ARTIST PROFILES


Fan Mail: Jwan Yosef
Daily Serving - 2015


Look closely, what do you see? A blur, a suggestive motion, an image frozen in time—perhaps all of these are visible. Jwan Yosef’s paintings simultaneously contain movement, latent sexuality, tension, and flat, representational arrangements created by combining painterly techniques and unexpected material forms. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: John Tierney
Daily Serving - 2015

John Tierney’s paintings have a distinct relationship to cinema. Hollywood, California, and the greater Los Angeles area are awash in a rich and intense light that seems to linger over everything with an endless glow, a light as potent as the dreams and realities of fame and stardom promised by the movie companies that populate the city. For a representational painter such as Tierney, the kind of light and environment that Los Angeles offers is irresistible. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Zahra Nazari
Daily Serving - 2015

Follow the white line back into the middle ground; it outlines a blue-gray pathway that comes to the front of the picture plane. The pathway entreats viewers to step into the architecture of Zahra Nazari’s surreal composition Landscape #14 (2013). Along the way, columns and a house abut the path, and as the line winds backward and diminishes, the horizontal pathway merges with a wall. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Carla Jay Harris
Daily Serving - 2015

There is a profound stillness in Carla Jay Harris’ photographs—her framing and shooting style emits a pervasive calm that quiets the anxiety of her subject matter. Harris’ ability to create silence amid moments of emotional upheaval is eerie, tense, and evocative. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Lorella Paleni
Daily Serving - 2015

Lorella Paleni is always creating something that exists just over the horizon of awareness. Her works comprise a series of visual heuristics to nowhere, showing the viewer a picture plan filled with rich colors that simultaneously push into and out of each painting. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Rachel Foster
Daily Serving - 2015

Rachel Foster’s work inhabits an enigmatic territory in which image and object merge. Her screen prints are composed with subtle colors, unexpectedly cropped images, and positive and negative space. Her prints float at the edge of representation, showing just enough detail to be recognizable while retaining a sense of mystery. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Jered Sprecher
Daily Serving - 2015

For artist Jered Sprecher, painting is a medium for conveying the tensions between the abstract and the concrete. His works are balanced between the painterly and the conceptual; in the catalog for his 2014 exhibition Stacking Stones at Gallery 16 in San Francisco, Sprecher wrote: “When I work I want to create paintings that surprise, paintings that can hold competing ideas but not contain them". (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Nicola Dale
Daily Serving - 2015

Webster’s definition of ideology is: “A system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.” Artist Nicola Dale’s sculptures, performances, and installations are interpretations of this definition of ideology—one of many subjects that Dale explores in her work.  (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Paul Taylor
Daily Serving - 2015

At the risk of having his artwork go unrecognized, Paul Taylor creates subtle interventions in land- and cityscapes. His works simultaneously embody and critique the influence of the quotidian.  
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Fan Mail: Nando Alvarez-Perez
Daily Serving - 2015

Photographs have many potential uses. They can serve as objective documents of history, standing in for memory, ideas, and sensory representations, but they also have the capacity to manifest images of fictional narratives that are markedly creative. Nando Alvarez-Perez’s photographs... (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Christina Burns
Daily Serving - 2015

Cristina Burns’ work offers a poised and humorous vision of a world measured more by twisted fantasy than by the so-called sanity we are all so accustomed to assuming. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Jason Engelund
Daily Serving - 2015

Photographer Jason Engelund is distinctly aware of the conceptual and metaphorical capacities of landscape. Engelund works with a single series of photographs at a time to capture one motif, location, technique, or compositional strategy from various positions. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Willie Stewart
Daily Serving - 2015

Willie Stewart incorporates a broad range of complex, mundane, strange, and dark subject matter and cultural references into his work. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Celeste Fichter
Daily Serving - 2015

