I’ve always been into odd, slightly spooky visual art so I’ll be embracing Halloween this year by featuring some of my favourite work.
Since 2012, Angela Deane has been collecting old photographs and painting over the figures. People and their memories are obscured, rendered completely anonymous and, to quote Deane, “become the ghosts of our everyday.”
I like that these give a little wink to both the spirit photos of the 19th century as well as the nostalgia we all feel for the physicality of old snapshots. They’re kind of funny but many are also kind of creepy. These are some of my favourites from the series but you can see many more ghost photographs here.
Image above: Today’s Embrace, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.
One Year Older, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.
Velvet bench, acrylic on found photograph, 2013.
Together For Soup, acrylic and gouache on found photograph, 2014.
Reach for Me Across the Flowers, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.
Toronto-based artist Carly Waito has a solo exhibition, Microgeographica, opening today at Narwhal Projects. I plan to check out her amazingly detailed mineral paintings when we’re down in the city in a few weeks — in the meantime, here are some photographs of some of her new work.
I love how these feel a little bit darker, a little moodier, like far-off mountains or mysterious moonscapes.
Image above: Pyrite Asteroid. 10″ x 10,” oil on panel, 2012.
Amethyst Mountain, 16″ x 13″, oil on panel, 2014.
Dioptase II, 8″ x 10″, oil on panel, 2014.
Pyrite Asteroid, 10″ x 10″, unframed oil on panel, 2012.
Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to the somewhat crazy resurgence in the popularity of woven textile art. A million years ago these commonly took the form of macramé owls, rendered in écru and brown wools, hanging in living rooms with wall-to-wall shag carpeting. I think you know what I’m talking about here.
I always appreciate a traditional skill-based medium made to feel modern again, and these weavings feel especially beautiful and current if you picture them living in more minimal settings – their inherent warmth and texture really plays well with contemporary furnishings and white walls. They’re just such a great mixture of art, design, and craft; colour, pattern and composition. One of each, please.