Two weekends ago I took Young Chan to the Dallas art fair for his birthday! It was cool to see art on top of art on top of art again like we used to at school. It was especially great because the show was full of artists from all over the world, many I had never heard of! Time to start another "artist to look at" list!
Most of what we saw was inspiring. I really enjoyed myself specifically because of all the color and texture we saw. It really impressed me to see so much color again. Working in home textiles we stay very safe and sellable with few bright colors. That means sticking with grey, blue, and beige right now. Im waiting for oranges and reds to come back in! Out of the entire show, I was most interested in exploring Sarah Cain further. While lots of artists had one or maybe a couple things sharing a room with others, Cain had a room full of fun brights! Her color, texture, abstract, and shape play is unbelievable. I also really enjoyed her exploration with scale, both size of paintings and size of objects within these paintings. She is the kind of artist I will check out again for sure! I would love to see her studio one day in LA and will definitely go to another show of hers, solo or group!
Yuni Lee on the left and Trey Egan on the right were fun as well. I was interested in the way the mix shapes and color to make the paintings look mixed media. I also like both of the artists use in thick and thin lines. These paintings were very textured, and you could see the movement in the strokes and paint was caked onto the canvas, which was stunning. These two pieces really made me miss painting. I am desperate for more studio space!
At first glance I didn't think much of these works. But for some reason I just kept looking back at them. After looking and looking away four or five times I finally just walked over. Instead of getting about arms distance away and stopping to take it all in, I didn't feel like I could be close enough! I got so close my nose almost touch the work. These painted sculptures blew my mind! Michael Staniak is a artist from Australia and he enjoys the computer and technology. His work reflects that incredibly! This was so impressive our mouths dropped to the floor as we could not stop staring. A photograph will never do these gorgeous works of art justice. They look flat and 3-D all at the same time! It looks like a phone or computer screen and a sculpture painting all at once. It was so difficult to tell if it was flat, it was tricking my eye and my mind. These pieces were huge and they were a tryptic. This was one of the last things we saw at the fair and we left pretty inspired to get back to our own personal work.
I hope there is a next time, or at least a soon for another event like this! It keeps my mind inspired and happy to be an artist. What a world we live in, full of creative and talented folks!