A close-up shot of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s face, Prince Charles atop his horse playing polo, and Dom DeLuise in drag pouring wine: What do these three things have in common? Nothing really, except that images of them, as well as many other well-known people, places, products, and tropes, appear in the uniquely humorous and witty compositions of artist  (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Ben Bigelow
Daily Serving - 2015

Two sets of blinds layered over each other—one horizontal, one vertical, both a brilliant clean white—open and close slowly with nearly imperceptible movement. Like a dancer spinning in an endlessly repeating circle with no clear beginning or end, they move without purpose. (Full Article Here) 


Fan Mail: Marc Newton
Daily Serving - 2014

The waning glow of the warm desert sun hangs in the air around a lone female figure. She sits nestled atop a rock formation amid yellow grasses and low, twisted trees. As she gazes lovingly toward the fading sun with trim arms folded over her legs, a sense of hard-earned and well-deserved calm settles in, as though this communication with the landscape has rejuvenated her weary body and mind.  (Full Article Here) 


Fan Mail: Dene Leigh
Daily Serving - 2014

Dene Leigh paints, constructs, combines, and assembles his work using traditional and old-master techniques to confront the neurological conditions of human memory. With a mixture of found and trompe l’oeil representations of objects, Leigh creates works that push the boundaries of collage, painting, assemblage, and installation. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Laura Moore
Daily Serving - 2014

From the height of a pedestrian bridge over a railroad track in Toronto, artist Laura Moore saw the remains of a computer monitor gazing screen- or face-up at her from the tracks. The happenstance experience provoked a number of questions about contemporary society’s rapidly changing relationship and progressive entanglement with technology. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Carlo Speranza
Daily Serving - 2014

A kayak that goes only in circles, a disappearing art gallery, a film that begins and ends at the credit sequence, and a set of pure gold nails driven into a gallery wall are just some of Northern Italy-based artist Carlo Speranza’s deceptively clever projects. (Full Article Here) 


Fan Mail: Richard Stone
Daily Serving - 2014

Richard Stone creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that form constellations of meaning. While the works are all distinct—for example, a series of bronze figurines half-covered in smooth, bulbous wax, or a carved white marble flag that ripples in an unseen wind—when exhibited together, they form a cohesive yet mysterious network. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Laura Stevens
Daily Serving - 2014

Laura Stevens is a photographer whose work blends the elegance of the cinematic with the erudition of the documentary. She shoots her subjects—most often a number of single female figures—in series that detail an engaging range of emotional and psychological states. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Lisa Wicka
Daily Serving - 2014

At the heart of Lisa Wicka’s artwork is a set of keenly nuanced spatial and visual adaptations. Her work transforms motifs, compositions, and ideas—human figures, abstract shapes, and reinterpretations of physical and perceived spaces—into unified bodies. Her small canvases, combine-like sculptures, and large-scale installations all mark their spaces of display with striking gravity. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Joe Penrod
Daily Serving - 2014

Typically, the studio is where artists make their work, but Joe Penrod’s space for creative development exists anywhere a shadow falls. Armed with only a roll of cerulean painter’s tape, Penrod transforms once-mundane shadows (and the objects that cast them) into fecund sculptural compositions. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Matt Shallenberger
Daily Serving- 2014

Matt Shallenberger approaches his photographic subjects—most often landscapes—as a cartographer approaches a new territory. As he discovers information by following the sight lines of mountains, rivers, boundaries, horizons, and the ever-changing position of the sun or the moon, he always takes into account the history and prior records of his subjects. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Kristine Schomaker
Daily Serving - 2014

Digital and analog technologies are seemingly at odds, with the digital on the verge of subsuming and overtaking the analog. The work of artist Kristine Schomaker, however, attempts in strikingly direct fashion to bridge the increasingly complex space between these two poles while acknowledging a deep-seated fascination with both. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Holger Kilumets
Daily Serving - 2014

Holger Kilumets is keenly aware of—and keen to explore—the conceptual and physical mechanisms of photographic representation. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Geoffry Smalley
Daily Serving - 2014

