Artsy Shark Interview - Welcome, New Readers!

Go There Got Here, ink and colored pencil on Stonehenge paper, 6.5 x 6.5 inches, 2012 by Sarah Atlee


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The Jennifer Rooms is on the Web

Kristy's Great Idea, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10 inches, 2014 by Sarah Atlee


My latest series of abstract paintings, The Jennifer Rooms, is now virtually open for your virtual viewing pleasure. Please thank Jason Ormand for helping to display them so nicely.

Jennifer: the most popular girl’s name in the United States between the years of 1970-1984.

Room: the amount of space required; the people who are present; a distinct interior; opportunity; scope; forum; dwelling space.

And yes, Kristy's Great Idea is the title of the inaugural volume in The Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.

Introducing the Untitled Girl Project

I am full steam ahead on a new body of paintings exploring the various roles, archetypes, ideals, and social experiments that teenage girls use to figure out who they are. My thoughts and ideas for this work are still coming out a mile a minute and have not yet gelled. I am making a lot of notes, doodles, sketches, and folders full of images to help me along. Mark your calendars: my new project will debut on 2014-04-04 at aka gallery in Oklahoma City.

I have started a Tumblr blog* to help organize some of the visual material informing this new work:

The Untitled Girl Project

I'll be posting images on a new theme each week. Right now, it's Teen Witch "Week" for the rest of October (archived here). Here are a few selections to whet your appetite for seances, cute occult accessories, go-away lipstick, black lace, white lace, ectoplasm, crystals, and all manner of witchy vibes.

Click on any image to view it on Tumblr. All copyrights remain with the images' respective creators.



* This Tumblr blog is potentially NSFW. Use your best judgement.

Not So Precious - Rethinking the Figurine

Lately, the excellent Beautiful Decay blog has been featuring a handful of artists who subvert traditional notions of precious ceramic objects. Here is a selection of works that have caught my eye. Click on any image to view its source.



"Penny Byrne transforms vintage porcelain figures and other found objects into work that makes a humorous or political statement." via Beautiful Decay


AESF sculpture1

"Europe-Europe is a series of porcelain figurines created by the collective AES+F - a group made up of the artists Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovitch, Evgeny Svyatsky, and Vladimir Fridkes." via Beautiful Decay


Aganetha Dyck sculpture1 honeycomb

"You could say artist Aganetha Dyck creates her sculptures as much as she fascilitates them.  Dyck uses honeybees to decorate these figurines." via Beautiful Decay From the artist: "To begin a collaborative project with the honeybees, I choose a slightly broken object or damaged material from a second hand market place. I choose damaged objects because honeybees are meticulous beings, they continuously mend anything around them and they do pay attention to detail."



"Mary O’Malley’s Bottom Feeders is a series of oceanic ceramics that look as if they were discovered among sea wreckage. These “porcelain crustaceans” appear delicate and dangerous, as the aquatic life that crawls among the porcelain seems as if could consume and become the dish itself." via Beautiful Decay

Like Dyck, O'Malley embraces the idea of collaborating with nature. "What interested me with this series, is by applying the creatures to plates and bowls I was reminded of naturally occurring circumstances where nature takes over man made scenarios. Humans are constantly vying for power against the natural world but we can never quite seem to win."



"For Translated Vase, Korean artist Yeesookyung assembles broken and discarded pieces of ceramics into new and contemporary work." via Beautiful Decay


These intriguing works remind me of two more artists, painter Mary Ann Strandell and photographer Martin Klimas:

Mary Ann Strandell, Finding Gold, 20" x 20", oil on canvas. Collection of Nerman Museum of Art, Overland Park, KS.

From the artist: "The Pop Baroque / Chinoiserie series are a pictorial vernacular reconsidering European Rococo tropes and modernist strategies through the veneer of reductionist painting, data collecting, and abstract systems of indexing."

I have had the good fortune to see Strandell's work at JRB Art Gallery at the Elms in Oklahoma City, and am always charmed at her transformation of the precious and the banal in her compositions.


Untitled (Two Ladies)

Martin Klimas, Untitled (Two Ladies), 2008, 59 x 79 inches, pigment print. via Foley Gallery

I could go on about Klimas' work, but I recommend you read this interview on The Morning News to learn all about it.

Thank you, Beautiful Decay and others, for putting these beautiful works in my visual path. Keep it up.



Markup Languages in Art - Part 3: Chorus Lines,%2B1914.jpg Bibliodyssey: The Ballets Russes

Click on any image to view its source.

"Labanotation (LN) or Kinetography Laban is a notation system for recording and analyzing human movement."

Explore other forms of dance notation here.

Gabriel Sizes, Etude Expérimentale d’Acoustique Musicale, 1920, via Bibliodyssey

"I design fractal algorithms using a visual application of music theory. I manipulate it in photoshop programs to create abstract artwork. I am aspiring to teach and share this process as well as make a living doing so!" - Alan Addison

CAP (Graffiti Analysis Series), 2012 by Evan Roth, via The Creators Project


"SML (Scratch Markup Language) is a new file format for recording and replaying turntablism. We’ve developed open-source tools for accurately capturing the record and crossfader movements of a scratch DJ, allowing us to analyze, transcribe, and recreate scratch performances. We want to do for turntablism what Graffiti Markup Language has done for tagging — especially teaching giant robot arms how to scratch." Ed: Unfortunately it looks as though this project and its related sites are no longer being updated.

Read Markup Languages in Art, Part 1: Vexing Ology

Read Markup Languages in Art, Part 2: Durer's Rhinocerous