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11 July 2020

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  • Abstract Figurative Painting,“REFLECTING” by Oklahoma Artist Nancy Junkin
    11 July 2020

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  • “Upstairs” at Femtensesse
    11 July 2020

    Artists:Martin Sæther, Clemence de La Tour du Pin, Mikael Øye Hegnar, Jennie Hagevik Bringaker

    Venue: Femtensesse, Oslo

    Exhibition Title: Upstairs

    Date: June 6 – August 29, 2020

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    Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


    Images courtesy of Femtensesse, Oslo

    Press Release:

    In December 1938 you would find the menu from the popular restaurant Tranen in Waldemar Thranes gate 70 in Oslo when flipping through the newspaper Aftenposten: Excelsior soup, a portion of merling, crackly ham with turnip and plum porridge, followed by information on the Dining hall for women on the second floor. This building, where Tranen still occupies the ground floor, was purpose-built as a home for self-supporting women in 1921 and apparently, a food lift brought dishes ordered from the restaurant to the lady’s dining room upstairs.

    In June 2020, enlarged posters of Clémence de La Tour du Pins’ watercolor series, Window Studies, are displayed on advertising boards outside Tranen. From here, her works serve as small gestures to anyone who meanders the streets of the city and, as the plum porridge in the Tranen menu, they are a temptation to enter the building. Femtensesse is proud to present its inaugural exhibition Upstairs in Ila Pens- jonat featuring works by Jennie Hagevik Bringaker, Mikael Øye Hegnar, Clémence de La Tour du Pin and Martin Sæther.

    And now in the heat of summer the wind sent its spies about the house again. Flies wove a web in the sunny room; weeds that had grown close to the glass in the night tapped methodically at the window pane.

    — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, 1927

    In Woolf’s novel plants, birds and mold find their way into an abandoned summer house. This fertile and ruthless nature, seemingly unstoppable in its cold pursuit to claim the house, has inspired this exhibition to establish its place within the historical building.

    De La Tour du Pins’ window studies, inspired by Brooklyn Brownstone houses from the 1920s, reappear in actual size and in multiple versions within the neo-baroque interiors of the building. The papier mâché castings by Sæther are climbing the walls of the same room. The uneven surface of his large relief reflects the wallpaper of the interiors it inhabits, which was glued on to the walls in the 1980’s when burlap was in vogue. Higher up, above the lilac chair rail that runs through the room in the former ladies dining hall, Hegnar’s wax monotypes are framed in tailored marbled passepartout, through which captivating landscapes come into view. Across the floor of the dining hall, Bringaker’s series of female clay figures coated in car paint are spread out, divinely inhabiting the space, except for one firmly placed under the summer sky in the secluded back yard of Ila Pensjonat.

    Jennie Hagevik Bringaker (born 1978, Oslo) lives and works in Strømmen. She received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University. Recent exhibitions include «Human Touch», Tegnetriennalen, Kunstnernes Hus; «Rostockgata Skulptur- park», Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo; «Pillow talk Bestiary», Norsk Billedhoggerforening, Oslo; «GRIPP», Tenthaus, Oslo; «Pattern Drill», Hacienda, Zurich. As part of the artist duo Trollkrem she developed several collaborative projects with Tor Erik Bøe spanning over a five-year period, including; «Soppen» in Ekebergparken, Oslo, «TROLLKREM // FLESHY» at Fotogal- leriet, Oslo and «Alienation» at Momentum 9, Moss. Upcoming projects by Bringaker includes a public sculpture to be temporarily placed at Eidsvoll plass, in front of the Parliament building in Oslo, this summer, a two person exhibition with Ingrid Eggen at Sandefjord Kunstforening in the fall, and a solo exhibition at Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm next year.

    Mikael Øye Hegnar (born 1984, Oslo) lives and works in Oslo and is a graduate of Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include «Old Tree», Hordaland Kunstnersenter, Bergen; «On Graftage», 1857 in Solvang Allotment Gardens, Oslo; «Selflessness», 1857 at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; «Garderoben, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand; «MNi- kael ∞ benspenn», Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo; «Tegnebiennalen 2016: SKISSEN», LNM, Oslo; «Neolithic Graffiti», QB Gallery, Oslo; «Blotto» Galleri BOA, Oslo. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Elephant Kunsthall, Lille- hammer.

    Clémence de La Tour du Pin (born 1986, Roanne) lives and works in Paris and Rotterdam. She is a previous participant of De Ateliers, Amsterdam and MSA^ The Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include «Once a Closely Guarded Secret», De Ateliers, Amsterdam; «Gridded Whiff», In Extenso, Clermont-Ferrand; «Architecture of Tess», 1857, Oslo. Recent group- and two person exhibitions include «Hinkypunk», Billytown, The Hague; «Digital Gothik», CAC – Synagogue de Delme; «HUNGER», Dortmunder Kunstverein, Germany; and «Co-Workers – Artist as Network», Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Paris. Later this year she will be a resident at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

    Martin Sæther (born 1986, Lillehammer) lives and works in Oslo. Sæther completed his MFA at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, which included a one-year exchange at Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wienna. Current and recent exhibi- tions include «Rute» at Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer; «herfra» at Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger; «Toile» at UKS, Oslo; «Hydra Sparkling» at AGGIS, Wienna; «Post» at Destiny’s Atelier, Oslo; «Maleriets letthet» at Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo; «(b. 1986)» at Archipelago/Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen; «Blickkontakt», Spreez, München. Upcoming exhibitions include the opening exhibition of the National Museum in Oslo.

    Link: “Upstairs” at Femtensesse

  • What Now?
    11 July 2020

    What Now?

