In light of Osama bin Laden's death, I felt it was appropriate to revisit an inspirational artist, who crosses over to all ages and time. Dan Eldon's journal pages are currently on exhibit, and I had not seen these before, so I felt I needed to share Dan Eldon again. This is the video I show along with him also, which says anything so much better than I can.
What a great name Jonathan Mess is. I found this artist not too long ago, and he is now a new favorite! I love his comparisons of clay to the earth, using recycled materials to do so. I find his wall tiles the most inspiring, where he utilizes cardboard to create his work. I have always been a fan of cardboard! His website is great, with lots of pictures and statements. Jonathan Mess has even spent two months on a commission for a Mill, those pictures are great as well. I also love his squares, which I show last, I think it is a great idea for a class assignment.
These are cardboard, clay, and glaze stains, which make up his wall tiles.
These are his "Landfills" which are masses of clay and glaze, all layered together and fired!
Wouldn't these make such great class assignments? These are mixed media too!
His "soilders" are a little disturbing, but I still love them just the same. I am not sure exactly what all of them are made from, but if I had to guess, I'd say water bottles.
I came across artist Kelly Garrett Rathbone whose work really caught my attention because of the amount of detail, the mixed medias, and her content. She had a religious upbringing, so her work revolves around this subject, which is something I have always been interested in. She was doing a residency at Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, which is also something I have always wanted to do. And yes she is the sister to Jackson Rathbone.
Joe Wilson is a fantastic artist with very detailed screenprints and etchings. I love his vision and message he is creating in his art.
Cole Gerst has such great prints/mixed media pieces, I think I need to do a silk screening work with my Design II, with his inspiration of course. Thank you Laura again for such a great artist.
Fred Wilson is an artist who's work shows the racist attitutes towards African Americans in history and still today. PBS has a great video on him.
Heap of Birds is an artist I came across years ago, and his art still has such an influence and impact on my own art and views of society. He tries to bring awareness to history that many try to suppress.
Paul Humphrey is one of my new favorite artists. You have to go to his site, I just couldn't put all the images I like up here.
Patricia Niven is an artist who works with Container Plus, who I did a post on earlier, but I love her photography and photo collages as well.
Stuart Haygarth, anpther London based artist, creates beautiful lights all from mostly plastic objects. His work is so minimal but at the same time very ornate and busy. Love the glass table idea, I think I should make one, but with rustic wood sides and maybe some rusty nail stains or something inside.
Author: Kelly Egger
I am not only an artist but also a teacher, so I spend a lot of time looking for cool artists. So I started this site to share my findings with others like me.