I was interviewed by Margaret Winslow, Delaware Art Museum‘s Curator of Contemporary Art for Art Watch Radio along with Juried Craft Exhibition Juror, Paul Sacaridiz. This came about because of my inclusion in the Juried Craft Exhibition that continues through January 27th, 2019.
Margaret’s interview with Paul Sacaridiz, the Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine is first and they discuss among other things how he went about selecting 61 objects by 39 artists from 350 submissions. Margaret also asks him his feelings about the age old question should there be a division between contemporary craft and contemporary art. He actually believes there should be to preserve the history of craft and craftsmen and women.
During my interview(starts at 16:05) Margaret asked me to describe my process of nuno felting and the creation of my fiber sculptures. Her second question was “what are the common threads of inquiry woven throughout your creative practice?”. I talk a bit about my love of nature stemming from my childhood spent on our family boat and how I enjoy playing with natural processes in the studio. Then I give a plug for my 2 person show at The Delaware Contemporary where I am showing sculpture and painting. That show, titled Flow is ongoing through Jan 9th.
Great news, Le Galleriste has decided to use another one of my paintings for their clothing line! I have a promo code to share with 10 lucky people, read below.
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Should I get the dress or the kimono???
Iris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer who started her label in 2007 and has been showing couture collections coming out of her Amsterdam atelier since 2011. She completely embraces new materials and cutting edge technologies like 3D printing yet her work is still heavily dependent on couture handiwork. Although she says she was slow to embrace the use of computers when she was in school now she is known for creating a symbiotic relationship between the two different worlds.
What drew me to her work were beautiful fluid and organic shapes she creates that when on the body are simply mesmerizing. Some say that her work is futuristic but she disagrees and says these are things that can be made now not in the future. I think the textures and forms allude to the natural world and remind me of natural growths such as coral or fungus and when worn on the body resemble exotic sea creatures. She enjoys collaboration with artists and architects that come for disciplines different from her own. In the video of her collection titled Syntopia you can see her collaboration with the designers Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Drift Studio in the form of a kinetic sculpture that mimics the movement of a bird flying. I wrote about Studio Drift previously here.
Syntopia – In this collection Iris van Herpen explores the new worlds that arise within synthetic biology and the intertwining relationships between the organic and the inorganic. ʻSyntopiaʼ acknowledges the current scientific shift in which biology converges with technology and visualizes the fragility and power within. excerpted from her website
The following photos are all from her collection Syntopia, you can see and read more here. You are looking at digitally designed weaving, laser cut wool, laser cut and heat bonded silk, laser cut mylar and transparent black acrylic sheets. Inspiration runs from bird’s sound wave patterns to bird flight and the layering of bird’s feathers. These themes are broken down and slowed down to give the effect of time lapse motion.
If you want to see how some of these garments are made watch the 2 videos below. The second video is about her collection Ludi Naturae and you can also see Peter Gentenaar hanging his beautiful paper sculptures that I wrote about here.
Iris van Herpen Ludi Naturae from Ryan McDaniels on Vimeo.
A while back I was the recipient of a mini grant through Blick Art Supplies in partnership with InLiquid Art and Design. Here are the supplies I purchased with the grant and below is my proposal.
I was given more spray paint for Christmas from my family gift exchange. So exciting, look at these colors!
I have been an artist my entire life but sometimes I feel like I’m wasting my time. I ask myself why is it so hard for artists to make a living making art? Artists are without a doubt undervalued in our society. This is the same society that pays NFL athletes an average yearly salary of 1.9 million. These facts curtail the development of some artists. Without the market to sell their work artists stop striving to innovate and literally stop creating new work.
I aspire to create public art as architectural glass installed in buildings to inspire and enhance the lives of many. To achieve such a lofty goal first I need to work through many ideas and create a lot of work. Secondly I need to get this work seen by the public.
I am proposing to make art and give it all away for free. I’ll be working on Dur-a-lar or acetate with liquid acrylics, acrylic inks and spray paint to make pieces that when hung on a window look different depending on lighting. They also look different whether they are viewed from the front or back. After I make the work I’ll share it on social media and then hide it in public places for people to find. If you find it it’s yours and you can keep it or pass it on. Using the hash tag #ifoundfreeart on Instagram people can share where they found it and where it will be displayed. I’m proposing this project to demonstrate the power of art to inspire, enhance lives and build community.
That’s what I wrote and now I’m in the process of making the work. Next will be the fun part of giving it away. I still have to work out how that will actually play out.
In January or February I started with some small experiments. I used pours something I know, along with hand made stencils and some found objects used as stencils. I work on separate layers of clear acetate and frosted Duralar so things can be moved around until something works. All the while I’m holding them up to allow light come through them like stain glass. To photograph them I either tape them to the window or put them on my light box. I started posting them almost every day on Instagram as a way to push myself to work even if I only have a half hour. It’s amazing what is happening here. I have a whole new visual language developing. Here are some of them and some process shots as well.
I have a closing reception on Saturday March 4th at CAMP Rehoboth Community Center in Rehoboth Beach, DE. It’s a great excuse to visit Rehoboth if you’re in the area.
CAMP Rehoboth Community Center is a wonderful place that celebrates diversity and works to create a strong sense of community and a more positive environment for all people, gay and straight. The reception is scheduled for 1 pm, stop by and enjoy some refreshments. I hope to see you there.
On display you’ll see some of my Plexiglas paintings hanging in a small grouping from the ceiling with room for light to come through them.
A small alcove made a great spot to display this silk sculpture with another Plexiglas painting.
I have 2 of my new paintings included in the show. They’re 24 x 24 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas. This one is titled Surf’s Up.
I just published my third class on Skillshare.com. The class is called Understanding Value and the project is to paint a box. This is the first lesson I teach my students and I think it will be helpful for artists of all levels.
Use this link to my class to sign up and get 3 free months of Skillshare. I’ll receive a referral fee if you use my class link. There are literally thousands of classes offered in Design, Business, Technology, Photography , Film, Writing, Crafts and Culinary with excellent teachers. I couldn’t recommend more. I’m still using my membership you sharpen my Photoshop skills.
Check out the introduction to my class and see what you think.
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. When you set up a box with direct lighting you will see 3 distinct values. I’ll show you how to mix these values and paint a box that looks like it’s going to pop right off the page. If you apply this lesson to your painting whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned artist you will see a huge improvement in your work. My abstract paintings use the understanding of value to create space and the illusion that something is coming towards you.