Dolan Geiman is now my new favorite artist. His constructions are so simple yet soo refined. I love his use of recycled materials and fun spirit. Once originaly from Virginia, he now lives in Chicago, no wonder I love his style: country with modern appeal. Most of his work is made from recycled wood, paper, and paint. I love the way he used old paint sticks in his circular piece.
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 was lucky enough to be part of a workshop by Connie Noyes held at Hampshire High School with 60 students and 6 other art teachers. She was very inspiring to allow High School students the chance to work freely using music as inspiration. I of course always paint to music but never as an intentional influence. I think this should be made more of a focus in my teachings, considering the number of students who can not go a moment with out thier headphones on. I will have to post pictures of my students work at a later time.
But you must go to Connie's website to view her work and ideas relating to man and the world around us. Very Chicago!!
I highly recommend going to this link to read her interview with Brian Sherwin who questions Connie on her working methods, her relationships with galleries, and what makes her an artist working abstractly.
Alot of her work is done with resin, and other recydled materials; I personally love the one above whose other main element is beeswax.
Carol-Lynn Swol is an instructor at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta IL. where I went to school. She has had her work in SOFA at Navy Pier, and I personally feel her work is beautiful, yet environmentally friendly. Her work is made from plastic you use for packing and shipping.
Heathe Nash is an amazing South African artist who started just messin around with garbage and now has an entire company employing many people to create his beautiful plastic lights.
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.