    Here we are, five months into the pandemic. Artists are suffering, art gallery sales have slowed to a crawl. Many artists are having financial problems, due to poor sales. Some artists are sinking into depression.

    What now?

    I have switched to online sales for the most part. I haven’t given up. I spend more time and energy on marketing my art online than I used to. I sell a lot of tiny and fun paintings now. Easy to buy and easy to send through the regular mail. I am also selling some larger paintings with layaway agreements. I ship the painting after it is paid for. This works out well for several collectors. Many times the little paintings spark interest later in larger more serious work.

    What Now?

    I have prepared myself for online sales and shipping for the long term if necessary. I have purchased a variety of shipping boxes for paintings in different sizes, lots of shipping tape, and opened a FedEx account, so they pick up my paintings at my studio door to ship, keeping that chore safe for me. It is easy to get paintings out to collectors and they receive them quickly.

    Linda’s Art on Daily Paintworks

    What Now?

    I believe being a real person online is all important now. Good communication, kindness and gratitude, interesting stories, professional standards, and interest in other’s lives go a long way for staying in business. Positive attitude means everything.  Failure is never an option.

    what now?


    More musings for artists and collectors to come……

    Today’s Recipe

    Linda’s Tuna Melts

    4 soft tortillas

    1 large pouch of tuna, drained

    1 diced tomato

    3 T mayo

    salt pepper

    3 T pickle relish

    4 sliced sharp cheddar cheese

    1 can French Fried Onions

    1 sheet pan

    Combine tuna, mayo, relish, tomatoes, salt/pepper

    Spray pan with Pam. Place tortillas on pan. Top with tuna mixture. Spread evenly. Top with cheese. Top with onions. Bake at 375 until toasted and cheese is bubbly, about 20-30 minutes.



    The post What Now? appeared first on Linda Blondheim Florida Landscape Art.

    11 July 2020

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  • Anything Goes
    11 July 2020
    Anything Goes
    8" x 16" Oil on RayMar Cotton Panel
    Contemporary Abstract
    Using oils and oil sticks, I painted this small abstract in the studio along with a floral still life. I needed to change things up, and I did on "Anything Goes".  I was painting several vases, in a variety of shapes and colors.  This painting is drying in the studio and will look great in a contemporary floater frame.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.  Thanks for looking at my blog.  KMW
  • Macro Plan B, Part I: Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lenses: the very good and the very bad …
    11 July 2020
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  • Why Draw from Life?
    11 July 2020
    domi_digitalasks: "I need to get something cleared up. What is the biggest reason that pro artists tell me to draw from life? My opinion is, it's to get a sense for 3d space, and therefore placement of objects in that space. I've drawn from life before, but as a beginner it was really overwhelming. I drew still objects, but I can't even imagine how hard it is to draw a moving subject."

    Answer: Yes, you're right. Translating 3D space to a 2D piece of paper is a cognitive skill that you develop while drawing from life. Does that skill make you better at creating a sense of solid 3D form or a feeling of depth when you draw from your imagination? I don't know, but I suspect it does. 

    Also, as you suggest, when you draw a moving object, you develop your speed of execution. You'll be able to paint a picture in a fraction of the time it would take you in the studio. 

    But drawing from life is more than a method of developing your skills. It builds your visual vocabulary. It puts you in direct contact with visual effects that cameras can't see. 

    There's no filter. There's nothing between you and the subject: no lens, no film, no sensor, no distortion, no picture frame, no style guide, no color picker, no caption, and best of all, no words. As long as you're looking at photos or other people's art, you remain in the cave looking at shadows on the wall

    Drawing by A. Menzel, 1902 
    Profile study of a man with
    sketching block and pencils
    Drawings done from life by artists from centuries ago somehow transcend the stylistic mould of their times. 

    Finally, it's a powerful experience on its own terms that makes you feel more alive and connected. When you draw or paint from life, you become very aware that everything is moving and changing: the sunlight moves, flowers fade, and the tide comes in. It's always a good thing to get in touch with the dynamic universe.
  • Purple Painting, Mixed Media Landscape, Collage, Abstract Painting, Contemporary Art, Expressionism, “Sweet Dreams Are Made of These" by Contemporary Artist Tracy Lupanow
    11 July 2020

    " I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality."

    - Frida Kahlo

    I find this abstract landscape painting to be dark ,mysterious, brooding and quite fascinating! The creepy character in the bottom right is a photo I took of a giant paper mache sculpture ( I found him absolutely hilarious)!! He was hanging from the ceiling of an outdoor mall in Sedona (even more hilarious)!! I love using the photos I take as collage material in my paintings.They always take me on a journey I would never have dreamed of!! Painted with acrylic, charcoal, ink stick and copies of my b&w photos. On a wood cradle board.

    18"x14"x .75" Mixed Media Landscape on Wood Cradle Board/SOLD

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  • Day #2 @ The Resolution Exhibition!
    11 July 2020
    Today is Day #2 of the Resolution Exhibition, featuring over 30 talented Flickr artists and photographers! Today’s events are: -2pm slt – live performer Wolfie Starfire -3pm slt – live performer Jesie Janick For a list of artists and a complete live performer listing:: slurl:
  • Floral Art, Flower Painting,Textural Collage, Mixed Media “PAPER FLOWER AT NIGHT" by Contemporary Expressionist Pamela Fowler Lordi
    11 July 2020

    Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel. Using Acrylic Painted Paper and Handmade Paper to design cheerful, textural collage. Wood Panel has natural wood sides 2" deep - ideal for hanging without framing or sturdy enough to place standing on windowsill or bookshelf.

    8"x8"x2"Collage on Cradled Panel/Available


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