A backdrop of white with black details and occasional lines in another hue: the color scheme of Ramón Bonilla’s studio mirrors the color palette in his current body of work. And like his minimalist-inspired paintings, the studio is sparsely decorated. There’s a large table in the middle of the room with a bright red stool. A metal shelf. A small white corner table. It’s simple and it’s beautiful, but the first thing I noticed when I entered the space was the art – each piece leans against the wall creating a border of geometric objects. I couldn’t wait to learn more about the paintings and the artist who made them.
My photography show, Concrete Confetti, opened at Relevant Goods on Friday, September 9th. It will be up through October 28th, but for those of you who can’t be in town to see it, here is a little photo tour. If you would like to see a better image of any of the photos included, let me know and I can send you a close up.
“My house looks like a Twinkie,” she replied when I asked for directions. I knew at that moment I was going to love this studio visit. Sasha Alexandra is an artist who lives with her fiancé in a yellow Quonset (a prefabricated structure with a semicircular cross-section) that looks like an artificially-flavored sugary treat. It’s a quirky home that perfectly matches her sophisticated, yet playful aesthetic.
Hours spent floating across the water on sailboats with his father. Months spent exploring the Swiss Alps with some of his best friends. Years spent speeding down the Rocky Mountains while working for ski resorts. John Fellows loves to travel and adores nature. The characters he creates in his illustrations seem to share the same passions. They are playful, yet strong. Bearded men carry axes and climb mountains. Smiling animals smoke pipes and play homemade instruments. Tattooed sailors cross oceans in hand-knit beanies. The lines in their faces are a natural part of linoleum block prints. But, those lines also show experience; there’s no question that these dudes are wise. Like their creator, they have some crazy stories to tell.
“I’m an Aries and pyromaniac.“
This is how Charli Ornett describes herself and it’s kinda awesome. Charli is an encaustic artist, which means she paints with beeswax and dammar resin and lots of heat. While she might be a pyromaniac and an astrological fire sign, Charli is driven by more than flames. She loves the entire sensory experience of the medium: the smell of melted wax, the sound of a blow torch firing, the feel of a razor blade scraping.
“When I’m drawing and painting is when I feel the most okay. And right now, I’m enjoying my process more than ever before.”
Currently, Caleb Hahne carries all of his art supplies in two black backpacks. Roomless (for sleeping and painting) since October, he temporarily shares studio space with close friend, Molly Bounds. I joined him in Molly’s studio to discuss the pieces he is working on for his upcoming show at Rule Gallery. The paintings are great. I probably should have snuck one under my shirt while I had the chance.
“Sometimes when drawing I get into a zone. I lose myself for a moment.” I had the pleasure of watching this happen when I visited Sara Guindon’s house and art studio. She sat down to sketch a face for an in-progress zine, and within a few seconds was lost in her work.
I was first exposed to Sara’s work through the crafty blogosphere while she was living in Montreal. She moved to Denver five years ago. Since then, I admired her work in person several times, but I didn’t meet Sara herself until she warmly welcomed me into her home last week.