Geoffry Smalley’s work is rooted in early-19th-century American painting, deriving specific scenes and techniques from historical canvases and the Hudson River School. In 1836, painter Thomas Cole completed his five-part series The Course of Empire. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Gabriel Liston
Daily Serving - 2014

When describing his paintings, Gabriel Liston often uses words commonly associated with cinematic film creation: shot and frame, story and sketch, backstory and narrative. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail:  Chris Rusak
Daily Serving - 2014

Painting and collage are processes composed in layers—often opaque in nature, each altering or shrouding its antecedent. Traditional two-dimensional compositions begin with a canvas, then some form of underpaint, followed by a series of strata—at times scraped away and at others built up—that eventually form a composition that becomes an entirety greater than the sum of its parts. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Susan Cantrick
Daily Serving - 2014

Though Susan Cantrick’s paintings are composed mostly of abstracted planes of color, they defy any notion of flatness. The more one looks at Cantrick’s rich fields of color and intricate sections of textured patterning, the more her uniquely layered perspective comes into view. Cantrick regularly employs many of the traditional elements of painting: scale, shape, color, tone, line, perspective, and texture. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Brooke Reinhold Richard
Daily Serving - 2014

While some artists might shy away from encouraging an open-ended, potentially endless string of associations, Brooke Reinhold Richard seems to embrace it as she leads viewers through her paintings with a loose architecture of visual clues. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Christopher Manzione
Daily Serving - 2014

Christopher Manzione works with a number of mediums: sculpture, video, performance, drawing, digital rendering, mobile- and web-based applications, digital imaging, and 3D rendering. Across this plethora of forms, Manzione explores the perceived and actual divisions and overlaps between notions of digital vs. analog and organic vs. inorganic, as well as combinations of these two sets. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail : Anna Valdez
Daily Serving - 2014

The words “yo no soy Romantica,” or “I am not romantic,” are written in large orange cursive letters on a flat blue background; the text is partially hidden by the green cactus planted in a bright pink pot in the foreground of Anna Valdez’s illustration Yo No Soy Romantica (2013). Whether or not the artist intended to indicate the cactus as the speaker of these words is unclear. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Joe Webb
Daily Serving - 2014

In Joe Webb’s Stirring Up A Storm (2014), the nearly full moon peers resolutely down like a removed voyeur, while a continent-sized Sunbeam Mixmaster Junior (an electric mixer from the 1950s) stirs Earth’s atmosphere with its twin silver beaters to create massive, hurricane-like weather patterns.  (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Wendy Given
Daily Serving - 2014

Mythos: fantasy, fiction, legend, saga, parable, fable, narrative, invention, fabrication, yarn. The conceptual distance between myth and the concrete manifestations of mythology is a potentially endless—yet meaningfully orderable—list of synonyms. But with each word the gap shrinks, as mental images of processes and then objects emerge, even if just as puns. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Hugo Orlandini
Daily Serving - 2014

Diminutive triumphal arches, human-sized Playmobil figures, and model prison quarters (both to scale and miniature) are a few of the many forms Hugo Orlandini’s work has taken. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Rachel Brumer
Daily Serving - 2014

Transitioning from one distinct medium to another is often a challenge—one that many artists attempt. However, not all accomplish it with the seeming ease of Rachel Brumer. Working in varying combinations of textile, installation, sculpture, photography, and collage, Brumer diligently investigates a number of subjects. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Tom Pazderka
Daily Serving - 2014

Tom Pazderka’s work has a visual weight and intensity—scarred and blackened reused wood, grids made of charred book jackets, charcoal- and wood-burning drawings of ancient, destroyed, and invented places—that is matched only by the artist’s descriptions of his subjects. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Matt Hendon
Daily Serving - 2014

Matt Hendon’s ongoing body of work in mixed media, Everything That Can Expire, is about challenging himself: first, to reimagine what it means to work with images instead of creating drawings or illustrations; and second, to create compositions that complicate his own and his viewers’ visual aesthetic sense.  (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Rachel Debuque
Daily Serving - 2014

