Helen Pashgian

As a fan of light, and light related work this body of work by Helen Pashgian is right up my alley. A sprinkling of otherwordly, ethereal and sci-fi round it our for me. Her practice is very much focused on the physical. This deliberate meticulous focus on the material yields an ethereal experience seemingly concerned with anything but. Her work is part of the Light and Space Movement of the 60’s.

Debra Butterfield

I’m not a fan of horses. I like the animal just fine but not really into horses in my art. But I just love these pieces by Debra Butterfield. My feelings compounded by the fact that they are in fact not made of driftwood as they look but instead cast in bronze. I think these look like a charcoal drawing rendered in 3d. Instantly recognizable as horse yet so minimal. True artistry. If you live in Chicago you can see one in person downtown in Seneca park just across from the MCA. (The Museum of Contemporary Art.)

Huseyin Sami

I was already interested in the pushing of boundaries of what a painting is.  I’ve heard of seeing the brush strokes and having thick paint visible on the canvas, but this work takes things to another level.

But upon visiting his website I was presented with the image below. Apparently his work focused on “performative rematerialisations of paint.”  I like that. Sign me up. You know I am all about any intersections with performance.

huseyinsami.com

instagram.com/huseyinesami/

artsy.net/artist/huseyin-sami

Video Feedback Kinetic Sculpture – Dave Blair

There is so much to love in this piece of kinetic analog* video art and performance by Dave Blair. I love the digital effects by analog means. I love the fact that it is a live performance. I love that each piece is unique and not repeatable. I love the weird-contraption looking wooden structure of it. And lastly I love the fact that the final output surpassed my expectations. I thought I had an idea of what an analog feedback loop would look like but the results are truly mesmerizing and it is hard to believe the visuals all done without a computer.

See schematics and an artists journey at thelightherder.com

* I mean technically the video is digital but that fact has little to do with the final output which is an old-school analog effect.

Lucas Zimmermann

Occasionally you come across something that seems like the perfect combination of things. Zimmermann’s work, especially in this series, plays on something so simple you might be forgiven for thinking it’s too easy, but just look at the results, he has an amazing eye. I can’t get over the results. I love looking at these.

Check out his portfolio for more in this series, and a 2.0 version and his other work. Portfolio.