning and beauty, or nonsense everything and nothing... 

New Paintings by Andrew Salgado

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 27, 2013
We are enjoying new oil paintings by Canadian-born, London-based painter Andrew Salgado this morning, a very classical artist who creates beautiful portraits. Salgado says of his works, "I am interested in how my paintings might operate independently from their literal figurative foundation and engage with an exploration of color, reduction of forms, and triumph of substance as imbued with meaning and metaphor, overt, and suggestive."

Marc Bell "No Jabronis" @ Cooper Cole, Toronto

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 11, 2013
Coinciding with Todd James' opening at Cooper Cole Gallery this past weekend, Marc Bell opened a new series of works called No Jabronis. Amazing name. From the looks of it, Bell has 4 intricate, amazingly detailed illustrations that look like one book narrative book on paper. We grabbed some of the detailed shots as well as the larger looks at these 18" x 24" ink on paper drawings... get studying kids... 

Photographs by David Ellingsen

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 04, 2013
Canadian artist David Ellinsen's series Future Imperfect  "questions if our seemingly blunted instinct of self-preservation will overcome the entrenched, destructive cultural norms," the removal of man from his natural environment.

Abstract Paintings by Mark Stebbins

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 24, 2013
We are very much enjoying the work of Toronto-based artist Mark Stebbins this morning. His dense, abstract compositions combine references to the domains of craft, fine art and digital imaging. Rather than use a computer, Stebbins creates his images by hand, opting for an organic, personal and labor-intenstive method, providing a metaphor "for the cultural information transmitted via both traditional craft labor and contemporary electronic visual practices.

Geoffrey Farmer's Sculptural Collages

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 21, 2013
Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer's sculpture collage 'Leaves of Grass' takes cultural icons and images from five decades (1935-1985) and 900 issues of LIFE Magazine. It spans 124 feet. "It wasn’t until we had finished making the work that I realized the piece is very much about factory life. Factory farming, the war factory, the death factory, the automobile factory, the Hollywood factory, the personality factory…. History emerging out of a factory. In the end, it takes on the appearance of a conveyor belt."

Paintings by Melanie Authier

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 09, 2013
'Melanie Authier's paintings bring together visual contradictions into one imaginary space. By drawing upon the histories of abstraction and the strategies of representation, she presents improbable environments. A sense of disorientation comes about through the way in which color, texture, line and shape compete for room within the canvas.  Each work presents a brimming jostle of oppositions that the viewer is invited to bring into a certain order.'

The 2013 Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Our neighbor has a hedge shaped like several lopsided giant spheres and we once saw a shrubbery carved to look like a sheep. We have never seen anything of the likes of the horticulture art at Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, an international competition in Montreal, Canada. Mosaiculture, for those of you who were as clueless as us, "is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colorful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials)."

Surreal Sculptures by Troy Coulterman

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 27, 2013
This morning we take a look at the sculptures of Sascatchawan-based artist Troy Coulterman. Sometimes we wonder how we could visually represent the nightmarish hallucinations we get in our sleep after accidentally eating old sweaty cheese...but we rarely come up with a solution. Troy embraces these absurd anomalies in his sculptures and translates "them into tangible moments that manage to be even more absurd than from which they came."
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