Rachel Debuque works with myriad subjects and forms. In her work, installation, performance, video, and sculpture collide with themes of domesticity, the still life, and the eccentricities of both individual personalities and physical spaces. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Jeff Depner
Daily Serving - 2013

Jeff Depner’s commitment to one medium, in this case to painting, is rare in the current climate, in which artists work across increasingly varied platforms and often combine mediums. Depner’s paintings simultaneously explore paintings’ storied and experimental past and burgeoning future. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Cody Arnall
Daily Serving - 2013

Cody Arnall uses his unique vision to approach the mundane and utilitarian objects that surround him. By seeing the potential in these objects, Arnall transforms latent possibilities into new combinations that simultaneously approach a mysterious beauty and a perceivable yet unnamed functionality.  (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Liliana Farber
Daily Serving - 2013

It’s hard not to get lost in the rich colors, abstract tensile lines, and intense shades of gray in Liliana Farber’s photographs and prints—and for that matter, in the endless rabbit hole of mouse clicks one of her web-based works elicits. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Senan Lee & Pansy Aung, aka. Salt 'n' Pepper Squid
Daily Serving - 2013

Senan Lee and Pansy Aung make up the duo Salt’n’Pepper Squid, and they specialize in making innovative and often humorous advertising campaigns that range from magazine spreads to promotional videos. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Darren Jones
Daily Serving - 2013

Darren Jones works across a wide range of forms and subjects, often displaying an adroit sense of humor in his installations, sculptures, digital images, and text based artworks. However, Jones’s work is not only a series of well-pitched interventions and re-arrangements; there is a poetic and delicate seriousness that complicates much of what he makes. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Sarah O’Donnell
Daily Serving - 2013

In Sarah O’Donnell’s work, cinema, the diorama, and immersive installation come together to give shape to her fascination with and investigation of human memory. O’Donnell is specifically interested in the places and characters through which memories are made. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: PUTPUT
Daily Serving - 2013

PUTPUT is the Swiss and Danish artist duo of Stefan Friedli and Ulrik Martin Larsen. Though they primarily work in photography, their medium seems secondary—it’s merely the most effective form for documenting their work. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Andy Ralph
Daily Serving - 2013

Brooklyn-based artist Andy Ralph’s artistic practice could be summed up as a series of calculated—yet remarkably broad—risks. There is, however, one unifying identifiable approach in his work: Ralph engages with the imaginary potentials that reside in utilitarian objects. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Tara Sellios
Daily Serving - 2013

Velázquez, Eugène Delacroix, and Giorgio Morandi, to name just a few. Boston-based artist Tara Sellios has also delved deeply into the construction of the still life and the ideas often associated with it—life, death, the question of permanence, and the intricate use of symbolism. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Alexander Rosenberg
Daily Serving - 2013

In 1776 Benjamin Franklin was a celebrity in France. In a series of portraits made during that year, Franklin was depicted wearing a fur hat, the same chapeau that French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was known for wearing. According to the French, this made Franklin an enlightened thinker, like Rousseau. In his painting A Momentary Enlightenment (2010), Philadelphia artist Alexander Rosenberg depicts himself in the same hat. (Full Article Here)


Fan Mail: Andrew Fish
Daily Serving - 2013

Boston-based painter Andrew Fish is working out solutions—proofs perhaps—to a complex problem we all deal with on some level, every day: what is the difference between an analog and a digital visual experience? Fish, interestingly, has chosen painting—arguably the most antiquated form of visual production—to seek answers to this query. (Full Article Here)


Emma Spertus
San Francisco Arts Quarterly - 2013

Emma Spertus’ work can be found just around the corner from the Lake Merritt Bart station at “Real Time and Space,” a studio complex housed in an open, almost barn-like building. (Full Article Here)